Irish Government Press Release MARCH 8TH, 2019

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, along with the Minister of State for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment, Patrick O’Donovan TD, today welcomed the news that the President of Ireland has considered and signed the Data Sharing and Governance Bill 2018 and it has become law.

The purpose of this legislation is to provide a generalised legal basis for the sharing of data between public bodies while also setting out appropriate safeguards under which such sharing can take place.

This legislation will deliver tangible benefits to the public and to business. The Act is key to delivering on public service reform commitments to expand digital delivery of services and make greater use of data. Citizens and businesses can receive better services and public bodies can operate more effectively and efficiently at a lower cost to the Exchequer. More extensive data sharing will also support better policy development and more efficient and effective policy implementation.

The legislation also sets out a series of important governance measures to ensure that personal data is shared by public bodies in a lawful, proportionate and transparent manner in accordance with national and EU data protection law, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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