Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Questions (223)

Aindrias Moynihan


223. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if the new GDPR regulations will impact on the ability of an adopted person in tracing their birth parents; the measures she is taking to reduce the impediment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41292/18]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

As the Deputy will of course be aware, GDPR has provided for significant sanctions for data controllers where personal data is improperly processed. I understand that GDPR is impacting on a number of sectors and services and this includes on the provision of a tracing service for adopted people.

My priority is to proceed with the enactment of the Adoption ( Information and Tracing ) Bill 2016 as quickly as possible. The Bill will place the information and tracing service on a statutory footing, and will provide for the transfer and custody of relevant records. My officials are currently reviewing the Bill's provisions to ensure that it addresses data protection concerns while providing an effective tracing service.