Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (648)

Gary Gannon

Ceist:

648. Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration his views on whether adopted persons personal data access and contact with natural family members are separate issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27317/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

The distinction between access to personal data and contact with natural family is a point made by adoption stakeholder groups and I understand that, while a lot of adoptees would like access to family of origin details, it often does not necessarily follow that they want contact or to build a relationship with that family.

As I have noted in previous responses to legislative proposals for an information and tracing service, the legal advice received by my Department is that there are two rights at play, the right to identity and the right to privacy, and legislation in this area must seek to harmonise these rights.

I would also reiterate that adopted persons are entitled to avail of the provisions of data protection legislation for access to their personal data, subject to any restrictions or conditions set out in that legislation.