The purposes of this consultation is to seek the views of interested parties on the statutory age of consent threshold (“age of digital consent”) to be applied in Ireland in the case of information society services offered directly to children, as required by General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).[1] These services include goods and services that are offered online, including social media. All submissions will be considered by the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality when formulating proposals for Government on the digital consent threshold to be incorporated into forthcoming data protection legislation.

The closing date for receipt of submissions is Friday, 2 December. Submissions may be sent by e-mail to or by post to:


Consultation on Digital Age of Consent

Civil Law Reform

Department of Justice and Equality

Bishop’s Square

Redmond’s Hill

Dublin 2.


More details can be found in the following document:  Consultation paper Data protection safeguards for children (‘digital age of consent’)


November 2016


[1] REGULATION (EU) 2016/679 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation)


This consultation is closed