13 March 2015

The Minister of State with responsibility for Data Protection, Dara Murphy, TD, represented Ireland at today’s meeting of EU Justice Ministers where reform of the EU’s data protection regime was top of the agenda. Ministers discussed the “One-Stop-Shop” mechanism which will mean that citizens can seek redress with their local Data Protection Authority irrespective of where the processing of their personal data is taking place. At the same time, businesses will also have a single point of contact with the regulatory system.

Minister of State Murphy welcomed the progress made by the Latvian Presidency and the decision by Justice Ministers to support the “One Stop Shop” mechanism. Ireland has supported the proposals from the outset. In order to monitor operation of this mechanism, Minister Murphy called for the inclusion of a review clause in the text of the Regulation. This was welcomed and supported by a number of Member States, as well as the Commission. The Presidency confirmed that this would be considered in the context of further work on finalising the text of the Regulation.

Speaking after Council, Minister of State Murphy said, “The One Stop Shop mechanism is a very important element of this Data Protection Regulation, for both citizens and SMEs. Today’s meeting was another step towards agreement on this key issue and provides the basis for further work on this important legislation.”