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Adobe PDF format Tenth Annual Report of the Data Protection Commissioner 1998

Ireland is now very much in the information age. The Data Protection Act, 1988 can rightly be seen as one part of the infrastructure needed to underpin the new 'information society' which is characterised by instant processing of the information flows needed for access to, and delivery of, private and public services. To the extent that people are being asked, and indeed required, to provide personal information in these contexts, it is reasonable that safeguards be put in place to uphold the individual's right to privacy and to control over their personal details, and it is precisely this protection that the Act provides.

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