Republic of Ireland Law
Republic of Ireland Law Questions Answered by Experts
1. Irish personal privacy and data protection law is more extensive than exists in the US. For example, even a public individual has a right to privacy and personal information under Irish law. Additionally, there are not the safe harbour defences to Data Protection law in Ireland as exist in the US such as in relation information previously in the public domain or for government security purposes. So, if you have people going through your stuff and personal information or documents, you can sue for an injunction compelling return of any data they hold and preventing publication of that material. Torts or civil wrongs of personal privacy, defamation, appropriation of personality, breach of confidence and a statutory tort of breach of statutory duty under the Data Protection Acts will all both compel return of the information and prevent publication. So your protection is wide. Get yourself a solicitor and issue proceedings tot deal with the matter. Whilst you can see if they will comply voluntarily, it is best to get a court order in place to prevent dissemination of the information, even informally.