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What is FOI?

The FOI Act 2014 was signed into law on the 14th October 2014 and replaces both the 1997 and 2003 Acts.  Its long title states "An Act to enable members of the public to obtain access, to the greatest extent possible consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy, to information in the possession of public bodies, other bodies in receipt of funding from the State and certain other bodies...".  The FOI Act 2014 removes the list of Schedule Bodies and extends the remit of the Act to all public bodies.  It is intended to also extend the Act to funded Agencies with Ministerial Regulations to be drafted to effect this.  

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What is Data Protection?

The Data Protection (DP) Act was introduced in Ireland in 1988 to regulate the use of automated records (i.e. records on computer or records created and held with the intention of putting them on computer). The Act was amended in 2003 and the scope was extended to include manual records.
The Acts are concerned with personal data only and the definition in the Act is:-
…data relating to a living individual who is or can be identified either from the data or from the data in conjunction with other information that is in, or is likely to come into, the possession of the data controller.

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