Data Protection Act 1988

Short title and commencement.


35.(1) This Act may be cited as the Data Protection Act, 1988.

(2) This Act shall come into operation on such day or days as, by order or orders made by the Minister under this section, may be fixed therefor either generally or with reference to any particular purpose or provision and different days may be so fixed for different purposes and different provisions.


Editorial Notes:


Power pursuant to section exercised (18.07.2014) by Data Protection Act 1988 (Commencement) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 337 of 2014).

2. The 18th day of July 2014 is fixed as the day on which the Data Protection Act 1988 (No. 25 of 1988), insofar as it is not already in operation, shall come into operation.


Power pursuant to subs. (2) exercised (19.12.1988) by Data Protection Act (Commencement) Order 1988 (S.I. No. 349 of 1988).

3. The 9th day of January, 1989, is hereby fixed as the day on which the following provisions of the Act shall come into operation, namely:

(a) sections 1, 9, 16 (other than subsection (3)), 17, 18, 20,26 (other than paragraphs (a), (b) and (d) of subsection (1) and subsection (4)), 32 to 35, and

(b) the Second and Third Schedules.

4. The 19th day of April, 1989, is hereby fixed as the day on which the Act (other than sections 6 (2) (b) and 10 (7) (b) and the provisions specified in Regulation 3 of these Regulations) shall come into operation.