Sea-Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act 2006
Disclosure of confidential information.
58.— (1) Save as otherwise provided by law, a person shall not disclose confidential information obtained by him or her while performing duties as a member of the Authority, member of the staff of the Authority or a consultant, adviser or other person engaged by the Authority, unless he or she is duly authorised to do so.
(2) In this section, “ duly authorised ” means authorised by the Authority or by some person authorised in that behalf by the Authority for the purposes of this section.
(3) A person who contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €5,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months, or to both.
(4) (a) In this section, “confidential information” means that which is expressed by the Authority to be confidential either as regards particular information or as regards information of a particular class or description.
(b) In expressing information to be confidential, the Authority shall have regard to the requirement to protect information of a confidential commercial nature.
(5) Nothing in subsection (1) shall prevent the disclosure of information in a report made by or on behalf of the Authority to the Minister.
(6) The Third Schedule to the Freedom of Information Act 1997 is amended by the insertion in Part I at the end thereof—
(a) in column (2) of “Sea-Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act 2006”, and
(b) in column (3) of “Section 58 ”.
Person holding record under section excluded from obligation to refuse an FOI request (14.10.2014) by Freedom of Information Act 2014 (30/2014), s. 41(1)(a) and sch. 3 part 1, commenced as per s. 1(2).