Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee was asked a question recently by Deputy Denis Naughten, a member of the Regional group.
Deputy Naughton asked Ms. McEntee to outline the steps her department is king to restrict the EU ruling on the “right to be forgotten” of those
he described as having “convictions for the assault and rape of children, women and adults in this or any other country in Europe.”
Deputy Naughten also noted that those guilty of such crimes “should not be in a position where they can request and secure the erasure of this information. They are exploiting the privacy laws, and this cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.”
Deputy Naughten believes such individuals “should be refused point-blank the right to have these records erased.” And we agree with him. What right thinking person could possibly disagree?
SOFT ON SEX CRIMES;
Responding, Minister McEntee said that “the response of the Department of Justice is that we must uphold the European laws and regulations that have been set out. If there is a situation in which somebody believes information that should not be removed has been removed, that person, be it Deputy Naughten or anybody else, has the right to make a complaint, which would be address by the Data Protection Commissioner.”
Deputy Naughten responded ““With all due respect, telling people that they can appeal a decision when the information is already taken down is no good. The Minister sits at the table of the European Council of Ministers along with her colleagues. I ask her and her colleagues to provide clarification and direction to the technology companies across Europe on this.”
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