In a welcome example of enlightened self interest, US law firm Morrison & Foerster realised that they had “a vast resource of privacy materials” arising out of their world-wide practice in the area, and they have taken the unusual but highly commenable step of making the fruits of their own research available as a dedicated Privacy Library on their website (see the press release here; hat tip Concurring Opinions). Although not an entirely altrusitic endeavour, it is nonetheless a superb resource, with links not only to US Federal and State legislation, but also to many other countries and multilateral organisations. It seems to be a great place to find otherwise hard to locate primary privacy materials.
Here’s a screen-shot of the Ireland page:
This is basically the information about data protection available on the Data Protection Commissioner’s website; it would be churlish to point out that it doesn’t yet have our data retention legislation (Part 7 of the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act, 2005), or a link to the Privacy Bill, 2006 (pdf). And it won’t replace EPIC or Privacy International. For all that, though, it is an extremely useful store of privacy materials; and Morrison & Foerster are to be commended for their initiative in making it available.
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Thanks very much for your comments. We have updated our site to include the two laws you mention. Overtime, we hope to make the site even more comprehensive and welcome suggestion on how to improve it. Our focus is on data privacy laws regulating private sector collection and use of personal information.