My second question from April’s MD meeting,
What is the outcome of the council’s follow-up with the Data Protection Commissioner’s office regarding sharing with other councils, a list of developer businesses that have failed significantly to comply with planning?
Report: As previously advised, the council has responsibilities under legislation governing data protection and reputational damage. In this regards the council cannot disseminate information which could lead to a person’s ability to continue with normal commercial activity being compromised. The dissemination of any such list could lead to such compromise and, in turn, to potential legal costs for the council.
As there is no statutory requirement in place to provide such lists, the council does not have a legal basis for the compilation of such lists or for the sharing of same with other local authorities. In order to share personal information on individuals, the council would be obliged to obtain the consent of those individuals and to explain what the council intended doing with the information.
The council is satisfied that its current approach is in line with the requirements of Data Protection legislation.