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New Criminal offence under Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 (19.9.2014)

It is now a criminal offence for an employer to request an employee or potential employee to obtain Garda clearance outlining that person’s criminal record.

The Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 permit individuals to make a data request to An Garda Síochána to obtain details of that person’s own criminal record. In the past, employers have requested employees or potential employees to obtain this Garda clearance and h…

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