Communications Regulation Act, 2002

Prohibition on unauthorised disclosure of information.

24.—(1) Except where otherwise provided by law, a person shall not disclose confidential information obtained by him or her while performing duties as a Commissioner, member of the staff of, or an adviser or consultant to, or as an authorised officer of, or as an agent of the Commission, unless he or she is duly authorised by the Commission to do so.

(2) In this section, “confidential information” includes information that is expressed by the Commission to be confidential either as regards particular information or as regards information of a particular class or description.

(3) A person who contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €3,000.

(4) Nothing in subsection (1) shall prevent the disclosure of information in a report made to the Commission or by or on behalf of the Commission to the Minister.

(5) The Freedom of Information Act, 1997 , is amended at the end of Part 1 of the Third Schedule by inserting the following:

(a) “Communications Regulation Act, 2002” in column (2), and

(b) Section 24 in column (3).