Part 5 Chapter 1 of the Irish Data Protection Act gives more detailed descriptions of the following definitions:

Competent authority

“Competent authority” means a public authority competent for the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties in the State, including the safeguarding against and the prevention of threats to public security or any other body or entity authorized by law to exercise public authority and public powers for the purposes of the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties in the State, including the safeguarding against and the prevention of threats to public security (Part 5 Section 69 of the Irish Data Protection Act).

Child

The Data Protection Act further specifies provisions to protect children. Accordingly, “child” means a person under 18 years Part 3 Section 29 of the Irish Data Protection Act.

Direct marketing

Chapter 3 Section 58 of the Irish Data Protection Act concerns direct marketing for purposes of Article 21 GDPR in a State where the reference to “direct marketing” includes a reference to direct mailing other than direct mailing carried out in the course of electoral activities in the State by a political party or its members, a candidate for election to, or a holder of, elective political office in the State and by the Referendum Commission in the performance of its functions.