By Admin on July 09, 2015

Data Protection Commissioner Publishes Annual Report

Compliance & Regulation

Infographic DPC Report 2014

The Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland, Helen Dixon, is pleased to announce the publication of her first annual report, covering the calendar year 2014. The Data Protection Commissioner outlines her approach to data protection regulation in a foreword, describes the roles and responsibilities of her Office, and presents a detailed review of her Office’s work, together with statistics and case studies.

The Annual Report highlights:

  • A near-doubling of the Office’s 2015 budget from €1.8m to €3.65m, together with a rapid growth in headcount underway from 29 to 50, along with the establishment of a major office in Dublin 
  • The importance of an engaged approach to data protection regulation 
  • A record number of data breach notifications in 2014 (2,264) 
  • A record number of queries via email (13,500) 
  • 960 complaints, all but 27 of which were resolved amicably 
  • New complaints about online search delisting 
  • Details of engagement with government departments 
  • Details of engagement with tech multinationals, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Microsoft and Adobe 
  • Prosecutions undertaken in 2014, including significant work involving the private investigations sector 
  • Campaign against Enforced Subject Access Requests 

Ms Dixon said: “2015 sees this Office in a stronger-than-ever position to continue, in Ireland and beyond, helping to shape the data-protection environment and ensuring compliance with the relevant laws. The nature of the internet means data protection is clearly a global matter, and I believe that meaningful cooperation and the free exchange of ideas are essential to making data protection work for everyone. I firmly believe in an engaged approach, to ensure that data-protection rights are upheld, while ensuring access to digital services that many enjoy and even rely upon. The expanded resources of my Office and geographic proximity to decision-makers in leading technology companies make us well-placed to regulate with the full efficacy that our stakeholders deserve.”

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