Data Protection Report Published

Posted in : ROI on 22 June 2016
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The Data Protection Commissioner, Helen Dixon, has published her 2015 Annual Report. In this, her second annual report, the Commissioner highlights a pivotal year for the Office, reporting on the engaged and proactive approach of her Office to safeguarding data protection rights and, using case studies and statistics, details the wide variety of work undertaken during the year.

The Annual Report highlights:

  • Significant progress in building the capacity and expertise of the Office through widespread recruitment, including specialist legal, technical, investigatory and communications experts
  • Increase in annual budget to €4.7m, from €3.65m last year
  • Establishment of a Special Investigations Unit to carry out targeted and pro-active investigations
  • Establishment of a Forensics Technical Lab to assist in technical audits and investigations
  • 932 complaints investigated, with over 60% relating to access rights and 11% to electronic direct marketing, of which 94% were resolved amicably
  • A wide range of prosecutions and audits undertaken in 2015
  • *2,376 data breach notifications
  • 14,427 emails and 16,173 telephone calls dealt with via dedicated email and call centre facility
  • Far-reaching developments at EU level including EU Court of Justice rulings and the EU General Data Protection Regulation which will come into force from May 2018
  • Focus on building engagement with tech-multinationals

Read the full data protection report here

Legal-Island's Annual Data Protection Update 2016 is on Thursday 29th September 2016.

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