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A 5-step guide to reporting data breaches under the GDPR

In case you didn’t already know, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) requires Irish organisations to report data breaches to the DPC (Data Protection Commission) within 72 hours of becoming aware of them.  This doesn’t only refer to cyber criminals breaking into your system. It applies to any kind of data breach – i.e. any time the confidentiality, integrity or … [Read more...]

Highlights from the Data Protection Commission’s first annual GDPR report

This week, the DPC (Data Protection Commission) published its first annual report under the GDPR covering the period 25 May to 31 December 2018. The report highlights a number of interesting statistics and year-on-year comparisons, most notably:   2,864 complaints received, bringing the total for 2018 to 4,113 complaints – a 56% increase on … [Read more...]

Results of Facebook investigation coming this summer, says DPC

Ireland’s DPC (Data Protection Commission) has said it will release the findings of its investigation into Facebook and several other high-profile tech companies in June or July. Commissioner Helen Dixon told Bloomberg: “We’re at various concrete stages in all of them, but they’re all substantially advanced.” The DPC began its investigation in October 2018, following consumer complaints … [Read more...]

Cork City Council, Park by Phone service breached

More than 5,000 people have been affected by a data breach of Cork City Council’s Park by Phone service. Although the reported breach occurred last Thursday and the relevant authorities were notified on Friday, it has come to light that the breach first occurred in May. Personal details such as car registration numbers, email addresses and mobile phone numbers have been compromised, but no … [Read more...]

How to register a DPO in Ireland

Under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on 25 May 2018, certain organisations are required to appoint a data protection officer (DPO). These organisations must register the details of their DPO with their relevant supervisory authority. Registering a DPO in Ireland In Ireland, the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has released an online … [Read more...]

Irish Data Commissioner report shows sharp rise in complaints and data breaches

Ireland’s Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC), released its 2017 annual report this week. This is the fourth report since the current Data Protection Commissioner, Helen Dixon, took office. 2017 saw a significant increase in the ODPC’s budget to €7.5 million (further increased in 2018 to €11.7 million) and an extensive recruitment drive. Key highlights Total complaints received in … [Read more...]