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Annual Reports

11/04/2017 Commissioner launches Annual Report for 2016
The Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), Helen Dixon, today launched The 2016 Annual Report of the Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland, her third annual report since taking office. The report highlights activities and achievements across all aspects of the office's regulatory functions, including an increased volume of complaints being handled by the DPC, which reflects the growing awareness of, and concern for, data protection issues amongst individuals and organisations.
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Adobe PDF format document11/04/2017 Annual Report 2016
The Data Protection Commissioner, Helen Dixon, today published her 2016 Annual Report. highlighting key developments and the activities of the Office for last year.
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21/06/2016 - Commissioner publishes Annual Report 2015
The Data Protection Commissioner, Helen Dixon, today 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. 
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23/6/2015 Annual 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.
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23/6/2015 Data Protection Commissioner launches Annual 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
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Adobe PDF format documentAnnual 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.
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12/5/14 - Annual Report 2013
 The Data Protection Commissioner today launched the Annual Report for 2013. The report is available
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Annual Reort 2013
25th Annual Report of Data Protection Commissioner 2013   
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20/05/13 - Annual Report 2012
The Commissioner Launches his Annual Report for 2012. One of the major themes in this year's report concerns the issue of sharing personal data in the public sector which has featured regularly in previous annual reports from this Office. 
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20/05/13 - Press Release - Launch of Annual Report 2012
The Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, today launched his report for 2012.  As in previous years the report summarises activities of the Office during 2012 by reference to specific investigations and audits undertaken as well a summary of policy matters and EU/international activities.   
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Adobe PDF format documentAnnual Report 2012
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Adobe PDF format document30/04/12 Annual Report 2011
Today the Commissioner launches his Annual Report for 2011. The Commissioner draws attention to the shift in the nature and type of complaints received by his Office with individuals concerned about the security of their personal data and the uses made of that data by software and technology applications.
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30/5/11 - Press release - Data Protection Commissioner launches his Annual Report for 2010
Media Release   The Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, today launched his report for 2010.  His report emphasises the need for accountability on the part of public and private sector organisations for the personal data entrusted to them. 
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Adobe PDF format document08/04/10 - Twenty First Annual Report of the Data Protection Commissioner 2009
2009 was a year of change - both actual and promised - in the legal framework governing data protection. The Lisbon Treaty embedded data protection as a fundamental right of European Union citizens. It provided the basis for an extension of data protection rights into all areas of EU activity. It gave new authority to the European Parliament as co-legislator in this area.
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Adobe PDF format document08/05/08-Nineteenth Annual Report of the Data Protection Commissioner 2007
Ninteenth Annual Report of the Data Protection Commissioner 2007. Presented to each of the Houses of the Oireachtas pursurant to Section 14 of the Data Protection Acts 1988 & 2003.
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Adobe PDF format documentEighteenth Annual Report of the Data Protection Commissioner 2006.
NOTE: Case Study 14 as published was subsequently amended. Correct Case Study is available off the navigation bar on the left-hand side under Case Studies > 2006 > Case Study 14.
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Adobe PDF format documentSeventeenth Annual Report of the Data Protection Commissioner 2005
Seventeenth Annual Report of the Data Protection Commissioner 2005. Presented to each of the Houses of the Oireachtas pursuant to section 14 of the Data Protection Acts 1988 & 2003.
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Adobe PDF format documentSixteenth Annual Report of the Data Protection Commissioner 2004
In presenting this sixteenth annual report - my fifth - outlining the activities of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner for 2004, I feel it is an opportune moment to outline to the Oireachtas my general reflections on where data protection stands in the early part of the 21st century.
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Adobe PDF format documentFifteenth Annual Report of the Data Protection Commissioner 2003
The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner has a wide range of responsibilities associated with the supervision of the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003. In general terms, data protection places obligations on those holding information about people - data controllers - and gives everyone the right to find out what information is being kept about themselves. This means that my Office carries out two main functions.
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Adobe PDF format documentFourteenth Annual Report of the Data Protection Commissioner 2002
I am pleased to present the fourteenth Annual Report in relation to the work of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner since it was established in 1989. It outlines the activities of my Office during 2002. In the current information era the concepts of privacy and data protection are on occasions put forward as a barrier to progress. On the contrary I feel strongly that for the information society to succeed it is vital that good data protection practices are in place.
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Adobe PDF format documentThirteenth Annual Report of the Data Protection Commissioner 2001
The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner is engaged in a diverse range of activities, both domestically and at international level. This section gives a comprehensive overview of the activities of my Office in 2001, with some emphasis upon a number of areas which I consider to be of particular interest.
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Adobe PDF format documentTwelfth Annual Report of the Data Protection Commissioner 2000
I am pleased to present this twelfth Annual Report in relation to the work of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner since it was established in 1989. I was appointed Data Protection Commissioner in September 2000 and accordingly this annual report for 2000 also refers to matters considered by my predecessor, Mr Fergus Glavey, whose seven year term as Commissioner then concluded. I am happy to record that the work undertaken both by Mr Glavey and the first Commissioner, Mr Donal Lenihan, has enabled this office to work in a co-operative and effective manner and I intend to carry on that tradition.
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Adobe PDF format documentEleventh Annual of the Data Protection Commissioner 1999
Data protection law and practice are all about securing respect for the individual's right to private life. The right to private life has long been recognised in human rights charters such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, 1953. European data protection authorities are acutely conscious of the human rights origins of data protection, as can be seen from their comments in Appendix 5 on the recently mooted charter of fundamental rights in the European Union: “Inclusion of data protection among the fundamental rights of Europe would make such protection a legal requirement throughout the Union and reflect its increasing importance in the information society.”
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Adobe PDF format documentTenth Annual Report of the Data Protection Commissioner 1998
Ireland is now very much in the information age. The Data Protection Act, 1988 can rightly be seen as one part of the infrastructure needed to underpin the new 'information society' which is characterised by instant processing of the information flows needed for access to, and delivery of, private and public services. To the extent that people are being asked, and indeed required, to provide personal information in these contexts, it is reasonable that safeguards be put in place to uphold the individual's right to privacy and to control over their personal details, and it is precisely this protection that the Act provides.
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Adobe PDF format documentNinth Annual Report of the Data Protection Commissioner 1997
The Data Protection Act, 1988 is now in its tenth year and while in my view it has served its purpose well the time is clearly opportune to reiterate the respect for privacy as a fundamental human right which is implicit in the 1988 Act while providing for the application of information technology in ways which were never foreseen at the time. In this context the Government's commitment to introduce amending legislation to transpose EU Directive 95/46/EC on the Protection of Individuals with Regard to the Processing of Personal Data and on the Free Movement of Such Data is to be welcomed.
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