The new DPC website is currently under construction. Our latest guidance in relation to GDPR, which comes into effect on 25th May, 2018, can be found at gdprandyou.ie and via pages on this website starting with "NEW" as per the navigation pane on the left. All other material on this site relates to the previous legislative regime under the Data Protection Acts 1988-2003 ("the Acts"). While the Acts may continue to apply in some circumstances, as of 25th May, 2018 the GDPR is the primary piece of legislation governing data protection.

Data Protection Commission

Press Releases


Press Release - European Communities (Data Protection) Regulations, 2001, signed into Law
The Data Protection Commissioner, Mr Joe Meade, today welcomed the initiative of the Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform in signing new regulations which will bring into Irish law some of the provisions of the 1995 Data Protection Directive.
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Press Release - Privacy Safeguards are Vital for e-Commerce
“Respect for the fundamental human right to privacy and data protection is the key enabler of e-Commerce and e-Government,” said Data Protection Commissioner Joe Meade today [Tuesday 4th September 2001] at the publication of his Annual Report for 2000. “These initiatives simply have to be built upon public credibility and assurance about the right to privacy. This assurance is exactly what data protection law provides.”
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Press Release - Telecommunications Industry and Internet Access Providers to Register
In an important move to underpin individuals' privacy rights, the Data Protection Commissioner, Mr Joe Meade, today signed an order requiring all telecommunications companies and internet access providers to register with his office under the Data Protection Act, 1988.
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