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 - Awareness Survey 2005
Press Release  - 12th January 2006Privacy fears still on the increase warns Data Protection CommissionerA recent survey commissioned by Billy Hawkes, the Data Commissioner, shows that people in Ireland are more concerned than ever before about the importance of privacy of personal information.  The survey found that nine out of ten people say that personal privacy is very important to them. 
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Spam Court Case Press Release
First conviction of company for unlawful marketing under data protection.
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Media Release 11:30 21st July 2005 NDD
Media Release 11:30 21st July 2005 Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) and Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) launch "cold call" opt out register for consumers.In future consumers will be able to restrict cold calling if they wish. The establishment of new systems and processes will enable consumers to exercise their preference not to receive marketing calls.  This preference is legally enforceable. The National Directory Database (NDD), which contains all phone numbers listed
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New Data Protection Commissioner
On July 6th 2005 the Government appointed Billy Hawkes to the position of Data Protection Commissioner.
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Microsoft Word  documentAnnual Report for 2004 Press Release
Irish Data Protection legislation provides exemptions from its provisions where the processing of personal data is carried out solely for journalistic purposes or the purpose of artistic or literary expression. However this exemption only applies when it is necessary to reconcile the right to privacy with freedom of expression and that publication would be in the public interest.
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