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


31/10/2017 Commissioner's statement on Art 29 Working Party letter to WhatsApp.
Data Protection Commissioner's Statement on the Article 29 Working Party Public Letter to WhatsApp. The Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) notes the publication of the Article 29 Working Party's most recent letter to WhatsApp on its Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, that were updated by WhatsApp in August 2016. The DPC welcomes the letter's useful analysis of the substantive data protection issues that were raised by the Privacy Policy.
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24/10/2017 International data protection authorities' enforcement operation finds website privacy notices are too vague and generally inadequate
GPEN - International data protection authorities' enforcement operation finds website privacy notices are too vague and generally inadequate
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11/10/2017 Data Protection Commissioner welcomes significant €4 million Budget 2018 funding increase
Additional funding critical to readying the Data Protection Commissioner's office for enhanced EU role and responsibilities arising from the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018·
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30/08/2017 Data Protection Commisisoner's Statement on the Public Services Card
The Data Protection Commissioner notes the ongoing public commentary in relation to the Public Services Card (PSC). While a framework to authenticate identity for individuals availing of State services is an entirely legitimate government policy choice, transparency to the public on the underpinning legislative provisions, what data is being collected, for what purpose, and with whom data may be shared and for
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16/08/2017 Data Protection Commissioner's Statement on the Frequently Asked Questions published by WhatsApp
The Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) welcomes today's launch of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by WhatsApp, as a positive step towards greater transparency for EU users of its app. The new FAQs provide information to WhatsApp users on how their data is currently being shared and matched with Facebook data. WhatsApp updated its terms of service and privacy policy on 25 August
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25/05/2017 Press release - 1 year to GDPR
One year to game-changing General Data Protection Regulation but just 14% of SMEs have begun getting ready·
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Adobe PDF format document15/05/2017 Statement on use of Facial Detection Technology in Advertising
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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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