Data Protection Commissioner welcomes Budget 2017 increase in funding
· Total funding for 2017 increased by €2.8 million to over €7.5 million
· Additional funding will allow for further significant recruitment of staff
13th October, 2016
Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), Helen Dixon, has today welcomed the additional funding of €2.8 million for her office announced by the Government in Budget 2017, bringing the total funding allocation to over €7.5 million.
The 2017 allocation builds on funding increases in 2015 and 2016, representing a 59% increase on the 2016 allocation and over four times the €1.9 million provided to the data protection authority in 2014.
Welcoming the 2017 funding allocation, Helen Dixon stated, “The annual increases in funding since 2014 are a recognition of the central and expanding role of the Irish data protection authority in protecting the fundamental privacy rights of EU citizens, a core part of which is the regulation of a large number of leading internet multi-nationals that have located European operations in Ireland.
“The additional funding being provided by Government in 2017 will be critical to our preparations for the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018. In 2017 we will continue to invest heavily in building our capacity and expertise, including the recruitment of specialist staff, to administer our new enforcement powers and all of our additional responsibilities under the new law.
“The functions and responsibilities of the DPC, as the national supervisory body, are being fundamentally redrawn and expanded by EU General Data Protection Regulation. I therefore very much welcome the public commitment of the Minister for Data Protection to keep the resourcing of my office under review so that I continue to have all of the necessary resources to fulfil my statutory functions. Ongoing resourcing of the DPC is critical to the effective regulation of data protection compliance, safeguarding individual data protection rights and enabling business and innovative enterprise to expand and develop in data protection compliant manner.
Annual funding increases since 2014 have facilitated the DPC in recruiting additional staff, including legal, technical and investigative experts, more than doubling the DPC’s staff to almost 60. The Budget 2017 allocation will allow for further significant recruitment, bringing staff numbers to around 100.
Note for Editors:
Data Protection Commissioner Annual Estimates allocation 2014 – 2017
2017 – €7.5 million
2016 – €4.7 million
2015 – €3.6 million
2014 – €1.9 million
The office of the Data Protection Commissioner is located in Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin and Portarlington, Co. Laois. It is responsible for protecting the rights of individual data subjects and enforcing the relevant obligations upon data controllers. The Data Protection Commissioner is independent in the exercise of his or her functions. Individuals who feel their rights are being infringed can complain to the Commissioner, who will investigate the matter, and take whatever steps may be necessary to resolve it.