Data Protection Commissioner
Data Protection Commissioner

Annual Report 2012

Today, 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.  The Commissioner accepts that data sharing can bring benefits in terms of efficient delivery of public services but cautions that it should be done in a way that respects the rights of individuals to have their personal data treated with care and not accessed or used without good reason.  Appendix 4 of this year's report contains the full audit report carried out by the Office of external public agency access to the Department of Social Protection INFOSYS database* which uncovered significant breaches of the data protection legislation in relation to access to and governance of personal data.

Annual Report 2012