Mission Statement

The Data Protection Commission

Protecting data privacy rights by driving compliance through guidance, supervision and enforcement

Statement of Strategy 2017 -2018

Our Mission

Protecting data privacy rights by driving compliance through guidance, supervision and enforcement.

Our Vision

The DPC will be a fully fit-for-purpose independent, internationally respected and trusted supervisor and enforcer of EU data protection law.

We will at all times demonstrate professionalism, competence and expertise in performing out our enhanced role under the GDPR as a lead supervisory authority for many of the world’s largest technology, internet and social media companies as well as the supervisory authority for Irish domestic companies and organisations, both public and private sector. Where necessary and proportionate and in accordance with Irish and EU law, we will apply sanctions (such as administrative fines) against any company or organisation which has infringed the law. As required by the laws of the new data protection legal framework, we will handle complaints from individuals who believe their data protection rights have been infringed and investigate such complaints to the extent appropriate.

The skills profile of our staff, our structure and size, processes, our procedures and our budget will reflect our expanded domestic and international functions and responsibilities.

The DPC will progressively build stronger international collaborative relationships with DPAs and consumer regulators across the globe. We will work in cooperation with all EU DPAs, as required under the new legal framework, and fully participate in the implementation of a harmonised data protection regime throughout the EU.

Our Values

We are committed to demonstrating the following values in performing our functions and fulfilling our responsibilities and in all of our interactions with individuals, organisations, statutory and regulatory bodies and other stakeholders:

  • Expertise
  • Collaboration
  • Professionalism
  • Transparency
  • Independence
  • Accountability