Overview of the Data Protection Unit

 

The Data Protection Unit is part of the Department of the Taoiseach’s Economic Division and was established on foot of a Government decision of October 2014.

The Unit’s key function is to communicate and deliver on the Government’s commitment to be a leader internationally with regard to data protection and data-related issues in the digital economy, serving as a strong support to economic development and Foreign Direct Investment.

Given its position as a technology hub, Ireland is well-positioned at the forefront of thinking as new norms are established. It is acknowledged that effective data protection standards and oversight are key to economic growth, while at the same time, the right balance needs to be found in safeguarding personal information and privacy and fundamental rights.

The forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR as it is referred to, which comes into force on 25th May 2018, will place significant further responsibility on data controllers and processers while enhancing the rights of data subjects.

The Data Protection Unit works closely and collaboratively with Divisions within the Department of the Taoiseach as well as with a number of other Departments - Justice & Equality; Communications, Climate Action and Environment; Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; Foreign Affairs and Trade, and agencies - IDA, Enterprise Ireland, Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, to ensure a whole of Government approach to data protection.