BaileFoilseacháinFoilseacháin 2015

Department of the Taoiseach seeks expressions of interest for participation in Data Forum

 

Digital technology has now become an essential fixture of almost every facet of modern life, and the need has been identified for dialogue on the societal issues arising from the continuing growth in generation and use of personal data.

The Department of the Taoiseach is to establish a consultative forum to contribute to the discussion in this area. Matters for consideration by the forum will include:

  • the opportunities and challenges that arise from the growth in the digital economy;
  • the societal implications of the generation and use of personal data; and
  • the balance between safeguarding personal information, privacy and fundamental rights with economic development, as well as the benefits for individuals from the use of data.

Expressions of interest for participation in the forum are now invited. Representation will be on a voluntary basis and will be drawn at a senior level from a wide range of sectors including industry, civil society, academia, legal experts, public sector and representative bodies. Dara Murphy T.D., who was appointed as Minister of State with responsibility for European Affairs and Data Protection in July 2014, will chair the forum.

Expressions of interest to be sent by email to dataprotection@taoiseach.gov.ie by 21 May, 2015.

Government Data Forum

Background

Arising from a Government decision of October 2014, a data forum is being established, part of the implementation of a roadmap aimed at ensuring that Ireland’s approach to Data Protection in the digital economy is ‘best in class’ globally. It takes place in the context of a number of other developments in the area of Data Protection, including;

  • Dara Murphy T.D., appointed as Minister of State with responsibility for Data Protection;
  • A new Data Protection Unit established in the Department of the Taoiseach;
  • The resources allocated to the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner doubled for 2015, which will allow for the recruitment of an additional 18 staff. A Dublin base is also being sourced for the Office, to complement its Portarlington office; and
  • An inter-departmental committee established, chaired by Minister Murphy, to allow for the development and sharing of good practice across the civil service.

Membership and Functions of the Forum

In seeking to find a balance of voices, the Forum will be drawn from representatives of industry, civil society, academia (law, sociology, philosophy, psychology etc), legal experts, public sector and representative bodies.

The Forum will be a consultative body and matters for its consideration will include:

  • the opportunities and challenges that arise from the growth in the digital economy;
  • the societal implications of the generation and use of personal data; and
  • the balance between safeguarding personal information, privacy and fundamental rights and economic development, given the role of digital technology in our lives.

Membership of the Forum will be on an entirely voluntary basis.


How to apply

Expressions of Interest are welcome from those who work at a senior level in an area relevant to the functions set out above, are representative at a senior level of one of the sectors set out above and consider that they could contribute to this dialogue. These can be submitted by email to dataprotection@taoiseach.gov.ie, together with a Curriculum Vitae/short bio.