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Key Takeaways from the Data Protection Commissioner’s 2017 Annual Report

By Bryan McCarthy and Sarah Slevin

INTRODUCTION
It may be the last such report produced before the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (“ODPC”) evolves into the Data Protection Commission, but Helen Dixon’s fourth Annual Report on the activities of the office during 2017 (the “Report”) is certainly of no less significance. In fact, the Report gives us a useful insight into the ever-increasing public awareness of the importance of data protection and, consequently, provides a not-so-subtle hint as to the expanded and central role that the Data Protection Commission will play in European data protection in a post-GDPR society.

Key Takeaways from the Data Protection Commissioner’s 2017 Annual Report

Generating media headlines in the immediate aftermath of the Report’s publication were the figures on the increase in complaints to the ODPC last year, which rose by almost 80% on the previous year. However, these figures, whilst revealing, are not the only interesting element of the Report; much more of its contents should be examined in order to draw conclusions on the current status of data protection in Ireland.

Read Ronan Daly Jermyn’s full summary of the Data Protection Commissioner’s 2017 Annual Report here.

For more information on the content of this Blog post contact:
Bryan McCarthy, Partner – bryan.mccarthy@rdj.ie
Sarah Slevin, Solicitor – sarah.slevin@rdj.ie

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