Sumary of Civil rights ‘in peril’ unless data protection watchdog is reformed, says committee:
- The Data Protection Commission (DPC) should adopt a culture of enforcement rather than “emphasising guidance” in its efforts to get businesses and organisations to comply with data privacy regulations, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice has recommended.
- It delivered its verdict in a report based on its April meeting with data protection commissioner Helen Dixon and three data privacy campaigners and experts.
- The DPC will “face a more emboldened and entrenched group of systematic infringers” of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) unless it moves to a tougher enforcement model, the committee concluded.
- The committee, chaired by Fianna Fáil TD James Lawless, has recommended that the DPC increase the use of its existing sanctioning powers, in particular the implementation of “dissuasive” fines and the use of orders stopping infringers from processing data.
- Resources issueThe committee accepted a call by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties that two additional commissioners be appointed, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018, to bolster resources at the State agency.