THE Data Protection Commissioner has launched a probe into the multibillion-dollar credit reporting agency Experian.
It follows security concerns in the US, where its database has been hacked a number of times over the last six years.
Experian collects information on private individuals, such as loan and mortgage repayment history, then sells the information on to third parties.
Gary Davis, deputy commissioner, said Irish people did not need to worry about whether their data had been accessed.
However, he confirmed that Experian has collected information on people here.
Experian's headquarters is listed in Dublin.