There has been a 50pc jump in reported data breaches to the office of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, according to the office’s annual report for 2014.
Notifications of the data breaches are described in the data protection commissioner’s annual report for last year. The report also details nine prosecutions taken for data protection offences and refers to 38 audits, including those of Linkedin and An Garda Siochana.
The office of data protection also received 32 complaints referring to delisting requests for Google search results under the new European ‘right to be forgotten’ law.
In total, the office received 960 complaints related to data privacy issues last year, according to the report.
Addressing European criticism of Ireland’s perceived lighter data protection regulatory enforcement, Irish data protection commissioner Helen Dixon defended the office’s “engagement” style.
“There are those that disagree with this approach, and there are discussions afoot about the underlying framework of data protection in Europe,” she said.
“But with the framework and the facts as they are, I am confident that the engaged approach used by my Office is the right one, and that our expanded resources and geographic proximity to decision-makers in leading technology companies make us well-placed to regulate with the full efficacy that our stakeholders deserve.”
She also said that the Irish data protection office has seen a doubling of its budget from €1.8m to €3.65m and that the office will increase its headcount this year from 29 to 50.