Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Questions (109)

Catherine Murphy


109. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the preparedness of his Department in the context of the incoming general data protection regulation, GDPR, EU 2016/679; if staff in his Department have undertaken or been offered specific training and-or briefing on the GDPR; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7651/18]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

In common with other Government Departments, work is ongoing in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in preparation for the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will take effect from 25 May, 2018.  My Department is aware of its obligations under the GDPR and is taking appropriate measures to ensure compliance with the regulation.  A number of staff have already attended GDPR training and seminars, and further training is being arranged for a wider cohort of staff in the coming weeks.  My Department continues to participate in the Inter-Departmental Committee on Data Issues, chaired by the Department of the Taoiseach, on cross-Departmental data protection issues.  Alongside this, a number of other steps are being taken to support GDPR compliance in the Department, including, for example, the revision of the Department’s existing Data Protection Policy.