Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Questions (118)

Catherine Murphy


118. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills 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. [7644/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My Department has established a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Readiness project. As part of this project my Department is currently undertaking work to ensure that it will be compliant with the GDPR.

In June 2017, my Department assigned an interim Data Protection Office (DPO) whose role is to inform and advise staff of my Department who carry out processing of personal data of their obligations pursuant to the GDPR and to other data protection provisions.

To date a number of information events on the GDPR have been held for the staff of my Department. My Department is currently assessing how best it can meet the training requirements of all of its staff in connection the GDPR.   

My Department has also organised advanced training in data protection for example on Data Projection Impact Assessments (DPIA) for a number of its staff. It is the intention of my Department to extend this training to other staff as the need arises.