Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Questions (281)

Catherine Murphy


281. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development 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. [7652/18]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

An Interdepartmental Committee (IDC) on Data Related Issues was established by the Department of an Taoiseach in 2015. This is the key vehicle for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) preparations, and in ensuring a consistent approach across the public sector. My Department is a member of this IDC.

In addition, officials in my Department are currently sourcing appropriate training to ensure my Department is fully prepared to implement the provisions of the GDPR. This will include general awareness and information sessions for all staff as well as more specialised training for key personnel.

In addition, the Office of Government Procurement will be putting in place a Framework Agreement for the training of all Data Protection Officers (DPO) across the civil service. This training for the DPO will take place prior to the enactment of the GDPR.