Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Questions (305)

Catherine Murphy


305. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government 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. [7649/18]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department is currently preparing for the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) with effect from 25 May 2018.

A Data Protection Officer (DPO) has been appointed in line with the requirements of Article 37 of the GDPR and this person will be responsible for overseeing the programme of work that will need to be undertaken to ensure that the Department is prepared for the introduction of the Regulation. The DPO will also be responsible for awareness raising in the Department, including ensuring adequate training supports are provided to staff.

To date, the DPO has undergone comprehensive training in data protection and senior managers in the Department have been briefed on the requirements of the GDPR. It is planned to roll out training on a wider level in the coming months.