Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Questions (136, 137, 138, 139, 140)

Bríd Smith

Question:

136. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if the Data Protection Commissioner is obliged to fully explain decisions his office takes on cases of alleged data protection breaches, specifically sections 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 13, 21, 22, 29 and, consequently, section 30 in circumstances in which he decides to reclassify a complaint or recategorise sections 2, 4 and 6 only; and if she will request the Commissioner to do so in a case (details supplied). [26971/18]

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Bríd Smith

Question:

137. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the timeframe in which the Data Protection Commissioner will respond and act upon section 4 requests; the reason in a case (details supplied) the person initially raised the challenges in 2015 and made specific section 4 requests since April 2016 which is still ongoing; the circumstances in which an investigation under section 10 is necessary in relation to section 4 requests; and the reason section 10 was initiated to a section 4 request in the case. [26972/18]

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Bríd Smith

Question:

138. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if a full explanation will be forthcoming from the Data Protection Commissioner as to the reason enforcement of the Revenue Commissioners' Data Code per section 13 of the Acts has been obstructed in a case (details supplied). [26973/18]

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Bríd Smith

Question:

139. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation when the investigation of a case (details supplied) will commence; and the timeframe to complete an investigation whereby there are no standards set out in either the legislation or customer service standards regarding the length of time it will take to complete an investigation. [26974/18]

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Bríd Smith

Question:

140. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the reason a person (details supplied) has recorded delays of 49 weeks between responses in relation to a case; and the reason no explanation has been provided by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner. [26975/18]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 136 to 140, inclusive, together.

The Data Protection Commission was established following the enactment of the Data Protection Bill by the Minister for Justice and Equality on 25 May 2018.  The newly established Data Protection Commission succeeded the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner on this date.

The Department of Justice and Equality has advised my Department that the questions tabled by the Deputy relate to operational matters in the Data Protection Commission, which is completely independent in the exercise of its powers and performance of its functions. In the circumstances, therefore, I cannot provide any further information in this matter.