Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (729)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

729. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the names of external consultancies that delivered and continue to deliver advice and training on all aspects of GDPR in the context of preparedness and ongoing upskilling of staff regarding the regulation; the cost expended on the external advice and training of same to date in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35569/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The information is contained in the following table.

Year 

Name of External Training Provider 

 Cost in euro (€) 

2018

AllOne Corporate Solutions Limited 

 €9,300

 

*The majority of the training was provided by the Department's internal Data Protection Officer

 

 2019 (To date:)

 *All training to date in 2019 has been provided by the Department's internal Data Protection Officer

 Not applicable. 

Since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May last year, almost 500 staff from across my Department and its Offices have attended specific targeted training on Data Protection and the GDPR. As part of this process, Heads of Business Units were asked to identify key staff requiring this training to ensure that it was targeted effectively. 

The training delivered comprised a mixture of general courses delivered by an external training provider (AllOne Corporate Solutions Limited) and tailored training and awareness sessions delivered by our Data Protection Officer (DPO) who has been assigned on a fulltime basis at Assistant Principal Officer level. In addition, several presentations have been made by the DPO at Divisional Days, and to Business Units across my Department and its Offices, with particular focus on those areas  that are particularly involved in the processing of Personal Data, including Employment Permits, Human Resources Unit, the Company Registration Office, the Register of Beneficial Ownership and the Patents Office. The DPO has also made presentations on the GDPR at management meetings and to Agency Liaison Units. In addition, a dedicated GDPR/Data Protection Module has also been incorporated into our Induction Training Programme for all new entrants to the Department and its Offices.

The DPO continues to work actively with managers and other staff in Business Units across my Department and its Offices to support them to ensure compliance with the GDPR, and to assist them with queries through providing assistance and practical advice.

The provision of GDPR training in my Department's agencies is a matter for those agencies.