Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (562)

Jack Chambers

Question:

562. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the data sharing agreements her Department has in place with organisations that are not other Departments or State agencies; the purpose of these data sharing agreements; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51421/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I understand your question relates to data sharing agreements with commercial operators or service providers, where personal and/or other organisational data is shared with them for commercial purposes rather than Departmental business they might be assisting with. Such purposes could include selling on that data to other organisations for a consideration or benefit.

I can confirm that there are no such data sharing agreements in place with any commercial operators or service providers by my Department.

In the normal course of business my Department engages business consultancy services for such purposes as audits and data protection assessments. It also engages organisations supplying a range of services, such as travel operators and telecommunications providers. While certain personal and other data is shared with these organisations in order for them to engage with the Department and for business functions to be effectively carried out under contract, such arrangements are not considered to be data sharing agreements of the nature outlined by the Deputy.