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Data Protection

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ceisteanna (476)

Peadar Tóibín

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476. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the nature of the data breaches experienced by his Department since 2018. [29303/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

I can inform the Deputy that of the 46 data breaches that have occurred since 2018 in my Department, 29 of these breaches were deemed to be ‘No Risk’ breaches. The remaining 17 breaches were notified to the Data Protection Commission, in line with its policy that breaches deemed to be ‘Low Risk’ or higher must be notified to it by data controllers. Of those 17 notified breaches, 13 were categorised as ‘Low Risk’, 3 were categorised as ‘Medium Risk’, and 1 was categorised as ‘High Risk’.

The majority of the breaches that have occurred in my Department in the period referred to, were as a result of administrative error. These were generally where an email (or attachment) was sent to an incorrect recipient, where an intended recipient incorrectly received data as part of an email attachment, or where an intended recipient inadvertently had sight of the full email recipient list.

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