What does this cover?

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner will receive an additional EUR 1.7 million in the 2016 budget, bringing the total budget to approximately EUR 4.7 million. This figure marks a significant increase from the EUR 1.89 million allocated in 2014.

Dara Murphy, Ireland's Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection, said that increased resources have been allocated "to ensure that Ireland continues to have an excellent regulatory and enforcement regime for data protection" that is capable of managing the data protection risks associated with rapid developments in technology. A new office will be set up in Dublin (that will operate in addition to the existing office in Portarlington, Co Laois) and additional staff will be recruited.

What action could be taken to manage risks that may arise from this development?

None – for interest only.

DAC Beachcroft LLP – Rowena McCormack