2015 was a busy year for the office of the Data Protection Commissioner and the annual report reflects this activity. 

A whopping 31,455 queries were received by the office. Data breaches are on the increase with 2,376 breaches being notified in 2015. 

From the audits carried out by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner the following were highlighted as being areas that required improvement:

-- Lack of data retention policies 

-- Lack of signage of policy for CCTV systems 

-- Excessive use of CCTV systems

-- Lack of audit trails to identify inappropriate access 

-- Poor call-handling security procedures 

-- Illegal use of enforced subject access requests

-- Lack of clarity in relation to data-controller/data-processor contracts 

-- Clear identification of data controller where a debt collector has been engaged 

-- Excessive use of biometric time and attendance systems

-- Excessive use of body-worn cameras

Click on the infographic below for a snap shot of the main areas of interest in the report.