Recently, the Data Protection Commission (the DPC), published its annual report for the period 25 May to 31 December 2018.
A key finding is the increase in the number of complaints to the DPC since 25 May 2018. The report notes that:
- 2,864 complaints were received. In total, 4,113 complaints were received in the 2018 calendar year representing a 56% increase on the total number of complaints (2,642) received in 2017.
- 3,542 valid data security breaches were notified. In total, 4,740 valid data security breaches were notified in the 2018 calendar year representing a 70% increase on the total number of valid data security breaches (2,795) recorded in 2017.
- 136 cross-border processing complaints were received by the DPC through the new One-Stop-Shop mechanism that were lodged by individuals with other EU data protection authorities.
- Almost 31,000 contacts were received through the DPC’s Information and Assessment Unit.
The full report can be found here
With the marked increase in activity in the data protection space since the introduction of GDPR, businesses need to ensure that they have in place the necessary protections and procedures to ensure compliance with data protection legislation.
The Data Protection Commissioner, Helen Dixon, in publishing this report commented: “The rise in the number of complaints and queries demonstrates a new level of mobilisation to action on the part of individuals to tackle what they see as misuse or failure to adequately explain what is being done with their data.”