The Data Protection Commission (DPC) in Ireland has been allocated less than a third of the cash it was seeking from the country’s budget for next year, an outcome that has given the Irish data privacy watchdog a headache as it considers its spending through 2020.
The disappointing news comes after the Irish DPC ruled that the State would not legally be allowed to hold on to data on more than three million people who are in possession of a public services card.
In an official statement, the DPC commissioner, Helen Dixon, expressed her dismay at the money set aside for the DPC.
“The DPC is disappointed that the additional funding allocated is less than one-third of the funding that the DPC requested in its budget submission. The submission reflected a year of experience of regulating under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and highlighted the increased volumes and complexities involved,” she said.
“The DPC must now reassess its planned expenditure for 2020, particularly in relation to foreseen non-pay expenditure for which the DPC has received a zero increase in allocation,” she added.
The DPC’s allocation for this year was up by 11% over last year’s figure, with the DPC receiving a further €1.6m in 2019. The money set aside took the regulator’s total funding to €16.9m.
The amount of extra work brought on by the arrival of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), led the DPC to seek a total of another €5.9m, bringing its total annual budget to €21.1m.
Since the GDPR’s implementation on May 25th 2018, the DPC has experienced a major increase in its workload. Since the start of this year, the Commission received over 7,000 complaints and 5,000 data breach notifications. It has also been contacted on over 40,000 occasions by companies or individuals seeking guidance on lawful data processing practices, over the same time period.
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