A spokesperson for the Irish Data protection Commission (DPC) recently revealed in an interview that his organisation will be applying the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation much more stringently in 2019.
Head of Communications with the DPC, Graham Doyle, was speaking to TNW when he said that GDPR clearly had a massive impact in 2018 as it made people think more about how their personal data is managed. He referred to the increasing amount of GDPR incidents being reported as an indicator of this. In 2018 there were 3,500 breach notifications and 2,500 complaints, almost twice the 2017 figures. Doyle is happy with this as the DPC spends considerable resources on awareness as it considers educating businesses and the public to be key part of its role.