Data Protection Commissioner, Helen Dixon has been reappointed for a second five-year term.
The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner regulates Irish based bodies with regard to data protection and privacy. This includes the many global tech giants who base their European operations in Ireland making the ODPC one of the lead regulators with regard to data privacy and most recently the implementation of GDPR for Europe.
Since her appointment in 2014, Data Protection Commissioner Dixon has seen a fourfold increase in both staff and budget demonstrating the increasing seriousness with which we all, and in particular government now take regarding data protection concerns.
Irish Computer Society CEO Jim Friars, said “we are delighted to see that Commissioner Dixon will continue in her role and hope that the next five years are as successful in raising awareness of data protection issues and the best-practice required to address them”.
Ms Dixon said she welcomed the Government’s decision to reappointment as Commissioner for a second term.
"At this early but critical juncture of GDPR implementation and enforcement, continuity is important to drive clarity for organisations around the standards they must meet in order to effectively safeguard the data protection rights of service users, consumers and citizens," Ms Dixon said.
"It is a privilege to serve in this role and to work with the dedicated staff of the Data Protection Commission.
"Our fellow EU data protection authorities count on us to effectively supervise the large internet platforms headquartered in Ireland and we are committed to this task."
Tom Hulton, chair of the Association of Data Protection Officers (ADPO) said, “it is great to see continuity in the role, we look forward to continuing our work with Ms Dixon and her team in developing a world class community of data protection professionals who are up to date with the latest legislation, committed to CPD and collegial in sharing their knowledge with the wider community”.