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Commissioner Investigates Insurance Industry Database

DATA PROTECTION—IRELAND

July 22, 2010

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner is investigating insurance companies' use of an industry-wide database, which may breach data protection laws, The Irish Times reports. The database, which companies lawfully use to post the personal details of people who make an official insurance claim, includes data on customers who have consulted an insurer but never made an official claim, which is not permitted under the law. The commissioner's office is also concerned about unregulated access to the database, the report states. Deputy Data Commissioner Gary Davis said the investigation, the office's largest undertaking yet, was initiated following a large number of audits that gave the office "cause for concern."  
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