European Data Protection Digest

Commissioner Finds “Disturbing Failure of Governance”

DATA PROTECTION—IRELAND

May 23, 2013

Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes says there has been a “disturbing failure of governance” when it comes to access to a Department of Social Protection (DSP) welfare database. In 2012, three insurance companies were found to have breached Irish data protection laws by failing to notify Hawkes’ office that they were processing social welfare data, the report states. The office said failures indicated by an audit revealed a “worrying degree of inappropriate access to Infosys by state employees.” An investigation is now underway, and an employee at DSP is under investigation for alleged processing of the data.
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