As the companies doing business in Europe are trying to get their arms around the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679), but so far not making substantial headway, the European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) are doing their own GDPR preparation by securing increased budgets and additional workforce.
Last week, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), Helen Dixon, has "welcomed" the additional funding of 2.8 million for her office's 2017 budget, as announced by the Government, bringing the total funding allocation to the DPC to over 7.5 million. The 2017 budget increases are in line with the increases in 2015 and 2016, representing a 59% increase on the 2016 allocation and over four times the 1.9 million provided to the DPC in 2014.
Commenting on the 2017 funding allocation, Helen Dixon stated:
"The additional funding being provided by Government in 2017 will be critical to our preparations for the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018. In 2017 we will continue to invest heavily in building our capacity and expertise, including the recruitment of specialist staff, to administer our new enforcement powers and all of our additional responsibilities under the new law.
The functions and responsibilities of the DPC, as the national supervisory body, are being fundamentally redrawn and expanded by EU General Data Protection Regulation. I therefore very much welcome the public commitment of the Minister for Data Protection to keep the resourcing of my office under review...