16/06/2020 0 Comments
Irish GDPR Breaches Increasing Year on Year- MyCase Solicitors Reports
It has been reported to the European National Data Protection Commissioners that Ireland has the second highest levels of GDPR breach cases per capita with 10,516 reports between May 2018 and January 2020, and 6,716 from last year alone.
Shockingly, this amounts to 132.5 data breaches notified per 100,000 people since January 2019. This level of GDPR breaches and data breaches notified to the Data Protection Commissioner is both encouraging and disappointing.
How Can GDPR Breach Reports be Encouraging?The extent of GDPR data breach reporting is encouraging because it reflects a growing understanding by the Irish population of the importance of data protection and the extent of data protection available from our legislation. It also shows an awareness for non-compliance combined with a growing resolve and determination by Irish people to vindicate data protection rights and enforce data protection remedies.
Despite this, it is simultaneously ironic that out of the 10,516 cases reported to the Data Protection Commissioner, only a fraction of these cases have been referred to Data Protection Solicitors and Data Breach Solicitors for prosecution of civil proceedings. There appears to be a general lack of understanding that while referral of a data breach to the Data Protection Commissioner may result in substantial fines for the recalcitrant data controller, this is of little benefit to the subject of the data breach. This is because the fines are paid to the Data Protection Commissioner’s offices and not to the subject of the data breach. Citizens do not appear to understand that a data breach is a breach of your fundamental human rights.