How to register a DPO in Ireland

Under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on 25 May 2018, certain organisations are required to appoint a data protection officer (DPO). These organisations must register the details of their DPO with their relevant supervisory authority.

Registering a DPO in Ireland

In Ireland, the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has released an online registration form, which organisations can complete and submit to notify the DPC of their DPO. There is no fee for organisations looking to register a DPO with the DPC.

Which organisations require a DPO?

An organisation is required to appoint a designated DPO if it:

  • Is a public authority or body;
  • Regularly and systematically monitors data subjects on a large scale as part of its core activities; or
  • Process special categories of personal data (‘sensitive data’) or personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences on a large scale as part of its core activities.

The DPC has released further guidance on the role of the DPO, available here.

As this role is new to many organisations in Ireland and the rest of the EU, finding a candidate with all the necessary attributes will be a colossal task. However, a suitable candidate who has most of the qualities needed can attend our certified EU GDPR training courses to gain a more in-depth understanding of the Regulation and the steps they need to take to ensure your organisation complies.

Learn from experts how to fulfil the DPO role on our five-day Certified EU GDPR Foundation and Practitioner Combination Course, available in Cork and Dublin. Book now to avoid disappointment>>

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