The child and family agency, Tusla, has become the first organisation in the Republic of Ireland to be fined for a breach of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The agency was fined €75,000 arising out of an investigation into three cases where information about children was wrongly disclosed to unauthorised parties.
State bodies can be fined up to €1 million for breaches of the data rules, and multinationals can be fined up to €20 million, or four per cent of their previous year’s turnover.
During the COVID-19 pandemic organisations were required to quickly move their staff to a remote working model. In normal circumstances, remote working would add considerable data protection risks. The urgency of the recent move to this model in a sometimes ad-hoc and unplanned manner has increased these risks even further. Coupled with this there is evidence of a global increase in fraud and hacking activities in the past weeks. It is clear that the compliance requirements of GDPR continue regardless of the current crisis. This is evident in the move to introduce the first GDPR fine in Ireland.
GDPR compliance is a requirement for organisations in terms of managing their data protection risk and demonstrably showing their customers, staff, and partners that you take their data protection seriously. To comply with the accountability compliance requirement of GDPR this aspiration must be supported by documentary evidence to prove this is the case. Under GDPR a nominated Data Protection Officer (DPO) is required by public bodies and in certain organisations whose core activities involve the large scale processing of personal data.
Ward Solutions can help to maintain your Data Protection compliance in these unusual times. We provide, on an ‘as a service’ basis, a Data Protection Officer to help you fulfill the role of DPO in your organisation. Many organisations or varying size are moving to this cost effective model to fulfill their Data Protection compliance requirements
Ward Solutions can also assist in improving your overall Information Security posture in a cost effective manner through our “CISO as a service”. We supply a dedicated senior consultant strategic information security professional to work with your organisation to deliver all the responsibilities of a CISO. This service can be delivered for a specific set of tasks, a specific time frame or on an ongoing retained (but not necessarily full-time) basis.
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