Support For Commissioner's View On Data Protection

Dublin Bay North Labour TD and member of the Oireachtas Communications committee, Sean Kenny, has welcomed comments by the Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, that people are using the services of his office to voice their concerns on breaches of data protection.

He said: "Mr Hawkes said that people are making complaints in increasing numbers regarding the refusal or failure of organisations to give them access to their personal data. This is becoming a serious issue, more serious than the issue of 'spam' or junk e-mail and privacy.

"I would think that it is likely that the number of complaints to the Data Protection Commissioner made in respect of personal data, will be very close to the number of, or perhaps greater than, the number of complaints made regarding junk email.

"I am aware of cases where the right of access to personal data has been made by lawyers representing citizens who wish to gain access to their personal records held by financial institutions or employers."


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