Data Protection Commissioner
When the office of the Data Protection Commissioner was set up in 1989, no one at the time could have envisaged the scope that it would eventually have to cover. Even as recently as 2005, when my next guest was appointed as head of the office, it was nothing near the global privacy force that it has become today.
With companies like Facebook, Apple, LinkedIn, Twitter, eBay and PayPal all having their European headquarters in Ireland, the ODPC has the responsibility of safeguarding the private information of responsible for safeguarding the data and the privacy of not just Irish citizens or Europeans, but of nearly a billion internet users around the world.
And, as the Garda taping controversy has shown, it’s not just the multinational internet and communications companies that we have to be concerned with.
Billy Hawkes, Data Protection Commissioner is coming to the end of his tenure, he is retiring in August and he joined Keelin this morning.