The Government is setting up a forum for discussion around the area of data protection.

The Data Forum will be chaired by Minister of State for European Affairs and Data Protection Dara Murphy.

Mr Murphy said in establishing it he was calling for a broad public dialogue on the opportunities and challenges arising from the growth of the digital economy, and the societal implications of greater generation and use of personal data.

The forum will bring together representatives of industry, civil society, academia, the legal profession and the public sector.

Ireland's data protection system is coming under intense scrutiny at present because of the growing number of large internet companies that are based in Ireland for data regulation purposes.

Expressions of interest from those interested in participating in the forum are being invited by 21 May via dataprotection@taoiseach.gov.ie.

More information is available on the Department of the Taoiseach's website.