A total of 6,716 data breaches were reported to the Irish Data Protection Commissioner last year, making the office one of the busiest in Europe. 

Research from DLA Piper shows that Ireland had the second highest number of reports on a per-capita basis, coming second only to the Netherlands. 

Ireland's high ranking probably should not be a big surprise, given that Ireland is home to so many big tech multinationals. Under GDPR rules that makes it the lead regulator for any issues like these. 

But the regulator here has so far not levied any sanctions against the companies it is investigating for GDPR breaches. 

Across Europe it is a different story with 160,000 breaches reported since GDPR was introduced in May 2018.

The Netherlands again come top with 147.2 reported breaches per 100,000 people, up from 89.8 per 100,000 people last year, followed by Ireland and Denmark. 

Italy, Romania and Greece reported the fewest number of breaches per capita. 

DLA Piper noted that Italy, a country with a population of over 62 million people, only recorded 1,886 data breach notifications which it said illustrated the cultural differences in approach to breach notification.

Fines of €114m have also been imposed so far, almost half of which related to a fine by French authorities against Google. 

The Irish regulator does have multiple enquiries underway against Facebook, Twitter and Apple, though, as well as others against Whatsapp and Google, so it may only be a matter of time before we see some kind of sanctions here too.