The CEO of TUSLA, Bernard Gloster, has said that he is still not satisfied with the level of GDPR compliance in the organisation, but improvements are being made.
TUSLA, the child and family agency, appeared before the Joint Committee on Children, Disability, Equality and Integration.
Mr Gloster was replying to a question from Fine Gael Senator Mary Seery-Kearney who asked him about the level of GDPR training in the organisation. It follows the revelation earlier this year that TUSLA accidentally disclosed to an alleged abuser the contact and location data of a mother and child victim.
Mr Gloster said that he sat in front of some of the people who have been affected by some of the data breaches, and that it had a terrible impact on their lives.
A process has been in place since late September, he told Senator Seery Kearney, where sessions in GDPR are given to groups of 30 people, twice a day. This programme is delivered online.
Mr Gloster said that the organisation is "some way off" achieving a satisfactory level of GDPR compliance. He said that the TUSLA processes huge volumes of information.
The target is to have over 3,000 frontline workers take part in the GDPR programme by the end of January.
TUSLA currently has a workforce of 4,698.