Written answers

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

General Data Protection Regulation

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
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191. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of complaints his Department has received from members of the public under the heading of GDPR and data information requests since 2018 to date in 2021; the number of data information requests that have been refused and accepted, respectively; the number of GDPR requests refused; and the basis on which they were declined in tabular form. [17991/21]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The table below lists the Data Subject Access Requests (DSARs) which my Department has received under Article 15 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) since 25 May 2018.

Year - Status Number of DSAR
2018 15
Granted 13
Withdrawn 2
2019 31
Granted 30
Refused 1
2020 32
Granted 18
Refused 6
Resolved outside GDPR 2
Withdrawn 6

All the requests above which were refused, were deemed by the Department to be ‘manifestly unfounded or excessive’ as provided for under Article 12(5) of the GDPR.

For 2021, my Department has received seven DSARs to date. These are all being processed and will be answered within the statutory timelines as provided for under Article 12(3) GDPR.


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