Breaches of data protection across State agencies - RTÉ News
Pretty awful, but unsurprising stuff here. There seems to be one of two steps required here:The Data Protection Commissioner has discovered significant, widespread breaches of data protection law during an audit.
The audit looked at how information from the Department of Social Protection is shared with other government agencies.
Launching his 2012 annual report, Billy Hawkes said similar breaches have been found in an ongoing audit of An Garda Síochána, specifically in relation to the PULSE system.
One: Disciplinary steps taken against Gardai inappropriately looking up data and an investigation into if any of these lookups occurred in order to feed the media.
Two: Firing whoever implemented the system without training and defining appropriate use of the system.
There are also concerns raised about the use of social welfare information.
The entire report is here: http://static.rasset.ie/documents/ne...protection.pdfThe audit followed a major investigation within the department into one employee’s access patterns to personal data. A criminal investigation is also underway into that matter.
Mr Hawkes said a “worrying degree” of inappropriate access to personal data by State employees was detected as a result of his investigation.