The Data Protection Commissioner is responsible for the oversight of all processing of personal data by data controllers and data processors located in Ireland, in both the public and private sectors, and for upholding the data protection rights of data subjects. This includes awareness raising and advisory activities, carrying out audits of the data protection practices of companies and public bodies,investigating complaints of data misuse or security breaches, launching prosecutions where appropriate and the implementation of EU directives in the area of data protection. Moreover, the Commissioner also plays a significant role in supervising the data protection aspects of EU initiatives in the customs and justice affairs areas.
The role of Data Protection Commissioner is a statutory position and the Commissioner is independent in the performance of his or her statutory functions.
The ideal candidate will have:
The person appointed will have:
- A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of data protection and human rights law, law enforcement procedures, and the administration of justice;
- Familiarity with information and communication technologies and data processing methods and an excellent knowledge and understanding of the data protection issues arising from their use;
- An awareness of international developments in the field of data protection and related areas,
- Knowledge and understanding of new business models, including cloud computing, and privacy enhancing technologies;
- Proven analytical, interpersonal, and negotiating and communication skills;
- An ability to work in an international environment;
- Strong management, organizational and leadership qualities;
- An ability to use his/her own initiative, work well under pressure and meet deadlines;
- A record of proven achievement in his or her career to date.