As part of the announcement of Budget 2016, additional funding of €1.2m has been made available to the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner.

The office which is headed by Helen Dixon, has become increasingly vital over the last few years with many of the major tech companies in the world establishing bases of operations in Ireland and also basing their big data centres, two of will be created by Apple and Facebook.

Due to these factors, the Government have felt it is necessary to increase its annual funding by 25 per cent to the annual total amount of €4.7m in Budget 2016, nearly four times as much as what was provided in the Budget 2014, which amounted to €1.89m.

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