Department of the Taoiseach seeks expressions of interest for participation in Data Forum

Digital technology has now become an essential fixture of almost every facet of modern life, and the need has been identified for dialogue on the societal issues arising from the continuing growth in generation and use of personal data.

The Department of the Taoiseach is to establish a consultative forum to contribute to the discussion in this area. Matters for consideration by the forum will include:

  • the opportunities and challenges that arise from the growth in the digital economy;
  • the societal implications of the generation and use of personal data; and
  • the balance between safeguarding personal information, privacy and fundamental rights with economic development, as well as the benefits for individuals from the use of data.

Expressions of interest for participation in the forum are now invited. Representation will be on a voluntary basis and will be drawn at a senior level from a wide range of sectors including industry, civil society, academia, legal experts, public sector and representative bodies.

Representation will be on a voluntary basis and will be drawn at a senior level from a wide range of sectors including industry, civil society, academia, legal experts, public sector and representative bodies.

Dara Murphy T.D., who was appointed as Minister of State with responsibility for European Affairs and Data Protection in July 2014, will chair the forum.

Membership of the Forum will be on an entirely voluntary basis.

Expressions of interest to be sent by email to dataprotection@taoiseach.gov.ie by Thursday, 21 May, 2015.

Further information is available here.