It was announced in Budget 2018 that the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) will be allocated an additional €4 million in funding.  This brings the total funding allocation for the ODPC to almost €11.7 million, which represents a 55% increase on the 2017 allocation.

This funding will be essential to the ODPC as it readies itself for the coming into force of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May 2018.  The GDPR will place considerable additional supervisory, enforcement and guidance obligations on data protection authorities such as the ODPC.