Data watchdog submits proposals for reform as criticism grows

Pressure is building to strengthen the structure of the DPC to help it cope as Europe’s frontline regulatory authority for Big Tech

Data commissioner Helen Dixon: The DPC has been engaging with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on changing its management structure. It is understood that this relates to filling out the second layer of management below Dixon and not increasing the number of full commissioners. Picture: Bloomberg Finance LP

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has asked the government to consider proposals to change its management structure as it comes under increased scrutiny over its handling of Big Tech cases.

The discussions are separate to a review initiated by the Department of Justice last week to consider whether there should be extra commissioners added alongside Helen Dixon, it is understood.

The Irish Independent reported that Heather Humphreys, the acting justice minister, has ...