660. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice the number of data breaches suffered by her Department in each of the past five years and to date in 2021. [26103/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department is committed to protecting the rights and privacy of all individuals and complies fully with data breach reporting requirements. 
Personal data breach numbers recorded by my Department in each of the years 2017–2021 are outlined below.

Year Number of Breaches Recorded
2021 (to May 12, 2021) 51
2020 121
2019 131
2018 (from May 25, 2018 when GDPR came into effect) 41
2018 (pre GDPR) 5
2017 (pre GDPR) 1