01 410 0600

Argent Business Consultants, Guinness Enterprise Centre, Taylor's Lane, Dublin 8.


Data Breaches

We project manage data breaches and look after everything you need to resolve it. 

You only have 72 hours to report a notifiable breach.

If you are over 72 hours then contact us as a matter of urgency.


How to deal with a data breach

High level overview of dealing with a data breach with William McLoughlin BL, Data Protection & Employment Senior Consultant

This is not legal advice nor is it to be acted upon without a proper consultation with a data protection expert.


Report breach to Data Protection Commission

Any data breach where there is any risk to data subjects (even low risk) must be reported to the Data Protection Commission in a specified procedure, in the designated format and within 72 hours. Failure to do so is a serious offence. 

If you are over 72 hours contact us as a matter of urgency to reduce your liability or mitigate loss. 

Notify Data Subjects

You must take action to reduce the risk to data subjects and you must inform them if there is a high risk of their personal data being processed in a manner that could cause them loss, harm or upset. Failure to do so is a serious offence as you are contributing to a data subject's loss and unable to prove compliance.

Maximum fines

Criminal Sanctions of up to €50,000 and/or up to 5 years imprisonment in the Circuit Court apply under the Data Protection Act 2018 for any illegal disclosure. Company officials and managers can be held both personally and criminally liable coupled with the fact the Data Protection Commission can charge you for the cost of the investigation if found guilty.

Protect against litigation

Data subjects (customers, employees, etc.) can sue for any data breach via a "data protection action" under the Data Protection Act 2018. Protect yourself and your organisation by properly dealing with a data breach thereby reducing your risk of litigation, fines and criminal sanctions.



Phone Argent Business Consultants on 01 410 0600 to talk with no obligation. 

Remember, failure to report within 72 hours is a separate offence then the breach itself.  We can help avoid fines, criminal sanctions, personal liability and litigation from data subjects and employees but only if you act quickly.

Call or email now with no obligation and in complete confidence.