Helen Dixon was appointed Data Protection Commissioner for Ireland in September 2014 and is responsible for upholding the rights of individuals regarding how data about them is used. The role, among other things, requires regulation of a large number of US internet multinationals with European bases in Ireland. She was previously Irish Registrar of Companies where she led regulatory enforcement of compliance with the filing provisions of the Companies Acts. She's also held senior roles in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and spent the first 10 years of her career in the IT industry. Dixon holds postgraduate qualifications in European economic and public affairs, governance, computer science, official statistics for policy evaluation and judicial skills and decision making.