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The Functions of the Commissioner

The Commissioner shall -
ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act, and any regulations made under the DPA;
issue or approve codes of practice or guidelines for the purposes of the DPA;
create and maintain a register of all data controllers and data processors;
exercise control on all data processing activities, either of its own motion or at the request of a data subject, and verify whether the processing of data is in accordance with the DPA or regulations made under the DPA;
promote self-regulation among data controllers and data processors;
investigate any complaint or information which gives rise to a suspicion that an offence, under the DPA may have been, is being or is about to be committed;
take such measures as may be necessary so as to bring to the knowledge of the general public the provisions of the DPA;
undertake research into, and monitor developments in, data processing including data-matching, data linkage and information and communication technologies and ensure that there are no significant risks of any adverse effects of those developments on the privacy of individuals;
examine any proposal for data matching or data linkage that may involve an interference with, or may otherwise have adverse effects on the privacy of individuals and, ensure that any adverse effects of such proposal on the privacy of individuals are minimised;

cooperate with supervisory authorities of other countries, to the extent necessary for the performance of her duties under this Act, in particular by exchanging relevant information in accordance with any other enactment.
(j) do anything incidental or conducive to the attainment of the objects of, and to the better performance of her duties and functions under the DPA.