Data Protection

The Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 outline the legal obligations that are attached to personal data that is held by all Government Department, Office or Agency including this Department.

The Department of Justice and Equality is committed to protecting the rights and privacy of individuals in accordance with the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003.  These Acts give effect to the Council of Europe Data Protection Conventions. 


The Department’s obligations under the Data Protection Acts are as follows;

  1. Obtain and process the information fairly.

  2. Keep it only for the one or more specified and lawful purposes.

  3. Process it only in ways compatible with the purposes for which it was given

  4. Keep it safe and secure

  5. Keep it accurate and up to date

  6. Ensure it is adequate, relevant and not excessive

  7. Retain it no longer than is necessary for the specifies purpose or purposes

  8. Give a copy of his/her personal data to that individual, upon request


    Please see the Department’s Data Protection Policy:  Department of Justice and Equality Data Protection Policy


Accessing your Personal Information through a Subject Access Request

Under Section 4 of the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003, an individual has a right to obtain a copy, clearly explained, of any information relating to them kept on computer or in a structured filing system, by any person or organisation.

When making a request, you should give any details you have that would help us identify you and to locate all the information that we may keep about you – for example, any previous addresses, date of birth, reference number from previous contact with the Department.

You may be asked to pay a fee, but this cannot exceed €6.35.


A response should issue within 40 days of receipt of your request.


If you wish to make a Subject Access Request, please see appendix 1 & 2 of the Data Protection Policy and please submit your request to the following postal address;


Information Officer

Department of Justice and Equality

51 St. Stephens Green

Dublin 2


Or alternatively, by email to


Please note in order to assist us in ensuring your data is protected you must submit photographic evidence of your identity (Passport/Drivers Licence) with your request.


Data Controllers

If you have queries in regard to the Data Controllers for our Offices/Agencies please see the register which includes the names of all Data Controllers on the website of the Data Protection Commissioner