Data Protection

Data protection is the safeguarding of the privacy rights of individuals in relation to the processing of personal data.

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner was established under the Data Protection Act 1988, and the legislation was updated by the Data Protection Amendment Act 2003. The Acts set out the general principle that individuals should be in a position to control how data relating to them is used.

The Commissioner is appointed by Government and is independent in exercising the functions of the role. The Commissioner is responsible for upholding the rights of individuals as set out in the Acts and enforcing the obligations upon data controllers.

For further information on individuals’ rights and on organisations’ responsibilities, please contact:

Address:  The Data Protection Commissioner
Canal House
Station Road
Co. Laois
Phone:  + 353 57 868-4800
Fax: + 353 57 868-4757









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