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This short guide outlines your data protection rights and the responsibilities of those who hold and process your personal details. It is not a legal document. If you need further information after reading this guide, please contact us or visit our website at www.dataprotection.ie.

What is data protection?

When you give your personal details to an organisation or individual, they have a duty to keep these details private and safe. This process is known as data protection. We refer to organisations or individuals who control the contents and use of your personal details as 'data controllers'.

Most of us give information about ourselves to groups such as Government bodies, banks, insurance companies, medical professionals and telephone companies to use their services or meet certain conditions. Organisations or individuals can also get information about us from other sources. Under data protection law, you have rights regarding the use of these personal details and data controllers have certain responsibilities in how they handle this information.

When do these rights apply?

You have the right to data protection when your details are:

  • held on a computer;
  • held on paper or other manual form as part of a filing system; and
  • made up of photographs or video recordings of your image or recordings of your voice.
  • What is the aim of these rights?

    Data protection rights will help you to make sure that the information stored about you is:

  • factually correct;
  • only available to those who should have it;
  • only used for stated purposes.
  • When should I contact the Data Protection Commissioner?

    If you are not happy with how your details are being used, you should contact the organisation in question. If you believe that the organisation or individual is still not respecting your data protection rights, you should contact the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner to ask for help.

    What are my rights?

    You have a range of rights when a person or organisation takes and records your personal details. Please read this section carefully to make sure that you are aware of your rights.

    1. Right to have your details used in line with data protection regulations

    A data controller who holds information about you must:

  • get and use the information fairly;
  • keep it for only one or more clearly stated and lawful purposes;
  • use and make known this information only in ways that are in keeping with these purposes;
  • keep the information safe;
  • make sure that the information is factually correct, complete and up-to-date;
  • make sure that there is enough information – but not too much - and that it is relevant;
  • keep the information for no longer than is needed for the reason stated; and
  • give you a copy of your personal information when you ask for it.
  • 2. Right to information about your personal details

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