Data Protection Commissioner
Data Protection Commissioner

About Us

Data protection is about your fundamental right to privacy.

The office of the Data Protection Commissioner is established under the 1988 Data Protection Act.  The Data Protection Amendment Act, 2003, updated the legislation, implementing the provisions of EU Directive 95/46. The Acts set out the general principle that individuals should be in a position to control how data relating to them is used.

The Data Protection Commissioner is responsible for upholding the rights of individuals as set out in the Acts, and enforcing the obligations upon data controllers. The Commissioner is appointed by Government and is independent in the exercise of his or her functions.  Individuals who feel their rights are being infringed can complain to the Commissioner, who will investigate the matter, and take whatever steps may be necessary to resolve it.

Contacting Us : General contact details for the Office including online forms.


Customer Services : Details on the Customer Charter for this Office including the customer service action plan, services available through Irish and accessibility for people with disabilities.

Access for people with disabilities: Details regarding accessibility for people with disabilities.

Irish Language Scheme : Details of the Irish Language Scheme for this Office

Mission Statement & Strategy : Details on the mission statement for this Office including the full text of the Statement of Strategy.

Organisation Chart : this provides an overview of the current structure of the organisation.

Re-Use of Public Service Information Regulations : Information on how this Office complies with the re-use of public service information regulations.

Public Service Agreement Action Plan : Public Service Agreement 2010 - 2014 (Croke Park Agreement)

Public Service Agreement Progress Reports 

Regulation of Lobbying Act : Information regarding Designated Public Officials 

Freedom of Information : Details on FOI within this Office