The new DPC website is currently under construction. Our latest guidance in relation to GDPR, which comes into effect on 25th May, 2018, can be found at gdprandyou.ie and via pages on this website starting with "NEW" as per the navigation pane on the left. All other material on this site relates to the previous legislative regime under the Data Protection Acts 1988-2003 ("the Acts"). While the Acts may continue to apply in some circumstances, as of 25th May, 2018 the GDPR is the primary piece of legislation governing data protection.

Data Protection Commission

Law On Data Protection

Data Protection Acts

The main Irish law dealing with data protection is the Data Protection Act 1988.  The 1988 Act was amended by the Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003 - web version.  An administrative consolidation (Web version) of the law is available here (pdf).

The 2003 Amendment Act brought our law into line with the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.

All Sections of the Acts are in force.

Electronic Privacy Regulations

The ePrivacy Regulations 2011 (S.I. 336 of 2011) deal with data protection for phone, e-mail, SMS and Internet use.  They give effect to the EU e Privacy Directive 2002/58/EC (as amended by Directive 2006/24/EC and 2009/136/EC).

[SI 192 of 2002 - which has been replaced by SI 535 - is available for reference.

SI 535 of 2003 and SI 526 of 2008 - which have been replaced by SI 336 of 2011 - are available for reference.

An informal consolidated verison of SI 535 of 2003 and SI 526 of 2008 is also available for reference.]

Regulations under the Data Protection Acts


  • S.I. 658 of 2007 - The fee you must pay for Registration and for Prior Checking
  • S.I. 347 of 1988 - The fee that an organisation may charge you for an Access Request( €6.35) and the fee for a certified copy of a Register entry (€2.54)




Restrictions on Right of Access

  • S.I. 82 of 1989 - Health data
  • S.I. 83 of 1989 - Social Work data
  • S.I. 95 of 1993 - Functions of the Central Bank and of the Consumer Agency. Various functions performed by auditors etc under the Companies Acts
  • S.I. 81 of 1989 - Information on adopted children and information the Public Service Ombudsman gets during an investigation
  • S.I. 421 of 2009  - Functions of the Director of Corporate Enforcement and inspectors appointed by High Court or Director of Corporate Enforcement


Prior Checking of Processing


Other Laws

Cross-Border Bodies


Court Cases


Memoranda of Understanding