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

Press Releases


21/12/06. Press Release: Commissioner issues letter to mortgage intermediaries nationwide.
Press Release - 21/12/06The Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, is currently issuing a guidance note to 1,633 mortgage intermediaries nationwide. The guidance note has been drafted on foot of a series of investigations and random inspections of mortgage brokers and estate agents premises conducted by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner. These investigations took place in the wake of the allegations made on the Primetime Investigates Programme of 11th December, 2006.
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Microsoft Word  documentLetter to Mortgage Intermediaries
Dear Data Controller, Re: Compliance with Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 I am writing to you following Prime Time's revelations on RTE on Dec 12th in relation to alleged breaches of data protection law. The purpose is to assist in ensuring that all relevant persons/entities are aware of their responsibilities under the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003. The Prime Time programme and the subsequent investigations which my Office has undertaken have highlighted a sectoral lack of knowledge amongst mortgage brokers in relation to the full extent of their responsibilities under the Acts........
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Electoral Register & 'Opting-Out' of the Edited Register - 22/11/06
The draft electoral register is published every year on 1st November. If individuals wish to register to vote or amend their details on the register (e.g. change of address) they must do so by 9th December.
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Adobe PDF format documentPress Statement: JSB Europol Conference 17 October 2006
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Launch of 2005 Annual Report
2005 Annual Report - Media Release
Media have an obligation to respect the right to privacy and must be able to justify the publication of details of a person's private life, balancing the right to privacy with a public interest test. Annual Report for 2005 published During the course of 2005 a number of com plaints were made to my office about the publication of material relating to the private life of individuals. Although the media can avail of exemptions under the
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