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

Data Protection Rule 5

Accurate and Up-to-date Data


"the data shall be accurate and complete and, where necessary, kept up-to-date"
             - section 2(1)(b) of the Act

You must ensure that the personal information you keep  is accurate and up-to-date. Apart from ensuring compliance with the Acts, this requirement has an additional importance in that you may be liable to an individual for damages if you fail to observe the duty of care provision in the Act applying to the handling of personal data.


Accurate and Up-to-date Data: Test Yourself

You should be able to answer YES to the following questions:-

  • Are your clerical and computer procedures adequate to ensure high levels of data accuracy?
  • Has the general requirement to keep personal data up-to-date been fully examined?
  • Have appropriate procedures been installed to ensure that each data item is kept up-to-date?
Practical steps

Assign specific responsibility for data accuracy under the Data Protection Act and arrange periodic review and audit. Note that the accuracy requirement does not apply to back-up data, that is, to data kept for the purpose of replacing other data in the event of their being lost, destroyed or damaged.

Some Case Studies relevant to this topic:

The following Case Studies, which have appeared in Annual reports of the Data Protection Commissioner over recent years, may be of some interest. Click on the Case Study details to see the full text.

CASE STUDIES - Accurate and up-to-date


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