Oifig an Chomisinéara Cosanta Sonraí
Data Protection Commissioner

 Data Protection Office issues Guidance on Location Data

 
The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner has today, 9 August 2016, published detailed guidance on location data.
Location data is any information which links an individual to a particular place including information about where a person currently is, or where they were at some point in the past.  Technology such as smart phones has made it easier than ever before for individuals to be located. Organisations use this data to offer personalised services, such as navigation apps or location-specific news content on websites.
 
Aimed at both individuals and organisations, our guidance will assist individuals in understanding how information relating to their location is collected and processed, and provides clarity to organisations on their obligations regarding such data. The overriding principle of the guidance centres on the protection of the individual’s right to data privacy.
 
Publishing the guidance, the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner advised users of smart phone apps, in particular, to familiarise themselves with the terms attaching to the downloading and use of apps and where location data is collected to be aware of the purposes for which it is being used. As the rate of technological innovation continues apace, more and more location data is being collected and transmitted and individuals should be vigilant of how this information is collected, processed and re-used.
 
ENDS
 
9 August 2016
 
(Links to Guidance for Individuals and Organisations)
 

NOTES FOR EDITORS

 
The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, located at Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin and Portarlington, Co. Laois, is responsible for protecting the rights of individuals as data subjects and enforcing the relevant obligations upon data controllers. The Data Protection Commissioner 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. 
 
The publication of guidance on location data is part of the ongoing publication by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner of guidance on topical issues explaining the application of data protection law, the rights of individuals and the compliance obligations of organisations.