Data Protection is the safeguarding of the rights of all individuals to privacy in relation to the processing of their personal data.
The collection and processing of data and the storage and security of such data are regulated by the Data Protection Act, 1988 and the Data Protection (Amendment) Act, 2003.
An individual, when entering their personal details, must be made fully aware of the purpose for which data on them was obtained and processed. Their informed consent is necessary if their details are to be kept and stored.
The Responsibility of the Data Controller
A Data Controller (an individual or an organisation who collects, stores or processes any data about a person on a computer or in a physical file) has the following obligations:
- To obtain and process the information fairly
- To keep it only for one or more specified, explicit and lawful purpose
- To use and disclose it only in ways compatible with these purposes
- To keep it safe and secure
- To keep it accurate, complete and up to date
- To ensure that it is adequate, relevant and not excessive
- To retain it no longer than is necessary for the specified purpose or purposes
- To give a copy of the personal data to an individual on request.
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The Data Protection Commissioner aims to make sure that an individual’s rights are being upheld and that Data Controllers observe data protection rules. A complaint can be made to the Data Protection Commissioner by an individual who believes data relating to him or her is not being used in accordance with data protection rules. The Data Protection Commissioner will investigate the individual’s complaint. The Data Protection Commissioner has a wide range of enforcement powers to assist in ensuring that the principles of data protection are being observed. The penalties for breaches of the Data Protection legislation can be severe and costly.