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Data Protection

The Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 govern data protection and the privacy of personal information in Ireland.

The Acts provide rules on how personal information must be collected, used, stored and deleted in a responsible and secure way.  These rules apply equally to personal data held in electronic and in paper formats.

To assist University staff and students to understand and comply with the Acts, the University has a Data Protection Policy and a supporting Data Protection Compliance Regulations.  Please browse to these using the links below:

University of Limerick Data Protection Policy
University of Limerick Data Protection Compliance Regulations

Introduction to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
UL Staff - Introduction to Data Protection and GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European Union Regulation that has been designed to strengthen and unify Data Protection within the EU. The GDPR will come into effect on 25 May 2018 and will replace the existing Irish Data Protection Acts.

The GDPR will harmonise Data Protection practices across the EU and emphasises transparency, security and accountability by data controllers and processors, while at the same time standardising and strengthening the right of European citizens to privacy of their personal data.

This webpage ( will be updated and expanded with further information over the coming months.

To find out more about GDPR
​The full script of the GDPR may be accessed Here.

In addition, the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner has developed a dedicated information site "GDPR and You".

Further information and advice on University-related Data Protection matters can be obtained from the UL Information and Compliance Officer.

Contact details:

Phone:  061 234 393
Fax:      061 234 316

Extensive information can be found on the Data Protection Commissioner's website or from the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, Canal House, Station Road, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

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