As part of the preparation for the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the forthcoming Irish Data Protection Bill, these pages will continue to be updated in order to provide additional guidance and tools needed to comply with the new requirements. Please check back regularly (www.ul.ie/dataprotection).
Data Protection legislation governs the privacy of personal data and provides rules on how personal data 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.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European Union Regulation that has been designed to strengthen and unify Data Protection within the EU. It comes into effect across the EU from 25 May 2018 and replaces the Irish Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003.
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:
These documents are currently under review and revised versions will be published here shortly.
GDPR emphasises transparency, security and accountability for organisations that process personal data. While many of the main concepts and principles of GDPR are much the same as those in the Data Protection Acts, GDPR introduces some new elements and enhancements. At the centre of the new law is the requirement for organisations to be fully transparent about how they are using and safeguarding personal data, and to be able to demonstrate accountability for their data processing activities.
Useful GDPR Guidance and Links
The full script of the GDPR may be accessed Here.
Office of the Data Protection Commissioner dedicated information site "GDPR and You".
Further information and advice on University-related Data Protection matters can be obtained from the UL Data Protection Officer.
Phone: 061 233767
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.