When you give your personal details to an organisation or individual, they have a duty to keep these details private and safe. This process is known as data protection.
Under data protection law, you have rights regarding the use of your personal details and data controllers, like Wexford County Council, have certain responsibilities in how they handle this information.
When do these rights apply?
You have the right to data protection when your details are:
- held on a computer;
- held on paper or other manual form as part of a filing system; and
- made up of photographs or video recordings of your image or recordings of your voice.
What is the aim of these rights?
Data protection rights will help you to make sure that the information stored about you is:
- factually correct;
- only available to those who should have it; and
- only used for stated purposes.
What are my rights?
When a person or organisation takes and records your personal details, you have a right to:
- have your details used in line with data protection regulations;
- get information about your personal details;
- access your personal details;
- know if your personal details are being held;
- change or remove your details;
- prevent use of your personal details;
- remove your details from a direct marketing list;
- object to use of your personal details;
- get information about the logic involved where automated decision making is the sole basis for an important decision affecting you;
- refuse direct marketing calls or mail.
How do I request access to my details?
You must ask for personal data in writing, either by post, email or fax. Requests should be addressed to:County Secretary, Wexford County Council, Carricklawn, Wexford.
In your request, you should give any details that would help us to identify you and find your data, and be clear about which details you want if you are only looking for certain information.
The Council is obliged to respond to DP requests within forty days.
A fee may be payable, but it cannot exceed €6.35.
When should I contact the Data Protection Commissioner?
If you believe that the Council is not respecting your data protection rights, you should contact us. If you are not satisfied with our response to your concerns, you can make a complaint to the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner.
For further details contact:The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, Canal House, Station Road, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
LoCall: 1890 252 231 Tel: 057 868 4800 Fax: 057 868 4757
Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003
A request in relation to personal data may also be made under the Freedom of Information Acts.