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Data Protection

Rights and Privacy

QQI committed to protecting the rights and privacy of individuals in line with the Data Protection Acts 1998 and 2003.

Data Protection is the safeguarding of the privacy rights of individuals in relation to the processing of personal data. As a Data Controller we must follow the eight rules of Data Protection. The eight rules, which apply whether the information is held on computer or in a manual form are:

  • Obtain and process information fairly

  • Keep it only for one or more specified, explicit and lawful purposes

  • Use and disclose it only in ways compatible with these purposes

  • Keep it safe and secure

  • Keep it accurate, complete and up-to-date

  • Ensure that it is adequate, relevant and not excessive

  • Retain it for no longer than is necessary for the purpose or purposes

  • Give a copy of his/her personal data to that individual on request

If you wish to make and application for information, you must apply in writing and refer to the Data Protection Act. The application fee of €6.35 must accompany the request.

When to use the Data Protection Act

You may use either the Freedom of Information Acts or the Data Protection Acts to access personal information held by public bodies. However, the Data Protection Acts apply only to your own personal information (or in certain circumstances that of your child) and requires an application fee of €6.35.

Entitlements under the Data Protection Acts

• Requests will be dealt with within 40 days
• Details of your entitlement to complain to the Data Protection Commissioner will be included in the decision letter

How to Apply

You should make your request in writing to:
The Data Protection Officer,
Quality and Qualifications Ireland
26-27 Denzille Lane
Dublin 2

Please ensure that you describe the records you seek in the greatest detail possible to enable us to identify the relevant records. There may be a fee of €6.35 for an application under Data Protection.

Further information

If you would like to view the QQI policy on data protection, click here.

Information about data protection regulations can be found at the Data Protection Commissioner website.