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
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.
If you would like to view the QQI policy on data protection, click
Information about data protection regulations can be found at the
Data Protection Commissioner website.