Requests for access to personal data under the Data Protection Act 1988 and (Amendment) Act 2003

Under the Data Protection Acts, you have the right to be given a copy, clearly explained, of any of your personal data kept on computer or manual relevant filing systems simply by making a written request.

If you wish to access your personal data held by the University you should contact the relevant department, office or the Data Protection Officer in the first instance and check if the data can be released routinely.

If this is not possible you can make an application under the Data Protection Act 1988 and (Amendment) Act 2003.

You may use the  Data Protection Application Form  or write a letter clearly stating that you are applying under Data Protection Acts. 

All applications should be addressed to:
Ann McKeon,
Data Protection Officer,
Humanity House,
Maynooth University

To help us answer your request please be as specific as possible about the information you wish to see, and give as much information as you can to help us find it.

You are legally entitled to a decision regarding your request within 40 days of the University receiving your request. However every effort will be made by the Data Protection Officer to deal with your request as soon as possible. You will be asked to provide proof of your identity.

If you are unhappy with the decision of the Data Protection Officer you have the right to complain to the Data Protection Commissioner who will investigate the matter for you. The Commissioner has legal powers to ensure that your rights are upheld.

Further details on your rights under the Data Protection Acts are available at the Data Protection Commissioners website


Office of the Data Protection Commissioner
3rd Floor, Block 6
Irish Life Centre
Lower Abbey Street
Dublin 1
Telephone: + 353 1 874 8544
Fax: from abroad: + 353 1 874 5405

Updated July 2017