Introduction to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European Union Regulation that has been designed to strengthen and unify Data Protection within the EU. The GDPR will come into effect on 25 May 2018 and will replace the existing Irish Data Protection Acts.

The GDPR will harmonise Data Protection practices across the EU and emphasises transparency, security and accountability by data controllers and processors, while at the same time standardising and strengthening the right of European citizens to privacy of their personal data.

This webpage  will be updated and expanded with further information on a regular basis.

To assist staff in understanding the implications of GDPR an online training module is now available. If you wish to access this training module please contact the Data Protection Officer:

GDPR Presentation for Maynooth University   GDPR OVERVIEW PRESENTATION
GDPR Q&A sessions presentataion  GDPR Q & A sessions presentation

​The full script of the GDPR may be accessed Here.

The New Data Protection Bill 2018 has been  published and can be viewed here. This will be signed into law in May and will replace the existing Data Protection Act 1988 and (Amendment) Act 2003

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner has developed a dedicated information site "GDPR and You" 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ann McKeon: ext 6184 or