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 came into effect on 25 May 2018.

The GDPR harmonises 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.
The training module can be found here. If you have any queries about accessing this training module please contact the Data Protection Officer:

GDPR Presentation for Maynooth University: GDPR OVERVIEW PRESENTATION

GDPR Q&A sessions presentation: GDPR Q & A sessions presentation
​The full script of the GDPR may be accessed here.

The new Data Protection Act 2018 has been signed into Law. It replaces the existing Data Protection Act 1988 and (Amendment) Act 2003 and can be viewed here.

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 the Data Protection Officer: