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22 Victoria Road
Northern Ireland
BT47 2AB

Tel: +44 (0) 28 7134 2100

Dundalk Street,
Co Louth,
Rep. of Ireland

Tel: +353 (0) 42 938 3888

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Data Protection

The Data Protection Act 1998 came into force in the United Kingdom on 1 March 2000. Under the Data Protection Act, when we process personal information we must comply with eight principles of good information handling.

The eight principles state that the data must be:

  • fairly and lawfully processed;
  • processed for limited purposes;
  • adequate, relevant and not excessive;
  • accurate and up to date;
  • not kept longer than necessary;
  • processed in accordance with the individual’s rights;
  • secure;
  • not transferred to countries outside the European Economic area, unless there is adequate protection.

The Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003 in the Republic of Ireland gave effect to directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of the individual with regard to the processing of the personal data and on the free movement of such data, for that purpose to amend the Data Protection Act 1988 and to provide for related matters.

The Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003 gives rights to protect individuals and creates obligations for those keeping personal information. Similar to the UK legislation we must comply with eight “Rules” to ensure your information is processed lawfully. The eight rules state that the data must be:

  • Obtained and processed fairly
  • Kept only for one or more specified and lawful purposes
  • Processed only in ways compatible with the purposes for which it was given initially
  • Kept safe and secure
  • Kept accurate and up-to-date
  • Adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • Retained no longer than is necessary for the specified purpose or purposes
  • Give a copy of his/her personal data to any individual, on request.

The responsible officer within the Loughs Agency is JP O’Doherty and he can be contacted on telephone number 02871 342100.