General Information on Compliance and Records Management
All information retained by MIC is subject to the provisions of two legislative measures, principally; the Freedom of Information Acts (1997 & 2003) and the Data Protection Acts (1988 & 2003). Both sets of legislation lay down rules for the collection, storage and management of information. These statutes also provide for the safeguarding of stored data as well as for access to information personal to individuals or which should be disclosed in the public interest (in accordance with certain exemptions).
What is the difference between FOI and Data Protection
The Freedom of Information Acts grant every person a right, subject to certain restrictions, to access information held by Mary Immaculate College. The FOI Acts also allow for persons to seek access to their own data held by the College.
The requirements of the Data Protection Acts apply to all legal entities in this jurisdiction whether Government, private, voluntary or charitable that control personal data.
The Acts place obligations on such entities in terms of how they process personal data. One of these obligations is to give a person a copy of their personal data on request. This right to access personal data is subject to very limited exemptions.
When a public body covered by Freedom of Information legislation receives an FOI request from a person for their own information, they are required to also consider the request under data protection requirements and give the person the maximum amount of their information taking account of both sets of legislation.
Click on the Freedom of Information and Data Protection links to learn more about how MIC meets its obligations under these Acts.
For further information please contact:
Ms. Elaine Mulqueen
Information Compliance Manager
Mary Immaculate College
South Circular Road
Tel: 061 204511