Data Protection and Freedom of Information

​​The right of access of information under data protection and freedom of information legislation is similar, however data protection legislation does not apply to records of individuals that are deceased. 

Under data protection legislation you may only request your own personal data, however under freedom of information legislation you may request information other than your own personal data.

There are exemptions provided for under both sets of legislation so there are circumstances under which information may not be released but the reasons for not releasing information will be outlined in our response to you.

Personal data

Any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identify of that natural person.

For further information on the differences between Data Protection and Freedom of information, please click here. 

For further information on Freedom of Information, please click here.