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Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

This Privacy Statement describes how An Garda Síochána will use information we gather from your visit to our website.  We fully respect your right to privacy, and will not collect any personal information about you on this website without your clear permission.

This website does not store or collect any personal information about site users. Any personal information which you choose to send to us via the Website will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, strictly in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the Data Protection Acts 1988/2018.

Personal Data and An Garda Síochána

An Garda Síochána processes personal information for a variety of policing purposes including:

• Protecting life and property;

• Preserving order;

• Preventing the commission of offences;

• Bringing offenders to justice; and

• Any duty or responsibility arising from statute or common law, including administrative records relating to non-policing information, essential to the day-to-day business and administration of An Garda Síochána.

Data Sharing

An Garda Síochána may be required to share information with other public bodies in certain circumstances.  An Garda Síochána shall be able to demonstrate that any sharing of personal information be justified through an explicit legal basis in legislation and/or in accordance with the exemptions to fair processing as set out under current legislation. The terms of the data sharing will be governed by agreements to ensure that all parties involved in the processing do so in accordance with the data protection fair processing rules.

Collection and Use of Technical Information

When you browse through our website our web servers collect data which relates to your visit such as:

• What pages you have viewed;

• Certain interactions you have had on those pages;

• The number of times you may have visited a particular page,

• The amount of time you may have spent on certain pages,

• To recognise you when you return to our website.

In all cases, the data we collect will be anonymous and it will simply tell us what pages have received the most activity and are of particular interest to our customers in general

In short the technical information will be used only by An Garda Síochána, and only for statistical and other administrative purposes.


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Links to Other Websites.

Our website has links to other agencies. You should be aware that: If you access another site through a link we provide, you are subject to the privacy policy of that site. Links to other websites do not constitute an endorsement of that website by the An Garda Síochána.  An Garda Síochána is not responsible for the contents of any pages referred from its Website. We do not provide links to, or promote commercial services that are unconnected to policing and community services.

How We Keep Your Information Safe

An Garda Síochána takes our security responsibilities seriously, employing the most appropriate physical and technical measures to ensure your personal data is secure, and measures in place are reviewed regularly.

Your Data Protection Rights

Under data protection law, every individual has certain rights. Subject to certain restrictions, you can exercise these rights in relation to your personal data that is processed by An Garda Síochána. These rights are:

Right to Access

Every individual has a right to access personal data relating to them held by An Garda Síochána. To assist An Garda Síochána in processing your Subject Access Request (SAR) please complete the Subject Access Request form (F20).

Right to Rectification or Erasure

Every individual has a right to request rectification or erasure of their personal data where they believe the personal data is inaccurate.

Right to Restrict Processing

Every individual has the right to restrict the processing of their personal under certain conditions.

Right to Lodge a Complaint with the Data Protection Commission

In the event that you wish to make a complaint about how your personal data is being processed by An Garda Síochána, or how your complaint has been handled, you have the right to lodge a complaint directly with the Data Protection Commission at:

          Data Protection Commission,

          Canal House,

          Station Road,


          Co. Laois R32 AP23,


          +353 (0761) 104 800


Contact Details

All other queries concerning Data Protection in An Garda Síochána can be directed to:

An Garda Síochána,

Data Protection Unit,

Third Floor,

89-94 Capel Street,

Dublin 1.

D01 E3C6


Phone: +353 (01) 666 9521

Office Hours

(Mon – Thurs 10.00 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 16.30)

(Friday 10.00 – 13.00 & 14.00-16.00)


An Garda Síochána reserves the right to amend this privacy statement at any time, and you should regularly check this privacy statement for any amendments.