Editor’s Note: The Data Protection Commission (DPC) is the Irish supervisory authority for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In this recently published guidance note, DPC Ireland shares important information for both data requestors and controllers on the topic of Data Subject Access Requests (DSARs). This information is relevant for individuals and organizations seeking an understanding of the “right of access” to data under the GDPR and may also be helpful for organizations as they consider DSAR requirements under new regulations such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
Extract from DPC Ireland Guidance Note on Data Subject Access Requests
Data Subject Access Requests – FAQs*
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), under Article 15, gives individuals the right to request a copy of any of their personal data which are being ‘processed’ (i.e. used in any way) by ‘controllers’ (i.e. those who decide how and why data are processed), as well as other relevant information (as detailed below). These requests are often referred to as ‘data subject access requests’, or ‘access requests’.
These requests must be responded to free of charge and in an accessible form, and controllers should seek to facilitate access requests being both made and responded to easily, including electronically where appropriate and where the individual wishes.
The following guidance should answer some of the most frequently asked questions by both individuals who are seeking copies of their personal data, as well as controllers who are struggling to deal with the access requests they are receiving.
Review the Complete Guidance Note (PDF)FAQ Guide to Data Subject Access Requests – Oct – 2019
* Copyrighted information note shared by permission of Regulations on the Re-use of Public Section Information
- The Data Protection Commission (DPC) Ireland
- A Practical Guide to Personal Breach Notifications under the GDPR (DPC Ireland)