We at the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (“GSOC”, “we”, “our”, “us”) respect your right to privacy. We will comply with our obligations under the EU Regulation 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation or “GDPR”) and the Data Protection Act, 2018 and all applicable data protection law.
The purpose of this Privacy Notice is to outline how we deal with any personal information (“data”) that you provide to us while visiting this website. We are a Data Controller for personal information provided by you on our website. If you have any queries in relation our use of your data you may contact our Data Protection Officer at email@example.com.
By visiting this website, you acknowledge that you have reviewed this Notice.
Any external links to other websites are clearly identifiable. You should read their Privacy Notice prior to using any other website as GSOC does not take responsibility for how these websites might operate.
We may use your personal information for the purposes of:
We collect and use your data on one or more of the following grounds:
We will not disclose your data to third parties except:
The third parties to whom we may provide this information may include parties to the investigation, the Garda Commissioner, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Tusla (the Child & Family Agency”) and the Garda Síochána Inspectorate. This list is not exhaustive.
We may also share your data with third parties insofar as this is necessary to fulfil our purposes as set out above and only where it is necessary to perform specific services. For example we may share your data with an IT service provider in order to allow our website to function. In all such instances we will ensure that your data is given the appropriate level of data protection under the applicable data protection legislation and that such third parties are subject to a contractual arrangement ensuring that your data is protected. They may only use your data for the exact purposes we specify in our contract with them.
GSOC does not engage in any direct marketing activity. However, from time to time (including on our Complaint Form), we offer individuals the option of providing us with certain voluntary additional information so as to assist us in assessing statistically important information. However, where we seek this information we make it clear as to the purposes behind the request and the voluntary nature of any response to it. Complainants who do not wish to provide this level of information need not do so and their decision in this regard will in no way have any effect on the way their complaint is treated.
GSOC has a policy on its Social Media Engagement Programme. That policy sets out the purpose, and the parameters for the day to day operation, of that Programme. That policy is available here.
Your data is held on secure servers. The nature of the Internet is such that we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us via the Internet. No data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. However, we will take all reasonable steps (including appropriate technical and organisational measures) to protect your data.
GSOC retains your data for as long as it is necessary to serve the purpose for which it was collected. For example, we will retain data relating to a complaint for the duration of the investigation of the complaint and in certain circumstances, where we have a legal or statutory obligation to do so, we may retain it for longer. This might occur if further legal action is taken following the completion of an investigation.
The data that we collect from you is not generally transferred outside of the European Economic Area (“EEA”). In the case that GSOC needs to transfer such data outside the EEA it will ensure that an adequate level of data protection in that country exists that is no less protective than that which is provided in Ireland.
If you would like to request access to your information or ask that we amend your information or seek an erasure of your information please contact the Data Protection Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to the below details setting out as much detail as possible:
Data Protection Officer
150 Upper Abbey Street
If you have consented to the use of your information you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time.
We hope you are happy with how we use your information but if you are not you may lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Commissioner at email@example.com.
This Notice will be reviewed as required in light of any legislative or other relevant developments.