Protecting your data

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Data Protection

Does the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) apply to the data being collected for the purposes of recruitment for Census 2022?

Yes. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Acts 1988 to 2018 set out the legal framework for the collection and processing of personal data in Ireland. Together, they give rights to individuals (data subjects) in relation to the collection and processing of their personal information. They also impose more obligations on organisations such as the Central Statistics Office (CSO) which collect and use that information. These FAQs set out why we need to collect and process your information and how we do so.  Further information on the GDPR is available here.

Who is collecting the data, and why?

The CSO is responsible for the conduct of the census in Ireland.  The CSO is the national, independent provider of statistics in Ireland.  It is our job to gather information, analyse it and produce statistics on our population, society and economy.

We need to recruit additional staff to manage the collection and delivery of census forms to and from every household and communal establishment (e.g. B&Bs, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons). This enumerator recruitment campaign, and the associated collection of data from applicants, is part of that process. 

Please see specific page on recruitment data protection within the recruitment application under the heading Data Protection & Transparency

What is my right of access to the data?

Under both Irish and European Law, you enjoy specific rights relating to your personal data, which are set out in the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation. These rights include an entitlement to seek access to, rectification of, restriction of or objection to the processing of your personal data, as well as the right to withdraw your consent at any time.

Is my information confidential and secure?

Yes. All information supplied to the CSO is treated as strictly confidential.  All CSO staff are Officers of Statistics.  They are legally required by the Statistics Act 1993 to make sure that your data remains confidential.  The Act provides for penalties that may be imposed should they fail to do so.

Who is the data protection contact within the CSO?

The CSO has appointed a Data Protection Officer (DPO) in line with our GDPR requirements. The DPO oversees compliance with statistical confidentiality and data protection requirements. 

The contact details for the DPO are as follows:
Data Protection Officer
Central Statistics Office
Skehard Road
T12 X00E

I am not happy with the CSO’s response – what do I do now?

You have the right to contact the Data Protection Commission with any queries/concerns  about the processing of your personal data– see here for further information.   

The contact details of the Commission are:  

By post:              Office of the Data Protection Commission, 21 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin 2, D02 RD28, Ireland.

By e-mail:

By phone:           0761 104 800 or lo-call number 1890 252 231