Data protection

How Revenue handle your personal data

We fully commit to protecting your data as required under the Data Protection Acts. We must follow the eight rules below when processing your information:

  • obtain and process your information fairly
  • keep it only for one or more specified and lawful purposes
  • process it only in ways compatible with the purposes for which it was given to us initially
  • keep it safe and secure
  • keep it accurate and up-to-date
  • ensure that it is adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • retain it no longer than is necessary for the specified purpose or purposes
  • give you a copy of your personal data on request.

We will always strive to maintain the privacy of your personal data. If you have any concerns that a security breach has or may have occurred in relation to your personal data, please contact us. Contact details are available in our Contact us section.

Do we share personal data with others?

Revenue is obliged to protect the confidentiality of taxpayer information. We fully commit to safeguarding data given to us from use or disclosure, except as provided for by law.

Revenue may share your data with third parties when permitted by a specific legislative provision to do so.

Keeping your personal data safe

We employ high standards of physical and technical security to protect the confidentiality of your personal data. All staff are aware of the standard of data security expected of them. We restrict access to data to authorised staff. Staff access rights extend only to the data necessary to carry out their appointed duties.

Any employee found to be in breach of the data protection rules will be held accountable by Revenue.

We are obliged under a wide range of legislative and administrative provisions to protect the confidentiality of official data. This includes the protection of records against unauthorised access, unnecessary use, alteration, destruction or disclosure.

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