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Data Protection

Agriculture Appeals Office Data Privacy Notice: 

Part A:

Information applicable to all Agriculture Appeals Office customers:

  1. The Agriculture Appeals Office (AAO) is fully committed to keeping all personal data submitted by its customers, safe and secure during administrative processes.   All necessary technical measures have been put in place to ensure the safety and security of the systems which hold this data.  Agriculture Appeals Office staff are also considered as customers of the Agriculture Appeals Office and from a Data Protection perspective may exercise their data protection rights in the same way.
  2. Transparency and openness in the use of personal data held is important to the Agriculture Appeals Office and therefore we aim to fully inform all our customers about the purpose(s) for which their data will be used and why, where it may be shared elsewhere and why and how long their data may be held by the Agriculture Appeals Office.  Information on the rights of the customers will also be provided.
  3. The current legislation for Data Protection in Ireland is the Data Protection Act 1988 as amended by the 2003 Data Protection Act, The Data Protection Act 2018, and The General Data Protection Regulations (EU 2016/679) which came into effect on 25 May 2018.  (It should be noted that the 1988 Data Protection Act as amended in 2003 will likely be repealed in full, in due course).
  4. Under Data Protection Legislation, the Agriculture Appeals Office, as a data controller is responsible for the collection and processing of all personal data under its administration. 
  5. The Data Protection Officer can be contacted via the email address; Data Protection
  6. Personal data processed by the Agriculture Appeals Office will only be used for the specific purpose (s) as outlined when the data is collected, or in later communications, and will only be used in accordance with the Data Protection legislation in force.
  7. Rights of the individual in relation to personal data held by the Agriculture Appeals Office:

When you, as a customer, provide personal data to the Agriculture Appeals Office you have certain rights available to you in relation to that data.  However, it should be noted that not all rights listed shall be applicable in every circumstance.  These rights are outlined below and can be exercised by contacting the Data Protection Officer, as detailed above, indicating which right(s) you wish to exercise:

Our customers have the following rights:

  • access to their data
  • rectification of their data
  • erasure of their data
  • right to lodge a complaint with the Supervisory Authority
  • restriction of processing
  • data portability
  • objection to processing.
  • withdraw consent if they previously gave it in relation to processing of their personal data.
  • relating to automated decision making, including profiling.


Part B – Information specific to the personal data being collected:

The following data is specific information in relation to the personal data processed for the submission of an appeal to the Agriculture Appeals Office (AAO).

8. Specified purpose:

The personal data received from the customer is required for the purpose of processing their appeal against a decision made by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine under schemes which are included in Schedules 1 and 2 of the Agriculture Appeals Act, as amended.

The AAO will only collect personal information that is necessary to process the appeal. Failure to provide all the personal data required to facilitate the processing of an appeal may result in the AAO being unable to process the appeal.

Legal basis:

The Agriculture Appeals Act 2001, as amended, is the legal basis which provides for the data being collected and processed by the AAO.


9. Recipients:

In order for the AAO to process an appeal, data provided by the customer to the AAO will be shared with the relevant sections of the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine for the purpose of obtaining a statement and for obtaining the relevant Department file and information.

The AAO, when processing an appeal, may share data collected from the appellant with other relevant parties and the data may be included in the record of and read at any oral hearing held for the relevant appeal.

The AAO publishes case samples but only uses anonymised data.

The AAO may be requested to disclose the data held by it to a third party where a case arises, for example, where a request is made by An Garda Síochána. The disclosure of data in these circumstances will be done so in accordance with the appropriate Data Protection legislation.

10. Transferred outside the EU: 

Data provided during the appeals process is not currently transmitted outside of the EU.

11. Retention Period:

The agriculture appeal files and information contained therein, including personal data, will be held only as long as there is a business need to do so, in line with the provisions of the Agriculture Appeals Act 2001 and the Agriculture Appeals Office’s retention policy.

All other data will also be retained by the AAO only as long as there is a business need to do so and in line with the Agriculture Appeals Office’s retention policy.

12. Data provision being statutory or contractual obligation:

The data provided for this purpose is being requested pursuant to the Agriculture Appeals Act 2001, as amended, the Agriculture Appeals Regulations 2002, the Agriculture Appeals Act 2001 (Amendment of Schedule) Regulations 2018.  If the customer chooses not to provide this information their appeal cannot be processed further.

13. Automated Decision Making: 

The AAO does not process any data by automated decision making.

14. Information from Third Party:

To progress your appeal personal data in relation to your appeal may be obtained from other Departments or agencies.  If the personal data of the individual is obtained from a third party the AAO must inform the individual of their rights and of where their information was obtained from. In circumstances where the AAO did not gather your personal data you are still entitled to exercise your rights in relation to this personal data and the details on how to exercise individuals’ rights are detailed above. 

15. Technical information on data collected:

The AAO website is Technical information on the cookies used on the AAO website is available at the following link: Technical