What does this cover?

Each year, the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government encourages people to register to vote or to check their details are correct and up to date on the electoral register. Since 2004, registration authorities are required to publish two versions of the Electoral Register – the 'Full' register and the 'Edited' register. The Full Register lists everyone who is entitled to vote and can only be used for an electoral or other statutory purpose. The Edited Register contains the names and addresses of persons whose details can be used for a purpose other than an electoral or other statutory purpose, e.g. for direct marketing use by a commercial or other organisation.

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (the DPC) is making people aware of their right to opt out of the Edited Register in an effort to ensure that unsolicited mail is reduced. In order to do this, citizens can review the draft register online, in post offices, public libraries, Garda stations, court houses and council offices until 25 November 2015.  Any errors or omissions in the draft register could be brought to the attention of the city or county council by completing RFA1 Form and returning the form to the local or city council before 25 November 2015. If a person did not wish to be included on the Edited Register, they need to tick the 'opt out' box on the RFA1 form.

The DPC's message is available here.

What action could be taken to manage risks that may arise from this development?

For interest only.

Submitted by Rowena McCormack, Associate at DAC Beachcroft – Dublin, Ireland in partnership with DAC Beachcroft.