Your rights


Data protection legislation gives you rights over your personal data. These include rights to know what information is processes about you and how it is processed.

You have the right to be informed about how your personal data is used. This Data Protection Information is regularly reviewed to ensure that it accurately describes how personal data is used by the HEA. This information may be updated from time to time, for example when new legislation is enacted, or when new purposes or systems are added.

Under GDPR, you have a right to access the data the HEA holds about you, to have incorrect information about you corrected, and to object to the processing of data that violates your human rights.

To ask about data protection issues specific to a particular Higher Education Institution (HEI), please contact the HEI directly. For a full list – along with contact details – please see: .

To ask about data protection issues specific to the HEA please contact our Data Protection Office


To ensure your privacy and protect the integrity of your data, the HEA may ask you to provide additional information if we have reasonable doubts as to your identity.

To ensure your privacy and to protect the integrity of your data, the HEA will require you verify your identity with a photographic ID before releasing or correcting your information.

If you believe your right to privacy or the protection of your personal data have been infringed, you have the right to bring a complaint to the Data Protection Commissioner at You can find more information about your rights at

How to Exercise your Data Protection Rights

Data Subjects have a number of rights under the legislation. These rights can be applied by making a request to HEA using the appropriate form below.

DP Form 1: Subject Access Request

DP Form 2: Right to Rectification

DP Form 3: Right to Erasure

DP Form 4: Right to Restrict Processing

DP Form 5: Right to Data Portability

DP Form 6: Right to Object to Processing

DP Form 7: Right to Object to Automated Decision Making, including profiling

DP Form 8: Right to Withdraw Consent

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