Data Protection Seanad Election Notice
Each candidate in a Seanad election is entitled to send one election letter to each registered elector in their respective panel. This is known as Litir Um Thoghcháin. Under the Communications Regulation (Postal Services) Act, 2011, An Post is designated as the postal provider for Litir Um Thoghcháin.
To ensure that each person registered in their respective panel receives the Litir Um Thoghcháin prior to a Seanad election, both Universities provide An Post with a copy of their current electoral register. An Post arranges the electoral register to make it suitable for posting purposes (“postal data”). This postal data is then supplied by An Post to the carefully selected printers who print up and address the Litir Um Thoghcháin on behalf of candidates. After the election the printers destroy the postal data.
An Post only uses the copy electoral register for Litir Um Thoghcháin purposes and no other purposes.
Data Subject Rights
Any queries or Data Subject Access Requests (“DSAR”) on data held in the Seanad electoral register should be directed to the University with whom you are registered. An Post is legally obliged to deliver the Litir Um Thoghcháin to every person registered on both University panels, so a data subject cannot object to An Post doing so. An Post cannot erase your details from its copy of the electoral register. You may lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Commission if you believe that your data protection rights have been adversely affected.