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Privacy Policy

The Ombudsman for the Defence Forces Office fully respects your right to privacy, and will not collect any personal information about you on this website without your clear permission.

Our Role

The Ombudsman for the Defence Forces (ODF) is an independent statutory body, which was established in 2004 under the Ombudsman (Defence Forces) Act 2004.

Under the Ombudsman (Defence Forces) Act 2004, the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces can investigate complaints of serving members, retired members, former members and reserve members of the Irish Defence Forces.

Purpose of the ODF’s Privacy Statement

The ODF needs some personal data to fulfil its role. The ODF may processes (including collecting, storing and sharing) personal data about individuals who contact the ODF. The processing of this personal data is used during an investigation carried out by the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces.

Information about the ODF as Data Controller

The ODF is the Data Controller for personal data.

The ODF does not trade personal data for commercial purposes and will only disclose personal data if required by law.

This privacy statement has regard to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on 25 May 2018.

If you have any queries about how we process your personal data, you can contact us by:

  • emailing us at
  • writing to us at: Ombudsman for the Defence Forces, 13-15 Hatch Street Lower, Dublin 2. D02 HE29

Your Data Rights

As an individual, you have the following rights:

  • the right to be informed (which is what this privacy statement is for)
  • the right to access the personal data held about you, subject to lawful restrictions
  • the right to object to direct marketing
  • the right to object to processing carried out on the basis of legitimate interests
  • the right to erasure (in some circumstances)
  • the right of data portability
  • the right to have your personal data rectified if it is inaccurate
  • the right to have your personal data restricted or blocked from processing

If your personal data is processed based on your consent, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.

To exercise any of these rights, please contact us using the email or physical address provided above.

If you are not happy with the way the ODF has handled your personal data, and are unable to resolve the issue with us personally, you have a right to complain to the Data Protection Commission.