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If you are affected by a data breach

If you find that your personal or medical information is published online you can report it to the HSE.

Removing personal data from a website

If you see your personal or medical information on a website or social media, you can request that it is removed.

Most social media services have a link to report content. You can also make a formal request to the website's data protection officer. The website's privacy policy usually explains how to do this.

Data protection and your rights on the Data Protection Commission website

If you get a blackmail threat

If someone threatens to publish your data and demands a payment, report it at your local Garda station.

Bring screenshots of any emails or text messages you get and a record of any calls.

Do not engage with cybercriminals or pay any ransom. Your data may still be published, even if you pay. The criminals may also continue to make demands.

Dealing with suspected scam call, texts or emails

Information that can help

You may be worried about your personal or medical information being made public.

There are organisations that can help or provide information that can help you:

  • Crime Victims Helpline - provides confidential support to victims of crime in Ireland
  • FraudSMART - provides information and advice on common banking frauds and scams

Mental health supports and services

page last reviewed: 28/05/2021
next review due: 28/05/2024