What would be deemed a manifestly unfounded or excessive SAR under the GDPR?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 1 May 2018
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
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Under the GDPR, a SAR must be complied with free of charge except in circumstances where the request is manifestly unfounded or excessive. However, there is minimal guidance in the Data Protection Bill 2017 as to what types of request would be deemed excessive or unfounded. It is likely that repeated requests for the same information or requests that are “fishing expeditions” would fall under this exception. Nevertheless, until the ICO publishes guidance on this, it cannot be said with any certainty what requests would be excessive or unfounded.

If employers refuse to respond to a SAR, reasons for refusal must be given and the individual must be notified of his/her right to complain to the

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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