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Abú Privacy Policy

Sinn Féin is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. We adhere to this Privacy Policy (the “Policy”) which together with any disclaimers sets out the basis on which any personal data relating to you (“Data”) we collect from you (or that you provide to us, or that is provided to us) by any means will be processed. Please read the following carefully to understand our use of Data. Please note that the Policy relates only to living individuals in relation to Data relating directly or indirectly to themselves, and not to persons in any other capacity. It relates only to Data processed as part of the Abú system.

What is Abú?

Abú is a canvass aid. A database comprising the electoral register and the marked electoral register with additional canvass information as set out below added to the database.

Information we may collect

We collect Data from you which you volunteer when you provide such Data to us, and other Data as described below, and as may be provided to us in the course of our legitimate activities as a political party registered under the Electoral Acts 1992 to 2015.

We may collect and process Data, including the following, in the course of canvassing in person, or by  other interaction, which could contain your Data:

Your details as set out on the electoral registers/marked electoral registers (including address details, Eircodes and voter information contained therein) as provided to us by local authorities and/or by the Oireachtas for electoral purposes; information on how likely in the canvasser's opinion you are to support Sinn Féin in an election.

There is a separate privacy policy governing data processing on our website.

Security and where we store your Data

We are committed to protecting the security of your Data. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your Data from unauthorised access and use. We will continue to revise policies and implement additional security features as new technologies become available.

Our processing may involve the transfer of data to countries outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). We do not however authorise any third party to use your Data for their own purposes. Non-EEA countries may not naturally provide an adequate level of protection in relation to processing your Data. For this reason, we require that such transfers of Data come within Article 49 GDPR or Article 46 (specifically European Commission approved standard contractual clauses) and that special protective measures are put in place under Article 28 with regard to any processing done on your Data by any processors engaged by us.

Your Data is stored on servers located only within the EU. Currently, these servers are based in Germany. Once we receive your Data, we use appropriate security measures to seek to prevent unauthorised access.

Uses made of your Data

We use your Data that we hold:

  • in our legitimate interest of pursuing our political activities;
  • in the important public interest of pursuing electoral activities; and
  • to comply with legislation.


We keep your Data for as long as is necessary for the purpose of our electoral activities. Typically, that is a period of two election cycles for each type of election.

If you do not want us to use your Data in this way, please notify our Data Protection Officer to that effect, at [email protected]. Because we maintain our records to protect from accidental or malicious loss and destruction, residual copies of your Data may not be removed from our backup systems for a limited period of time.

Disclosure of your information

We do not disclose your Data to third parties other than those who provide a service to us which requires access to our database, such as data base developers. Your data is only accessible by us, and when necessary our software engineer, with appropriate legal and technical safeguards.

Do we transfer your information outside the European Union or European Economic Area?

We may, in the future, make use of services provided by 3rd parties for the delivery of our services which may necessitate the transfer of personal data outside the EU/EEA. Where personal data needs to be transferred or processed outside the EU/EEA, we will choose providers who process personal data on the basis of

Model Contract Clauses (SCCs) where we have determined that the recipient jurisdiction provides an adequate level of data protection.

An Adequacy Decision from the European Commission.

or we ensure that the personal data transferred comes within the derogations of Article 49 of the GDPR.

Some jurisdictions may not have adequate safeguards for the protection of personal data, and where this is the case we comply with Chapter 5 of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) to provide an alternative method (as above) of safeguarding your personal data.


We do not conduct profiling other than as described at "Information we may collect about you above".

Where we process your Data based only on your consent, you may withdraw your consent.

You have the right to bring a complaint to the Data Protection Commission if you have any complaints about the processing of your Data.

Where the Data is not provided by you we have set out what the categories of Data are, and where we typically obtain such Data above.

Your rights

As an individual, under EU law you have certain rights to apply to us to provide information or make amendments to how we process data relating to you. These rights apply in certain circumstances and are set out below: -

  1. The right to access data relating to you (‘access right’). Please see Form 1a here;
  2. The right to rectify/correct data relating to you (‘right to rectification’). Please see Form 2a here;
  3. The right to object to processing of data relating to you (‘right to object’). Please see Form 3a here.
  4. The right to restrict the processing of data relating to you (‘right to restriction’). Please see Form 4a here;
  5. The right to erase/delete data relating to you (i.e. the “right to erasure”). Please see Form 5a here; and
  6. The right to ‘port’ certain data relating to you from one organisation to another (‘right to data portability’). Please see Form 6a here;

The controller of your Data for the purposes of GDPR is Sinn Féin, a political party registered under the Electoral Acts 1992 to 2015.

Changes to this policy

We reserve the right to change this Policy from time to time in our sole discretion. If we make any changes, we will post those changes here so that you can see what information we gather, how we might use that Data and in what circumstances we may disclose it.

Contact Us

Questions, comments, requests and complaints regarding this Policy and the information we hold are welcome and should be addressed to [email protected]

All requests will be dealt with promptly and efficiently.

This Privacy Policy has been updated on 22 April 2021