Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Maritime Area Regulatory Authority Website

The Maritime Area Regulatory Authority, or MARA, is an independent state agency. MARA’s functions are set out in the Maritime Area Planning Act 2021, as amended and has a key role to play in the new streamlined consenting system for the maritime area.

MARA is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This privacy statement explains how MARA, as the Data Controller, will process the personal data provided to it in respect of the website; how that information will be used, and what rights you may exercise in relation to your personal data.

Categories of data

MARA processes the following personal data in respect of providing you with the service. We collect data in the following ways:

  • Non-personally identifiable information (that could be combined to potentially become personally identifiable information) such as:
    • IP Address
    • Browser Type
    • Device Type
  • Personally identifiable information such as:
    • Your name
    • Email Address
    • Any other information you choose to submit to us (i.e. through a contact form)

Source of the personal data

Your IP address is used to facilitate the transmission of information to your computer. In and of itself cannot be used to uniquely identify you. Your IP address is stored via the host software and/or applications running on that software typically in logging functions to facilitate error tracing and identify security issues.

Your personal data was provided to MARA solely by you and your computer for the purposes outlined below.

Your browser type and device type and other non-personally identifiable information (analytical data) are used to help facilitate decision making on how we can improve our services to you.

MARA will use the information provided in order to provide the information you have requested on this site and will not process your personal data for any purpose other than that for which it was collected. MARA reserves the right to combine non personally-identifiable information to form information that could be used to as specified in “Lawfulness of Processing”.


MARA will not use any personal data collected from you in respect of for automated decision-making, or for profiling purposes.

Lawfulness of processing

The processing of your personal data is lawful under Article 6 Paragraph 1(a), of the General Data Protection Regulation, only collects personally identifiable information with your explicit consent. Explicit consent is given when accepting specific cookie categories or filling a form with information you volunteer.

The processing of your personal data is lawful under Article 6 Paragraph 1(d) of EU General Data Protection Regulation, only collects personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable information where processing is necessary in order to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person.

Security of your personal data

MARA implements appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect your information from unauthorised access. However, despite these efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable, and no method of data transmission can be guaranteed against any interception or other type of misuse. In the event that your personal data is compromised as a result of a breach of security, the MARA’s Breach Management policy and procedures will be implemented.

Recipients of the data

Personal data may be exchanged with other Agencies, Government Departments, Local Authorities, or other Public Bodies, in certain circumstances where this is provided for by law.

Cross-border Data Transfers

MARA does not transfer the personal data of its data subjects outside of the European Economic Area unless an adequate level of protection is ensured. Data subjects will be informed where transfers to a third country are in place.

How long will your data be kept?

MARA will only retain your personal data for as long as it is necessary for the purposes for which it was collected and processed.

In line with legislative and business requirements, the data retention period for your personal data, in this instance, is in line with broader MARA Policy.

Your rights

MARA’s Data Protection Policy, which sets out how we will use your personal data, as well as providing information regarding your rights as a data subject (including details regarding right of access, right to rectification, right to erasure, right to restriction of processing, right to object), is available on our website. The policy is also available in hard copy upon request. If you consider that your rights have been infringed, you have the right to complain to the Irish Data Protection Commission (, and you have the right to seek a judicial remedy.

Contacting Us

If you require further information, or wish to access your personal data, please contact MARA’s Data Protection Officer, details below:

Data Protection Officer
Maritime Area Regulatory Authority
2nd Floor, Menapia House, Drinagh Business Park,
Drinagh, Wexford, Y35RF29.

Document Updated: 11/11/2023