When your application is received, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science create a record in your name which contains much of the personal information you have supplied. This personal record is used solely in processing your candidature. Such information held is subject to the rights and obligations set out in the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003. You are entitled under this Act to obtain, at any time, a copy of information held about you. By lodging your application, you consent to any processing of your personal data, including sensitive personal data, by the department. The personal data provided may be exchanged with the relevant country’s embassy for the purpose of assessing your suitability.