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Social Impact of Covid-19 Survey

Survey purpose and legal basis

The Social Impact of Covid-19 Survey is a voluntary survey carried out by the Central Statistics Office under Section 24 of the Statistics Act,1993.

The purpose of the survey is to provide data on the influence of Covid-19 in Ireland. Data that are collected include aspects such as; satisfaction with various life aspects, wellbeing, lifestyle and employment changes, and awareness and concerns surrounding Covid-19.

Any information gathered to inform this survey is subject to the restrictions of use and prohibition of disclosure under sections 32, 33, and 34 of the Statistics Act, 1993.

Who uses the results?

The results of this survey will be made available in aggregate form only, ensuring that it is impossible to identify individuals. The anonymised survey data may be provided to other government departments, approved organisations, and approved researchers for statistical purposes only.

Tables containing aggregate data from this survey will be made available on the CSO website, and can be used by government, the business community, and members of the public to make informed decisions about life in Ireland.

Is your personal data confidential and how long will the data be retained?

Yes, all information supplied to the CSO is treated as strictly confidential. The confidentiality of data is provided for under sections 32, 33, and 34 of the Statistics Act, 1993, which sets stringent confidentiality standards. These include the use of data for statistical purposes only, and the non-disclosure of data in an identifiable form.

The personal data collected to inform this monthly survey will be stored for a maximum of twelve months.

The sources and categories of your personal data, where the data has not been collected directly from you:

Not applicable.

For further information on this survey, your Data Protection rights and how your data is used please contact:

Claire Burke, Income Consumption and Wealth Division, Central Statistics Office, Skehard Road, Cork, T12 X00E.

Tel: +(353) 21 453 5046 E-mail:


Data Protection Information:

Under the General Data Protection Regulation, you have the following rights:

  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Commission. Contact details: Office of the Data Protection Commission, 21 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin 2, D02 RD28, Ireland.
  • The right to request access, rectification, erasure, restriction or to object to the processing of your personal data.

However, because your data is processed for statistical purposes these rights may be limited in accordance with Article 89 of the GDPR. This is due to the fact that the exercise of any of these rights may render impossible, or seriously impair, the achievement of the statistical processing and such restriction maybe necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.

Central Statistics Office Data Protection Officer Contact Details: