Privacy notice

This notice was last updated on 27 November 2019.

Data controller

Invest NI is the data controller (ICO Registration number: Z6586089) for the personal data processed on customers using our services and also users of this website.

Lawful basis for processing

As a public sector body, the vast majority of personal data processed by Invest NI is done so in the exercise of the ‘official authority’ vested in Invest NI by virtue of the Industrial Development Act (Northern Ireland) 2002 and the Industrial Development (Northern Ireland) Order 1982. Broadly these allow Invest NI to process data for economic development purposes.

For non ‘core’ functions not covered specifically by our regulatory remit, such as marketing and IT services, Invest NI will rely on its legitimate interests as a legal basis to process personal data in a proportionate and expected way. These legitimate interests are to promote our organisation (for marketing functions) and to function effectively as an organisation (for example in the use of communication technologies).

There will also be a legal obligation on Invest NI to process certain personal data (such as for tax purposes). Where we are relying on your consent to process your personal data we will make this clear at the point of collection.


Security of your personal information

Invest NI regards the lawful and correct handling of personal and business sensitive information as essential to its successful operation and to maintaining confidence of its customers. To this end, Invest NI maintains an Information Security Management System certified to the international security standard ISO 27001 to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of corporate information, including personal data entrusted to us by our customers.

Further detail on our data processing arrangements can be found in the Invest NI Information Security Handbook (PDF).

Contacting us

To contact Invest NI with a data protection query regarding the processing of your personal data, or to exercise any of your rights noted above, please send an email to or write to:

Data Protection Officer
Information Governance Team
Invest NI
Bedford Square
Bedford Street

Making a complaint about how your data is processed

If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of how Invest NI processes your personal data you can complain to the Information Commissioner's Office

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
T: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745
F: 01625 524 510

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