Transparency is a key requirement of data protection law. You have the right to be informed about the collection and use of your personal data. This privacy notice is designed to provide you with the information needed to allow you to see how and why Invest NI uses your personal data. Further details of specific uses of your data may also be supplied in online forms, frequently asked questions and physical application forms where the information is being collected.
You also have the right to ask for the personal data that we hold about you to increase your awareness of and allow you to verify the lawfulness of the processing. To protect your privacy we may ask you to verify your identity.
In some circumstances you can ask for your personal information to be deleted, for example:
Where your personal information is no longer needed for the reason it was collected in the first place.
Where you have removed your consent for us to use your information, where there is no other legal reason for Invest NI to use it.
Where there is no legal reason for the use of your information.
Please note that we cannot delete your information where:
We are required to have it by law.
It is necessary to perform our functions as a public body.
It is necessary for legal claims
It is envisioned that the right to erasure will be limited due to the legal reason the vast majority of personal data is processed by Invest NI is in the exercise of its 'official authority' i.e. following the requirements of legislation.
In certain circumstances if you raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you may also request that we 'restrict processing', meaning that the data will be preserved from further processing 'as evidence' either while we investigate your complaint or to support your complaint to the ICO.
In some circumstances, where you have provided your personal data directly to us that is processed by automated means and is done so purely on the basis of your consent, you will have the right to obtain and reuse your personal data in an electronic format for your own purposes across different services.
You have an unconditional right to object to direct marketing at any time. As noted within this privacy notice, Invest NI will not send you direct marketing without your consent and you can withdraw your consent at any time selecting the 'unsubscribe' link that appears in the footer of every email newsletter we send.
If you require a copy of this notice in an alternative format (including braille, disk, audio cassette or in minority languages to meet the needs of those who are not fluent in English), then please contact the Equality Team on: