Privacy notice

This notice was last updated on 27 November 2019.

Your rights

This section details your rights and the circumstances in which they apply in relation to the personal information we process about you.

To exercise any of these rights please send an email to . To learn more about these rights, please visit the ICO website.

Right to be informed

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.

Right to access the data we hold on you

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.

Right to have your data rectified if it is inaccurate

If you believe that personal data we hold on you is inaccurate or misleading then you have the right to request that it is rectified.

Right to erasure

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.

Right to have your data restricted or blocked from processing

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.

Right of data portability

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.

Right to object to direct marketing

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.

Right to object to processing of your personal data

Processing is the term under data protection law that describes all uses of your personal data. This will include the collection, sharing, storage, retention and destruction of your data.

You have the right to object any aspect of Invest NI’s processing of your personal data:

  • that is processed for the performance of a task in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority;
  • that is processed based on Invest NI’s legitimate interests;
  • that is processed for purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics; and
  • if it involves any automated decision making or profiling carried out by Invest NI

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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