This policy was last updated on 21 May 2018
www.niconnections.com is the website of Northern Irish Connections (NI Connections), delivered by Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI). We are committed to protecting the privacy of all personal information obtained from you during any visits to the website.
Invest NI processes personal data in accordance with our obligations under the UK Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). The DPA will be replaced on 25th May 2018 by the EU wide General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). A new UK Data Protection Act 2018 will also be introduced.
This policy is written to comply with requirements under both DPA and GDPR (as they are known), however, elements may change before or after 25th May 2018 to reflect the new laws and any relevant guidance issued by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). We shall update this notice to reflect any changes.
This Website is operated by Invest NI. 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.
What information do we collect?
This Website may collect and process data you provide to us about you, for example through filling out an enquiry form, and other information that we automatically collect from you.
Information we collect from you
Information that we may automatically collect in relation to your visits to this Website does not identify your personally. It provides us with information about how you use niconnections.com and engage with us. We use this information to improve our services and make them more useful to you. The information we collect includes some or all of the following:
We collect this information in a way which does not identify you personally.
We collect information on how you use this Website through cookies. Cookies are text files placed on your computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone to collect information. You can decide if you want to accept or reject cookies by changing the settings on your browser.
We use the information we collect to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, including the following:
Our lawful basis for collecting your information
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.
We store your data on secure servers in the European Economic Area (EEA).
We do not retain data longer than is necessary to fulfil the purposes for which it was collected or as required by applicable laws or regulations. Information will be stored and then destroyed in line with the Invest NI retention and disposal schedule (PDF).
To deliver a service, if you have provided us with personal data, we may need to share your information with:
We will never share information other than for the purpose for which it was provided to us (economic development related activities).
For effective public governance and auditing purposes Invest NI may need to share your data with its sponsor body, the Department for the Economy, the Department of Finance and the European Commission. For business improvement (evaluation) purposes we may also share your data with Invest NI’s professional advisers / consultants / contracted suppliers working on Invest NI’s behalf who are subject to obligations of confidence.
As required by law, we may disclose information to government bodies and law enforcement agencies for their enforcement purposes.
Invest NI will not sell your personal information.
As an individual whose personal data is processed by Invest NI, you have:
Please note that we cannot delete your information where:
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.
You have the right to object to any aspect of Invest NI’s processing of your personal data:
If you would like to exercise your right of access in relation to information held on you by Invest NI, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any specific data protection queries or concerns, please send an email to email@example.com or write to:
Data Protection OfficerInformation Governance TeamInvest NIBedford SquareBedford StreetBelfastBT2 7ES
If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of how Invest NI processes your personal data, you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office.
www.niconnections.com contains links to many other government and non–government websites. This Website does not endorse or favour any specific commercial product or business. Non–government sites linked to from this Website are present only because they may be useful additions to the information we provide.
A link to a third–party website does not imply endorsement – you must use your own judgement to decide whether the information or service on that website is suitable for your needs. If a website is not linked to ours, this does not mean or imply that it is unsatisfactory. The linked websites are regularly reviewed in the light of customer usage and feedback.
We are not responsible for the content of any linked website and cannot take responsibility for the consequences of you using the information or services on linked websites. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time.
We embed external content from third–party websites such as YouTube. This content is not published on www.niconnections.com. It is delivered using devices and services provided by such third party sites that can be inserted into our site. We are not responsible for this content.
Whilst we have made all reasonable efforts to display only appropriate YouTube videos through the embedded YouTube player, we are not responsible for any YouTube content accessed from this Website. After a selected video clip plays, YouTube may suggest related videos, which can be played in the embedded video player. In virtually all cases, these will be directly related to the subject of the selected video.
Occasionally, YouTube users may assign key words to a video by mistake. It is therefore possible that an unrelated video could be displayed. Again, we are not responsible for this content. If you are concerned about this possibility, you should avoid viewing YouTube videos from the embedded player on this Website.
No data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed as totally secure. While we strive to protect such information, we do not warrant and cannot ensure the security of any information which you transmit to us. Accordingly, such transmission is at your own risk. We will not be liable for any damages or loss arising out of or resulting from any unauthorised access to, alteration to or modification of information contained on this Website.
We make every effort to check and test this Website during production. You must take your own precautions to ensure that the process which you employ for accessing this Website does not expose you to risk of viruses, malicious computer code or other forms of interference which may damage your computer system. It is always wise for you to run an anti–virus program on anything you download from the internet.
We accept no liability for any loss, disruption or damage to your computer system or your data caused by using this Website or arising as a result of having used this Website.
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 Invest NI Equality Team on:
T: 028 9069 8273E: firstname.lastname@example.orgText phone: 028 9069 8585