UK Trade & Investment

Privacy Policy and Data Protection Act 1998

This Privacy Policy covers the treatment of personal data which you submit to us (Personal data is defined as any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual). We will process any personal data you provide in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Collection of personal data

In order for you to request or submit information to us, we may ask you to provide personal data such as your name, postal address, telephone, fax number and e-mail address. When you submit personal data to us, you understand and agree that this data will be supplied to UK Trade and Investment and the Department of Trade and Industry who will take appropriate steps to ensure that personal data is protected from unauthorised use and kept in a secure manner either electronically or on manual records.

When you submit personal data to us you understand and agree that:

The data is to be collected for the purpose of promoting UK business competitiveness, to help secure overseas sales and investments and to support and develop UK inward investment. This may involve the information being used by UK Trade and Investment or the Department of Trade and Industry for direct marketing and other activities for trade & investment purposes. It may also involve the transfer of data outside the European Economic Area via our overseas offices.

In order to provide you with advice, further information or support, the personal data may be passed to your nearest Business Link in England (or your equivalent in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) or the Regional Development Agencies in England (and the Development Agencies for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) who may also contact you directly in the future in relation to offering related services.

In order to provide you with advice, the personal data may be passed to a carefully selected UK based Trade Association or Chamber of Commerce who may contact you in future to offer related services.

Updating your personal information

You have the right to access, correct or remove your personal information. Should you wish to do this, please write to us either by letter or fax to the following address:

UK Trade and Investment Data Team Room 155 Kingsgate House 66 - 74 Victoria Street London SW1E 6SW   Fax 020 7215 8336

Change to privacy policy

We may revise this Privacy Policy at any time by posting such revised Privacy Policy at Your continued use of the site will mean you accept those revisions.

Data Controller

The data controller is the Department of Trade and Industry and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. You can write to the Department of Trade and Industry’s nominated Data Protection Officer at Room LG140, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET.


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