This page explains the Department's privacy policy and how it will use and protect any information about you that you give when you visit this website.

Department of Finance privacy information

The nidirect website is edited by the nidirect Central Editorial Team, itself a part of Digital Shared Services (DSS). DSS is a Directorate of Enterprise Shared Services (ESS) within the Department of Finance. It is responsible for the provision of IT infrastructure services for the NI Civil Service and some wider public sector organisations.

In order to carry out its functions, DSS processes a range of personal information. This Privacy Information Statement relates to the nidirect Web Service. The type of data held and the reasons DSS are required to process it are set out below. The Department of Finance is the data controller of the information and is committed to protecting your privacy at all times when using your personal data.

Data Protection Legislation

Under Data Protection Legislation, the Department has a legal duty to protect any information collected from you. This website uses leading technologies and encryption software to safeguard your data, and keeps strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it.

What information does this website collect?

The Department collects three kinds of information from visitors to the website:

  • feedback  (through visitors emailing us)
  • customer satisfaction surveys (via optional online surveys)
  • site usage information, using cookies and page tagging techniques including JavaScript


If you email us from this website we will keep a record of your message for a maximum of three months after the conclusion of correspondence, for reference and audit purposes, after which it will be deleted.

Site usage information - Cookies

This website and some of the tools and services we link to use cookies. You can find more information on these cookies on the following pages:

What happens when I link to another site?

This website contains links to other websites, both of government departments and of other organisations. This privacy policy applies only to this site, so you should always be aware when you are moving to another site and read the privacy statement of any other site(s) which may collect personal information about you.

This website does not pass on to any other site any personal information you have given.

What happens when I come to this website site from another site?

Where you are directed to this site from another site (whether a third party site or a government site) we may receive personal information relating to you from the other site(s). You should read the privacy policies for these sites as these will govern the use of any personal information that you provide and which is then provided to this website.

Access to your information

If you wish to see this website's records of any email correspondence with you, within the last three months, or if you have a query or complaint about this privacy policy or about the site, you can contact us using the Contact link at the top of this page.

Changes to this privacy policy

If this privacy policy changes in any way, an updated version will be placed on this page.