Personal information charter

This sets out the standards you can expect from the Department for International Trade (DIT) when we collect, hold or use your personal information.

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The Department for International Trade (DIT) was replaced by the Department for Business and Trade (DBT). This page is no longer current.

Your rights

When DIT collects, holds, uses or processes your personal information, you have a right to be told:

  • what the data is being used for
  • why we’re legally able to process your data (also called the ‘lawful basis for processing’)
  • how long we will keep your data
  • who we will share it with
  • whether it will be transferred or accessed outside the UK or EU, and what legal protection it will have
  • who our Data Protection Officer is
  • about any rights you have, including the right to access your information or to object to its being used
  • about your right to complain to the Information Commissioner if you feel that your personal information has been mishandled

You are also entitled to have your personal information:

  • protected and kept secure
  • kept accurate and up to date
  • not used for purposes which are incompatible with those for which it was collected
  • kept only for as long as it is needed for the purpose for which it was collected (unless it must be kept as part of the historic record)

DIT privacy notices

Privacy notices explaining how specific DIT services handle your information include:

How to contact the Data Protection Officer (DPO)

The DPO:

  • determines how and why personal data is processed
  • is responsible for independent advice
  • monitors DIT’s use of personal information

Contact DIT:

  • to get a copy of the personal information we have about you
  • if you have any questions relating to how DIT handle your personal data
  • if you have any concerns about a DIT service

Data Protection Officer

Department for International Trade
Old Admiralty Building
Admiralty Place

Independent advice on data protection and privacy

Contact the Information Commissioner for independent advice about data protection, privacy and data-sharing issues.

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House
Water Lane


Tel 0303 123 1113

Textphone 01625 545860

Monday to Friday 9am to 4:30pm