The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is responsible for registering, regulating and reporting on the charity sector in Northern Ireland. As the charity regulator, we are lawfully required to collect and process personal data in order to achieve our statutory objectives, functions and general duties.
Any personal data you give us will be held securely and in accordance with data protection rules and principles. Your personal details will be treated as private and confidential, and will only be retained for as long as is necessary in line with our retention policy. The information will be safeguarded and will not be disclosed to anyone not connected to the Commission unless:
- you have agreed to its release,
- the Commission is legally bound to disclose the information
- the Commission regards disclosure as necessary in order to properly carry out its statutory functions
The Commission may also disclose information or personal data to other relevant public authorities where it is lawful to do so and where, for the purposes of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of overriding public interest, such disclosure is necessary.
We will ensure that any disclosure made for this purpose is lawful, fair, considers your right to privacy and is made only to serve the Commission’s statutory objectives as a regulator.
When you provide the Commission with information used to carry out its functions, you are obliged to comply with section 25 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 which means that it is an offence to provide information which is false or misleading. In respect of your personal data we expect any data which you give us to be truthful, accurate and up-to-date.
For further information, you may wish to read the Commission’s Privacy notice which details what to expect when the Commission collects and processes personal information, including your rights in relation to that processing if we hold your information.
Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives members of the public the right to know about and request information that we hold. This includes information received from third parties. If information is requested under the Freedom of Information Act we will release it, unless there are relevant exemptions. We may choose to consult with you first. If you think that information you are providing may be exempt from release if requested, please let us know.