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Your Privacy

This page explains the Department for Social Development (DSD) privacy policy and how it will use and protect any information about you that you give when you visit this website.

The Data Protection Act

Under the Data Protection Act, DSD has a legal duty to protect any information collected from you. DSD 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 DSD collect?
DSD collects three kinds of information from visitors to the website:
  • feedback (through visitors using our online form to comment on the site)
  • customer satisfaction surveys (via online surveys)
  • site usage information, using cookies and page tagging techniques including JavaScript


The Department for Social Development welcomes your comments about this site
If you email DSD for advice or information that we are not able to give, we will pass it on to the appropriate government department, agency or Non Departmental Public Body.

Site usage information


The DSD site uses cookies. You can find more information on these cookies on the following pages on this site:

What happens when I link to another site?

DSD does not pass on to any other site any personal information you have given
DSD contains links to other websites, both of government departments and of other organisations. This privacy policy applies only to the DSD 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.
DSD does not pass on to any other site any personal information you have given.

What happens when I come to the DSD site from another site?

Where you are directed to the DSD site from another site (whether a third party site or a government site) DSD 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 DSD.

Access to your information and contacting DSD

If you wish to see the DSD 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 DSD using this email address:

Changes to this privacy policy

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