National Innovation Centre for Data Impact Assessment – Privacy Notice

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NICD Impact Assessment

Thank you for agreeing to take part in this research project.

This page contains information relevant to this project that has to be made available to you in order to comply with data protection legislation (Privacy Information Notice).

About this research

Ortus Economic Research is undertaking this impact assessment on behalf of the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD). NICD has worked with many national and regional businesses, helping those organisations learn new data skills to support organisational goals and become more productive. The impact assessment will help NICD articulate the economic and other impacts that it helps create across those businesses, as well as through attracting inward investment and supporting wider investment in innovation.

The data controller for this research project is the NICD – see Contact below. The data controller ‘determines the purposes and means of processing personal data’. The legal basis for this research is ‘public task’ – the processing is necessary for the NICD to perform a task in the public interest or for its official functions, and the task or function has a clear basis in law.

You have been asked to take part in this research because you have taken part in one or more data skills projects supported by NICD. You will not be asked to provide any personal details about yourself as an essential part of completing the research, although details such as your name and role in the business may be mentioned as part of your dialogue with an interviewer or facilitator. You may be asked to give your name and contact details for the purposes of follow-up research. You do not have to give any of these details if you do not want to.

Taking part in this research is voluntary and you have the right to withdraw from the research at any time – see Your rights below.

How your data will be used

The online surveys are confidential. NICD will not know you have taken part in online surveys and will only receive aggregated data (which means your data will be mixed in with the views of other beneficiaries of NICDs services) and research reports will only contain anonymous data (which means neither you nor your organisation will be named, nor identifiable from any of your answers). If you have asked to be guided through the questionnaire by an interviewer, your name and contact details will be used to organise a suitable appointment, but will not be part of your survey responses.

You will be invited to participate in the survey by NICD, who already hold your contact details.  Your contact details will not be shared with Ortus Economic Research.

We may invite you to participate in follow-up interviews to explore how NICD has helped support your organisation and what the benefits have been. Any notes taken during interviews will remain with Ortus Economic Research and will not be shared with NICD.  Again, the report will contains an aggregated analysis of all interviews.  Organisations will only be identified where permission has been sought and provided.  

How we keep your information safe

Ortus Economic Research use a wide range of technology to ensure that any personal data we hold is processed, stored and transferred in a secure way. This includes encryption, password protection and limiting access to personal data to key staff only. We regularly review our processes, hardware, software and policies to ensure we maintain personal data securely.

Your data will not be transferred to a country outside the EU.

Your rights

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), individuals have rights over their personal data and Data Controllers have a responsibility to fulfil these rights. Your rights include:

  • Withdrawal of consent – you have a right to withdraw from the research at any time. Any personal data will then be deleted from any research study or database in which you are identifiable.
  • Access to personal data – a right to access personal data that is held by Ortus Economic Research.
  • Amendment to personal data – a right to have any personal data held about you amended.
  • Erase personal data (‘right to be forgotten’) – a right to have personal data erased.
  • Object to processing – a right to object to processing in certain circumstances
  • Restrict processing – a right to restrict the processing of personal data in certain circumstances. This means that an individual can limit the ways that an organisation uses their data. It is different to requesting the erasure of personal data.

You have the right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) if you are unhappy with the way Ortus Economic Research processes your personal data. The ICO can be contacted at or by calling 0303 123 1113.


If you have further questions about this research project:

Call Andrew Graves at Ortus Economic Research on 07966 582133

If you wish to contact NICD about the purpose of the impact assessment or the use of the evidence or data that it generates, please contact Georgia Carr, Manager on 0191 208 4636 or by email at

To fulfil your rights under GDPR (including to make a Subject Access Request) please contact Ortus Economic Research by email ( or by phone (07966 582133) or by post to Data Protection Officer, 10 Heathfield Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 5QT. We will respond to your request within legal time limits and in line with current data protection legislation. Normally, we will not charge for the fulfilment of your rights and would only do so when legally entitled to.

Further information on Privacy

Ortus Economic Research’s Privacy Policy can be found at

NICD’s Privacy Policy can be found at

See the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) website for information on data protection and privacy: