Privacy policy

The Geological Survey of Northern Ireland is committed to protecting your privacy online. We will treat any personal information (which means data from which you can be identified, including your name, address, e-mail address and the like) that you provide to us, or that we obtain from you, in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act of 1998. This Privacy Policy sets out the way we deal with personal information.

Your personal information will be held by the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland

Any information obtained via this web site, or any other website controlled by the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, will be held by the:

Geological Survey of Northern Ireland
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road

Tel: 028 9038 8462
Fax: 028 9038 8461

We will not provide it to any third parties without your permission unless we are required, by law, to do so.

What personal information do we obtain and how do we obtain it?

When you request a particular service or offering, we ask you to provide the personal information that we require in order to provide the service to you in accordance with our usual operating procedures and quality standards.

The GSNI does not use 'cookies', or other forms of information software, to obtain information from visitors to our sites, we only use cookies to hold shopping baskets within the online shops, these cookies are temporary and are deleted when you close your browser, or when you complete a purchase.

What use do we make of personal information?

We do not sell, trade or rent your information to other parties. Your personal information will be used only for the purposes of communicating with you in relation to our products and services, or for system administration of the web server.

How do we protect your personal information?

We use all reasonable endeavours to protect personal information from loss, misuse or alteration, and have appropriate security measures in place to assist us to do so. Only authorised employees, who are under appropriate confidentiality obligations, will have access to your personal information. However, (where applicable) you will be responsible for, and must take all due care to protect, any user ID or password that we have provided or may, in the future, provide for your use on our web sites.

How can you amend your personal information, or ask us to remove it?

This can be done at any time by e-mailing us at or by writing to the person whom the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland has nominated as its representative for the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998,   Michael Young, Local Information Manager,, at the address of the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland set out above.