Data protection policy

Date published: 22 April 2009

Data protection policy for the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute


AFBI takes data protection and freedom of information issues seriously.

It takes care to ensure that any personal information supplied to it is dealt with in a way which complies with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.

This means that any personal information you supply will be processed principally for the purpose for which it has been provided.

However, AFBI may also use it for other legitimate purposes in line with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Freedom of Information legislation. 

These include:

  • administration of the Common Agricultural Policy and other aid schemes
  • the production and safety of food
  • management of land and other environmental controls
  • animal health and welfare
  • occupational health and welfare
  • compilation of statistics
  • disclosure to other organisations when required to do so, e.g. Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)
  • disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 where such disclosure is in the public interest

AFBI may use samples submitted for diagnostic testing for further disease surveillance or research work. This includes looking for new or emerging diseases and monitoring changes in disease patterns or infectious agents.