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Privacy Notice

Forestry, Amenity & Lands forms part of the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA). DEFA is a Controller for the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation (Isle of Man) Order 2018.

Information being collected

We may collect and hold the following personal information:

  • Personal contact details (name, address, telephone number, email address)
  • Payment information/details
  • Vehicle Registrations
  • Circumstance/evidence (if in support of an application)
  • Photographs

How your information is collected

  • Application forms
  • Written form in hard copy or email as to comment on applications
  • Telephone
  • Letters
  • In person
  • Social Media/websites

Collecting and how we will use the information we collect about you

The Directorate may use your information to:

  • Process applications and take payments
  • Issue licences and permits
  • Assess tenders
  • Respond to requests for advice or information
  • Verify contact details and credentials
  • Keep a record of conversations
  • Comply with its statutory function across its various instruments of legislation for  the determination of applications it handles and effect any enforcement action if and where required.
  • Prevent and detect crime including fraud, money laundering, identity theft and other criminal offences

The Directorate has a statutory obligation to assume the information provided is accurate, compile registers and ensure compliance with any approvals issued.

The Forestry Directorate’s statutory functions are derived from the following legislation:

  • Wildlife Act 1990
  • Tree Preservation Act 1993
  • Agricultural Tenancies Act 2008 & Agricultural Holding Act 1969
  • Game Act 1882, Game (Hares) Act 1971
  • Forestry Act 1984; Public Turbaries Byelaws 1997; Sulby Claddagh Byelaws 2011
  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974;
  • Heath Burning Act 2003
  • Agricultural Wages Act 1952
  • Ayres Byelaws 2005

Sharing the information we collect about you and who with

Third parties we may share your data with include:

  • Isle of Man Government Departments, Boards and Offices including Attorney General’s Chambers and Treasury
  • Consultant and Procurement Portal Managers

Protecting your Information

The security of your information is very important to us and we take it very seriously. We will:

  • Keep your information safe and secure in compliance with its information security policy
  • Only use and disclose your information as detailed in this guide, where necessary
  • Retain the information for no longer than necessary and your information will be permanently deleted once the retention timeframes have been reached

Individual rights and choices when sharing Personal Information with the Department?

You have a right to access your personal data to ensure that it is accurate, and to request that it is rectified, blocked, erased or destroyed if it is inaccurate;

To make any request relating to your data held by us, please contact the Data Protection Officer for the Department using the details below.

Guidance on making a Data Subject Access Request, when you can request copies of all the Personal Data held about you is available.

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you may also complain to the Information Commissioner, whose details can be found on, or the relevant supervisory authority. You may have a right to other remedies.

More Information

You can find out more information by:

  • Looking at the Isle of Man Government Privacy Policy
  • Contacting our Data Protection Officer on 01624 687681 or email
  • Making a subject access request which is a request for all of the personal data we hold about you
  • Obtaining this information in large print, braille or in an alternative language
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