The European Commission is committed to protect your personal data and to respect your privacy. The Commission collects and further processes personal data pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data.
This privacy statement explains the reason for the processing of your personal data, the way we collect, handle and ensure protection of all personal data provided, how that information is used and what rights you have in relation to your personal data. It also specifies the contact details of the responsible Data Controller with whom you may exercise your rights, the Data Protection Officer and the European Data Protection Supervisor.
The information in relation to the processing operation “Management of subscriptions for the Europa Newsletters”, undertaken by the Directorate General “Communication” of the European Commission, is presented below.
Why and how do we process your personal data?
Purpose of the processing operation: the controller collects and further processes your personal data so that you can subscribe to one or more Europa Newsletters related to technical support for the Europa Website that the Directorate General “Communication” offers for interested readers:
- Europa Support - COMM Europa Management - Newsletter
- Europa Support - Content Contributors (Site Upgrades) - Newsletter
- Europa Support - Europa Analytics - Newsletter
- Europa Support - Europa Search Service - Newsletter
- Europa Support - Europa Web Publishing Platform - Newsletter
- Europa Support - Interactive Tools - Newsletter
- Europa Support - News Management System - Newsletter
Your personal data will not be used for an automated decision-making including profiling.
On what legal ground(s) do we process your personal data?
We process your personal data, because you have given your consent to the processing of your personal data for the purpose of receiving one or more of the Europa newsletter.
Which personal data do we collect and further process?
In order to carry out this processing operation, the controller collects the following personal data:
- Your email address is needed to ensure the delivery of the service to you as a subscriber.
How long do we keep your personal data?
The controller only keeps your personal data for the time necessary to fulfil the purpose of collection, namely until you unsubscribe from the mailing list.
Depending on the technical solutions available, you can either write to the dedicated functional mailbox and ask to be unsubscribed from the mailing list or follow the unsubscribe link in the information email you have received. Appropriate action shall be taken within a week of receiving the request.
How do we protect and safeguard your personal data?
All personal data in electronic format are stored on the servers of the European Commission. All processing operations are carried out pursuant to the Commission Decision (EU, Euratom) 2017/46 of 10 January 2017 on the security of communication and information systems in the European Commission.
In order to protect your personal data, the Commission has put in place a number of technical and organisational measures. Technical measures include appropriate actions to address online security, risk of data loss, alteration of data or unauthorised access, taking into consideration the risk presented by the processing and the nature of the personal data being processed. Organisational measures include restricting access to the personal data solely to authorised persons with a legitimate need to know for the purposes of this processing operation.
The Commission’s contractors are bound by a specific contractual clause for any processing operations of your data on behalf of the Commission, and by the confidentiality obligations deriving from the transposition of the General Data Protection Regulation in the EU Member States (‘GDPR’ Regulation (EU) 2016/679).
Who has access to your personal data and to whom is it disclosed?
Access to your personal data is provided to the Commission staff responsible for carrying out this processing operation and to other authorised Commission staff according to the “need to know” principle. Such staff abide by statutory, and when required, additional confidentiality agreements.
Furthermore, access to your personal data can be provided to external contractors working on behalf of and under contractual agreement with the Commission service owning the websites and engaged in creation, maintenance, management, and archiving of websites according to the “need to know” principle.
The information we collect will not be given to any third party, except to the extent and for the purpose we may be required to do so by law.
What are your rights and how can you exercise them?
You have specific rights as a ‘data subject’ under Chapter III (Articles 14-25) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, in particular the right to access your personal data and to rectify them in case your personal data are inaccurate or incomplete. Where applicable, you have the right to erase your personal data, to restrict the processing of your personal data, to object to the processing, and the right to data portability.
You have consented to provide your personal data to the controller for the present processing operation. You can withdraw your consent at any time by notifying the Data Controller. The specific privacy statement will explain how consent can be withdrawn. The withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of the processing carried out before you have withdrawn the consent.
You can exercise your rights by contacting the Data Controller, or in case of conflict the Data Protection Officer. If necessary, you can also address the European Data Protection Supervisor. Their contact information is given under Heading 9 below.
Where you wish to exercise your rights in the context of one or several specific processing operations, please provide their description (i.e. their Record reference(s) as specified under Heading 10 below) in your request.
- The Data Controller
If you would like to exercise your rights under Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, if you have comments, questions or concerns, or if you would like to submit a complaint regarding the collection and use of your personal data, please feel free to contact the Data Controller at email@example.com.
- The Data Protection Officer (DPO) of the Commission
You may contact the Data Protection Officer firstname.lastname@example.org with regard to issues related to the processing of your personal data under Regulation (EU) 2018/1725.
- The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)
You have the right to have recourse (i.e. you can lodge a complaint) to the European Data Protection Supervisor (email@example.com) if you consider that your rights under Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 have been infringed as a result of the processing of your personal data by the Data Controller.
Where to find more detailed information?
The Commission Data Protection Officer (DPO) publishes the register of all processing operations on personal data by the European Commission, which have been documented and notified to him. You may access the register via the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/dpo-register.
This specific processing operation has been included in the DPO’s public register with the following Record reference: DPR-EC-03928.