Privacy Statement Newsletter
PROTECTION OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA
This specific privacy statement provides information about the processing and the protection of your personal data.
Processing operation: CASSINI Business Accelerator Newsletter
Data Controller: European Commission, Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space, Unit B.2 – Innovation, Start-Ups and Economics (hereinafter “DG DEFIS Unit B.2” or “the Data Controller”)
Record reference: DPR-EC-03928
Table of Contents
Why and how do we process your personal data?
On what legal ground(s) do we process your personal data?
Which personal data do we collect and further process?
How long do we keep your personal data?
How do we protect and safeguard your personal data?
Who has access to your personal data and to whom is it disclosed?
What are your rights and how can you exercise them?
Where to find more detailed information?
The European Commission (hereafter ‘the 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 (repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001).
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 processing operation “Management of subscriptions to receive information concerning ‘CASSINI Business Accelerator Newsletter’ undertaken by DG DEFIS Unit B.2 is presented below.
2. Why and how do we process your personal data?
The Data Controller collects and further processes your personal data so that you can receive information that you have requested on important developments, activities, events, initiatives or thematic issues in the context of the CASSINI Business Accelerator and the overall CASSINI initiative, in particular through newsletters sent by email.
Your personal data will not be used for automated decision-making including profiling.
3. On what legal ground(s) do we process your personal data
The Data Controller processes your personal data because you have given consent to the processing of your personal data for the purpose of receiving the requested information, via a clear affirmative act, by checking a box on the subscription form.
4. Which personal data do we collect and further process?
In order to carry out this processing operation, the Data Controller collects the following categories of personal data.
When subscribing for the newsletter:
Topics of interest
We obtain this personal data from you to ensure the delivery of the service to you as a subscriber.
When opening a newsletter:
Whether or not the email was opened
Whether or not a link was clicked on
We obtain this personal data from you for statistical purposes.
5. How long do we keep your personal data?
The Data Controller only keeps your personal data for the time necessary to fulfil the purpose of collection, namely until you unsubscribe from the mailing list.
You can unsubscribe by following the instructions provided in any email. Appropriate action shall be taken within a week of receiving the request to unsubscribe.
In case where data is kept for statistical purposes, some subscriber's optional data may be kept for 5 years after the un-subscription, providing these do not allow to identify the subscriber anymore and that these are available to a very restricted number of authorised persons performing the processing operation on a need to know basis, for the sole purposes of generating anonymised statistics.
6. How do we protect and safeguard your personal data?
All personal data in electronic format (e-mails, documents, databases, uploaded batches of data, etc.) are stored on the servers of the European Commission or those of its contractors and their subcontractors (listed under Heading 7 below). All processing operations are carried out pursuant to Commission Decision (EU, Euratom) 2017/46 of 10 January 2017 on the security of communication and information systems in the European Commission.
The Commission’s contractors and their subcontractors (processors) are bound by a specific contractual clause for any processing operations of your personal 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). These processors have to put in place appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the level of security, required by the 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.
7. 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 authorised Commission staff according to the “need to know” principle. Such staff abide by statutory, and when required, additional confidentiality agreements.
The Data Controller will transmit your personal data to the processors mentioned below based on contracts pursuant to Article 29 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725:
Verhaert New Products & Services NV (Belgium)
Plug & Play Germany GmbH (Germany)
Civitta International OÜ (Estonia)
Stockholm Innovation & Growth AB (Sweden)
The above data processors may engage the following sub-processors of your personal data:
- MailerLite Limited (Ireland)
Please note that pursuant to Article 3(13) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 public authorities (e.g. Court of Auditors, EU Court of Justice) which may receive personal data in the framework of a particular inquiry in accordance with Union or Member State law shall not be regarded as recipients. The further processing of those data by those public authorities shall be in compliance with the applicable data protection rules according to the purposes of the processing.
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.
8. 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, rectify or erase your personal data and the right to restrict the processing of your personal data. Where applicable, you also have the right to object to the processing or the right to data portability.
You have consented to provide your personal data to the data controller for the present processing operation. You can withdraw your consent at any time by notifying the Data Controller via the contact form on the website (https://www.cassini.eu/accelerator/) or writing to the Data Protection Officer (DEFIS-B2@ec.europa.eu). The withdrawal of your consent 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.
Any request for access to personal data will be handled within one month. Any other request mentioned above will be addressed within 15 working days.
9. Contact information
- The Data Controller
In case you would like to exercise your rights under Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, or 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, European Commission, Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space, Unit B.2 – Innovation, Start- Ups and Economics, e-mail: DEFIS-B2@ec.europa.eu.
- The Data Protection Officer (DPO) of the Commission
You may contact the Data Protection Officer (DATA-PROTECTION-OFFICER@ec.europa.eu) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
10. Where to find more detailed information?
The Commission Data Protection Officer (DPO) publishes the register of all processing operations on personal data by the 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.