The European Union is committed to user privacy.
The ECA’s policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions" is based on Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.
This general policy covers the European Union's family of institutional websites, within the europa.eu domain.
Although you can browse through most of these Web Sites without giving any information about yourself, in some cases personal information is required in order to provide the e-services you might request.
Within each Institution, a Data Protection Officer ensures that the provisions of the Regulation is applied and advises controllers on fulfilling their obligations (see Article 24 of the Regulation);
For all the Institutions, the European Data Protection Supervisor will act as an independent supervisory authority (see Articles 41 to 45 of the Regulation).
The European Union's family of institutional websites, within the europa.eu domain, provide links to third-party sites. We do not have any control over their content, so we encourage you to review their privacy policies.
What is an e-service?
An e-service from a European Union institutional website is a service or resource made available on the Internet to improve communication between citizens and businesses on the one hand, and the European Institutions on the other hand.
Three types of e-services are or will be offered by a European Union institutional website:
Information services that provide citizens, media, business, administrations and other decision-makers with easy and effective access to information, thus increasing transparency and understanding of the policies and activities of the EU;
Interactive communication services that allow better contacts with citizens, business, civil society and public actors, thus facilitating policy consultations and feedback mechanisms in order to contribute to the shaping of policies and to the activities and the services of the EU;
Transaction services that allow access to all basic forms of transaction with the EU, e.g. procurement, financial operations, recruitment, event enrolment, acquisition or purchase of documents, etc.
Information contained in a specific privacy statement
Who will control what information is collected, for what purpose, on which legal basis and through which technical means. The EU collects personal information to the extent necessary to achieve a specific purpose exclusively. The information will not be re-used for an incompatible purpose;
To whom your information is disclosed? The EU will only disclose information to third parties if that is necessary for the fulfilment of the purpose(s) identified above and to the mentioned (categories of) recipients. The EU will not divulge your personal data for direct marketing purposes;
How you can access your information, verify its accuracy and, if necessary, correct it? As a data subject you also have the right to object to the processing or erasure of your personal data on legitimate compelling grounds except when they are collected in order to comply with a legal obligation, or are necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party, or are to be used for a purpose for which you have given your unambiguous consent;
How long your data are kept? The EU only keeps the data for the time necessary to fulfil the purpose of collection or further processing;
Whom to contact if you have queries or complaints.