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Privacy Policy

Who we are


The data processing controller is Copernicus, the European Earth Observation and Monitoring Programme (previously known as GMES - Global Monitoring for Environment and Security). For the purposes of this website, the data is being processed by FDC and SpaceTec Partners (data processers) under an EU-funded framework contract (385/PP/2014/FC). You can contact individuals at either organisation or at [support [at]]. Our data protection officer contact details are [frederic.collomb [at]].


For the purposes of workshop organisation, a separate privacy policy can be found here .



What data we collect


We collect some or all of the following personal data from you as part of your visit to this website: the IP address or domain name of the computer you use to connect to our website, and information about your visit to our website via Cookies (more information on our Cookie use can be found here). In addition, if you register for the Copernicus Observer Newsletter, we collect your e-mail address to process this request.



Why we collect your personal data


We process your data to make your experience visiting the website more enjoyable, and to allow you to register for the Copernicus Observer Newsletter.



On what basis we collect your personal data


The legal basis for the processing of your data is your consent and also financial audit requirements imposed on us by, for example, the European Commission control bodies.



Marketing activities


We will not use your data for any marketing activities. The information collected by us is neither reused nor sold.



How we collect your data


As noted above, for the purposes of the website the data is only collected via cookies or by users entering their names and email addresses manually into the subscribe page.



What your rights are


You have the following rights in relation to your data and the processing thereof:


  • access your data


  • have knowledge of the reasoning underlying data processing


  • obtain a copy of your data


  • request their erasure or rectification


  • request your data to be provided to another controller on your behalf


  • not to be subject to a purely automated decision without having your views taken into consideration


  • object to processing in some circumstances


  • withdraw your consent


  • lodge a complaint with the national supervisory authority should you consider this data processing to be in violation of the law and to claim compensation for damage incurred as a result if the processing is found to be unlawful


You may contact us at [support [at]] with your requests to exercise your rights. We will answer your request within one month of the date we receive your request, but if your request is too complex or we receive too many other requests we will inform you that this period may be extended by a further month.



Personal information retention period


With respect to the Copernicus Observer newsletter, your personal data will be retained for as long as you choose to remain subscribed. The data storage period for the cookies on our website will be determined by your browser settings, unless we are required by law to retain your personal data for a longer period of time. Your data are not subject to automatic decision procedures.



Data security and confidentiality


Copernicus follows strict data security procedures to ensure that your personal information is not damaged, destroyed, or disclosed to a third party without your permission and to prevent unauthorised access. The computers storing the information are kept in a secure environment with restricted physical access. We use secure firewalls and other measures to restrict electronic access. If the data must be transferred to a third party, we require them to have in place similar measures to protect your personal data; however, this is not expected to be required.



Recipients of personal information


All of the information we collect or record is restricted to our offices. Only persons who need the information to fulfil their duties are granted access to personal data. We will explicitly ask you when we need information to identify you. You can update the personal information that you give us at any time by contacting us directly.



Transfer of data outside the EU


No data is transferred outside of the EU by SpaceTec Partners or FDC.



Deletion of personal information


Without prejudice to your right to obtain from the controller the erasure of personal data at any time, your personal data will be deleted one year after the close of the project. Where we are retaining the data to meet our contractual requirements with the European Commission, this data will be deleted after 2 years or when the contractual obligation with the European Commission that requires the use of your personal data ends.



Links to other websites


No data is transferred to other websites.



Changes to our privacy policy


A record of changes to our privacy policy will be kept. This privacy policy was originally created in December 2014 and consisted solely of the cookie policy (above). The other material in this privacy policy has been added in June 2018. There are no past revisions to this privacy policy.