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Protection of personal data

The European Parliament attaches great importance to respecting the right to privacy. The policy on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies is thus based on Regulation (EC) No. 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.

'Personal data' means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person; an identifiable person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identification number or to one or more factors specific to his or her identity (see Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No. 45/2001). In principle access to the information available on or via the website of the European Parliament does not require any personal data to be supplied by the user. However, in order to use certain online services, for example to request a visit to the European Parliament, to lodge a petition or to send a question to the Correspondence with Citizens Unit, you may be asked to supply some information about yourself, such as contact details (name and first name, profession, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number or nationality) when filling in a form. The data controller (the entity responsible for processing the data collected about you) appears on a public register of data processing operations maintained by the Data Protection Officer.

In this regard:

  • The European Parliament will collect personal information only to the extent necessary to fulfil a precise purpose specified by the data controller for each online service. The information will not be reused for a purpose incompatible with the original purpose.
  • The European Parliament will disclose information to third parties only if that is necessary for the purposes specified and only to the categories of recipients mentioned. The European Parliament will not divulge your personal data for direct marketing purposes. The European Parliament furthermore undertakes to take appropriate security measures to safeguard these data from misuse by third parties.
  • The data may be kept for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which they were collected.
  • These data may, however, be kept for a longer period for historical, statistical or scientific purposes, without prejudice to any other provision of Regulation (EC) No. 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.
  • Any individual concerned (data subject) has the right to obtain access to and rectification of his or her personal data. Data subjects may also under certain circumstances ask to have these data blocked and for the erasure of data about them which they consider to have been unlawfully processed. Finally, they have the right to object, on compelling grounds, to the processing of their data.
  • To exercise your rights or to obtain any further information, you can apply directly to the data controller involved.
  • You may also consult the Data Protection Officer who is responsible, within each Community institution, for ensuring that the rights and freedoms of data subjects are not adversely affected by data processing operations, in order to obtain an opinion on the processing operations either concerning you or carried out by you.
  • If you believe your rights have been infringed as a result of the processing of your personal data, you can lodge a complaint with the European Data Protection Supervisor, the independent supervisory authority. Actions against the Supervisor's decisions may be brought before the Court of Justice of the European Communities.
  • The website of the European Parliament sometimes provides links to other internet sites. Since Parliament has no control over such sites, we suggest that you review their privacy policies.

Further information:

Regulation (EC) No. 45/2001Data Protection - a guide for users