INSPIRE Knowledge Base

Privacy Policy


All personal information displayed on the INSPIRE Knowledge Base and subsites is subject to the following Specific Privacy Statement, accepted by the data subject prior to the collection of his/her personal data, and is published with his/her unambiguous consent.


1. Description
This e-service is operated by the Digital Economy Unit, Joint Research Centre (JRC). The objective of the INSPIRE Knowledge Base is to provide the INSPIRE community a space on the Internet where they can share information, documents, participate in discussion fora, and share best practices. Upon registration, your personal data will be collected and further processed. The Digital Economy Unit who manages the processing acts as personal data processor.

As this processing collects and further processes personal data, Regulation (EC) 45/2001, of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data, is applicable.

2. What personal information do we collect, what is the legal basis, for what purpose and through which technical means?

Identification Data:

The personal data collected and further processed are: First name, Last name, e-mail address, location, phone number, work fax number, personal or group picture, biography, individual and group photos, videos and other communication material.

Legal Basis of processing:
The European Parliament and Council Decision of 18 Dec. 2006 on the EC 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7) (2007-2013).

Registration and participation of data subjects are provided on a purely voluntary basis.

Purpose of processing:
The purpose of the processing of personal data for the e-services is to provide secure access and information exchange, management of data bases, including management of communications to the INSPIRE community. Registered members may choose the preferred privacy level of their own profile granting access to logged in members and/or to the general public.

Technical Information:
The user data are collected through web forms and stored inside a SQL database.

3. Who has access to your information and to whom is it disclosed?
Registered members may choose the preferred privacy level of their own content granting access to JRC administration and/or to the general public.
The possibility to update or erase the above personal data is only granted to the content creator through User_Id / Password and to the system administrator of the software.  
The European Commission will not share data with third parties for direct marketing.  

4. How do we protect and safeguard your information?
The collected personal data is stored on the servers of JRC and underlie the Commission Decision C (2006) 3602 of 17/08/2006 “concerning the security of information systems used by the European Commission” defines IT security measures in force. Annex I defines the security requirements of EC Information Systems. Annex II defines the different actors and their responsibilities. Annex III defines the rules applicable by users. See notification DPO-1946.

5. How can you verify, modify or delete your information?
Registered users have direct password-protected web access to their profile and content and are able to update it or to cancel their registration.

6. How long do we keep your data?
Your personal data will remain in the database until the end of the project. Registered users have password protected direct web access to their profile and can cancel their registration at any moment.  In some cases, user_id's unused for a defined period are automatically deleted from the system.

7. Contact Information
Should you have any queries concerning the processing of your personal data, please contact us:

On questions relating to the protection of personal data, you can contact:

8. Recourse
In the event of a dispute, you can send a complaint to: