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Data protection notice on the processing of personal data related to the service set up for the Intellectual Property Helpdesk.

Data protection notice on the processing of personal data related to the service set up for the Intellectual Property Helpdesk (China IP SME Helpdesk, European IP Heldpesk, India IP SME Helpdesk, Latin America IP SME Helpdesk, South-East Asia IP SME Helpdesk) (‘Helpdesks or ‘us’).

Protecting your privacy is of the utmost importance to the Helpdesks. The Helpdesks are committed to respecting and protecting your personal data and ensuring your rights as a data subject. All data of a personal nature that identifies you directly or indirectly will be handled fairly, lawfully and with due care.

This processing operation is subject 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, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/EC.

1. What is the nature of the processing operation and what do we do with your data?

Personal data is processed for the purposes of communication/transparency to provide and make available information on the projects’ activities/initiatives/events, etc.

Based on the above, we use your data to:

  • Compile project statistics for project reporting purposes;
  • If you are using the Helpline service, to ask for more information about your query in the case that clarifications are needed; to send an answer to your IP question; ask your feedback about the usefulness of the answers provided; and in limited instances, to follow up on your case;
  • Use of pictures and/or audiovisual items on social media and on the project’s website;
  • If you chose to subscribe to the Newsletter, to send you a Mailchimp-based Newsletter via e-mail;
  • If you attend to a training session or awareness-raising event, to send you information about the services or event as well as a follow-up email with useful materials (when relevant);
  • In addition, you may exceptionally be contacted by our services in very limited instances – e.g. information about an update to the privacy policy, offering collaboration opportunities, or for a survey about user needs and service improvements-.

2. What personal data do we process?

The categories/types of personal data processed are the following:

  • Name and Surname
  • Email
  • Country of origin
  • City
  • Company name (if any)
  • Type of organization
  • Sector
  • Preferred gender pronoun
  • Telephone
  • Website address
  • Number of employees
  • Company annual turnover
  • Countries of scope
  • Official photos of events
  • Multimedia items showing the people participating in official events, their image, voices, statements, opinions, etc.

3. Who is responsible for processing the data?

The data controller of the processing operation is the Head of Unit I.02. SMP / COSME Pillar, representing the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA), which acts under the powers delegated by the European Commission.

Personal data is processed by the consortium members of each of the Helpdesks. 

The Partners involved in those consortia are:

China IP SME Helpdesk

  • SD Policies Limited, 
  • Development Solutions Europe Ltd., 
  • University of Alicante 
  • the European Chamber of Commerce in China

European IP Helpdesk

  • Eurice GmbH, 
  • University of Alicante
  • University of Navarra 
  • TUM-Tech GmbH

India IP SME Helpdesk

  • University of Alicante
  • Eurice GmbH
  • Eurochambres Association des Chambres de Commerce et d’Industrie européennes

Latin America IP SME Helpdesk

  • University of Alicante 
  • Development Solutions Europe Ltd.
  • SD Policies Limited
  • Eurochambres Association des Chambres de Commerce et d’Industrie européennes
  • Technopolis Forschungs und Beratungsgesellschaft m.b.H.

South-East Asia SME Helpdesk 

  • PRACSIS sprl, the agencies of EURACSIS and PRACSIS SOUTH-EAST ASIA office,
  • EURICE GmbH
  • SPI – Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovaçao
  • Eurocham VN – European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam

4. Who has access to your personal data and to whom is it disclosed?

Images and other audiovisual items are published on the websites and social media and available to the general public.

Other personal data is only accessible by the Helpdesks and the data controller, as well as the bodies charged with monitoring or inspection tasks in application of EU law (e.g. internal audits, Court of Auditors, European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF)) and other EU institutions and bodies on a need-to-know basis. Personal data is not used for any other purposes or disclosed to any other recipient nor third parties.

5. How do we protect and safeguard your information?

We take appropriate technical and organisational measures to safeguard and protect your personal data from accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure or access.

All personal data related to the projects’ procedures is stored in secure IT applications according to the projects’ quality management and data security standards, as well as in specific electronic folders accessible to authorised recipients only. Appropriate levels of access are granted individually only to the abovementioned recipients.

Each database is password-protected under a single sign-on system and connected automatically to the user’s ID. E-records are held securely to safeguard the confidentiality and privacy of the data therein.

6. How can you access your personal information and, if necessary, correct it? How can you receive your data? How can you request that your personal data be erased, or restrict or object to its processing?

You have the right to access, rectify, erase, and receive your personal data, as well as restrict its processing or object to the same, as provided in Articles 17 to 24 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725.

We want to make sure that your personal information is accurate and up to date. You may ask us to correct or remove information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to have your data completely removed from the database. To modify or remove your personal information completely from our website and database, please send an email to:

helpline@latinamerica-ipr-helpdesk.eu

Your request will be answered without undue delay, and in any event within 1 month of receipt of the request. However, according to Article 14(3) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, this period may be extended by up to 2 months where necessary, taking into account the complexity and number of requests. We will inform you of any such extension within 1 month of receipt of the request, together with the reasons for the delay.

Alternatively, note that you can log in to your profile and edit your own data at any time.

Third-party platforms

Finally, it may be possible that the Helpdesks webpages contain links to other sites whose data processing practices are different from ours. Neither the consortium partners nor the European Union are responsible for the privacy practices implemented on any of these external sites. You should be aware of this when leaving the Helpdesks website and we encourage you to read the privacy statements on such external websites, as we have no control over the information that is submitted to or collected by these third parties.

We also use third-party platforms to carry out some of our services for you and you can find their privacy policies separately on their website, namely: 

7. What is the legal basis for processing your data?

Personal data is processed in accordance with Article 5(1)(a) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, which states that ‘processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest’.

Personal data is collected and processed in accordance with the contract signed between the Project Contracting Authority, namely the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA)., and the consortium members of each of the Helpdesks. Please see list under point 3.

8. How long can data be kept?

Personal data will be kept only for the time needed to achieve the purpose for which it is processed.

All data related to the project will be stored for the duration of the project. This is normally 7 years from the start date of the contract. Information will be shared on the website and in the media and is stored for as long as the European Commission considers it appropriate.

In the event of a formal appeal, all data held at the time of the appeal will be retained until the completion of the appeal process.

9. Contact information

Should you have any queries on the processing of your personal data, please address them to the data controller, the Head of Unit EISMEA I.02. SMP / COSME Pillar,

at: EISMEA-COSME-IP-CALLS@ec.europa.eu 

EISMEA-COSME-DP@ec.europa.eu

You shall have the right of recourse at any time to the EISMEA Data Protection Officer at EISMEA-DPO@ec.europa and to the European Data Protection Supervisor at https://edps.europa.eu.

10. Links to other websites

It may be possible that the Helpdesks web pages contain links to other sites whose privacy practices may differ. Neither the Helpdesks nor the European Commission, nor EISMEA are responsible for the Privacy Policy of these websites.

We encourage you to read the privacy statements on other web sites you visit, as we have no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by, these third parties.

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What is a cookie?

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How do we use cookies?

Enabling these cookies is not strictly necessary for the website to work but it will provide you with a better browsing experience. You can delete or block these cookies, but if you do that some features of this site may not work as intended.

The cookie-related information is not used to identify you personally and the pattern data is fully under our control. These cookies are not used for any purpose other than those described here.

How to control cookies

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish - for details, see aboutcookies.org. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.

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A list of the different cookies that are used on this website are set out below. We have categorised these to help you understand the type of function the cookies are performing.

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Last update: 12/02/2021