Reader-Friendly Privacy Policy

We are committed to protecting your privacy. We only collect and process your personal data, such as your name, email address or country, for specific purposes and to the extent necessary.

This is what we do

Liberties.eu is operated by the Civil Liberties Union for Europe, a European non-governmental, non-profit human rights and civil liberties organisation.

We offer human rights-related news on our website and we run campaigns for human rights issues within Europe.

Cookies

When you visit our website, your IP address tells our system where you are located, and the system uses this information to offer you the language version according to your location. We also use cookies to make sure that your settings are saved. We will never use online behavioural advertisement cookies, and we do not sell or otherwise share the information collected by cookies with non-affiliated third parties.

We use cookies for managing the session of the logged-in user, to keep you logged in during your visit, and session cookies, which make it possible to navigate through the website smoothly. We use cookies that allow the website to remember choices you make, such as your language or region, and provide improved features.

There is another group of cookies that enable social media components to function (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Disqus, Google+), or provide analytical information (Google Analytics). Analytics cookies keep track of what pages and links are popular and which ones don't get used so much to help us keep our site relevant and up to date. It is also very useful to be able to identify trends about how people navigate (find their way through) our site and if they get “error messages” from web pages. The information collected by analytics cookies is anonymous and is grouped with the information from everyone else’s cookies.

You can delete your cookies at any time from your browser. The method is different depending on which browser you are using. The easiest way is to search for “delete cookies” on the internet.

Sign up for Liberties website, password, password reminder

You can sign up to the website to overwrite the default language we display based on your geolocation. For example, if you are based in Berlin but would like to open the website in Polish by default, you can do this by registering and saving the language settings.

If you forget your password, you have to send us an email requesting your password. We store your password in Heroku, using PostgreSQL databases. Passwords are hashed, which means the cache of passwords are converted into a collection of cryptographic hashes, random-looking strings of characters to prevent them from being misused.

No one has access to your password.

Newsletter

If you are interested in our content you can sign up for our newsletters. For that we need your email address. We are happy if you share your name and country with us, but they are not necessary. If you have had enough, you can unsubscribe from our newsletter either by using the unsubscribe button in the footer of our newsletter email or by sending us an email to gdpr at liberties dot eu. In this email you need to tell us which email address you used to subscribe to the newsletter and what action you would like us to take.

Campaigns

If you want to join our campaigns, sign our petitions or support our open letters, we will need your email address. If you also tell us your name, we can create a more personalized letter from you to our campaign recipients. If we know your country we can use your country’s language throughout our campaigns. Our website operates in Bulgarian, Czech, Croatian, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish and Swedish. The default language is English.

Contacting you

We only contact you if you let us. For that you have to tick the boxes when joining a campaign. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to sign up for newsletters or future campaign alerts. If you don’t wish to receive future communications from us, we will keep your data until we finish the campaign and delete it afterwards.

Storing your data

We keep your data in a cloud-based service provider. Your data may be transferred to entities operating outside of the European Union, but we only contract companies that are in line with the European General Data Protection Regulation. We use Heroku webservers and the MailChimp letter sending application.

Request

Sometimes local, national or other public authorities request data from companies. Yes, even in the EU. They might reach out to us as well. We will protect your privacy and not allow authorities to access it unless legally compelled to. We will challenge all these requests and will only let them have the minimum data required by law. Please be aware that in certain circumstances, it could happen that we have to let them have access to your data.

Others

You should be aware that if you join our campaigns, sign our petitions, sign a letter or make a phone call, then policy makers of the EU or other institutions that are addressed will learn your name, email address, your country and your opinion about the issue at hand. Yes, we know that people sign petitions and open letters to raise their voice and to make their views heard, but we still need to call your attention to this.

When you contact us, we record your correspondence (including email address) in order to process and answer your request. Every 30 days, we delete all these emails. We don’t keep logs of our phone calls. Service providers do, however.

Your data, your decision

You can have access to the data we have about you. You can also ask us to delete your data. For that you can either use our unsubscribe forms or write an email directly to gdpr at liberties dot eu. We will delete all your data immediately, or within three business days at most.

Other websites

It is important to note that we link to other websites, such as facebook.com, twitter.com, google.com, disqus.com, and mailchimp.com. These companies promise that they are compliant with EU data protection regulations.

We only see anonymized data from them. But if you “like” our posts, or you retweet our tweet, they will have information about you and we do not have control over this. Use these platforms only if you trust them.

If you have any questions regarding our privacy policy, you can either read our more detailed description or contact directly our colleague Eva Simon at gdpr at liberties dot eu.


Privacy Policy

We are committed to protecting your privacy. We collect and process your personal data only for stated purposes and to the extent necessary. Please read this Privacy Policy to understand how we use your personal data. You can read a user-friendly version (link) of the privacy policy here or check out our infographic here (link).

By using Liberties.eu (“Site”) you agree to the Terms and Conditions of the Privacy Policy. We may also ask your explicit consent to the processing of your personal data when using certain parts of the Site.

1. Data controller

Liberties.eu is operated by the Civil Liberties Union for Europe, a network of European non-governmental, non-profit human rights and civil liberties organizations, (We, Us, Civil Liberties Union for Europe, Liberties). Liberties acts as the data controller of your personal data collected through this website.

This Privacy Policy exclusively applies to personal data collected through this website. It does not apply to personal data collected by affiliated or third-party sites or applications and Liberties does not act as data controller in this respect.

Liberties reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy. In the event of any change, the date and nature of the change will be clearly indicated in this document. We will contact you in order to inform you directly.

Any changes to the Privacy Policy will become effective upon the posting of the revised Privacy Policy on the Site.

Please be aware that the Site uses a cloud-based service provider. The personal data that you provide and we collect through the Site may be transferred to entities operating outside of the EU. However, we only use services that comply with the General Data Protection Regulation.

2. Definitions

Affiliated Partners are non-profit, non-governmental organizations partnering with the Civil Liberties Union for Europe for the purpose of organizing Online Petitions, Open Letter Campaigns and Public Data Requests via the Site. You can reach the list of Affiliated Partners by clicking here.

Recipients of the Petitions, Open Letters and Public Data Requests are local, regional or national public authorities, international bodies (e.g. institutions of the European Union, the Council of Europe or the United Nations), private entities and individuals in their official capacity.

3. What personal data do we collect?

You provide personal data to us when registering as a user, signing online petitions, sending messages through our website to campaign targets, or otherwise filling out forms on the Site. We ask for your email address as mandatory and name and country of residence as optional information.

You may also provide personal data when you upload your photo, leave a comment, express your preference, or send a personalized message,. It is not mandatory to provide this information, and by providing it you give your consent to the processing of this information by Liberties for the purposes stated below.

If you forget your password, you have to send us an email requesting your password. We store your password in Heroku, using PostgreSQL databases. Passwords are hashed, which means the cache of passwords are converted into a collection of cryptographic hashes, random-looking strings of characters to prevent them from being misused.

No one has access to your password.

When you contact us, we record your correspondence (including email address) in order to process and answer your request. We use cookies and web beacons on the Site. Some of the cookies are essential for the functioning of the Site, others are used to improve your browsing experience. For more details, read our Cookie Policy.

4. For what purposes do we use your personal data?

Operation of the Site

We use your personal data to enable your use of the Site and the online tools associated with the Site.

Newsletter

We send newsletters upon your separate request to the email address you provided. If you do not wish to receive newsletters anymore, use the unsubscribe link in the email or click here.

Online Petitions

When you sign an Online Petition on the Site, you give your consent to the processing of your personal data, including the comments you leave with the petition. We store your data on our servers and share it with the Affiliated Partner(s) who launched the petition. When the period for signing an Online Petition closes, we share your name and country with the Recipient of the Petition. We may also temporarily publish your data on the Site indicating that you have signed an Online Petition (except if you have chosen your login to be private).

Donation

If you signed up for campaign alerts or our newsletter, we may contact you with messages about our activites that also contain request for collecting donations (financial contributions) to support our work. If it bothers you, you can unsubscribe from campaign alerts and from our newsletter at any time by clicking here or by sending an email to info at liberties dot eu.

Sending Emails via the Site

When you send an email to the Recipient(s) of a Petition via the Site, we use your name, email address and country of residence to prepare an email message. You may also edit the content of the message. These messages will be sent under your name and with your email as the return address. You are solely responsible for the content of the message you send via the Site and Liberties takes no responsibility for the content of your message or the use of your personal data by the Recipient(s).

5. How can you verify, modify or delete your information?

You can have access to the data we have about you. You can also ask us to delete your data. For that you can either use our unsubscribe forms or just write an email directly to gdpr at liberties dot eu. We will delete all your data immediately, or within three business days at most.

6. How do we protect your personal data?

We store your information securely on our servers and apply state of the art security measures to protect your personal data from unauthorized access.

Sometimes local, national or other public authorities request data from companies. Yes, even in the EU. They might reach out to us as well. We will protect your privacy and not allow authorities to access it unless legally compelled to. We will challenge all these requests and will only let them have the minimum data required by law. Please be aware that in certain circumstances, it could happen that we have to let them have access.

Please be aware that when using the Site your data is transmitted over the Internet and we cannot guarantee the secure transmission of your information.

7. How long do we keep your data?

We endeavour to keep your personal information accurate. If you require access to personal information, please contact us at info at liberties dot eu.

We keep your personal data as long as it is necessary for the purpose stated at the time of the collection. For transparency reasons, we keep the data you provide when signing an Online Petition, participating in a Survey, Sending an Email via the Site or sending Public Data Request until the end of the particular campaign.

We store your personal data until your name and your country information has been received by the recipient of the campaign. After, we only store anonymized and aggregated data from our past campaigns.

We delete emails 30 days after the last interaction.

If you ask us, we will delete your data within 3 working days. If you click on the unsubscribe link, your data will be automatically deleted.

8. Other information

The Site may include parts of third-party websites or contain links pointing to third-party websites. These linked sites (e.g. facebook.com, twitter.com, google.com, disqus.com, mailchimp.com) are not under Liberties’s control and we are not responsible for the privacy practices or the contents of any such linked site, or any link contained in any linked site.

Cookie policy

When you visit our website, your IP address tells our system where you are located, and the system uses this information to offer you the language version according to your location. We also use cookies to make sure that your settings are saved. We will never use online behavioural advertisement cookies, and we do not sell or otherwise share the information collected by cookies with non-affiliated third parties.

We use cookies for managing the session of the logged in users, which keep you logged in during your visit, or session cookies, which make it possible to navigate through the website smoothly. We use cookies that allow the website to remember choices you make, such as your language or region, and they provide improved features.

There is another group of cookies that enable social media components to function (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Disqus, Google+), or provide analytical information (Google Analytics). Analytics cookies keep track of what pages and links are popular and which ones don't get used so much to help us keep our site relevant and up to date. It is also very useful to be able to identify trends about how people navigate (find their way through) our site and if they get 'error messages' from web pages. The information collected by analytics cookies is anonymous and is grouped with the information from everyone else’s cookies.

You can delete your cookies at any time from your browser. The method is different depending on which browser you are using. The easiest way is to search for “delete cookies” on the internet.

Sign up for Liberties website, password, password reminder

You can sign up to the website to overwrite the default language we display based on your geolocation. For example if you are based in Berlin, but you’d like to open the website in Polish by default, you can do this by registering and saving the language settings.

If you forget your password you have to send us an email, requesting your password. We store your password in Heroku, using PostgreSQL databases. Passwords are hashed, which means the cache of passwords are converted into a collection of cryptographic hashes, random-looking strings of characters to prevent them from being misused.

No one has access to your password.