Data Protection and Privacy Policy

Data Protection and Privacy Policy

The ECGI takes inspiration for its action in the field of data protection from the general principles contained in the European Convention on Human Rights, the Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the relevant European Union legislation (particularly Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data).
Extract from Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
Article 8: Protection of personal data

  1. Everyone has the right to the protection of personal data concerning him or her.
  2. Such data must be processed fairly for specified purposes and on the basis of the consent of the person concerned or some other legitimate basis laid down by law. Everyone has the right of access to data which has been collected concerning him or her, and the right to have it rectified. 

Definitions & Actors Involved

What are personal data?

  • any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (data subject).

Who is an identifiable natural person?

  • 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 physical, physiological, mental, economic, cultural or social identity.

What is processing of personal data?

  • Any operation or set of operations which is performed upon personal data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organisation, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, blocking, erasure or destruction.

What do we mean by the “data subject’s consent”?

  • The data subject's consent shall mean any freely given specific and informed indication of his or her wishes by which the data subject signifies his or her agreement to personal data relating to him or her being processed.  

Who are the main actors in data processing and which are their roles?

  • Controller: the Secretary General, the Head of Office or Department of the ECGI or any other organisational entity who alone or jointly with others determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data on behalf of the ECGI.

Responsibilities of controllers:

  1. Fair and lawful processing of data
  2. Inform & Allow Data Subjects to exercise their rights.
  3. Implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risks represented by the processing and the nature of the personal data to be protected.
  • Processor: natural or legal person within the EUI structure who processes personal data on behalf of the Controller.

Purposes of processing personal data

It is necessary for the ECGI to process personal data in the normal and proper conduct of the management and administration of the Institution. Specifically, personal data is stored and used interactively to create publicly-available website pages on the ECGI website such as:
- the ECGI membership Directory;
- research projects and research interests;
- working papers and books.
The Institute shall not store or process data for commercial purposes; mailing commercial advertising material or performing market research is therefore excluded.
In addition, personal data is obtained from those who register to attend ECGI meetings and conferences. The ECGI holds no financial information on its members. Membership subscriptions are processed through the secure online payment processing facilities provided under contract by Ogone.

Terms and Conditions of Use

The Website of the European Corporate Governance Institute (hereinafter 'the Website') is made of all sections and subsections hosted on the “”.
By accessing the Website and the material and information contained herein, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, accepted and agreed to be bound by the following terms and conditions.


The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) has used its best endeavours to make sure that all the information, data and other material (copy and images) on this website are accurate and complete.
The ECGI contributes to debates on the formulation of policy and development of best practice in corporate governance, on the basis of independent scientific research. It is not responsible for, nor does it screen or certify, the corporate governance policies or practices of its members.
The content and opinions of author(s) expressed in publications are the sole responsibility of the author(s), and do not engage the ECGI as an institution. The ECGI does not accept liability for any errors or omissions.
The ECGI shall not be liable for any claims or losses of any nature arising directly or indirectly from use of the information, data or other material on this website.
Links from this website to other sites are for information only. The ECGI accepts no responsibility or liability arising from access to, or for the material on, any site to which it is linked.

Copyright & Trademarks

All texts, software, graphics, photographs, sounds, videos, information, interactive features and any other site content and arrangement (hereinafter 'the Content') are owned by the ECGI or its licensors and are subject to copyright, trademark rights and other intellectual property rights.
Reproduction, redistribution and transmission of any information, data or other material contained in this website is strictly prohibited without the written authorisation of the ECGI.
Material posted on this site by third-parties is copyright to those parties unless otherwise stated.

Academic  Publications

The use of the full-text of academic publications found on this Website is subject to copyight law.
The text may be downloaded for personal research purposes only. Any additional reproduction for other purposes, whether in hard copy or electronically, requires the consent of the copyright holder(s).

No Liability

The Website is constantly being developed. The ECGI has made every effort to ensure that the information contained on the Website was accurate at the time of creation and/or modification.
The ECGI makes every effort to ensure that its IT infrastructure is free from viruses but accepts no liability for damage caused by viruses acquired via the Website.
It is ECGI policy to respond to notices of infringement of third parties' rights that comply with applicable laws by expeditiously removing unlawful content and terminating the account of repeat infringers.
Users of this Website shall indemnify, defend and hold the ECGI, its partners, officers, directors, agents, affiliates, licensors and their suppliers harmless from and against any claim or liability arising out of their use of interactive sections of this Website.

Spam & Address Grabbing

The automatic or manual collection of email addresses from the ECGI Website is strictly prohibited for any commercial use, including (but not limited to) resale or for the unsolicited sending of emails.

Use of Cookies

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