The European Technology Chamber and its offices worldwide (the “Chamber”, “we”, “us” and “our”) are committed to safeguarding your privacy and ensuring that you continue to trust the Chamber with your personal data. When you interact with us, you may share personal information with us that allows identification of you as an individual (e.g. name, email address, address, and telephone number). This is known as “personal data”.

This Privacy Policy applies where the Chamber is acting as a data controller with respect to the personal data of you as a visitor to our websites and as a user of the Chamber platforms and/or services, in other words, where the Chamber determines the purposes and means of the processing of your personal data.

1. Scope and acceptance of this Privacy Policy

The Chamber has developed this Privacy Policy to describe how and what type of personal data will be collected from users of the Chamber websites and/or platforms and the purposes, for which the Chamber may collect, share, or disclose the personal data.

By using Chamber websites, platforms, mobile apps, text messaging programs or through the Chamber branded pages or applications on third-party social networks (e.g. Facebook) (“Chamber Sites”) or by giving us your personal data when registering for events or other services, you accept the collecting and processing of your personal data as described in this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not use Chamber Sites, or give us any personal data.

This Privacy Policy applies to any information obtained by the Chamber through your use of the Chamber Sites. It is not applicable to any websites controlled by third parties not affiliated with the Chamber that the Chamber Site may link to (“Third Party Sites”). Please review the privacy statements of each of these Third-Party Sites as the Chamber is not responsible for and has no influence on the content or the privacy practices of Third-Party Sites.

The Chamber reserves the right to make changes to this Privacy Policy at any time. We encourage you to regularly review this Privacy Policy to make sure you are aware of any changes and how your personal data may be used.

2. What information do we collect and for what purposes?

When you visit the Chamber Sites, our web server automatically records details about your visit: for example, your IP address, the website from which you visit us, the type of browser software used the Chamber Site pages that you actually visit including the date and the duration of your visit. Please see our Cookie Notice for information on these technologies and your rights in relation to them (See section 5).

In addition, we process personal data that you provide through the Chamber Sites, for example, when you enter personal details (e.g. name, gender, address, email address, phone/fax number) on a registration page or if you sign up for an email newsletter.

The Chamber may use the personal data that you provide to us with your consent for a specified purpose or when you interact with Chamber Sites or we process your data if we have legal basis, namely, with regards to your registration to Chamber events or your request of Chamber services.

Furthermore, we operate (I) custom platforms, which are fully built and maintained by the Chamber (“Custom Platforms”); and (II) cooperate with platforms which provide individual Chamber products or services, which are maintained and provided for by third-party providers (“Cooperation Platforms”), and (III) third party applications and services, which can be embedded or integrated into one of the platforms described under (I) or (II) (“Embedded Services”).

I. Custom Platforms

Public websites – www.eutech.org , www.africa.tech.forum

The Chamber public websites are the external-facing platforms for public engagement with the Chamber and provide insights into Chamber activities, initiatives, projects and roadmaps. The public websites also provide other services such as a blog, articles of general interest and livestreaming services of sessions and events during the said events and sessions. Chamber public websites may also contain links or login options that connect to survey sparrow.

The public websites use third party cookies for analytics (Google Analytics, Chartbeat, Parse.ly and mixpanel) and to track common metrics such as platform engagement, concurrent users, maximum number of users, time spent on a page, etc. Any use of such analytics cookies is to improve your user experience and provide the Chamber with valuable information to help the Chamber to better tailor our services to our partners, members, constituents and participants.

Tech.Forum – https://tech.forum/

Tech.Forum is a staff and event registration and management system. This platform is used by the Chamber to register staff and external resources to Chamber events. Personal data that you provide for your registration to this service, in particular name, address, email, date of birth, are used by the Forum to conclude event registration and related activities like booth creation & access, venue access, and more.

Tech.Forum uses session cookies for tracking user logins and ensuring that the authenticated user is allowed to access to authenticated services.

Virtual Exhibition Hall – https://tech.forum/virtual-exhibition-hall/?external=1

Virtual Exhibition Hall is the Chamber platform for constituents and participants of the Chamber events to engage directly with the events and other Chamber activities. It is also the de facto messaging platform for constituents and participants and is used to browse event agendas, book meetings, generally interact with peers and take part in sessions.

II. Cooperation Platforms (third-party platforms providing individualized products for the Chamber)

III. Embedded Services (services that can be embedded or integrated into Custom or Cooperation Platforms)

Stripe, PayPal & Sepa payments

On our sponsorship platform, you have the option to sponsor the Chamber or its alliances and their project. With regards to such a sponsorship, we will provide you information regarding the sponsorship amount and we will need to identify you to allocate the sponsorship. We will share transaction data with our payment processor, Stripe, PayPal & Sepa whichever is your preferred mode of payment,  only to the extent necessary for the purposes of allocating your payments. When you initially provide or update your payment information, we transmit it via an encrypted connection to Stripe, PayPal & Sepa. These platforms uses and processes your payment information in accordance with their privacy policy.

3. Children’s personal data

The Chamber does not knowingly solicit or collect personal data from children below the age of 18. If the Chamber discovers that it has accidentally collected personal data from a child below the age of 18, it will remove that child’s personal data from its records as soon as reasonably possible. However, the Chamber may collect personal data about children below the age of 18 years if authorized by the holder of parental responsibility over the child.

4. How do we share personal data?

We do not share your personal data with any third party that intends to use it for direct marketing purposes, unless you have provided specific consent in relation to this.

The Chamber may share your personal data with third parties for other purposes, but only in the following circumstances:

I. With your consent

We will share personal data with third parties outside of the Chamber when we have your consent to do so. We require explicit opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information.

II. For legitimate interests

We will share personal data based on legitimate interests as, for example, when you register for one of our events, except where such interests are overridden by your interests or fundamental rights, in which case we will request your explicit consent.

III. For processing of Chamber’s offices in other regions

We provide your personal data to the Chamber’s offices in other regions for legitimate business purposes, on a “need-to-know” basis, based on our instructions and in compliance with our Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.

IV. For external processing (service providers)

We may engage service providers, agents or contractors to provide services on our behalf, including to administer Chamber Sites and services available to you. These third parties may come to access or otherwise process your personal data in the course of providing these services.

The Chamber requires such third parties, who may be based outside the country from which you have accessed the Chamber Site or service, to comply with all relevant data protection laws and security requirements in relation to your personal data, usually by way of a written agreement.

V. Compliance with laws

We will share personal data with third parties outside of the Chamber if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the personal data is reasonably necessary to:

– Meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request

– Enforce applicable Terms of Use, including investigation of potential violations

– Detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues

– Protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of the Chamber, our users or the public as required or permitted by law

5. “Cookie Notice”

5.1 About cookies

A cookie is a small piece of information that a web server asks the user’s browser to store on the user’s local computer, and then later their browser presents this information to the web server. In its simplest form, a cookie is an identifying number.

5.2 What type of cookies do we use?

We use two types of cookies on Chamber Sites: persistent cookies and session cookies. A persistent cookie helps us recognize you as an existing user, so it’s easier to return to Chamber Sites or interact with our services without signing in again. In the event you sign up to one of our platforms, a persistent cookie stays in your browser and will be read by the service when you return to one of our sites. Session cookies only last as long as the session (usually the current visit to a website or a browser session).

We use cookies for anonymous user tracking. The Chamber web server assigns each user a unique numerical ID (“ID”). All requests for pages are tagged with that ID, and by analyzing the log files, the Chamber can determine how many unique users use Chamber Sites.

5.3 How do we use cookies?

The Chamber does not know the identity of a person based on the ID. The cookies used by the Chamber do not contain any personal data about you nor are they used to look up your personal data. Even if you have entered personal data about yourself in one of the Chamber’s registration forms, the Chamber does not relate that information to the cookie data.

The Chamber Sites may use cookies for analytics and to improve your user experience. Chamber Sites will usually not natively use cookies but our analytics providers do use these cookies to improve user experience.

You are free to decline the cookies if your browser or browser add-on allows, except if the cookies are required to prevent fraud or ensure the security of Chamber Sites that the Chamber controls. However, disabling the use of cookies will result in a less user-friendly experience of the  Chamber Sites or can fully prevent you from using the Chamber Sites.

6. How do we store or transfer your data?

The Chamber has offices and facilities in Switzerland, Germany, China and Africa. The hosting facilities for our websites and Chamber Custom Platforms are situated in the EU.

When transferring personal data internationally, we make sure that we comply with applicable laws and regulations, for example, by entering into agreements that will ensure that the recipients of your information maintain an adequate level of data protection.

Information collected within the Tech.Forum Area may, for example, be transferred to countries outside of the EU for the purposes as described in this Policy. We utilize standard contract clauses approved by the European Commission, adopt other means under Swiss and European Union law and/or obtain your consent to legitimize data transfers from the EEA to the United States and other countries.

7. Security of personal data

The Chamber is committed to protecting the security of your personal data. Any information provided to the Chamber by you is handled with due care and security and will not be used in ways other than as set forth in this Privacy Policy, or in any site/area-specific policies, or in ways to which users have not explicitly consented. The Chamber employs a range of technologies and security measures to protect the information maintained on Chamber systems from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration or destruction.

However, since the internet is not a 100% secure environment, the Chamber cannot ensure nor guarantee the security of any information that the user may transmit to Chamber Sites. There is no guarantee that information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed by breach of any of the Chamber’s physical, technical or managerial safeguards.

All Chamber employees who have access to and are associated with the processing of personal data are obliged to respect the confidentiality of all such personal data.

8. How long do we retain personal data?

The Chamber will retain your personal data for the period necessary to fulfil the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy and/or as long we require the personal data to provide you with the Chamber services or products you requested, unless a longer retention period is required to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce our agreements.

9. How can you access your data or contact us?

You have a right to request access to your personal data. You may send us a request for access, provision of such information will be subject to the supply of appropriate evidence of your identity. You also have the right to request that the Chamber corrects any inaccuracies in your personal data.

You have the right to opt out of receiving marketing communications or any other information from the Chamber or about Chamber events and can do so by (a) following the instructions for opt-out in the relevant marketing communication or (b) by contacting us.

Should you have any questions, concerns and/or complaints about this Privacy Policy or if you would like to make any recommendations or comments to improve the quality of our Privacy Policy, please contact us by sending an email at info@eutec.org

10. Our details

The Chamber is the data controller for personal data we collect through means stated in this Privacy Policy. Our address is:

EUTECC GmbH

c/o Lustenberger Attorneys-at-Law Wiesenstrasse 8 | 8008 Zürich | Switzerland

Tel: +41 41 620 88 01

W: eutech.org

TERMS OF USE

The European Technology Chamber (the “Chamber”) is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. It is committedly neutral and impartial with no political, partisan or national interests and, with the explicit intention of creating a platform for open dialogue between all stakeholders. The Chamber owns, operates and makes available the website www.eutec.org as well as subdomain websites (individually “Website” and collectively “Websites”) and makes them available to the users of its Websites (individually “Visitor” and collectively “Visitors”) under the following Terms of Use.

Agreement to the Terms of Use

The Websites may contain features including blog, report and newsletter services, event, issue and community pages, member areas and other applications that may be available from time to time. Any person that accesses or uses the Websites agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions of these Terms of Use. These Terms of Use contain conditions, disclaimers and other provisions, some of which limit the Chamber’s liability. Any person that does not agree or comply with these Terms of Use should not access or use the Websites.

Appropriate Use

Any use of the Websites by Visitors that would limit or constrict the availability or quality of the Websites’ features is prohibited and the Chamber reserves the sole right to take any actions required to enforce this principle.

Visitors shall not use the Websites to post, submit or otherwise distribute unlawful, defamatory, abusive, obscene or offensive materials. Furthermore, Visitors shall not use the Websites in any way that may violate third party rights including, but not limited to copyrights or privacy. Neither shall Visitor’s access or attempt to access the Websites using interfaces aside from the ones provided by the Websites.

Visitors may provide personal information as part of the registration to access and use some of the features on the Websites as members, partners, bloggers, subscribers, participants, donators or similar. Information provided for registration must be accurate, correct and up to date. The Chamber reserves the sole right to verify and deny access where data is incomplete, incorrect, inappropriate and/or missing.

Disclaimer

The Websites are provided “as is” and “as available” with no express or implied warranties of any kind including, but not limited to, any implied warranties of fitness for a particular purpose, merchantability, non-infringement, and title. The Chamber disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to visitors` use of the site. visitors assume total responsibility for their use of the site and any linked sites. If this disclaimer is not enforceable under applicable law, it may be modified at the Chamber’s sole discretion to a form that is enforceable.

The Chamber does not take responsibility for the correctness, completeness, up-to-datedness or quality of the information provided on the Websites. The Chamber expressly disclaims any and all liability to any person in respect of anything done or omitted to be done wholly or partially in reliance upon the contents of the Websites.

Furthermore, the Chamber is not liable for any damage or corruption caused by viruses (or similar mechanisms such as worms, lock outs, metering, or self-destruct mechanisms) on computers or other terminal equipment in connection with visiting, using and/or downloading data of any kind from the Websites. The Visitors are personally responsible for protecting their equipment appropriately from viruses and other risks on the Internet.

The Chamber reserves the right, at its sole discretion, but disclaims the obligation, to monitor and/or remove content from any blog.

Website Content

The Chamber publishes its own content as well as links, content and resources provided by third parties and content that has been specifically commissioned by the Chamber for publication on the Websites.

All proprietary rights relating to any third party links, content or resources published on the Websites remain with the original source or the author(s) of that material and where any content has been commissioned by the Chamber for publication on the Websites, any proprietary rights in such content remain with the relevant author, unless otherwise agreed or specified.

For all other content published on the Websites, the Chamber reserves all proprietary rights including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property rights in and to all content on the Websites; this includes all text, graphics, photographs, logos and/or other items that appear on the Websites. The Chamber also reserves its rights over the Websites’ template, including its layout and structure.

The Chamber’s name and logo are registered trademarks of the Chamber. Visitors are not authorized to use the Chamber’s name, logo or likeness without prior consent.

The content, links and resources on the Websites is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which Visitors should rely. Visitors must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on the Chamber ‘s site. Although the Chamber makes reasonable efforts to update the information on the Websites, the Chamber makes no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content on the Websites is accurate, complete or up to date.

Publications

The content of any articles published on the Websites (“Articles”) represents the opinion of the author(s) of the respective Article(s). Where the Websites contain Articles, resources or links provided by third parties, these should not be interpreted as the Chamber’s endorsement of any views expressed or the content contained within such Articles, resources or links.

Visitors may make use of the content of the Articles published to particular Chamber websites under the Latest News and Articles sections under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License (“CCPL”).. All rights are reserved with respect to other Articles published on the Websites which are protected by copyright.

Visitors may copy, distribute and transmit the Articles, in any medium or format provided the work is properly attributed to the author and the European Technology Chamber, that any such use is for non-commercial purposes and it is not altered, transformed or built upon.

Attribution: Visitor must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse Visitor or their use of the work).

Noncommercial: Visitor may not use this work for commercial purposes.

No Derivatives: Visitor may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.

This CCPL shall not apply to the Chamber name and logo, third-party materials, trademarks, names and logos, Website interface elements, graphic files and source code, photographs and videos. The Chamber reserves all rights which have not been expressly granted.

Links to other websites

Links on the Websites may connect Visitors to external or third-party websites that are not related to the Chamber or under its control. The Chamber is not responsible for the content of external or third party websites that may be accessible or displayed through external links on the Websites. The presence of these external links does not represent the Chamber’s endorsement of the views or content of these third party websites. Navigating to external websites through links on the Websites is done at the sole risk of the Visitor, and the Chamber expressly disclaims any liability for any content that appears on any external site.

Links to this Website

The Visitor may link to the Websites provided the Visitor does so in a way that indicates that the link is to the Chamber Websites and is fair and not misleading. Visitors may not integrate or make use of all or part of the Websites in ways that would confuse or mislead other Visitors as to the nature and origin of the Websites’ content.

Amendments

The Chamber may amend these Terms of Use at any time, and such amendments will be effective immediately upon notice being provided to the Visitor. Notice may be provided on the Websites itself, and after posting of the notice, the Visitor’s continued use of the Website will be deemed as acceptance of the modified Terms of Use.

Waiver and Severability of Terms of Use

The failure of the Chamber to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms of Use is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties` intention as reflected in the provision and the other provisions of these Terms of Use shall remain in full force and effect.

Applicable law

These Terms of Use shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the substantive laws of Switzerland, under the exclusion of any international treaty and under exclusion of any conflicts of laws principles. Exclusive place of jurisdiction shall be Geneva, Switzerland.

Contact

For questions regarding these Terms of Use, please contact the Chamber at info@eutec.org