Privacy Policy

1. About the Datasphere Initiative

The Datasphere Initiative (¨DI”) is the world’s first global collective of stakeholders fostering a holistic and innovative approach to data governance. 

By visiting (the “Website”), you signify your agreement with the Datasphere Initiative Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The Secretariat of the Datasphere Initiative is located at 30A, Route de Chêne c/o L&S Trust Services SA, 1208 Geneva, Switzerland. To know more about the organization, please visit the website at

2. Datasphere Initiative Privacy Statement

The Secretariat of the Datasphere Initiative has designed this Privacy Policy to explain how your information is collected and used when you visit our website, (the “Website”). We encourage you to carefully read this Privacy Policy.

By visiting the DI Website and providing information to the DI, you acknowledge that you have been informed and you consent to the Privacy Policy, including with regard to the DI’s collection, use and disclosure of personal information which may be collected when you subscribe to the DI’s email alerts and newsletters, when you register for DI’s events and workshops, or when you ask for any other services provided by the DI. If you do not wish your personal information to be used by the DI in the manner set out in this Privacy Policy, please do not provide us this information.

The DI is following the below guidelines for the use of user data collected:

  • All data transfers from a user to the DI Website will be performed over SSL (Secure Socket Layer) to prevent interception.
  • The DI will never sell, rent, exchange, or otherwise disclose to third parties our mailing lists or information about our website visitors without their consent, except as described in this Privacy Policy or when compelled by law.
  • The DI will never use cookie-based or log-file-based information to identify individual users. With the sole exception of detecting and investigating attacks, we use this data only in the aggregate.
  • The DI will never place third-party cookies without a direct action from a user (such as using a social networking tool).
  • The only cookies the DI will place without user action are first-party cookies that help us do site analytics.

3. What Information is Collected and How It Is Used

Nature of information collected
In order to receive the DI´s newsletters or information on the DI´s products and services, to contact the DI´s for any questions or comments, to request the DI´s products and services, or to register for the DI´s events and workshops, you may choose to provide some personal information. The categories of personal information that the DI´s may collect for the processing purposes described herein are: family name, first name, organization, position, stakeholder group, activity, main centre of interest, nationality, address, postal/ZIP code, country, phone number, website, social media handles, and email.

The DI, or third parties on its behalf, may use the personal information that you provide:

  • to process and respond to your questions and/or inquiries, and
  • to deliver you newsletters, emails, or other communications relating to products and services that you may be interested in;
  • to provide you with any DI services and products.

The DI, or third parties on its behalf, may also use certain information you provide in an aggregate and anonymous form for internal business and planning purposes, such as website analytics and statistics.

Protecting your privacy and your information is a top priority at the DI.

The DI has implemented reasonable security measures designed to protect the information we collect from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration and disclosure. A Secured Socket Layer (SSL) connection is used throughout the DI Website. Your information is stored by the DI on servers located in France and will be password protected. You should be aware, however, that no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its security.

Cookies and session cookies
Subject to your prior explicit consent where such consent is required by the applicable law in your jurisdiction, the DI Websites use “cookies” (i.e., small text files which are downloaded to a user’s device when visiting the DI Websites) in order to make easier for users to navigate around the DI Websites and improve the quality of the DI Websites. Cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the DI Websites and use their features, such as accessing secure areas of the DI Websites or making pages load properly. You can disable cookies by changing your web browser settings.

General information on cookies
On 26 May 2011 a new EU originated law came into effect that requires website owners to be more transparent regarding their usage of cookies on websites. The DI uses cookies to save your logged in status and track that you have visited the site. This is useful for you and means that you do not have to login to access your preferences each time you visit the DI Website. This is also useful for us as it helps us gauge how many users have visited our site. By using you the consent that you allow us to use cookies in this way, if you do not consent to this, you may disable these cookies through your browser.

4. Disclosure of Information

The DI does not sell, rent, exchange or otherwise disclose to third parties any information that we collect about our site visitors without consent. We will, however, comply with lawful requests from law enforcement that follow appropriate legal standards and procedures. If the law or a lawful order requires us to disclose information about your activities on the DI Website, we will (unless prohibited by law from doing so) attempt to contact you prior to such disclosure, and attempt to disclose to you the fact that we have submitted information to legal authorities (including disclosing which information we have submitted). We will object to disclosure requests that we believe are improper and do not authorize third parties to use or to transfer your information for any other purposes.

Transfer of personal data outside the European Union
As an international policy network with a global network, the DI may need to transfer and process your information (personal and non-personal) internationally for the above mentioned purposes as described in the article 3 of this Privacy Policy.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of your personal information through the DI Websites represents an express consent to such transfer and processing.

5. Information we collect

  • The DI collects your personal information when you fill in the form on the DI´s website to be informed about updates. This includes your full name and email address.
  • The DI will retain your personal data for the period necessary to fulfil the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy and/or as long as we require the personal data to provide you with the services or products you requested, unless a longer retention period is required to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce our agreements.
  • We respect your trust and protect your privacy, and therefore will never sell or share this data with any third parties.
  • If you wish to access, correct, or delete the data you provided, please contact us by sending a request to [email protected].

6. Rights to Unsubscribe and/or modify your Information

How to unsubscribe from the DI newsletter and email alerts

If you no longer wish to receive any kind of communications from the DI (e.g. newsletters or email alerts), you may opt out by cancelling your subscription on the DI Website through the link sent in each email you receive from the DI, or by sending an email to [email protected]

How to access and update your information:

The collected information is necessary for your registration and, more generally, for the purposes described in the article 3 of this Privacy Policy. They are subject to data processing at the DI. In application of article 39 and following of the French law of 6 January 1978 modified in 2004 and pursuant to the European Directive 95/46/EC, you will benefit from the right to access and the right to rectify data regarding your personal information. If you wish to exercise these rights and obtain all relevant information, please contact us at [email protected]

7. Links to Other Websites

The DI Websites may contain links to or from a number of third party Websites (hereinafter referred to as “Third Party Websites”). The DI does not, in any way, control or operate the Third Party Websites. The DI is not responsible for the privacy practices, content, policies or actions of the Third Party Websites. This Privacy Policy is only applicable to general information processed by the DI Websites, pursuant to information collected on the DI Websites. The use of any information you may provide to third parties on Third Party Websites, or which such parties may otherwise collect on other Websites, is not governed by this Privacy Policy.

8. Social Networks

Social media plugins of social networks such as LinkedIn and Twitter or services with user-generated content features are integrated on the DI Websites. Where the DI Websites contain a plug-in to a social network site, these are clearly marked (e.g. with a Twitter link). If you choose to click on one of these buttons or links, your browser connects directly to the servers of the relevant social network. The other Website’s privacy policy applies to any personal information you provide to that Website. If you do not want the social network to collect the information about you, please review the privacy policy of the relevant social network and/or log out of the relevant social network before you visit the DI Website.

9. Intellectual Property (IP) / Content

All content displayed on the DI Websites, including but not limited to, text, graphics, logos, buttons, icons, images, sounds, audio clips, video, digital downloads, data compilations and software, is the property of DI or its content suppliers and is protected by the French and/or foreign applicable laws.

Registered trademarks of the DI are marks indicated on the DI Websites and include licensors, in France and other countries. All other trademarks that appear on the DI Websites are the property of their respective owners.

You are prohibited from using, without permission, any of the marks, trademarks, trade names, service names, logos or other proprietary graphic appearing throughout the DI Websites.

10. Updates to Privacy Policy

To the extent permitted by applicable law in your jurisdiction, the DI may from time to time revise or update this Privacy Policy. You agree to be bound by such modifications or updates. If we make material revisions to the way we collect or use your personal information such that we are using it for purposes that you have not consented to, we will notify you of the changes and, as the case may be, ask for your explicit consent.

Any changes to this Privacy Policy will become effective upon posting of the revised Privacy Policy on the internet, accessible through the DI Website. By continuing to use the DI Website following such changes, you will be deemed to have agreed to such changes.

11. Publisher

Datasphere Initiative Foundation

c/o L&S Trust Services SA

Route de Chêne 30A

1208, Geneva

IDE: CHE-250.254.035

12. Host

Gandi SAS
63-65 Boulevard Masséna
75013 Paris

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