Statement of Data Protection Conditions for the Internet

The COMPOSITION Project takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. When we process the data that are collected during your visits to our website, we always observe the rules laid down in the applicable data protection laws. Your data will not be disclosed publicly by us, nor transferred to any third parties without your consent. In the following sections, we explain what types of data we record when you visit our website, and precisely how they are used:

1. Recording and processing of data in connection with access over the Internet
2. Use and transfer of personal data
3. Consent to use data in other contexts – newsletters and press distribution – forums
4. Security
5. Cookies
6. Links to websites operated by other providers
7. Right to information and contact data
8. Acceptance, validity and modification of data protection conditions

Recording and processing of data in connection with access over the Internet

When you visit our website, our web server makes a temporary record of each access and stores it in a log file. The following data are recorded, and stored until an automatic deletion date:

– IP address of the requesting processor
– Date and time of access
– Name and URL of the downloaded file
– Volume of data transmitted
– Indication whether download was successful
– Data identifying the browser software and operating system
– Website from which our site was accessed
– Name of your Internet service provider

The purpose of recording these data is to allow use of the website (connection setup), for system security, for technical administration of the network infrastructure and in order to optimize our Internet service. The IP address is only evaluated in the event of fraudulent access to the website. Apart from the special cases cited above, we do not process personal data without first obtaining your explicit consent to do so.

Use and transfer of personal data

All use of your personal data is confined to the purposes stated above, and is only undertaken to the extent necessary for these purposes. We do not compile personal profiles of users.

Personal data will not be transferred to government bodies or public authorities except in order to comply with mandatory national legislation or if the transfer of such data should be necessary in order to take legal action in cases of fraudulent access to our network infrastructure. Personal data will not be transferred to third parties for any other purpose.

Consent to use data in other contexts

The use of certain services on our website, such as newsletters or discussion forums, requires prior registration and involves more substantial processing of personal data, such as longer-term storage of e-mail addresses, user IDs and passwords.

Newsletters and press distribution
In order to register for a newsletter service provided by the COMPOSITION Project, we need at least your e-mail address so that we know where to send the newsletter. If you ask to be included on a press distribution list, we need to know which publication you work for, to allow us to check whether specific publications are actually receiving our press material. You can cancel subscriptions to our newsletters and press distribution list at any time. To do so, either send us an e-mail or follow the link at the end of the newsletter.

Blogs and comments
As a general rule, the content of blogs is monitored by the COMPOSITION Project. We reserve the right to delete posted contributions and to prohibit users from further use of the service at our own discretion, especially in cases where posted content contravenes the law or is deemed incompatible with the objectives of the COMPOSITION Project.

Web analysis
The COMPOSITION Project uses a web analysis service provided by Google(c) and Webalizer(c) on its web page. Using this technology, data are collected and stored for optimisation on the web pages.

Security

The COMPOSITION Project implements technical and organizational security measures to safeguard stored personal data against inadvertent or deliberate manipulation, loss or destruction and against access by unauthorised persons. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological progress.

Cookies

We do not use cookies on our website, but in certain cases (such as your request to stay logged in) we may use cookies which place technical session-control data in your browser’s memory. These data contain no references of a personal nature, and are automatically erased after a certain period of time.

Of course, it is perfectly possible to consult our website without the use of cookies. Please note, however, that most browsers are programmed to accept cookies in their default configuration. You can prevent this by changing the appropriate setting in the browser options. If you set the browser to refuse all cookies, this may restrict your use of certain functions on our website.

Links to websites operated by other providers

Our web pages may contain links to other providers’ web pages. We would like to point out that this statement of data protection conditions applies exclusively to the website managed by the COMPOSITION Project. We have no way of influencing the practices of other providers with respect to data protection, nor do we carry out any checks to ensure that they conform to the relevant legislation.

Right to information and contact data

You have a legal right to inspect any stored data concerning your person, and also the right to demand their correction or deletion, and to withdraw your consent for their further use. If you wish to obtain information on your personal data, or want us to correct or erase such data, or if you have any other questions concerning the use of personal data held by us, please contact the project coordinator.

Acceptance, validity and modification of data protection conditions

By using our website, you implicitly agree to accept the use of your personal data as specified above.

This present statement of data protection conditions came into effect on 1 September 2016.

As our website evolves, and new technologies come into use, it may become necessary to amend the statement of data protection conditions. The COMPOSITION Project reserves the right to modify its data protection conditions at any time, with effect as of a future date. We recommend that you re-read the latest version from time to time.