Privacy Policy

This privacy policy explains which data are collected, how EQUALS-EU at the Geneva Graduate Institute uses them, how they are kept secure and how the user can access, modify or delete the data. By using the EQUALS-EU, Switzerland website, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy. We are committed to protecting your privacy, and we take all reasonable precautions to safeguard personal information.

This policy notice does not cover links within this site linking to other websites. The EQUALS-EU project may use services offered by third companies. In these cases, the privacy policies of these companies are also applicable, and the user must read and be aware of the privacy policies published on their websites.

 

Which data? 

EQUALS-EU, Switzerland may collect the following data categories or other information you enter on our website or provide us in any other way:  

  • Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet; e-mail address; connection information; browser type and version; time zone setting; operating system and platform. 

  • Session information, including pages viewed, page response times, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page. 

Through our contact form, we may also collect: 

  • Name

  • Email address

  • Phone number 

 

Why?

EQUALS-EU, Switzerland informs its users that the data they will provide will be processed in accordance with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation.

We collect such Non-personal and Personal Information for the following purposes:

  • To attend and resolve the requests or queries required through the contact form;

  • To send newsletters on project activities that may be of interest to the user;

  • To create aggregated statistical data and other aggregated and/or inferred Non-personal Information, which we may use to improve our services and reach. 

We do not process your personal data for any purpose other than the ones described here, except in the case of a legal obligation or a court order.

 

Where?

Our project is hosted on the Wix.com platform. Your data may be stored through Wix.com’s data storage, databases and the general Wix.com applications. They store your data on secure servers behind a firewall.  

All direct payment gateways offered by Wix.com and used by our group adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of credit card information by our store and its service providers.

 

Lawful basis 

The data processing of your data by EQUALS-EU, Switzerland shall be on the following lawful basis:

  • Our legitimate interest in knowing our users and their preferences, thus ensuring the correct functioning of the platform. We make sure to consider and balance any possible impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before processing your personal data for our legitimate interests. We do not use your personal data for activities in which our interests are nullified by the impact such use has on you (unless we have your consent, or the law requires or otherwise permits). 

  • Complying with a legal or regulatory obligation means processing your personal data when necessary to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation to which we are subject.

  • Express informed consent.

 

Your Rights 

You have some rights under the General Data Protection Regulation in relation to your personal data. Specifically, you have the right to:

  • Request access to your personal data (commonly known as “data subject request “). This allows you to receive a copy of the personal data we have about you and verify that we are processing them legally.

  • Request the correction of the personal data we have about you. This allows you to correct any incomplete or inaccurate information we have about you, although we may have to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide us.

  • Request the deletion (cancellation) of your personal data. This allows you to ask us to delete your personal data when there is no good reason for us to continue processing them. You also have the right to ask us to delete your personal data when you have successfully exercised your right to object to the treatment (see below), when we may have processed your information illegally or when we must delete your personal data in compliance with local law. However, please note that we may not always be able to comply with your request for removal for specific legal reasons that will be notified, if applicable, at the time of your request.

  • Objecting to the processing of your personal data when we have a legitimate interest (or a third party has) and there is something about your particular situation that makes you want to oppose the processing, or it has an impact on your rights and fundamental freedoms. You also have the right to object when we process your personal information for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we can show that we have legitimate interests to deal with your information that prevails over your rights and freedoms.

  • Request the restriction of the processing of your personal data. This allows you to ask us to suspend the processing of your personal data in the following scenarios: (a) if you want us to establish the accuracy of the data; (b) when our use of the data is illegal but you do not want us to delete it; (c) when you need us to retain the data, even if we no longer need it to exercise or defend legal claims; or (d) you have opposed our use of your data, but we must verify if we have legitimate reasons to use them.

  • Request the transfer of your personal data to you or a third party. We will provide you, or a third party that has chosen, your personal data in a structured, commonly used and readable format. Please note that this right only applies to the automated information that you authorized us with consent to use, as well as the information necessary to enter into any contract with you.

  • Withdraw consent at any time that we depend on consent to process your personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent. If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide certain products or services to you. We will advise you if this is the case at the time you withdraw your consent.

To exercise these rights interested parties can contact us via email at equals-eu@graduateinstitute.ch

 

Cookies 

The website may use cookies, a type of technology that installs a small amount of information on a user’s computer or other device to enable a website, for example, to recognize future visits using that computer or device. 

We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here that it has been updated, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we use and/or disclose it.