Privacy Notice

Partnerships in European Tourism

The European Commission, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
(Directorate F : Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing) is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This privacy notice provides information about the processing and the protection of your personal data when using the website of the Partnerships in European Tourism (“PET”) and how we will use any personal data that we collect and hold about you.

The information we might hold about you.

We may receive, process or hold personal information about you. This may be a result of you:

  • requesting information;
  • using our website;
  • communicating with us;
  • registering on the PET website;
  • participating in one or more (virtual) fairs.

This information may include:

  • basic personal details such as your given name, surname, gender, address, city, e-mail address, mobile phone number;
  • information related to the organisation that you are representing or employed with;
  • the IP address of the divide that you are using accessing our website;
  • additional information you provide to us (including images and connections to social media accounts);
  • your chosen website and marketing preferences.

The basis on which we might use your personal data.

We will only use your personal data where one or more of the following apply:

  • You have given your consent to the use;
  • It is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation that we must comply with;
  • It is necessary for the purposes of preventing or tracing fraud.

How long will we hold your personal data?

We will process and store your data only for as long as it is necessary for the particular purpose or purposes for which we hold it unless there are any legal or operational reasons to hold it for a longer period. At the end of that period the data that we hold will be securely destroyed.

Warrants related to the processing of your personal data.

When you provided personal data to us, we warrant that:

  • your personal data shall not be processed, transferred or made available outside the territory of the European Union and the People’s Republic of China;
  • your personal data shall not be held in data centres located outside the territory of the European Union and the People’s Republic of China;
  • your personal data cannot be accessed by persons not properly authorised
  • any transfer of your personal data to third countries or international organisations shall fully comply with the requirements stipulated in Chapter V of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 .

Purpose of collecting, using and processing your personal data.

The purpose and subject matter for collecting and processing of personal data are

  • the handling of information from companies and individual persons participating to the different events in Europe and in the People’s Republic of China;
  • to notify you about events, changes with respect to your registration on this website, participation in events and interaction with other registered users;
  • to comply with any legal obligation.

Furthermore personal data may be collected to:

  • administer our website and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes;
  • as part of our efforts to keep our site safe and secure.


Where you consent, we will obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that’s transferred to your computer’s hard drive. They help us to improve our site and to deliver a better service and more personalised content. In particular, cookies enable us to:

  • estimate our audience size and usage patterns of our website;
  • store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise our site according to your individual interests;
  • improve and speed up your searches
  • recognise you when you return to our site.

The table below explains the types of cookies we use and why:

Cookie typePurpose
Performance cookies and analyticsThese cookies are used to collect information about how you use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, from which website visitors originated from and the pages they visited.
Registration and login cookiesThese cookies are used to track which visitors are signed into the website so that these visitors do not have to enter their password for every time they visit the website.
Functionality cookiesThese cookies are used to remember choices you have made including for example, remembering that you previously entered information in an online form.

Cookie control

Many web browsers automatically accept cookies but provide controls that allow you to block or delete them. Instructions for blocking or deleting cookies in browsers may be available in each browser’s privacy or help documentation. Certain features of our website may depend on cookies. Please be aware that if you choose to block cookies, you may not be able to sign in or use those features, and preferences that are dependent on cookies may be lost. If you choose to delete cookies, settings and preferences controlled by those cookies, including advertising preferences, will be deleted and may need to be recreated.

Your rights in respect of the personal data we hold about you.

At any time, you can ask us to examine or provide a copy of the personal information that we hold about you and for corrections to be made to any incorrect information. In most cases we shall provide the information within one (1) month of your request. We may ask you to provide us with proof of your identity.

We do not have to provide information in all cases including where it would involve disclosing personal information about another person or where a request is excessive or manifestly unfounded and may make a charge for providing the information.

You have the right to receive the data concerning you in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and you have the right to transmit those data to another processor or controller.

You can also ask us for following information:

  • The purposes of the processing;
  • The categories of personal data concerned;
  • The recipients or categories of recipient to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed;
  • Where it is possible for us to provide the information, the envisaged period for which the personal data will be stored, or, if not possible, the criteria used to determine that period;
  • Where we have not collected the data from you, any available information as to their source.

You can ask us to erase any data that we hold about you where one of the following grounds applies:

  • The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;
  • You withdraw your consent to the processing and there is no other legal ground for the processing;
  • You object to processing on grounds relating to your particular situation and our legitimate grounds for processing do not override your interests;
  • You object to processing for direct marketing purposes;
  • The personal data have been unlawfully processed;
  • The personal data have to be erased for compliance with a legal obligation in Union or Member State law to which we are subject.

We are not required to erase your data where we need to process your data:

  • For exercising the right of freedom of expression and information;
  • For compliance with a legal obligation which requires processing by Union or Member State law to which we are subject or for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in us;
  • For reasons of public interest in the area of public health;
  • For archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes so far as the erasure of data is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievement of the objectives of that processing;
  • For the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

You can ask us to restrict our processing of your data where one of the following applies:

  • You contest the accuracy of the personal data we hold about you for a period enabling us to verify the accuracy of the personal data;
  • The processing is unlawful, and you oppose the erasure of the personal data and request the restriction of their use instead;
  • We no longer need the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but the data are required by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims;
  • You object to processing on grounds relating to your particular situation pending the verification of whether our legitimate grounds for processing override your interests.

Advice and assistance

We appreciate any question, comment or request regarding this privacy notice, these should be addressed to the Data Protection Officer or the office of the European Data Protection Supervisor:

Data Protection OfficerEuropean Data Protection Supervisor
Mr. Martin Kröger
Data Protection Officer
European Commission
CHAR 02/63
B-1049 Brussels
Phone number: +32 2 299 11 11
European Data Protection Supervisor
Rue Montoyer 30
B-1000 Brussels
Phone number: +32 2 283 19 00

If you think that there is a problem with the way that we are handling your data, you have the right to complain to the competent authorities on the protection of personal data in your country. A list of all competent authorities is available on the website of the European Commission following this link:

Changes to this privacy notice

We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 8th May 2020.