Data protection notice

Page Last modified 19 Mar 2019
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The EEA website is our most important communication tool. Here we communicate our work such as our data and maps, indicators and our publications about Europe’s environment to the general public as well as more expert audiences.

Some of the services offered on our website require the processing of your personal data. In such cases, links are available on those pages directing you to the specific information about the processing contained in the relevant data protection notices in our Register.

Here we give you a general overview of some of the ways this website processes your personal data, including the use of cookies and social media.

Your personal data and our website

  • The EEA collects your personal information only to the extent necessary to fulfill a precise purpose related to our tasks as an agency of the European Union (which are laid down in Regulation (EC) No 401/2009);
  • We do not re-use the information for another purpose that is different to the one stated;
  • We put in place measures to guarantee that your data are kept up-to-date and processed securely;
  • Under certain conditions outlined in law, we may disclose your information to third parties (such as the European Anti-Fraud Office, the European Court of Auditors, or law enforcement authorities) if it is necessary and proportionate for lawful, specific purposes;
  • We will never divulge your personal data for direct marketing purposes;
  • You have the right to access your personal information, to have it corrected and the right to recourse to the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) ( at any time if you believe your data protection rights have been breached;
  • We do not keep your personal information for longer than necessary for the purposes for which we collected it;
  • However, we may keep your information for a longer period for historical, statistical or scientific purposes with the appropriate safeguards in place.

Cookie policy/Site usage information

We do not store personal data in cookies. We may store your own page settings in non-personalized ways (e.g. your language settings).

By default, the browsing experience of website visitors is tracked by EEA Matomo software in order to produce anonymised statistics. For example when you visit our website, we may collect some data on your browsing experience such as your masked IP address (anonymized by removing the last two bytes), the web page you visited, when you visited and the website page you were redirected from.

This information is used to gather aggregated and anonymous statistics with a view to improving our services and to enhance your user experience. The analytical reports generated by EEA Matomo can only be accessed through the Eionet User Directory authentication system to EEA staff, other relevant EU's institution staff or by duly authorised external sub-contractors, who may be required to analyse, develop and/or regularly maintain certain sites.          

By default, our Matomo installation respects users’ preference and will not track visitors which have specified "I do not want to be tracked" in their web browsers (aka "Do not track").

Social Media

Our social links are not sharing any personal information with third parties without your prior consent. These are simply links to external websites.             

If you click on any button that allows you to share our pages or follow a link, you will be redirected to this other page and you are then subject to the privacy policy of this third party, over which EEA has no control or responsibility.

Specific privacy statement

Specific privacy statement


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