Privacy policy

Use of personal data collected

This privacy policy informs you about how CIRIEC collects and processes your personal data. We invite you to read it carefully.

CIRIEC complies with the Belgian law of 8 December 1992 on the protection of privacy and with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016, which entered into force on 24 May 2018.

CIRIEC only uses your personal data in the cases provided for by the regulations in force:

  • The performance of a contract we have concluded with you, and/or
  • To comply with a legal obligation, and/or
  • Your consent to the use of your data, and/or
  • The existence of a legitimate interest (project follow-up, customer relations, etc.) in using your data. We ensure that these interests do not seriously affect the rights and freedoms of the persons concerned.

Who is responsible for your personal data?

CIRIEC is responsible for your personal data.

Contact: Mrs Barbara SAK (dpo) CIRIEC – Université de Liège, Quartier Agora, Place des Orateurs, 1 – Bat B33, bte 6, BE – 4000 Liège, Belgium. ; tel : +3243662746

What personal data do we collect?

The personal data we collect may include:

  • Contact information, such as your name, position in the organisation/institution, business address, telephone number, mobile phone number and email address;
  • Payment data, necessary for payment processing and fraud prevention, including credit/debit card numbers, security code numbers and other related billing information;
  • Other business information necessarily processed in the course of a project or contractual client relationship with CIRIEC or voluntarily provided by you, such as instructions given, payments made, requests and projects;
  • Information collected from publicly available resources, integrity databases and credit agencies.

How do we collect your personal data?

We may collect personal data about you in a number of circumstances, including

  • When you or your organisation enter into a partnership, membership or other form of co-operation;
  • When you or your organisation browse, make an enquiry or otherwise interact on our website;
  • When you attend a seminar or other CIRIEC event or register to receive personal data from us; or
  • When you or your organisation offers to provide goods or services to us.
  • In some circumstances, we collect personal data about you from a third party source. For example, we may collect personal data from your organisation, other organisations with which you cooperate, institutions, platforms, an information or service provider or a publicly available register.

Statistics and audience measurement

We track statistical data on the site in an anonymous manner for the purpose of improving our site and services.

Use and transmission of your personal data

During the various contacts we have with you, you may be asked to provide us with information about yourself. This information is collected in particular when you register for our newsletters or our activities, during e-mail exchanges, service requests or in the context of your contacts about our projects.

These data are in particular :

Last name, first name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number or any other information that you wish to make known to us.

CIRIEC collects and manages data in order to carry out its corporate purpose.

Any information we collect from you may be used to:

  • Respond to your requests for information;
  • Inform you of the services and activities offered by our organisation;
  • Manage and administer your or your organisation’s relationship with CIRIEC, including payment processing, accounting, auditing, billing and collection, support services;
  • Fulfilling our legal obligations (such as record keeping obligations), compliance monitoring or registration obligations to public authorities and funding institutions.

How long we store your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This allows us to automatically recognise and approve subsequent comments instead of leaving them in the moderation queue.

For users who register on our site, we also store the personal data indicated in their profile. The site managers can also view and edit this information.

The rights you have over your data

If you have an account or have left comments on the site, you can request to receive a file containing all the personal data we hold about you, including that which you have provided to us. You can also request the deletion of your personal data. This does not include data stored for administrative, legal or security purposes.

If you wish to object to the use of your personal data for the communication of information relating to the services provided or activities offered by CIRIEC in connection with your request, you may inform us of this at any time by sending a written, dated and signed request by post to the address Ms Barbara SAK (dpo) CIRIEC – Université de Liège, Quartier Agora, Place des Orateurs, 1 – Bat B33, bte 6, BE – 4000 Liège or by e-mail to

The same applies if you no longer wish to receive communications by e-mail. An option to unsubscribe from our newsletter is included in each mailing.

Transfer of your personal data

Visitors’ comments can be checked with the help of an automated service for detecting undesirable comments.

We own the information collected. Your personal information will not be sold, exchanged, transferred or given to another association or partner for commercial purposes.

In case of transfer of data to third party associations or subcontractors for projects, we will apply the principles of proportionality and transparency.

How we protect your data

We implement a variety of measures to keep your personal information secure.  Computers and servers used to store personal data and any paper documents containing personal data are kept in a secure environment. All staff also sign a charter to ensure data confidentiality.

Embedded content from other sites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles…). Embedded content from other sites behaves in the same way as if the visitor were on that other site.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed third-party tracking tools, and track your interactions with embedded content if you have an account with their website.

Contact forms – Cookies

Use of cookies on our site

Our website uses cookies in order to optimize its operation and to collect statistics related to its use (traffic, page views…).

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file, possibly encrypted, saved by a website on the computer or terminal (smartphone, tablet, etc.) that you use to consult it. The purpose of these cookies is to speed up and personalise your use of a website as you visit and return to it.

To do this, cookies communicate information between your web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.) and the server that hosts the website, for example, about your preferences for displaying the site (language, font size, etc.), your browsing history, your choices among the options offered by a site, or registration data.

What cookies do we use on the site?

Functional cookies

These cookies are specific to the content management platform, which can be described as the “engine” of the site. These cookies allow certain site features to be managed. They are anonymous (no information is collected that can be linked to your identity). Furthermore, with the exception of the cookie setting your language preference, they expire when you close your browser. They are therefore deleted from your computer or terminal when you exit this software.

Statistical cookies

The site uses the services of Google Analytics in order to analyse the frequentation and the behaviour of the users of its site. Statistical cookies make it possible to know, for example, the number of visitors, their geographical location, their path on the site (how and by which page they accessed it, the pages that followed in their session and the page by which they left the site), the time of the visit, etc. These cookies are anonymous and can last up to 2 years.

How to control cookies?

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish using the configuration settings of your browser. You have the option of deleting all cookies already stored on your computer and setting most browsers to block them. However, if you do this, you may have to set certain preferences yourself each time you visit a site, and some services and features may not be available.