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Privacy policy on the EIF website

Version 1 - 20 September 2018

Personal data are processed by the European Investment Fund (“EIF” or “Controller”) in accordance with Regulation (EC) 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data, as such regulation may be amended from time to time.

  • Legal basis and purpose of the processing

Article 2 of the EIF Statutes obliges EIF to “contribute to the pursuit of the objectives of the European Union”.

With a view to fulfilling its referred tasks, EIF provides financial guarantees and equity investments to financial intermediaries and fund managers for the final benefit of small- and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

In this context, the EIF is entrusted with a variety of mandates from third parties (EIF Mandators), which may contain specific policy guidelines to the transactions financed under such mandates. The EIF is also engaged in other activities connected with its tasks set out in article 2 of the EIF Statutes.

The EIF provides information services about all its activities to the public at large, thus increasing transparency and contributing to an understanding of the EIF’s activities. In order to do so, the EIF has developed a framework of policies published on the EIF website. The EIF also foresees the possibility to fill-in contact forms.

In order to be able to provide the necessary information and/or answer questions from the public at large, the EIF collects personal data related to the visitors of its websites as further detailed below.

  • Data subjects

Any visitors of the EIF website that is available under http://www.eif.org and http://www.eif.europa.eu

  • Data recipients

For the ‘contact us’ part: EIB Communications Division and EIF Marketing Division.
For other parts: EIF Front Office Business Support and EIF Deal Allocation Committee.

  • Data retention period

Data retention period is 1 year after termination of the interaction with the data subject.

  • Rights of data subjects

Subject to the conditions and modalities provided by the applicable laws:

  • You have the right to obtain from the controller, without constraint, at any time within three months from the receipt of the request and free of charge:
    • Confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning you are being processed;
    • Information at least to the purposes of the processing operation, the categories of personal data concerned, and the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the data are disclosed;
    • Communication in an intelligible form of the data undergoing processing and of any available information as to their source;
    • Information of the logic involved in any automated decision process concerning the visitor (right of access);
  • You have the right to obtain from the controller, without undue delay, the rectification of any inaccurate or incomplete personal data concerning you (right to rectification).

The EIF may restrict the application of your right of access and right to rectification where such restriction may constitute a necessary measure to ensure safeguards - including but not limited to:

  • The prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of criminal offences; and
  • The protection of the data subject or of the rights and freedoms of others.

In order to exercise these rights, you may contact the EIF Data Protection Officer by email: dpo(at)eif.org

Further to the above, you have the right to obtain from the controller the erasure of your personal data when they are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected (right to erasure).
You have the right to obtain restriction of processing from the controller when:

  • You contest the accuracy of your personal data;
  • The processing is unlawful;
  • The controller no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of the processing; or
  • You have objected to processing, pending the verification whether the legitimate grounds of the controller override yours (right to restriction of processing).

Moreover, you have the right to:

  • Object on grounds relating to your particular situation when the processing of personal data is unlawful;
  • Receive from the controller your personal data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and transmit those data to another controller without hindrance from the controller by which the personal data have been provided (right to data portability);
  • Lodge a complaint to the European Data Protection Supervisor (www.edps.europa.eu) at any time (right to lodge a complaint).


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