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Privacy statement for the website

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The ECB is committed to user privacy. It only processes your personal data for the purposes described below; it does not divulge them for marketing purposes.

All personal information is processed in line with EU data protection law and the ECB's IT security and confidentiality rules.

Who is responsible for processing your personal data?

The ECB is the data controller and the Directorate General Communications is responsible for processing personal data. A restricted group of ECB staff will have access to your personal data, and external agencies may also process data on behalf and under the authority of the ECB.

What information does the ECB collect through this website and why does it do so?

Cookies

Cookies are small bits of data sent by a website server to the browser on your computer. The browser informs the server when you next visit that particular website. Cookies help us to store user preferences, track usage trends on an aggregate basis and improve the user experience.

Cookies:

Not accepted

Every 6 months we remove all first-party cookies and ask you to make your selection again. We do this to ensure that your preferences are still valid and up to date.

Functional cookies

These cookies enable us to improve the usability and performance of this website by allowing it to remember choices and customisations you make during your visit, such as your preferred language.

Performance cookies

These cookies collect information about how you use our website and help us, for example, to understand the interests of our users and measure the effectiveness of our communications. In this way, we can adapt the content of our website more specifically to your needs and thereby improve what we offer you, for example by ensuring that you can more easily find what you are looking for. These performance cookies include those set by social media platforms and by Google services deployed on the site.

For example, we rely on Google Analytics to obtain statistics about the usage of the website. Data are sent to servers operated by Google (which might be located outside the EU) and are used to provide the ECB with aggregate statistics about the number and duration of visits, usage patterns, traffic sources, user demographics and searches performed on this website.

Additionally, we may also use Google Optimize to test how to improve user experience on our website.

We collect data to keep track of the number of visitors to the various parts of the site, manage visitor traffic and improve functionality and usability. We do not identify individual visitors and we receive anonymised aggregate data.

Google has its own privacy policies.

Google Analytics Google's Privacy policy Privacy Shield certification

Google only stores the following personal data, subject to your consent: online identifiers, including cookie identifiers, internet protocol addresses and device identifiers; client identifiers. The ECB has opted for a 14-month retention period in Google Analytics. The ECB has also by default enabled IP anonymisation and disabled the User-ID.

We are also conducting a trial of Matomo Cloud, a Europe-based service for obtaining website usage statistics. All collected data are anonymised and hosted solely on ECB servers. Matomo Cloud’s privacy policy is available on the company’s website.

Other third-party cookies

Certain third-party features on our website require cookies. For example, a video player or social media content embedded in a page may set cookies. These features will be disabled if you do not accept the use of cookies.

Log information

Servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website. These server logs may include information such as the date and time of your visit, your IP address, browser type, browser language, browser screen size, and one or more cookies that identify your browser. Such logs are stored for a maximum of ten months and then deleted. The information the ECB collects is only used to compile statistics, on an aggregate basis, on the usage of this site and for maintenance and security purposes.

Personal information communicated via the website or by email

We collect further personal data only with your consent, such as an email address if you wish to sign up to a mailing list. The relevant pages provide more information about the personal data we collect.

What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

Personal data are collected and processed by the ECB based on your consent. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Your personal data will no longer be processed once you have withdrawn your consent but prior processing will remain lawful.

What are your rights?

You have the right to access and rectify your personal data, to restrict the processing of your data and, under certain conditions, to ask for your data to be deleted.

You can exercise your rights by contacting the Directorate General Communications at webmaster@ecb.europa.eu. If you have any further questions, you can also contact the ECB’s Data Protection Officer at dpo@ecb.europa.eu.

Furthermore, you have the right to contact the European Data Protection Supervisor at any time about the processing of your personal data.

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