Frequently asked questions - Data protection - Competition privacy statement

Why is the European Commission organising a Smart Mobility Challenge concerning European Multimodal Journey Planners?

The challenges of climate change, increasing congestion and fuel costs push us to find smarter ways to travel. Using different types of transport for one journey or 'multimodal travel' is part of the solution. This option can not only preserve the environment (by using cleaner transport solutions than private cars, such as public transport or rail), it can also be easier on our wallets.

Multimodal travel is by its very nature more complex. On-line journey planners can help travelers to plan a journey from A to B (ideally door-to-door), combining different modes of transport available, their schedules and even fares.

This competition aims to raise awareness about the need to further develop European journey planners and show the benefits they will bring to the citizens.

What personal data does the European Commission collect, what for, and how?

Personal data

 Via the submission page for votes, the European Commission collects the following mandatory information on each participant:

  • E-mail address


 The purpose of the data collected in the submission forms is:

  • To enable the European Commission to count the number of votes. Each vote being linked to an email address, each email address will be counted only once.

The processing operations on personal data linked to the organisation and management of this survey are necessary for the management and functioning of the Commission, , as mandated by the treaties, and more specifically Article 5 of TEU, Article 13 TEU and Articles 244-250 TFEU, and in accordance with Article 1 and Article 11 of TEU.

Data collection method

Personal data are collected via data fields on the website, which are to be filled in by the participant.

The email addresses are stored along with the reference code for each planner and the same reference is integrated into the ‘vote’ option of each of the planners, visible when using the interactive map.

Who has access to your data and to whom is it disclosed?

Designated officials or agents of the European Commission's Directorate General for Mobility and Transport, as well as designated employees of the contractor for the organisation of the competition have access to your data. Your data will not be disclosed to anyone else.

How does the European Commission protect and safeguard your data?

The collected personal data and all information related to the above mentioned Smart Mobility Challenge  is stored in the databases of the European Commission and its external contractor, acting as processor, who has to guarantee the data protection and confidentiality required by the Regulation (EC) 45/2001.

How can you verify, modify or delete your data?

You have no direct access to your personal data stored in the databases. If you wish to modify or delete your data, please send a message to the e-mail mentioned below. Your data will be modified or deleted within five working days.

How long will we keep your data?

Your data will be deleted from all the databases within 12 months of the end of the competition, that is, the date of the prize-giving ceremony.


European commission
Directorate-General for Mobility and transport
Unit "Intelligent transport systems"

Data Subjects may at any time contact the European Data Protection Supervisor.

The Controller as defined in Regulation (EC) 45/2001 of 18 December 2000 is Mr Pawel Stelmaszczyk, Head of Unit "Intelligent transport systems” of the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission.


Complaints, in case of conflict with the Controller, can be addressed to the European Data Protection Supervisor.

Last update: 15/01/2013 | Top