Optimisation of the Internal Market’s industrial property legal framework relating to supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) and patent research exemptions for sectors whose products are subject to regulated market authorisations, referred to as ‘consultation’ in the text.

1. Objective

The objective of this consultation is to receive the views of stakeholders or people concerned by the topic of the consultation and potentially to publish them on the internet, under the responsibility of the Head of Unit F5 (Intellectual property and fight against counterfeiting), Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, acting as the ‘Controller’.

As this online service collects and further processes personal data, Regulation (EC) 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 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, is applicable.

2. What personal information do we collect and through which technical means?

Identification data

The personal data collected and further processed is data necessary for the participation in the consultation such as gender, age, location, education. It includes views on the topics concerned.

The processing operations on personal data linked to the organisation and management of this consultation are necessary for the management and functioning of the Commission, as mandated by the Treaties, and more specifically articles 5, 7 and 211 - 219 of the EC Treaty.

Technical information

EUSurvey stores the following information when participants submit a contribution:

a) Publicly accessible open surveys: By default, EUSurvey does not save any user-related information. However, the IP of every connection is saved for security reasons for every server request. Using this information, it might be possible to reconstruct where a request originated.

b) Secured surveys requiring an individual password: in addition to the IP, the system saves an identification number that can be used to identify every individual participant from the result set.

EUSurvey enables both above-mentioned types of survey to be made ‘fully anonymous’. In this option, full anonymity is preserved and neither contact information nor IP numbers are saved. With fully anonymous surveys, the author(s) can never find out where a contribution comes from.

Please note that other servers at the European Commission might still log IPs for security reasons.

EUSurvey uses 2 kinds of ‘cookies’ to save user-related data.

1. Affecting survey authors only: a cookie that contains session information to ensure reliable communication with the system.

This cookie stays valid as long as the session is valid and is removed once the session is ended (maximum 24 hours after last contact).

2. Affecting any user: a cookie that contains IDs of selected responses to a survey and free-text responses in plain text until the user has submitted a valid contribution. Until a contribution has been successfully submitted, the system saves the user’s draft contribution in a cookie at one-minute intervals, so that the contribution can be restored in the event of network congestion or a PC crash.

For offline answering the system uses session cookies in order to ensure communication between the client and the server. Therefore, your browser must be configured to accept cookies. The cookies disappear once the session has been terminated. It is also possible to participate in a survey with cookies disabled, but in this case offline answering is not possible.

3. Who has access to your information and to whom is it disclosed?

The access to all personal data as well as all information collected in the context of this consultation is only granted through userID/password to a defined set of users, without prejudice to a possible transmission to the bodies in charge of a monitoring or inspection task in accordance with Community legislation. These users  are typically members of the unit organising the consultation inside DG Secretariat-General acting as processor.   

No personal data is transmitted to parties which are outside the recipients and the legal framework mentioned.

The European Commission will not share personal data with third parties for direct marketing.

4. How do we protect and safeguard your information?

Your replies, together with your chosen language used for drafting the reply, are recorded in a secured and protected database hosted by the Data Centre of the European Commission, the operations of which abide by the Commission's security decisions and provisions established by the Directorate of Security for these kind of servers and services. The database is not accessible from outside the Commission. Inside the Commission the database can be accessed using a userID/password.

Access to the application is via a non-encrypted connection using the normal http protocol.

5. How can you verify, modify or delete your information?

In case you want to verify which personal data is stored on your behalf by the responsible controller, or have it modified,  corrected or deleted, please contact the Controller by using the contact information below explicitly specifying your request.

6. How long do we keep your data?

Your personal data will remain in the database until the results have been completely analysed and will be rendered anonymous when they have been usefully used, and at the latest after 1 year from the end of the consultation.

7. Contact information

In case you wish to verify which personal data is stored on your behalf by the responsible controller, have it modified, corrected, or deleted, or if you have questions regarding the consultation, or concerning any information processed in the context of the consultation, or on your rights, feel free to contact the support team, operating under the responsibility of the Controller, using the following contact information:

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Unit F5 – Intellectual property and Fight against Counterfeiting

Tel: 00 32 2 295 2225

Email: grow-f5@ec.europa.eu

8. Recourse

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