Personal Data Protection Policy
The European Consumer Center (ECC) of Greece, as an independent department operating under the auspices of its host (the Greek Consumer Ombudsman), has a confidentiality duty for documents and data, of which it becomes aware in the context of the investigation and handling of complaints. It is committed to protecting and respecting your personal data, in accordance with national legislation and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679).
Purpose of collection and processing of personal data
ECC-Greece collects, keeps, processes and transmits personal data exclusively within the framework of its competences, in order to be able to effectively fulfill its purpose and mission. In this context:
- It receives and forwards complaints to traders, as well as documents and case data exchanged between involved parties.
- It cooperates with other Authorities, National Enforcement Bodies, etc. in Greece and abroad mandated with the implementation of consumer protection legislation in Greece and the European Union. In the context of this cooperation, it may seek information and data that are related to consumer disputes under investigation and contribute to their effective resolution.
ECC-Greece may further process personal data for the purposes of archiving, scientific research or statistical analysis, always in accordance with provisions of national and EU legislation.
Personal data maintained by ECC-Greece
ECC-Greece collects and processes information and data that are voluntarily disclosed by consumers during the submission of complaints. Such data include, for example, the name, occupation, address and contact details of the complainant. It also collects and processes information and data that may be submitted at a later stage as supplementary to a complaint, as well as any other information that has been collected legally and is deemed necessary for the effective investigation and resolution of complaints.
ECC-Greece may competently collect personal data from other public Authorities, organizations or even third parties.
Processing of special data categories of (e.g. sensitive), like health-related data, is carried out based on their voluntary disclosure by the data subject or in the context of duties imposed by national and/or EU law.
Who is your data shared with?
ECC-Greece will not disclose your personal data to additional persons, organizations or other external entities, except those legally provided in order to process your case.
Retention time of personal data
Date retention is regulated according to provisions of the Organizational Charter of the Greek Consumer Ombudsman (Presidential Decree 55/2014 - Government Gazette A' 91/14.04.2014).
Rights of data subjects
As the data subject, you have the right to request a copy of personal data concerning your person that are lawfully collected and processed by ECC-Greece, in order to be able to exercise the right to correct, limit and/or object to the processing of these data. In case of objecting to the further processing of your personal data, any other involvement of ECC-Greek to the complaint ceases immediately.
Contact details for personal data issues
For any questions and/or clarifications regarding the management and protection of your personal data by ECC-Greece or in case you wish to exercise any of your aforementioned rights as a data subject, you can contact the data protection officer by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact the Hellenic Data Protection Authority (https://www.dpa.gr/).