Privacy & Cookies Policy
Personal information we collect
The SocialWatt website only collects information absolutely necessary for providing its services to its visitors. More specifically, we collect data by using cookies to make the website operational and gather analytics data (using Google Analytics) in order to prepare aggregated, anonymised statistics on visitor’s activity. Thus, when you visit our website, we automatically collect certain information about your device, including information about your web browser, IP address and time zone. Additionally, as you browse the website, we collect information about the individual web pages or documents that you view.
We will also collect, use and store your email address if you subscribe to receive the SocialWatt newsletter. By subscribing to the e-newsletter, you freely consent to the processing of your e-mail address for receiving the newsletter.
Finally, we will collect your personal contact details if you complete the ‘contact us’ form and use it to respond to your question/comment. However, your personal contact details will not be stored or processed thereafter.
Data archiving, preservation and retention
If a Newsletter subscriber wishes to stop receiving the newsletter, he/she can request to be removed from the distribution list by clicking the respective link at the bottom of the Newsletter. Otherwise, all email addresses collected will be retained for the duration of the project. Once the project ends, we will delete collected data from our databases.
What are cookies and how do you delete or block cookies?
Cookies are small text files that a website stores on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site.
You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited. Be aware though that you may also lose saved information (e.g. saved login details, site preferences).
Most browsers allow you to block or delete cookies. For more information on how to set the preferences for cookies, please refer to the instructions provided by your browser.
You can find out more about cookies and how to control them on www.aboutcookies.org.
Use of Google Analytics and how to opt out
In order to understand how our visitors use our webpage, and analyse SocialWatt’s reach, we use Google Analytics, which collects and processes first-party cookies, i.e. data related to the device/browser, IP address and on-site/app activities, to measure and report statistics about user interactions on the websites and/or apps that use Google Analytics.
In order to limit the collection of personal data, SocialWatt has selected IP address anonymization. Thus, the last octet of the IP address of users is set to zero prior to its storage.
You can opt-out from making your site activity available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. You can find the add-on here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/
Links to other websites
The SocialWatt website includes links to third-party websites, in particular websites related to energy poverty, Article 7, obligation schemes, etc. We are not responsible for the privacy & cookies policies of third parties, nor are we responsible for the information or content these websites contain. We encourage you to read the privacy & cookies policies of third parties before using their websites.
You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, in order to assert your rights, namely to: access your personal data and related information, find out whether your personal data is being processed; erase or rectify your personal data; restrict the processing of your data and object to the processing of your personal data.
We inform you that you have the right to lodge a complaint to the competent data protection authority, pursuant to Article 77 of the Regulation (EU) 2016/679, if you believe that your personal data have been processed in violation of any applicable law concerning data protection.
Changes to this Policy
We may revise this Privacy & Cookies policy from time to time, for example due to changes in our practices or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons. You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are up to date with the most current version of the policy.