Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy Notice

1. Introduction

1.1 This privacy policy notice applies to the Resilient Cities 2018 (RC2018) website. Together with the user agreements, it governs the RC2018 website´s data collection and use.

1.2 For the purpose of the EU2016 General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”)[1], ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability e.V. (ICLEI World Secretariat), based in Kaiser- Friedrich- Straße 7,53113 Bonn, Germany, (thereafter ICLEI e.V), acts as data controller.

1.3 ICLEI does not have any responsibility on how other platforms and websites outside of the RC 2018 website collect, use and share users´ personal information, even if those platforms / websites have a link on or from the RC 2018 website. It is the responsibility of the users to check in each specific case if other websites provide a safe environment for their personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure.

2. Personal data collected by use of Cookies

2.1 The RC 2018 website collects internet Cookies from all its users. The purpose of Cookies is to improve your online experience on our website by informing the webserver that you have returned to a specific page, which allows it to load the page faster with your personal features and to save time. Cookies are text files created from the moment you download the webpage and is stored on your computer by a webpage server. They are uniquely assigned to you and can exclusively be read by the webserver in the same domain which issued the Cookie. They cannot be used to runs programs or viruses.

2.2 Examples of Cookies are the google analytic tools, used for the RC 2018 website to collect information about your computer that is automatically provided to its server. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used by ICLEI for the operation of the RC 2018 website, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the RC 2018 website.

2.3 You have the ability to accept or decline Cookies. If you choose to decline Cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive feature of the RC 2018 website.

3. Collected data collected from registered users

3.1 The RC 2018 website may collect, through the participants and the contributor registration process as well as through the registration to the newsletter, the following personal information:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Organization
  • Job title
  • Email
  • Office phone number
  • Organization Address
  • Billing Address
  • Photos

In addition, if the participant requests a Visa support letter, the following personal information will be collected:

  • First Name, Last Name as indicated on passport
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Passport Number
  • Date of expiry
  • Personal Address.

For participants requesting a student discount on the registration fee, a scan of student ID shall be provided.

3.2 An identification number is assigned to all register users. This user id can help ICLEI track any changes requested by the user when submitting data on the RC 2018 website.

3.3 You may communicate with the RC 2018 team by e-mail ( In this case, your personal information will be collected to enable ICLEI to deliver the services you have requested.

4. Use of personal data

4.1 Personal data are used exclusively for the legitimate purpose of the good functioning of the RC 2018 website and of the RC 2018 Conference. ICLEI.e.V. may use your personal data for the following:

  • Personal data resulting from cookies:
    • to adapt the presentation of the content of the RC 2018 website for your use aligned to the technical specifications of your computer,
    • to get to know how ICLEI. e.V. can improve services based on how you use them,
  • Personal data provided by the registration form:
    • to contact you for communications related with the service provided by the Resilient Cities series.
    • to provide you with specific information, support or other requested services;
    • to communicate with you about a meeting, conference or event related to Resilient Cities;
    • to assist in your participation in Resilient Cities events;
    • to get feedback or input from you;
    • to conduct surveys about your opinion of Resilient Cities events
    • for any other interactions that you may have with Resilient Cities

4.2 ICLEI might also use your personal data for the purposes of the pursue of its legitimate interests. ICLEI´s legitimate interests is environmental protection, nature protection and development assistance, especially the improvement of local and global environmental conditions by supporting local programs and projects for environmental protection, nature protection and sustainable development worldwide, in developed as well as developing countries

4.2.1 Therefore, ICLEI use your personal data to communicate with you in the context of the following activities of the following activities:

(a) mobilize and provide support to local-level initiatives that address specific priority problems of local and global significance;
(b) help develop and strengthen local capacity and expertise;
(c) support networking among and exchange of experiences between local governments, especially between developing and industrialized countries;
(d) work with groups of local governments and partner organizations in order to research, develop, pilot and implement local initiatives for sustainability;
(e) function as a clearinghouse for information, and as a training center, on local sustainable development and environmental policies and programs;
(f) provide technical support services and consultancy to aid the implementation of local sustainable development and environmental policies and programs;
(g) evaluate and report on the impacts of local actions;

4.2.2 In the context of the above missions, ICLEI might also transfer your personal data to its partners and donors.

4.3 All third parties with access to your personal data are required by ICLEI e.V. to maintain confidentiality of your information.

4.4 Other third parties as the ones mentioned in 4.2.2 are prohibited from using your personal information.

4.6 ICLEI e.V will never use your personal data for any commercial use.

4.7 ICLEI e.V will not place your personal data on any mailing list that you do not opt-in to.

5. Disclosure of personal data

5.1 Participants names will be disclosed on the participant list.

5.2 ICLEI does not use or disclose your personal data without your explicit consent, except in the following situations:

(a) In cases where disclosure is required by law,
(b) In good faith, when disclosure is made necessary to protect the ICLEI´s right of property, and/or the personal safety of its users or the public.

6. Data Storage

6.1 Personal Data are stored in the servers of ICLEI e.V., based in Germany, and are therefore subject to the German Federal Law on Personal Data (“Bundesdatenschutzgesetz”)[2], as currently amended, and to the 2016 EU General Data Protection Regulation.[3]

6.2 ICLEI e.V will hold your personal data on its servers for as long as needed to achieve the legitimate purposes of why those data were collected for the Resilient Cities series. The appropriate duration of retention of personal data is determined by this, as well as, by their nature and sensitivity, also considering an assessment of the risk of unauthorized use or disclosure of those personal data. ICLEI e.V. will automatically delete all data which is no longer considered relevant for the Resilient Cities series purposes.

6.3 ICLEI e.V. is committed to the security of your data and consequently takes all appropriate measures to prevent the loss of your data or access without authorization. Access to personal data is strictly restricted to a limited number of ICLEI staff which are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

6.4 In the unlikely event of a data security breach, ICLEI e.V. will promptly notify you and take all the necessary measures to protect your data.

7. Bank personal details

ICLEI e.V does not collect any of your bank details.

The payment of the registration of the participants to RC 2018 is subcontracted by ICLEI e.V. to the event organizing company XING Events GmbH (Xing). Xing is a German company subject to the German Federal Law on Personal Data (“Bundesdatenschutzgesetz”), and to the 2016 EU General Data Protection Regulation. Xing privacy policy applies to the payment process. You can learn more about Xing privacy policy here.

8. Rights on your personal data

The 2016 EU General Data Protection Regulation provides you with the following rights over your personal data:

  • Access your personal data
  • Require the correction of any mistakes in your personal data
  • Request the data controller to delete all your personal data from our severs (right to be forgotten)
  • Demand the transfer of all your personal data to a third party (data portability)
  • Forbid use of your personal data for direct marketing
  • Restrict the use of your personal data to certain conditions
  • Claim compensation for damages resulting from a violation of any applicable personal data protection laws.

8.2 For any request concerning your right please contact our personal data officer (

8.3 You have the right to lodge a claim for compensation at the data protection supervisory authority where you are located or where we are based (Landesbeauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit Nordrhein-Wesphalien)

9. Change to the privacy policy

Any change to this privacy policy notice will be published on the RC 2018 webpage and registered users will be notified per email.

10. Contact

All questions or requests regarding the RC 2018 personal data policy can be addressed to




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