Data Privacy


This policy applies to the website


The privacy policy explains how we use any personal information we collect about you when you use this website and our wider services.



Glossary of Terms

What is personal data?
Personal data relates to any information about a natural person that makes you identifiable which may include (but is not limited to):


  • Names and contact information (i.e. e-mails and telephone numbers)
  • Employment history
  • Employee numbers


What is sensitive personal data?
Sensitive personal data refers to the above but includes genetic data and biometric data. For example:


  • Medical conditions
  • Religious or philosophical beliefs and political opinions
  • Racial or ethnic origin
  • Convictions
  • Biometric data (e.g. photo in an electronic passport)


What is a Data Controller?
For general data protection regulation purposes, the “data controller” means the person or organisation who decides the purposes for which and the way in which any personal data is processed.


The data controller is World Iodine Association (WIA).


What is a Data Processor?
A “data processor” is a person or organisation which processes personal data for the controller.


What is Data Processing?
Data processing is any operation or set of operations performed upon personal data, or sets of it, be it by automated systems or not. Examples of data processing explicitly listed in the text of the GDPR are: collection, recording, organising, structuring, storing, adapting, altering, retrieving, consulting, using, disclosing by transmission, disseminating or making available, aligning or combining, restricting, erasure or destruction.


What information do we collect about you and how?

WIA, as a Data Controller, is bound by the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).


We collect information about you when you fill in any of the forms on our website ie sending an enquiry, signing up for an event, filling in a survey, giving feedback etc. Website usage information is collected using cookies.


When submitting forms on our website we use a third-party software provider for automated data collection and processing purposes, they will not use your data for any purposes and will only hold the data in line with our policy on data retention.


Cookies are text files put on your computer to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information. This information is then used to track visitor use of the website and to create statistical reports on website activity.


WIA cookies
WIA uses cookies to improve your browsing experience by retaining its users’ language preferences. When a user accepts WIA cookies, this consent will be valid for 90 days, after which the cookie is automatically deleted, and the system will ask for the user’s consent again.


WIA Language cookies
The user’ consent language cookie will live for 10 days. If the user comes back during these 10 days, the cookie will be extended for another 10 days and so on.


You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the above websites tell you how to remove cookies from your browser. Please note in a few cases some of our website features may not function because of this.


Analytics – e.g. how visitors use our website
We use Google Analytics to store information about how visitors use our website so that we may make improvements and give visitors a better user experience.


Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. In case of activation of the IP anonymization, Google will truncate/anonymize the last octet of the IP address for Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the USA.


On behalf of the website provider Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website provider. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.


Furthermore you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under


You can view Google’s privacy policy below:


Google –


IP addresses
An IP or Internet Protocol Address is a unique numerical address assigned to a computer as it logs on to the internet. We do not have access to any personal identifiable information and we would never seek this information. Your IP address is logged when visiting our site, but our analytic software only uses this information to track how many visitors we have from particular regions.


Internet Based Advertising
We use Linkedin and Twitter advertising services – e.g. social media buttons – and as such there are tracking codes installed on our website so that we can manage the effectiveness of these referrals. We do not store any personal data within this type of tracking.


How will we use the information about you and why?

We collect information on our website to process your enquiry, deal with your event registration, give advice based on survey data and improve our services. If you agree, we will also use this information to share updates with you about our services which we believe may be of interest to you.


We will not share your information for marketing purposes with companies so that they may offer you their products and services.


Transferring your information outside of Europe

As part of the services offered to you through this website, the information which you give to us may be transferred to countries outside the European Union (“EU”). For example, some of our members may be located outside of the EU. Where this is the case we will take steps to make sure the right security measures are taken so that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this policy. By submitting your personal data, you’re agreeing to this transfer, storing or processing.


If you use our services while you are outside the EU, your information may be transferred outside the EU to give you those services.


Security precautions in place about data collected

When you give us personal information, we take steps to make sure that it’s treated securely.


Non-sensitive details (your email address etc.) are sent normally over the Internet, and this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems. Where we have given (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our websites, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.



We not not analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences.



We would like to send you information about our services which may be of interest to you. If you have consented to receive our newsletter, you may opt out at any point as set out below.


You have a right at any time to stop us from contacting you. To opt out please email


How long will we hold your data for?


  • Newsletter: We will hold your data for a period of [number] years with a review every [number] years. You will have the opportunity to opt out or update or delete data at any point should you need to do so and details are set out in this policy as to how to do that.
  • Employees: We will hold your data for [number] years in line with our regulatory requirements.


Access to your information, correction, portability and deletion

What is a Subject Access Request?
This is your right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you. If you would like a copy of some or all your personal information, please email:


We will respond to your request within one month of receipt of the request.


We want to make sure your personal information is accurate and up to date. You may ask us to correct or remove information you think is inaccurate by emailing please email:


Objections to processing of personal data
It is your right to lodge an objection to the processing of your personal data if you feel the “ground relating to your particular situation” apply.


Data Portability
It is also your right to receive the personal data which you have given to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit that data to another controller without delay from the current controller if:


(a) The processing is based on consent or on a contract, and


(b) The processing is carried out by automated means.


Your Right to be Forgotten
Should you wish for us to completely delete all information that we hold about you please email:

Other websites

Our website contains links to other websites. This privacy policy only applies to this website so when you link to other websites you should read their own privacy policies.



If you feel that your personal data has been processed in a way that does not meet the GDPR, you have a specific right to lodge a complaint with the relevant supervisory authority. The supervisory authority will then tell you of the progress and outcome of your complaint. The supervisory authority in Belgium is the Commission for the protection of privacy.


Changes to our Privacy Policy

We keep our privacy policy under regular review and we will place any updates on this web page. This privacy policy was last updated on 16 May 2018 and the Version number is 0.1 in line with the new GDPR guidelines.


How to contact us


Please contact us if you have any questions about our privacy policy or information we hold about you:


  • By
  • Or write us at: World Iodine Association (WIA)
    International Non-profit Organization (NPO).
    Keizerstraat 29, 1740 Ternat, Belgium.

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