Critical Publics is a firm incorporated under the laws of the United Kingdom, with registered seat in London and Athens and offices at One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, E14 5AA and 150 Garyttou St. - Agia Paraskevi 153 43 Athens, Greece | email : info@criticalpublics.com | Web: https://www.criticalpublics.com/ (hereinafter “CP”, “we”, “our” or “us”).

CP is providing strategy and advisory-consulting services to both corporate clients and individuals. CP is fully committed to protecting the privacy of personal data related to all individuals with whom we interact – including the visitors and users of our website (hereinafter “Users”, “you” or “your”), clients, staff, associates, business partners, job applicants, third party service providers or others inside or outside the firm.

In order to achieve this goal, our website (https://www.criticalpublics.com/) fully complies with the provisions of national and British legislation regarding the protection of personal data, including the General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter “GDPR”), as applicable.

INTRODUCTION

This Privacy Policy (the “Policy”) sets out how CP collects, processes and safeguards the personal data of the individuals with whom we interact. CP is responsible as the “data controller” for deciding how we collect, hold and use personal information about you. References to “processing” contained within this Policy can mean any operations performed on personal data, for example collection, storage, recording, alteration, retrieval, restriction or erasure.

This Policy is designed to assist you in making informed decisions when using our website or otherwise interacting with us.

Please read carefully and make sure you understand the terms of processing of your personal data set forth in this Policy before disclosing any personal data and/or filling in any electronic contact form made available on this website. By visiting our website or by providing us your personal data, you acknowledge the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as outlined in this Policy.

SCOPE OF THIS POLICY

This Policy aims, as already mentioned above, to provide you with detailed information on how we collect and process your personal data (as defined below) while using our website, including any data you may provide us through this website or due to our Website’s interaction with other websites as well as through our general interactions with our clients and customers.

For the purpose of this Policy “Personal Data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (“Data Subject”); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person. Personal data does not include data which has been anonymized, but does include pseudonymized data.

DATA PROTECTION PRINCIPLES

We take all commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that personal data we hold about you are:

  1. Used lawfully, fairly and in a transparent way;

  2. Collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you, and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes;

  3. Relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those purposes;

  4. Accurate and kept up to date;

  5. Kept only for as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about; and

  6. Kept securely.

We do everything possible to implement the above data protection principles at all stages of interaction with you and to comply with applicable data protection laws and regulations.

POLICY AND OTHER PRIVACY NOTICES/DOCUMENTATION

This website has been designed with the main function of providing to the public general information in relation to CP’s corporate profile, services and clients and to share news and updates on related events and activities organized or sponsored by CP. Therefore, in most cases, the collection of the Users’ personal data will not be required. Please note that CP does not collect any personal data of the website’s Users in an automatic way, except of those that the website Users shall provide, using the e-mail hyperlink and the electronic contact form of the website. In these cases, the provision of your contact details is optional; if you do not provide your personal information and contact details we will not be able to follow up with you to provide you with the requested information or to handle any enquiry appropriately.

WAYS OF OBTAINING PERSONAL DATA

In most cases, CP will collect data directly from you, although sometimes we will obtain data about you from public or third-party data sources, including but not limited to:

  • From business cards;

  • From attendance at seminars and/or events organized or hosted by us;

  • When we contract with suppliers or service providers for the provision of services to us; and

  • Through third party agencies, or information available in the public domain.

PERSONAL DATA WE COLLECT

The types of personal data we collect in the course of and in connection with the provision of our services may include:

  • Contact details, including your name, personal and business email addresses and telephone numbers;

  • The name of your company

COOKIES USED IN THIS WEBSITE

In order to make this website function properly, our website places small data files called cookies on your device. A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. There are various types of cookies serving different purposes related to the efficiency of the website, the improvement of the Users’ browsing experience and the functionality of the website

Our website uses only strictly necessary cookies, which are strictly necessary for the proper operation of our Website. The cookies we use allow Users to browse our Website and make use of its features without identifying the Users as individuals. The data we collect is anonymized and not able to identify the Users directly, unless they provide us with personal information by completing the online contact form or through another feature offered on the Website. Where personal information is collected by us, such collection is covered by our Privacy Policy.

PURPOSES OF PROCESSING PERSONAL DATA

CP will process your personal data only for purposes permitted by applicable laws and on the terms set forth in this Policy. The purposes of the data processing activities may include:

  • Maintaining and developing our relationships with clients and third parties

  • Improving our website functions in order to ensure that content from our website is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your device

  • Facilitating our internal business operations 

  • Complying with our legal, regulatory and professional obligations

  • Sending updates

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list and we may use personal data provided to us for further related and/or ancillary purposes, where this is permitted by law or when need to do so to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations.

LEGAL BASIS OF PROCESSING

Our legal basis for the processing of personal data is our legitimate business interests, although we will also rely on contract, legal obligations and consent for specific uses of personal data.

In addition to the above, we may use your personal data where you have provided your consent to such use to the extent that the rights and freedoms of individuals do not prevail.

Change of purpose

We will use your personal data only for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If we need to use your personal data for an additional purpose, we will notify you in advance of any processing and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

WITH WHOM WE SHARE YOUR PERSONAL DATA

We may share your personal data with:

  • Third party service providers, such as website administrators and IS support and maintenance service providers; and in doing so, we will keep the systems and processes of third party service providers under review to monitor the confidentiality, integrity and security of your personal data is maintained when being handled by any such service provider

  • Other third parties where we have your express consent to do so.

REDIRECT TO OTHER WEBSITES

From this website, you can connect through special hyperlinks to other websites of third parties. CP does not endorse or recommend these websites’ content or services and assumes no responsibility regarding the processing activities of personal data or any activity by or content on third-party sites to which our website provides hyperlinks. We encourage you to read and be aware of the privacy policy, and all other policies, of each website you visit. Remember, the statements in this Policy apply solely to information collected by CP.

WHICH COUNTRIES WE TRANSFER YOUR PERSONAL DATA TO

The personal data that we collect from you shall not be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the United Kingdom. Although, in order to provide our services, we may need to transfer your personal information to locations outside of the UK. If we transfer your personal data to a location outside the EEA, we will implement appropriate measures to ensure that your personal information remains protected and secure in accordance with applicable data protection legislation.

DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL DATA

Personal data are not disseminated to unspecified recipients. CP discloses your personal data to third party recipients on a controlled and need to know basis where this is reasonably permitted to pursue its legitimate business aims and as required by applicable law. Your personal data will be disclosed only in accordance with applicable laws, and appropriate safeguards, such as the execution of contractual agreements (EU Standard Contractual Clauses pursuant to art. 46 GDPR), will be established to protect your personal data.

SECURITY AND DATA RETENTION

CP takes the security of your personal data seriously. CP has internal policies and controls in place to try to ensure that your personal data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, misused or disclosed. We will take reasonable steps to ensure that the information that we hold about you is kept confidential and secure.

Where CP engages third parties to process personal data on its behalf, they do so on the basis of written instructions, are under a duty of confidentiality and are obliged to implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure the security of personal data.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.

We will only retain your personal data for as long as it is strictly necessary to achieve the purposes for which the data were collected and any other permitted associated purpose. Data may be retained for a longer duration where applicable laws or regulations require, or allow CP to do so. When your data is no longer needed it will be securely destroyed.

AUTOMATED DECISION MAKING

CP does not undertake through its website or in general decisions based solely on automated processing, including profiling, of an individual unless we inform you otherwise.

YOUR DATA PROTECTION RIGHTS

Under applicable laws and subject to any legal restrictions, you may have the right to request us to:

  • Provide you with further details on the processing of your personal information;

  • Provide you access to your personal data that we hold about you;

  • Update any inaccuracies in the personal information we hold that is demonstrated to be inaccurate or incomplete;

  • Provide you or a third party, with a copy of your data in a digital format (data portability);

  • Object to the processing of your personal data. Your objection could mean that we are unable to perform the actions necessary to achieve the purposes set out in this Policy.; and

  • Restrict certain aspects of the processing of your information.

You can exercise any of the above rights and also submit any data protection related requests or enquiries by contacting us by email at cpl@criticalpublics.com.

POLICY UPDATING

CP reserves the right to amend this Policy from time to time to reflect technological advancements, legal and regulatory changes, and CP’s business practices, subject to applicable laws. If CP changes its privacy practices, an updated version of this Policy will reflect those changes by posting any revisions on with the respective update of the effective date listed on the bottom of this Policy. We therefore encourage you to periodically visit this page to stay informed of how we are using your personal data.

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions in relation to this Policy, or you want to obtain more information about CP’s privacy practices, please contact us by email at info@criticalpublics.com.