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Processing operation:OP Distribution System (OPDS)

Data Controller: Publications Office of the European Union, unit D.1, “Stakeholder Relations and Outreach”

Record reference: DPR-EC-00515.6

1. Introduction

The European Commission (hereafter ‘the Commission’) is committed to protect your personal data and to respect your privacy. The Commission collects and further processes personal data pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data (repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001).

This privacy statement explains the reason for the processing of your personal data, the way we collect, handle and ensure protection of all personal data provided, how that information is used and what rights you have in relation to your personal data. It also specifies the contact details of the responsible Data Controller with whom you may exercise your rights, the Data Protection Officer and the European Data Protection Supervisor.

The information in relation to processing operation Publications Office Distribution System (OPDS) undertaken by unit D.1, “Stakeholder Relations and Outreach” of the Publications Office of the European Union, is presented below.

2. Why and how do we process your personal data?

Purpose of the processing operation: Unit D.1, “Stakeholder Relations and Outreach” of the Publications Office collects and uses your personal information to enable the Publications Office to manage their stocks, fulfil your orders and provide you with the requested logistics services.

Your personal data will not be used for an automated decision-making including profiling.

3. On what legal ground(s) do we process your personal data

We process your personal data, because:

- processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the Union institution or body;


- when you place an order and fill in your personal details, you as the data subject give your consent to the processing of your personal data for the purpose of fulfilling your order.

Legal basis for the processing: mandate of the Publications Office, Decision 2009/496/EC, Euratom of the European Parliament, the Council, the Commission, the Court of Justice, the Court of Auditors, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions of 26 June 2009 on the organisation and operation of the Publications Office of the European Union.

4. Which personal data do we collect and further process?

In order to carry out this processing operation unit D.1, “Stakeholder Relations and Outreach” of the Publications Office collects the following categories of personal data:

1. Details of registered ODPS users (issued with a user ID and password for accessing OPDS); data required to issue access and manage the user ID:

  • User name + password (EU Login)
  • User profile
  • User ID (ODPS and SAP)
  • E-mail address
  • Administrative entity (only for EU staff)
  • Name of the company (only for print suppliers
  • Language preference (can be changed whenever connecting to ODPS

2. Details of OP Portal users – data collected when ordering publications:

  • Recipient's name
  • Delivery address
  • Catalogue number(s) of the publication(s) ordered
  • Telephone number of the recipient (only compulsory for urgent and/or tracked deliveries)
  • E-mail address

The provision of personal data is mandatory to provide you with the requested services.

5. How long do we keep your personal data?

Unit D.1, “Stakeholder Relations and Outreach” of the Publications Office only keeps your personal data for the time necessary to fulfil the purpose of collection or further processing. For registered ODPS users, data is retained as long as access is required. For data collected in the context of ordering publications, 5 years from fulfillment of the order. Any data connected to bulk orders, 6 months from fulfillment of the order.

6. How do we protect and safeguard your personal data?

All personal data in electronic format (e-mails, documents, databases, uploaded batches of data, etc.) are stored either on the servers of the European Commission or of its contractors. All processing operations are carried out pursuant to the Commission Decision (EU, Euratom) 2017/46 of 10 January 2017 on the security of communication and information systems in the European Commission.

The Commission’s contractors are bound by a specific contractual clause for any processing operations of your data on behalf of the Commission, and by the confidentiality obligations deriving from the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’ Regulation (EU) 2016/679).

In order to protect your personal data, the Commission has put in place a number of technical and organisational measures in place. Technical measures include appropriate actions to address online security, risk of data loss, alteration of data or unauthorised access, taking into consideration the risk presented by the processing and the nature of the personal data being processed. Organisational measures include restricting access to the personal data solely to authorised persons with a legitimate need to know for the purposes of this processing operation.

7. Who has access to your personal data and to whom is it disclosed?

Access to your personal data is provided to the Commission staff responsible for carrying out this processing operation and to authorised staff according to the “need to know” principle. Such staff abide by statutory, and when required, additional confidentiality agreements.

Service linked to the fulfillment of physical orders (Contract 10828, expiry: May 2030): Paragon Supply Services, 350 avenue des entreprises, Parc d'Activités de la Galance, 62221 Noyelles-Sous-Lens, France

8. What are your rights and how can you exercise them?

You have specific rights as a ‘data subject’ under Chapter III (Articles 14-25) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, in particular the right to access, rectify or erase your personal data and the right to restrict the processing of your personal data. Where applicable, you also have the right to object to the processing or the right to data portability.

You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data, which is lawfully carried out pursuant to Article 5(1)(a).

You can exercise your rights by contacting the Data Controller, or in case of conflict the Data Protection Officer. If necessary, you can also address the European Data Protection Supervisor. Their contact information is given under Heading 9 below.

Where you wish to exercise your rights in the context of one or several specific processing operations, please provide their description (i.e. their Record reference(s) as specified under Heading 10 below) in your request.

9. Contact information

  • The Data Controller

If you would like to exercise your rights under Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, or if you have comments, questions or concerns, or if you would like to submit a complaint regarding the collection and use of your personal data, please feel free to contact the Data Controller, unit D.1, “Stakeholder Relations and Outreach” of the Publications Office.

  • The Data Protection Officer (DPO) of the Commission

You may contact the Data Protection Officer ( ) with regard to issues related to the processing of your personal data under Regulation (EU) 2018/1725.

  • The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)

You have the right to have recourse (i.e. you can lodge a complaint) to the European Data Protection Supervisor ( if you consider that your rights under Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 have been infringed as a result of the processing of your personal data by the Data Controller.

10. Where to find more detailed information?

The Commission Data Protection Officer (DPO) publishes the register of all processing operations on personal data by the Commission, which have been documented and notified to him. You may access the register via the following link:

This specific processing operation has been included in the DPO’s public register with the following Record reference: DPR-EC-00515.