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Privacy statement for public consultations

Data protection legal framework applicable to the ECB

All personal data are processed in accordance with EU Data Protection Law. (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, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/EC, OJ L 295, 21.11.2018, p. 39–98.)


The controller determining the purposes and means of the processing of personal data is the European Central Bank (ECB). The ECB’s unit that conducts the public consultation is responsible for processing your personal data.

Purposes and legal grounds for processing your personal data

The aim of the public consultation is to receive the views of stakeholders affected and to publish these views on the ECB’s website.

In particular, your personal data are collected and processed for the following purposes:

  1. Organisation and management of public consultations

    You are required to identify yourself, the organisation on whose behalf you are responding and your contact details for the purposes of organisation and management of the public consultation. Anonymous contributions will, in principle, not be taken into account and their content will not be published.

    The legal bases for processing your personal data for the aforementioned administrative purposes are: Article 5.1 (a) of the Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 in conjunction with Article 5 and Article 13 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), and Articles 282 to 284 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, and in accordance with Article 1 and Article 11 of the TEU.

  2. Publication of personal details of contributors on the ECB’s website

    Publication of contributors’ personal data (i.e. name, contact details) on the ECB’s website is voluntary on the basis of Article 5.1 (d) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725. Contributors may withdraw their consent at any time without adverse consequences by contacting Future processing of their personal data will stop once they have withdrawn their consent, but processing prior will remain lawful. If contributors opt out from the publication of their personal data on the ECB’s website, their contribution will be published in anonymous form.

    Moreover, documents submitted in the context of a public consultation, such as position papers or background documents, will be published as received. Contributors should therefore refrain from including personal data in the documents submitted if they wish to maintain an anonymous publication.

Recipients of personal data

The recipients of the personal data are

  • Assigned ECB staff member(s) of the relevant department / division / directorate responsible for launching the consultation
  • Other dedicated ECB staff members providing opinions and advice in specific cases dealing with public consultations, such as for example Legal Services
  • The general public, if the contribution containing personal data (i.e. name, surname) is published on the ECB’s website

Retention time

Personal data are kept for as long as follow-up actions to the consultation are necessary with regard to the purpose of processing those personal data.

A summary with anonymous responses is published on the ECB’s website and remains there indefinitely.

Your rights

You have the right to access your personal data and correct any data that is inaccurate or incomplete. You have also (with some limitations) the rights to delete your personal data, to restrict or object to the processing of your personal data in line with Regulation (EU) 2018/1725. You can exercise your rights by contacting us at

If you have any further questions, you can also address the ECB’s Data Protection Officer (


If you consider that your rights under Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 have been infringed as a result of the processing of your personal data, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the European Data Protection Supervisor at any time.

Changes to this Privacy Statement

This Privacy Statement may be changed to take into account new legal developments.