This privacy policy describes the collection, use and processing of personal data by the Starch Europe aisbl (Starch Europe), acting as the data controller of this information as defined by the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union (the EU GDPR).

1.   About Starch Europe and your data privacy rights

1.1 Starch Europe represents the European starch industry towards EU institutions and Brussels-based stakeholders. Through research, publications and advocacy, Starch Europe aims to provide industry’s competitiveness, sustainability and image towards EU policymakers and stakeholders.
Starch Europe is established as a non-profit making international association under Belgian law (aisbl/ivzw). Starch Europe’s address is: Starch Europe aisbl, Avenue des Arts 43, B-1040 Brussels.

1.2 Your data privacy rights – Starch Europe is committed to the highest data privacy standards and to protecting the personal data it collects and processes. Starch Europe has to that end deployed this data privacy policy and organisational and IT technical measures to prevent data breaches and unlawful use.
As a data controller, our responsibility notably implies that we provide you with the right to consult, correct or remove any of your personal data.
→        Should you wish to consult, complete, rectify or remove any of the information that we hold about you or your organisation, please contact us at:
→        To know more about your data protection and privacy rights please consult the Belgian supervisory authority – the Commission for protection of privacy – at available in English, French and Dutch).

2.   About the personal data we collect and the way we use them

2.1 Personal data – As a member of Starch Europe or an external stakeholder, you may provide us with personal data information when using our website, interacting with us on social media, registering for information or events.
The data we collect can include your organisation’s name, title (or gender), job title, first name, family name, function, telephone number, mailing address, e-mail, social media account (s) and web address or photo, as well as where applicable, Starch Europe working groups memberships, subscriptions to Starch Europe information and attendance at Starch Europe meetings.

Some of this data is considered as personal data under the EU GDPR. In most instances, we collect personal data directly from the data subjects, but we may sometimes obtain personal data from third parties such as directories or EU institutions websites.

2.2 Purpose of use and processing – the information that you provide us with will be used for the purpose of contacting you, fulfilling your online requests or facilitating your access to members-only content and/or providing you with relevant and updated information about our organisation, its activities and positions. More specifically, as part of its general mission, Starch Europe processes personal data for the following purposes:

For membership management and general administration: Starch Europe has legitimate interests in the processing of personal data of the contact persons across its membership for the purpose of administering or informing its membership or for the governance of the association (such as the organisation of general assemblies and board meetings). Starch Europe also processes the personal data of representatives and contact persons of entities with which Starch Europe contracts, such as consortiums, services providers or consultancies.

For research, publication and advocacy purposes: Starch Europe processes contact details of journalists, Members of European Parliament, officials from the European Commission and from EU Member States, academics, consultants and industry experts and European affairs stakeholders for the purposes of carrying out its research and advocacy activities.

For events organisation: Starch Europe processes identification details of individuals who register to participate to events and conferences it organises for the purpose of managing the registration and participation to such events under the general terms and conditions that are expressly accepted by the individuals and/or based on consent for certain personal data.

For websites security and content access: Starch Europe processes identification data from individuals who register themselves on websites managed by Starch Europe and give their express consent to receive newsletters or information from Starch Europe. Starch Europe also processes identification data from members or content subscribers to facilitate their personal access to the meeting documents of their working groups or subscribed content.

2.3 Your personal data will be kept as long as you are a designated person of your organisation in relation with Starch Europe or its members and, otherwise provided by law, for the time that is strictly necessary to achieve the purpose(s) for which they were collected.

Should you wish to consult, complete, rectify or remove any of the information that we hold about you or your organisation, please contact us at:

2.4 Data sharing – As a non-profit organisation Starch Europe does not share or sell any personal data to third parties for any commercial purposes.
Your personal data will not be shared with any other third parties unless we would be required to do so by law or to comply with a court order served upon us in connection with our website(s), social media, the implementation of the EU GDPR or to protect and defend our legal rights and interests and those of our members.

Personal data may be shared with Starch Europe members for the same legitimate interest and purpose Starch Europe uses them.
Your personal data may be processed outside the European Union. In such case, the transfer of data is governed by a data processing agreement to provide adequate safeguards as defined by the EU GDPR.

2.5. Risk assessment – The processing of your personal data was self-assessed as presenting limited risks for your fundamental rights considering that only professional information is used and that adequate measures are in place to prevent data breaches.

3.   About our website, social media and our cookies policies

3.1 Cookies – Our website or social media channels may use tracking techniques such as cookies for collecting technical information about your use for the purpose of improving and tailoring their content and making it more user-friendly.

Cookies are stored on your computer and enable us to track your computer’s use of the website and, for registered users, to manage their access to specific content.
We use performance cookies to provide anonymous statistics on how our website is used (web analytics by Google Analytics).

It is possible for you to disable or delete cookies within your specific browser options, although this may impair your use of the website or will require you to resubmit your credentials to access member’s or subscriber’s content.

3.2 Social media privacy policies – When interacting with our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Youtube) your consent and personal data use are covered by the terms and conditions and privacy policies of each of these social media platforms.

3.3. Third parties websites and social media – Our website (s), social media channels and electronic communication tools may also contain links to websites or social media channels of third parties. These links are provided for your information and convenience only. Starch Europe does not endorse, approve or take any responsibility for the websites or social media channels which we provide links to. We also does not endorse, approve or take any responsibility for their availability, performance, content or for the use of such websites or social media channels or any information contained therein.

Starch Europe’s data privacy policy applies only to Starch Europe’s databases, website(s), and electronic communication media and not to any other websites or media that you would access by hyperlink from our website (s) or our social media. When you leave our website by linking to another site or through social media, you should read the privacy policy, if any, provided by such website or media.

4.   Policy update and notifications

Starch Europe may update this policy at any time by posting changes online. Any such changes will be notified to registered contacts and to website visitors in order to be read and accepted.