Privacy Policy

With this Privacy Policy document, the Hellenic Cybersecurity Institute – Ελληνικό Ινστιτούτο Κυβερνασφάλειας, describes how we collect and process personal data for all websites owned by the Hellenic Cybersecurity Institute and among them the sites operating under the domain names: “hcsi.gr” and “cybersecurity4society.gr”.  This Privacy Policy is not necessarily a comprehensive description of our data processing. Other Privacy Policies may also apply to specific circumstances. The data protection regulations form an integral part of our Terms and Conditions. By accessing and/or using our Services, you as a Customer or potential Customer agree to the terms outlined in this Privacy Policy. The term “Personal Data” in this Privacy Policy document means any information that identifies or could reasonably be used to identify any person. If you provide us with the personal data of other persons, please make sure the respective persons are aware of this Privacy Policy and only provide us with their data if you are allowed to do so. This is in line especially with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  1. Controller

The “controller” of data processing as described in this Privacy Policy is the Hellenic Cybersecurity Institute – Ελληνικό Ινστιτούτο Κυβερνασφάλειας, Kifisias 299, 14561 Kifisia, Athens – Greece as far as the operation of the website and the services provided by the Hellenic Cybersecurity Institute are concerned. As far as courses provided by the Hellenic Cybersecurity Institute, the latter is required for the data processing in this context. You can notify us of any data protection-related concerns using the following contact details: Hellenic Cybersecurity Institute kifisias 299, 14561 Kifisia, Athens – Greece, and by email to info@hcsi.gr

  1. Collection and Processing of Personal Data

Among the types of Personal Data that this Website collects, by itself or through third parties, may be Cookies; Usage Data; email address; phone number; first name; last name; street; city; country; company name. We use this information to manage customer accounts and provide Services. We also collect information automatically through your use of this website like information regarding your clicks and views.

To access or use our Services you must be at least 17 Years old. Consequently, we do not knowingly collect Personal Information about minors. Apart from data you provided to us directly, the types of data we receive about you from third parties include, but are not limited to, your address and any interests and other socio-demographic data (for marketing purposes) data in connection with your use of our websites (e.g., IP address, MAC address of your smartphone or computers, information regarding your device and settings, cookies, date and time of your visit, sites and content retrieved, applications used, referring website, localization data, the contents of your interaction with our customer support or sales departments, which may include text/video/audio recording and transcripts), and information that is provided to us by job candidates, when they apply for work with us.

Any use of Cookies by this Website or by the owners of third-party services used by this Website serves the purpose of providing the Service required by the User, in addition to any other purposes described in the present document, if available. Users are responsible for any third-party Personal Data obtained, published, or shared through this Website and confirm that they have the third party’s consent to provide the Data to the Owner. Users who are uncertain about which Personal Data is mandatory are welcome to contact the Owner.

  1. Third-Party Links

Our Platform may contain links to third-party websites. These are not owned or controlled by us and we are not responsible for their content and their practices concerning data protection.

  1. Purpose of Data Processing and Legal Grounds

We primarily use collected data to provide required services to our Customers but also and not limited to send newsletters and other communications with promotion content unless we receive an opt-out notification from you, for billing, account management, and other administrative matters, to prevent and solve security issues and abuse.

We may also process personal data if required by law or any other regulation. In addition, in line with applicable law and where appropriate, we may process your personal data and personal data of third parties for the following purposes, which are in our legitimate interest, such as: 

– providing and developing our products, Platform and Services, and other platforms, on which we are active; 

– communication with third parties and processing of their requests (e.g., media inquiries); 

– review and optimization of procedures regarding needs assessment for the purpose of direct customer approach; 

– advertisement and marketing (including organizing events), provided that you have not objected to the use of your data for this purpose (if you are part of our Customer base and you receive our advertisement, you may object at any time and we will place you on an opt-out against further advertising mailings); 

– market and opinion research, media surveillance; 

– asserting legal claims and defense in legal disputes and official proceedings; 

– ensuring our operation, including our IT, our websites, and other appliances; 

If you have given us your consent to process your personal data for certain purposes, we will process your personal data within the scope of and based on this consent, unless we have another legal basis, provided that we require one. Consent given can be withdrawn at any time, but this does not affect data processed prior to withdrawal.

  1. Cookies / Tracking and Other Tools Regarding the Use of our Website

We typically use “cookies” and similar tools on our websites and apps, which allow for the identification of your browser or device. A cookie is a small text file that is sent to your computer and automatically saved by the web browser on your computer or mobile device when you visit our website or install our app. If you revisit our website or use our app, we may recognize you, even if we do not know your identity. Besides cookies that are only used during a session and deleted after you visited the website (“session cookies”), we may use cookies to save user configurations and other information for a certain time (e.g., two years) (“permanent cookies”).

Notwithstanding the foregoing, you may configure your browser settings in a way that it rejects cookies, only saves them for one session, or deletes them prematurely. Most browsers are pre-set to accept cookies. We use permanently to understand how you use our services and content and to enable to show you customized offers and advertisement. If you block cookies, it is possible that certain functions are no longer available to you. In accordance with applicable law, we may include visible and invisible image files in our newsletters and other marketing emails. If such image files are retrieved from our servers, we can determine whether and when you have opened the email, so that we can measure and better understand how you use our offers and customize them. You may disable this in your email program, which will usually be a default setting.

By using our websites and consenting to the receipt of newsletters and other marketing emails you agree to our use of such techniques. We use Google Analytics and similar services (for example Facebook, LinkedIn) on our website. These are services provided by third parties, which may be located in any country worldwide and which allow us to measure and evaluate the use of our website (on an anonymized basis). For this purpose, permanent cookies are used, which are set by the service provider. The service provider does not receive (and does not retain) any personal data from us, but the service provider may track your use of the website, combine this information with data from other websites you have visited and which are also tracked by the respective service provider and may use this information for its own purposes (e.g. to controlling of advertisements).

If you have registered with the service provider, the service provider will also know your identity. In this case, the processing of your personal data by the service provider will be conducted in accordance with its data protection regulations. The service provider only provides us with data on the use of the respective website (but not any Personal Information of you). If you agreed to Google Analytics or other similar providers to receive personalized commercial offers, you may be served with ads based on your visits to our Services.

  1. Google Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google, Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, www.google.com (“Google Analytics” or “Google”). Google Analytics employs cookies that are stored on your computer to facilitate an analysis of your use of the site. The information generated by these cookies, such as the time, place, and frequency of your visits to our site, including your IP address, is transmitted to Google’s location in the US and stored there. In using Google Analytics our website employs the extension “anonymizeIp”. In doing so, Google abbreviates and thereby anonymizes your IP address before transferring it from EU/EEA member states. Google uses this information to analyse your use of our site, to compile reports for us on internet activity, and to provide other services relating to our website.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law or where such third parties process this data on Google’s behalf. Google states that it will never associate your IP address with other data held by Google. You can prevent cookies from being installed by adjusting the settings on your browser software accordingly as noted elsewhere in this Privacy Notice. You should be aware, however, that by doing so you may not be able to make full use of all the functions of our website.

Google Analytics also offers a deactivation add-on for most current browsers that provides you with more control over what data Google can collect on websites you access. The add-on tells the JavaScript (ga.js) used by Google Analytics not to transmit any information about website visits to Google Analytics. However, the browser deactivation add-on offered by Google Analytics does not prevent information from being transmitted to us or to other web analysis services we may engage.

Google Analytics also uses electronic images known as web beacons (sometimes called single-pixel gifs) and are used along with cookies to compile aggregated statistics to analyse how our site is used. You can find additional information on how to install the browser add-on referenced above at the following link. For the cases in which personal data is transferred to the US, this is based on the standard contractual clauses of the European Commission. You can opt-out of Google’s use of cookies by visiting the Ads Preferences Manager, or through the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.

  1. Google Tag Manager (GTM)

Google Tag Manager (“GTM”) is a tag management system to manage JavaScript and HTML tags used for tracking and analytics on websites. Tags are small code elements that, among other things, are used to measure traffic and visitor behaviour: to understand the effect of online advertising and social channels; to set up remarketing and orientation towards target groups; and to test and optimize websites. GTM makes it easier for us to integrate and manage our tags. We use GTM on our website to include the following tracking tools (as described in detail this Section 11):

  • Google Analytics
  • Google AdWords

If you have performed deactivation, GTM takes this deactivation into account. More information about GTM’s privacy practices can be found here and terms of use here

  1. Remarketing

We use AdWords and Remarketing Lists features of Google Analytics for Display Advertisers to remarket to individuals who visit our program pages. Third-party vendors, such as Google, show our ads on sites across the internet, and in some cases, use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to our website. You can opt-out of Google’s use of cookies by visiting Google’s Ads Settings. You can also opt-out of all third-party vendor’s use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.

  1. Contact form

By filling in the contact form with their Data, the User authorizes this Website to use these details to reply to requests for information, or any other kind of request as indicated in the form. Personal Data processed: email address; first name; last name; company; street; postal code; city, country.

  1. Mailing list or newsletter

By registering on the mailing list or for the newsletter, the User’s email address will be added to the contact list of those who may receive email messages containing information of commercial or promotional nature concerning this Website. Personal Data processed: email address; first name; last name. You may cancel your subscription to our newsletters at any time and object to the further processing of your data. At the end of each newsletter, there is an option to remove your name from the mailing list.

  1. Third-Party Payment Processors

We use third-party payment processors to process payments made to us. In connection with the processing of such payments, we do not retain any personally identifiable financial information such as credit card numbers. Rather, all such information is provided directly to our third-party processor, Stripe (the “Payment Processors”). The Payment Processor’s use of your personal data is governed by its own privacy policy, which may be viewed at its web site.

  1. Data transfer and Transfer of Data Abroad

In the context of our business activities and in line with the purposes of the data processing set out in Section 2, we may transfer data to third parties, insofar as such a transfer is permitted and we deem it appropriate, for them to process data for us. In some cases, we use external service providers to process data on our behalf. These service providers have been carefully selected by us, commissioned in writing, and are bound by our instructions. They are regularly monitored by us. The service providers will not pass this data on to third parties but will delete it once the contract has been fulfilled and the statutory storage periods have been completed unless consent has been given to store it beyond this. You can read more about how Google uses your Personal Information here. You can also opt out of Google Analytics here.

Certain Recipients may be within Greece, but they may be located in any country worldwide. If we transfer data to a country without adequate legal data protection, we ensure an appropriate level of protection as legally required by way of using appropriate contracts (in particular based on the standard contract clauses of the European Commission) or binding corporate rules or we rely on the statutory exceptions of consent, the performance of contracts, the establishment, exercise or enforcement of legal claims, overriding public interests, published personal data or because it is necessary to protect the integrity of the persons concerned.

  1. Retention Periods for your Personal Data

We process and retain your personal data as long as required for the performance of our contractual obligation and compliance with legal obligations or other purposes pursued with the processing, i.e. for the duration of the entire business relationship as well as beyond this duration in accordance with legal retention and documentation obligations. Personal data may be retained for the period during which claims can be asserted against our company or insofar as we are otherwise legally obliged to do so or if legitimate business interests require further retention (e.g., for evidence and documentation purposes). As soon as your personal data are no longer required for the above-mentioned purposes, they will be deleted or anonymized, to the extent possible. In general, shorter retention periods of no more than twelve months apply for operational data (e.g., system logs).

  1. Data Security

We have taken appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect your personal data from unauthorized access and misuse. However, we cannot and do not guarantee the absolute protection and security of any Personal Information.

  1. Obligation to Provide Personal Data to Us

In the context of our business relationship, you must provide us with any personal data that is necessary for the conclusion and performance of a business relationship and the performance of our contractual obligations. Without this information, we will usually not be able to enter into or carry out a contract with you in addition, the website cannot be used unless certain information is disclosed to enable data traffic (e.g. IP address).

  1. Your Rights

In accordance with and as far as provided by applicable law (as is the case where the GDPR is applicable), under the respective legal conditions, you have the right to access, rectification and erasure of your personal data, the right to restriction of processing or to object to our data processing in addition to the right to receive certain personal data for transfer to another controller (data portability). Please note, however, that we reserve the right to enforce statutory restrictions on our part, for example, if we are obliged to retain or process certain data, have an overriding interest (insofar as we may invoke such interests), or need the data for asserting claims. If exercising certain rights will incur costs on you, we will notify you thereof in advance. Consent can be withdrawn at any time by contacting us via email

  1. Amendments of this Privacy Notice

We may amend this Privacy Notice at any time without prior notice. The current version published on our website shall apply. If the Privacy Notice is part of an agreement with you, we will notify you by e-mail to the e-mail address that you provided during registration or other appropriate means in case of substantial changes.

Version effective as of 10.9.2023