Privacy Policy

This global policy explains what we do with your personal data as a (current or former) service provider, contractor or employee at The Concordium Foundation, or as a user interfacing with The Concordium Foundation with regard to The Concordium Foundation’s offerings. Overall responsibility for ensuring compliance rests with The Concordium Foundation. However, all employees, service providers and contractors of The Concordium Foundation who collect, control or process the content and use of personal data are individually responsible for compliance.


This General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) policy describes how we collect, use and process your personal data, and how, in doing so, we comply with our legal obligations. Your privacy is important to The Concordium Foundation, and so is being transparent about how we collect, use, and share information about you. This policy is intended to help you understand:

  • What information we may collect about you.
  • How we use and share the information we collect.
  • How we secure the information we collect.
  • How to access and control your information.
  • How we transfer information we collect internationally.
  • Other important privacy information.

What information we may collect about you

We collect information about you when you provide it to us, either directly (eg, by email or social media channels officially operated by The Concordium Foundation), or through a third party, as well as information gathered during your tenure with The Concordium Foundation. When collecting such data it’s always important to ask ourselves: why is the data needed?

We collect and use information for the following reasons:

  • To provide you with feedback on incidents (including, but not limited to, questions, bugs or complaints) you raise when using one of our test nets.
  • To provide you with updates on changes to a test net (including bug fixes, new features, and revised content) where you have already engaged with us by raising an incident.
  • To inform you when we launch new test nets that address the same capability as previous test nets where you have engaged with us in the past.
  • For job candidates, we seek specific consent assess candidate suitability for an open role, and to verify information provided during the recruitment process.
  • To perform accounting and other record-keeping functions.
  • To provide personnel, payroll, and other administrative services.
  • To record your employment history with The Concordium Foundation.
  • To record any training, professional development, and performance metrics.
  • To exhibit your profile (name, picture, role) on our website team page.

How we use and share information we collect

Data processing means performing any operation or set of operations on data, including:

  • obtaining, recording or keeping data.
  • collecting, organising, storing, altering or adapting data.
  • retrieving, consulting or using data.
  • disclosing the information or data by transmitting, disseminating or otherwise making it available.
  • aligning, combining, blocking, erasing or destroying the data.

Some of the business justifications for processing data include:

  • Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party.
  • Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the data controller is subject.
  • Processing is necessary for the legitimate interests of the data controller unless such interests are overridden by the interests or rights of the data subject.
  • In more unusual circumstances, we may use your personal data to help us to establish, exercise or defend legal claims.

Breaches in data security

The Concordium Foundation will notify the European Data Protection Commissioner of any material data security breach within 72 hours of becoming aware of the breach unless a risk to the rights and freedoms of data subjects is unlikely. The notification will contain the following information:

  • The nature of the data breach, including, where possible, the categories and the approximate number of individuals and personal data records concerned.
  • The name and contact details of the data protection officer or other contacts within The Concordium Foundation.
  • The likely consequences of the breach.
  • The measures taken or proposed to address the breach, including measures to mitigate possible adverse effects.

How to access and control your information

The Concordium Foundation’s data protection officer Ian Johannesen is the data protection officer for The Concordium Foundation. He is responsible for assisting the company in monitoring and maintaining compliance with data protection legislation and is available to answer queries or deal with your concerns about data protection. You can reach him on this email:

Access requests

You are entitled to request data held about you and The Concordium Foundation will, in most circumstances, provide this data within one month. In some cases, because of the complexity of the request or the number of requests being handled, the company may require a further one month to provide this data. There is no charge for requesting this data. If you are requesting data you should make a request in writing to the data protection officer, stating the exact data required. You are only entitled to access data about yourself and will not be provided with data relating to other people or third parties. It may be possible to block out data relating to a third party or conceal his or her identity, and if this is necessary the company may do so.

Data that is regarded as the opinion of another person will be provided unless it was given on the understanding that it would be treated confidentially. Individuals who express opinions about other people in The Concordium Foundation should bear in mind that their opinions may be disclosed in an access request, eg, performance appraisals. In some circumstances where relevant exemptions apply, certain personal data may not be provided to an individual. The Concordium Foundation will make every effort to alleviate any distress caused and any person who is dissatisfied with the outcome of an access request has the option of using The Concordium Foundation’s grievance procedure.

Personal data related to HR

Personal data kept by The Concordium Foundation shall normally be stored in a personnel file or HR electronic database. The Concordium Foundation will ensure that only authorized personnel have access to a person’s personnel file. Highly sensitive data, such as medical information, will be stored in a separate file, in order to ensure the highest levels of confidentiality. It may be necessary to store some personal data outside the HR department, eg, payment details will be stored in the finance department. Furthermore, your line manager or senior management may have access to certain personal data, but only where necessary.

How we secure the information we collect

The Concordium Foundation will take all reasonable steps to ensure that appropriate security measures are in place to protect the confidentiality of both electronic and manual data. Security measures will be reviewed from time to time, having regard to the technology available, the cost, and the risk of unauthorized access. Everyone must implement all organizational security policies and procedures, eg, use of computer passwords, locking filing cabinets, and other security measures.

Other important privacy information

Our GDPR policy will be reviewed regularly in light of legislative or other relevant developments. The Concordium Foundation will conduct periodic audits on all personal data held, whether that data relates to current or former employees, service providers, unsuccessful job candidates or other third parties. All such personal data shall be reviewed under the following headings:

  • Why are we holding it?
  • How was the data obtained and for what purpose?
  • Is it retained in accordance with our retention schedule?
  • How secure is it, both in terms of encryption and accessibility?
  • Has it been shared with third parties and, if so, on what basis?

All internal data protection audits will be documented and any subsequent action will enable The Concordium Foundation to:

  • Identify any gaps in its compliance with data protection rules.
  • Put in place processes to ensure all gaps or errors are rectified.
  • Spread awareness of best practice and corrective actions within The Concordium Foundation.
  • Review our data protection notices, policies, and retention schedule.
  • Review our data security procedures.
  • Consider whether re-training is needed,

Except in relation to certain specific features of our website, you do not have to provide us with any personal information (or personal data) to use our website. However, where you elect to give us your personal data through our website via online feedback forms or web email then we will treat your personal information in accordance with this policy.

Web browsing

By simply visiting our website you do not disclose, nor do we collect, personal data on you. All that we may know about your visit may be limited to technical data such as:

  • The logical address (or IP address) of the server you used to access this website.
  • The top-level domain name from which you access the internet (for example, .ie, .com, .org, .net).
  • The previous website address from which you reached us.
  • The type of web browser you used.
  • Web traffic data.

The technical data may be used for administrative and statistical purposes and may be shared with our internet service provider. We may use this information to help us to improve our website. This technical data does not provide us with the personal data of visitors to our website.


In case we do use cookies, we will not do so to collect or store personal information without notifying you. We use Google Analytics and its tracker.

Changes To This Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new
Privacy Policy on this page.

We will let you know via email and/or a prominent notice on our Service, prior to the change becoming effective
and update the “effective date” at the top of this Privacy Policy.

You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are
effective when they are posted on this page.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us:
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