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The information on this site and its newsletter is subject to a disclaimer, a copyright notice and rules on personal data protection.

 

Disclaimer

 

The European e-platform for women entrepreneurship WEgate is an initiative of the European Commission financed by the EU Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (COSME).

 

 

The website WEgate and its content and newsletter are managed by the WEgate  contractor Mostra SA, as part of a service contract with the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises of the European Commission (EASME).

The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent the official position of EASME, the European Commission or the European Union.

 

 

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in all the web pages and newsletter issues, the EASME, the European Commission, the European Union or any person acting on its behalf, makes no warranty nor do they assume any legal liability, whether direct or indirect, or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information. 

WEgate will also endeavour to correct any inaccuracies brought to its attention.

 

 

The WEgate website and newsletter have links to third party information providers who may or may not be affiliated with WEgate, the EASME, European Commission or the European Union.

We cannot make any warranties as to the accuracy, reliability or security of information contained on those sites, and accept no liability for damages resulting from the use of that information.

 

 

The information contained in this e-platform and newsletter is for informational purposes only, and should not be considered as professional or legal advice on any particular matter (do not act or rely in any of these materials without first consulting a suitable qualified professional). 

 

 

WEgate will not upload any commercial or profit-generating content or abusive content.

In case registered users upload messages, topics or posts with commercial or abusive content, WEgate will delete them and the related user account.

 

 

The EASME, the European Commission or the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use, which may be made of the information contained herein.

 

Copyright notice

 

2016 Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).

 

All rights reserved. Certain parts are licensed under conditions to the EASME.

 

All contents on the WEgate website and newsletter are protected under intellectual property law, in particular by copyright.

 

 

Cookies

To make this site work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device. A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site.

 

It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.

 

How do we use cookies?

 

A number of our pages use cookies to remember:

- if you have already replied to a survey pop-up that asks you if the content was helpful or not (so you won’t be asked again)

- if you have agreed (or not) to our use of cookies on this site

 

Cookies are also stored by Piwik (http://piwik.org), a web analytics platform which ensures your privacy. Any data collected by Piwik is stored on servers owned by Mostra SA and not transferred to third parties. 

Enabling these cookies is not strictly necessary for the website to work but it will provide you with a better browsing experience. You can delete or block these cookies, but if you do that some features of this site may not work as intended.

The cookie-related information is not used to identify you personally and the pattern data is fully under the control of Mostra SA.

 These cookies are not used for any purpose other than those described here.

 

How to control cookies

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see AllAboutCookies.org. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed.

If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.

 

Data protection notice

 

I. Your personal data are processed in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1725[1] 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.

 

II. The data controller of the processing operation is the Head of Unit A.1. COSME of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).

 

III. The legal basis for the processing operations are Article 5(a) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 (replacing Regulation (EC) 45/2001) whereby processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest on the basis of the Treaties or other legal instruments adopted on the basis thereof [2]; Article 5(d) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 based on your explicit consent for your personal data indicated below as not compulsory.

 

The purpose of this processing operation is to:

- To register interested persons to the online WEgate Directory, in order to be part of the WEgate community - which is a restricted area - access to message and chat functionalities, add other users to their contacts, use forums, rate and comment content published on WEgate, receive the WEgate newsletter and/or email alerts, participate in surveys and being contacted by telephone (upon prior explicit consent) by Mostra SA of behalf of EASME on topics/initiatives of interest to the WEgate e-platform and women entrepreneurship.

- register to the WEgate newsletter. WEgate registered users can subscribe by ticking the Newsletter box in the personal data section of  their profile, interested persons can subscribe by filling in the newsletter registration form on  the WEgate top menu bar of the WEgate website.  In the newsletter itself, there is also a subscribe button.

- register to the WEgate “email alerts”. WEgate registered users can consent to receive email alters by ticking the email alert box in the personal data section of their profile.  Subscription to email alerts is currently unavailable to external users.

- ask questions/send feedback through the online contact form and receive an answer from the WEgate secretariat (operated by Mostra SA).

 - publish news, events and inspiring information, success stories on the Wegate e-platform on topics/initiatives of interest to the WEgate and women entrepreneurship.

 

IV. What personal data are collected?

  

1. To register to the WEgate directory as an individual user (entrepreneur or “would be entrepreneur”, mentor):

 

1.1)  Whether you already own a business, aspire to start one, or you are just passionate about entrepreneurship and supporting other women in their ventures, certain private data are part of the mandatory information necessary to register yourself in the WEgate Directory.

Registration is done through the “Entrepreneur” form, through which you create your account and user profile (through a user name and password) in the WEgate directory, which is a restricted area.

 

  • Mandatory information: first name, surname, username, position, organisation, country, e-mail address (personal or functional)

All the emails from the WEgate system will be sent to your provided e-mail  address, if you wish to receive a new password or if you consent to receive the WEgate newsletter,WEgate email alerts and participate to surveys.

This email address is not made public if you do not want to.

In the “Email visibility” you are asked if you wish to show email in your profile?. You can choose one of the two options by clicking on the related button:

 

  • Don't display Email in Profile
  • Display Email in Profile
  • Optional information: picture (you can choose to add your company logo or visual), telephone number (personal or company number), CV

 

About your telephone number, you can choose in your profile one of these options by clicking on the related button:

 

  • Don't display your Phone number on Profile
  • Display your Phone number on Profile (your telephone number will be visible on your public profile)

 

1.3) In your profile's menu on the left side, after clicking on "Other configuration", you have the choice to allow your profile to be visible to all external  users or only to registered users by selecting one of the buttons:

  • Visible only for registered users
  • Visible for all external users

 

1.4) You can choose to add or not some information in three non-compulsory blocks of information in your profile:

  • “About me”: Talk about yourself, what you like, what you do, what you would like to do...
  • “Professional information”: Your experiences, skills, interests, people you would like to be connected with. You can choose to upload your CV or not. Please note that you can decide or not to include some of your private data in your uploaded CV. You can remove it at any time.
  • “Personal information”: age range and education level

 

If you have added some information in the “Personal information” and/or the “Professional information”  in your profile, you can choose to display them or not to the other registered users through the following options in your profile's menu on the left side, after clicking on "Visibility settings":

 

- Personal Information Visibility:

  • Don't display Personal information on Profile
  • Display Personal Information  on Profile

 

- Professional Information Visibility

  • Don't display Professional Information on Profile
  • Display Professional Information  on Profile

 

In your profile you can also add information about your online channels (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and your website) under “Social network”. If you choose to add this information, it will be shown on your profile page.

 

1.5) In your profile, the “private message functionality” is enabled by default. You can choose to disable the "Private message functionality", by unclicking  the "Enable private messages" box in the Personal Data section of your Profile. Please note that disabling private messages prevents you from sending or receiving messages from other users.

 

1.6) In your profile, you can choose to receive the WEgate newsletter and/or WEgate email alerts –- by:

In your menu, after clicking on "Personal data" at the bottom of your profile form, by clicking on the button of your choice:

"I want to receive the newsletter ": NO/YES

And/or

“I want to receive the email alerts”: NO/YES

 

1.7) Once your profile is created, you will be able to:

- Connect through "Private message" with the other registered users who are using "Private message", if you have selected this functionality by clicking the "Enable private message" box in your profile,

- Contact registered users in the WEgate Directory by email (if their email is visible) or being contacted by a WEgate user (registered or not) by email if your email address is visible in your public profile

- Chat with other registered users

- Add other registered users to your “Contacts” or being added in the “Contacts” of other registered users

- Use the forums. Only registered users are able to view or participate in a forum discussion (by adding a new topic or reply to a post)

- Rate or post a comment about content published on WEgate

- Receive the Wegate newsletter and/or WEgate email alerts if you have subscribed by clicking on the related YES button.

 

2. To register to the WEgate directory through the registration form for support organisations:

 

2.1) If your organisation or association is active in supporting female entrepreneurship through free-of-charge services, you can register through the registration form for support organisations.

Mandatory information: first name, surname, username, e-mail address (personal or functional).

These private data are part of the mandatory information necessary to register through this form and create an account and a user profile for your organisation in the WEgate directory, which is a restricted area, and having your details as contact person.

All the emails from the WEgate system will be sent to the email address encoded, if you wish to receive a new password or to receive the WEgate newsletters and/or WEgate email alerts, and participate to surveys.

 

This email address is not made public if you do not want to:

Further to the question "Show email in your profile?" you can choose one of the two options by clicking of the related button:

  • Don't display Email in Profile
  • Display Email in Profile

 

 

2.2) Optional information: picture, telephone number (personal or organisation number)

The picture concerns the logo or visual of your organisation. We recommend you not to upload your personal picture.

About your telephone number, in your profile, you can choose one of these options by clicking on the related button:

  • Don't display your Phone number on Profile
  • Display your Phone number on Profile (your telephone number will be visible on your public profile)

 

 

2.3) In your profile's menu on the left side, after clicking on "Other configuration", you have the choice to allow your profile to be visible to all users or only to registered users by selecting one of the buttons:

  • Visible only for registered users
  • Visible for all users

 

 

2.4) In your profile, you can choose to use or not the "Private message functionality", by clicking or unclicking on the "Enable private messages" box

Disabling private messages prevents you from sending or receiving messages from other users.

 

 

2.5) In your profile, you can chose to receive the WEgate newsletter and/or WEgate email alerts - by:

In your menu, after clicking on "Personal Data" at the button of your profile, clicking on the button of your choice:

"I want to receive the newsletter ": NO/YES

And/or

“I want to receive the email alerts”: NO/YES

 

 

2.6) Once the profile is created, you will be able to:

- Contact registered users in the WEgate Directory by email (if their email is visible) or being contacted by a WEgate user (registered or not) by email if your email address is visible in your public profile

- Connect with other registered users through "Private message" if you have selected this functionality, by clicking the "Enable private message" box in your profile, with the other registered users who are using "Private message" as well

- Chat with other registered users

- Add other registered users to their “contacts” or being added in their contacts

- Use the forums. Only registered users are able to view or participate in the forum (by adding a new topic or reply to a post)

- Rate or post a comment about content published on WEgate.

 - Receive the Wegate newsletter and/or WEgate email alerts if you have subscribed by clicking on the related YES button.

 

 

3. To send questions/feedback, through the WEgate contact form:

 

Mandatory information: name, e-mail address (personal or functional).

 

The button linking to this contact form is available on each WEgate page on top under the name "Give us your feedback" and in the Contact menu at the bottom.

 

This information is necessary so that the WEgate secretariat can contact you back to answer your request/feedback. The online form sends the content to a private email created for this purpose.

 

 

4. To register to the WEgate newsletter:

 

  • As explained under paragraphs 1.6 and 2.5 above, new and existing registered users in the WEgate Directory can choose to register to the newsletter through their profile by clicking on the related YES or NO button
  • Non registered users in the WEgate Directory can subscribe to the newsletter through:

-  a specific link and a “subscribe” button in the newsletter itself

 

- or through the NEWSLETTER section in the menu bar appearing on top of each page of WEgate website (Mandatory information are: e-mail address (personal of functional), first name, last name)

  • Non-registered users in the WEgate Directory who contacted the WEgate secretariat through the contact form can ask to receive the latest issue of the WEgate newsletter for information.

 

 

5. To register to the WEgate email alerts:

 

 

  • As explained under paragraphs 1.6 and 2.5 above, new and existing registered users in the WEgate Directory can choose to register to the WEgate email alerts through their profile by clicking on the related YES or NO button

 

  • Non registered users cannot  subscribe to the WEgate email alerts. 

 

6. To write and publish new, inspiring information and success stories on the Wegate e-platform and promotion on Social Media and via newsletters on topics/initiatives of interest to the WEgate and women entrepreneurship.

 

We collect first name, last name, picture, e-mail address and phone number of women entrepreneurs and support organisations in order to conduct interviews, write and publish success stories on WEgate platform. Articles, name and picture  will only be published on WEgate e-platform with prior explicit consent of the entrepreneur or support organisation.

 

 

V. Who will be the recipients or have access to your private data?

 

- EASME and European Commission staff in charge of women entrepreneurship and WEgate matters

- EASME service contractor Mostra SA acting as data processor through service contract where Mostra SA is responsible for managing and promoting the WEgate e-platform and its community, replying to your enquiries, for technical matters, access to your personal data as "Admin" of the WEgate website and its Directory, and for managing the WEgate newsletter, WEgate email alerts and user surveys, by entering your e-mail address, name and/or organisation name.

- We use a third-party provider, Mailchimp, to deliver our e-newsletter and e-mail alerts..

Mailchimp  is registered and certified under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework:  https://www.privacyshield.gov/welcome and collects, uses and discloses information in accordance with its Privacy Policy here: https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/

Your personal data collected for the newsletter purpose may be transferred, stored and processed by Mailchimp in the United States.

  • WEgate Directory registered members and/or visitors of the public parts of WEgate:

If you are registered in the WEgate directory, you have the choice to allow your profile to be visible to all users or only to registered users, depending on your choice of visibility settings.

-  and bodies charged with monitoring or inspection tasks in application of EU law (e.g. internal audits, European Anti-fraud Office – OLAF).

 

 

It may be possible that the WEgate website,  WEgate newsletter and WEgate email alerts contain links to other third party websites whose privacy practices may be different from this site.

Neither the WEgate, or the EASME, or the European Commission or the European Union is necessarily responsible for the privacy practices within any of these other sites.

You should be aware of this when you leave the website WEgate , WEgate newsletters and WEgate email alerts, and we encourage you to read the privacy statements on other web sites you visit, as we have no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by, these third parties.

 

VI. How long is your personal data kept?

 

Your data will be kept for the period of the COSME programme in force until the end of 2020.  

The data you supplied will be deleted if your WEgate Directory account is inactive for five years.

 

 VII. You have the right to access your personal data and the right to correct any inaccurate or incomplete personal data

  • As regards your profile in the WEgate directory, you can at any time update yourself your private data, your other data and your functionality choices through the "Edit" button on top of your profile.

 

  • If want to delete your account, send your request through the WEgate online contact form (under "Comment" or "Feedback" or "other" of the menu) or reach us via WEgate@iservice-europa.eu

 

  • If you do not want to receive the WEgate newsletter or email alert anymore, you can unsubscribe at any time:

- by clicking the link “Unsubscribe” in the footer of the Newsletter emails or email alerts

 

- by clicking on the “NO” button in your profile form if you are a registered user in the WEgate Directory).

 

- by sending your request through the WEgate online contact form or to the WEgate helpdesk: WEgate@iservice-europa.eu

 

  • If you want to update your personal data after you have registered to the WEgate newsletter through the Newsletter registration form (and not through your WEgate profile ), please  send your request through the WEgate online contact form (under "Comment" or "Feedback" or "other" of the menu) or reach us via WEgate@iservice-europa.eu

 

 

If you have any queries concerning the processing of your personal data, you may address them to the Head of EASME Unit A.1 COSME (entity acting as data controller), at the following email: EASME-COSME-DP@ec.europa.eu

 

You shall have right of recourse at any time to the EASME DPO at EASME-DPO@ec.europa.eu and to the European Data Protection Supervisor at https://edps.europa.eu.

 

WEgate reserves its right to modify this Privacy Notice at any time. Any modification about this privacy notice will be updated in this web site to inform users.

 

 

Version (December -2018)

 

 



[1]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. Text with EEA relevance

[2] Act of Establishment: Commission Implementing Decision C(2013/771/EU) of 17 December 2013 establishing the 'Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises' and repealing Decisions 2004/20/EC and 2007/372/EC, and  Regulation (EU) No 1287/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 establishing a Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (COSME) (2014 - 2020) and repealing Decision No 1639/2006/EC