Privacy Policy

This privacy policy explains how Check First oy (registered under number 3143603-4 in the Finnish Business Register) ("we", "CheckFirst", "us") may collect, store and process your personal data, for which purpose, and what are your data protection rights.

Privacy Policy

In compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (REGULATION (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data), referred to in this text as “EU GDPR”, CheckFirst undertakes all the necessary measures to safeguard your privacy and comply with your choices.

The following privacy policy details how the Check First Office (i.e. our employees), referred to in this text by “we” or “us”, collects personal data, what data we collect, how we use it, how we safeguard it, the right of data subjects and how to exercise them.

1.1 What data do we collect?

Depending on whether you are a data subject internal or external to CheckFirst, or whether you are a member of the staff, the type of data we collect will vary in accordance to the related legitimate purposes and legal or contractual obligations.

We may collect the following personal data: name, surname, Email address, phone numbers, job title, position in your organization, dietary requirements, images and other personal data that you provide voluntarily and/or are required to comply with legal obligations.

1.2 How do we collect your data?

We may collect your personal data:

  • when you subscribe to our newsletter through our website online form
  • when you register to our online or offline events
  • from online public sources in the public domain for legitimate purposes as detailed section 3. of this privacy policy, or within the confines of the “principle of public access to official documents” as detailed at recital 154 of the EU GDPR.
  • through formal and direct online or offline correspondence with the data subject
  • in the frame of online or offline exchanges taking place as part of our activities and events
  • in the frame of our online of offline projects including open data collection within the confines of the “principle of public access to official documents” as detailed at recital 154 of the EU GDPR.

1.3 How do we use your data?

CheckFirst processes personal data after having received consent from the data subject. Consent is secured through an active affirmative statement by the data subject, provided upon collection of the data, and is based on a clear, unambiguous explanation of the purposes of the processing of the data. Data subjects have the right and means to withdraw their consent at any time.

Depending on whether you are a data subject internal or external to CheckFirst, or whether you are a member of the staff, we may collect and process your data for different legitimate purposes and/or legal and contractual obligations, as detailed below.

1.3.1 Internal data subjects

If you represent an organisation external to CheckFirst, we may collect your data for legitimate purposes including:

  • identification within our database of contacts in order to maintain contact for the implementation of joint activities such as: event organization and management; development and implementation of EU projects and tenders; policy advocacy; peer to peer exchanges and good practices dissemination; networking activities;
  • management of your registration and participation in our events and other activities;
  • inform you by email on topics of interest and other activities our organisation and members are involved in;
  • comply with records keeping obligations arising from contracts with the European Commission;
  • recruitment within CheckFirst as intern, employee or temporary collaborator.

We may also collect your data to comply with legal obligations arising from EU funding programmes and public procurement related regulations.

1.3.2 CheckFirst staff

If you are an employee or contractual collaborator of CheckFirst, we may collect your data for legitimate purposes including:

  • administrative human resources management
  • implementation of employment contract and tasks surviving its termination

We may also collect your data to comply with legal obligations arising from your local labour law or EU funding programmes and public procurement related regulations.

If you are a candidate during a recruitment process for an internship or employment contract, we may collect your data for legitimate purposes including:

  • identification, selection and general communication in the frame of the on-going or future recruitment process
  • development of employment/internship contract

We may also collect your data to comply with legal obligations arising from your local labour law or EU funding programmes and public procurement related regulations.

1.4 How do we safeguard your data and for how long?

We are committed to ensuring that your personal information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

CheckFirst is responsible for the security of the website and other related features.

Mailing lists with personal data are managed confidentially by the CheckFirst Office. This information is stored in a protected area of our Network Attached Storage device. Under no circumstances do we share the stored data with third organisations, except if a competent authority demands it under the law or if we have your permission.

We use the online marketing platform Sendinblue, based in France, to send our automated email campaigns. Please refer to their Privacy Policy to find out how they process data as service provider.

All personal data collected by CheckFirst is stored in the European Union.

We store and maintain up-to-date your personal data as long as the legitimate purposes and/or legal/contractual obligations for processing them (as detailed in section 3 of this privacy policy) remain valid, or until you request their erasure. The duration of the storage may also be influenced by data retention periods established in grant agreements and/or contracts of services between CheckFirst and the European Commission.

1.5 Do we share your data with third parties?

We do not share the stored data with third organisations, unless:

  • the competent authorities or any other legal entities require them to fulfil legal obligations or for purposes of law enforcement;
  • in case of a joint event, we might share the data for the event organisation purposes and with the co-organiser or supporting partner, in accordance with the consent you provided upon registration;
  • if you consent to it.

1.6 What are your data protection rights?

Right to be informed: data subjects have the right to request CheckFirst for confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning him or her are being processed. CheckFirst will provide confirmation within 5 working days.

Right of access by the data subject: data subjects have the right to request CheckFirst copies of their personal data in a easily accessible and easily understood form. CheckFirst will provide copies of personal data within 8 working days in a easily accessible and easily understood form.

Right to rectification: data subjects have the right to request CheckFirst to modify or complete any information. Upon request of data subject, CheckFirst will rectify inaccurate or complete incomplete personal data concerning the data subject.

Right to erasure (right to be forgotten): data subjects have the right to request CheckFirst to erase their personal data. Upon request of data subject, CheckFirst will erase the subject’s personal data if the grounds set out in art.17 of the EU GDPR apply.

Right to restrict processing: data subjects have the right to request CheckFirst to restrict the processing of their personal data. Upon request of data subject, CheckFirst will restrict the processing of the subject’s personal data in the applicable cases set out in art.18 of the EU GDPR.

Right to data portability: data subjects have the right to request CheckFirst to transfer the data they have collected to another organisation or directly to them. Upon request of data subject, CheckFirst will provide to the subject their personal data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit those data to another controller without hindrance from the controller to which the personal data have been provided under the conditions set out in art.20 GDPR.

Right to object to processing: data subjects have the right to object to CheckFirst’s processing of their personal data. Upon request of data subject, CheckFirst shall no longer process the personal data unless the CheckFirst demonstrates compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.

Data subjects may exercise the right above by contacting the CheckFirst office at gdpr@checkfirst.network

Data subjects have the right to lodge a complaint with the Finish supervisory authority in charge of data protection.

1.7 Change to our privacy policy

CheckFirst keeps its privacy policy under regular review and notifies any updates on this web page. This privacy policy was last updated on 11 Aug 2022.

1.8 Our cookies policy

CheckFirst uses cookies to make CheckFirst’s website easier to use and to better adapt both the website and the products to the interests and needs of users. Cookies can also be used to make future experiences and activities on the Site faster. CheckFirst also uses cookies to compile aggregate anonymous statistics that allow us to understand how people navigate the Site and to improve its structure and contents.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that the sites visited by users send to their terminals, where they are memorised in order to be retransmitted to the same sites on successive visits. Cookies are used for various purposes, they have many characteristics, and can be used both by the owner of the site being visited and by third parties.

Consent is not required for any technical cookies, therefore they are installed automatically upon accessing the Site. Any cookies which are different from the technical ones are only installed or activated following the express consent of the user on their first visit to the Site. Consent can be expressed in a general way, by interacting with the brief information banner found on the website landing page (for instance by closing the banner or scrolling the page or clicking on any of its elements); or it can be provided selectively, using the following methods. A record of this consent is kept for successive visits. Nevertheless, the user always maintains the right to revoke previously expressed consent in full or in part .

1.9 How to contact us

If you have any questions about CheckFirst’s privacy policy, the data we hold on you or you would like to exercise one of the data protection rights (section 6 above), please do not hesitate to contact us at gdpr@checkfirst.network.

About us

We empower the fight against disinformation. Check First is a software and methodologies company founded by a developer and two journalists. We focus on creating the best tools and practices for the peculiar job of countering and monitoring fakes and influence campaigns, and gain time in the process by fostering collaboration. Our best asset is the complementarity of our founding team, making us approach problems in a comprehensive and innovative way.

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