Privacy policy

Privacy, personal data and cookies

Privacy policy

Thank you for visiting the website of the Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas (IETU) -

We attach great importance to protecting the privacy of our visitors. We want you to know exactly how you can protect your privacy. Therefore, we encourage you to get acquainted with our Privacy Policy.


Using, communicating with us electronically or submitting a filled in form, you accept the Privacy Policy and agree to the processing of data as described below.

Personal data

You do not have to submit any personal data if you want to use the website The site collects only these data which have been voluntarily provided by the visitors. Such data may include: name, current position, business address, e-mail address, or telephone number.

If you are going to take part in the events, activities or projects organised by us, no matter whether they are organised exclusively by IETU or in cooperation with third parties, in particular: conferences, seminars, training courses, competitions, surveys, or if you wish to get access or receive newsletters, reports, bulletins, information about our activity or other materials prepared by IETU specialists, personal details may be required for registration.
In general, providing personal data is voluntary, but with the reservation that in some cases, including the situations mentioned above, personal data may be required for technical or organisational reasons.
IETU collects personal data of the users only with their consent.

Personally identifiable data provided by the user electronically (e-mail, contact form or registration form on the website) will be used only in the way and for the purposes described in the place where the data were provided. The data administrator is the Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas in Katowice, 6, Kossutha Street.

The collected data are used to provide specific services to our users, for administrative and statistical purposes, as well as to protect the website and its users. The data collected through the contact form are for the sole purpose of sending a newsletter, registering for events organised/co-organised by IETU, or for sending information about specific areas of interest and improvement of our website and services we offer. IETU may also use personal information for marketing purposes or for sending promotional materials or correspondence concerning our services.

We shall not transfer the collected data to other parties. The only exception is the case where it is required by law.

The administrator of personal data is the Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas with registered office in Katowice, ul. Kossutha 6, entered into the National Court Register under entry No. KRS 58172.

Inspector for Personal Data Protection in IETU: Klaudia Kucharska; Deputy Inspector for Personal Data Protection - Agnieszka Siatka, ul. Kossutha 6, Katowice 40-844, (copy: , ph. +48 885 286 000.


Information collected and saved automatically

We analyse the collected data using solutions provided by external vendors. We are currently using Google Analytics. This tool works on cookies but does not provide access to personally identifiable information. Please read the details of the Google Analytics Privacy Policy (

You can disable Google Analytics monitoring tools with the browser add-on. IETU website may also use cookies that are necessary for its proper functioning or to ensure its better operation. Cookies are not used for advertising purposes (see Cookies Policy).

Links to other sites

The website contains links to other sites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies on these sites. Therefore, we encourage you to check the rules that are applicable on each site you visit.

Modification of conditions

IETU reserves the right to change or modify the Privacy Policy at any time. If the rules of the Privacy Policy on are changed, appropriate modifications will immediately be introduced on this subpage.

Access, deletion and correction of data

Every user of the website has the right of access to the provided data and their edition. The users also have the right to correct or delete their data in accordance with the applicable data protection regulations. Finally, the users may withdraw their consent to the processing of personal data at any time, with the consecutive effect and without stating the reason.

Applicable law

Any doubts regarding the Privacy Policy shall be resolved in accordance with the Polish law.

Cookies policy

The policy applies to cookies and refers to the website

What are cookies?

Cookies are computer data, especially text files, stored in the user’s device, used to browse the websites. These files allow recognising the device and displaying the website tailored to the user’s individual preferences. Cookies usually include the name of the website from which they come from, their storage time in the user’s device, and a unique number.

Cookies used on the website

Generally, two types of cookies are used: "session" and "persistent". The first files are temporary files that remain in your device until you log out from the website or turn off the software (a web browser). Persistent cookies remain in the user's device for the time specified in the cookie parameters or until they are manually deleted by the user.

Cookies used by the partners of the website operator, in particular by the users of the website, are subject to their own privacy policy. (See Links to other sites).

Ability to disable cookies

In many cases, web browser software (web browser) by default allows cookies to be stored in the user's device. Users of the website may change cookie settings at any time. In most cases these settings may be changed in such a way as to block automatic handling of cookies in your web browser or to inform about them each time they are posted on the user's device. Detailed information on the possibilities and ways of handling cookies is available in the software settings (web browser):

Cookies can be divided into several categories depending on the following criteria:

> necessity to implement the service:

  • Necessary - they are absolutely necessary for the proper functioning of the website or for providing functionalities required by the user;
  • Functional - they are important for the operation of the service:
    • they serve to enhance the functionalities of the website, without them the site will work properly, but will not be tailored to the user’s preferences;
    • they ensure a high level of the site functionalities; if the settings are not defined in the cookie file it may reduce the functionality of the website, but it should not prevent you from using it;
    • they enable important functionalities of the website, their disabling will cause that some functions will not work properly.
  • Business - they allow implementation of a business model on the basis of which the access to the website is provided, their disabling will not result in inaccessibility of all functionalities of the site, but may reduce the service standard due to the inability of the site owner to use funds subsidizing the website. This category includes, for example, advertising cookies;

> time the cookie will be placed in the user's device:

  • Session – cookies placed for the time of using the browser (session) and deleted when the session is closed;
  • Persistent – these cookies are not deleted when the browser is closed and remain in the user's device for a specified period of time or without an expiration date depending on the settings of the site owner;

> origin of the site administrator who manages cookies:

  • First party cookies – cookies placed directly by the owner of the visited site
  • Third-party cookies – cookies placed by third parties whose page components were opened by the site owner.

Note: Cookies can be triggered by administrators using scripts, components that reside on the partner’s servers located in another location - another country, or even in a completely different legal system. In cases when the site administrator uses components that do not belong to the administrator’s system, a different standard cookie policy may apply.

> purpose:

  • Site configuration - they allow setting functionalities and services on the website;
  • Site security and reliability - they enable authenticity verification and site performance optimisation;
  • Authentication - they inform you when the user is logged in so that your site could show relevant information and functions;
  • Session status - they allow saving information about how the website is used. They may refer to the most frequently visited pages or potential error messages displayed on some pages. Cookies used for saving the “session state" help improve services and enhance site navigation;
  • Processes - they allow proper operation of the website and all the available functionalities;
  • Ads - they allow showing ads that are more relevant to the user and more valuable for the publishers and advertisers, as well as enable personalising your ads; they can also be used to show ads outside the website (domain);
  • Location - allow customization of the displayed information to the user’s location;
  • Analyses and surveys, audience audits - they enable site owners to better understand the preferences of the users and by analysing - improve and develop products and services. Generally, a website owner or research firm collects information anonymously and processes data on current trends without identifying personal data of the individual users;

> breaching user’s privacy:

  • Harmless:
    - cookies necessary for the proper functioning of the site;
    - cookies needed to enable proper functionality of the site but their operation has nothing to do with user tracking;
  • Tracking - used to track users, however, they do not include information which enables identification of a particular user.

Do cookies contain personal data?

Personal data obtained using cookies may only be collected to perform certain functions for the user. Such data are encrypted so that unauthorised parties could not have access to them.

Deleting cookies

Generally, web browser software allows cookies to be placed in the user’s device by default. These settings may be changed to block the automatic processing of cookies in the browser settings, or to inform about their transmission to the user's device. Detailed information about the capabilities and ways of handling cookies is available in the software (web browser) settings.
Restricting the use of cookies may affect some functionalities of the website.

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