GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is the most significant piece of privacy and data protection in twenty years. It takes effect on 25th May 2018 and from that date we are required to ensure that we gain new data protection and privacy consent from all registering members.
We use your data to administer your account and to personalise your use of the internal social media (JomSocial) and mail messages. We plan to contact you with some additional information such as CA17103 COST Action meetings, events, and working group task.

Our privacy policy

This website is hosted, maintained and developed by some of the Core Committee Members of the COST Action CA17103 DARTER. This page explains when and why we collect personal information about people who visit and interact with our website, how we use it and how we keep it secure. We take great care with any information we receive from you and are continually looking at ways we can improve what we do so we may change the content on this page from time to time. Please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. By using our website, you agree to be bound by our policy.

Who are we?

As previously mentioned some of the Core Committee Members of the COST Action CA17103 DARTER look after this website, its content and send out emails. The principal administrator of the page is the Chair of the action, and commercial host Siteground ( stores the data on its servers. The servers are located in The Netherlands meaning all the data and information we store is held within the EU.

How do we collect information from you?

Like millions of other websites, we use Google Analytics to find out about where visitors to our website go to and where isn’t being visited so much.

What type of information do we collect from you?

The information we collect includes your name, address, email address, IP address, and information regarding what pages are accessed and when. As the Action is running, there are several forms where visitors could submit information. Some of the information you provide is used to generate statistics demanded by COST, i.e. gender, country of origin, and career stage. No personally identifying data is ever included in this type of reporting. The following data: title, name, affiliation, represented country, research interest will be visible to all the web page visitors. Your email address will be available only for the CA17103 members, unless you decide to make it accessible to all visitors.

How is your information used?

We use (process) your information to ensure our website is working correctly, is fit for purpose and recognised by the outside world. Google Analytics tracking information allows us to understand better the numbers and location of people visiting our site and what content they’re reading, which allows us to make better decisions about the page content. Occasionally, we need to compile aggregate statistics about the number of visitors this site receives, pages visited and where they are from (geographically). We also learn about the technology used to access our site, and this is to ensure that the site functions correctly for our visitors. All of our activity falls within the bounds of the Google Analytics Terms of Service.

Who has access to your information?

The Core Committee Members of the COST Action CA17103 DARTER are the only users (processors) that have access to your stored information while Siteground protects the information stored on the database. We do not sell or rent your information to third parties. We do not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes. Your choices We respect your choices and are happy to remove any of your personal information from our systems if you want us to. If you would like us to look into this for you, please contact the administrator.

How can you access and update your information?

The accuracy of our information is important to us, and you can always inform us of any changes to this at so that we can update our site. Security precautions in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your information and protection of the overall website do not allow all the registered members to edit their data unsupervised.
When we receive information, we take steps to ensure security. We have an SSL certificate in place for this website. You can tell this by the presence of a small green padlock before the URL in the browser bar at the top of the screen. This means all information sent between your web browser and our web server is secure. The web page host provides dedicated security software. This software not only provides a firewall to all administrative areas but monitors activities of visitors. The visitors acting suspicious in terms of the web page security once identified end up with their IP address blocked by our systems and on a blacklist of similar IP addresses.

Use of ‘cookies.’

Like many other websites, this website uses cookies. ‘Cookies’ are small pieces of information sent to your computer and stored on your hard drive to allow that website to recognise you when you next visit. They collect statistical data about your browsing actions and patterns and do not identify you as an individual.
For example, we use cookies to store your country preference. This helps us to improve our website and make sure it works for you as you would expect it should. It is possible to switch off cookies by setting your browser preferences. However, turning cookies off may result in a loss of functionality when using our website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites run by other organisations. This privacy policy applies only to our website, so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites even if you access them using links from our website.

Review of this Policy

We keep this Policy under regular review. This Policy was last updated – 9th August 2021.