EU Horizon 2020 project

A large scale EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation project contributing to the Trans-Atlantic Research Alliance and GEO.

62 Partners, 18 Countries

International integration of Atlantic ocean observing activities – further supporters / members are welcome.


Privacy notice

AtlantOS is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 633211. The information and views of this website lie entirely with the authors. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

The project coordinator is:

Professor Martin Visbeck 
AtlantOS PCU (Project Coordination Unit) 
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel 
West shore campus 
Düsternbrooker Weg 20,D-24105 Kiel, Germany 

The Data Controller for the AtlantOS website is the project coordinator. In this instance, the day to day responsibility is delegated to the AtlantOS Project Manager:

Dr Anja Reitz

AtlantOS PCU (Project Coordination Unit) 
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel 
West shore campus 
Düsternbrooker Weg 20,D-24105 Kiel, Germany 

A Data Controller determines how and why personal data is processed. You can contact the Data Controller at the address above or via the contact form on the AtlantOS website.

The data we need to collect

The personal data we collect from you may include:

  • any information you provide on the website contact form, surveys or other forms on the website.
  • your email address and subscription preferences when you sign up for an account.
  • how you use our emails. When you click on links in our emails, we may collect statistics to better understand how our communications are viewed.
  • we will collect technical information from your session on the website such as IP address, browser version, location.
  • data on how you found the site, navigated the site. Cookies and other mechanisms are used.

Why we need to collect the data.

We gather statistics on the performance of the website and the user experience whilst it is being used. For this we use Google Analytics. This data is then used to provide usage statistics to the funding agency (the European Commission), and to ensure the site is meeting the needs of its users.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • how you accessed the site (via search, directly or via a link)
  • what pages you visited
  • how long you visited pages.
  • What links you have clicked

This data is anonymised. We do not collect your personal information so we are unable to identify you from these statistics.

When you register for an account, we use this information (First name, Last name, email address, institution) to identify you and ensure you have the correct access to different sections of the website.

What we do with your data

We do not share your data with any other supplier, government department or other third party (paid or otherwise).

Your data is used for the management of the website, user experience and appropriate use for the administration of the project (in the case of project partners) and project progress reporting to the funding agency.

We will share your data if we are required to do so by law – for example, by court order, or to prevent fraud or other crime.

How long we keep your data

Your data will be retained for the duration of the project plus the time required by the European Commission to validate the project or the law requires us to. In any case, the data will no longer be retained after a period of 6 years following the end of the project.

Children’s privacy protection

Our services are not designed for, or intentionally targeted at, children 13 years of age or younger. We do not intentionally collect or maintain data about anyone under the age of 13.

Where your data is processed and stored

Your data is located on a secure cloud based data service within the EU.

How we protect your data and keep it secure

It is our commitment that we will endeavour to ensure that your data is protected. We use recognised experts in data storage to ensure you data is not accessible to unauthorised parties and varying levels of encryption are used.

Your rights

You have the right to request:

  • information about how your personal data is processed
  • a copy of that personal data
  • that anything inaccurate in your personal data is corrected immediately

You can also:

  • raise an objection about how your personal data is processed
  • request that your personal data is erased if there is no longer a justification for it
  • ask that the processing of your personal data is restricted in certain circumstances

If you have any of these requests, get in contact with our Data Controller.

Changes to this policy

We may change this privacy policy.