We care about you privacy

Last revised 2021.

The purpose of this privacy policy is to describe how the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) processes personal data. When the NCHS collects and processes personal data this comes with certain responsibilities and obligations. The NCHS shall only collect and process personal data that is necessary and the data shall be processed in accordance with data protection legislation.

1.When does the NCHS collect personal data?

At the NCHS, personal data is processed for administrative purposes. In general, wwill process information when: 

  • You have visited our website
  • You have been in contact with us via email or telephone 
  • You have submitted an enquiry via the contact form
  • You have subscribed to our newsletter
  • You have signed up for an event 
2. Who do we share personal information with?

Access to personal information is restricted to those who require access to carry out their duties. Our IT service providers may have access to personal information if it is stored at the supplier or otherwise available to the supplier under contract with us. The suppliers act in accordance with the data processing agreement and in accordance with our instructions. The supplier may only use the personal information for the purposes we have determined and as described in this privacy statement.

3. What are your rights?

You have rights to the personal information that concerns you. What rights you have is dependent on the circumstances.

Access to information 

The right to access means that you are entitled to know: 

  • What type of information about is being processed by the NCHS
  • How your personal data is being processed 
  • What the purpose of the processing is 
  • Whether the data has been or will be disclosed to others and, if so, to whom  
  • How long the data will be stored and any procedures for erasure   
  • The extent to which you have the right to rectification, erasure, restriction of processing or to object to the processing  
  • How the information was collected 

You are also entitled to a copy of all the data that the NCHS is processing about you. Read more about the right of access here, on the website of The Norwegian Data Protection Authority.  

Correction of personal data

In certain cases you have the right to request that incorrect information about yourself is corrected or deleted. You must be able to prove that the registered information is incorrect, and what the correct information is. 

You are entitled to rectification without undue delay and normally within one month. In cases where correction is not practicable or where the information is correct but gives an incorrect impression, you may require that the information be supplemented. 

Read more about the right to correct or supplement information hereon the website of The Norwegian Data Protection Authority.  

Deletion of personal data

In certain cases you have the right to request that information be deleted. Unless one of the exceptions applies, you may request that the NCHS deletes your personal data in the following cases: 

  • If you exercise the right to object to the use of your information 
  • If the information is processed on the basis of consent and you withdraw your consent 
  • If the purpose of the use of the information has been achieved 
  • If the information has been obtained illegally 
  • If the NCHS has a duty of deletion under the law 

In the above cases, the NCHS shall carry out deletion without undue delay and normally within one month at the latest. 

The right to delete does NOT apply in the following cases (exceptions): 

  • The personal information is part of an expression that is protected by freedom of expression and information 
  • Storage is necessary for archiving in the public interest, scientific or historical research or statistical purposes. The exception only applies if deletion will make it impossible or extremely difficult to achieve the purposes.  
  • The NCHS has a duty to store your data by law (for example, pursuant to the Accounting Act or Archiving Act)  
  • Storage is necessary to establish, enforce or defend legal claims 

Read more about the right to delete hereon the website of The Norwegian Data Protection Authority.  

Limitation of processing of personal data 

In certain cases you may request that the processing of your personal data is restricted. In such cases the information can be stored by the NCHS but not used for anything.  

Read more about the right of restriction hereon the website of The Norwegian Data Protection Authority.  

Protesting against processing of personal data 

If the NCHS is processing information about you for the purpose of legitimate interests, or for research purposes, without your consent, then you have the right to object to our processing of your personal data.  

The right to protest does NOT apply in the following cases (exceptions): 

  • If the NCHS is required to process your personal data for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims  
  • If the NCHS has compelling legitimate reasons for processing your personal data that override the basis of your protest (balancing of interests)

Read more about the right to protest hereon the website of The Norwegian Data Protection Authority.  

4. Use of cookies

This website uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally on your computer when you visit a website, such as www.humanitarianstudies.no. Cookies are a standard technology that most websites use. A cookie contains no personal information and can not be used to identify the user.

The revised Electronic Communications Act of 2013, § 2-7b, “the cookie section” requires that we provide information about how we use cookies on the website. As long as we have informed about which cookies we use, what information we process, what the purpose of the processing is and who handles the information, the setting in your browser is enough for consent that we use cookies. By accessing this website, you agree that cookies are stored in your browser.

Most browsers (such as Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer) are set to automatically accept cookies, but you can choose to change these settings if you prefer. Doing so can cause some websites to not work optimally. See information down the page if you want to withdraw your consent or change your browser settings. 

The NCHS records statistics on the use of the website. We use cookies from Google Analytics to analyse visits to our website. These statistics are a tool for improving our website, as well as assessing the impact of marketing on other digital platforms. When you visit the website, the following information is recorded: 

  • Which page you look at, and which page you come from  
  • If you have visited our site before 
  • Date and time 
  • Which browser you use, which device and which operating system you have 
  • An anonymised version of your IP address (which cannot be associated with you as a person) 

If you do not want cookies to be saved, you can change the settings in the browser. You can opt out of cookies from Google Analytics by  visiting Google’s web site. 

On nettvett.no you can read more about managing cookies in your browser: 

More about cookies on the National Communications Authority’s (Nkom) website.

5. Modification of privacy policy

We may modify or amend this privacy statement. You will always find the latest version on our website. In case of significant changes, you will be notified of this.

6. How to contact us?

If you have questions or comments regarding this privacy policy or you wish to exercise any of your rights, please contact us at the following:

Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies
Chr. Michelsen Institute
Address: PO Box 6033, N-5892 Bergen, Norway
Email: emily.hume@cmi.no

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