Effective from: 1st February, 2024
We are called The Earth Foundation. We are based in Switzerland, at the following address: Boulevard du théâtre 5, 1204 Genève, Switzerland. We have a registration number that is CHE-439.560.973.
We are the owners of this website. It means that we make all decisions about its design and control what personal data you can submit through this website. We also decide how your data is used.
This website is used to invite you to participate in a global competition entitled ‘The Earth Prize’ and win our incredible environmental sustainability prize. You can access the website worldwide. On the website, you can find the following information:
All registered and verified users have access to:
We always strive to make sure that no excessive data is asked on this website. So, we collect your personal data only if it is necessary. Below, you can find an explanation of the types of personal data that we collect, the purposes for which we use it, and the legal basis that allows us to ask you for the data. We do not use your data for other undisclosed purposes, unless you explicitly agree with it. So, here we go:
If you decide to refuse to give us your personal data when we ask for it, we may not be able to send you information about The Earth Prize, answer your questions, or ensure the best user experience on the Website.
We do not need to know about your private life. Therefore, we do not collect any sensitive data from you, such as information about your health, religion, political beliefs, sexual life, race, or participation in specific associations like professional or trade association. If you decide, at your own discretion, to provide such data to us, it means that you want us to know about it and agree that we will have access to this sensitive data.
When you browse this website, you automatically generate certain technical data. Such data is not personal data. For example, we may see:
All this data listed above is used to analyze what kind of users are attracted to this website and what parts of the website they find interesting, and to ensure that you browse on the website securely.
If this technical data is combined with your personal data, it will automatically become personal data and we will treat it accordingly.
If we have your email address and it is necessary to contact you, we will send you important messages, such as updates regarding your participation in The Earth Prize. Your email address will also be used to send you our Newsletters. You can always refuse any further communication from us by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link in our messages, unless we need to send you important transactional emails. If you need any assistance, you can always contact us and we will remove you from our database.
Sometimes, we need to choose a partner that will help us to organize The Earth Prize, maintain the Website, answer your questions, or support us in any other way. Such partners are called data processors because they do the things that we ask them to do. Sometimes, such partners will need to peek into your personal data as well. For example, we need to engage an email or hosting service provider or a developer to help us with the website. It will happen only if it is strictly necessary and they follow our rules and instructions that are listed in a special data processing contract that we conclude with them. We choose our data processors very carefully and make sure that they are secure and grant a high level of protection to your personal data. It is also important that they do not use your data for other purposes. We have chosen the following partners as our data processors:
The technical data about your use of this website does not allow you to identify you — it is not personal data. Thus, we can pass it on to our partners as well.
We do not sell your personal data or pass it to others for advertising or marketing purposes.
Sometimes (on very rare occasions), a public authority may ask us to disclose information about the users of our website. If we receive such a request, we will need to comply with it. This means that your personal data may be disclosed to authorities for law enforcement purposes.
We are based in Switzerland. Thus, the main activities that include your personal data take place in Switzerland as well. If our data processor is located in another country (you can look into it just above), your personal data will need to be sent to that country. This means that your data travels from your own country to Switzerland, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
The laws in these countries may differ. We understand that and, therefore, we make sure that the strictest data protection standards guard your personal data even in the countries where the laws are not that strict. To ensure the proper protection of your personal data, we sign special data processing agreements with our data processors. In those agreements, we instruct them what they can and cannot do with your data.
We implement special information security measures that protect your personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorized access and disclosure. Such measures include secured networks, strong passwords, limited access to your personal data by our staff, removal of personal data (when possible), carefully selected data processors, and regular audits.
Although we put our best efforts to protect your personal data, the Internet is never entirely secure. There is always a danger that a hacker may destroy, lose, leak, falsify, or steal your personal data from this website or any other website on the Internet. In case a serious breach occurs, we will take care of it as required by law.
You are the owner of your data. Thus, you have the right to control how we handle your personal data. To be more precise, you can ask us to do the following:
If you would like to exercise any of your rights, please contact us. In your message, you must explain your request in detail. We have the right to ask you to help us to identify you to make sure that it is actually you. We will answer your request within a reasonable time frame but no later than 30 days.
If you are not happy with our answer, please let us know — we will do everything that we can to help you. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint, you have the right to lodge a complaint with your local data protection authority that takes care of such complaints.
The Earth Foundation
Boulevard du théâtre 5