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Personal Data Protection

The European Union is committed to user privacy.

The policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions" is based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 (see of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.

The lawful processing of your personal data is supervised by:
  • For each process treating personal data, a controller determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data and ensures conformity of the specific e-service with the privacy policy;
  • Within each Institution, a Data Protection Officer ensures that the provisions of the Regulation are applied and advises controllers on fulfilling their obligations (see art. 24 of the Regulation);
  • For all the Institutions, the European Data Protection Supervisor (see will act as an independent supervisory authority (see art. 41 to 45 of the Regulation).
Specific privacy policy statement:
  • DG TAXUD maintains a list of users who have access to the UUM&DS system.
  • The controller for this processing is Mr. Paul-Herve Theunissen, Head of Unit of DG TAXUD/A6.
  • The data consists of: name and address of the Economic Operator including email address, identifier of the Economic Operator, name and address of the representative of the Economic operator including email address, identifier of the representative. In case of MS/EC officials the data consists of Name and address of the official including email address and userID of the official.
  • The data is collected in order to identify the user and enable him accessing the UUM&DS system and the EU Customs IT systems for which UUM&DS is managing access. The first system for which UUM&DS is responsible to enable access is the EU Trader Portal of Customs Decisions System (CDS).
  • The legal base is:
    • Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the Union Customs Code.
  • The information is disclosed to authorised National Administrations staff, DG TAXUD staff and its contractors (recipients). The EU will only disclose information to third parties if that is necessary for the fulfilment of the purpose(s) identified above and to the mentioned (categories of) recipients. The EU will not divulge your personal data for direct marketing purposes. Your personal data is protected against misuse or unauthorised access by applying a strict "need-to-know" principle when granting physical and logical access;
  • You can access your information, verify its accuracy and, if necessary, correct it by contacting As a data subject you also have the right to object to the processing of your personal data on legitimate compelling grounds except when it is collected in order to comply with a legal obligation, or is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party, or is to be used for a purpose for which you have given unambiguous consent;
  • DG TAXUD only keeps the data for the time necessary to fulfil the purpose of collection.

Use of the EU emblem by third parties

The principles of use of the European Emblem by third parties have been set out in an administrative agreement with the Council of Europe.
This agreement has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 08/09/2012 (2012/C 271/04).

According to this agreement, any natural or legal person ("third party user") may use the European Emblem or any of its elements, as long as this use

(a) does not create the impression or assumption that there is a connection between the third party user and any of the institutions, bodies, offices, agencies and organs of the European Union or the Council of Europe where this connection does not exist;

(b) does not lead the public to believe that the user benefits from the support, sponsorship, approval or consent of any of the institutions, bodies, offices, agencies and organs of the European Union or the Council of Europe where this is not the case;

(c) is not made in connection with any objective or activity which is incompatible with the aims and principles of the European Union or the Council of Europe, or is otherwise unlawful.

If the use of the European Emblem complies with the above conditions, there is no need to ask for written permission.

Registration of the European Emblem, or a heraldic imitation thereof, as a trade mark or as any other IP right is not acceptable.

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