General conditions of use

The aim of the present General Conditions of Use (hereafter referred to as “GCU”) is to stipulate the contractual conditions of access, use and supply of the products and services provided by the Forum on Information and Democracy (hereafter referred to as “the Forum”) especially those accessed through its website, http://www.informationdemocracy.org. The use of any of the services offered by the Forum requires full acceptance of the GCU.

The http://www.informationdemocracy.org website is published by the Forum on Information and Democracy, a non-profit organization registered in France under the Law of 1901. The address of its headquarters is CS 90247, 75083 PARIS CEDEX 02.

In the event of any questions, requests or complaints, you can contact the publisher by email at contact@informationdemocracy.org, by telephone at 0033 1 44 83 84 84 or by post at the Forum on Information and Democracy, CS 90247, 75083 PARIS CEDEX 02


Christophe DELOIRE


User: The user is any person who uses the site or any of the services offered on the site.

Intellectual property

All the text, comments, works, illustrations and images reproduced or represented on the Forum website are protected worldwide by intellectual property rights, including copyright. Any total or partial reproduction or representation of the Forum site or elements thereof is strictly forbidden without the Forum’s explicit prior consent. Any withdrawal or any re-use by means of permanent or temporary transfer of all or part of the content of any data on this site, by any means or in any form, is strictly forbidden.

Registration and use of personal data

If the user supports the Forum’s activities, he or she can, through the http://www.informationdemocracy.org site:

  • Contact the Forum,
  • Subscribe to the updates from the Forum

To do so, the user provides the following information:

  • surname and first name
  • email address (confirmation is sent to a valid address, which is not made public)
  • organisation or company
  • Your personal data will not be sold or exchanged with third parties. 
  • The user can unsubscribe to the Forum newsletter at any time via a link provided by the Forum.

Personal data and right to rectify

Personal data is kept for security purposes, in order to comply with legal and regulatory obligations, to allow us to transmit the Forum news and information about the Forum’s activities, to improve and personalize the products and services we offer.

Under the law of 6 January 1978, a user has the right to access, rectify and object to the personal data which relate to him/her and which is being kept by the Forum. A request to exercise the right must be signed and accompanied by the photocopy of an identity document bearing the user’s signature. The Forum undertakes that the collection and handling of personal data on this website is carried out in accordance with French Law No. 78-17 of 6 January 1978 on information technology, electronic files and civil liberties, known as the Law on “Informatique et Libertés.”

Every user who has placed information concerning him or herself on the http://www.informationdemocracy.org site has the right to object to the information (under article 38 of the law), to access it (articles 39, 41 and 42 of the law) and to rectify it (article 40 of the law).

To exercise this right, the user should send an email to contact@informationdemocracy.org or a letter to the Forum headquarters (CS 90247, 75083 PARIS CEDEX 02). In this email or letter, the user should give his or her name or the name of his or her company or organization, and his or her physical or electronic address. The requested data or change will be provided within a reasonable period after receipt of the request.

Limitation of liability

The services supplied by the Forum comply with French law. The Forum cannot be held responsible for non-compliance with laws in the country where the product is delivered or the service is provided. The user is solely responsible for complying with the legislation of the country of delivery.

The Forum cannot be held responsible for the performance or changes in the services it offers when they are due to the quality of the Internet connection or to technical constraints.

Subject to public policy regulations, the Forum cannot be held responsible for any direct or indirect harm or damage, including loss of profit, clientele or data or any other loss of intangible goods, loss of earnings or any other loss or harm which may result from use of the site or the impossibility of accessing it, even if the Forum has been told of the possibility of such harm or damage.

The http://www.informationdemocracy.org site contains hypertext links to external sites over which the Forum has no control. The existence of a http://www.informationdemocracy.org link to another site does not constitute approval of that site or its content. The Forum cannot be held responsible for external content.

The Forum does not guarantee the availability of these sites and cannot be held responsible for the content distributed on these sites or for the consequences of its use by the user.

Force majeure

The Forum cannot be held responsible in the event of force majeure or any circumstance beyond its control.

Applicable law and juridication

The legal regulations applicable to the website’s content and to the transmission of data to and from the website are determined by French law. In the event of any dispute that cannot be settled out of court, the courts that come under the Paris appeal court have exclusive jurisdiction. If one of more of the GCU’s clauses are held to be invalid, or are deemed to be invalid under a law or regulation or as a result of a final decision by a competent court, all the other clauses retain their full force and effect.

Privacy statement

1) General principles

The Forum on Information and Democracy is an international NGO, which aim is provide democratic guarantees for the space of information and communication. Its headquarters are in Paris.

The Forum website, as well as all the information and documents they contain, are provided by the Forum.

If you have any questions relating to this Statement, you can contact us at : privacy(a)informationdemocracy.org.

The Forum is committed to protecting the personal information of all visitors to its websites. This Privacy Statement applies to all pages of the Forum websites. This Privacy Statement does not apply to your use of a third-party site linked to on this website, including sites of partners or third parties. The Forum website may contain links to the sites and / or applications of these other parties, but they are regulated by their own privacy statement.

2) Consent

This Privacy Statement is a description of our practices and of your rights regarding your personal information. It is not a contract and it does not create any new rights or obligations beyond what the law already provides.

By using the Forum’s’ website, you are agreeing to the terms of this Privacy Statement. The Forum may update this Statement. When it does, the new version will be posted on this site, and the date located at the bottom of this page will be revised.

We encourage you to periodically review this Statement so that you will be aware of the Forum’s privacy practices.

With each new use of the Forum’s websites, you submit to the new terms of use as they may have been amended.

3) Type of personal information processed

The Forum’s website collect your personal information only if you decide to provide them. For example, when you visit and/or use the Forum’s website, when you request a contact or when you subscribe to our newsletters or any other publication, or when you apply for a job offer within the association.

In these situations, the Forum may collect personal information that you decide to disclose to us such as, but not limited to, your name, address, email address or telephone number.

4) Use and purpose of personal information processing

The type and amount of information that we collect and process depends on how you use the Forum’s website.

Information collected through the services available on the Forum’s website can be used to:

  • Send you via email informative alerts;
  • Send you specific information via our social networks;
  • Verify and process the data you provided in your contact form.

When you respond to a call for contributions, you agree, unless you specify otherwise, to receive our newsletters.

In all cases, we use your personal information in accordance with your interests, rights and freedoms, as required by applicable laws and regulations, and to ensure that your personal information is not exposed to unnecessary risk.

5) Confidentiality

We do not rent or sell the personal information that you gave us. We do not share your personal information with third parties except if we have your permission to do so.

We may, however, disclose them if the law requires us to do so or in the following circumstances:


A cookie is a small text file that a site sends to be able to remember who you are. In principle, it contains the name of its Internet domain of origin, its lifetime and a value, usually a unique random number. On the Forum’s website, we use session cookies. These are temporary cookies that are stored in your computer’s memory and deleted when you close your browser or when you do not use the Internet for a certain amount of time (usually around 20 minutes). For example, these cookies can control automatic pop-up windows so that they do not open each time you visit a particular page: once you have viewed a page containing an automatic pop-up window, a cookie may be placed in your computer so that this window does not open next time. The Forum does not use cookies to monitor you. You have the possibility to refuse the installation of cookie during your first visit on the Forum website. To prevent cookies from being downloaded or to control how they are used on your computer, refer to the help topic on your Internet browser or go to: http://www.cnil.fr/vos-droits/vos-traces/les-cookies/

Disclosure of your personal data in the circumstances described above may mean that this data is transferred outside of France and the European Union. Legislation relating to the protection of personal data in countries outside the European Union, such as the United States, is likely to be less stringent than the one enforced in the European Union.

6) Security

We take appropriate measures to ensure that the information you provide to us is current, accurate and kept in a secure place.

We do our utmost to protect your personal information and can not guarantee that the secure processing of your personal information can never be defeated.

How long we retain your personal information depends on the purpose for which it was obtained and its nature. We will keep your personal information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes described in this statement unless a longer retention period is permitted or required by law.

7) Collecting personal information of children

Our website is not intended for children under 15 years of age. We do not knowingly collect personal information from an individual under age 15. If you are under the age of 15, please do not submit any personal information through the Forum’s website. If you have reason to believe that we may have accidentally received personal information from an individual under age 15, please contact us immediately at privacy(a)informationdemocracy.org.

8) Right of access, rectification or erasure and right of restriction of processing of personal data

Under the law on the protection of personal data, you have a right of access your personal information that we hold, the right to correct this information and, in certain circumstances, the right to opt-out of the processing of your personal information. If you wish to exercise any of these rights or if you have any questions about our privacy statement, do not hesitate to contact us: privacy(a)informationdemocracy.org. Alternatively, you have the right to contact your local Data Protection Authority.