Centropa Privacy Policy

Last updated: 02. March 2022.


Since the founding of Centropa in 2001, we have always worked in close cooperation with partners, supporters, and teachers all around the world. Centropa’s mission is to work for educators, with educators. This close relationship, along with confidentiality and privacy are important to Centropa, and therefore we make sure that our Privacy Policy complies to GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union.

This Privacy Policy explains what kind of data we collect and why we collect it, as well as when we will use it and the conditions under which we will disclose it to others. The data collected by Centropa generally applies to teachers, educators, donors, partners, and our interviewees, all of whom share their personal information with us, each based on our relationship with them. This Privacy Policy may change occasionally, so please be sure to periodically check this page for any updates.

It is important for us at Centropa to know what visitors have to say about our policies. Any queries or concerns regarding this Policy or your user rights should be addressed to our technology and privacy coordinator, Péter Balla.

  • Email: balla [at] centropa.org (balla[at]centropa[dot]org)
  • Telephone: +36209738338

Where, why, and what kind of information we collect

Centropa largely collects both aggregate and personal information. Aggregate data does not allow you to be identified as an individual, but instead could be used for demographic information, such as to see what percentage of users access the website from which country or city. On the other hand, personal information is that which can be used to identify an individual. By using this website, you consent to the use of your aggregate and personal information by Centropa for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy (including providing your information to third parties in the circumstances encompassed by this Policy).

Centropa collects different information from different groups of people depending on what kind of services we provide to that certain group.

  1. Those who register on our website to create a user account give us their name, email address, profession, and if they are teachers, they also give us the name of their school / institution and the subject they teach. By giving us this information, users can log in to our website, bookmark content, and also upload content; thus Centropa can help users with their work effectively. We believe that it is important that our users contribute to our site, allowing Centropa to grow together with them.
  2. Those who take part in educational programs organized by Centropa, such as seminars, workshops, and student projects, are required to give us their name, email address, and phone number, as well as the name of their school or institution of employment. During the registration for these events, we might also ask other questions relevant to participation in the program. We collect this information to organize programs that meet the requirements of our participants to the fullest and provide a meaningful educational service.
  3. If you are a donor or a partner, Centropa collects your name, email address, phone number, address, and information about the donation amount and when it was given or about the event. This is so that Centropa must retain records about these contributions and better organize programs and materials accordingly.
  4. If you are a Holocaust survivor interviewed by Centropa, Centropa retains the signed agreements indicating that Centropa can upload your stories and photographs to our online database and use them in publications.
  5. If you fill in the Contact Form, the Report a Problem Form or the Book Ordering Form on our website, you give us information specified in those forms. This information is necessary to Centropa to answer and meet your requests.

What third parties and data processors do we work with?

The Centropa website uses cookies, pieces of information that some websites transfer to the computer that is browsing that website. They are used for record-keeping. Use of cookies performs certain tasks such as saving your passwords for repeated use or your personal preferences regarding your use of the website (i.e., making sure you go straight to the English Centropa website rather than the Hungarian). If you do not want your cookies to be used, this can be turned off on your browser in Settings.

Centropa uses your IP address, a number that is automatically assigned to your computer. An IP address, the time of the visit, and the page(s) visited are noted in Centropa’s server log files whenever a user accesses the website. Centropa makes use of IP addresses for calculating usage levels, fixing server problems, and administering the website’s services. It is standard for a website to collect IP addresses and it is done automatically by many websites and applications. Your approximate location may also be derived from your IP address, affecting which language you see the website in.

Google Analytics is the final data processor that Centropa uses. This is a program that uses cookies and similar technologies to analyze information about the use of the website and to observe activities and trends. Google Analytics also collects information regarding the use of other websites, apps, and resources. We use Google Analytics to develop our site and our user's experience. You can learn about Google's practices by going to www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/.

What kind of interactions do we have with external social networks and platforms?

Centropa has pages on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, but will not share or collect your personal information on these platforms. There is no link between these platforms and your account on the Centropa website. Centropa is not responsible for the Privacy Policies of these websites.

Those survivors whose oral accounts have been made into videos on the Centropa YouTube account have signed sheets permitting the use of their image and story.

Photographs and video of Centropa events may be posted online on these external social media websites but will not be associated with your name, contact, or account information, unless you have given us permission to do so.

How do we protect your data? What are your rights?

Data privacy is of major importance to Centropa. Centropa will not sell, share, or otherwise give out your personal information to third parties except as expressly provided in this Privacy Policy. This means that Centropa will not send your data anywhere without you knowing about it. The only exception to this is if Centropa receives a request from law enforcement officials and if we in good faith believe that the law requires us to do so. Centropa may share your information in response to subpoenas or other requests by law enforcement personnel, to exercise our own legal rights, or to defend against legal claims if, in our own judgment, it is required to disclose your information.

No method of transmitting data or information over the Internet is perfectly secure. Centropa cannot warrant or promise absolute, unbreachable security. Our website requires a password when you create an account to protect your information when you are logged into our website, and it is your job to keep the login information secure and private. Upon registration, your information is protected through encryption, which helps keep your information safe from being intercepted or stolen while being transmitted to Centropa.

If you have reason to believe that your information is no longer secure with Centropa (for example, if you think your account has been compromised), please immediately let us know through the contact information listed above. Because emails are not always secure, please do not include credit card, social security number, or other sensitive information in your emails to Centropa. In using the Centropa website, you accept all risks associated with data transmission and Internet usage, including the risk that your information may be intercepted.

If you do not want to provide us with your personal information, you are not required to in order to use the website website to access our materials. However, those interested in uploading content to our website (such as student projects and teaching materials), or creating a page where you can track your favorite Centropa resources, will only be able to do so by creating an account. By providing this personal information to Centropa, you consent to receive information, services, and updates from us.

If you no longer want Centropa to have and process your data, you have the right to let us know and Centropa must immediately modify or delete all of your data in our possession, according to your requirements.

By using the Centropa website, you agree to the terms and circumstances within this Privacy Policy.