GDPR Privacy Policy


Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (GDPR).

Name and address of the controller

The controller within the meaning of the GDPR and the national data protection laws of the EU Member States is:

European Wilderness Society (EWS)

Dechant Franz Fuchs Str 5  
5580 Tamsweg  
Email: info(at)

Erasure of data and storage period

The personal data of the data subject is erased as soon as the purpose for which it is stored no longer exists. Data may also be stored if this is stipulated by the European or national legislator in regulations, laws or other provisions to which EWS is subject.

Privacy Policy

The Personal Data is of a confidential nature. The data shall not be used for any purpose other than for which it has been acquired, even if it has been converted into such a form that it cannot be traced to data subjects. Insofar as person-specific data (such as name, postal or email addresses) are collected, this is done whenever possible on a voluntary basis. Data is only collected, processed and stored in compliance with the EU GDPR policy. Third-party use of own contact information, which is published on this site in accordance with statutory disclosure requirements, in order to transmit advertising or informational materials that have not been expressly requested, is hereby expressly prohibited.

1. Description and scope of data processing

EWS can organise events as part of its statutory mandate. When planning and organising such events, it may be necessary to process participants’ basic personal details. Events can be documented by photographs, audio recordings and/or video recordings. These recordings may be used/published in publications, including print- and digital media, electronic newsletters, press releases, social media services and on the general or project-specific website(s).

If you do not want to be featured on photos or videos, please inform the photographer of this at the event itself or keep to areas where no photographs are being taken or films are being made (where individual people could be recognised).

If, in spite of this, you are featured on photos or videos in a way which means you can be recognised, please contact us and we will do our best, even if we are not under any legal obligation, to delete or edit (pixelate) the relevant photo/video.

2. Legal basis for processing data 

The legal basis for processing is Art. 6 para. 1 point e GDPR in conjunction with § 2 para. 3 letter g and § 24 para. 5 EZA-G and §§ 9 and 12 DSG and Article 85 GDPR and – in individual cases – Art. 6 para. 1 point a GDPR.

3. Purpose of data processing

The basic personal details you provide when you register for events are processed for the purposes of planning, preparing and organising the event as well as sending event documents, executing the event, documenting the event (incl. using lists of participants), and possibly for transmitting the presentation documents and to document and evaluate the event.

Events are documented for the purposes of information, education, cultural and public relations activities.

4. Period of storage

The data is erased as soon as it is no longer required for the purpose for which it was collected.

5. Transmission of your personal data

To the extent necessary, basic personal details are shared with co-organisers. Photos and video recordings documenting the event may be sent to other event participants, co-organisers and social media services, other print- and digital media and press agencies as well as to third-party donors in the framework of third-party funded projects.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Data Used: Commenter’s name, email address, and site URL (if provided via the comment form), timestamp, and IP address. Additionally, a IFrame receives the following data: blog ID attached to the site, ID of the post on which the comment is being submitted, commenter’s local user ID (if available), commenter’s local username (if available), commenter’s site URL (if available), MD5 hash of the commenter’s email address (if available), and the comment content. If Akismet(also owned by Automattic) is enabled on the site, the following information is sent to the service for the sole purpose of spam checking: commenter’s name, email address, site URL, IP address, and user agent.

Activity Tracked: The comment author’s name, email address, and site URL (if provided during the comment submission) are stored in cookies. Learn more about these cookies.

Data Synced: All data and metadata (see above) associated with comments. This includes the status of the comment and, if Akismet is enabled on the site, whether or not it was classified as spam by Akismet.


Data Used: To initiate and process subscriptions, the following information is used: subscriber’s email address and the ID of the post or comment (depending on the specific subscription being processed). In the event of a new subscription being initiated, we also collect some basic server data, including all of the subscribing user’s HTTP request headers, the IP address from which the subscribing user is viewing the page, and the URI which was given in order to access the page (REQUEST_URIand DOCUMENT_URI). This server data used for the exclusive purpose of monitoring and preventing abuse and spam.

Activity Tracked: Functionality cookies are set to remember a visitor’s blog and post subscription choices if, in fact, they have an active subscription.


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Data Used: In order to process a post like action, the following information is used: IP address, user ID, username, site ID (on which the post was liked), post ID (of the post that was liked), user agent, timestamp of event, browser language, country code.

Activity Tracked: Post likes.

Data Used: Any of the visitor-chosen search filters and query data in order to process a search request on the servers.


Data Used: In order to check login activity and potentially block fraudulent attempts, the Website uses Wordfence and sets cookies and the following information is used: attempting user’s IP address, attempting user’s email address/username (i.e. according to the value they were attempting to use during the login process), and all IP-related HTTP headers attached to the attempting user. The Login also uses Google reCaptcha V3.

Activity Tracked: Failed login attempts (these include IP address and user agent). Learn more about this cookie.

Data Synced: Failed login attempts, which contain the user’s IP address, attempted username or email address, and user agent information.

Contact forms

Our site includes a contact form. We typically collect only your Email for further Contact and a text field for comments. All other data is voluntary. We collect this information provided by you voluntarily to us for customer service purposes, butdo not use the information submitted through them for marketing purposes. We do not share this information with third parties. The information provided to us can be deleted upon your request. The Login also uses Google reCaptcha V3.

Data Used: Akismet is enabled on the site, the contact form submission data — IP address, user agent, name, email address, website, and message — is submitted to the Akismet service (also owned by Automattic) for the sole purpose of spam checking. The actual submission data is stored in the database of the site on which it was submitted and is emailed directly to the owner of the form (i.e. the site author who published the page on which the contact form resides). This email will include the submitter’s IP address, timestamp, name, email address, website, and message.

Data Synced:Post and post meta data associated with a user’s contact form submission. Akismet is enabled on the site, the IP address and user agent originally submitted with the comment are synced, as well, as they are stored in post meta.


This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping baskets, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. They are widely used to ‘remember’ you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a ’session cookie’) or for multiple repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as ‘first party cookies’), or by other websites who serve up content on that site (‘third party cookies’).

Controlling Cookies

Visitors may wish to restrict the use of cookies or completely prevent them from being set. Most browsers provide for ways to control cookie behavior such as the length of time they are stored – either through built-in functionality or by utilizing third party plugins. If you disable cookies, please be aware that some of the features of our service may not function correctly.

To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit For more details on your choices regarding use of your web browsing activity for interest-based advertising visit based) or based). On a mobile device, you may also be to adjust your settings to limit ad tracking.

You can opt out of Google Analytics by installing Google’s opt-out browser add-on.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website. We typically include ISSUU documents, Youtubeand Vimeovideos and Google Maps. Stats

With regards to statistics pertaining to website traffic, we collect data anonymously. This includes country of access, language and version of browser, as well as the number and order of page views.

Data Used:IP address, user ID (if logged in), username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. Important:The site owner does nothave access to any of this information via this feature. For example, a site owner can see that a specific post has 285 views, but he/she cannot see which specific users/accounts viewed that post. Stats logs — containing visitor IP addresses and usernames (if available) — are retained by Automatticfor 28 days and are used for the sole purpose of powering this feature.

Activity Tracked:Post and page views, video plays(if videos are hosted by, outbound link clicks, referring URLs and search engine terms, and country. When this module is enabled, Jetpack also tracks performance on each page load that includes the Javascript file used for tracking stats. This is exclusively for aggregate performance tracking across Jetpack sites in order to make sure that our plugin and code is not causing performance issues. This includes the tracking of page load times and resource loading duration (image files, Javascript files, CSS files, etc.). The site owner has the ability to force this feature to honor DNT settings of visitors. By default, DNT is currently not honored.

Registered User Activity Log

This feature only records activities of a site’s registered users, and the retention duration of activity data will depend on the site’s plan and activity type.

Data Used:To deliver this functionality and record activities around site management, the following information is captured: user email address, user role, user login, user display name, and local user IDs, the activity to be recorded, the site ID of the site on which the activity takes place, the site’s Jetpack version, and the timestamp of the activity. Some activities may also include the actor’s IP address (login attempts, for example) and user agent.

Activity Tracked:Login attempts/actions, post and page update and publish actions, comment/pingback submission and management actions, plugin and theme management actions, widget updates, user management actions, and the modification of other various site settings and options. Retention duration of activity data depends on the site’s plan and activity type. See the complete list of currently-recorded activities (along with retention information).

Data Synced (?):Successful and failed login attempts, which will include the actor’s IP address and user agent.

Who we share your data with

We do not share your information with other parties. We do include some of them on our other websites all managed and controlled by the European Wilderness Society.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.


Data processing agreement

Our Newsletter stores subscriber’s data in the WordPress blog database and does not transfer any data to any other site.

What daa do we store? 

In our Newsletter, we store many information about the subscribers: from the email addressto nameand surname and IPs. We do that you provide a better service to our customers. If you do not consent you can easily unsubscribe from our Newsletter and all data is removed in compliance with the GDRP regulation.

Double Opt-In

Two key aspects here: the double opt-in and the privacy checkbox.

The double opt-in, other than a good practice, is now required by the GDPR to confirm the will of the subscriber by having him or her to give consent two times before the actual service starts. Please follow the steps to confirm your subscription.

Proof of consent

To keep proof of users consent is now mandatory with the new GDPR rules. In Newsletter, when a user changes his profile, activating specific list, he could be giving you a specific consent, for example to send marketing email. Newsletter provides a logging feature which records every changethe subscriber performs on his profile and what he changed with a timestamp.

Which data Newsletter stores

Besides name and email address, our Newsletter can collect other data if extra profile fields have been created. More importantly, Newsletter collects Ip addresses at the moment of the subscription and whenever a user performs an action on newsletters, if tracking is active. Ip’s are used for various features, from tracking to geolocalization.

How long does Newsletter keep subscribers data?

We store your data securely. We periodically remove all subscribers data with a status that makes them unreachable: bounced, unsubscribed, not confirmed and so on. We also delete all subscribers who didn’t interact with us at least once a year.

Data export and portability

GDPR also requires us to offer our newsletter recipients  the ability to ask for a copy of their files for portability reasons. The downloaded data export file should be in a machine-readable format (not human readable). Newsletter by default collects only names and email addresses but if you took advantage of the extra profile fields, that data should be exported as well.

Data modification and integration right

Since Newsletter subscribers are able to access their own profile editing panelwhere they can change every detail whenever they feel like to, there’s nothing special to do about this, except for making this option as clear as possible.

Data removal

At this moment, our Newsletter subscribers don’t have the ability to delete their own data: however we’re considering to add this option. Please end an Email to with proof of Identity and we will provide this data you.

How we protect your data

We protect your data in compliance with the GDPR EU Regulation and do not give access to any third party to this information.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We are hosting our Website on redundant Servers with daily back up routines and continous availability checking. We are updating WordPress automatically to the latest service release including plug-ins. We are also protecting the site with a downtime monitoring, Brute Force Protection, Spam Filtering and block suspicious-looking activities.

Liability Disclaimer

All content on this website was painstakingly and conscientiously edited for accuracy. Nevertheless, with regards to errors we do not accept any liability for damages resulting from use of this site, or from missing or erroneous information.

This site contains links to external third-party websites, upon whose content this website operator has no influence. As a consequence, we accept no liability for external content. Responsibility for the third-party content is borne solely by the operator of the site in question. At the time the link was created, the target pages were checked for potential legal infringements. At the time the links were created, no illegal content was apparent. Permanent monitoring of third-party content on linked pages for illegal content is neither practical nor feasible without concrete information. If we are informed about any legal infractions, we will promptly remove the links in question.

Even if not labeled as such, all brand names, logos and other forms of trademarks are protected. The reproduction of any content on this website, in whole or in part, requires the express permission of the owner. The content, texts and works on these pages are protected under copyright, brand-name and other legal rights pertaining to intellectual property. The duplication, editing, dissemination, publication or any other type of use requires the written permission of the site operator.

Photo Credits

PAN Parks Foundation, ANP Archives, MNP Archives, BKNP Archives, CBNP Archives, RNP Archives, FNP Archives, ONP Archives, PGNP Archives, PNP Archives, SNP Archives, RNP Archives, CDNP Archives, KNP Archives, Nationalpark Hainich, Hannes Knapp, Verein CHWOLF, Sami Fayed, Tomáš Kaliský, Eric Balzacs, Wikipedia,

Konstantin Gabrichidze, Evgeni Dinev, Eugenijus Drobelis, Juoko Högmander, Seppo Keränen, Heidi Arponen, Seppo Keränen, Kimmo Salminen, Janne Görling, Bruno d’Amicis, Græme Purdy, Csaba Gyarmati, Barbara Mayer, Konstantin Gabrichidze, Giorgi Darchiashvili, Nanko Minkov, Alexander Ivanov, Koyno Koynov, Orsolya Haarberg, Petar Yordanov Paunchev, Nicolas Cegalerba, Gábor Salamon, Andreas Grahin, Vitantonio dell’Orto, Leif Ostergreen, Ingrid Roehorst, G. Valentukevičius, Vytautas Knyva, Mindaugas Lapele, Paavo Hamunen, Hannu Hautala, Arto Ketola, Aivar Ruukel, Kimmo Salminen, Michael Hennemann, Andreas Grahin, Georg Witting, Simon Kertys, Richard Hoffmann, Falk Kienas, István Kerekes, Grigore Opritoiu, Mihai Moiceanu, Mati Kose, Arne Ader, Tomáš Kaliský, Todor Marholev, Petar Yordanov Paunchev, Ljupco Smokovski, Victor Gritsyuk, Erlend Haarberg, Kari Lathi, Marcos Veiga, Aykut Ince, Rüknettin Tekdemir, Tarík Yurtgezer, Yildiray Lise, Kastamonu Pınarbasi Governorship Archive, Vasyl Zelinskyy .

The European Wilderness Society thanks the European Commission for its financial support in obtaining the publishing rights for the work of the photographers mentioned above.

All photos taken by our staff can be used under the creative commons license  Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International(CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). 

You are free to:

  • Share— copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Our contact information

European Wilderness Society
Main Office
Dechant-Franz-Fuchs Strasse 5
5580 Tamsweg
Tel.: +43 (0)676 913 8804
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IBAN: AT411200010008338476
ZVR: 305471009
EU Transparency Register ID: 706136913777-83
Chairman: Max A E Rossberg
Deputy Chairman: Vlado Vancura