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1. This is about Protecting personal data

De Smet Engineers & Contractors SA (DSEC) is firmly committed to respecting your privacy and protecting your personal data. This Data Protection Notice explains how we use and protect personal data when you:

  • visit our website;
  • give us your contact details; or
  • correspond with us.

The processing of information relating to identified or identifiable natural persons (“personal data”) collected through this website or otherwise received by De Smet Engineers & Contractors SA (DSEC) such as through e-mails, business cards, fax, correspondence or registration forms, is subject to EU Regulation 2016/679 (the General Data Protection Regulation) and any national implementing or complementing rules and regulations in Belgium. The Belgian Data Protection Authority supervises compliance with the applicable data protection laws.

2. Which information do we collect ?

De Smet Engineers & Contractors SA (DSEC)  may, through its website, collect certain information relating to users who visit its website and may, solely for internal purposes, track how users make use of its website. The information collected through the website includes the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, computer and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system, as well as Uniform Resource Locators (URL) click stream to, through, and from our website, including date and time.

In addition, De Smet Engineers & Contractors SA (DSEC) may collect and process information of persons who contact us (including job applicants), through the website, or e-mail. This information may include: the contact details and other information on business cards, CVs, IP addresses, and e-mail addresses.

In some cases, your information may be complemented or updated with publicly available information to ensure your contact details and professional information is up to date.

3. How and why do we use your data ?

Your personal data are only used to the extent that this is required to pursue the following legitimate interests:

  • to ensure the security of the website;
  • public relations, including the promotion and defence of interests of De Smet Engineers & Contractors SA (DSEC);
  • to ensure legal compliance, investigate fraud or infringements and establish, defend or exercise legal claims; and/or
  • to maintain a contact database of our clients and external contacts.

If requested by you, or with your consent, we may also use your personal data:

  • to process your queries efficiently;
  • to contact you for the purpose of providing information on our sector and our activities and developments (including the sending of newsletters and organising events); and/or
  • to process your job application.

If you have consented to such processing of your personal data, you have the right to withdraw such consent at any time. Please see below for how to withdraw your consent.

4. To whom can we disclose your data ?

De Smet Engineers & Contractors SA (DSEC) relies on third parties to host and provide technical support for its website and for the delivery of its newsletters. In the context of these services, and only to the extent that this is necessary for the service they provide, these third parties may have access to the personal data processed by De Smet Engineers & Contractors SA (DSEC) for the aforementioned purposes. In addition, professional advisors and auditors may have access to personal data. Our service providers abide by appropriate confidentiality and other safeguards protecting your personal data.

Under certain circumstances, De Smet Engineers & Contractors SA (DSEC) may need to disclose personal data to public authorities for the purposes as mentioned above, including to comply with regulatory or legal requirements.

5. How can you manage/access/delete your data ?

You have the right to access your data, have us update outdated information or correct any errors in your data or, if necessary, delete such data or request that we restrict the use thereof. You also have the right to opt out of receiving newsletters or marketing materials from De Smet Engineers & Contractors SA (DSEC). With each newsletter, you will have the possibility of unsubscribing or updating your information and preferences.

In addition, you can exercise your rights by sending an email to . Please note that we may ask for additional information to ascertain your identity before we comply with your request.

6. How long do we keep your data ?

Data about your browsing our website will be kept only for the duration of the session. However, cookies may last longer on your device so we can identify you upon your next visit.

Registrations for events or newsletters will be kept until after the event or until you unsubscribe from our newsletters.

Other personal data that we have will be retained for the duration that is relevant for the purpose as set out above, in accordance to internal retention periods, taking into account contractual or legal obligations and liability that we may have to keep records of our files.

7. How to contact us

8. Data recovery

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