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Privacy statement of the Rathenau Instituut

The Rathenau Instituut thinks that your privacy is important. This privacy statement explains which personal data are collected by the Rathenau Instituut, how these data are processed and for what purpose.

About the Rathenau Instituut

The Rathenau Instituut focusses on research and dialogue relating to the societal aspects of science, innovation and new technologies. The Rathenau Instituut is part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. This implies that its general private policy applies to the Rathenau Institute. Read it here. This privacy statement gives additional information.

For what purposes do we keep a record of your data?

The Rathenau Instituut processes personal data to fulfill its tasks:

The Rathenau Instituut stimulates public and political opinion forming on social aspects of science and technology. We perform research and organise debate relating to science, innovation and new technologies. The Rathenau Institute supports political decision making and policy making regarding science, technology and innovation by means of expertise and information.

Which personal data is recorded by the Rathenau Instituut?

The Rathenau Insituut only processes personal data if this is necessary for a specific purpose. The purpose determines which personal data have to be processed and no more data will be asked for than is essential for that purpose. Depending on the purpose, the following personal data may be processed: name, address, town/city, e-mail address, company data, gender, date of birth, account number, and curriculum vitae. Additionally your anonymized activities on our website may be processed. 

About our newsletter

Your e-mail address is requested when you wish to subscribe. This information, together with other applicable data will be stored and processed by a newsletter software application. If you receive our e-mails we’ll register your interactions, in order to personalize our communication and make it more relevant to you.

In each newsletter we’ll offer the option to unsubscribe. Unsubscribed addresses will be stored to make sure you will not be receiving any unwanted mail any longer.

About cookies

The Rathenau Instituut processes data on this website to the extent that they are necessary for our website’s functioning and to monitor its quality and effectiveness. In addition to these necessary cookies, we ask permission for the storage of social media cookies. These cookies are necessary to display content from external sources within our website. 

The Rathenau Instituut uses fully anonymised Google Analytics cookies to map and analyse the use of its website, in order to improve it.

If social media cookies are accepted, the following applications are also allowed to place cookies:

  • Google Maps (to display the route to the Rathenau Instituut)
  • Youtube (to display videos)
  • Vimeo (to display videos)
  • Slices (to display interactive stories)
  • Springcast (to listen to our podcasts)

 Cookie preferences can be changed at any time via the cookie settings in the footer of each page.

Retention period for your personal data

In principle, personal data are not retained any longer than is necessary to achieve the purpose for which the personal data are collected. Personal data in documents that come under the 1995 Public Records Act shall be stored in the manner in which and for as long as is stipulated by this Act. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact us at

Disclosure to third parties

The Rathenau Instituut will only disclose your personal data to third parties if there is a legal obligation or basis to do so as referred to in Section 6 GDPR.

When the Rathenau Instituut discloses your data to a third party, it will safeguard your rights to privacy, among other things by concluding a processing agreement in which arrangements are made as to how your personal data must be dealt with. The Rathenau Instituut remains responsible for how these third parties process the data.

Google Analytics

The Rathenau Instituut is using Google Analytics. The data that we collect in Google Analytics are anonymized and encrypted.

Would you like to see, adapt or erase your data?

You’ll find your rights here. You can mail your request to

Finally we’d like to inform you that you have the right to formally submit a complaint at the Dutch Data Protection Authority.



P.O. Box 95366
2509 CJ Den Haag

Tel: (+ 31 (0)70-342 1542



This privacy statement entered into force on May 24th, 2018.