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AWA privacy notice

The Arctic World Archive is a joint initiative between Piql AS and Store Norske Spitzbergen Kullkompani.

All data submitted through this website is handled exclusively by Piql AS. Piql is committed to protecting your personal information and safeguarding your data.

This privacy notice details how we collect and handle your personal data to provide you with the best long-term data storage service we can.

This Notice will inform you how we use, process and protect your personal data as a ‘data controller’ under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

This Notice concerns:

For existing clients, this Notice applies in addition to our terms and conditions and any other documents referred to on it.

We promise to never sell or share personal information of our clients, potential clients, visitors or partners.

Piql AS is registered with the Norwegian Brønnøysund Register Centre (ref. 984359403).

Piql AS offers data storage services which also makes us a ‘data processor’ under the GDPR. All data provided by a ‘data controller’ is governed by a contract which explicitly states how the data will be managed, in compliance with relevant regulations.

Who we are

Piql AS, is headquartered in Drammen, Norway. Piql Services are offered worldwide through an extensive network of trusted partners, however this Notice relates only to Piql AS.

Piql AS is the Data Controller for the personal information we hold to run our business including managing contracts with clients and partners, and to market and sell to existing and potential clients and partners.

Piql AS is a Data Processor for client data that is stored on Piql film, processed at the Drammen production facility. As a data processor, we may process client information without knowing the content or origin.

Types of data Piql collects

As a Data Controller, we do not collect any Special Categories of Personal Data. Nor do we collect any information about criminal convictions and offences.

As a Data Processor, some of the information we digitally preserve or store, may include special categories of data. We detail in our client contracts how this information is to be handled in line with GDPR regulations.

If you are visiting our website, please note we do not collect any of your personal data unless you specifically supply it. Our website includes hyperlinks to, and details of, third party websites. We have no control over, and are not responsible for, the privacy policies of third parties.

How do we use personal information?

As data controllers, we use the above-mentioned information for a range of businesses purposes such as:

What legal basis do we have for processing your personal data?

We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:


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Performance of a contract

We may process your data as part of a contract with a supplier who is the data controller of your data.

Third party service providers

Piql uses certain third parties for some business administration and other activities related to our services, such as plug-in providers. Some of these third parties are based in the EEA and some are based outside the EEA with servers outside the EEA.

We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions and contract conditions.

By agreeing to use Piql’s services, you agree that your data may be shared with these third parties for the purpose of providing the agreed service.

Legitimate interests

Piql may use personal information to contact you for a legitimate interest. This is where we have a legitimate interest in contacting you or where we believe you will have legitimate interest in what we are contacting you about.

We make sure we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your personal data for our legitimate interests.

We do not use your personal data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law).

Comply with a legal or regulatory obligation

Piql may also process your personal data where it is necessary for compliance with a legal or regulatory obligation that we are subject to.

Your rights

You have rights according to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). If you need to exercise your rights, please contact us. In all cases we will acknowledge your request and supply a response within one month or sooner.

How long we store your data

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

If you have a question about a specific retention period for certain types of personal information we process about you, please contact us.

Disclosing your data

Piql AS only discloses data in compliance with applicable laws. We may disclose your data to our partner organisations or a third party, as part of providing a service to you. Any disclosure of such information will be limited to the purposes for which such information was provided to us or our Service Providers.

Contact us

To request more information on any of the above, access data we may have on you or make a general enquiry, please contact us - https://www.piql.com/contact/