Legal notice

General information about the Catalan Data Protection Authority's website and its content

The headquarters of the Catalan Data Protection Authority is in Rosselló 214, Esc A, 1r 1a, Barcelona 08008 (tel. 93 552 78 00 and fax 93 552 78 30).

The online site of the Catalan Data Protection Authority is at the electronic address, notwithstanding which there may be other temporary or permanent addresses which also enable access to the contents and services provided through the Authority's website.

In the framework of that provided in the Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia (articles 31 and 156), the Catalan Data Protection Authority has a number of functions that are specified in Law 32/2010, of 1 October, of the Catalan Data Protection Authority. This website includes a range of contents relating to the protection of data of a personal nature and connected with the Authority's scope of action and functions.

The mission of the Authority's website consists in taking the right to personal data protection closer to citizens and in fostering access by entities that fall within the scope of the Authority's competence as well as, in general, promoting access by anyone interested in obtaining guidance with respect to this right.

To achieve this goal, the online site includes information on legislation, publications and opinions, as well as the Authority’s annual reports, news and details of training activities in which the Authority participates, among other matters. 

The information and content related to the activities and functions of the Authority which are included on the website are subject to the following conditions.

Protection of intellectual property rights

The contents and graphic material that form part of the website are exclusively owned by the Catalan Data Protection Authority or by third parties who may be natural persons or legal entities and who have authorised the use of same by the Authority. The website contents are protected by copyright, with the exceptions provided in article 13 of Royal Legislative Decree 1/1996, of 12 April, approving the Restated Text of the Law on Intellectual Property. Consequently, any use or reproduction that users make of this content, or of any other content which may be included in the future, must be carried out following the provisions and respecting the limitations stipulated in the aforementioned legislation.

The Authority explicitly reserves general rights with respect to the overall contents published on the website which are subject to copyright.

Personal and private use of the contents of this website is permitted when it is appropriate and in line with the goals of this online site, as specified in the previous section of this legal notice. In the case of certain contents however, the Authority may explicitly indicate that it is necessary to request express authorisation. In these cases, the corresponding application must be addressed, in writing, to:

Catalan Data Protection Authority

Rosselló 214, Esc A, 1r 1a,

08008 Barcelona

Under no circumstances will authorisation be granted for:

  • Presentation by means of framing of a page from the website in a window that does not pertain to the Authority.
  • Insertion by means of in-line linking of an image published on the website in a page that does not belong to the Authority.
  • Extraction of elements of the website that may prejudice the Authority, in accordance with current provisions.
  • Commercial use of the contents of the Authority's website.
  • Use of distinctive images or signs, logos or, in general, distinctive symbols of any kind that belong to the Catalan Data Protection Authority, without the prior knowledge and corresponding authorisation of that Authority.

The Authority reserves the right to initiate the appropriate actions, procedures and preventive measures under intellectual property legislation in relation to the commission by users of infringements of copyright regulations. Infringements committed as a result of fraudulent use of the information or contents of the Catalan Data Protection Authority's website may result in the imposition of legally provided penalties, in particular those stipulated in the Penal Code (article 270 and following). 

Protection of data of a personal nature

A) Data collected through forms

If you provide personal information through this online site, the processing of that data which may result is subject to the provisions of Organic Law 15/1999, of 13 December, on the Protection of Personal Data (LOPD).

The Authority only processes data pertaining to users of its online site which is adequate, necessary and not excessive for the purposes of properly attending to such users in relation to the exercise of its functions and in line with that provided in the data quality principle (article 4 of the LOPD).

Should you wish to exercise your rights of access, rectification, cancellation and objection (ARCO rights) in relation to your personal data processed by the Authority, under the terms and conditions provided in Title III of the LOPD you may contact:

Catalan Data Protection Authority

Rosselló 214, Esc A, 1r 1a

08008 Barcelona

You can also exercise your rights using the form to be found at

The application must contain the elements specified in article 25.1 of the RLOPD.


B) Browsing data

The browsing data and software necessary for operation of the website employ standard methods to acquire certain transmission details which are implicit in the use of Internet communication protocols. This category of data includes the IP address or domain name of the computer used by the user to access the website, the URL of the resource requested, the time, the method used to consult the server, the size of the file obtained in response, the numerical code that indicates the state of the server response and other parameters related to the operating system of the user's computer environment.

This information is not associated with specific users and is employed with the sole purpose of obtaining anonymous statistical data on use of the Authority's website.

The Authority's online site does not employ cookies or other similar devices for personal data processing that may enable the identification of specific individual users of its website. The use of these systems is reserved exclusively to collect technical information aimed at facilitating users with safe and efficient access and browsing of the Authority's website.  

Responsibility with regard to contents

In application of that provided in current legislation, specifically Law 11/2007, of 22 June, governing citizens' access to public services, and Law 29/2010, of 3 August, on the use of electronic media in the public sector in Catalonia, the Authority strives to ensure that the information, contents and services offered or published on its website effectively comply with the necessary integrity, authenticity, currency, accessibility and usability of said information, contents and services. In this respect, the indicated date of updating, when indicated, with respect to each element of the contents must be taken into account at all times.

The Authority therefore reserves the right to modify the contents of its website and delete them, or limit or prevent access to them either temporarily or permanently and without prior notice, in order to comply with the aforementioned law.

The information that may be offered through this website does not in any way substitute the legally required announcements of the laws, general provisions and acts that require formal publication or dissemination in newspapers or official gazettes. The printed version or online publications of newspapers and official gazettes are the sole instruments that are official and authentic.

The Authority is not responsible for the information or contents of other websites to which it may refer or with which the Authority portal has links. Nonetheless, in accordance with that provided in Recommendation 1/2008 by the Authority on the transmission of information containing personal data over the Internet, a revision of links to other websites is carried out on a regular basis in order to avoid the inclusion of any that do not comply with data protection legislation or other current regulations.

Use of social networks
The APDCAT uses social networks, such as Twitter, to inform about the right to the protection of personal data and to disseminate the actions and activities it carries out within the framework of its competences. 
The presence of icons on the APDCAT website that allow information to be shared on social networks does not involve the treatment of cookies. The use of these services involves the redirection of the user to the corresponding social network website. The privacy policy and the use of cookies in each of these services correspond to the social network that provides them.
You must read the data protection policies of these social networks carefully before using them.
APDCAT Twitter profile.
Update:  10.05.2018