Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, we have developed this Policy for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate and disclose personal information. The following outlines our privacy policy.​

Create and share follow up emails to remind users of key deadlines and information

  • The Circulars will use the information provided by applicants during the entry process to:
    • Be used during the judging process to successfully determine the Finalists and Winners of The Circulars program
    • Create and share follow up emails to remind users of key deadlines and information
    • Analyse and identify key trends in the circular economy
    • Create anonymised insights on trends that will be shared publicly and privately
  • We will collect and use of personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
  • We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfilment of those purposes.
  • We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.
  • Personal and/or sensitive data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
  • No non-anonymised and untraceable data will be shared outside the Circulars Awards Team, the Co-Chairs and the judges. The judging process will be completely confidential. If your entry is selected as a winner, runner-up, finalist, or highly recommended, the Team will work with you on a one-to-one basis to ensure you are comfortable with the information that is disclosed.
  • We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification. Please note that does take full advantage of Secure Socket Layers (SSL) in all communication to and from the website.
  • We will make information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information readily available to entrants.

We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.


Any personal data questions or request?

You may request access to or ask us to correct, update, or delete your personal information. You can contact us directly via about accessing, correcting, updating, or deleting your personal information. You can do so at any time. We will consider your request in accordance with applicable laws. In addition, you can object to processing of your personal information, ask us to restrict processing of your personal information, or request portability of your personal information. Again, you can exercise these rights by contacting us via

Similarly, if we have collected and processed your personal information with your consent, you can withdraw your consent at any time. Withdrawing your consent will not affect the lawfulness of any processing we conducted prior to your withdrawal, nor will it affect processing of your personal information conducted in reliance on lawful processing grounds other than consent.

You have the right to complain to a data protection authority about our collection and use of your personal information. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority (contact details for data protection authorities in the EEA, are available here.

We respond to all requests we receive from individuals wishing to exercise their data protection rights in accordance with applicable data protection laws. We may ask you to verify your identity in order to help us respond efficiently to your request.



Overview of Cookie Consent Rules

EU law requires organizations placing cookies through websites onto visitors’ computers to obtain their “consent” after providing clear and comprehensive information about how cookies are used on the websites.

In order to comply with this, we have taken four steps:

  1. Identified cookies and other tracking technologies served through this website, the purposes they fulfil, and related information such as their expiry and whether they are first or third party cookies.
  2. Assessed the intrusiveness of these cookies on your expectations of privacy, based on the information collected above.
  3. Provided ‘clear and comprehensive’ information about website cookies with the appropriate level of disclosure corresponding with the intrusiveness of each cookie (see Annex A).
  4. Used an appropriate strategy for obtaining consent for website cookies, taking into account their use and intrusiveness. Certain types of cookie may qualify for legal exemptions and, where this is the case, consent will not be required for these cookies.

Consent Strategies Used on This Website
European standards for obtaining consent to use cookies and similar tracking technologies (such as tracking pixels and website scripts) continue to evolve and while prior, express consent strategies (or 'opt-in' strategies) represent the most legally robust solution for obtaining consent, they can impair your experience and adversely impact legitimate website data collection.

As an alternative, implied consent strategies enable us to infer consent where you do not refuse cookies (or 'opt-out'), after providing prominent cookie disclosures and simple, readily-available cookie controls at a granular level (see Annex A). This enables you to accept or refuse cookies used on the website.

The appropriate consent strategy will depend on the intrusiveness of the cookie, taking into account:

  • who serves the cookie (i.e. a first or third party)
  • what data the cookie collects
  • what purposes it fulfils
  • how long it endures
  • nature of the website through which it is served.

For cookies requiring consent, we follow a three-tiered approach:

  1. for cookies of low intrusiveness: we make enhanced disclosures in the Cookie Policy and provide an easy means to opt out of cookies, and infer your consent where you do not refuse cookies
  2. for cookies of medium intrusiveness: we use the same strategy as for low intrusiveness cookies and also make contextual disclosures about cookie use at appropriate points on the websites (e.g. making cookie disclosures around website functionality that relies on these cookies)
  3. for cookies of high intrusiveness: we implement a prior consent strategy (for example, the use of a banner or pop-up requiring you to consent to these cookies before they are served).

Implied consent for most Cookies: cookies deployed through this websites are of low to medium intrusiveness only.

Cookie disclosures by type, rather than by identity: Given the substantial number of cookies served through websites, cookies are grouped by category (for example, 'advertising cookies', 'analytics cookies'). This enables cookie disclosures that are simpler and clearer for you to understand.

NOTE: An assessment of the cookie types served through this website appears in Annex A and provides information about its purpose(s), expiry and information on refusing the cookies in “How to Manage or Block Cookies.”


Links to Other Web Sites
This site may contain links or references to other websites. Please be aware that we do not control the cookies and tracking technologies of other websites and this Cookie Policy does not apply to those websites.

How to Contact Us
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this Cookie Policy or the information practices of this site, please contact us as follows:

Changes to This Cookie Policy
If this Cookie Policy changes, the revised policy will be posted on this site. This Cookie Policy was last updated May 25 2018 .


Annex A: Types of Cookies Used on This Website

The following table lists some examples of the cookies used on our sites which are utilized by The Circulars while you visit our website. This list is not meant to be exhaustive but rather illustrative of the types of cookies we use and the types of purposes we use them for. If you have specific questions about the use of cookies, please contact us.

Cookies necessary for essential website purposes and functions
Purpose: These cookies are strictly necessary for the proper operation of The Circulars website. They allow us to ensure the security and efficient delivery of this site.
Expiry: The cookies set for this purpose may last for a period of between 30 minutes and 30 years from your last visit to our site.
Cookie Name Examples: exp_csrf_token, PHPSESSID

Website functionality cookies and technologies
Purpose: These cookies are used to provide functionality supplied by third parties on this website.
Expiry: The cookies set for this purpose may last for a period of between 30 minutes and two years from your last visit to our site.
Cookie Name Examples: exp_tracker, exp_stashid

Analytics and performance cookies and technologies
Purpose: These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use The Circulars and the performance of our systems. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve this site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous way, including the number of visitors to the site, page load duration, etc.
Expiry: The cookies set for this purpose may last for a period of between 30 minutes and two years from your last visit to our site.
Cookie Name Examples: exp_last_visit, exp_last_activity, _ga, _gat, _gid

How to Manage or Block Cookies
Cookies can be viewed and deleted from your browser. You can change your browser settings to accept or refuse these cookies. As the means vary from browser to browser, you should visit your browser's Help menu for more information. If you disable cookies, some portions of the site or its functionality may not work properly.


Last reviewed: May 25 2018