Data Protection & Privacy Principles

  • ARE is committed to protecting your data and privacy.
  • We collect contact data from you to offer our services (membership forms, event registrations) and we will protect contact data from access by third parties.
  • Only company representatives data feature on member profiles to allow users of the ARE website to get in touch.
  • You can always contact us at if you are unsure about what kind of data we store about you or if you would like to alter or delete data we can clearly connect to you.

Which privacy law does apply to ARE?

ARE is an industry association based in Belgium. The way we collect and process data is thus governed by Belgian and European Union law.

ARE’s website is designed to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You can find more information on the GDPR on this website.

Our server and hosting is managed by Dreamhost.

What data does the ARE website collect? What can I do to change or delete my data?

To optimise the experience for users of our website and ARE members, we use the following sections and third-party services to collect data from our visitors and members.

  1. Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to collect anonymised data from website visitors to learn how visitors use different sections of ARE’s online presence. The data collected is anonymous and cannot be traced back to individual visitors. You can read more about Google’s privacy policy on this page: You can opt out of Google Analytics by installing the following browser plugin provided by Google:

  1. Member-only section

ARE members can request access to a member-only section of the ARE website by contacting ARE’s Communications & Marketing Department.

If you want to change or delete your ARE website account, please contact our Communications & Marketing Manager, Ling Ng (

  1. ARE Membership Application

Organisations that would like to become ARE members can download and complete the membership form. The data provided by organisations will be used to determine if the applicant is eligible for ARE membership, ARE’s internal mailing list and the organisation’s profile on the ARE website.

Would you like to know what kind of data we store about your organisation, alter or delete the data altogether? Then please get in touch with our Communications & Marketing Manager, Ling Ng (

  1. ARE Newsletter

We use an embedded form to allow website visitors to subscribe to our newsletter at ARE uses Constant Contact for its email marketing purposes. You can unsubscribe from the ARE Newsletter by clicking on the link at the bottom of one of the previous editions.

If you want to change or delete the data linked to your newsletter subscription, please get in touch with our Communications & Marketing Manager, Ling Ng (

The privacy policy of Constant Contact can be accessed on this page:

  1. Sign up forms for events

If you have previously signed up for ARE events, you will also very likely receive our newsletter so we can keep you informed of upcoming events.  Please get in touch with our Communications & Marketing Manager, Ling Ng ( to change or delete data we might have collected in preparation for one of our events.

Purpose of Collecting Data

ARE can process personal data in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in order to:

  • achieve the purpose and exercise its activities
  • provide direct marketing regarding its activities such as updates, newsletters, emails, marketing materials, invitations to events such as conferences, exhibitions and webinars and other information that may be useful to you
  • execute the contract(s) that have been concluded with you or your employer or organisation you are a member of
  • prospect new partners and members
  • better understand your needs and preferences in order to adjust its services hereto
  • acquire statistical data
  • inform third parties

Data Storage Period

ARE stores the personal data for as long as is necessary to achieve the purpose.

Data Controller

The Data Controller of this website is

Alliance for Rural Electrification
Rue d’Arlon 69-71
1040 Brussels

Data Protection Officer

Ling Ng
+32 2 709 55 42

Changes to this Data Protection Policy

This privacy policy may be changed in line with internal and legal developments. We will not explicitly inform our members or website users of these changes. Instead, we recommend that you check this page from time to time for any policy changes. We will highlight the changes made in a change log on this page.


Ling Ng

Director of Communications & Marketing

+32 2 400 10 00