1. Your privacy is important
Your privacy is important to us. We aim to process your personal data with integrity and in a legal, correct and transparent way. In this document, our privacy policy, we explain how the processing is done and which personal data are involved. The term processing includes collecting, recording, organizing, storing, updating, modifying, retrieving, consulting, using, distributing, or making available, compiling, combining, archiving, deleting or ultimately destroying in any way.
We are referring to you as a customer of our company, as a prospective customer, as a beneficiary, or to another concerned party or a person within another organization that has dealings with us.

1.1 Preliminary remarks
We advise you to read this document carefully, so you know why and for what purposes we process your personal data. It also lists your rights and how to exercise them.
We may adjust our privacy policy. The most recent version can be retrieved from our website http// We therefore recommend that you reread our privacy policy from time to time to understand the changes.
For more information about privacy legislation in Belgium, please visit this website

1.2 Who processes your data? Who are we?
BOSTA VZW is active in Belgium with registered offices at Bruyndonckxstraat 31/B1 te 1780 Wemmel and VAT number BE 0425.419.729 and is responsible for the processing of your personal data.

1.3 How can you reach us?
If you have any questions about your privacy or if you want to change your privacy settings or exercise your right, you can contact us via regular mail at the address of our registered offices (see 1.2) or via mail using the dedicated web form on our website.

1.4 The leading supervisory authority of BOSTA VZW
For BOSTA VZW, the Belgian supervisory authority is the leading authority:
Data protection authority
Drukpersstraat 35, 1000 Brussel
+32 (0)2 274 48 00 / Contact [at]

2. Your right to privacy
You have many rights when it comes to processing your personal data. When BOSTA VZW requests your permission, you can always revoke that permission.
The implementation of your rights in our systems and procedures takes place no later than 30 days after receiving your application.  If for any reason this term cannot be met, we will inform you before the expiry of the original period.

2.1 Right of access
You have the right to view the personal data we process about you, the purpose of their processing, where we have retrieved the data and who receives the data.
You can also find out how long we keep the data, whether the data is used in automated decision-making or whether we intend to send data to a country outside the European Union.
We will supply the requested information in writing or digitally within a reasonable time.

2.2 Right to rectification/completion
It is possible that the data we process from you is not or no longer accurate. You can always request to have the incorrect data rectified or supplemented with the missing data.   

2.3  Right to erasure
If you believe we have no legitimate reason for processing the personal data, you may request these personal data to be erased. This request for the deletion of personal data may be refused by BOSTA, when justified. For example when exercising or substantiating a legal claim or because of a legal obligation to maintain records of certain data.

2.4 Right to restriction of processing
You can request restriction of personal data processing if you suspect the data to be incorrect, their processing to be unlawful or if you do not agree that we are processing the data in our legitimate interest (see article 3.3). We will honour this request unless there are compelling reasons not to do so, for example to prevent fraud and potential defaults.

2.5 Right to lodge a complaint
You have the right to lodge a complaint against the processing of your personal data, including profiling. Processing is stopped immediately, unless it is required for compliance with social and fiscal legislation, for representing the interests of a third party or lodging, exercising or substantiating of a legal claim.

2.6 Right to data portability
You have the right to request your personal data to be transmitted directly to a third party.

2.7  Right to lodge a complaint
If you do not agree with our point of view, you can address the Belgian Data Protection Authority, where you can also lodge a complaint. The contact details can be found in 1.4.   

2.8 Identification of the applicant
You can exercise the implementation of your rights to the processing of your personal data by written request to the address of our registered offices.
In exercising your rights always be as a specific as possible. This will allow us to process your request correctly. To prevent someone else from exercising your rights, we need to verify your identity as best we can. The application should therefore always contain a document that proves that the identity of the applicant matches your identity. You can do this by attaching a copy of your identity card to the application. Make sure, however, that the photo and number on your identity card (etc.) have been blacked out, for privacy protection reasons. If we believe the submitted document does not provide sufficient proof, you will be informed of this. We reserve the right not to respond to the request until sufficient evidence has been submitted.

3. Why do we want to process your personal data?
3.1 BOSTA VZW is required to comply with legal obligations
We are legally required to process your personal data in specific cases. We list the most important ones below:
Tax law
Commercial law
We may be compelled to provide personal data to the authorities or other third parties. For example when we are legally required to or for the performance of a public service task.

3.2 BOSTA VZW must be able to execute its contract with you
As a member you call on our services. To guarantee the correct execution of our agreement, we have to process and manage these contracts for administration, accounting and operational purposes.
This also applies when you’re a client and/or supplier of BOSTA VZW. In this case, too, we need to respect the contract and process and manage the suppliers for administration, accounting and operational purposes.

3.3 BOSTA VZW must be able to function as a company with respect to the organization of events and communication
As a membership organization, we have a number of legitimate interests that form the basis for the processing of personal data. We strive to maintain a good balance between your right to privacy and the legitimate interests of BOSTA VZW. Should you still have objections to the processing on this basis, you may lodge a complaint against this processing.   
Every year BOSTA VZW organizes (i) a trade show, the Bosta Paper Show, which aims to bring together its members with their customers or prospective clients aand (ii) several member meetings. It is possible that photos, taken to capture the mood at these events, may appear on the website. It is also possible that a participant or visitor of these events appears recognizably in these photographs. We process these personal data as part of our company’s legitimate business interest. In case you do not want a photograph on which you appear to be published on our website, please let us know. We will then remove this photograph from our website.

3.4 BOSTA VZW does not sell your personal data
We do not sell, rent out or pass on your personal data to third parties for their own use.   

4. Which personal data do we process and for what purposes?
4.1 From our business relations
Our business relations are our customers, suppliers and prospects. BOSTA VZW processes the personal data of concerned parties who work for companies we do business with. The purpose for this processing is to provide information about our services and to maintain business relationships.
To contact and identify your within the framework of our customer and supplier management, we process the following data: name, first name, address, title, phone and/or mobile phone number, language, e-mail address, VAT and bank account number.

4.2 From our members
Our members are companies that are active in the school and office supplies industry To identify you and communicate with you as a member, we process the following personal data: name, first name, address, title, phone number, mobile phone number, e-mail address, VAT number and bank account number. These data also appear on our website where they have been published  with your permission, obviously.

4.3 From our prospective members
BOSTA VZW screens the market for school and office supplies at very regular intervals. BOSTA VZW approaches non-member companies to become part of the organization. We process the following personal data of these prospective members: name, first name, phone and/or mobile phone number, e-mail address and title, language, BTW and bank account number.

4.4 From our registered users on the Responsible website
BOSTA VZW manages this informative website. Its purpose is to better coordinate the supply and demand of sustainable, environmentally friendly office and school supplies. Registered users can store their favourite products, download information about these favourites and contact a manufacturer or importer’s contact person directly. We only send news to registered users, unless they have unsubscribed from the newsletter. For that purpose, we process the following personal data: name, e-mail address and function within the registered user’s organization

5. About sharing and storing your personal data
5.1 With whom do we share your personal data?
We only share your data with persons who have received our explicit permission, if they need this information to perform their tasks. These persons will process your data pursuant to the agreement under which we have received them from you.
We rely on various processing companies for the processing of personal data. These are our subcontractors who process personal data at our request. BOSTA VZW only works with processing companies who can guarantee the same level of technical and operational safety. We will only share your data if we are required to do so by law or government order.

5.2 We do not store your data indefinitely
BOSTA VZW uses your personal data with a very clear and specific purpose. When this goal has been achieved, the data are erased.
The starting point for maintaining your personal data is the legal retention period.
Initially, we store the personal data of customers, suppliers, prospects and registered users for a period of 10 years. If there has been a new contact within this period, another 10-year period begins from that point onwards.