Description of the processing operation
The platform Volebný kompas is a public and politically completely independent party profiling website accessible at: (English version), (Slovak version) and (Hungarian version). It aims to provide a service for voters for the Slovak parliamentary election 2023 by improving transparency of parties’ positions.
The European University Institute (EUI) in Florence has developed Volebný kompass in cooperation with Matej Bel University in Slovakia. Volebný kompass is an online database designed for people who want to find out more about the political profiles of parties in Slovakia. The tool is based on 39 statements regarding relevant issues in view of the 2023 Slovak parliamentary elections, covering a wide range of contemporary policy issues and political values in Slovak politics.
Users will be asked to position themselves on the 39 statements. An algorithm then compares their positions with the positions of 11 parties running in the Slovak elections, providing the users with a personalised voting advice that shows their overlap with the political offer.
At the end of the matching exercise, the user will be asked if the data can be used for academic research purposes. The user then has to give his/her explicit agreement for this data to be used for academic research purposes. If they do so, they are asked to provide sociodemographic information (gender, age, education) and party preferences (which parties do they consider voting for, and which parties they would not vote for). They are also asked to voluntarily leave their email address. In case they do, they agree to be recontacted for academic research purpose solely, and their email address will not be shared with any third party.
The European University Institute in Florence is the owner of the websites, and The EUI aims to provide correct information at the time of publishing, but does not guarantee completeness and accuracy as regards content, nor actuality or reliability of the information.
Personal data will be collected and further processed for the purposes detailed below. The relevant data processing operations are under the responsibility of the Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies acting as the Data Controller.
The EUI’s Data Protection Policy (available under the following link: applies to those operations.

What personal information do we collect, for what purpose, and through which technical means?
During the user session on the websites, or, the webserver will automatically store information on the date and time of the user session. No other information, e.g. the browser type used, the operating system, the IP address will be stored at all. Further information on the storage of internet log information can be found at:
The application will also store the answers to the 39 political statements. If the user agrees to participate in the academic research activity, the user will be asked to provide further information about age, sex, educational background and political preferences about parties. Also this data will be stored.
Internet log information and the data collected for academic research will never be stored together. As a result, the user having provided the data which is collected for academic research cannot be identified, there is no link between user (session) and data collected for academic purpose. In case the user decides to input their email address, pseudo-anonymization will be utilized, primarily due to the longitudinal nature of the research.

Who has access to your information and to whom is it disclosed?
Personal data may be collected only by the EUI services and units involved in the activity.
Data collected for academic research will be processed by the academic team responsible for the Voting Advice Application, including Dr. Lorenzo Cicchi (EUI). Access to re-identification details will only be granted to the scientific co-leaders and the project director. Party data and anonymized user data will be made available, after an embargo period, in an open data repository for further analysis.

How do we protect and safeguard your information?
All personal data collected are internally processed only by designated EUI staff members or agents and stored on servers, which abide by the EUI’s security rules and standards. In case an external contractor assists in the activity, the collected personal data and all information related to the event is stored on a computer of the external processor, who has to abide by the same rules as the others designated EUI staff members and agents.

How long do we keep personal data?
The EUI will keep personal data only as long as necessary for the fulfilment of the institutional purposes mentioned above in point 2.

How can you verify, modify or delete your information?
If you wish to verify which personal data are stored by the responsible Data Controller, or access, correct or delete your personal data stored at the EUI, please contact the Data Controller at You will receive a reply within 30 working days of receipt of the request.
Remarks concerning this privacy statement can be addressed to

Right of recourse
If you consider that your rights under EUI President’s Decision 10/2019 have been infringed as a result of the processing of your personal data by the EUI, you have the right to request a review according to Article 27 of the aforementioned decision.
Such requests should be addressed to the Data Controller:
Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
European University Institute
Prof. Erik Jones
Villa Schifanoia
Via Boccaccio 121
I – 50133 Firenze, Italy
They should be notified simultaneously to

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