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EM-DAT database was created in 1988 at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) by researchers at the Centre de Recherche sur l’Epidemiologie des Désastres – Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED). The database was set up with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Belgian government. Since 1999, UCLouvain-CRED has received support from the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

UCLouvain is the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights related to the EM-DAT website and EM-DAT database and the material published on it, including but not limited to the copyright.

The access to the EM-DAT Database is provided that the user who has first to  create a profile and secondly agrees to the EM-DAT terms of use

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To allow the user to access the EM-DAT database, UCLouvain-CRED has to collect personal data, such as for example the user’s name, surname, address and email address.

UCLouvain-CRED undertakes to use the personal data only for the management of the user’s access rights to the EM-DAT Database.

UCLouvain-CRED undertakes not to disclose the personal data it will be granted access to and not to contravene any relevant provision of privacy law, including but not limited to the following:

- Belgian Privacy Act dated December 8, 1992, on the protection of privacy in relation to the processing of personal data, see

- Royal Decree dated February 13, 2001 implementing the Act of December 8, 1992 on the protection of privacy in relation to the processing of personal data, see

- EU Regulation 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation).

UCLouvain-CRED is committed to implement reasonable measures to ensure that user’s personal data are protected appropriately, taking into account the sensitive nature of the information collected. UCLouvain-CRED uses a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect user’s data against unauthorized access, use or disclosure of user’s data.

In accordance with legal provisions of privacy law, the user has the right to request access to personal information about him. He has the right to request the update and correction of his personal data. These rights may be exercised by contacting the data manager in writing at the Contact point and through the provision of proof of identity.

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