Privacy Policy for website users

Informations regarding the management of personal data of users who visit the Focolare Movement’s website for the protection of personal data pursuant to (UE) Regulation 2016/679

The purpose of this notice

This page describes the management of this website with regard to the processing of personal data of users visiting the site.

This policy statement is pursuant to (UE) Regulation 2016/679 (subsequently referred to as “Regulation” or “GDPR”) concerning all those who access the web services of P.A.F.O.M. ̶ Focolare Movement, available via the URL which corresponds to the home page of the Focolare Movement’s official website.

This privacy statement is valid only for the official website of the Focolare Movement and not for the other websites that may eventually be browsed by the user through its links.


The “owner” of their processing – or the legal entity that determines the purposes and means of processing personal data – is P.A.F.O.M with its registered office in Via Frascati 306, 00040 Rocca di Papa (RM), Italy.

Subsequent to the navigation of this site, data of identified or identifiable persons may be processed.


The Data Protection Manager (DPM) is Mr Sergio Barbaro (Attorney At Law) who can be contacted at the following address: Data Protection Manager, Via Frascati 306, 00040 Rocca di Papa (RM), Italy. Email:


The processing connected to the web services of this site takes place in the above-mentioned office and is done only by assigned technical personnel of the owner of the facility, or by temporarily assigned staff for maintenance operations, under the direct authority of the owner of the processes.

None of the data deriving from the web service will be disclosed or disseminated.

The personal data furnished by users who forward requests to receive information material (response to enquiries, notifications, etc.) are used only with the aim of answering these requests and are disclosed to third parties only in cases where deemed necessary by obligation of the law.


– Navigation data that is collected automatically

– data provided by the user

In particular:

Navigation data

The information-gathering tools and the software procedures assigned to the running of this website acquire, throughout their normal functioning, some personal data the transmission of which is implicit in the use of internet communication protocols.
This deals with information that is not collected in order to be associated with identified entities involved, but by their very nature may, through elaboration and associations with data held by third parties, lead to the identification of the users. Under this category of data are IP addresses or names of domains of the computer used by users who connect to the site, URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) addresses of the resources requested, time of the request, methods used in sending the request to the server, dimension of the file obtained in response, numerical code indicating the status of the answer given by the server (successful, error, etc.) and other parameters related to the operating system and the computerised.

This data, used with the sole aim of obtaining anonymous statistical information on the use of the site and to check the correct functioning, is cancelled immediately after processing. With the exception of data being used to determine the responsibility for any possible infringements relating to the use of data and subsequent damages, the web user data does not remain for more than seven days.

Data furnished freely by the user

The option to send, in an explicit and voluntary way, electronic mail to the email addresses published on this site, implies the acquisition of the sender’s email address needed for the purposes of responding to requests, as well as any other personal data supplied in the sender’s email.

A summary of specifications will progressively be reported or displayed on the pages of the site programmed for particular services requested.


This site uses various types of “cookies” (small text files which are stored on your computer, mobile or other device when you visit a website). The use of session cookies, which are not memorized in a permanent or persistent way on the user’s computer, is strictly limited to ensure a more secure and efficient browsing of the website.

Session Cookies do not collect any personally identifiable data. See the Extended Information Document regarding the use of cookies on this website.

The browser settings can be configured to block cookies or that the system prompts the user to change the cookie settings. It is important to be aware that in choosing to block the cookies, the user may be preventing from utilizing all the functions and services of this website.

Almost all modern browsers have the functionality to block cookies from being set, and there are a number of third party tools that can also do this. If you choose to block all cookies it is likely that the functionality of both our own and the majority of other websites will be impacted, given the importance of cookies to the development of the internet.

None of the personal data of users are purposely acquired from the site. Cookies are not used for the relaying of personal type of information, and also persistent cookies of any type, that is, systems which tracking down of users, are not used on this site.

The use of so-called session cookies (that are not memorized in a persistent manner on the user’s computer and disappear upon closing of the browser) is strictly restricted to the transmission of session identification data (constituted by casual numerals generated by the server) and are necessary to allow safe and efficient surfing of the site.

The session cookies used on this site do not resort to other information gathering techniques which could potentially jeopardize the privacy of users browsing the website, and do not allow the acquisition of personal data that can identify the user.

Period Length of Data Conservation

Except for the data provided voluntarily by the user for specific services, for which specific information will be made, the information relating to navigation will be kept for a maximum of fourteen months following the collection; except when they are to be used to ascertain responsibility in the case of computer crimes to the detriment of the site; in this case the information will be kept available to the Authority for the time necessary to guarantee to P.A.F.O.M. exercising their rights of defence.

Users might be requested to furnish personal data to the Focolare Movement on the website, for example on those pages where there are contact forms, subscription forms, informative forms or other forms, or discussion modules. They will be known by employees and collaborators P.A.F.O.M., duly instructed about the precautions and guarantees to be adopted in the processing of the information in question as required by the Applicable Law. Failure to comply may result in not obtaining what is requested.


Personal data is treated in an automated way for the time strictly necessary to achieve the scope for which it was collected.

Specific security measures are observed to prevent the loss of data, illicit usage and incorrect or unauthorized access.

By reason of the consent expressed by the user, where required due to specific services, it is possible that the user is contacted via e-mail, text message, or through any equivalent electronic tool or by paper mail or call operator at all contact details provided. If you prefer to be contacted only to one or some of these addresses, you can make a specific request through the form available in the appropriate section to which the service is concerned.

The site is equipped with a notification system through which the user can select the content of interest, delivered via email, through messaging applications (Facebook Messenger) and through browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, Android IOS, Windows, etc). The subscription service available through the notification system via email occurs at the request of the user and is local to the site; it is not managed by third party services so it is stored and managed on the local server. Instead, subscriptions made through messaging and browser applications take place according to the respective rules and privacy policies of the channel chosen by the user.

The form provided for subscribing to email notifications is found on the page called “Mariapolis”.   The data is recorded only on the site and managed locally on the site. The email is sent via an SMTP owned by P.A.F.O.M. If done via a browser or through a messaging system or app, this happens according to the options selected by the user.

With every email sent out containing notifications, the user is given the option to request the cancellation of the subscription by means of a link in the footer of the email containing the text: “If you have received this email in error or are no longer interested in receiving notifications, please unsubscribe here” or something similar. In order to disable the notifications in the browser, the user has to manually disable them through the menu.


The Applicable Regulations recognize to users a series of rights including, but not limited to, the right:

(i) to access their Personal Data

(ii) to request its correction

(iii) the update and cancellation, if incomplete, erroneous or collected in violation of the law

(iv) to request that the processing be limited to a part of the information concerning them

(v) to transmit to the same or to third parties indicated by them the information concerning them (so-called “data portability”)

(vi) to oppose their processing for legitimate reasons

(vii) to withdraw his consent at any time by means of a written request addressed without formalities to P.A.F.O.M. to the indicated contacts.

P.A.F.O.M. remember that, where the feedback to requests cannot be considered satisfactory, the user can contact and lodge a complaint with the Authority for the Protection of Personal Data ( in the manner provided by the Applicable Law.


P.A.F.O.M. furthermore has a role of responsibility for the treatment, also with the aim of delivering to the user any confirmation of receipt necessary for the exercise of the rights referred to in (UE) Regulation 2016/679 (“GDPR”).

It is thus possible for the user to contact P.A.F.O.M. with any enquiries regarding clarification or verification of the application of norms on matters of personal data protection, and for the exercise of users’ rights, indicated in the previous paragraph, also in cases in which provision needs to be made for the updating, amendment, integration, correction and/or cancellation of data, as required by the said norm or in relation to the evaluation of the specific demands explicitly expressed by the user.

To this end, in order to facilitate users in exercising their rights and enabling interaction with the Focolare Movement in the event of complaints, we hereby provide the following contact details:

Email address: | Focolare Movement, Via Frascati 306, 00040 Rocca di Papa (RM), Italy.