Who we are

The Big Data for Smart Society Institute hereinafter referred as “GATE” is a purpose-build institute established in 2019 as an autonomous structure of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

GATE performs research and innovation within an area of substantial business interest and investments.

GATE’s research includes four major cutting-edge technology focuses on Artificial Intelligence and smart data-driven decision-making models – Data Visualization, Data Analysis and Data Management as well as Engineering of Big Data-Based Systems.

What we do

GATE research and innovation is organized into four strategic application areas – Future Cities, Intelligent Government, Smart Industry and Digital Health. These are listed in the Smart Specialization Strategy of Bulgaria as socially significant sectors in which Big Data and Artificial Intelligence combine the efforts of researchers, entrepreneurs, politicians, business organizations and citizens to build a knowledge-based economy and society.

For more information on us please see our website:  https://gate-ai.eu/

GATE Institute founding organisations hereinafter referred as “Founders” are Sofia Unievrsity “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Chalmers university of Technology and Chalmers Industriteknik.

This statement relates to GATE privacy practices in connection with GATE websites. GATE or its three Founders are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other websites. External links to other websites are not always clearly identifiable as such. Within the GATE domain you can sometimes find website links which take you to different websites, over which GATE or its Founders has no editorial responsibility or control. While GATE and its three Founding organisations encourages compliance with this web privacy statement at such sites.  Please consult the privacy statements of individual sites or contact the persons responsible for those sites, in order to understand the policies and practices under which they operate.

General Statement

GATE and its three Founding Organisations fully respects your right to privacy and actively seeks to preserve the privacy rights of those who share information with GATE.  GATE or its three Founding organisations will not collect any personal information about you on this website without your permission save in cases where GATE or its three Founding organisations are required by law to do so.  Any personal information which you volunteer to GATE will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, in accordance with the Data Protection Acts 1988 to 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

GATE or its three Founding Organisations does not collect any personal data about you on this website, apart from information which you volunteer (for example by e-mailing one or more of our three Founding Organisations).  Any information, which you provide in this way, will be used only in line with the purpose for which you provided it.


Any information, which we share is in anonymised aggregated form, unless your consent has been obtained to the contrary.  For example, relating to a case study involving you and GATE where that information is published.  You may at any time request a withdrawal of consent.  Typically, consent is obtained and confirmed with a consent form.  You can withdraw consent by contacting us.  

Personal Data We Collect

We collect personal data which you volunteer 

GATE Institute collects personal data which you volunteer to us via our website. Where you provide data typically via one of our webforms, we will collect and process this data.   

Where you contact us for the purposes of Business, we will process this data for business purposes only.

Where you contact us for the purposes of Public Engagement, we will process this data for Public Engagement purposes only.

Where you contact us for the purposes of Media, we will process this data for Media purposes only.  This may include signing up to receive information from us, or our newsletter.  

 Where you make an application to work with us, GATE will process any information you include for the purposes of any application relating to working with us only.

Google Analytics

GATE Institute has an appropriate legal mechanism in place with Google for the purposes of compliance with the GDPR and National Bulgarian Data Protection Legislation.

GATE uses Google Analytics to collect data in real-time about you and your visits to the GATE Website https://gate-ai.eu/.

We use Google Analytics information to better understand who our visitors are and it helps us to see how effective our website is and how we can improve it.  We provide aggregated anonymised results to our funders as part of our reporting metrics.  No information is provided to our funders which identifies you.  We also use this data to compile statistical reports, we do not use this data to re-identify you and any reports generates are aggregated and anonymised.

GATE and its three Founding Organisations will not identify users or facilitate the merging of personally identifiable information with non-personally identifiable information collected through Google Analytics or its features unless you have given us affirmative consent (opted-in) to that identification or merger of data, provided that GATE and its three Founding Organisations still have such Google Analytics features supported at the time of consent and have not disabled such features prior to consent.  We will never attempt to disaggregate data collected via Google Analytics or any data reported in aggregate form from Google Analytics. 

Whilst we do not anticipate this ever occurring.  If this is ever envisaged, we will always contact you for your consent in advance of any such processing.


For more information on google analytics privacy policy which includes details of how to opt-out please see the following website: https://policies.google.com/privacy

Research Staff, Operations Staff & Alumni

Personal data relating to research staff, and operations staff and alumni of the GATE Institute is published on the GATE website.

Personal data in relation to selection and recruitment of personnel

As part of any recruitment process, GATE collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. The organisation is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations in compliance with the GDPR.

The purpose of processing is to organise selection procedures to recruit different categories of staff and to manage applications at the various stages of these selections. GATE has a legitimate interest in processing personal data during the recruitment process and for keeping records of the process. Processing data from job applicants allows us to manage the recruitment process, assess and confirm a candidate’s suitability for employment and decide to whom to offer a job. We may also need to process data from job applicants to respond to and defend against legal claims.

Data will be shared only among personal involved in the recruitment process, which includes the HR department, interviewers, research group leaders and the director. In addition, the IT staff will have access to data to the extent necessary for the performance of their roles. Data will not be shared with third parties.

Data will be stored in a range of different places, including on your application record, in HR management systems and on other IT systems (including e-mail). GATE has implemented generally accepted standards of security to protect your personal data. We will never transfer your personal data outside the EU without your consent.

GATE will hold your data on file as long as necessary to comply with legal obligations or for six months after the end of the recruitment process. At the end of that period, or once consent is withdrawn, relevant personal data will be deleted. We will review your personal data every year to establish whether we are still entitled to process it. If we decide that we are not entitled to do so, we will stop processing your personal data, except in an archived form in order to be able to comply with future legal obligations.

Personal Data and Your Rights

You have a number of rights in accordance with Articles 15-22 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

Your rights are as follows:

You can also withdraw your consent to process your personal data at any time according to GDPR Article 6(1) and Article 9(2) without any consequences. Upon request your local supervisory authority will provide you information on exercising your rights according to Article 57(e) GDPR.

This statement explains the Internet Privacy Policy that GATE has adopted for its website. However, in legal terms it shall not be construed as a contractual undertaking. GATE and its three Founding Organisations reserves the right to review and amend this statement at any time without notice.

Contact information

If you have questions regarding the GATE and how your data will be used you can contact us at .

Last Updated: Monday, 08 June 2020

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