16. Anonymised petitions - what does this mean? 

Petitions become public documents once registered, and the name of the petitioner and the contents of the petition can be published by Parliament for reasons of transparency. However, petitions are not identical in purpose and nature. Some are more private and contain sensitive personal data. Others refer to widely-known or cross-cutting issues and may have received many signatures of support, so are considered to be campaigns and are thus made public.

To adapt to these varied needs, and to the extent that the Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament provide for such possibility, petitioners may request the non-disclosure of their identity. The Institution might be requested by a citizen, pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, to disclose to the public the personal data concerned, in accordance with that regulation. In such a case, the European Parliament might be obliged to publicly disclose the personal data concerned.

For further information, please refer to the "Privacy Statement" at the bottom of the web page. The Committee on Petitions reserves the right to anonymise petitions on its own initiative to protect the privacy or sensitive data of third parties mentioned in petitions.