I am still waiting for all of you to respond to my invitation to connect on LinkedIn.But I know you have jobs to do, which is what really brings us here tonight. I know that there are times that we’ve had differences, and that’s inherent in our institutional roles — it’s true of every President and his press corps. But we’ve always shared the same goal – to root our public discourse in the truth; to open the doors of this democracy; to do whatever we can to make our country and our world more free and more just. And I’ve always appreciated the role that you have all played as equal partners in reaching these goals. And our free press is why we once again recognize the real journalists who uncovered a horrifying scandal and brought about some measure of justice for thousands of victims throughout the world. They are here with us tonight – Sacha Pfeiffer, Mike Rezendes, Walter Robinson, Matt Carroll, and Ben Bradlee, Jr. Please give them a big round of applause. Our free press is why, once again, we honor Jason Rezaian. As Carol noted, last time this year, we spoke of Jason’s courage as he endured the isolation of an Iranian prison. This year, we see that courage in the flesh and it’s a living testament to the very idea of a free press, and a reminder of the rising level of danger, and political intimidation, and physical threats faced by reporters overseas. And I can make this commitment that as long as I hold this office, my administration will continue to fight for the release of American journalists held against their will — and we will not stop until they see the same freedom as Jason had. At home and abroad, journalists like all of you engage in the dogged pursuit of informing citizens, and holding leaders accountable, and making our government of the people possible. And it’s an enormous responsibility. And I realize it’s an enormous challenge at a time when the economics of the business sometimes incentivize speed over depth; and when controversy and conflict are what most immediately attract readers and viewers.The good news is there are so many of you that are pushing against those trends. And as a citizen of this great democracy, I am grateful for that. For this is also a time around the world when some of the fundamental ideals of liberal democracies are under attack, and when notions of objectivity, and of a free press, and of facts, and of evidence are trying to be undermined. Or, in some cases, ignored entirely.And in such a climate, it’s not enough just to give people a megaphone. And that’s why your power and your responsibility to dig and to question and to counter distortions and untruths is more important than ever. Taking a stand on behalf of what is true does not require you shedding your objectivity. In fact, it is the essence of good journalism. It affirms the idea that the only way we can build consensus, the only way that we can move forward as a country, the only way we can help the world mend itself is by agreeing on a baseline of facts when it comes to the challenges that confront us all. So this night is a testament to all of you who have devoted your lives to that idea, who push to shine a light on the truth every single day. So I want to close my final White House Correspondents’ Dinner by just saying thank you. I’m very proud of what you’ve done. It has been an honor and a privilege to work side by side with you to strengthen our democracy. And with that, I just have two more words to say…

A.            Introduction
From the moment you visit YUST’s website or its mobile applications and make use of and/or call upon the services offered by YUST, you will inevitably communicate to the latter certain given personal data. YUST attaches paramount importance to the safe, transparent, and confidential processing of such personal data. The present privacy statement is therefore meant to inform you about the kinds of data we collect, the reasons why we collect them, if they are shared with third parties, for how long they are being retained in our records, what rights you have, and how you can exercise those rights.
YUST thanks you for reading carefully this privacy statement. By communicating your personal data to us, for instance, by registering for the services offered by YUST, you explicitly declare to have gained cognisance of, and to agree with, the privacy policy adopted by YUST, as well as to the processing of your data themselves.
The present privacy statement is based on the European Directive of 27 April 2016 concerning the privacy protection of natural persons in connection with the processing of personal data and the free movement of data (General Data Protection Regulation), and includes YUST’s rights and obligations vis-à-vis the external persons whose personal data she is processing. The privacy statement is not applicable to the processing of data on behalf of third parties and in keeping with the instructions of such parties.

B.             Scope of application
The present privacy policy relates to all services that are being offered by or to YUST and, in general, to all activities carried out by the latter.

C.            Data Controller
YUST, a public company having her registered offices in 2600 Berchem, De Merodelei 1 and operating with enterprise number 0667.858.460 is the data controller of your personal data.

You can contact YUST via:
T: +32 3 302 30 20

D.            What kinds of personal data are processed by YUST?
The following personal data are being processed when you make use of YUST’s website or mobile applications or call upon the services rendered by YUST:

  • Personal identification data (name, first name, address, national registry number)
  • Contact data (telephone number, address and e-mail address)
  • All needed information related to a reservation or stay at YUST
  • Financial details (KBO-number, banking information)
  • Electronic identification data (IP address, location, cookies)
  • Video or audio material for YUST’s website, social media or for marketing purposes
  • Video and audio taping via camera surveillance

Aside from this general information, YUST processes all other kinds of information that you have consented to communicate to YUST or that the latter has gathered about you. Furthermore, YUST can also deduce certain information from the facts you have provided to her.
In addition, YUST also uses cookies. For more information about this, we refer you to our cookie policy.

E.             Why and on what legal grounds are these personal data being processed?
a.    Data concerning investors-owners, tenants, and other clients
YUST collects personal data when you make use of her website or mobile applications, or when you call upon the services provided by YUST. The processing of personal data is essential to the proper functioning of the website and associated service provision, as well as for the purpose of optimising and personalising such services.
In order to be able to process your reservation, YUST needs to collect certain data. Failure to provide this needed information will make it impossible to duly process your reservation.
In concrete terms, YUST uses the personal data of her investors-owners, tenants, and other guests listed under point D, as well as, case pertaining, of their personnel, collaborators, appointees, and other useful contact persons in order to be able to ensure the due implementation of agreements with these parties, the customer management, the bookkeeping, the market research, the access control, the surveillance, and direct marketing activities such as the distribution of promotional or commercial information or the use on social media.
The legal grounds for the processing of such information are prior consent, the implementation of the respective agreements, the fulfilment of legal and regulatory obligations and/or YUST’s own justified interest. For what concerns direct marketing activities via e-mail, YUST will invariably request prior consent. This consent may be revoked at any and all times.

b.    Data concerning collaborators and suppliers
YUST collects the personal data of her personnel and self-employed collaborators, as well as of all other suppliers, their personnel, collaborators, appointees, and other useful contact persons.
In concrete terms, YUST uses the personal data of her collaborators and suppliers for the purpose of ensuring due implementation of the agreements with these parties, the personnel and pay-roll administration, the supplier policy, the bookkeeping, the access control and surveillance, and direct marketing activities such as the distribution of promotional and commercial information, or the use on social media.
The legal grounds for the processing of such information are prior consent, the implementation of the respective agreements, the fulfilment of legal and regulatory obligations and/or YUST’s own justified interest. For what concerns direct marketing activities via e-mail, YUST will invariably request prior consent. This consent may be revoked at any and all times.

c.     Sensitive data
Sensitive data include, amongst others, those that are related to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, health-related data, religious or philosophical convictions and views, or data pertaining to sexual behaviour or sexual orientation.
In principle, YUST does not collect sensitive data, unless these are voluntarily offered or communicated within the context of compliance with legal or regulatory obligations. However, data about personal health may well prove useful to improve the provision of services and to satisfy specific health requirements.

d.    Other data
And, finally, YUST collects and processes personal data of other persons, such as network contacts, useful contacts within the sector, previous employees and self-employed collaborators, job applicants, etc., which are of interest within the scope of her activities and the marketing and public relations policy. The legal ground for this is YUST’s justified interest or, case pertaining, a matter of contractual necessity.

F.             Are your personal data communicated to third parties?
Your personal data are never casually sold or passed on to third parties for commercial purposes. YUST does, indeed, call on the following third parties to implement the agreement/collaboration with you:

  • Employees and self-employed collaborators of YUST, as well as their respective (management) companies;
  • Marketing agency;
  • Accountant;
  • Auditor;
  • Social secretariat;
  • Insurance companies;

For anything else, your personal data shall only be passed on to third parties :

  • If and when you have given explicit prior consent to their release;
  • If and when YUST is under a legal imposition or legal obligation to pass on your personal data, for instance, within the context of preventing their fraudulent use and misuse; or
  • In the event of a wholesale or partial re-organisation of YUST, transfer of her business operations, or bankruptcy.

G.            Security and confidentiality
YUST undertakes all reasonable technical and/or organisational measures to avoid the destruction, the loss, the falsifying, the alteration, the non-authorised access, or erroneous release of personal data to third parties.
The employees, self-employed collaborators, appointees and/or representatives of the afore-mentioned third parties are in their turn legally obliged to respect the confidential nature of your personal data. They can use these data only within the context of the purposes for which they were communicated. Nonetheless, YUST can in nowise be held liable for direct or indirect damage arising from a faulty or illegal use of the personal data by a third party.
YUST’s website or mobile applications contain possible links to other websites that are beyond the latter’s control and to which neither the present privacy statement nor the cookie policy is applicable. YUST does in no wise assume any responsibility for the processing of your personal data via these websites. It is highly recommended that you careful read the privacy regulation of each site that you visit.

H.            For how long do we retain your personal data?
Your personal data are not retained any longer than is necessary. The data are being processed and retained by YUST for a period required to allow the proper realisation of the purpose for which they were collected and processed, or in pursuance of the possible contractual relationship you have concluded with YUST.
For accounting purposes, certain personal data will be retained for minimum seven years. Such personal data that, conform to accounting regulations, need not be retained shall be removed from the moment YUST has no longer any use for them in order to realise the intended objectives.
Likewise, we will remove your personal data at your explicit request communicated to us via the above-mentioned contact information.

I.              What are your rights?
Pursuant to the Belgian privacy legislation and the General Data Protection Regulation, you have the following rights :

  • to inspect the data that pertain to you personally and that are being processed by YUST, and, case pertaining, to request the correction of inaccurate and/or incomplete personal data or their removal, as well as – in certain instances – to demand the limiting of the processing of these data, or object altogether to their being processed.
  • to request the transfer of your personal data, either via their dispatch to you in a legible form, or via direct transfer by YUST to the new provider as identified by yourself.
  • to object to the public use of your personal data by direct marketing.
  • to revoke a previously granted consent for the processing of personal data for direct marketing purposes.

You can exercise your rights by contacting YUST via the above-mentioned contact data. Should you be of the opinion that your rights have been infringed upon and/or you are dissatisfied with the manner in which YUST has treated your request or your complaint, you have the opportunity to lodge a complaint with the supervising authority via the following contact data:
Gegevensbeschermingsautoriteit (Commission for the Protection of Privacy )
Drukpersstraat 35 – 1000 Brussels
+32 (0)2 274 48 00

Furthermore, you can also address your complaint to the Court if you are of the opinion to have suffered damaged as a result of the processing of your personal data.

J.             Applicable law and judicial competence
The present privacy statement is governed, interpreted, and executed pursuant to Belgian law. The Courts of the Province of Antwerp, Department Antwerp, shall be competent to hear and entertain each and every dispute that might or could be arising from the interpretation or the implementation of this privacy statement.

K.             Acceptance and alterations
 By visiting YUST’s website, opening an account, subscribing to the newsletter and, finally, by completing your reservation, you accept all provisions in the present privacy statement and confirm your consent to YUST’s collecting and processing your personal data pursuant to the information communicated therein.
Furthermore, in consequence of possible future changing legislative or regulatory provisions obtaining, the present privacy statement may be revised at some later date. YUST therefore advises you to consult this page at regular intervals to stay informed.
Should you have any further questions regarding the processing of your personal data by YUST, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail to, by telephone at +32 3 302 30 20, or by regular mail to YUST, Vijfhoekstraat 24, Berchem, Belgium.


Trading companies: 

  • YUST Hotel Antwerp NV – 0667.858.460 – Coveliersstraat 6, 2600 Antwerpen – +32 3 302 30 20 –
  • YUST Housing Liège BV – 0748.743.592 – Esplanade Simone Veil 2, 4000 Liège – +32 4 295 57 50 –
  • YUST Food & Events Antwerp NV – 0716.848.113 – Coveliersstraat 6, 2600 Antwerpen – +32 3 302 30 24 –
  • YUST Food & Events Liège BV – 0770.921.059 – Esplanade Simone Veil 2, 4000 Liège – +32 4 295 57 54 –
  • YUST Group NV – 0716.704.789 – Coveliersstraat 6, 2600 Antwerpen



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