As a non-profit organization, we are obliged to treat any personal information gathered, processed or used through this website in compliance with the provisions of the European General Data Protection Regulation, the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG), and the Telemedia Act (TMG).
We shall not disclose any personal information, except when such disclosure is required by law, or if you have given prior agreement to disclosure.
You can find an overview of the cookies used in our Consent Management Tool. You can access it and make cookie settings under this link.
Our website uses the analytics tool "Matomo". The Matomo version used on our website ensures that Internet Protocol (IP) addresses are anonymized.
As a result, it is not possible to track user IPs. A shortened version of your IP-address is only used to obtain a general geolocation, whereby your country of origin and your Internet provider are identified and saved.
The analytics tool Matomo works by placing a cookie, which will stay saved on your device as a little text document, or so-called “Persistent Cookie”, provided you have not deactivated this function in your browser. The cookie has a duration of two weeks and can recognize devices, which have previously visited the website, as well as undertake non-personalised analysis of behaviour on the website for statistical purposes.
With each visit to the website, additional access data will be stored: name of the visited website; data, date and time of accessing the website, quantity of data transferred, report of successful retrieval, type of browser and version, operating system installed on the device, referrer-link and the requesting provider.
Our configuration of Matomo does respect "Do-Not-Track" settings of your browser. You can use this link to find out if your browser is set to prevent tracking. If tracking is not disabled you can disable it for this site with the same link.
Right to Object (§ 15 Abs. 3 TMG)
It is possible to prevent analysis of user behaviour by blocking the setting of cookies by our website in your browser. Please refer to the program help to find out how to set this up in your browser.
You are informed that blocking cookies could cause malfunctions while using our website. Furthermore you have the option to activate the “Do-not-track”-option (DNT) on your web browser (Respect of Do not track). Provided the "Do not track"-option is activated in your browser, your data will not be used without permission.
Furthermore, you can prevent any form of user analysis by Piwik on this website by activating a “block-cookie” or “opt-out-cookie”. You can do this in the following checkbox, when making the appropriate setting.
An analysis of your activities will continue for as long as you do not delete the cookie in your browser. If you have already activated the opt-out-cookie, this will be indicated in the following message and you will be able to re-activate the web analytics on this website.
Secure Data Transfer
A secure SSL connection is used for accessing all Germanwatch online-forms and transmission of your data. You can identify this secure transfer through the closed lock in the status bar of your internet browser. Your data is encrypted on the way from your computer to us and can only be read again when it is on our server. A security certificate from Let's Encrypt, confirms the authenticity.
Data submitted by you through the online forms is used exclusively for association purposes, for fundraising and for sending you further information from Germanwatch. You can object to the use of your data at any time, e.g.by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: objection).
Donation form: The donation form is made available by the service provider Twingle.
We chose this provider to ensure the highest data security for your data. Twingle guarantees complete protection and legally compliant data storage. Twingle takes care of payment processing on our behalf through a secure and certified environment. Data related to donation transactions are always SSL-encrypted and stored in certified data centers in Germany. Processing of personal data is done according to BDSG (Federal Data Protection Act). Information about data security and data protection at Twingle can be found here: https://www.twingle.de/datenschutz/.
If you use the payment services provided by Twingle (PayPal and Klarna instant bank transfer), please refer the respective privacy policies of PayPal (www.paypal.com/de/webapps/mpp/ua/privacy-full) and Klarna instant bank transfer (www.klarna.com/sofort/datenschutz).
- Donations per direct debit: If you donate via direct debit, your data will be transferred through an encrypted connection to our bank, the Social Economy Bank.
- Donations per PayPal: If you donate via PayPal, after submitting the donation formula, you will be directed to the website of PayPal, where you can finish your donation. We do not receive any details of your bank account and are only informed about successful payment.
Petitions and protest mail actions: Any data submitted via an online form as part of a Germanwatch online campaign, will be stored by us. We will inform you during the online campaign which data will be transmitted to the recipients of the request. In general, the following data will be provided: first name, surname and city. Your e-mail address will not be transmitted.
For your own protection, we use the Double-Opt-In procedure for online petitions and newsletter subscriptions (see section below on newsletters). For online-petitions, which are not hosted by our website, the data protection regulations of the respective platform will apply.
After registering online, you will receive an e-mail with a confirmation link. You will be only be added to the distribution list after you have activated the link. In this way, we can prevent unauthorized third parties from misusing your e-mail address and ensure that you only receive the content that you have actually ordered. You can unsubscribe from the newsletters at any time. For this purpose, every issue of the newsletter contains a link to un-subscribe. You can also remove your e-mail address from our distribution list here.
We chose to cooperate with Sendinblue GmbH located in Berlin, because they fulfil high standards of data privacy and protection. All activities are performed in compliance with the basic data protection regulation (DSGVO).
Share buttons for Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are integrated on our website. These are not active while the site is loading. This means that no data is transferred to the servers of the social media providers when the page is loading without your explicit consent. Activation occurs only after you click a button and you can recommend the page from Germanwatch via the respective social network.
Integration of External Services
Data protection on our social media profiles
We do not collect any personal data from our social media profiles on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and Google+ ourselves. However, we would like to point out that when using social media services, you are subject to their respective data protection regulations and that data may be transferred to these services.
Information on the German Lobby Register
A new legal framework for the transfer of donor data is given through the Lobby Register Legislation, which became active law in Germany on January 1st, 2022. If donations or other contributions exceed an amount of EUR 20,000 or the total value of EUR 20,000 in a full calendar year per one donor, the law stipulates to publish the annual sum of the donation, the name of the person or company/institution, as well as their place of residence or registered office in the lobby register. The names of the donors and the amounts of the donations are publicly visible in the lobby register, the place of residence is not.
Respect of “Do not track”
We fully respect “Do not track” (DNT). Depending on the browser, DNT is either a switch in the program settings or a module (add-on or plug-in) for later installation. By activating this option, your browser signals to our website, that tracking options may not be activated without your explicit agreement. Accordingly, our server will deactivate all tracking-functions.
This means, that our websites are delivered without any code to the analytics tool Piwik. This ensures full privacy without you having to take any further action with respect to our internet presence.
Depending on your internet browser, there are different procedures for activating the “Do not track”-option. Please follow the links below:
- Mozilla Firefox – Instructions to activate the "Do not track" option
- Microsoft Internet Explorer – Instructions to activate the "Do not track" option
- Google Chrome – Instructions to activate the "Do not track" option
- Apple Safari – Instructions to activate the "Do not track" option
Technical and organizational Measures
Germanwatch uses technical and organizational security measures to protect your data. Our measures are constantly improving in line with developing technology. Nevertheless, you are hereby notified, that protection of your data in open networks such as the internet cannot be completely guaranteed under the current state of technology.
Data Protection Officer
Dirk Wolf | skriptura dialog systeme GmbH
If you have any questions regarding data protection, please write to us: email@example.com
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