Privacy Policy

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.
 


Methodology and extent of data processing



Web analytics and Cookies

Our website uses the analytics tool "Piwik/Matomo".

Piwik/Matomo

The Piwik/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 Piwik/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.


Right to Object i.S.d. § 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 (Section to DNT). 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 THAWTE, the leading global certification authority, confirms the authenticity.


Online Forms

Data submitted by you through the online forms of Germanwatch 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 info@germanwatch.org (subject: objection).

If you donate to Germanwatch, apply for membership, order a gift certificate, publication(s) and/or subscription(s), or request information about climate & resource expeditions, we will use your contact and payment details in order to carry out the requested transaction.

Donation form and order form "Give a gift of the future": The donation form as well as the order form "Give a gift of the future": on www.germanwatch.org are made available by the service provider FundraisingBox.

We chose this provider to ensure the highest data security for your data. FundraisingBox guarantees complete protection and legally compliant data storage. FundraisingBox 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 FundraisingBox can be found here: www.fundraisingbox.com/sicherheit.

If you use the payment services provided by FundraisingBox (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.
  • Donations per instant bank transfer: If you donate via instant bank transfer, you will be redirected to the website of the payment provider Sofort GmbH after submitting the donation form. We do not receive any details of your bank account and are only informed about successful payment.

 

 

Membership formulas: We use data from the membership forms for the purpose of managing your membership.

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.

Newspaper “Weitblick”: We use the Double-Opt-In procedure for orders of Weitblick. This means that after ordering via the online form, you will receive an e-mail from us. Subscription is only activated following confirmation of the link in the e-mail. 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 newspaper “Weitblick” at any time. To do so, please send an e-mail to info@germanwatch.org (subject: “Unsubscribe Weitblick”, stating your address).


Newsletter „Germanwatch°Kompakt“ and „TopNews“: We use the software Newsletter2Go for the purposes of sending out our newsletters. By registering for our newsletter, you agree that your data may be transmitted to Sendinblue GmbH. Please refer to the Privacy Policy and the General terms and conditions of business of Sendinblue GmbH.

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).

Material order: Any contact data provided via the order form on our website in connection with an order for publications, posters, postcards etc, will be used by us for the purposes of performing the transaction.


Social Networks

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

Use of Youtube in advanced privacy mode: We use the provider Youtube for integrating videos. Videos are covered by the advanced privacy settings. However, similar to many other websites, Youtube uses cookies to collect information from visitors to their website. YouTube uses this information for collecting video statistics, preventing fraud, and improving user experience, amongst other things. It also creates a connection with the Google DoubleClick network. Playing the video, could trigger further data processing operations. This is outside of our control . For more information about privacy on Youtube, please see their privacy policy at: http://www.youtube.com/t/privacy_at_youtube.

 

Petitions via PoliCAT: Germanwatch e.V. uses the online service PoliCAT for preparing and executing petitions related to achieving the association goals and mobilizing supporters. Which data and where and how it is saved, is stated in the Privacy Terms of PoliCAT.
Further information about the work of Germanwatch e.V will only be sent to participants if they have explicitly agreed in the petition that they wish to receive it. In this case, Germanwatch e.V. exports the data stored on the PoliCAT server and imports it into its own databases, which are hosted on secure servers in Germany. This allows Germanwatch e.V. to include petition participants in the newsletter and send them information about the non-profit work of the association. The right to object also applies here.

betterplace.org: It is possible to collect donations through services provided by betterplace.org. Betterplace is a service from the gut.org non-profit corporation (Schlesische Straße 26, 10997 Berlin). Cookies may be set when using this service via our website. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser for recognition purposes. You can object to future collection and storage of data at any time by making the appropriate adjustments in your browser. If cookies are deactivated, the functionality of this website may be limited. Please note that you will have to repeat the objection, if you change the settings in your browser or if you access the website via a different browser. Further information on data protection can be found in the privacy policy of betterplace.org at www.betterplace.org/c/datenschutz.

Map service CartoDB: We have also included maps provided by CartoDB on some pages When you open these maps, your IP address as well as information about your browser and your session are automatically transmitted to CartoDB (Brooklyn, NY/USA).


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 and Objection

You have the right at all times to object to the use of your data, for example via e-mail to ds@germanwatch.org (subject: "objection"). You are also entitled to free-of-cost written information about your data stored by us and its use, as well as, under certain conditions, the right of correction, blocking or deletion of this data.


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:


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: datenschutz@germanwatch.org

Or to:
Germanwatch e.V.
Dr.Werner-Schuster-Haus
Kaiserstr. 201
D-53113 Bonn

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