Data protection (Privacy Statement)



Disclaimer

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a global non-profit service provider for international cooperation. As a private-sector enterprise of the Federal Government, it works towards the development policy goal of improving the living conditions of people worldwide and preserving the natural foundations of life. This website has been compiled with the greatest possible care. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH assumes no responsibility for the topicality, correctness, completeness or quality of the information provided. Any liability for damages arising directly or indirectly from the use of this website is excluded, unless they are based on intent or gross negligence.

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1. Name and address of the person responsible

The person responsible within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other national data protection laws of the member states as well as other provisions of data protection law is:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1-5,
65760 Eschborn, Germany
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 36 + 40,
53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel.: +49 6196 79-0
Mail: info@giz.de
Website: www.giz.de

If you have any specific questions concerning the protection of your data, please contact our data protection officer: datenschutzbeauftragter@giz.de


2. General information on data processing


Scope of the processing of personal data

The processing of personal data is carried out in accordance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, BDSG).

We process the personal data of our users only to the extent necessary to provide a functioning website as well as our content and services. The processing of personal data of our users only takes place with the consent of the user. An exception applies in those cases in which it is not possible to obtain prior consent for actual reasons and the processing of the data is permitted by statutory provisions.

Personal data is all data that can be related to you personally, e.g. name, address, e-mail addresses and user behaviour.

Processing of personal data when visiting our website

When you use our website for informational purposes only, i.e. when you do not send us any other information, we only collect the personal data that your browser sends to our server. If you wish to view our website, we collect the data that is technically necessary for us to display our website and to ensure its stability and security. In more detail, the following data is temporarily stored in a log file for each access/retrieval:
  • Technical features of the browser used
  • Users‘ IP address
  • Date and time of access
  • Page/name of the file accessed
  • Amount of data transferred
  • Message indicating whether the access/retrieval was successful

The data is also stored in the log files of our system. These data are not stored together with other personal data of the user.

GIZ is additionally obliged, on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e GDPR in conjunction with § 5 of the BSI-Gesetz, to store data to protect against attacks on the internet infrastructure of GIZ and the communication technology of the Federal Government beyond the time of your visit. This data is analyzed and, in the event of attacks on communications technology, may be required to initiate legal and criminal prosecution. The data will be deleted as soon as it is no longer required for the fulfilment of the task.

Data that is logged when you access the website is only transferred to third parties if we are legally obliged to do so or if the transfer is necessary for legal or criminal prosecution in the event of attacks on the communication technology of the German Federal Government. We do not pass on information in other cases. A consolidation of this data with other data sources does not take place either.

Purpose of data processing

The temporary storage of the IP address by the system is necessary to enable delivery of the website to the user’s computer. For this purpose, the IP address of the user must remain stored for the duration of the session. The data is stored in log files in order to ensure the functionality of the website. The data is also used to optimize the website and to ensure the security of our information technology systems. An evaluation of the data for marketing purposes does not take place in this context.

Duration of data storage

Your data will not be stored for longer than is necessary for the purpose for which it is processed or as required by law.


3. Cookie policy


Description and scope of cookie policy

Our website uses cookies. Cookies are text files that are stored in the Internet browser or by the Internet browser on the user’s computer system. When a user visits a website, a cookie can be stored on the user’s operating system. This cookie contains a characteristic string of characters that enables the browser to be uniquely identified when the website is called up again.
We use cookies to make our website more user-friendly. Some elements of our website may require that the calling browser can be identified even after a page change. The following data is stored and transmitted in the cookies:
  • Session cookies
  • Third party cookies

Purpose of the cookie policy

The purpose of using technically necessary cookies is to simplify the use of websites for users. Some functions of our website cannot be offered without the use of cookies. For these it is necessary that the browser is recognized after a page change as well. The user data collected by technically necessary cookies are not used to create user profiles.

Possibility of objection and removal

Via your browser Cookies are stored on the user’s computer and transmitted to our site by the user. Therefore, you as a user have full control over the use of cookies. You can deactivate or restrict the transmission of cookies by changing the settings in your Internet browser. Cookies that have already been saved can be deleted at any time. This can also be done automatically. If cookies are deactivated for our website, it is possible that all functions of the website can no longer be used to their full extent. Via your cookie consent settings (Borlabs Cookie)

We use “Borlabs Cookie”, which sets a technically necessary cookie (borlabs cookie) to store your cookie consent settings. Borlabs Cookie does not process any personal data. The borlabs cookie stores your cookie consent settings that you can decide on when visiting our website. If you wish to change your cookie consent settings, you can do this here at any point in time: Change your cookie preferences [borlabs-cookie type=”btn-cookie-preference” title=”Change your Cookie Preference” element=”link”/]


4. Web analytics service


GIZ evaluates information about the use of its website for statistical purposes as part of its public relations work and for demand-based provision of information about the responsibilities of GIZ based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the BDSG. On our website, we do this using the open source Matomo web analytics service (www.matomo.org). Matomo uses cookies (small data files transferred onto computers or devices by sites) to allow for an analysis of the site’s usage. Matomo cookies do not contain any information that could identify a user. Each time a user accesses the website and each time a file is downloaded, data on this process is temporarily stored and processed in a log file. Prior to storage, each data record is anonymized. This means Matomo stores in the database each new visitor IP address (ipv4 or ipv6 format) with the last components removed to protect user’s privacy.

The data generated with Matomo is processed and stored by Matomo on our behalf exclusively in Germany. Further information on data protection at Matomo can be found here: https://www.matomo.org/privacy-policy

If you want to prevent cookies from being installed at all, you can ensure this by configuring your browser software accordingly (see our cookie policy). However, please note that you may not be able to use all functions of this website in full if you do so.

All visitor IP addresses are anonymized. For the purposes of project evaluation and website management, we share the aforementioned web analytics data with our project partner, the United Nations Environment Programme. For a more detailed description, please refer to “8. Transfer of your data to third parties”.

You may choose to prevent this website from aggregating and analyzing the actions you take here. Doing so will protect your privacy, but will also prevent the owner from learning from your actions and creating a better experience for you and other users.




5. Newsletter


If you decide to subscribe to our newsletter, we will collect and store your email address, which we will use exclusively to send you the requested information.

The legal basis for the processing of the data in the course of sending the newsletter is your consent in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a GDPR. You may revoke your consent to the storage of the data and to receiving our newsletter at any time, for example via the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter. Your revocation does not affect the legality of the data processing that has already been carried out.

We will store the data you provided us with for subscription to the newsletter until you unsubscribe from the newsletter. This data will be deleted after you unsubscribe from the newsletter.

For the purposes of project evaluation and website management, we share the aforementioned newsletter data (your email address) with our project partner, the United Nations Environment Programme. For a more detailed description, please refer to “8. Transfer of your data to third parties”. CleverReach To send newsletters, we use CleverReach, operated by CleverReach GmbH & Co. KG, Mühlenstr. 43, 26180 Rastede (www.cleverreach.com) . This is a service which organizes and analyzes the distribution of newsletters. The data you provide (e.g. your email address) to subscribe to our newsletter will be stored on CleverReach servers that are located exclusively in the EU.

Sending our newsletters with CleverReach enables us to analyze the behavior of newsletter recipients. Among other things, we can find out how many recipients have opened the email containing the newsletter and how often various links contained therein are clicked. For more information on how data is analyzed by CleverReach, please visit: https://www.cleverreach.com/de/funktionen/reporting-und-tracking/. We process your data provided you have given us your consent. You may revoke your consent at any time by unsubscribing from the newsletter. Your revocation does not affect the legality of the data processing that has already been carried out. If you do not want CleverReach to analyze your usage of the newsletter, you will have to unsubscribe from the newsletter. For this purpose, we provide a link in every newsletter we send.

The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription. Then your data will be deleted from our servers and those of CleverReach.

For further information, please refer to the data privacy statement of CleverReach at: https://www.cleverreach.com/de/datenschutz/.


6. Information on data processing when contacting us


Contact forms

Our website contains contact forms which can be used for electronic contact. When using the contact form, your e-mail address and, if applicable, your full name is processed. The processing is based on your consent in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR for the purpose of processing your request. By sending the contact form you agree to the transmission and storage of your personal data. If you do not agree with the processing of your data, you can cancel the contact process at any time. Then, your message will not be sent.

Contact via e-mail

Alternatively, it is possible to contact us via the provided e-mail address. In this case, the user’s personal data transmitted with the e-mail – at least the e-mail address as well as the information contained in the e-mail (any personal data you may have transmitted) – will be stored exclusively for the purpose of contacting and processing your request.

The legal basis for the processing of data in the course of sending an e-mail is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e GDPR.


7. Information on data processing during use of social media


On our website, we offer you the opportunity to visit our presence in social networks and platforms such as Twitter and YouTube. We operate these online presences in order to communicate with and inform users about our projects and related services. If you click on the respective logo of or link to a social network, a link will take you to the respective page.

When you visit our platforms, your personal data is not only collected, used and stored by us, but also by the operators of the respective social network. This happens even if you yourself do not have a profile in the respective social network.

The individual data processing procedures and their scope differ depending on the operator of the respective social network and these are not necessarily comprehensible to us. GIZ has no influence on the collection of data and its further use by the social networks. To what extent, where and for how long the data is stored, to what extent the networks comply with existing deletion obligations, what evaluations and links are made with the data and to whom the data is passed on, is not apparent to us.

When calling up one of our appearances in social media, the terms of use and the data protection declarations of the respective operators apply.


For our part, we shall always take due care when handling your data, but cannot accept any liability for the behavior of the providers or third parties.

Please consider carefully which personal data you reveal as a social media user. Please check your social network privacy settings regularly. For the case of social media contents directly displayed on our website, please note that displaying social media content from platforms like YouTube and Twitter may involve tracking and profiling activities. Please give your consent by checking ‘I agree’. Then, as long as the checkbox is activated, social media content will be displayed. You can revoke your consent at any time by simply removing the check.


8. Transfer of your data to third parties


We share data with our project partner, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in compliance with our project agreement. This data includes newsletter data (if you subscribe to our newsletter, we store only your email address) and web analytics data (if you visit our website, we collect an anonymized visitor IP address). For a more detailed description, please refer to “4. Web analytics service” and “5. Newsletter”. We share data with our project partner for the purposes of project evaluation and website management, in the context of executing all tasks pertaining to the GFPN project as a whole.

As an authorized third party, UNEP is not permitted to use your personal data for any other purposes. We require them to act consistently with this Policy and to use appropriate security measures to protect your personal data. Apart from this, GIZ will not pass on your personal data to other third parties unless we are legally obliged to do so.


9. Transfer of your data abroad


GIZ does not transfer personal data to third countries. If you use third-party social media, the data protection regulations of the respective providers apply.


10. Duration of data storage


Your data will not be stored for longer than is necessary for the purpose for which it is processed or as required by law.


11. Reference to users’ rights


You have the right
  • to receive information about your data stored by us (Art. 15 GDPR) to obtain without undue delay the rectification of inaccurate personal data (Art. 16 GDPR),
  • to request the erasure of your data stored by us (Art. 17 GDPR),
  • to request restriction of the processing of your data (Art. 18 GDPR),
  • to object to the processing of your data if your personal data are processed on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f and e GDPR (Art. 21 GDPR),
  • to receive your personal data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, in order to, if necessary, have them forwarded to another data processor (Art. 20 GDPR).


You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the respective data protection supervisory authority pursuant to Art. 19 GDPR. This authority is the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI). If you have any questions or complaints about this website, you can contact the above-mentioned contact address of our data protection officer.


12. Objection or revocation against the processing of your data


Opposition

If the GIZ processes your personal data for the performance of a task in the public interest (Art. 6 para. 1 letter e GDPR), you have the right to object to this processing in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR for reasons arising from your particular situation.

Revocation

If personal data is processed on the basis of your consent (Article 6 paragraph 1 letter a DGPR), you can revoke this consent at any time for the corresponding purpose. The legality of the data processed based on your consent remains unaffected until receipt of your revocation.



Use of Plugins

 

Wordfence


We have integrated Wordfence on this website. The provider is Defiant Inc., Defiant, Inc., 800 5th Ave Ste 4100, Seattle, WA 98104, USA (hereinafter Wordfence). Wordfence serves to protect our website from unwanted or malicious access Cyberattacks. For this purpose, our website establishes a permanent connection to the Wordfence servers so that Wordfence can compare its databases with the accesses made on our website and, if necessary, block them. Wordfence is used on the basis of Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in protecting his website from cyber attacks as effectively as possible. If a corresponding consent has been requested, processing takes place exclusively on the basis of Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a GDPR; the consent can be withdrawn at any time. The data transfer to the USA is based on the standard contractual clauses of the EU Commission. Details can be found here:https://www.wordfence.com/help/general-data-protection-regulation/.

Font Awesome


This site uses Font Awesome for the uniform display of fonts and symbols. The provider is Fonticons, Inc., 6 Porter Road Apartment 3R, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. When you call up a page, your browser loads the required fonts into your browser cache in order to display texts, fonts and symbols correctly. For this purpose, the browser you are using must connect to the Font Awesome servers. This gives Font Awesome knowledge that this website has been accessed via your IP address. The use of Font Awesome is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit.f GDPR. We have a legitimate interest in the uniform presentation of the Typeface on our website. If a corresponding consent has been requested (e.g. consent to the storage of cookies), processing takes place exclusively on the basis of Art. 6 Paragraph 1 lit. a GDPR; the consent can be withdrawn at any time. If your browser does not support Font Awesome, a standard font will be used by your computer. Further information on Font Awesome can be found in the Font Awesome privacy policy at: https://fontawesome.com/privacy.

Google Web Fonts


This page uses so-called web fonts, which are provided by Google, for the uniform display of fonts. When you call up a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache in order to display texts and fonts correctly. For this purpose, the browser you are using must connect to the Google servers. This gives Google knowledge that this website has been accessed via your IP address. The use of Google WebFonts is based on Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the uniform representation of the typeface on his website. If a corresponding consent has been requested (e.g. consent to the storage of cookies), processing takes place exclusively on the basis of Art. 6 Paragraph 1 lit. a GDPR; the consent can be withdrawn at any time. If your browser does not support web fonts, a standard font will be used by your computer. For more information on Google Web Fonts, see https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq and in Google’s privacy policy: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=de.

YouTube with extended data protection


This website integrates videos from YouTube. The operator of the website is Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland. We use YouTube in the extended data protection mode. According to YouTube, this mode ensures that YouTube does not store any information about visitors to this website before they watch the video. However, the transfer of data to YouTube partners is not necessarily excluded by the extended data protection mode. This is how YouTube connects to the Google DoubleClick network regardless of whether you are watching a video. As soon as you start a YouTube video on this website, a connection to the servers of YouTube made. The YouTube server is informed which of our pages you have visited. If you are logged into your YouTube account, you enable YouTube to assign your surfing behavior directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account. Furthermore, YouTube can save various cookies on your device after starting a video or use comparable recognition technologies (e.g. device fingerprinting). In this way, YouTube can receive information about visitors to this website. This information is used, among other things. used to collect video statistics, improve usability and prevent fraud attempts. If necessary, further data processing operations can be triggered after the start of a YouTube video, over which we have no influence. YouTube is used in the interest of an appealing presentation of our online offers. This represents a legitimate interest within the meaning of Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR. If a corresponding consent has been requested, processing is carried out exclusively on the basis of Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR; the consent can be withdrawn at any time. You can find more information about data protection at YouTube in their data protection declaration at: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=de.