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Privacy Policy

The site is a service of Germanwatch e.V.

As a non-profit association, we are subject to the regulations of the EU Data Protection Basic Regulation, the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (TMG) with regard to the collection, processing and use of personal data in connection with this website.

Your data will only be passed on to third parties with the appropriate legal basis or with your consent.


Nature and scope of the data processed

  • Web analysis and cookies
  • Right of objection
  • Security for data transmissions
  • Online forms
  • Integration of social networks
  • Integration of external services
  • Information and opposition
  • Respect for "Do not track"
  • Technical and organisational measures
  • The company data protection officer


Web analysis and cookies

We use the web analysis tool "Piwik/Matomo" on our internet pages.

In the variant we use, Piwik/Matomo works with anonymization of IP addresses.

This means that a personal reference from the IP address is no longer possible. Your IP address is also only used in a shortened form to perform a rough geolocation. Here your country of origin and also your access provider ("Internet access provider") is determined and stored.

The analysis tool Piwik/Matomo works by setting a cookie, which will be saved as a so-called "persistent cookie" as a small text file on your end device after the end of your visit, unless you have deactivated this function in your browser. The cookie has a duration of two weeks and allows for statistical purposes both the recognition of computers from which the website has already been accessed and the non-personal analysis of the behaviour of visitors to the website.

Additional access data is also stored with each use of this website: Name of the accessed website, file, date and time of access, amount of data transferred, notification of successful access, browser type and version, the operating system installed on the accessing computer, referrer URL and the requesting provider.


Right of objection within the meaning of § 15 paragraph 3 TMG

You can prevent the analysis of user behaviour if you block the setting of cookies by our website in your browser. If necessary, please refer to the program help to find out how you can set this up in your browser.

We would like to point out that generally switching off cookies can cause malfunctions when using our website. Furthermore, you have the possibility to use the "Do not track" option (DNT) of your Internet browser (see section on DNT). If you have set the "Do not track" option in your browser, we will not use your data without being asked or only with your consent.

You also have the option to prevent any form of user analysis by Piwik on this website in the future if you set a so-called "block cookie" or "opt-out cookie". You can do this in the following checkbox, if you make a corresponding setting there.

As long as you do not delete this cookie in your browser, an analysis of your user behaviour will be omitted. If you have already set the opt-out cookie, this will be indicated in the following message and you will then have the opportunity to reactivate web analysis for this website.


Security for data transmissions

All online forms are accessed via a secure SSL connection and your data is transmitted via this connection. You can recognize this transmission by a 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 on our server. A security certificate from LET'S ENCRYPT, the leading global certification authority, confirms the authenticity.


Online forms

We use the data you provide in online forms exclusively for association purposes, for fundraising and to send you further information from Germanwatch. You can informally object to the use of your data at any time, e.g. by sending an e-mail to (keyword: Objection CCPI).

Your contact details will be used by us to carry out the action you have requested.


Integration of social networks

Share buttons from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are integrated on the website. These are not active when the page loads. This means that no data is transferred to the servers of the social network providers when the page in question is loaded without your explicit consent. Only when a button is clicked does it become active and you can recommend the content in question on the respective social network.


Integration of external services

Use of Youtube in extended privacy mode: We use the provider Youtube to integrate videos. The videos were embedded in the enhanced privacy mode. However, like most websites, YouTube uses cookies to collect information about visitors to its site. YouTube uses these cookies to collect video statistics, prevent fraud and improve user experience. It also connects you to the Google DoubleClick network. When you start the video, this could trigger further data processing operations. We have no control over this. For more information about Youtube's privacy practices, please see their privacy policy at:


Information and opposition

You can informally object to the use of your data at any time, e.g. by e-mail to (keyword: "CCPI objection"). You also have the right to free written information about your data stored by us and its use, and under certain circumstances the right to correct, block or delete this data.


Respect of "Do not track

Of course we 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) to be installed later. If this option is activated, your browser signals our web server that you do not want any tracking measures without your explicit consent. We will then automatically deactivate all tracking functions on the server.

This also means that our websites are delivered without code for the analysis tool Piwik. This ensures the best possible data protection without you having to take any further measures with regard to our Internet presence.

Depending on the Internet browser you use, the procedure for activating the "Do not track" option differs. Please follow the links below:

- Mozilla Firefox - Instructions for activating "Do not track" in the program options

- Microsoft Internet Explorer - How to enable "Do not track" in the program options

- Google Chrome - How to enable "Do not track" in the program options


Technical and organisational measures

Germanwatch uses technical and organizational security measures to protect your data. Our measures are continuously improved according to technical developments. Nevertheless, we would like to point out that the protection of your data in open networks such as the Internet cannot be completely guaranteed according to the current state of technology.


The company data protection officer

Dirk Wolf | skriptura dialog systeme GmbH

If you have any questions regarding data protection, please write to us:


Germanwatch e.V.
Kaiserstr. 201
53113 Bonn

- Status: 11.2.2020 -

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