Data Protection

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative attaches great importance to responsible and transparent management of personal data.

The controller is the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Addresses:

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 36 + 40, 53113 Bonn, Germany

Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1–5, 65760 Eschborn, Germany

Email: mark.schauer@giz.de

Data protection officer: datenschutzbeauftragter@giz.de

 

Information on the collection of personal data

General

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a public-benefit federal enterprise for international cooperation. We work as a federal enterprise under private law. Our aim is to achieve the development-policy objective of improving the living conditions of people worldwide and conserving the natural resources on which livelihoods depend.

ELD processes personal data exclusively in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, BDSG). Personal data are, for example, name, address, email.

ELD only processes personal data to the extent necessary. Which data is required and processed for which purpose and on what basis is largely determined by the type of service you use or the purpose for which the data is required. 

 

Cookies

When you visit the ELD website, small text files known as ‘cookies’ are stored on your computer. They are used to make the online presence more user-friendly and effective overall. Cookies cannot run programs or infect your computer with viruses.

The ELD website uses cookies that are automatically deleted as soon as the browser on which the page is displayed is closed (referred to as temporary cookies or session cookies) This type of cookie makes it possible to assign various requests from a browser to a session and to recognise the browser when the website is visited again (session ID).

 

etracker analysis service (user analysis)

To analyse usage data on its website, ELD uses the etracker web analysis service operated by etracker GmbH, Hamburg. Data is stored and evaluated completely anonymously.

The data generated with etracker is processed and stored by etracker on behalf of GIZ in Germany only.

Further information on data protection at etracker can be found here: https://www.etracker.com/en/data-privacy/

etracker uses cookies to enable a statistical analysis of the use of the ELD website. etracker cookies do not contain any information that permits identification of a user. Every time you visit a page on the ELD website and every time you download a file, information about the activity is processed and stored in a temporary log file. Before it is stored, each data set is rendered anonymous by altering the IP address.

ELD evaluates usage information for statistical purposes as part of its public relations work and for the needs-based provision of information within the scope of the tasks it performs (legal basis: Article 6 (1) e GDPR in conjunction with Article 3 BDSG).

Information on opting out

Users who do not agree with the completely anonymous storage and evaluation of the data from their visit can opt out of the storage and use of the data at any time with a click

https://www.etracker.de/privacy?sid=42e4cbb88ab32bdd5a4f85cb45434a76&id=privacy&et=GyxeU3&languageId=2

Further information on opting-out

For this purpose, what is known as an opt-out cookie is stored on the device, preventing user data from being collected when the user visits the website in question. In order for the opt-out to take effect, the cookie must be stored on every device used. As the cookie is stored in specific browsers (programs for internet access), the cookie must be stored in each browser used on each device (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox).

When all cookies on a device are deleted, the opt-out cookie is also deleted and must be reactivated.

 

Processing of personal data when contacting us

When users contact us, the data provided is processed in order to be able to respond to the enquiry. The following contact options are available: email, phone or letter

The legal basis for the processing of data in connection with communication by email, phone or letter is Article 6 (1) e GDPR.

 

Processing of personal data in connection with social network use

On its website, ELD invites users to visit its organisation presence on social networking sites and platforms including, but not limited to, TwitterLinkedInYouTube and Facebook.

These online presences are operated in order to interact with the users that are active on these sites and platforms and to inform them about projects and services. By clicking on a social network’s logo, the user is redirected to the ELD presence on the respective network.

When users visit the platforms, personal data is collected, used and stored by the operators of the respective social network, but not by ELD. This is also the case even if the users themselves do not have an account with the respective social network. 

The individual data processing operations and their scope differ depending on the operator of the respective social network. ELD has no influence on the collection of data or its further use by the social network operators. We are not fully aware of the extent to which, where and for how long the data is stored; to what extent the networks comply with existing obligations regarding erasure; what analyses are conducted and links established with the data; and to whom the data is disclosed.

Access to ELD social media sites is subject to the terms of use and privacy policies of the respective operators. See below for the contact details and links to the data privacy policies of the social media on which ELD maintains a presence.

Note on Facebook ELD page

When you visit ELD’s Facebook pages, Facebook records your IP address and other information in the form of cookies. This information is used to provide ELD, as the operator of the Facebook page, with statistical information on how the Facebook page is used. ELD can access this statistical data via what are referred to as ‘Insights’ on the Facebook page.

These statistics are solely generated and provided by Facebook. As the site’s controller, ELD has no influence on the generation and presentation of this data. The data is provided automatically and the service cannot be deactivated.

By operating the Facebook page, ELD offers a modern communication and information option. The processing of personal data in connection with the operation of the Facebook page is based on Article 6 (1) e GDPR.

As the operator of the page, ELD is jointly responsible with Facebook for the processing. However, primary responsibility for processing Insights data lies with Facebook. Facebook therefore fulfils all obligations under the GDPR with regard to the processing of Insights data (including but not limited to Articles 12 and 13 GDPR, Articles 15 to 22 GDPR and Articles 32 to 34 GDPR). The rights of the data subject can be asserted either with ELD or Facebook. Should you contact ELD, ELD is obliged to forward all relevant information to Facebook.

The complete Page Insights Addendum regarding responsibilities and the data processed can be found here: www.facebook.com/legal/terms/page_controller_addendum

 

Disclosure to third parties

ELD does not pass on personal data to third parties unless it is legally obliged or entitled to do so by law. 

 

Transfer of data to countries outside Germany

ELD does not transfer personal data to third countries. When using social media, the privacy policies of the respective providers apply. 

 

Duration of data retention

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

 

IT security of user data

ELD accords great importance to protecting personal data. For this reason, technical and organisational security measures ensure that data is protected against accidental and intentional manipulation and unintended erasure as well as unauthorised access. These measures are updated accordingly based on technical developments and adapted continuously in line with the risks.

 

Protection of minors

Persons under the age of 16 may not transfer any personal data to us without the consent of their parents or legal guardians.

 

Reference to user rights

You are entitled to:

  • to object to data processing,
  • enquire about your personal data and its processing
  • to have this corrected if necessary, or to request restriction of processing or the erasure of the data

The data will then be erased.

If you have any questions or complaints about this website, please contact the GIZ data protection officer (see contact information provided above). You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the responsible data protection supervisory authority. The responsible authority in this case is the German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI).