Privacy policy

We explain how we handle your personal data in this privacy policy. The applicable data protection law, in particular the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), shall apply. With the exception of the service providers and third-party vendors we name in this privacy policy, we do not share data with third parties. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Str. 2
10178 Berlin

Tel: +49 30 520065400


General information

Provision of data
For a use of our website is usually neither legally nor contractually required to provide personal data. Insofar as the provision of data is necessary for the conclusion of a contract or you are obliged to provide personal data, we will inform you of this circumstance and the consequences of failure to provide it in this data protection declaration.

Data transfer to third countries
We may use service providers and third parties located in countries outside the European Union and the European Economic Area. The transfer of personal data to such third countries is based on an adequacy decision of the European Commission (Art. 45 GDPR) or we have provided appropriate safeguards to ensure data protection (Art. 46 GDPR). Insofar as an adequacy decision of the European Commission exists for the transfer of data to a third country, we refer to this in this privacy policy. In all other respects, users may obtain a copy of the appropriate safeguards, if not already included in the privacy statements of the service providers or third parties, from us.

Automated decision making
If we use automated decision-making including profiling, we will inform you in this privacy statement about this circumstance, about the logic involved and the scope and intended effects of such processing. Otherwise, automated decision-making does not take place.

Processing for other purposes
As a matter of principle, data is only processed for the purposes for which it was collected. If, exceptionally, they are to be further processed for other purposes, we will inform about these other purposes prior to such further processing and provide all other relevant information (Art. 13 (3) DSGVO).

Data processing when accessing the website

Each time you visit our website, your browser transmits various data. For the duration of the visit to the website, the following data is processed and stored in log files even after the end of the connection:

  • Browser type and version used
  • Operating system
  • Retrieved pages and files
  • Amount of data transferred
  • Date and time of retrieval
  • Provider
  • IP address
  • Referrer URL

The processing of this data is necessary to deliver the website to you and to optimize it for his terminal device. The storage in log files serves to improve the security of our website (e.g. protection against DDOS attacks).

The legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 para. 1 UAbs. 1 letter f) DSGVO. Our legitimate interest is to provide the website and improve website security. Log files are automatically deleted after 7 days.

Cookies, tracking pixels and mobile identifiers

On our website, we use technologies to recognize the end device used. These can be cookies, tracking pixels and/or mobile identifiers.

The recognition of a terminal device can basically be done for different purposes. It may be necessary to provide functions of our website, for example to provide a shopping cart. In addition, the aforementioned technologies may be used to track the behavior of users on the site, for example for advertising purposes. We describe separately in this privacy policy which technologies we use in detail and for which purposes.

For a better understanding, we explain below in general how cookies, tracking pixels and mobile identifiers work:

  • Cookies are small text files that contain certain information and are stored on the user’s terminal device. In most cases, this is an identification number that is assigned to a terminal device (cookie ID).
  • A tracking pixel is a transparent graphic file that is embedded on a page and enables log file analysis.
  • A mobile identifier is a unique number (mobile ID) that is stored on a mobile device and can be read by a website.

Cookies may be necessary for our website to function properly. The legal basis for the use of such cookies is Art. 6 para. 1 UAbs. 1 letter f) DSGVO. Our legitimate interest is to provide the functions of our website.

We use cookies that are not required for the operation of our website in order to make our offer more user-friendly or to be able to track the use of our website. The legal basis here depends on whether the user’s consent must be obtained or we can invoke a legitimate interest. The user can revoke a given consent at any time, among other things, through the settings in his browser.

The user can prevent and object to the processing of data using cookies by making the appropriate settings in his browser. In case of objection, not all functions of our website may be available. We provide separate information on other options for objecting to the processing of personal data by cookies in this privacy policy. Where appropriate, we will provide links that can be used to object. These are labeled “Opt-Out”.


In the event that you contact us, we process the data you entered, date and time for the purpose of processing the inquiry, including any queries.

The legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 UAbs. 1 letter f) DSGVO. Our legitimate interest is to respond to the requests of our users. Additional legal basis is Art. 6 para. 1 UAbs. 1 letter b) DSGVO, if the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract or for the implementation of pre-contractual measures.

The data will be deleted as soon as the request, including any queries, has been answered. We check at regular intervals, but at least every two years, whether any data accrued in connection with contacts is to be deleted.

Press release dispatch
In order to send press releases, we process e-mail addresses of journalists who have registered with our press distribution list or who have been registered by us. Shipping is handled by news aktuell GmbH, Mittelweg 144, 20148 Hamburg, Germany.

Privacy policy of news aktuell GmbH

If press releases are sent on the basis of consent, Art. 6 para. 1 UAbs. 1 letter a) DSGVO the legal basis of the processing. For the rest, the processing is based on Art. 6 para. 1 UAbs. 1 letter f) DSGVO. Our legitimate interest is the dissemination of press releases.

Our shipping service provider may use the recipients’ data in pseudonymous form to optimize or improve its own service, e.g. for the technical optimization of shipping and its presentation or for statistical purposes. However, the shipping service provider does not use the data of our recipients to write to them itself and does not pass on any data to third parties.

Online donations
On our website we offer you the possibility to send us donations via online payment. For this purpose, we use the provider WE AID gGmbH, c/o PHINEO gAG, Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Str. 2, 10178 Berlin.

For payment processing and in order to send you a donation receipt upon request, we process the data provided, such as name, bank details or credit card data. We only pass on this data to our payment service providers if this is necessary to process the payment.

The legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 para. 1 UAbs. 1 lit. b) GDPR. The storage takes place due to existing tax law obligations according to. Art. 6 par. 1 UAbs. 1 lit. c) GDPR.

Data on donations is stored for a period of ten years and then deleted.

You have the option to sign up for newsletters on our site. In doing so, we process the data entered during registration in order to be able to send a confirmation e-mail to the e-mail address provided. After confirmation, we process the data to be able to send newsletters. For the purpose of personalization, we may also process your name if you have provided it.

With the registration date and time as well as your IP address are stored to be able to prove an entry. We continue to process this data for verification purposes after you unsubscribe from the newsletter and delete it after three years at the end of the year.

To improve our content, we measure how successful our newsletters are, for example, how often users open them and which links are clicked. For this purpose, e-mails contain a tracking pixel. We do not track the activities of individual users.

The legal basis for the processing is your consent according to Art. 6 para. 1 UAbs. 1 letter a) DSGVO. After a termination of the newsletter subscription, the processing is based on Art. 6 para. 1 UAbs. 1 letter f) DSGVO. Legitimate interests on our part are the proof that you have subscribed to the newsletter and the defense against any legal claims.

We use Cleverreach to send out newsletters. Provider: CleverReach GmbH & Co KG, CRASH Building, Schafj├╝ckenweg 2, 26180 Rastede.

Cleverreach Privacy Policy

Other third party services

Matomo Analytics
We measure the reach of our website using Matomo, an open source tool that we run on our own server.

If necessary, a cookie is set on the user’s terminal device, which can be used to track activities and recognize recurring visits, for example. The IP address of the user is automatically shortened, so that a conclusion on individual persons is no longer possible. Among other things, the approximate geographical location, terminal device, screen resolution, browser, and pages visited, including the length of stay, are evaluated.

Insofar as we obtain the consent of the user, the processing of data is based on the legal basis of Art. 6 para. 1 UAbs. 1 letter a) DSGVO. For the rest, it is based on Art. 6 para. 1 UAbs. 1 letter f) DSGVO. Our legitimate interest is the optimization of our website, the improvement of our offers and online marketing.

We embed videos from YouTube. Provider: Google Ireland Ltd, Google Building Gordon House, 4 Barrow St, Dublin, D04 E5W5, Ireland.

We use the extended data protection mode so that YouTube does not track user behavior unless the user watches the video. In order to provide videos, it is technically necessary to transmit the user’s IP address to YouTube.

The legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 para. 1 UAbs. 1 letter f) DSGVO. Our legitimate interest is to improve the user experience of our website and to present content that is of interest to our users.

You can object to personalized advertising by Google at any time by exercising the following opt-out.


YouTube privacy policy

Profiles in social networks

We are present in one or more social networks. In detail, these are: Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter. When contacting us, we process personal data as described above under contact.

The providers of social networks process data in accordance with their privacy policies, which can be accessed here:

If you are logged in with your account, the activities on our profile in the respective social network may be assigned to you. This can be done across devices and, if necessary, without a login, for example, using cookies or mobile identifiers. The providers of social networks use the collected data to create pseudonymized user profiles, which they can use in particular to play out personalized advertising.

Rights of data subjects

If personal data relating to you is processed, you are a data subject within the meaning of the GDPR. Data subjects are entitled to the following rights:

Right of access: The data subject has the right to obtain confirmation as to whether personal data concerning him or her are being processed. If personal data are processed, the data subject shall have the right to obtain free of charge information as well as a copy of the personal data that are the subject of the processing.

Right to rectification: The data subject has the right to request that inaccurate or incomplete personal data be corrected without undue delay.

Right to erasure: The data subject has the right to request immediate erasure of personal data concerning him or her in accordance with the law.

Right to restriction of processing: The data subject has the right to request restriction of the processing of personal data concerning him or her in accordance with the law.

Right to data portability: The data subject has the right to obtain the personal data concerning him or her in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or to request that it be transferred to another controller.

Right to object: The data subject shall have the right to object at any time, on grounds relating to his or her particular situation, to the processing of personal data concerning him or her which is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 UAbs. 1 lit. e) or f) DSGVO; this also applies to profiling based on these provisions. If personal data are processed for the purposes of direct marketing, the data subject shall have the right to object at any time to processing of personal data concerning him or her for such marketing; this shall also apply to profiling insofar as it is related to such direct marketing.

Right of withdrawal: The data subject has the right to withdraw his or her given consent at any time.

Right to complain: The data subject has the right to complain to a supervisory authority.

Status of the privacy policy: 09.06.2023