The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH attaches great importance to responsible and transparent management of personal data.
Below we provide users with information as to
- who they can contact at GIZ on the subject of data protection
- what data is processed when they visit the website
- what data is processed when users contact us, subscribe to newsletters or submit an Expression of Interest to receive funding under the Global Shield
- how they can opt out of the storage of data
- what rights they have with respect to us
Information on the collection of personal data
GIZ 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 addresses and user behaviour.
GIZ 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.
Data controller and data protection officer
Please contact GIZ’s data protection officer if you have questions specifically about how your data are protected:
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 32+36, 53113 Bonn
Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1–5, 65760 Eschborn
Telephone: +49 228 44 60-0
Data processing is the responsibility of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
Collection of personal data when visiting our website
When visiting the Global Shield website, the browser used automatically transmits data that is saved in a log file. GIZ itself processes only the data that is technically required in order to display the website correctly and to ensure its stability and security. The following information is stored for each page you view and each file you download:
- Technical details of the browser used
- Anonymous IP address
- Date and time
- Page opened/name of the file downloaded
- Quantity of data transferred
- Notification of whether viewing or download was successful
The data in the log file is deleted after seven days.
When you visit the Global Shield 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.
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Matomo analytics service
This website uses the open source web analytics service Matomo. Matomo uses so-called “cookies”. These are text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. For this purpose, the information generated by the cookie about the use of this website is stored on our server. The IP address is anonymized before it is stored.
Matomo cookies remain on your device until you delete them.
The storage of Matomo cookies is based on Art. 6 (1) f GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior in order to optimize its website.
The information generated by the cookies about your use of this website will not be disclosed to third parties. You can prevent these cookies being stored by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. However, we wish to point out that doing so may mean you will not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website.
Information on opting out
If you do not agree with the storage and use of your data, you can disable this feature by clicking on the button located at the bottom of this page.
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.
Collection of personal data when contacting us via e-mail or the contact form
It is possible to contact the Global Shield Secretariat via the email addresses and the contact form provided. In this case, at least the email address but also any other personal user data transmitted (e.g. family and given name, address) as well as the information contained in the email or contact request are stored solely for the purpose of contacting the user and processing the request.
The legal basis for the processing of data in connection with email communication or the contact form is Article 6 (1) e GDPR.
Processing of personal data when subscribing to our newsletters
Personal data is collected for the purpose of processing the subscription to each respective newsletter. The data is processed and used exclusively for sending the newsletter.
After entering the email address, users receive an email containing a link for confirming the authenticity of the address and the subscription (‘double opt-in’). If users do not confirm the registration by clicking on the link contained in the email, the data is deleted immediately.
The legal basis for the processing of data in connection with the dispatch of newsletters is their consent in accordance with Article 6 (1) a GDPR.
The newsletter subscription can be cancelled at any time. If the subscription is cancelled, all personal data is deleted from our database.
Collection of personal data when submitting an Expression of Interest to become part of the Global Shield Initiative
Through the web form provided, is possible to submit an Expression of Interest on behalf of an eligible entity to become part of the Global Shield Initiative. In this case, at least the email address, name, given name and job title, but also any other personal data transmitted with the request are stored solely for the purpose of contacting the user and processing the request.
The legal basis for the processing of data in connection with Expressions of Interest is Article 6 (1) e GDPR.
Processing of personal data in connection with social network use
On its website, the Global Shield Secretariat invites users to visit its presence on the social networking sites Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
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 Global Shield 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 GIZ. 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. GIZ 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.
Disclosure to third parties
GIZ 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
GIZ 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
GIZ 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.
Reference to user rights
Visitors to the Global Shield website have the right
- To obtain information about their data stored by us (Article 15 GDPR)
- To have their data stored by us rectified (Article 16 GDPR)
- To have their data stored by us erased (Article 17 GDPR)
- To obtain restriction of processing of their data stored by us (Article 18 GDPR)
- To object to the storage of their data if personal data are processed on the basis of the first sentence of Article 6 (1) 1 f and e GDPR (Article 21 GDPR)
- To receive their personal data in a commonly used and machine-readable format from the controller such that they can be potentially transmitted to another controller (right to data portability, Article 20 GDPR).
- To withdraw their consent to the extent that the data has been processed on the basis of consent (Article 6 (1) a GDPR). The lawfulness of the processing on the basis of the consent given remains unaffected until receipt of the withdrawal.
Users also have the right in accordance with Article 77 GDPR to lodge a complaint with the competent data protection supervisory authority. The competent authority is the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI).