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Data Protection

1.    Data controller and data protection officer
Data processing is the responsibility of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Address: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 32 + 36, 53113 Bonn

Please contact GIZ’s data protection officer if you have questions specifically about how your data are protected: 

2.    Information on the collection of personal data

2.1    General

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.

2.2 Cookies
When you visit the GIZ 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 cookies are partly used for the duration of your stay on the website. All cookies on our websites contain purely technical information, no personal data. It is possible to use the offers (even if not in full functionality) without cookies. Most browsers are set to accept cookies automatically. The storage of cookies can be deactivated or the browser can be set so that the user is informed as soon as cookies are sent. Stored (anonymised) IP addresses are automatically deleted from the server after 7 days.

2.2    Analytical Service Matomo
This site uses an On-Premise version of Matomo from the main page to analyse user behaviour. Cookies collect information about user behaviour on the site, including the abbreviated IP address of the device being used, and send it to the server. The server anonymises the information and stores it for the purpose of analysing user behaviour. The state of current technology ensures that once information has been anonymised, it can no longer be traced back to the originating device or connection. Information produced by cookies is shared only with the internally operated server. It is never shared with third parties. Data is processed on the basis of Article 6 (1 e) of the GDPR for the purpose of pursuing the controller’s legitimate interests, in this case to improve the website. Upon accessing this site, you are being asked to agree to the processing and storage of the completely anonymised data resulting from your visit. If you choose to object to the processing of your user data, no data is being collected, stored or analysed.

In detail, the following user data is being stored:
• technical data of the browser being used. • anonymised IP address, • date and time, • site name/name of the file accessed, • data volume retrieved, • notice on whether the access was successful.
Duration of data storage

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

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. To opt out, please use 


3.    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. 

3.1    Contact by email
It is possible to contact GIZ via the email addresses provided. In this case, at least the email address but also any other personal user data transmitted with the email (e.g. family and given name, address) as well as the information contained in the email 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 is Article 6 (1) b GDPR.


4.    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.


5.    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.


6.    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.


7.    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.


8.    Reference to user rights
Visitors to the GIZ 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).