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Data protection declaration for all websites operated by the Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (IÖW) GmbH, a non-profit organization

1. Data protection at a glance

General information

The following provides a simple overview of what happens to your personal data when you visit our website. Personal data are all data by which you can be personally identified. You will find more detailed information on the subject of data protection in our data protection declaration below.

Data collection on our website

  • Who is responsible for data collection on this website?
    Data processing is the responsibility of the website operator, whose contact information is provided on the imprint page of this website.
  • How do we collect your data?
    One way we acquire information about you is when you share it with us,  for instance, when you fill in a contact form. Other data are automatically collected by our IT systems when you visit our website, mainly technical data (e.g., browser, operating system, and time of visit); such data are collected automatically as soon as you enter our website.
  • What do we use your data for?
    Some information is collected in order to ensure error-free provision of our website service; some data are used to analyze your user behavior; still other information is used, with your consent, to inform you about our work.
  • What rights do you have regarding your data?
    You have the right to receive, at no charge, information about the source, recipient and purpose of your stored personal data at any time. You also have the right to request the correction, blocking or deletion of this data. You can contact us at any time at the address provided in the web imprint if you have further questions on the subject of data protection. You also have the right of appeal to the responsible regulatory authority.

Third-party analysis and tools

When you visit our website, your surfing behavior can be statistically evaluated by means of cookies and so-called analysis programs. The analysis of your surfing behavior is as a rule anonymous and thus cannot be traced back to you. You may opt out of this analysis or prevent it by not using certain tools. Information about how to opt out is provided in this data protection declaration.
 

2. General Information and Mandatory Disclosures

Data Privacy

As the operators of these web pages, we take the protection of your personal data very seriously. Your personal data is handled confidentially and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this data protection declaration.

When you use this website, various personal data are collected. Personal data are data by which you can be personally identified. This data protection declaration explains which data we collect and why; it also explains how this is done and our reasons for doing so.

We would like to point out that data transmission via the Internet (e.g., communication by e-mail) is inherently insecure; end-to-end protection of transmitted data against access by third parties is not possible.

The responsible authority

Institute for Ecological Economy Research GmbH (a non-profit organization)
Potsdamer Str. 105
10785 Berlin, Germany

The institute is represented by Scientific Director Thomas Korbun and Commercial Director Marion Wiegand.

Phone: +49(0)30884 59 4-0
Fax: +49(0)30882 54 39
E-mail: mailbox(at)ioew.de
 
The responsible authority is the natural or legal person who alone or together with others decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data (e.g., names, e-mail addresses, etc.).

Revocation of your consent to data processing

Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You can revoke your consent at any time. All you need to do is send us an informal e-mail. The legality of data processing carried out up to the revocation remains unaffected by the revocation.

Right of appeal to the responsible regulatory  authority

Should you believe that the processing of personal data related to you infringes the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you have the express right, without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, to lodge a complaint with a regulatory authority in the member state where you reside, are employed or where the alleged infringement occurred.

Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information

Friedrichstraße 219
10969 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49(0)3013889-0
Fax: +49(0)302155050
E-Mail: mailbox(at)privacy-berlin.de

For further information

Right of data portability

You have the right to request that data which we process automatically based on your consent or in fulfilment of a contract be handed over to you or to a third party in a common, machine-readable, format. Requests for the direct transfer of data from one responsible party to another can only be carried out when it is technically feasible.

SSL or TLS encryption

This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as contact requests that you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection when the address line of the browser changes from “http://” to “https://” and by the lock symbol in your browser’s address bar. If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, third parties cannot read the data you transmit to us.

Information, blocking, deletion

You have the right to request, at no charge, information about your stored personal data, its origin, recipients, and purpose and, if necessary, a right to correction, blocking or deletion of this data at any time within the scope of the applicable legal provisions. You can contact us at any time at the address provide on the web imprint page if you have further questions about the subject of personal data.

Disallowance of unsolicited advertising e-mail

We expressly disallow the use of the contact data published within the scope of the web imprint obligation for the sending of unsolicited advertising or informational material. The operators of these pages reserve the right to take legal action in the event of unsolicited advertising messages, i.e., spam e-mail.
 

3. Data Protection Supervisor

We have appointed a data protection supervisor for our company.

DATENCOACH.DE for professional data storage UG (with limited liability)
Ralf Petersen
Köpenicker Str. 95 A
12355 Berlin
Phone: +49(0)30884 59 4-0
E-Mail: privacy(at)ioew.de
 

4. Data collection on our website

Cookies

Some of our web pages use so-called cookies, small text files stored on your computer and saved by your browser. Such cookies are not harmful to your computer and do not contain viruses; they serve to make our website more user-friendly, effective, and secure.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session cookies,” which are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your terminal until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognize your browser the next time you visit our website.

You can adjust your browser to inform you about the setting of cookies and only allow cookies in specific cases; or you can generally exclude the acceptance of cookies, or activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. The deactivation of such cookies, however, may limit the functionality of this website.

Cookies that are necessary for the execution of the electronic communication process are stored on the basis of Art. 6(1)(f) of the GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies for a technically error-free and optimal provision of services. The storage of other cookies (e.g., for analyzing your surfing behavior) is treated separately in this data protection declaration.

Server log files

The web page provider automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files; these data are automatically transmitted to us by your browser and include:

  • browser type and version
  • operating system used
  • referrer URL
  • host name of the accessing computer
  • time of the server request
  • IP address


These data are not combined with other data sources.

The basis for our processing of such data is Art. 6(1)(b) of the GDPR, which permits the processing of data for the fulfilment of a contract or pre-contractual measures.

E-mail Inquiries

If you send us enquiries by e-mail, the information and other details you provide will be stored for the purpose of processing the enquiry and in the event of follow-up questions. We will not share this data without your consent.

The data sent to us will therefore be processed solely on the basis of your consent (Art. 6(1)(a) of the GDPR). You can revoke this consent at any time. All you need to do is send us an informal e-mail. The legality of data processing operations carried out up to the revocation remains unaffected by the revocation.

The data you send us will remain with us until you request its deletion, revoke your consent to its storage, or until the purpose for its storage ceases to apply (e.g., after your request has been processed). Mandatory statutory provisions in particular, retention periods remain unaffected.

Registration for the IÖW-Newsletter

If you would like to receive the newsletter offered on our website, we will need your e-mail address. In addition, you may wish to provide voluntary information such as form of address, title, first name, surname and institution. To prevent misuse, we use the so-called “double opt-in” procedure, i.e., you will receive a confirmation e-mail after subscribing to the newsletter, which you must confirm again in order to register for our newsletter. You can revoke your consent to the storage of the data entered as well as their use for sending the newsletter at any time.

Subscribe to the IÖW Annual Report distribution list

If you would like to receive our annual report, we will need your form of address or salutation, first name, surname, e-mail address and postal address. In addition, you may wish to provide voluntary information such as titles, institution and country. To prevent misuse, we use the so-called “double opt-in” procedure, i.e., you will receive a confirmation e-mail after subscribing, which you must confirm again in order to be placed on our IÖW annual report distribution list. You can revoke your consent to the storage of the data entered and their use to send the IÖW annual report at any time. All you need to do is send us an informal e-mail.

Registration for the IÖW events distribution list

If you would like to receive notification about IÖW events offered on our websites, we will need your e-mail address and a selection of topics of interest. In addition, you may wish to provide voluntary information such as form of address, title, first name, surname and institution. To prevent misuse, we use the so-called “double opt-in” procedure, i.e., you will receive a confirmation e-mail after subscribing, which you must confirm again in order to register for our mailing list for IÖW events. You can revoke your consent to the storage of the entered data as well as their use to notify you about IÖW events via the distribution list at any time. All you need to do is send us an informal e-mail.

Registration for IÖW events

By registering for an IÖW event via our online form, you agree to the collection, storage and processing of your personal data insofar as is necessary in the course of the event. We will delete your data after expiration of the purpose of use. We usually publish participation lists containing the participant name, institution, and location information for such events, but if you have disallowed this, information about you will not be included in the list of participants.

Registration for the IÖW press distribution list

If you would like to be added to the press distribution list offered on our website, we will need your e-mail address. In addition, you may wish to provide voluntary information such as first name, surname, media, branch, and address. To prevent misuse, we use the so-called “double opt-in” procedure, i.e., you will receive a confirmation e-mail after subscribing to the press distribution list, which you must confirm again in order to complete your registration. You can revoke your consent to the storage of the entered data as well as their use by the press distribution list at any time. All you need to do is send us an informal e-mail.

Subscribe to the IÖW Publications distribution list

If you would like to receive notice of IÖW publications offered on our websites, we will need your e-mail address. To prevent misuse, we use the so-called “double opt-in” procedure, i.e., you will receive a confirmation e-mail after submission of our request, which you must confirm again in order to be added to our IÖW publications distribution list. You can revoke your consent to the storage of your e-mail address and its use by the IÖW publications distribution list at any time. All you need to do is send us an informal e-mail.

Registration for the IÖW-Alumni-Network

If you wish to become a member of the IÖW Alumni Network, we will need your first name, surname, e-mail address, and information about the end of your most recent activities at IÖW. To prevent misuse, we use the so-called “double opt-in” procedure, i.e., you will receive a confirmation e-mail after registration, which you must confirm again in order to register for the IÖW Alumni Network. By registering, you agree to the collection, storage and processing of your personal data insofar as this is necessary in the context of the activities of the IÖW Alumni Network. You can revoke your consent to the storage of this data and its use at any time. All you need to do is send us an informal e-mail.
 

5. Plug-ins and Tools

Analysis Service Piwik

We use the web analysis service Piwik to analyze use of our website. Piwik uses “cookies” – small text files saved on your computer. The cookies generate usage information (including the abbreviated IP address) that is transmitted to our server and stored for analytic purposes; this helps us to optimize the presentation of this website. User IP addresses are immediately anonymized. User data generated by the cookie are used exclusively to analyze use of the website and are not passed on to third parties. You may disallow the use of cookies in your browser settings; however, this may limit website functions.

If you do not agree to the storage and evaluation of your usage information, you can disallow this with a mouse click below. An opt-out cookie then prevents Piwik from collecting any session data. Please note: Deleting the cookies in your browser settings also means that the opt-out cookie will be deleted and you will have to set it again with a mouse click. If you wish to opt out, click this link to set the Piwik opt-out cookie in your browser.

YouTube

Our websites use plug-ins from YouTube (YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA). YouTube is a subsidiary of Google LLC (Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA). As soon as you visit pages of our website equipped with a YouTube plug-in, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. The YouTube server is informed about the specific page of our Internet presence you have visited; if you are logged into your YouTube account at the same time, YouTube can associate your surfing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this mapping by logging out of your YouTube account beforehand. For more information on YouTube’s collection and use of your data, please refer to YouTube’s privacy policy.

Google Maps

Our websites use the map service Google Maps via an API. Provider is Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

To use the functions of Google Maps it is necessary to save your IP address. This information is usually transferred to and stored on a Google server in the USA; the provider of this site has no influence over this data transmission.

The use of Google Maps is in the interest of providing an appealing presentation of our online services and to aid in findability of locations mentioned by us on the website. This represents a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6(1)(f) of the GDPR. You can find more information on the handling of user data in Google’s data protection declaration.

We will be happy to answer any further questions you may have about our privacy policy and the processing of your personal data.

This privacy policy is dated May 15, 2018.