We are happy that you are visiting the website of Stiftung Mercator GmbH and thank you for your interest. We take the protection of your personal data while you use our website very seriously. Your personal data are stored and processed in accordance with the German data-protection regulations. To the extent that you use our website to send us an enquiry, request, application or order, the disclosure of your data takes place on an explicitly voluntary basis. Your personal data will be used for further processing and electronically saved and processed until this consent is withdrawn, which can be done by emailing info@. stiftung-mercator.de
1.1.1 Introductory remarks
Regardless of whether you are a customer, partner company, funding partner, interested person, applicant or visitor to our website: We (hereinafter: Stiftung Mercator, “we”) take the protection of your personal data very seriously. But what does that mean in concrete terms?
Below, we provide you with an insight into what personal information we collect from you and how we process it. Furthermore, you will receive an overview of your rights under applicable data-protection law. In addition, we will provide a contact person if you have any further questions.
188.8.131.52 Who are we?
As the party responsible under German press law for data-protection laws, we
Address for correspondence:
Postfach 10 33 26
Tel. +49 201 24522-0
Fax +49 201 24522-44
take all measures required under applicable data-protection law to ensure the protection of your personal data.
If you have any questions about data processing in our company and exercising your rights, you can also contact our Data Protection Officer free of charge.
Data Protection Officer
2B Advice GmbH, Lars Holdorf
Tel: +49 (228) 926165 120
The law defines the processing of personal data as activities such as gathering; recording; organising; storing; adapting or changing; reading; querying; using; disclosing through transmission, dissemination or any other form; matching or linking; restriction, deletion, or destruction of personal information.
Personal data are any information that relate to an identified or identifiable natural person.
1.1.3 What personal data do we process?
Your personal data will be collected by us, if you contact us, for example as an interested party or customer. This may, for example, occur if you are interested in our products and register for our online services, if you contact us through our communication channels, or if you use our products or services as part of existing business relationships.
The following types of personal data are processed by us:
· Information for personal identification
· Order data
· Company-related data
· Data about your online activity
· Information about your interests and wishes of which you inform us
· Information about your professional career
and other information comparable to these data categories.
184.108.40.206 Sensitive data
Sensitive data, i.e. special categories of personal data such as information on health, political opinions, religion or trade-union affiliation, are not collected in this manner.
220.127.116.11 Personal data of minors
Our range of products and services is generally not aimed at minors. To the extent that we can detect it, personal data of minors that were processed without the consent of the parent or guardian will be deleted immediately.
18.104.22.168 Usage of cookies and plugins
22.214.171.124.1 What do we mean by this?
Our website uses a social plugin of the social network facebook.com which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugin can be recognized by its Facebook logo (white “f” next to the text “Like”).
When you visit our Newsroom, you can establish a connection with the Facebook servers by clicking on a button next to the logo; this allows you to view images and videos from Stiftung Mercator GmbH's Facebook stream. Once you have activated the plugin, Facebook sends the plugin's content directly to your browser, which in turn incorporates it into the website. We have no influence over the extent of the data which Facebook collects with the aid of this plugin and can thus inform you only that, as far as we are aware, activating the plugin gives Facebook the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our website. If you are signed in to Facebook, Facebook can assign your visit to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugin, i.e. if you click the Like-button, the corresponding information will be sent by your browser directly to Facebook where it is stored. Even if you are not a member of Facebook, there is still the possibility that Facebook will ascertain and store your IP address. For details of the purpose and scope of the data acquisition and the further processing and use of data by Facebook, and for your rights in this regard and the settings you can make to protect your privacy, please refer to Facebook's Data Use Policy. If you are a member of Facebook and do not wish Facebook to collect data about you via our website or to link this data with your member data stored on Facebook, you will need to sign out of Facebook before activating the plugin on our website. It is also possible to block Facebook social plugins with add-ons for your browser, using for example the “Facebook Blocker”.
Content from third parties is incorporated into some pages of this website, such as videos from YouTube or photographs from Flickr. This always requires the providers of such content (herein after referred to as “third-party providers”) to register the IP address of the user, as without the IP address they cannot send the content to the browser of the user in question. Thus, the IP address is required for this content to be displayed. We make every effort to use only content from suppliers who use the IP address solely for the purposes of delivering the content. Nonetheless, we have no means of preventing third party suppliers from storing the IP address, for example for statistical purposes. Where we are aware of this happening, we inform users accordingly.
If you are signed in to your own account with one of these third-party suppliers, it is possible that the supplier will assign information about your usage to your respective personal user accounts of these platforms. You can prevent this from happening by signing out of your user account before using the plugins. For details of the purpose and scope of the data acquisition and the further processing and use of data by Flickr and YouTube, and for your rights in this regard and the settings you can make to protect your privacy, please refer to the data use policies of Flickr and YouTube.
Our Internet presence also uses plug-ins from the micro-blogging service Twitter.com, operated by Twitter, Inc. 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA (“Twitter”). The plug-in is indicated by the Twitter logo.
If you do not agree with the storage and analysis of the data from your visit to our website, you may decline with a mouse click at any time. In this case, a so-called opt-out cookie is stored in your browser that prevents Piwik from collecting any data during your session. Please note: By deleting your cookies, you also delete the opt-out cookie, which will then have to be reactivated.
By using this website, you agree to have the data that has been collected about you to be processed by Piwik in the manner and for the purposes described above.
Netiquette for Stiftung Mercator's YouTube-Channel
126.96.36.199 Fulfilment of contract
We process your data in order to be able to fulfil our contracts. This also applies to information that you provide to us in the context of pre-contractual correspondence. The specific purposes of the data processing depend on the particular product and the application submitted, and can also be used to analyse your needs and to check which products and services (e.g. event documentation, newsletters, further information from Stiftung Mercator) are suitable for you.
For the execution of the contractual relationship we need your name, your address, your telephone number or your email address, so that we can contact you.
We also need your personal information in order to check whether we can offer you products and services and which ones.
Details of the respective purposes of data processing can be found in the contract documents and our General Terms and Conditions.
We process your data that you have sent to us as part of your application to check whether your professional qualifications are suitable for the advertised position. We only use your information for the application process and transfer it to your personnel file if the contract is concluded. If no agreement is made, your information will be deleted or destroyed. We will not use your application information for any other purpose than to conduct the application process.
As part of our efforts to continuously improve our relationship with you, we may occasionally ask you to participate in our feedback surveys. Survey results serve to better tailor our products and services (including events) to your needs.
Your needs are important to us, and we try to give you information on products and services that suit you. To do this, we use insights from our business relationship as well as from market research. The main goal is to adapt our product suggestions to your needs. In this context, we guarantee that we will always process the data in accordance with applicable data-protection laws. Important: You can veto the use of your personal data for this purpose at any time.
What do we analyse and process in concrete terms?
On our website, you have the option of subscribing to newsletters relating to different themes. We need your e-mail address to be able to send you the desired newsletter, and if you wish you can also provide us with your title, first name and surname. You will only receive our newsletter once you have successfully completed a double opt-in process. You can view your declaration of consent or unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. The links needed to do so can be found in every e-mail that accompanies our newsletter. If you unsubscribe, we will immediately delete your contact details from our newsletter distribution list. There are certain legal requirements regarding the effectiveness of the kind of electronic consent that is used when subscribing to our newsletter. These also include logging your declaration of consent. We therefore log the date and time that consent was given, the text contained in the declaration of consent, your e-mail address, and if applicable your title, first name and surname. We likewise log the date and time that the Send button and the link in the confirmation e-mail were clicked. We record and save these details solely in order to comply with the legal requirements for electronic consent (Section 28 (3a) of Germany's Federal Data Protection Act). We send our newsletters using the Inxmail Professional system of Inxmail GmbH, Wentzingerstr. 17, 79106 Freiburg. In certain cases, the newsletters are sent by our service provider u+i interact GmbH & Co. KG, Karl-Eilers-Str. 13, 33602 Bielefeld. Commissioned data processing agreements in accordance with Section 11 of Germany's Federal Data Protection Act have been concluded with both companies. Your data will not be used for any other purposes.
We use your personal information in the following cases (amongst others):
If you have consented to the processing of your personal data for one or more specific purposes, we may process your data. You may revoke this consent for the future at any time without incurring any costs other than the base-rate transmission costs (the cost of your Internet connection). However, the revocation of consent does not affect the legality of the processing carried out until the revocation.
As a company, we are subject to a wide variety of legal requirements (for example, under tax legislation). We process your personal data to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations.
Within Stiftung Mercator, your personal information is only shared with those offices that require it to fulfil our contractual or legal obligations, or to protect our legitimate interests.
We respect the privacy of your personal information and will only share information about you if required by law, if you have consented, or to fulfil contractual obligations.
A legal obligation to disclose your personal information may arise with the following recipients:
In order to be able to fulfil our contractual obligations we cooperate with other companies. These include:
Our own service providers
To make our operations efficient, we rely on services from external service providers who may receive your personal information for the described purposes, including IT service providers, printing and telecommunications service providers, collections, consulting or distribution companies.
Important: We take great care with your personal data!
In order to ensure that our service providers adhere to the same data-protection standards as in our company, we have concluded corresponding order-processing contracts. These contracts stipulate, amongst other things:
For service providers located outside the European Economic Area (EEA), we take special security measures (e.g. through the use of special contract clauses) to ensure that the data are treated with the same degree of care as in the EEA. We regularly review all our service providers for compliance with our requirements.
Very important: Under no circumstances will we sell your personal data to third parties!
In order to offer you the best possible service, we occasionally exchange data within the Foundation. In doing so, we ensure that the applicable data-protection regulations are adhered to and your personal data are adequately protected at all times.
In the context of the business relationship between you and Stiftung Mercator, we require the following categories of personal data:
Without this data, we are unable to enter into or execute contracts with you.
In accordance with applicable data-protection regulations, we do not store your personal data longer than we need for the purposes of the corresponding processing. If the data are no longer required for the fulfilment of contractual or legal obligations, they are regularly deleted by us, unless their temporary retention is still necessary. The following reasons may exist for further retention:
Within the scope of the processing of your personal data, you also have certain rights. More details can be found in the corresponding provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (Articles 15 to 21).
You have the right to obtain information from us as to which of your personal data we process. If this information is no longer correct, you may request the correction of the data from us, or in the case of incomplete information its extension. Insofar as we have passed on your data to third parties, we will inform the corresponding third parties in the appropriate legal situation.
In the following circumstances, you may request the immediate deletion of your personal data:
Please note that before deleting your data, we must verify that there is no legitimate reason to process your personal information.
You may require us to restrict the processing of your personal data for one of the following reasons:
If the processing is in the public interest or on the basis of a balance of interests, you have the right to object to the processing for reasons that arise from your particular situation. Upon objection, we will no longer process your personal information unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for processing your data that outweighs your interests, rights and freedoms, or because your personal information serves the assertion or exercise of or defence against legal claims. The objection does not preclude the lawfulness of the processing up to the time of the objection.
In cases where your personal information is used for advertising purposes, you may object to this form of processing at any time. We will then no longer process your personal information for these purposes.
There are no form requirements and the objection should be addressed to:
188.8.131.52 Right to data portability
You have the right to receive personal information you have given us for processing on request in a portable and machine-readable format.
We try to process your requests and claims as quickly as possible in order to accordingly protect your rights. However, depending on the frequency of inquiries, it may take up to 30 days before we can provide information regarding your concern. If it takes longer, we will promptly notify you of the reasons for the delay and discuss the further procedure with you.
In some cases, we cannot or may not be able to give you any information. If legally permissible, we will inform you of the reason for the refusal to provide you with information.
However, if you are not satisfied with our responses and reactions or believe that we are violating applicable data-protection laws, you are free to file a complaint with both our Data Protection Officer and the appropriate regulatory body. The regulatory authority responsible for us is:
The State Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officer for North Rhine-Westphalia
Postfach 20 04 44
Phone: +49 211/384 24-0
Fax: +49 211/384 24-10