The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH attaches great importance to responsible and transparent management of personal data.

Below you will find information about,

    • who you can contact at GIZ on the subject of data protection.
    • what data is processed when you visit the website.
    • what data is processed when you contact us, subscribe to newsletters or press releases or use other GIZ online services.
    • what possibilities there are to object to the storage of the data.
    • what rights you have with respect to us.

1. Controller and Data Protection Officer

The responsible body for data processing is the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 32 + 36, 53113 Bonn
Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1–5, 65760 Eschborn

If you have specific questions about the protection of your data, please contact GIZ’s data protection officer:

2. Information about the collection of personal data

2.1 General

GIZ processes personal data exclusively in accordance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).

Personal data are, for example, name, address, e-mail addresses and user behavior.

Personal data will only be processed by GIZ to the extent necessary. Which data is required and processed for what purpose and on what basis depends largely on the type of service you use, or on the purpose for which the data is required.

2.2 Collection of personal data when visiting our website

When visiting the, the browser used automatically transmits data that is stored in a log file. GIZ itself only processes the data that is technically required to display the website correctly and to ensure its stability and security.

Among other things, it is stored for each access the page viewed, the IP address of the accessing device, the page from which the user was redirected, as well as the date and time of the access. A detailed list of stored data can be found here.

Log file fields

Field Displayed as Description
Date date The date on which the activity occurred.
Time time The time, in coordinated universal time (UTC), at which the activity occurred.
Server IP Address s-ip The IP address of the server on which the log file entry was generated.
Method cs-method The requested action, for example, a GET method.
URI Stem cs-uri-stem The target of the action, for example, Default.htm.
URI Query cs-uri-query The query, if any that the client was trying to perform. A Universal Resource Identifier (URI) query is necessary only for dynamic pages.
Server Port s-port The server port number that is configured for the service.
User Agent cs(User-Agent) The browser type that the client used.
Referrer cs(Referrer) The site that the user last visited. This site provided a link to the current site.
HTTP Status sc-status The HTTP status code.
Protocol Substatus sc-substatus The sub status error code.
Win32 Status sc-win32-status The Windows status code.
Time Taken time-taken The length of time that the action took, in milliseconds.

The data in the log file is deleted after 14 days.

Further information on the storage and transfer of data:

GIZ is obliged to store data beyond the time of the visit in order to ensure protection against attacks on the GIZ’s internet infrastructure and the communications technology of the Federal Government (legal basis: Art. 6 (1) (e) GDPR in conjunction with Section 5 BSI Act). In the event of attacks on communications technology, this data is analyzed and used to initiate legal and criminal prosecution.

Data logged when accessing the GIZ’s website is only transmitted to third parties if there is a legal obligation to do so or if the transmission is necessary for legal or criminal prosecution in the event of attacks on the Federal Government’s communications technology. Data will not be passed on in any other cases. This data is not merged with other data sources at GIZ.

2.3 Cookies

When you visit our website, so-called temporary cookies are used to facilitate navigation and to make the online presence more user-friendly and effective. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally in the cache of the visitor’s Internet browser. These temporary cookies cannot execute programmes or transmit viruses to your computer. They do not contain any personal data and are automatically deleted as soon as the browser in which the page is displayed is closed.

The following cookies are retrieved:

Essential consent:
– Cookie to save the cookie settings
– Cookie to save the language settings

Optional consent:
– Matomo (statistics)
– Youtube / Vimeo (external media)

Technologies such as Java applets or Active-X controls, which make it possible to track the access behaviour of users, are not used.

GIZ evaluates usage information for statistical purposes as part of its public relations work and for the needs-based provision of information within the scope of the tasks it performs (legal basis: Article 6 (1) e GDPR in conjunction with Article 3 BDSG).

2.4 Analysis service Matomo (user analysis)

To analyze usage data on its website, GIZ uses the Matomo web analysis service operated by InnoCraft Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand. Data is stored and evaluated completely anonymously.

The data generated with Matomo is processed and stored by Matomo on behalf of GIZ in New Zealand only.

Further information on data protection at Matomo can be found here Matomo Cloud Privacy Policy – Matomo Analytics

Further information on user analysis

GIZ evaluates usage information for statistical purposes as part of its public relations work and for the needs-based provision of information within the scope of the tasks it performs (legal basis: Article 6 (1) e GDPR in conjunction with Article 3 BDSG).

3. Processing of personal data when contacting us

When users contact us, the data provided will be processed in order to be able to respond to the enquiry. It is possible to contact us by e-mail.

3.2 Contact by e-mail

It is possible to contact GIZ via the e-mail 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 transmitted in the course of sending an e-mail is Art. 6 (1) e GDPR.

4. Processing of personal data in connection with social network use

On its website, GIZ offers the opportunity to visit the presence of the Global Project Inclusion of persons with disabilities on X as well as on YouTube.

These online presences are operated in order to interact with the users and to provide videos and information about projects and services. By clicking on a social network’s logo or the embedded video, the user is redirected to the projects 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 and its further use by the operators of the social networks. 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.

When you access a GIZ presence on social media, the terms of use and the data protection declarations of the respective operators apply. Click here for the contact addresses and links to the privacy policies of the social media in which GIZ operates.

Social media with GIZ appearances 

    • The privacy policy for the social network Twitter, which is operated by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA, can be viewed at;

5. Registration form

On our website, we offer users the opportunity to register to the “Living Inclusion Network” by providing personal data. The data is entered into an input mask and transmitted to us and stored. The data will not be passed on to third parties. The following data is collected as part of the registration process: gender, name, email address, employer and professional position, interests in the topic of disability (all mandatory, except the “interests”). After entering the data, users receive an email with a confirmation link to confirm the authenticity of the address and the membership (“double opt-in”). If they do not confirm their registration using the link in this email, the data will be deleted immediately.

At the time of registration, the following data is also stored:

    • Date and time of registration

As part of the registration process, users’ consent to the processing of this data is obtained. The processing is carried out on the basis of consent in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR and for the purpose of membership management, to send a regular newsletter, and to organize other network activities (invitations to events, enquiry for contributions, contact mediation).

As a user, you have the option to withdraw your consent at any time (see chapter “Reference to user rights”). Both membership of the network and subscription to the newsletter can be cancelled – independently of each other – at any time. If the newsletter subscription is cancelled, the personal membership data will remain in the database. As soon as membership of the network is cancelled, all personal data will be deleted from our database.

6. 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.

7. Transfer of data to third countries

GIZ does not transfer personal data to third countries. When using social media, the data protection regulations of the respective providers apply.

8. 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.

9. IT security of user data

The protection of personal data is an important concern for GIZ. Therefore, technical and organizational security measures ensure that the data is protected against accidental and intentional manipulation, unintended erasure and unauthorized access. These measures are updated according with the technical developments and are constantly adapted in line with the risks.

10. Reference to user rights

Visitors to the GIZ website have the right to

    • Access to information about your data stored by us (Art. 15 GDPR),
    • Rectification of your data stored by us (Art. 16 GDPR),
    • Erasure of your data stored by us (Art. 17 GDPR),
    • Restriction of the processing of your data stored by us (Art. 18 GDPR),
    • Object to the storage of your data, provided that this data is processed based on Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f) and e) GDPR (Art. 21 GDPR),
    • receive the data concerning you in a commonly used and machine-readable format from the controller in order to have it transmitted to another controller if necessary (right to data portability, Art. 20 GDPR),
    • withdraw your consent, provided that the processing of the data has been carried out on the basis of consent (Art. 6 para. 1 a) GDPR). The lawfulness of the processing based on the consent given remains unaffected until the reception of the withdrawal.

Furthermore, and in accordance with Art. 77 GDPR, you have the right 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).