Privacy and Data Protection Policy

Here we inform you about which data we collect when you visit our website or when get in touch with us and also about why we collect this data. The responsible entity in terms of data protection laws, in particular the EU General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO), is the association BDB e.V..

Purposes of data collection

With respect to the website: we only collect data that cannot be traced back to specific individuals (statistics on the number of clicks and hits on various pages).

When offering counseling, we ask for contact information to better follow up with the individual. We also collect statistical data on the specific counseling cases, because this is required by the institutions that fund our work and because this provides important insight for developing demands for political change. This statistical data cannot be traced back to the individual person (discrimination characteristic, age, gender, area of life of the discrimination incident). However, the person seeking counseling does not have to disclose this data in order to receive counseling, and he:she may request the deletion of this data at any time.

For the implementation of the trainings: we ask for the contact details of the institutions or groups in order to be able to communicate with them and offer these services effectively. The names of the employees are not collected, but for the preparation of the trainings and workshops it is helpful to know in advance how the participants are socially positioned and how. None of this information will be collected if participants do not want it. All of this information will be deleted after the workshop or training is completed.

For the implementation of expert consultation of organizations: we ask for the contact details of the institutions or groups in order to communicate with them and offer our services effectively. The names of the employees do not have to be collected, but for the preparation of the expert consultation and process accompaniment it is helpful to know in advance how the participants are socially positioned and what problems the organization wants to work on. None of this information is collected if participants do not want it. All of this information is deleted after the professional consultation is completed.

We take photos during our trainings, workshops, and policy activities to document our work for the public and for our funders. Before we take photos in which individuals are identifiable, we ask for permission from the people who are identifiable in them.

Your data rights

Please contact us at anytime if you would like to exercise one of the following rights. You have the right to:

  • Gain information about your data stored by us and how it is processed
  • Have us correct incorrect personal data
  • Have us delete your data stored by us
  • Restriction how we process your data, even if we are not yet allowed to delete your data due to legal obligations
  • Object to the processing of your data by us
  • Data portability, provided that you have consented to the data processing or have concluded a contract with us.

If you have given us your consent on these points, you may revoke this consent at any time, to be effective starting at that time.

You can contact the supervisory authority responsible for you at any time with a complaint. Who this is depends on which federal state you reside in, your work or the alleged violation. A list of supervisory authorities (for the non-public sector) with address can be found at:

Purposes of data processing by the data controller and third parties

We process your personal data only for the purposes stated in this Privacy Policy. We do not transfer your personal data to third parties for purposes other than those stated. We will only share your personal data with third parties if:

  • you have given your explicit consent to this,
  • the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with you,
  • the processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation,
  • the processing is necessary to protect legitimate interests and there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding interest worthy of protection in the non-disclosure of your data.

Deletion or blocking of data

We adhere to the principles of data avoidance and data economy. We therefore only store your personal data for as long as is necessary to achieve the purposes stated here or as stipulated by the various storage periods provided for by law. After the respective purpose has ceased to exist or this time period has expired, the corresponding data is routinely blocked or deleted in accordance with the statutory provisions.

Embedded YouTube videos

We embed YouTube videos on our Facebook page. The operator of the corresponding plugins is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit a page with the YouTube plugin, a connection to YouTube servers is established. This tells Youtube which pages you are visiting. If you are logged into your Youtube account, Youtube can assign your surfing behavior to you personally. You can prevent this by logging out of your Youtube account beforehand.

If a Youtube video is started, the provider uses cookies that collect information about user behavior.

If you have deactivated the saving of cookies for the Google Ad program, you will not have to deal with such cookies when watching Youtube videos. However, Youtube also stores non-personal usage information in other cookies. If you would like to prevent this, you must block the storage of cookies in the browser.

For more information on data protection at “Youtube”, please refer to the provider’s privacy policy at:

Changes to our privacy policy

We reserve the right to adapt this data protection declaration so that it always complies with the current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services in the data protection declaration, e.g. when introducing new services. The new data protection statement will then apply to your next visit.

Questions for the data protection officer

If you have any questions about data protection, please send us an email, preferably with the note “Data Protection Officer” in the subject line.

Linking to external pages

If we refer (or “link”) to pages that are not on our own web server, you leave our area of responsibility as soon as you follow such a reference. The privacy policy of the respective provider applies then to the internet pages that follow.