Thank you for visiting the Oeko-Institut website and taking an interest in our work. We take the protection of your personal data very seriously. This Privacy Statement explains what personal information we collect during your visit to our website and what it is used for.

  1. Collection and processing of personal data

In order to provide you with the best possible experience of our website, we use web analytics to help us understand how visitors use it. We therefore collect and store information, in compliance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR, using Matomo open-source software (www.matomo.org) provided by InnoCraft Ltd., 150 Willis St, 6011 Wellington, New Zealand. This software uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer and saved by your browser when you visit a website. We use Matomo’s anonymisation function (Anonymize IP plug-in), which masks part of the visitor IP. The information collected by the Matomo software is processed on our servers.

The anonymised information generated by the cookies is not used to identify you personally, nor is it used to track your Internet activity. It is not merged with personal data from other sources and cannot be used to create a user profile.

We also use session cookies, which merely support the technical operation of the website and do not store any personal data. Session cookies expire after your online session and are deleted from your computer or device when you close your browser.

  1. Use and sharing of personal data

The personal data provided by you is logged solely for administrative purposes, e.g. to manage our list of members or subscriptions to our Newsletters. We never pass on, sell or otherwise disclose your personal data to third parties. When you send us an e-mail, your e-mail address is used solely for corresponding with you and for no other purpose.

  1. Security

The Oeko-Institut takes all the necessary technical and organisational measures to protect your personal data against loss or misuse. Users who contact the Oeko-Institut by e-mail are made aware that the confidentiality of information contained in non-encrypted e-mails cannot be guaranteed.

  1. Use of social media buttons

On our website, we include social media buttons to enable you to share content on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. Clicking on these buttons does not activate “like” functions or similar, and none of your personal data is shared. Instead, by clicking, you open a window to the share function and the current page’s URL. Any further activity then takes place via the relevant operator’s website.

  1. Our services
  • eco@work

Sign-ups to our Newsletter (eco@work) require a double opt-in. This means that we will only send you our Newsletter by e-mail if you confirm that we should activate your subscription request. The first request is made when you submit your e-mail address to the online form. When we receive your initial request, a confirmation e-mail is sent to the e-mail address provided by you on the form. The e-mail contains a link which you must click to confirm your subscription request. Once you have subscribed, we store your e-mail address and use it to send you our Newsletters. We also log the date of subscription.

The Newsletter itself always includes a link enabling you to delete or update your information.

  • Registering for events

We also use a double opt-in registration system with an online form for Oeko-Institut events (see eco@work Newsletter) at www.oeko.de. The personal data requested (generally name, institution, job title, e-mail address) is used solely for the purpose of organising the event in question (producing name badges, compiling a list of participants) and is deleted afterwards.

  • Press releases

You can also complete an online form, with a double opt-in (see eco@work Newsletter), to subscribe to our press releases. The personal data requested (mandatory: e-mail address; optional: company/name) is used solely to send out the press releases. The e-mail addresses provided on the online forms are stored in our protected profile on Zimpel-online, the system used to distribute our press releases.

The press releases always contain a link enabling you to delete or update your information.

  1. Your rights

You can contact us at any time to request information about your stored data. If the personal information we hold is inaccurate, you may ask for it to be corrected. You may also withhold consent to the use of your data or ask for it to be deleted. We will notify you if your personal information is affected by a data leak or a breakdown in data security. You may also file a complaint with the regulator (State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information for Baden-Württemberg: https://www.baden-wuerttemberg.datenschutz.de/).

  1. Amendment of the Privacy Statement

We reserve the right to amend this Privacy Statement at any time, should this become necessary in light of new technological developments or changes in the law.

Visitors to our website and all interested persons can obtain further information about data protection at the Oeko-Institut from:

Silvia Schütte
Data Protection Officer, Oeko-Institut e.V.
Darmstadt Office
Phone +49 6151 8191-134
Fax +49 6151 8191-133