Privacy protection

Privacy protection

With the following privacy protection information, the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany, based in Kronenstraße 5, 10117 Berlin, is declaring which personal data it collects from visitors of the website and how it uses these personal data.

Personal data
Personal data is information that can be used to determine your identity. This includes your name, postal address, address and telephone number as well as location data. Information that is not associated with your identity (such as statistical data on the use of this website) is not included. You can use our website without disclosing your identity.

Collection and use of personal data
The collection of personal data on this website is carried out on the one hand through the web analytics tool Piwik, which records your user behaviour, and on the other hand through your voluntary input of data in contact forms or during ordering processes.
If you do not want Piwik to record and store your user activities, you can veto the storage and use through the "Web analytics on/off" link in the page footer. We reserve the right to statistically evaluate anonymous data records. In case you did not object, your visit to this website is monitored by Piwik.
The input of personal data during order processes is subject to your free decision. By entering this information, you conclusively agree that we may use your data for the intended purpose.

Purpose of data processing
Personal data will only be used for the purpose for which it was collected, e.g. the data recorded by Piwik for statistical evaluation of website use and the data voluntarily entered in the contact form for further communication with you.

Deletion of collected data
The collected data is deleted after the purpose for which it was collected has been achieved. At Piwik, this takes place after the end of the current calendar year or after the statistical data have been evaluated. The data you enter yourself, e.g. for the placing an order, will be kept until the next annual budget audit and will be deleted afterwards. Personal data that you enter in the contact form will be stored in our e-mail communication and deleted after the deletion periods for our administrative files as part of the traceability of administrative actions of the Federal Foundation.

Mandatory fields
Mandatory fields which must be filled in for example for placing your order or sending contact inquiries via our website, are marked with an asterisk "*".

General data recipients and forwarding of your personal data to third parties
When processing your orders, we use your personal data only within the Federal Foundation and the company commissioned with dispatching the orders. Your data will not be transferred to any third countries outside the EU. We will not pass the data onto third parties without your explicit approval. As far we as we are obliged legally or by court order to do so, we will transfer your data to authorities entitled to receive information. In case you use platforms such as Youtube or Facebook via our site, their data protection regulations apply.
For sending the newsletter "aufarbeitung aktuell" your e-mail address will be forwarded to the external processor newsletter2go GmbH for this purpose and processed in accordance with the data protection regulations. The data protection regulations of newsletter2go GmbH apply.

Applicable laws and copyright
Privacy protection regulations such as BDSG n.F., DS-GVO, TMG as well as copyright laws apply. Unless stated otherwise, the Federal Foundation holds the copyright for texts, parts of texts, sound documents, graphics, tables and in particular images and film material on this website. Content of third parties is marked as such. Reproduction, editing, distribution or use of graphics, images, sound files, video sequences and texts is not permitted without the written permission of the Federal Foundation. Using contents of third parties requires the written permission of the respective author, photographer or creator.

Web analytics with Piwik
This website uses the open source software Piwik for statistical analysis of user access. For this purpose, Piwik generates text files that are called "cookies" and stores them on your computer, thus enabling an analysis of your use of the website. Information generated by the cookie (including shortened IP address, visited page, browser or referring search engine) about your use of the website is stored on the server of the Federal Foundation. The IP address is made anonymous immediately after processing and before it is stored. This means that evaluations generated with Piwik are completely anonymous and do not allow any identification of individual persons. Data stored by Piwik is not linked to other data sources and do not get passed on to third parties. If you do not want Piwik to record your usage behavior, you have the option of turning off web analytics. You will find the link "Web analytics on/off" in the footer of this website.

Order form for exhibitions
When ordering exhibitions, the privacy protection information of the Federal Foundation apply. Your data provided in the online form will be stored, used, transmitted to the shipping service provider and deleted after the legal storage periods for the purpose of sending you the exhibition. Since the order is placed using a Google Forms form, Google's privacy policy also applies to the use of this form.

Google Maps to visualise the distribution of the exhibition
Google Maps is used on this website to visualise the distribution of exhibitions offered by the Federal Foundation. When using Google Maps, Google collects, processes and uses data about the use of the map function by users. You can find more detailed information about data processing by Google in the Google Privacy Policy. There you can also change your personal privacy protection settings in privacy settings.

Embedded YouTube videos
We occasionally embed YouTube videos on our website. YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA is the operator of the corresponding plug-ins. When visiting a page with the YouTube plug-in, a connection to YouTube's server is established and YouTube is informed which page you are viewing. If you are logged into your YouTube account, YouTube can associate your surfing habits with you personally. You can prevent this by logging out of your account beforehand. Further information on privacy protection at YouTube can be found in the provider's privacy protection information.

Embedded Vimeo Videos
We occasionally embed Vimeo videos on our website. The plug-ins are operated by Vimeo, Inc, 555 West, 18 th Street New York, New York 10011 When visiting a page with the Vimeo plug-in, a connection to the Vimeo’s server is established and Vimeo is informed which page you are viewing. Further information on privacy protection at Vimeo can be found in the provider's privacy protection information.

Use of cookies in the online shop
A cookie that is valid for the time of your visit to the website is used in the shopping cart of the online shop. This is necessary for the function of the shopping cart for technical reasons. Most browsers are set to automatically accept cookies. However you can deactivate the acceptance of cookies or set your browser so that it informs you as soon as cookies are sent.
If you fill in your personal data in the contact form of the online shop, they will be stored and used by the Federal Foundation for the purpose of processing and sending your order. The order data is printed for address labels and invoices. The printed invoices are kept and destroyed after the annual budget audit. After processing the order, the data will be deleted from our server.

Facebook link
There is a link to our Facebook page on our website,
When you use this link, Facebook does not automatically generate data about it. However, Facebook can associate your browsing behavior with you when you are logged into your Facebook account. You can prevent this by logging out of your account beforehand. For more information about Facebook's privacy policy, please read the provider's privacy policy.

Use of personal data for sending the "aufarbeitung aktuell" newsletter
If you subscribe for our e-mail newsletter, we will ask you for your e-mail address only. This e-mail address will exclusively be used for sending the "aufarbeitung aktuell" newsletter if you have explicitly approved the subscription. This approval is expressed by the so-called double opt-in procedure where the potential recipient can be included in a distribution list. Subsequently, the user receives the opportunity to confirm the registration in a legally secure manner through a confirmation e-mail. The address is only actively included in the distribution list if it is confirmed. For this purpose your e-mail address will be sent to the service provider Newsletter2go GmbH, which is commissioned to send our newsletter in accordance with Art. 28 DS-GMO. Further data will not be collected. In particular, Newsletter2go is not permitted to sell your data or to use it for purposes other than sending newsletters. The provider's privacy protection information appliy.

You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time and repeal your consent to the use of your data, for example via the "unsubscribe" link in the newsletter.
For the evaluation and improvement of our newsletter, data is stored at Newsletter2go. The Federal Foundation uses this data for statistics on the user behaviour of newsletter recipients. These data are stored after being made anonymous and will be deleted after evaluation.

General contact form
If you enter data in the general contact form, they will be stored and used by the Federal Foundation for the purpose of processing your request. Data that you enter in the contact form will be stored in our e-mail communication and deleted after the deletion periods for our administrative files as part of the traceability of administrative actions of the Federal Foundation.

Registration form for external events
If you enter data in the form for registering external events, these data will be visible on our website. As explained in the notice associated to the form, only details of the person responsible for the database entry are not published. These personal data are stored by the Federal Foundation for the purpose of communication with the person(s) responsible.

Links to other websites
Our website contains links to other websites. We have no influence on whether the operators of other websites comply with privacy protection regulations.
As a provider, we are responsible for our own content in accordance with general laws. Links to contents provided by other websites are to be distinguished from our own contents. We take no responsibility for external content provided via links and do not take ownership of their content.
For illegal, incorrect or incomplete contents and especially for damages resulting from the use or non-use of such information, only the provider of the page to which the user was was referred is liable.

Data security
In order to protect the security of your data during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption methods (e.g. SSL) via HTTPS. We protect our website and other systems by technical and organisational measures against loss, destruction, access, modification or processing of your data by unauthorised persons. The security measures are continuously improved according to technological development.

Your right to information, correction, blocking, deletion and objection
You have the right to obtain information at any time about which personal data concerning you is stored and processed by us. You also have the right to immediately request the correction of any inaccurate personal data concerning you and the deletion of such personal data. Date storage for the purpose of business transactions is excluded from this. You also have the right to object the processing of personal data concerning you if this processing happens without your approval due to the fulfilment of public tasks by the Federal Foundation.
To enforce your claims, please contact our privacy protection officer, whose contact details you will find at the very bottom of this page.
You may also change or repeal your approval notifying us accordingly with effect from the future.

Children and persons under the age of 18 should not transmit any personal data to us without the consent of their parents or legal guardians. We do not request or collect personal data from children and do not pass them on to third parties.

Organisation in charge
The responsible data processing unit is the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany, Kronenstraße 5, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: +49(030)319895-0
Fax: +49(030)319895-210

The Foundation is a federal foundation under public law.

Authorised to represent:
Rainer Eppelmann (Chairman of the Board)

Privacy protection officer
The official privacy protection officer is Dr. Carsten Zabel, Federal Foundation for the Review of the SED Dictatorship, Kronenstraße 5, 10117 Berlin

Changes to our privacy policy
We reserve the right to occasionally adapt this data protection information so that it always complies with current legal regulations or to implement changes to our services and offers in the information, e.g. when introducing new services. Your renewed visit will be subject to the new privacy policy.

Last update: Juli 2019