Data Protection (Privacy) Policy
1. General information
The protection of your personal data as submitted in connection with the use of our online services is of great importance to the Diakonisches Werk der Evangelischen Kirche Heidelberg (the social welfare organisation of the Protestant church in Heidelberg). We should therefore like to inform you about which data we collect (if applicable) and how we use them. Our legal basis is the Church law on Data Protection for the Protestant Church in Germany (Datenschutzgesetz der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland) and current regulations of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
2. Personal Data
We generally use any personal data voluntarily submitted by you, to reply to your requests, to process your assignments, or to give you access to specific information or proposals. Beyond that, we will use your personal data only if you have provided the corresponding explicit consent. Wherever online services provide the option to enter personal or business data (e.g., in connection with a personal registration, order, request or communication), entering this information on the part of website visitors will be executed on an explicitly voluntary basis.
3. Collecting, Processing and Use of Information
Personal data voluntarily submitted to us online will be collected, processed and used only for the purposes communicated in a given situation. Any other collecting, processing or use will take place only if this
- serves another purpose directly connected to the original purpose for which the personal data were obtained,
- is necessary on the basis of a legal obligation or by administrative or court order,
- is necessary for the substantiation or protection of legal claims or for defense in the face of legal action, or
- is necessary to prevent improper use or any other illegal activities such as willful attacks on our systems.
When you access our websites, communication-related information (e.g., a truncated IP address) and/or use-related information (e.g., start and duration of use and your telecommunication services provider) will be generated automatically and by technical means. This information will possibly allow for conclusions regarding personal data. Besides, information will be collected that cannot be related to any specific person (e.g., the web browser used, operating system, the domain name of the website you came from, number of visits, average duration of stay, web pages accessed). We use this information to determine the attractiveness of our websites and to enhance their performance and content. There is no disclosure to third parties.
When you visit one of our websites, we may store information on your computer in the form of a so-called “cookie”. Cookies allow us, for example, to adapt a website to your interests or to store your password so you will not have to enter it every time you access. Since a cookie does not allow for easy individualisation of a natural person, using them is permitted. If you do not wish for us to recognize your computer, please make appropriate changes in your browser settings so that it will delete cookies from your computer, disallow all cookies, or warn you before a cookie is stored.
We use technical and organisational security measures to protect the information you submitted from accidental or willful manipulation, loss, destruction or access by unauthorized persons. In doing so, we rely upon standards and optimize our measures in accordance with technological progress. Nevertheless, we should like to point out that at the current state of technology, information transferred on the internet cannot fully be protected. We recommend ordinary postal mail.
7. Right of Objection
We will, of course, readily inform you about the use of the personal data you have made available to us. According to the Church law on Data Protection for the Protestant Church in Germany (Datenschutzgesetz der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland), as a person concerned you have the right to object at any time to the processing and use of your data. To do so, a corresponding notice to the Diakonisches Werk Heidelberg (the social welfare organisation of the Protestant church in Heidelberg) will suffice. If you wish, we will not use your data for further contacts and will delete them.
8. E-Mail Security
When you send us an e-mail, your e-mail address will be used exclusively for corresponding with you. No encryption method is used.
9. Data Protection Officer
If you have any questions regarding data protection (privacy), please contact our data protection officer:
SüdWest Datenschutz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Ms Nicole Schmidt
10. Usage of Social Plugins
Our web presence uses social plugins provided by the following social networks:
- facebook.com. Facebook is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. The plugins are marked with a Facebook logo or with the notice "Facebook Social Plugin". For more detailed information about functions and illustrations of the specific plugins please visit the following web page: developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/
If you do not want Facebook and/or Twitter to collect data about you via our web presence, you need to log off said networks before visiting our web presence. To generally prevent Facebook, or Twitter, from accessing your data on our, and other, web pages, please use corresponding blocking software.
11. Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, which are text files saved on your computer which allow an analysis of your use of the website. The information about your use of this website generated by the cookie will generally be transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. If this website anonymises IP addresses, your IP address will be truncated by Google within a EU member state or other EEA state before being transmitted to the United States. Only in exceptional situations will your full IP address be transmitted to Google servers in the United States and truncated there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to analyse your use of the website, compile reports on website activity and provide the website operator with further services relating to website and internet usage. Google will not associate the IP address transferred by your browser through Google Analytics with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the storage of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser software. Please note, however, that if you do this you may not be able to fully utilize all the functions of this website. You can also prevent Google from collecting information (including your IP address) generated by the cookie and related to your usage of the website, as well as from processing this information, by downloading and installing the following browser plugin: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB (German version: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de ) (The opt-out-cookie thus installed will prevent any future collection of your data when visiting this website. For further information about conditions of usage and privacy protection, please visit www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html (in German) or policies.google.com (German version: www.google.de/intl/de/policies/ ). We would like to point out that on this website, Google Analytics has been extended by the code “gat._anonymizeIp();” to ensure an anonymous detection of IP addresses (so-called IP masking).
12. Online Donations
We have assigned the company GRÜN Software AG, Pascalstraße 6, 52076 Aachen, Germany, phone: 0241 18900, e-mail: kontakt(at)gruen.net, website: www.gruen.net to handle our online donations.
13. Google Maps
This site uses the Google Maps map service via an IPA. It is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
To use the functions offered by Google Maps, it is necessary to save your IP address. This information is generally transmitted to a Google server in the United States and stored there. The provider of this site has no influence on this data transfer.
The use of Google Maps is in the interest of making our online services appealing and to facilitate the location of places specified by us on the website. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR.