From the EKD’s Data Protection Law (“DSG-EKD”)
This privacy notice uses terms from the DSG-EKD legal text. You can consult the definitions (§ 4 DSG-EKD – in German) at https://kirchenrecht-ekd.de/document/41335?#s47000062, for example.
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Centre for Partnership, Development and Mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria
Postal address / Address:
P.O. Box 68, 91561 Neuendettelsau, Germany
Hauptstrasse 2, 91564 Neuendettelsau, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)9874 9-0, Fax: +49 (0)9874 9-330
MEW takes the protection of your personal details very seriously. Personal data are treated confidentially and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy notice.
MEW has taken organisational, contractual and technical measures to ensure compliance with the provisions of data protection laws and prevent any accidental or deliberate manipulations, loss, destruction or access by unauthorised parties.
However, MEW points out that data transfer via the internet (e.g. in email communications) can encounter security gaps. It is not possible to protect data seamlessly against access by third parties. We recommend that you send any confidential information by post rather than email.
You can change and adapt your cookie settings here.
Temporary cookies, called “session cookies”, are automatically deleted when the browser is closed. Permanent cookies remain in place for a specified period and can provide the saved information when the website is accessed again. These cookies make it possible, for example, to recognise your browser the next time you visit.
Collection of access data via server log files
MEW automatically collects and saves data in server log files each time its website is accessed. This includes the name of the page that has been accessed, the date and time this occurred, the transmitted data and volumes, a report of successful access, the browser type and version used, the user’s operating system, the referrer URL (the previous webpage), the IP address and the hostname of the computer accessing the page.
MEW uses these protocol data in accordance with the statutory provisions only for statistical evaluations for the purpose of operating, securing and optimising the website. These data are not attributable to specific persons. These date are not linked with other data sources, for example to create profiles. However, MEW reserves the right to subsequently inspect protocol data if concrete grounds for rightly suspecting unlawful usage emerge.
Collection and use of personal data
Personal data is information about a certain or ascertainable natural person’s personal and factual circumstances. This includes information such as your name, address, postal address and telephone number. It does not include information that is unrelated to your identity (such as the number of users of the webpage). It is fundamentally possible to use this website without providing personal data.
If personal data is collected on these pages, this is always done, as far as possible, on a voluntary basis and only if permissible by law or the user consents to the collection of data. Users will generally be able to recognise which data is being stored when using the service.
We store your details on servers in Germany and Europe (back-up). Access to this data is granted to only a few specially authorised individuals with technical, commercial or editorial responsibilities in relation to the server.
Making contact via the contact form or email
If you send enquiries to MEW using the contact form or email, your details, such as your name, email address, the subject and your message, including any information that you might volunteer, will be stored by MEW to help process your enquiry and in case of any follow-up questions.
Ordering material, booking events, making donations, and other enquiries to MEW
If you order any material (e.g. exhibitions, development policy kits, or brochures) via MEW’s website, submit any enquiries (for example, regarding informational flyers, workshops, speakers or overnight accommodation options), make donations, or sign up for events or courses, we will request your name and other personal information, such as your bank account details. Personal data will be collected using online forms (e.g. name, address, email address, payment details) as required to fulfil and process an order.
MEW uses the details provided only for the purpose of the particular offer or service in which you are interested. This data is treated confidentially, encrypted (SSL connection) for transmission and put to further use exclusively in the manner described as follows under “Transmission of data and forwarding data to third parties”.
Transmission of data and forwarding data to third parties
MEW uses your personal data – as far as possible – only within its own organisation. MEW will only pass on a user’s details to third parties where this is legally permissible, the user has explicitly consented to this, or it is necessary to do so in order to perform a contractual undertaking / meet a contractual obligation towards the user. Passing on data is necessary, for example, if the postal address must be communicated to a courier service after material has been ordered, if a credit institution is to complete a payment/donation transaction, if accommodation / a room needs to be booked for an event, or if responsible officials such as law enforcement authorities demand the data.
Your details will not be passed on to third parties for reasons such as advertising purposes or creating user profiles without your explicit consent.
Emails containing advertising information about MEW and its services are only sent with users’ explicit consent. If you would like to receive the newsletter offered on the website, MEW will require an email address from you and information that allows us to check that you are really the owner of the cited email address and consent to receiving the newsletter.
Before starting to send out the newsletter, the owner of the email account is sent a confirmation email in which they must confirm that they have signed up for the newsletter. If there is no response, the request to sign up will automatically be deleted within four weeks, at the latest.
During the registration process, MEW records when both registration and confirmation took place, together with the user’s IP address. MEW is legally obliged to keep records of registrations as proof that the process was conducted properly. MEW only uses these details to send the requested information.
Non-commercial information includes messages relating to the contractual relationship with the user, such as sending technical information, information about booked events or payment transactions, queries about orders, and similar messages.
You can withdraw your consent to saving your details or email address, or to using them to send you the newsletter, at any time – either by clicking the unsubscribe
(“Austragen”) link in the newsletter itself or by requesting this in an email message to the contact named in the legal notice (“Impressum”).
Links to other websites
MEW’s website contains links to other websites. If you click on a link to an external site, then data will be sent from your computer to servers used by the provider of the linked content. MEW has no influence over these operators’ compliance with data protection regulations.
We use an encryption process to protect the data that you share with us while using this website against undesired access. Your input is then transmitted via the internet from your computer to our server and vice versa using 256-Bit SSL encryption (Secure Socket Layer). This is symbolised in the status bar of your browser in the form of a closed lock, and the URL will start with “https://”. We don’t use encryption if you are simply accessing information that is generally available on our website.
Users’ rights: notification, correction and deletion
As a user of our website, you can apply for notification of which personal data have been saved about you, free of charge. As long as your wish does not conflict with any legal obligation to retain data (e.g. telecommunications data retention), you have a right to correct erroneous data and to block or delete your personal data. You can direct any such enquiry to the address stated in the legal notice or cited under “Contact”, either in writing or by email.
Deployment of Matomo (formerly Piwik) for the purpose of user analyses
The information generated by the cookie in the pseudonym user profile is not used to identify any visitor to this website personally, nor is it linked to personal data via the pseudonym.
If you do not agree with this data about your visit being saved and evaluated, you can subsequently use a mouse-click to dissent to its storage and use at any time. Doing so will store an opt-out cookie in your browser, which will prevent Matomo from storing any of your session data. Please bear in mind that if you delete all cookies, this will include the opt-out cookie and you would then need to reactivate it. You must also repeat the deactivation procedure if using a different computer or web browser.
Data storage for statistical purposes
You have the option of preventing your activities on this site from being analysed and linked. This will protect your privacy, but it will also prevent the operator from learning from your actions and improving ease of use for you and other users.
Your visit to this website is currently being recorded by Matomo web analysis. Uncheck this box to opt out.
Use of Facebook’s social plugins
Social plugins from the social network facebook.com, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”), are used on this website. The plugins can be identified by a Facebook logo (white “f” on a blue tile, or a “thumbs up” symbol), or are labelled as a “Facebook social plugin”. You can consult the list of Facebook social plugins and their appearance here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
When a user accesses a page on this website containing one of these plugins, their browser creates a direct link with Facebook’s servers. The content of the plugin is transmitted by Facebook directly to the user’s browser and is embedded by the browser into the website. The provider thus cannot influence the scope of the data that Facebook collects with the aid of this plugin and thus informs the user according to its own level of knowledge: By integrating the plugin, Facebook receives the information that a user has accessed that page on our website. If the user is logged in, Facebook can associate the visit with a Facebook account. If a user interacts with these plugins, e.g. clicks the “Like” button or writes a comment, their browser will transmit the information in question directly to Facebook and save it there. If the user is not a member of Facebook, it is still possible for Facebook to learn and save their IP address. According to Facebook, in Germany only anonymised IP addresses are saved.
The purpose and scope of collecting data, how Facebook then processes and uses the data, together with the corresponding rights and optional settings to protect users’ privacy, can be found in Facebook’s privacy notices: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.
If a user is a member of Facebook and does not wish Facebook to collect data about them via this website and link this with their membership data saved in Facebook, they must log out of Facebook before visiting the website and delete the relevant Facebook cookies. It is also possible to block Facebook’s social plugins with add-ons for your browser, e.g. “Facebook Blocker”.
Use of Twitter
The Twitter plugin is used to personalise our website design and it allows you to quickly show specific parts of our website on Twitter or to comment on them. This represents an interest of the church in accordance with § 6 number 4 DSG-EKD.
We record your IP address to enable transmission to Twitter. You are not obliged to provide this personal data, but you cannot use this plugin without doing so.
If you do not wish Twitter to attribute the personal data gathered via our website with your Twitter account, you must log out from Twitter before visiting our website. You can find Twitter’s privacy notice at https://twitter.com/privacy/.
Use of YouTube
YouTube plugins are used to achieve an appealing design on our website and to make it possible to display video content. This represents an interest of the church in accordance with § 6 number 4 DSG-EKD. Data is transmitted in the USA in accordance with the implementation decision (EU) 2016/1250 by the EU Commission (EU-US Privacy Shield).
We record your IP address to enable transmission to YouTube. You are not obliged to provide this personal data, but you cannot use the relevant parts of our website without doing so.
If you do not wish YouTube to attribute the personal data gathered via our website with your YouTube account, you must log out from YouTube before visiting our website. You can further information about YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/intl/de/yt/about/. You can find YouTube’s privacy notice included in Google’s privacy statement at https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.
WhatsApp – notes on data protection
If you write a message to us using WhatsApp, you will transmit your telephone number to us in the process. This will not be passed on to third parties. We will only use the number to communicate with you via WhatsApp. However, please bear WhatsApp’s conditions in mind, which are beyond our influence. When you install and use WhatsApp on your mobile phone, you agree to WhatsApp’s general terms and conditions. These include, amongst other things, your permission for WhatsApp Inc. to access your telephone number and the contacts saved on your telephone.
Obligatory information about the resolution of disputes (consumer settlements)
Pursuant to § 36 and 37 VSBG (Act on the Resolution of Consumer Disputes), MEW points out the following rule: For disputes stemming from contracts that consumers in a member state of the EU have agreed over the internet with a company located in the EU, the European Commission has set up an online dispute resolution platform (“ODR platform”). Users can access the platform via the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/main/index.cfm?event=main.home2.show&lng=EN
MEW would prefer to resolve any concerns directly with you. MEW is not prepared or obliged to participate in a dispute resolution procedure/consumer settlement process at a consumer settlement office. Please contact MEW directly if you have any questions or problems.
Rejection of advertising e-mails
We hereby refuse the use of the contact details published within the legal notice for the purpose of sending unsolicited advertising and information material. MEW expressly reserves the right to take legal action if any unsolicited advertising material is sent, for example in the form of spam emails.
Changes to the privacy notice
MEW reserves the right to amend the privacy notice so as to adapt it to any change in the legal situation or to changed services or data processing.