Data Protection Information Website
1. Data Protection Information for our website
We are pleased that you are visiting our website and would like to inform you as comprehensively as possible about the associated processing of your data.
When you visit our website, personal data is collected from you. This is data that is necessary for you to be able to use our Internet pages or that enables us to take your preferences into account. In addition, it may be information that you yourself provide to us via the contact options offered on these pages.
We use this data to ensure the proper operation and all functionalities of our website and to answer your inquiries.
In the following, we will inform you about which data is collected on our website and for which purposes it is processed. In addition, you will receive information about your rights and contact details for us and our data protection officer.
2. Contact and data protection officer
This data protection declaration applies to the website of
Michael Succow Foundation
Ellernholzstr. 1/3, 17498 Greifswald, Germany
Phone: +49 381 835 4210
Fax: +49 3834 835 4222
You can reach our data protection officer as follows:
ECOVIS Keller Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB
Rechtsanwalt Axel Keller, LL.M. / Senior Associate Karsten Neumann
Am Campus 1 - 11, 18182 Rostock-Bentwisch
Tel.: +49 0381 12 88 49 0
You have the right at any time to contact our data protection officer free of charge and, if you wish, in confidence, to assist you in asserting your data protection rights.
3. Purposes and legal basis of data processing, order processors, transfer to third parties in third countries
We use the personal data you provide to us only for the purposes for which it is intended.
The legal basis for the processing your data can be in particular
the initiation and execution of a contract pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO, for example when you contact us via the form, be our legitimate interest according to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO, for example in the context of public relations, securing the necessary functionalities of the website, IT and Internet security, quality assurance, fraud prevention and prosecution of crimes.
If you have given us consent for a specific purpose, you can revoke this informally at any time.
A transfer of personal data to government institutions and authorities is only carried out on the basis of mandatory national legislation.
The persons entrusted by us with the processing the data are bound to secrecy and lawful processing of the data. In case of further processing your personal data for a purpose other than the original one, we will notify you accordingly.
We use the support of external service providers (processors) for certain technical processes regarding data analysis, processing and / or storage. Both we and the processor are obliged to comply with the technical-organizational measures according to Art. 32 DSGVO and the external service provider is also obliged to maintain confidentiality. Processing is carried out exclusively on our behalf and on our instructions. Any processing of your personal data beyond this commissioned data processing will only take place with your explicit consent or in the cases ordered by law and by official or judicial order.
Data will only be transferred to third countries (countries outside the European Economic Area - EEA) if this is necessary for the performance of the contract, is required by law, you have given your consent to the data processing or is necessary to ensure various functionalities on the website. We will inform you separately about details, if required by law.
4. Duration of data storage
In connection with the purely informational use of our homepage, we store the data that your browser transmits to our server for the period of time necessary to correct malfunctions or error messages. Deletion usually takes place within 7 days after the end of the Internet connection.
Further deletion periods result depending on your use of the website.
If you contact us with a request using our contact options, we store your collected personal data from the time of collection. The data collected in this way is stored by us for the duration of our business relationship, which includes, among other things, the initiation and execution of a contract. In addition, we are subject to various storage and documentation obligations, which result, among other things, from the German Commercial Code (HGB), the German Fiscal Code (AO) or other tax law. The retention periods prescribed there are up to ten years after the end of the year in which the contractual relationship was terminated. Finally, the storage period with regard to the possibility of defending against legal claims and proof of compliance with data protection obligations is also assessed according to the statutory limitation periods, which according to §§ 195 ff. of the German Civil Code (BGB) are generally 3 years from the end of the year in which the claim arose.
In the event of further deletion periods, you will be informed in the further course of the data protection declaration.
5. Further Data Protection Notices
Please also note our special data protection information for applicants, or donors.
6. Data Subject Rights (Information for Data Subjects According to Chapter 3 DSGVO)
You are entitled to the following data subject rights:
the right to information according to Art. 15 DSGVO,
the right to rectification according to Art. 16 DSGVO,
the right to erasure according to Art. 17 DSGVO,
the right to restrict the processing of personal data according to Art. 18 DSGVO,
the right to data portability according to Art. 20 DSGVO and
the right to object to the processing of personal data pursuant to Art. 21 DSGVO.
In addition, there is a right of appeal to a data protection authority pursuant to Art. 77 DSGVO. The complaint can be filed with the data protection authority of the country in which you reside or work or in which the alleged infringement occurred. If the data protection authority of another member state is competent for the body you are complaining about, the national data protection authority will coordinate with the other data protection authority. An overview can be found here:
The supervisory authority responsible for us is
The State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Schweriner Schloss, Lennéstraße 1, 19053 Schwerin, Germany
Phone: +49 385 594 94 0
Fax: +49 385 594 94 58
7. Functionality and Presentation of the Website
Cookies contain a so-called cookie ID. A cookie ID is a unique identifier of the cookie. It consists of a string of characters by which Internet pages and servers can be assigned to the specific Internet browser in which the cookie was stored. This allows visited Internet sites and servers to distinguish your individual browser from other Internet browsers that contain other cookies. A specific internet browser can be recognized and identified via the unique cookie ID.
In addition, cookies are also used on the website for the purpose of analyzing user behavior or marketing purposes. However, this use only takes place if you have given us your consent in accordance with Art. 6 (1) lit. a DSGVO when you first call up the website. You can prevent the setting of cookies by our website at any time by means of an appropriate setting of the Internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. Furthermore, cookies that have already been set can be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all common Internet browsers. If the setting of cookies is deactivated in the Internet browser used, not all functions of our website may be fully usable.
In the following, we have compiled links where you can find detailed information on how to deactivate cookies in common browsers:
- Mozilla Firefox: URL
- Internet Explorer: URL
- Google Chrome: URL
- Safari: URL
7.2. Server log files
The provider of our website automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which are automatically transmitted to us by your browser. The following data may be collected
browser types and versions used,
the operating system used by the accessing system
the website from which an accessing system arrives at our website (so-called referrer),
sub-websites that are accessed via an accessing system on our website,
the date and time of an access to the Internet page,
an Internet protocol address (IP address),
the Internet service provider of the accessing system and
other data and information that serve to avert danger in the event of attacks on our information technology systems.
When using this general data and information, we do not draw any conclusions about you. Rather, this information is required in order
to deliver the contents of our website correctly,
to optimize the content of our website as well as the advertising for it,
to ensure the long-term functionality of our information technology systems and the technology of our website, and
to provide law enforcement authorities with the information necessary for prosecution in the event of a cyber attack.
Therefore, we evaluate these data and information on a statistical basis, and moreover, with the aim of increasing the data protection and data security of our enterprise, and ultimately with the aim of ensuring an optimal level of protection for the personal data we process. The processing is carried out within the scope of our legitimate interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) f DSGVO. The anonymous data of the server log files are stored separately from all your specified personal data. A combination of this data with other data sources is not made. However, in the event of indications of illegal use of our Internet offer, it is possible for us to subsequently subject this data to a review.
8.1. Contact and Contact Form
Our website contains information that enables a quick electronic contact to our company as well as an immediate communication with us, which also includes a general address of the so-called electronic mail (e-mail address).
In addition, we have integrated a contact form with the help of which you can contact us. You have the option of voluntarily providing your title, first name, last name and telephone number. For communication with us, however, it is mandatory that you provide your e-mail address and your specific request in the message.
If you contact us by e-mail or via the contact form, the personal data you provide will be stored automatically. Such personal data transmitted on a voluntary basis will be stored for the purpose of processing or contacting you. This personal data will not be passed on to third parties.
The transmission of data via the contact form is voluntary and is carried out in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) DSGVO. If the processing is necessary for the fulfillment of a contract or in the context of the implementation of a pre-contractual measure, the data processing is carried out pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) DSGVO.
We use an external service provider (order processor) for this technical process. Both we and the order processor are obliged to comply with the technical-organizational measures pursuant to Art. 32 DSGVO and the external service provider is also obliged to maintain confidentiality. Processing is carried out exclusively on our behalf and on our instructions
8.2. Newsletter Subscription
You have the option to subscribe to our newsletter. With your registration, you consent to the sending of newsletters by email according to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a DSGVO and the associated tracking. In this newsletter, we report on activities in Germany and worldwide as well as on developments in the Foundation House.
For the subscription to the newsletter, we collect the data exclusively in direct contact with you. For sending the newsletter, we process your e-mail address as personal data from you. In principle, you can only receive the newsletter from our company if
you have a valid e-mail address and
you have registered to receive the newsletter.
The personal data collected in the context of a registration for the newsletter will be used exclusively for sending our newsletter. Furthermore, subscribers to the newsletter could be informed by email if this is necessary for the operation of the newsletter service or a related registration, for example in the event of changes to the newsletter offer or changes in the technical circumstances.
The subscription to our newsletter can be cancelled by you at any time. The consent to the storage of personal data that you have given us for the newsletter dispatch can be revoked by you at any time. Your data will only be stored for as long as you have given us your consent. For the purpose of revoking your consent, you can contact us at any time using the contact details provided on this page or use the unsubscribe function in each newsletter.
Our newsletters may contain so-called tracking pixels. A tracking pixel is a miniature graphic that is embedded in such emails that are sent in HTML format to enable log file recording and log file analysis. This allows a statistical evaluation of the success or failure of online marketing campaigns. Based on the embedded tracking pixel, we can see if and when an e-mail was opened by a recipient and which links located in the e-mail were called up by the recipient.
Such personal data collected via the tracking pixels contained in the newsletters are stored and evaluated by us in order to optimize the newsletter dispatch and to better adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the recipients. This personal data is not passed on to third parties.
Data subjects are entitled at any time to revoke the separate consent given in this regard via the double opt-in procedure. After revocation, this personal data will be deleted by the controller, unless the right to deletion is restricted by law. We understand a withdrawal from receiving the newsletter as a withdrawal of consent.
9. Social Media
9.1. Use of Social Media Plugins
The website also uses the integration of social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These platforms sometimes contain buttons and plugins that already transmit data to the operators of the respective network platform when the page is loaded, i.e. without further activity by the user.
9.2. Facebook (link by icon)
We have integrated components of the company Facebook as a link on this website. Facebook is a social network. A social network is a social meeting place operated on the Internet, i.e. an online community that generally enables users to communicate with each other and interact in virtual space. A social network can serve as a platform for exchanging opinions and experiences or enables the Internet community to provide personal or company-related information. Facebook allows social network users to create private profiles, upload photos and network via friend requests, among other things.
A voluntary click on the icon results in a redirect to Facebook, over which we have no control.
The operating company of Facebook is Meta Platforms Inc, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA. The controller of the processing of personal data, if a data subject lives outside the USA or Canada, is Meta Platforms Ireland Ltd, 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland.
If you do not want Facebook to process your data, please do not click on the link.
The data policy published by Facebook, which can be accessed at www.facebook.com/about/privacy/, provides information about the collection, processing and use of personal data by Facebook. It also explains which settings options Facebook offers to protect your privacy.
Insight data analysis
The Conference of Independent Data Protection Authorities of the Federal Republic and the States (Datenschutzkonferenz - DSK) has pointed out that Facebook is obliged to obtain effective consent for data use from all visitors to the Facebook page. The operators of a Facebook fan page, on the other hand, are obliged to obtain the necessary information about data use from Facebook.
By using the platform Facebook, we do not assume any responsibility for the processing of personal data and its transfer outside the European Union, in particular no responsibility for the implementation of data subject rights and the effectiveness of consent.
We have no influence on the scope and no full access to the collected data or your profile data. You decide what information we receive within the exclusive responsibility of Facebook with your Facebook settings or your browser settings when visiting a publicly accessible page. In addition, you have the option in your Facebook settings to actively hide your "likes" or to no longer follow the fan page. Then your profile will no longer appear in the list of fans of this fan page.
We receive anonymous statistics from Facebook on the use and usage of the fan page. The following information is provided here, for example (so-called insight data):
• Followers: number of people who follow our fan page - including increases and development over a defined time frame.
• Reach: Number of people who see a specific post on our fan page and number of interactions on a post.
• Ad performance: number of people who saw an ad
• Demographics: average age of visitors, gender, location, language.
We use these statistics, from which we cannot draw any conclusions about individual users, to constantly improve our online offering on Facebook and to respond better to the interests of our users. We cannot link the statistical data with the profile data of our fans. You can decide via your Facebook settings in what form you are shown targeted advertising.
We have entered into a joint controller agreement with Facebook regarding the processing of personal data pursuant to Article 26 of the GDPR.
Accordingly, Facebook is the sole controller with respect to the processing of Insight Data. In this regard, Facebook is responsible for the fulfillment of information obligations pursuant to Articles 12 and 13 of the GDPR, for the exercise of data subject rights pursuant to Articles 15 to 22 of the GDPR, for data security and also for the responsibility for data breach notification (Articles 32 to 34 of the GDPR). Furthermore, Facebook remains the sole controller for the processing of other personal data.
We receive personal data via Facebook when you actively communicate it to us via a personal message on Facebook or when you use a form to transmit the data to us and actively send the data to us by clicking on a button. We use the data you provide (e.g., first name, last name) to respond to your request, if necessary.
We have integrated components of Twitter on this website. Twitter is a multilingual publicly accessible microblogging service on which users can publish and distribute so-called tweets, i.e. short messages limited to 140 characters. These short messages can be accessed by anyone, including people who are not registered with Twitter. However, the tweets are also displayed to the so-called followers of the respective user. Followers are other Twitter users who follow the tweets of a user. Furthermore, Twitter enables a broad audience to be addressed via hashtags, links or retweets.
The operating company of Twitter is Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA.
According to the COMMISSION'S IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2021/914 of June 4, 2021 on standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to third countries under Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council, the transfer of data to the USA is based on standard contractual clauses.
By each call of one of the individual pages of our website, which was integrated a Twitter component (Twitter button), the Internet browser on your system is automatically caused by the respective Twitter component to download a representation of the corresponding component of Twittere. More information about Twitter is available at about.twitter.com. Within the scope of this technical procedure, Twitter receives knowledge of which specific subpage of our website is visited by you.
If you are logged in to Twitter at the same time, Twitter recognizes which specific sub-page you are visiting each time you call up our website and for the entire duration of your respective stay on our website. This information is collected by the Twitter component and assigned by Twitter to your respective Twitter account. If you click on a Twitter button integrated on our website, Twitter assigns this information to your personal Twitter user account and stores this personal data.
Twitter always receives information via the Twitter component that you have visited our website if you are logged into Twitter at the same time as calling up our website; this takes place regardless of whether you click on the Twitter component or not.
If you do not want this information to be transmitted to Twitter, you can prevent the transmission by logging out of your Twitter account before accessing our website.
Further information and the applicable data protection provisions of Twitter can be found at twitter.com/privacy?lang=en.
9.4. YouTube (link per icon or video)
We have integrated components of the YouTube service as a link on our website.
YouTube is an Internet video portal that allows video publishers to post video clips free of charge and other users to view, rate and comment on them, also free of charge. YouTube allows the publication of all types of videos, which is why complete film and TV shows, but also music videos, trailers or videos made by users themselves can be accessed via the Internet portal.
The operating company of YouTube is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. YouTube, LLC is a subsidiary of Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA, represented in the EU by Google Ireland Ltd, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.
As soon as you click on the link, YouTube will process your data. If you do not want such data processing, you can prevent the transmission by not clicking the link. Furthermore, we have embedded videos on our website, which are only activated when you actively click on the respective video and only from this point on the data transmission to YouTube starts.
Whether and to what extent data is transmitted to YouTube after clicking on the link or a video, and whether and to what extent data is also transmitted to the USA in the process, is not known to us and is not subject to our control.
According to the COMMISSION'S IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2021/914 of June 4, 2021 on standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to third countries under Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council, the transfer of data to the USA is based on standard contractual clauses, see here business.safety.google/gdprcontrollerterms/ and here business.safety.google/gdprcontrollerterms/sccs/.
Further information and the applicable privacy policies of YouTube, respectively Google can be found at policies.google.com/privacy.
9.5. Other Providers
We use the open source software CiviCRM to store and process personal data of companies and persons with whom we are in contact (e.g. donors, members of committees, business and project partners, newsletter subscribers, etc.). The data stored and processed in the database includes personal data (e.g. names, private and business addresses, private and business e-mail addresses, private and business telephone numbers, etc.) as well as information on communication preferences, participation in events and communication activities between the contacts and us. The data is used primarily for internal purposes (address database) but also for external communication (e.g. newsletters, mailing of letters) and the organization of events.
The CiviCRM database is hosted on a server managed by us. Only employees of the Succow Foundation have access to company and personal data. Data is not passed on to third parties.
CiviCRM is a customer relationship management system (CRM) for non-profit organizations. For more information, visit civicrm.org.
10. Analysis Tools
Matomo (formerly: PIWIK )
We have integrated the Matomo component on our website.
Matomo is an open source software tool for web analysis. Web analysis is the collection, compilation and analysis of data about the behavior of visitors to websites. Among other things, a web analysis tool collects data about the website from which a data subject came to a website (so-called referrer), which subpages of the website were accessed or how often and for how long a subpage was viewed. A web analysis is mainly used to optimize a website and for cost-benefit analysis of internet advertising. The purpose of the Matomo component is to analyze the flow of visitors to our website. Among other things, we use the data and information obtained to evaluate the use of this website in order to compile online reports.
Matomo sets cookies in your system, which enables us to analyze the use of our website. Each time you call up one of the individual pages of this website, the Matomo component automatically causes your Internet browser to transmit data to our server for the purpose of online analysis. As part of this technical procedure, we obtain knowledge of personal data, such as your IP address, in order to trace the origin of our visitors and clicks.
By means of the cookies, personal information, such as the time of access, the place from which an access originated and the frequency of visits to our website are stored. Each time you visit our website, this personal data, including your IP address, is transferred to our server. This personal data is stored by us. We do not pass on this personal data to third parties.
You can prevent the setting of cookies at any time by means of an appropriate setting of the Internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies.
Furthermore, you have the option to object to the collection of data generated by Matomo and related to a use of this website and to prevent such a collection. To do this, please use the following link: matomo.org/docs/privacy/ set.
11. Online Marketing
Google Ads conversion tracking
Our website uses Google conversion tracking for advertising measures through Google Ads in order to advertise our offers and attract the attention of potential customers and interested parties. Data processing by Google on our website is carried out with your prior consent pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. a DSGVO. You can revoke your consent at any time.
The operating company is Google LLC; 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway; Mountain View, CA 94043; USA, represented in the EU by Google Ireland Ltd, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.
According to COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2021/914 of June 4, 2021 on standard contractual clauses for transfers of personal data to third countries under Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council, data transfers to the US are based on standard contractual clauses, see here business.safety.google/gdprcontrollerterms/ and here business.safety.google/gdprcontrollerterms/sccs/.
Google Ads is an Internet advertising service that allows advertisers to display ads in both Google's search engine results and the Google advertising network. Google Ads allows an advertiser to specify certain keywords in advance, by means of which an ad is displayed in Google's search engine results exclusively when the user retrieves a keyword-relevant search result using the search engine. In the Google advertising network, the ads are distributed to topic-relevant Internet pages by means of an automatic algorithm and in compliance with the previously defined keywords.
If you reach our website via a Google ad, a so-called conversion cookie is stored on your system by Google. A conversion cookie loses its validity after thirty days and is not used to identify you. If the cookie has not yet expired, the conversion cookie is used to track whether certain sub-pages, for example the shopping cart of an online store system, have been called up on our website. The conversion cookie enables both us and Google to track whether you have accessed our website via an Ads ad and generated a sale, i.e. whether you have completed or cancelled a purchase.
The data and information collected through the use of the conversion cookie are used by Google to create visit statistics for our website. These visit statistics are in turn used by us to determine the total number of users who were referred to us via Ads ads, i.e. to determine the success or failure of the respective Ads ad and to optimize our Ads ads for the future. Neither our company nor other advertisers of Google Ads receive information from Google by means of which you could be identified.
By means of the conversion cookie, personal information, for example the Internet pages visited by you, is stored. Each time you visit our website, personal data, including your IP address, is transferred to Google. This personal data is stored by Google.
Further information and the applicable data protection provisions of Google can be found at policies.google.com/privacy and policies.google.com/terms.
You can prevent the setting of cookies at any time by means of an appropriate setting of the Internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. To do this, you can generally deactivate the automatic setting of cookies or specifically block cookies from the domain googleleadservices.com.
Furthermore, the data subject has the option to object to interest-based advertising by Google. To do so, please use the following link: adssettings.google.com/.
12. Payment Options
To implement the donation debit, we use the plugin CiviCRM. This does not collect, store or process any personal data and is used for donation management.
Contact and data protection officer
This data protection declaration applies to the website of the:
Michael Succow Foundation
Ellernholzstr. 1/3, 17498 Greifswald, Germany
Phone: +49 0381 12 88 49 0
Fax: +49 3834 835 4222
You can reach our data protection officer as follows:
ECOVIS Keller Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB
Attorney Axel Keller / Senior Associate Karsten Neumann
At the Campus 1-11 - 18182 Rostock
Phone: +49 0381 12 88 49 0
Fax: +49 381 12 88 49-69