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Data protection

Particular attention was paid during the creation of this website to the protection and security of your data. Specifically:

No spam

We send our newsletter only to people who have subscribed to it. Every newsletter contains an unsubscribe link.

Secure buttons for social networks

Since the buttons provided by Facebook, Twitter and Google+ transfer data to the different services even if you haven’t clicked them, we use specially developed »share buttons« that do not transfer data without your explicit consent.

No sale of data

We undertake not to sell any data.

Additional data protection information

Entity responsible

The entity responsible for processing the personal data recorded when you visit our website is the Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries, Littenstraße 108, 10179 Berlin (»Albert Schweitzer Foundation« or »we«). You can call us on +49 30 40054680 or send an e-mail to

Usage data

When you visit our website, we temporarily save »usage data«; this takes place on the basis of article 6, paragraph 1, letter f of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We use this usage data for statistical purposes to help us to improve the quality of our website and for security purposes. We also use this information to allow our website to be called up, to monitor and manage our systems as well as to improve the design of our website. These objectives also constitute the legitimate interests as stated in article 6, paragraph 1, letter f of the GDPR.

The data record consists of:

  • the page from which the file was requested (the name of the file);
  • the date and time of the request;
  • the volume of data transferred;
  • the access status (»file transferred«, »file not found«);
  • the description of the web browser type;
  • the IP address of the requesting computer as hash values (IP addresses may also be stored directly if errors occur and for troubleshooting purposes).

This data is automatically deleted after 14 days.


We use cookies on our website. Cookies are small text files that can be stored and read on your device. A distinction is made between session cookies, which are deleted as soon as you close your browser, and permanent cookies, which are saved even after you have ended your session. Cookies can contain data that helps us to recognise the device being used, although in some cases they can also contain information only about specific settings and that cannot be traced back to a specific user.

We use session cookies and permanent cookies on our website. They are processed in accordance with article 6, paragraph 1, sentence 1, letter f of the GDPR and in the interest of optimising/enabling user guidance/navigation and adapting the presentation of our website.

You can set your browser so that you are informed about the placement of cookies and the use of cookies is completely transparent for you. You can also delete cookies at any time using the appropriate browser setting and prevent the placement of further cookies. If you do this, however, it is possible that our website is not displayed optimally and that certain functions are no longer available for technical reasons.

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Use of Google Analytics

To design our website in line with the necessary requirements, we use Google Analytics to create pseudonymous user profiles on the basis of article 6, paragraph 1, letter f of the GDPR. Google Analytics is a product developed by Google Inc. (»Google«), Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses »cookies«, i.e. text files that are stored on your computer and enable an analysis of your website usage. The information collected by the cookie about how you use the website is transmitted to a Google server in the USA, where it is stored. Since we have activated IP anonymisation on this website, however, your IP address is first shortened by Google within EU member states and in other contracting states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the USA and shortened. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services to us relating to website activity and internet usage. These objectives also constitute the legitimate interests as stated in article 6, paragraph 1, letter f of the GDPR.

You can refuse consent to the creation of pseudonymous user profiles at any time. There are various methods of doing this:

  1. One method of refusing consent to web analytics by Google Analytics is to set an opt-out cookie telling Google not to store or use your data for web analytics purposes. With this method, note that web analytics will not be performed only for as long as the opt-out cookie is saved by the browser. If you want to set the opt-out cookie right now, click here.
  2. You can prevent the cookies from being saved by making the appropriate setting in your browser software.
  3. Depending on your browser, you can install a browser plugin to prevent tracking. To do so, click here and install the browser plugin provided.

Use of YouTube

The provider uses YouTube to integrate videos. YouTube is operated by YouTube LLC, which is headquartered at 901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. YouTube is represented by Google LLC, which is headquartered at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. We use embedded YouTube videos in advanced data protection mode. This means that YouTube does not save any cookies for a user who calls up a website with an embedded YouTube video player but does not click the video to play it. If the user clicks the YouTube video player, YouTube may under certain circumstances save cookies on the user’s computer; however, no personal cookie information regarding the playback of embedded videos is saved. The legal basis for data processing in this context is article 6, paragraph 1, letter f) of the GDPR. The Albert Schweitzer Foundation possesses a legitimate interest in ensuring that the website is informative.

Further information on data processing and details on data protection by YouTube (Google) can be found here .

Usage-based online advertising

Our website collects and processes your usage data for the targeted placement of online advertising, which means that you – the user – benefit from advertising optimised in line with your areas of interest and are generally less exposed to random advertising. A cookie that collects data concerning your usage behaviour is stored on your device. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer’s hard disk; they enable your computer to be recognised, but do not enable you to be personally identified. We work in conjunction with a range of providers to optimise advertising on the basis of your interests as identified through your website usage. These objectives also constitute the legitimate interests as stated in article 6, paragraph 1, letter f of the GDPR.

Information about your activities on this website (e.g. surfing behaviour, website subpages visited etc.) is collected. All usage data is stored under a pseudonym, which makes it impossible for users to be personally identified. You can prevent cookies from being stored on your computer by selecting »Accept no cookies« in your browser settings. You can also set your browser so that it asks you beforehand whether you consent to having cookies set. You can also delete set cookies at any time. To find out how to do this, consult the help pages provided in your browser. If you choose not to accept cookies, this could potentially restrict the functionality of the website. Note that if you delete cookies, you may have to reset your opt-out cookies. To record data regarding the placement of usage-based online advertising, we use the following provider:


Doubleclick is a service provided by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States. An opt-out option is available here .

Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager enables us to analyze more effectively user behaviour on the basis of pseudonymized user data. Google Tag Manager is a solution with which marketers can manage website tags via a special interface.

This functions when Google Tag Manager detects that a page is being loaded. Depending on the configuration, a Google Analytics tag is triggered when the page is being loaded. The data in this tag is then sent back to the Google Analytics server for pseudonymized analysis of user behaviour. This takes place through the inclusion of the Google Analytics code and activation of IP anonymisation (see below). More information on the terms and conditions of usage and on data protection can be found on the following websites: and Note that this website applies the »_gaq.push ([‚_gat._anonymizeIp‘]);« code to ensure the anonymised recording of IP addresses (»IP masking«).

We also use Google Analytics to analyze data from AdWords for statistical purposes. If you do not consent to this, you can deactivate this via the ad personalization manager (

Social media services

Our website contains links to the Twitter, Facebook and Google+ social media services. When you click these links, you are taken to the corresponding social media pages of the Albert Schweitzer Foundation or you can share a page (providing you have an account with the social media service in question). Clicking a link to a social media service establishes a connection to the servers of the social media service in question. Not only does this tell the servers that you have visited our website, but additional data is also sent to the provider of the social media service in question. This data includes the following:

  • Address of the website containing the link that was clicked
  • Date and time at which the website was called up / the link was clicked
  • Information about the user’s browser and operating system
  • IP address

If you are logged in to the social media service in question when you click the link, the social media service provider may be able to determine your user name and possibly also your real name from the data transferred and assign this information to your personal user account with the social media service. You can prevent this from happening by first logging out of your user account.

The servers operated by the social media services are located in the USA and other countries outside the European Union, which means that your data may also be processed by the social media service provider in countries outside the European Union. Note that companies in these countries are not subject to data protection laws that protect personal data to the same extent as is the case in the member states of the European Union.

For more information about how your data is used by the social media services on our website, refer to the data protection guidelines published by the social media services.

Donation/funding data

If you donate money or provide financial support via our website, your data is sent via a secure connection (SSL) to our service provider responsible for processing donations and creating donation receipts. The service provider stores this data in accordance with the very highest security standards on servers in Germany and is not permitted to use this data for its own purposes or forward this data to third parties.

You can donate money to us to support a wide range of projects. So that we can accept your donation, we need to know the following: donation amount; donation interval; the project to which the money is being donated; information for the donation receipt; your name; e-mail; (company) address details; payment method. This data is processed for the purposes of allowing us to accept your donation and prepare and send your receipt. The legal basis for data processing in this context is article 6, paragraph 1, letter b of the GDPR.

The Lobby Register Act (LobbyRG) requires us to disclose the names and places of residence (without specific addresses) of all donors who donate 20,000 euros or more to us in a calendar year on (site of the German Parliament). If you prefer not to be mentioned, the only option is to donate less than 20,000 euros.

Online petitions

When you participate in online petitions, your data is processed in encrypted form (SSL) by our petition tool provider. The provider is not permitted to use this data for its own purposes. The data may be forwarded only to us and our e-mail provider (so that we can send activation e-mails and, if necessary, for inclusion in our newsletter). Your data will be deleted three months at the latest after the petition has ended if you have not at least subscribed to our newsletter or no further legal bases exist for processing this data.

You have the option of supporting our online petitions. For this, we need your e-mail address, name, place of residence and postal code. The data is processed so that you can sign the online petition. The legal basis for data processing in this context is article 6, paragraph 1, letter b of the GDPR. Once the petition has ended, your data – except your e-mail address – will be transferred to the company with whom we are seeking to lodge the complaint. The data will be deleted three months after the online petition has ended, insofar as no further legal bases exist for processing this data. If you also consent to receiving the newsletter, the Albert Schweitzer Foundation will use your e-mail address for sending you the newsletter. The newsletter contains information about our petitions, events and animal rights. The legal basis for data processing is your consent as per article 6, paragraph 1, letter a) of the GDPR. Your e-mail address will be stored for as long as you consent to this. You have the right to revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future, for example by sending an e-mail to:


We use an advanced encryption method to protect your data against unauthorized access. Your details are transferred from your computer to the server (and back again) via the Internet by means of 256-bit TLS encryption (Transport Layer Security Version 1.2). You can recognize this by the fact that the lock symbol on your browser’s status bar is closed and the address begins with https://.


You can contact us by e-mail or telephone or by pressing the green help button in the bottom left of the page. Any data collected in this context will be used solely for the purpose of processing your enquiry. Your data will be passed on to third parties only insofar as this is necessary for processing your enquiry. The legal basis for using data collected in this context is article 6, paragraph 1, letter f of the GDPR. We possess a legitimate interest in maintaining contact with the users of our website and, whenever necessary, responding to enquiries or sending information.

Use of service providers

The Albert Schweitzer Foundation uses a range of service providers to render services and process your data (»order processing«). The service providers process your data only at the instruction of the Albert Schweitzer Foundation and are obliged to comply with the relevant data protection regulations. All order processors have been carefully selected and are granted access to your data only to the extent and for the period required for rendering the services.

Duration of data storage

We store your data only for as long as we require it for rendering our services and where no retention periods apply.

Your rights as a user

As a user, you have the right to find out what data we store about you and why. Furthermore, you can correct incorrect data or arrange to have data deleted if we are not permitted to store it or no longer require it. You have the right to demand data transferability and to limit the extent to which your data is processed. Furthermore, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority regarding the way that your data has been processed. You have the right to withdraw at any time any consent you may have provided us with.

Right of objection

In cases where we process your personal data on the legal basis of article 6, paragraph 1, letter e or f of the GDPR, you have the right to object at any time for reasons arising from your particular situation. We will then no longer process the personal data unless verifiable, compelling grounds that are worthy of protection exist for processing your data and that outweigh the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject or the processing of your data serves the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims. Please direct your objection to:

Data Protection Officer

Our company Data Protection Officer will be happy to provide information or hear your ideas and suggestions concerning the subject of data protection:

Dr. Uwe Schläger

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