Data protection

Data protection

The controller is the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a public-benefit federal enterprise for international cooperation. We work as a federal enterprise under private law. Our aim is to achieve the development-policy objective of improving the living conditions of people worldwide and conserving the natural resources on which livelihoods depend.
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 36 + 40, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1–5, 65760 Eschborn, Germany

Data processing is the responsibility of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. GIZ processes personal data exclusively in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, BDSG).

Personal data are, for example, name, address, email addresses and user behaviour. GIZ only processes personal data to the extent necessary. Which data is required and processed for which purpose and on what basis is largely determined by the type of service you use or the purpose for which the data is required.

When visiting the NIPN website, the browser used automatically transmits data that is saved in a log file. GIZ processes only the data that is technically required in order to display the website correctly and to ensure its stability and security. Each time the website is accessed, the data stored includes, but is not limited to, the page that is viewed, the IP address of the accessing device, the page from which the user was redirected, as well as the date and time of access.

Your rights in terms of data protection are reproduced here: Chapter 3 – Rights of the data subject - General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (
If you have questions specifically about how your data are protected, please contact GIZ’s data protection officer Ms Claudia Eberhardt at:


A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.

This site uses Matomo to analyse user behaviour. Cookies collect information about user behaviour on the site, including the abbreviated IP address of the device being used, and send it to the server. The server anonymises the information and stores it for the purpose of analysing user behaviour. The state of current technology ensures that once information has been anonymised, it can no longer be traced back to the originating device or connection. Information produced by cookies is shared only with the internally operated server. It is never shared with third parties. Data is processed on the basis of Article 6 (1 f) of the GDPR for the purpose of pursuing the controller’s legitimate interests, in this case to improve the website. You have the right to object to the processing of your user data for the purpose of user behaviour analysis.

Opt-out cookie: an opt-out cookie is stored on your device to prevent your user data from being collected when you visit this site. For the cookie to be effective, it must be stored on every device you use to visit the site. As the cookie is stored in the browser (the program used to access websites), it must be stored on each browser if you use more than one browser per device (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome or Mozilla Firefox). You should also note that if you delete all cookies, you will also delete the opt-out cookie and will have to reinstall it.

This website uses Matomo for statistics on usage of the webpages. Matomo collects the following information:
• user IP address in anonymised form
• a user ID name in anonymised form (such as ‘8cf45b144b6745e3‘)
• date and time of the visit
• title of the page being viewed (page title)
• URL of the page being viewed (page URL)
• URL of the page that was viewed prior to the current page (referrer URL)
• screen resolution being used
• time in local user’s timezone
• files that were clicked and downloaded (download)
• links to an outside domain that were clicked (outlink)
• pages generation time (the time it takes for webpages to be generated by the webserver and then downloaded by the user: page speed)
• location of the user: country, region, city, approximate latitude and longitude
• main language of the browser being used
• user agent of the browser being used.
The information from Matomo cookies is stored in anonymised fashion for up to six months. Matomo does not use a ‘fingerprint’ to track visitors, but uses the privacy-friendly measures to protect user privacy: the config_id which groups different actions into “visits” during a short window of up to 24-hours.

Processing of personal data in connection with social network use
On the NIPN website, GIZ invites users to visit its presence on social networking sites and platforms including Twitter and YouTube.
These online presences are operated to interact with the users that are active on these sites and platforms and to inform them about projects and services. By clicking on a social network’s logo, the user is redirected to the NIPN presence on the respective network.
When users visit the platforms, personal data is collected, used and stored by the operators of the respective social network, but not by GIZ. This is also the case even if the users themselves do not have an account with the respective social network.
The individual data processing operations and their scope differ depending on the operator of the respective social network. GIZ has no influence on the collection of data or its further use by the social network operators. We are not fully aware of the extent to which, where and for how long the data is stored; to what extent the networks comply with existing obligations regarding erasure; what analyses are conducted and links established with the data; and to whom the data is disclosed.
Access to NIPN social media sites is subject to the terms of use and privacy policies of the respective operators. Below you can find the contact details and links to the data privacy policies of the social media on which NIPN maintains a presence:

The privacy policy for the social network Twitter, operated by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA, can be found at
The privacy policy for the social network YouTube, operated by Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, can be found at

The privacy policy for the social network Vimeo, operated by, Inc. 330 West 34th Street, 5th Floor, New York, New York 10001, USA can be found at

Third party services
The NIPN website includes webinars and other technical videos. When you visit the NIPN website we use the following third-party services which may collect personal data:
Recipient: Youtube
Purpose of processing: To play videos
Lawful basis: Legitimate interest
Data location and security: USA
Personal data collected by the third party: IP address
Privacy policy: link

Recipient: Vimeo
Purpose of processing: To play videos
Lawful basis: Legitimate interest
Data location and security: USA
Personal data collected by the third party: IP address
Privacy policy: link

Such third-party services are outside of our control, and these providers may, at any time, change their terms of service, purpose and use of cookies, etc.
Personal data are regularly deleted when
• they are no longer needed for contractual purposes (e.g. for employment, top-ups, rental, sale or service contracts)
• when the individuals concerned have not given any separate authorisation
• when statutory data storage obligations and periods have expired

Persons under the age of 16 may not transfer any personal data to us without the consent of their parents or legal guardians.

You are entitled to:
• to object to data processing,
• enquire about your personal data and its processing
• to have this corrected if necessary, or to request restriction of processing or the erasure of the data.

The data will then be erased.

If you have any questions or complaints about this website, please contact the GIZ data protection officer (see contact information provided above). You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the responsible data protection supervisory authority. The responsible authority in this case is the German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI).

Processing of personal data when contacting us
When users contact us, the data provided is processed in order to be able to respond to the enquiry. The following contact options are available:

Alternatively, it is possible to contact GIZ via the email addresses provided. In this case, at least the email address but also any other personal user data transmitted with the email (e.g. family and given name, address) as well as the information contained in the email are stored solely for the purpose of contacting the user and processing the request. The legal basis for the processing of data in connection with email communication is Article 6 (1) e GDPR.

When contacting us by phone, personal data will be processed to the extent necessary in order to handle the enquiry. The legal basis for the processing of data in connection with communication by phone is Article 6 (1) e GDPR.

When contacting us by letter, the personal data transmitted (e.g. family and given name, address) and the information contained in the letter is stored for the purpose of establishing contact and processing the enquiry. The legal basis for the processing of data in connection with communication by letter is Article 6 (1) e GDPR.

We use cookies. By continuing to use our site, you agree to this. Details and objection options can be found in our privacy policy.
Use of third party offers

In addition to technically necessary ‘session’ cookies, this website uses Matomo tracking as well as video hosting from and

When you choose to play a video, your browser establishes a connection to third-party providers’ servers, which may automatically transmit your IP address as well as information about your browser, operating systems, date/time and the address of our website to them.

Tracking cookie from Matomo

Matomo is used in a GDPR-compliant manner, as it only collects and processes data within this website. It is used for non-personal tracking of user interaction.