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Online Privacy Policy for watersecurityafrica.org

We appreciate your interest in the WASA program and want you to feel secure when visiting our website, especially regarding the protection of your personal data. We take data protection very seriously and want you to know when and which data we collect and how we use it.

Below, we inform you about the nature, scope, and purposes of the collection and use of personal data. You can access this information at any time on our website.

To protect your personal data, we diligently secure it from unauthorized access and unauthorized disclosure.

For any questions or comments about this privacy policy or data protection in general, please contact our (external) data protection officer (contact details below).

I. Name and Address of the Responsible Party

The responsible party within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other national data protection laws of the member states as well as other data protection regulations is:

WASANet Communications Office

German Water Partnership e.V. (hereinafter also referred to as “GWP”)

Invalidenstraße 91
10115 Berlin
Germany

+49 30 3988722 0

Email: datenschutz@germanwaterpartnership.de
Website: www.germanwaterpartnership.de

II. General Information on Data Processing

  1. Scope of Processing Personal Data: We process personal data of our users only to the extent necessary to provide a functional website as well as our content and services. The processing of personal data of our users takes place regularly only with the user’s consent. An exception applies in cases where obtaining prior consent is not possible for actual reasons and the processing of the data is permitted by statutory provisions.
  2. Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data: If we obtain the consent of the data subject for processing operations involving personal data, Article 6(1)(a) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) serves as the legal basis. For the processing of personal data necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party, Article 6(1)(b) GDPR serves as the legal basis. This also applies to processing operations necessary to carry out pre-contractual measures. Insofar as the processing of personal data is necessary for the fulfillment of a legal obligation to which our company is subject, Article 6(1)(c) GDPR serves as the legal basis. In the event that vital interests of the data subject or another natural person make the processing of personal data necessary, Article 6(1)(d) GDPR serves as the legal basis.If processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by our company or by a third party and such interests are not overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject, Article 6(1)(f) GDPR serves as the legal basis for the processing.
  3. Data Deletion and Storage Duration: The personal data of the data subject will be deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose of the storage ceases to apply. Storage may also take place if this is provided for by European or national legislation in Union regulations, laws, or other provisions to which the controller is subject. Data will also be blocked or deleted if a storage period prescribed by the aforementioned standards expires, unless there is a necessity for further storage of the data for the conclusion or performance of a contract.

III. Provision of the Website and Creation of Log Files

  1. Description and Scope of Data Processing: Each time our website is accessed, our system automatically collects data and information from the accessing computer system. The following data is collected:
    • Information about the browser type and version used
    • The user’s operating system
    • The user’s Internet service provider
    • The user’s IP address
    • Date and time of access
    • Websites from which the user’s system accesses our website
    • Websites that are accessed by the user’s system via our website
    The data is also stored in the log files of our system. This data is not stored together with other personal data of the user.
  2. Legal Basis for Data Processing: The legal basis for the temporary storage of data and log files is Article 6(1)(f) GDPR.
  3. Purpose of Data Processing: The temporary storage of the IP address by the system is necessary to deliver the website to the user’s computer. For this purpose, the user’s IP address must remain stored for the duration of the session. Storage in log files is done to ensure the functionality of the website. In addition, the data helps us optimize the website and ensure the security of our information technology systems. The data is not evaluated for marketing purposes in this context. Our legitimate interest in data processing under Article 6(1)(f) GDPR also lies in these purposes.
  4. Duration of Storage: The data will be deleted as soon as it is no longer necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was collected. In the case of data collection for the provision of the website, this is the case when the respective session is ended.In the case of data stored in log files, this is the case after no more than fourteen days. Storage beyond this period is possible. In this case, the IP addresses of the users are deleted or anonymized so that an assignment of the accessing client is no longer possible.
  5. Objection and Removal Option: The collection of data for the provision of the website and the storage of data in log files is essential for the operation of the website. Consequently, there is no possibility for the user to object.

IV. Use of Cookies

  1. Description and Scope of Data ProcessingOur website uses cookies. Cookies are text files that are stored in the internet browser or by the internet browser on the user’s computer system. When a user visits a website, a cookie may be stored on the user’s operating system. This cookie contains a characteristic string that allows the browser to be uniquely identified when the website is revisited.We use cookies to make our website more user-friendly. Some elements of our internet site require that the accessing browser can be identified even after a page change.The following data is stored and transmitted in the cookies:
    • Availability of JavaScript in the browser
    We also use cookies on our website that enable an analysis of the user’s browsing behavior.The following data can be transmitted in this way:
    • Randomly generated user ID
    • Time of the first visit
    • Time of the last visit
    • Number of visits
    The user data collected in this way is pseudonymized by technical precautions. Therefore, an assignment of the data to the accessing user is no longer possible. The data is not stored together with other personal data of the users.
  2. Legal Basis for Data ProcessingThe legal basis for the processing of personal data using cookies is Article 6(1)(f) GDPR, provided the user has given their consent.
  3. Purpose of Data ProcessingThe purpose of using technically necessary cookies is to simplify the use of websites for users. Some functions of our internet site cannot be offered without the use of cookies. For these, it is necessary that the browser is recognized even after a page change.We require cookies for the following applications:
    • Recognition of JavaScript support
    The user data collected through technically necessary cookies is not used to create user profiles.The use of analysis cookies is for the purpose of improving the quality of our website and its contents. Through the analysis cookies, we learn how the website is used and can thus continuously optimize our offer.Our legitimate interest in the processing of personal data pursuant to Article 6(1)(f) GDPR also lies in these purposes.
  4. Storage Duration, Objection, and Removal OptionsCookies are stored on the user’s computer and transmitted to our site. Therefore, you as the user have full control over the use of cookies. You can use our cookie consent tool to adjust your preferences for this specific website or change the settings in your internet browser to disable or restrict the transmission of cookies. Cookies that have already been stored can be deleted at any time. This can also be done automatically. If cookies are disabled for our website, it may no longer be possible to use all the functions of the website to their full extent.

V. Encryption

To protect the security of your data during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption methods (e.g., TLS/SSL) over HTTPS.

VI. Newsletter

  1. Description and Scope of Data Processing: On our website, there is the option to subscribe to a free newsletter. During registration for the newsletter, the data from the input mask is transmitted to us:
    • Email address
    • Company/organization (optional)
    • Salutation (optional)
    • First name (optional)
    • Last name (optional)
    • Country (optional)
    • Selection of interests (optional)
    Additionally, the following data is collected upon registration:
    • IP address of the accessing computer
    • Date and time of registration
    For the processing of data, your consent is obtained during the registration process and reference is made to this privacy policy. After your consent, the personal data is transferred to Mailjet GmbH (4 rue Jules Lefebvre, 75009 Paris), which acts as our processor and whose privacy policy can be found here: https://www.mailjet.com/de/rechtliches/datenschutzerklaerung/. Apart from the data transfer for newsletter distribution, no further data is passed on to third parties. The data is used exclusively for the newsletter dispatch.
  2. Legal Basis for Data Processing: The legal basis for the processing of data after registration for the newsletter by the user is Article 6(1)(a) GDPR.
  3. Purpose of Data Processing: The collection of the user’s email address is used to deliver the newsletter. The collection of other personal data as part of the registration process serves to prevent misuse of the services or the used email address.
  4. Duration of Storage: The data will be deleted as soon as it is no longer necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was collected. The user’s email address will therefore be stored as long as the subscription to the newsletter is active.
  5. Objection and Removal Option: The subscription to the newsletter can be canceled by the affected user at any time. For this purpose, there is a corresponding link in each newsletter.This also allows a revocation of the consent to the storage of the personal data collected during the registration process.

VII. Rights of the Data Subject

If personal data concerning you is processed, you are the data subject in the sense of the GDPR and you have the following rights against the controller:

  1. Right to Information: You can request confirmation from the controller as to whether personal data concerning you is being processed by us. If such processing is occurring, you can request the following information from the controller:
    • The purposes for which the personal data is being processed
    • The categories of personal data being processed
    • The recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data concerning you has been or will be disclosed
    • The planned duration of the storage of personal data concerning you or, if specific information on this is not possible, criteria for determining the storage duration
    • The existence of a right to rectification or erasure of personal data concerning you, a right to restriction of processing by the controller, or a right to object to this processing
    • The existence of a right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority
    • All available information about the origin of the data if the personal data is not collected from the data subject
    • The existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, referred to in Article 22(1) and (4) GDPR and, at least in these cases, meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and the envisaged consequences of such processing for the data subject.
    You have the right to request information as to whether personal data concerning you is transferred to a third country or an international organization. In this context, you can request to be informed of the appropriate safeguards pursuant to Article 46 GDPR relating to the transfer.
  2. Right to Rectification: You have a right to rectification and/or completion by the controller if the processed personal data concerning you is incorrect or incomplete. The controller must make the correction without undue delay.
  3. Right to Restriction of Processing: Under the following conditions, you can request the restriction of processing of personal data concerning you:
    • If you contest the accuracy of the personal data concerning you for a period enabling the controller to verify the accuracy of the personal data
    • The processing is unlawful, and you oppose the erasure of the personal data and request the restriction of its use instead
    • The controller no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of processing, but you need it for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims
    • If you have objected to processing pursuant to Article 21(1) GDPR pending the verification whether the legitimate grounds of the controller override your grounds.
    If the processing of personal data concerning you has been restricted, such data may, apart from storage, only be processed with your consent or for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims or for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of important public interest of the Union or a member state.If the restriction of processing has been restricted according to the above conditions, you will be informed by the controller before the restriction is lifted.
  4. Right to Erasure
    • a. Obligation to Erase: You can request the controller to erase personal data concerning you without undue delay, and the controller is obliged to erase this data without undue delay where one of the following grounds applies:
      • The personal data concerning you is no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which it was collected or otherwise processed.You withdraw consent on which the processing is based according to Article 6(1)(a) or Article 9(2)(a) GDPR, and where there is no other legal ground for the processing.You object to the processing pursuant to Article 21(1) GDPR and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing, or you object to the processing pursuant to Article 21(2) GDPR.The personal data concerning you has been unlawfully processed.The personal data concerning you has to be erased for compliance with a legal obligation in Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject.The personal data concerning you has been collected in relation to the offer of information society services referred to in Article 8(1) GDPR.
      b. Information to Third Parties: If the controller has made the personal data concerning you public and is obliged pursuant to Article 17(1) GDPR to erase the personal data, the controller, taking account of available technology and the cost of implementation, shall take reasonable steps, including technical measures, to inform controllers who are processing the personal data that you, as the data subject, have requested the erasure by such controllers of any links to, or copy or replication of, that personal data.c. ExceptionsThe right to erasure does not apply to the extent that processing is necessary:
  5. Right to Information: If you have asserted the right to rectification, erasure, or restriction of processing against the controller, the latter is obliged to notify all recipients to whom the personal data concerning you has been disclosed of this rectification or erasure of the data or restriction of processing unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort.You have the right to be informed about these recipients by the controller.
  6. Right to Data Portability: You have the right to receive the personal data concerning you, which you have provided to the controller, in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format. You also have the right to transmit that data to another controller without hindrance from the controller to whom the personal data has been provided, where:
    • The processing is based on consent pursuant to Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 9(2)(a) GDPR or on a contract pursuant to Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, and
    • The processing is carried out by automated means.
    In exercising this right, you also have the right to have the personal data concerning you transmitted directly from one controller to another, where technically feasible. This must not adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.The right to data portability shall not apply to processing necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.
  7. Right to Object: You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you, which is based on Article 6(1)(e) or (f) GDPR; this also applies to profiling based on these provisions.The controller shall no longer process the personal data concerning you unless the controller demonstrates compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights, and freedoms or for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims.Where personal data concerning you is processed for direct marketing purposes, you have the right to object at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you for such marketing; this also applies to profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing.If you object to processing for direct marketing purposes, the personal data concerning you will no longer be processed for such purposes.In connection with the use of information society services, and notwithstanding Directive 2002/58/EC, you may exercise your right to object by automated means using technical specifications.
  8. Right to Withdraw Consent: You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. The withdrawal of consent shall not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal.
  9. Automated Individual Decision-Making, Including Profiling: You have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affects you. This does not apply if the decision:
    • Is necessary for entering into, or performance of, a contract between you and the data controller
    • Is authorized by Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject and which also lays down suitable measures to safeguard your rights and freedoms and legitimate interests, or
    • Is based on your explicit consent.
    However, these decisions shall not be based on special categories of personal data referred to in Article 9(1) GDPR unless Article 9(2)(a) or (g) applies and suitable measures to safeguard your rights and freedoms and legitimate interests are in place.In the cases referred to in (1) and (3), the data controller shall implement suitable measures to safeguard your rights and freedoms and legitimate interests, at least the right to obtain human intervention on the part of the controller, to express their point of view, and to contest the decision.
  10. Right to Lodge a Complaint with a Supervisory Authority: Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the member state of your residence, place of work, or place of the alleged infringement if you consider that the processing of personal data concerning you infringes the GDPR.The supervisory authority with which the complaint has been lodged shall inform the complainant on the progress and the outcome of the complaint, including the possibility of a judicial remedy pursuant to Article 78 GDPR.
  11. For exercising the right of freedom of expression and information
  12. For compliance with a legal obligation which requires processing by Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject or for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller
  13. For reasons of public interest in the area of public health in accordance with Article 9(2)(h) and (i) as well as Article 9(3) GDPR
  14. For archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes, or statistical purposes in accordance with Article 89(1) GDPR, insofar as the right referred to in section a is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievement of the objectives of that processing, or
  15. For the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims.

IX. Amendment of Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to adjust this privacy policy to ensure that it always complies with current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services in the privacy policy, such as the introduction of new services. The new privacy policy will then apply to your subsequent visit.

Last updated: 23.05.2024