Data Pro­tec­tion

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH attaches great importance to responsible and transparent management of personal data.

Below we provide users with information as to 

  • who they can contact at GIZ on the subject of data protection 
  • what data is processed when they visit the website
  • what data is processed when users contact us, subscribe to newsletters or press releases or use other GIZ online services 
  • how they can opt out of the storage of data
  • what rights they have with respect to us

Data pro­cessing is the re­spons­ib­il­ity of Deutsche Gesell­schaft für In­ter­na­tionale Zusammen­arbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 32 + 36, 53113 Bonn
Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1–5, 65760 Eschborn


Please contact GIZ's data protection officer if you have questions specifically about how your data are protected: datenschutzbeauftragter[at]giz[dot]de

Information on the collection of personal data


GIZ processes personal data exclusively in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (opens in a new window) and the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, BDSG) (opens in a new window). 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.

Collection of personal data when visiting our website

When visiting the GIZ website, the browser used automatically transmits data that is saved in a log file. GIZ itself processes only the data that is technically required in order to display the website correctly and to ensure its stability and security. The IP address is only stored anonymously.


When you visit the GIZ website, small text files known as ‘cookies’ are stored on your computer. They are used to make the online presence more user-friendly and effective overall. Cookies cannot run programs or infect your computer with viruses.

On the website, different types of cookies are used depending on the extent of your consent:

  • functional cookies (not subject to consent). These are, as far as reasonable, only used temporarily within the browser session (so-called "session cookies"). It is not possible to obtain personalised data through this type of cookie. If these cookies are deleted or rejected by general browser settings, the website function may be impaired.
  • Cookies that require consent, which are used to analyse user behaviour.
  • Cookies requiring consent that originate from third-party providers (e.g. YouTube). 

Matomo analysis service (user analysis)

To analyse usage data on its website, GIZ uses the analysis service „Matomo“. The data is stored on servers of Hetzner Online GmbH. Data is stored and evaluated completely anonymously. 

The information generated by the Matomo cookies is used exclusively for statistical purposes and to improve the website and server. No personal data is stored or passed on to third parties.

The data generated by Matomo is processed and stored by Hetzner online on behalf of GIZ exclusively in Germany.

Further information on data protection at Hetzner online GmbH can be found here: 

Information on opting out

When you first visit our website, you will be asked whether you agree to the anonymised storage and evaluation of usage data. Only if you agree will data be transferred to Matomo. Matomo uses cookies for this purpose, which we can use to evaluate usage behaviour in order to further improve our offer.

You can adjust your consent or rejection at any time by clicking on the menu item "Cookie settings"  in the page footer of the website.

If you agree or reject the usage analysis, functional cookies are also stored on the end device that save your settings so that the website can respond to them. The settings must be stored on each device used. Since the cookies are stored in the respective browser (Internet program), they must be stored in each browser if several browsers are used on one device (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox).

When all cookies on a device are deleted, the settings cookies are also deleted and the settings dialogue for the cookies is presented again when the page is opened.

Processing of personal data when using the expert pool

If you register in our expert pool, the information you provide in the registration form, including your contact details, will be stored and published on the website for the purpose of the search and display function.

  • The uploaded CV is used exclusively for quality and identity checks of the expert on the part of the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and will be completely deleted after viewing and not published on the website.
  • The data will be used solely for the purpose of profiling and registration in the expert pool on the "Gender and Development" website.
  • The legal basis for the processing is consent in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 a) DSGVO.
  • The data will only be used for the purposes described in this statement; any other use will always be subject to renewed consent. Your data will not be used for advertising purposes.
  • The Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH secures the data by appropriate technical and organisational measures against accidental or intentional falsification, destruction, loss or access by unauthorised persons.
  • The data will not be forwarded to third parties.

The processing of the data entered in the contact form is thus based exclusively on your consent (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a DSGVO). You can withdraw this consent at any time. For this purpose, an informal communication by e-mail to us is sufficient. The legality of the data processing operations carried out until the revocation remains unaffected by the revocation.

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: 

  • E-Mail
  • letter

Contact by Email

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.

Contact by letter

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.

Processing of personal data in connection with the use of external platforms 

The gender-and-development website contains embedded videos from the YouTube platform.

When you visit the platforms, no personal data is collected, used and stored by GIZ, but by the platform operator. This happens after you activate the YouTube video by clicking on it; even if visitors do not have a profile on the platform themselves. No cookies are used in this process, but YouTube uses other analysis techniques and can also determine your IP address.

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.

The data protection declaration for the YouTube platform, which is operated by Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, can be viewed at new window). 

Disclosure to third parties

GIZ does not pass on personal data to third parties unless it is legally obliged or entitled to do so by law. 

Transfer of data to countries outside Germany

GIZ does not transfer personal data to third countries. When using social media, the privacy policies of the respective providers apply. 

Duration of data retention

User data will not be kept any longer than is necessary for the purpose for which it is processed or as required by law.

IT security of user data

GIZ accords great importance to protecting personal data. For this reason, technical and organisational security measures ensure that data is protected against accidental and intentional manipulation and unintended erasure as well as unauthorised access. These measures are updated accordingly based on technical developments and adapted continuously in line with the risks.

Reference to user rights

Visitors to the GIZ website have the right

  • To obtain information about their data stored by us (Article 15 GDPR)
  • To have their data stored by us rectified (Article 16 GDPR)
  • To have their data stored by us erased (Article 17 GDPR)
  • To obtain restriction of processing of their data stored by us (Article 18 GDPR) 
  • To object to the storage of their data if personal data are processed on the basis of the first sentence of Article 6 (1) 1 f and e GDPR (Article 21 GDPR) 
  • To receive their personal data in a commonly used and machine-readable format from the controller such that they can be potentially transmitted to another controller (right to data portability, Article 20 GDPR).
  • To withdraw their consent to the extent that the data has been processed on the basis of consent (Article 6 (1) a GDPR). The lawfulness of the processing on the basis of the consent given remains unaffected until receipt of the withdrawal.

Users also have the right in accordance with Article 77 GDPR to lodge a complaint with the competent data protection supervisory authority. The competent authority is the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI (opens in a new window)).  

Last updated: March 2022