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Data Protection Policy Statement

In her capacity as operator of the website, the Max Freiherr von Oppenheim Foundation (hereinafter “we”) is controller as defined in art. 4(7) of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and as such responsible for the personal data of the users of this website (hereinafter “you”).


You can contact us at the following address:

Max Freiherr von Oppenheim Stiftung



c/o Büro CvO

St.-Apern-Straße 20

50667 Köln



phone: + 49 (0) 221 / 16928790


The Max Freiherr von Oppenheim Foundation will protect your privacy and personal data. The collection and the use of personal data strictly adhere to the provisions of this data protection policy statement as well as the applicable data protection legislation, in particular the GDPR. This data protection policy statement explains how we may collect, process, and use your personal data. We therefore kindly ask you to read the following information carefully.


1.     Collection of Personal Data and Maximum Storage Time


1.1.    Personal data within the meaning of this data protection policy statement is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter „data subject“). This may include, for example, your name, your address, your phone number, and your email address.

1.2.    Personal data also includes information on your use of our website. In case you only use our website for informational purposes, i.e., if you do not contact us or otherwise provide us with information, we only collect and process the personal data that your browser transmits to our server. This involves the following data which is technically necessary for us to provide our website to you, to ensure stability and security and to record user preferences:

  • your IP address;
  • the date, time, and time zone difference of your particular access;
  • the name and URL of the files retrieved as well as quantity and status of the data transfer;
  • the name of the website from which you accessed our website („referrer URL“);
  • information on the type and version of the browser and operating system used.

Information on your use of our website is recorded via the use of logfiles and cookies. Further information on cookies can be found in section 3. of this data protection policy statement.

1.3.    If you contact us by email, we will also store your email address and, if necessary, further personal data that you provide to us in order to answer your questions. We will delete the data thus obtained as soon as storage is no longer necessary or restrict processing if there are any applicable statutory retention provisions.


2.     Purposes of Processing and Legal Basis for Processing

2.1.     Purposes of Processing


We process your personal data for the following purposes:


2.1.1.  ensuring failure-free operation of our website, in particular with respect to establishing a connection between our server and your device and transmitting data over it;

2.1.2.  facilitating the comfortable use of our website and measuring the degree of its capacity utilisation as well as user preferences;

2.1.3.  maintaining and/or restoring the security of our IT systems as well as detecting and eliminating technical problems or errors;

2.1.4   processing your request in case the data is gathered in accordance with section 1.3. of this data protection policy statement.

2.2.     Legal Basis for Processing


2.2.1.  Your personal data is processed on the basis of art. 6(1)(f) GDPR because we have a legitimate interest in carrying out the processing for the purposes stated in section 2.1. of this data protection policy statement.

2.2.2.  If you have given us your consent to the use of certain cookies on the basis of a notice given by us on our website (“cookie consent banner”), the legal basis for processing is in addition art. 6(1)(1)(a) GDPR. You can revoke your consent to this at any time. However, this does not affect the lawfulness of the processing of your personal data that was carried out on the basis of your consent up to the point of revocation.

3.     Logfiles and Cookies


3.1.    The data on your use of our website obtained in accordance with section 1.2..of this data protection policy statement is stored for the duration of your browser session in a log file on our server. If data is stored beyond the duration of the communication process, it is anonymized beforehand so that it is no longer possible to draw conclusions to you as an individual.

3.2.    Our website also uses so-called browser cookies. Cookies are small text files that are being stored on your computer and that contain certain settings and data for exchange with our IT systems via your browser. A cookie will typically contain the name of the website from which the cookie data was sent, information about the “lifespan” of the cookie as well as an alphanumeric identifier. We do not combine this identifier with your name, your IP address or similar data that would enable us to assign a certain cookie to you. Most internet browsers are set to automatically accept cookies You can delete the cookies stored on your system at any time by using the corresponding function of your browser. More information on how to totally prevent the use of browser cookies can be found in section 3.5 of this data protection policy statement. Our website uses two different types of cookies:

3.3.    Our website uses so-called temporary cookies also known as “session cookies”. Whenever you access our website, unless you have configured your web browser otherwise, a cookie of this type will be stored to your computer’s hard drive. Session cookies help us to handle multiple parallel requests belonging to the same user session in connection with each other and thereby accelerate their processing. Session cookies are deleted when you close your browser. When you use our website, you declare that you in principle accept our use of session cookies.

3.4.    Our website may also use permanent cookies. Permanent cookies are cookies that will stay on your device for a longer period of time and that may transmit information. They are automatically deleted after a pre-set period of time, that may differ from cookie to cookie. However, these cookies will only be set if you have declared your consent by selecting the appropriate option in our cookie consent banner. The use of permanent cookies allows us to recognize that you have already visited our website. These cookies help us to offer you a better service tailored to your needs, e.g., by making default settings available with regard to the display of third-party content and by accelerating the processing of your inquiries.

3.5.    If you do not want us to use any browser cookies, you can configure your browser to refuse the storage of cookies to your device. Since different browsers may offer different functionalities, we would kindly ask you to refer to the help menu of your browser for details with respect to the possible modes of configuration. Please note that deactivating cookies may impact the usability of our website such as that third-party content may not be displayed at all or at least not in accordance with your preferences.


4.     Data Security


All information you transmit to us will be stored on servers within the European Union. Since the transmission of information via the internet is never completely secure, we cannot guarantee the security of the data transmitted to our website via the internet. However, we use technical and organizational measures to protect our website and other systems against loss, destruction, access, alteration, or circulation of your data by unauthorized persons.


5.     No Disclosure of Personal Data to Third Parties


We do not disclose any of your personal data to third parties unless we are entitled or obliged to do so due to legal provisions and / or official or judicial orders.


6.     Data Protection and Third-Party Websites


Our website may contain hyperlinks to and from third-party websites. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that we cannot accept any responsibility or liability for the contents and data protection policies of such linked external pages. We therefore kindly ask you to make yourself familiar with the applicable data protection polices before transmitting data to external websites.


We take no liability for external hyperlinks on our website.


7.     Your Legal Rights


With regard to the processing of your personal data you have considerable legal rights. In detail you have the right to:

  • in accordance with art. 15(1) GDPR obtain information about your personal data processed by us;
  • in accordance with art. 16 GDPR obtain without undue delay the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning you;
  • in accordance with art. 17 GDPR obtain erasure of your personal data stored by us unless the processing is necessary for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims;
  • in accordance with art. 18 GDPR obtain restriction of processing of your personal data if the accuracy of the data is contested by you or if the processing is unlawful, but you oppose the erasure of your personal data or if we no longer need the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but they are required by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or if you objected to processing in accordance with art. 21 GDPR;
  • in accordance with art. 20 GDPR receive the personal data, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or have us transmit your personal data directly to another controller.

To exercise your rights and / or obtain further information about these rights, please contact us via one of the above-mentioned contact options (please also refer to our legal notice).


In addition, in accordance with art. 77(1) GDPR, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. If you have any questions, comments or inquiries regarding the collection, processing and use of your personal data by us, please also contact us using the contact details provided.


8.     Validity of and Changes to this Data Protection Policy Statement


This data protection policy statement is currently valid and was last updated on January 14, 2020.


This data protection policy statement may be changed at any time with effect for the future, e.g., due to changes in applicable legal provisions or case-law. A current version will always be available on the website.