The protection and security of personal data

The protection and security of personal data is a top priority for us. We therefore make sure that we strictly comply with the rules of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the (new) German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). The following provides information on the type of data that is recorded and the purpose for which it is collected.

Name and contact details of the controller:

The controller for the data processing is the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

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

GIZ Sektorprogramm Soziale Sicherung

Contact details of the data protection officer:


The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a global non-profit service company for international cooperation. It operates as a private-sector company of the federal government with the development goal of improving the living conditions of people around the world and preserving the natural foundations of life.

GIZ and DCI 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 and DCI 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.

Contact form

When using the contact form, the title, surname, first name, institution and email address are processed. Processing takes place based on Art. 6(1) b) EU GDPR for the purpose of receiving the enquiry formulated in the contact form. The data is not transmitted to third parties. Transmission to GIZ always takes place with an SSL-encrypted connection, which makes it much more difficult for unauthorised parties to access this information. Just like any enquiries emailed to GIZ, enquiries sent via the contact form are erased after a retention period of six months (or after the enquiry has been finalised).


Personal data is used for the purpose of processing the subscription to our newsletter. The data is processed and used exclusively for sending the newsletter.

After entering the email address, users receive an email containing a link for confirming the authenticity of the address and the subscription (‘double opt-in’). If users do not confirm the registration by clicking on the link contained in the email, the data is deleted immediately.

The legal basis for the processing of data in connection with the dispatch of newsletters is their consent in accordance with Article 6 (1) a GDPR.

The newsletter subscription can be cancelled at any time. If the subscription is cancelled, all personal data is deleted from our database.

The personal data collected as part of the newsletter mailing list are used for processing purposes. Your data is not forwarded to third parties. Your data is not processed or used for the purposes of consultation, advertising and market research. The newsletter is created by the GIZ’s sector programme “Social Protection”.


Use of cookies

When you visit the DCI 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.

This website uses a Borlabs Cookie, which sets a technically necessary cookie (borlabs-cookie) to store your cookie preferences. Borlabs Cookie does not collect any personal data.

The borlabs-cookie cookie stores the consent you have given when you entered the website. If you wish to revoke these consents, simply delete the cookie from your browser. If you re-enter/reload the website, you will be asked again for your cookie consent. You have the ability to adjust the cookies settings here:

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Social media plugins

On its website, DCI invites users to visit our presence on social networking sites and platforms including, but not limited to, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.

These online presences are operated in order 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 DCI 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 or DCI. 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 or DCI 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 DCI social media sites is subject to the terms of use and privacy policies of the respective operators. Click here for the contact details and links to the data privacy policies of the social media on which DCI maintains a presence.

YouTube with enhanced privacy

This website integrates YouTube videos. The sites are operated by Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland. We use YouTube in enhanced privacy mode. According to YouTube, this mode means that YouTube does not store any information about the users of this website before they view the video. However, the forwarding of data to YouTube partners is not necessarily prevented by the enhanced privacy mode. YouTube therefore establishes a connection to the Google DoubleClick network irrespective of whether you view a video. A connection to YouTube’s servers is established as soon as you start a YouTube video on this website. This informs the YouTube server about which of our webpages you have visited. If you are logged in to your YouTube account, you allow YouTube to assign your search behaviour directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account. In addition, YouTube can store various cookies on your terminal after starting a video. These cookies allow YouTube to obtain information about visitors to this website. This information is used to prepare video statistics, improve user-friendliness and prevent fraud attempts, among other things. The cookies are stored on your terminal until they are deleted by you. In some cases, starting a YouTube video may trigger other data processing operations over which we have no influence. YouTube is used in the interest of ensuring an appealing presentation of our online offers. This represents a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6(1) lit. f GDPR. If consent has been requested (e.g. consent to store cookies), processing takes place based on Art. 6(1) lit. a GDPR; the consent can be revoked at any time. You can find more information on privacy at YouTube in its privacy policy at:

Transfer of personal data

Your data is not forwarded to third parties.

Planned data transfer to third countries

Data is not transferred to third countries.

Duration of data storage

Personal data is routinely erased, if it is no longer required to execute a contract (for example, employment, grant, rental, purchase or service contracts), no separate consent has been provided by the data subject and statutory retention obligations and periods do not require any extended data retention.

Protection of juveniles

Persons under 16 years of age should not transmit any personal data to us without the consent of their parents or guardians.

Note on the rights of users

You have the right to object to the data processing, to request information about your personal data and its processing, rectify this information as necessary, and request the limitation of processing or erasure of the data. The data is then erased.

In case of questions and complaints about this website, you can contact the data protection officer using the contact details provided above. You also have the right to submit complaints to the competent data protection supervisory authority. The competent authority is the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI).

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