: Privacy Policy of the Hans Böckler Foundation

General Introduction:

We take the protection of your data very seriously and want to ensure your safety when visiting our Internet page. We handle data protection, in particular, in compliance with the provisions of the European General Data Protection Regulation, the Federal Data Protection Act (BSDG - new) and the German Telemedia Act (TMG). We would herewith like to inform you of the nature, scope and purpose of the processing of your personal data. To begin with, we would like to point out that this Privacy Statement solely refers to our own web pages and does not apply to any third-party websites to which we may refer in the form of a link.

Object of protection

The object of this Privacy Statement is to protect personal data. This includes all information that refers to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter referred to as the "data subject"). This includes, in particular, all information that allows conclusions to be drawn as to your identity (e.g. details such as your name, postal address, email address and telephone number).

Technical requirements

In order for you to be able to set up a connection to our website, your browser transfers specific data to the webserver of our website. This is a technical requirement that allows the information you called up to be made available to you by our website. This is achieved by storing your IP address, the date and time of your request, your operating system type and other information which is then stored and used for a maximum period of 7 days. We reserve the right to store these data for a limited period in order to safeguard our legitimate interests so as to be able to derive information from personal data in the case of unauthorized access or the attempt to deliberately cause damage to our company through this route (Art. 6, para. 1 (f) GDPR). These data shall be solely stored or transferred for this and no other purpose, whereby we shall not inform you of this or ask for your consent in advance.


Cookies are small text files that are stored by your browser on your computer or mobile end device to detect, for example, whether you visit the same websites repeatedly from the same end device or browser. In general, we set cookies to analyze the interest in our website as well as to improve the user-friendliness of our website. In principle, however, you can also call up our website without using cookies.

As a rule, cookies can be deactivated or removed with the aid of special tools which are offered by most commercial browsers. For each browser that you use, you have to determine the settings separately and configure these individually. The different browsers offer a range of functions and options to this purpose.

For full and easy usage of our website, you should accept those cookies that allow the use of specific functions, resp. make it easier to use. You can review which cookies are used by us and to which purpose - and how long these are stored - in the following overview:

Cookie List





hbs_nl_cookie www.boeckler.de The cookie stores whether the newsletter overlay in the current session has already been displayed to or been selected by the website visitor. "End of the session" [when the browser is closed]



Apache Tomcat session (on which the OTDS is based)

"End of the session" [when the browser is closed]



"FWEID weak Fingerprint Ever ID" for recognizing the session if cookies are not accepted; hashed

Unknown as this is not set in the browser



"FEID Fingerprint Ever ID" for recognizing the session if cookies are not accepted; hashed

Unknown as this is not set in the browser



"GEID Global Device Ever ID" information for the device cookie; only contains information in the case of a third-party cookie and is otherwise empty; used for RTA

"End of the session" [when the browser is closed]



"CDBEID CDB Ever ID". When CDB is activated, this is the EID of one of the pooled devices (for more information, please refer to https://support.webtrekk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115001570149-Cross-Device-Bridge-Plugin)

15 minutes



HBS JavaScripts for the cookie banner

3 years



SID session ID stated for Pixel v3 and higher

"End of the session" [when the browser is closed]



Session ID of the OTDS HBS project

"End of the session" [when the browser is closed]



"EID Ever ID / Cookie ID" stated when first-party tracking and Pixel v3 or higher are used

6 minutes


When calling up our website, you will be informed about the use of these cookies by way of an informative text in our cookie banner These are accepted by clicking on the "I agree" button.

Cookie types

In order to be able to explain the most common cookie types in more detail, we have provided explanations of these in the following to help you to understand them:

1. Session-Cookies:

The usage of session cookies allows users and the changes they make on a website to be identified. They allow the website to track their movements across individual pages so that information that has already been entered/stored does not have to be re-entered/stored again. Webshop shopping baskets are a good example of this. The session cookie stores the selected products in the shopping basket so that this contains the correct articles when payment is made at checkout. Session cookies are deleted when the user logs off or become invalid once the session has automatically expired.

2. Permanent or protocol cookies:

A permanent or protocol cookie stores the user’s information and settings on the user’s computer for the duration of the period defined by the respective expiration date. This allows quicker and easier access as you do not, for example, have to repeat the language settings or re-enter your login data. These cookies are automatically deleted when the storage period expires.

3. Third party cookies:

As a rule, third party cookies have no influence on the usage of the page as they do not originate from the operator of the website. They fulfill, for example, the purpose of collecting information for advertising purposes, personalized content and web statistics and for passing these on to the respective third-party provider.

4. Tracking-Cookies:

Tracking cookies are special text files which open up the possibility of collecting data on the behavior of the Internet users. This is aimed at gaining information on what the user’s main points of interest are, for example, to be able to launch made-to-measure promotional offers. Therefore, tracking cookies are not only set during the login process but are automatically set whenever the website is visited.

The examples of the most common types of cookies in the above representation is intended to provide you with a global overview of this type of data collection. The information contained therein does not claim to be complete. As a result of technical developments in the IT sector, it is to be assumed that further cookie types will be developed during the course of time. Prior to using our website, please refer at regular intervals to the Privacy Statement on our website to find out about the latest changes.

Contact form users

Our website includes contact forms which can be used to contact us electronically. To ensure that your data are transferred securely, we use a connection which uses state of the art encryption with an SSL certificate during the transfer process. By clicking on the "Send" button, you automatically consent to the transfer of the data that you entered in the entry form over to us. We store you name and email address, and possibly other information that you have provided us with, in order to be able to contact you and provide you with the best-possible answer to your enquiry. On the one hand, this allows us to offer you the service that you expect from us and, on the other, it provides us with the opportunity to continually improve (Art. 6, para. 1 (f) GDPR).

Registering for our events

On our website, you can register electronically for a range of different events. To ensure that your data are transferred securely, we use a connection which uses state of the art encryption with an SSL certificate during the transfer process. Through consenting to the electronic storage and processing of your data and by clicking on the "Submit registration" button, you confirm that we may lawfully process your data in acc. with Art. 6, para.1 (a) GDPR. We store your contact and address details so that we may contact you in isolated cases.

Newsletter subscriptions

We offer you the opportunity of subscribing to our newsletters free of charge. These subscriptions are commissioned by way of a double opt-in procedure. This involves an accepted process which ensures that the expressed consent of the person concerned is obtained in connection with respective contact procedures. Once you have subscribed, you will receive a corresponding confirmation link via email. You need to confirm this link which serves to document your consent. You can also choose an optional tracking method when registering. Since this is an anonymous tacking method, we are unable to identify you as a person or user in any way. You can change the tracking options in your profile settings at any time. Should you no longer be interested in receiving a newsletter, you can cancel your subscription via a link in the newsletter footer at any time.

Google reCAPTCHA

We use "Google reCAPTCHA v2" (hereafter "reCAPTCHA") on our website. The provider is Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland ("Google").
With reCAPTCHA we want to check, if the data entry on our websites (for example in a contact form) is done by a human, or by an automated program. To do this, reCAPTCHA analyzes the behavior of the website visitor, based on various characteristics. This analysis starts automatically, as soon as the visitor enters the website. For analysis, reCAPTCHA evaluates various information (for example IP-address, set languages in the browser, screen and window resolution, time zone or the plugins installed in the browser). The data collected during the analysis will be forwarded to Google.
Data processing is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f EU-GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in protecting its websites from abusive automated spying and SPAM.
For more information about Google reCAPTCHA and Google's privacy policy, please visit https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/. To opt out of Google's ability to process data, please visit: https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated 


Our website makes use of the functions provided by a range of different web analysis services offered by other companies, such as Google Inc., for example. In the following, we shall explain in more detail which individual services are involved and which data are analyzed.

Mapp Intelligence (formerly Webtrekk)
We use the services of the Mapp Intelligence company to collect statistical data on the usage of our website and to optimize our website accordingly. To this purpose, we have concluded a written commissioned data processing contract with Mapp Digital Germany GmbH in accordance with Section 28 Federal Data Protection Act. When you visit our website, various information transmitted from your browser is collected and evaluated. This information is collected by way of a pixel which is embedded on each webpage. The following data are collected and passed on to Mapp: Request (file name of the requested file), browser type/version, browser language, operating system used, inner resolution of the browser window, screen resolution, JavaScript activation, Java enabled/disabled, cookies enabled/disabled, color depth, referrer URL (previous screen visited), shortened IP address for geographical recognition, access time, clicks, poss. order values, poss. form content (in the case of free text fields, e.g. name and password, only "filled in" or "not filled in" are transmitted). Mapp only stores the IP address in a shortened (pseudonymized) form and only uses it for session recognition, geolocation (to city level) and for warding off attacks. When you have finished visiting the website, your IP address is immediately deleted, rendering the recorded data anonymous. Even going via the ISP, it is impossible to associate these data with the user’s identity. Mapp uses so-called "cookies". You can prevent these cookies from being installed through a corresponding setting in your browser software. However, in this case, we would like to point out that you may then not be able to use the full range of functions offered by this website.

In the following section, you can disable the Mapp Intelligence Web Analytics.

You can decide here, if a cookie for web analysis may be stored in your browser, in order to allow the website Publisher to collect and analyze statistical data.

If you wish to opt-out this option, click the following link to place the Mapp opt-out cookie in your browser.


Our website uses various social media plugins in order to expand and link up our own Internet presence via the social networks. The usage of all the social media platforms named below serves to ensure that our online portfolio is appropriately displayed, to present all the available information and content so that it can be used accordingly, as well as to make it easy to find the locations named on our website. This constitutes a legitimate interest as provided for in Art. 6, para. 1 (f) GDPR which is the legal basis for the respective data processing.
We will be explaining which individual plugins are concerned and how the communication - and where appropriate the transmission - of user data is carried out in more detail in the following.

We use YouTube to integrate videos to make our webpage attractive and informative for you.
As a rule, when you visit one of our pages which incorporates a YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers is normally established. However, on our webpage, we use a so-called double-click solution that ensures that the connection to YouTube is initially deactivated. All our videos have been embedded on our pages in such a way as to ensure that your IP address is not actually transmitted to the YouTube servers until you actively click on the video in question. Should you fail to do this, however, no data will be sent to YouTube whilst you are visiting our website.
The company that operates YouTube is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.
YouTube sets cookies to collect information on those who visit their Internet page. Among other things, YouTube uses these to record video statistics, to avoid and investigate cases of fraud and to improve user-friendliness. This may also result in a connection being made to Google’s DoubleClick Network. If you launch a YouTube video, this may initiate further data processing processes. We have no influence on this. If you have a YouTube account and are logged in to this account when you call up our webpages, you are basically allowing YouTube to directly associate your surfing behavior with your personal YouTube profile. You can avoid this by logging out of your YouTube account.
More information on data protection at YouTube can be found in their Privacy Statement at:  https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en-GB&gl=uk

The Hans-Böckler-Stiftung foundation uses Flickr to integrate photo galleries, e.g. from events, and presents these for sharing purposes via this platform. If the Flickr widget is integrated in a page, the user data are normally transmitted to the Flickr server as soon as this page is called up. The company that operates Flickr is SmugMug Inc., Suite 200, 67 E Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94041, USA.

Flickr is integrated in the webpages of the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung foundation using a so-called double-click solution. This means that no direct connection is made to the Flickr servers. In order to see the content that has been integrated into the webpages of the foundation via Flickr, the user must actively click on the respective widget. If this is not done, no data are transmitted.

As soon as a connection has been made to Flickr, cookies are set by Flickr in which user data, such as, for example, login data and user behavior, are stored. The Hans-Böckler-Stiftung foundation has no influence on these cookies.

In as far as you have a Flickr user account and are logged into this account when you call up data from the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung foundation, you automatically allow Flickr to associate your user behavior with your Flickr account. Should you not wish this to happen, you must log off from your Flickr account before the data is transferred to Flickr.

More information on Flickr’s data protection rules is available at https://www.flickr.com/help/privacy.

Podigee Podcast-Hosting

We use the Podigee podcast hosting service from the provider Podigee GmbH, Schlesische Straße 20, 10997 Berlin, Germany. The podcasts are downloaded or streamed from Podigee.

The use is based on our legitimate interests, i.e. interest in a secure and efficient provision, analysis and optimisation of our podcast offer in accordance with Art. 6 (1) letter (f) GDPR.

Podigee processes the IP addresses and device information to enable podcast downloads / playbacks and statistical data such as to determine the number of downloads. This data is anonymised by Podigee before they are stored in the database, unless they are required for the provision of the podcasts.

Further information and options to object can be found in Podigee's data protection declaration: https://www.podigee.com/en/about/privacy.

Further general information:

Changes to this Privacy Statement

We check this Privacy Statement on a regular basis to ensure that it complies with the legal provisions, the jurisprudence and the statements of the supervisory authorities, as well as to align it to emerging trends and the technological state of the art. In this respect, we reserve the right to change this Privacy Statement, in order to adjust this in line with new legal data protection requirements or other changes in the factual or legal circumstances. We kindly ask, therefore, that you always check the information on our Privacy Statement applicable at the time prior to using our website.

Who is responsible for the data processing? (Art. 13, para. 1 (a), (b) GDPR)
The Hans-Böckler-Stiftung foundation is responsible for the data processing on our webpage. Please refer to the Imprint for the respective contact details: : Impressum

You can reach our Data Protection Officer at the following address:

To the attention of the Data Protection Officer
Georg-Glock-Straße 18
40474 Düsseldorf
E-Mail: datenschutz@boeckler.de
Tel.: +49 (0) 211 7778 – 0

Who receives your personal data?=? (Art. 13, para. 1 (e), (f) GDPR)
We treat your personal data confidentially and never pass these on to third parties unless you have provided us with your consent to do so or in cases where these are to be made available based on a legal or contractual commitment. In individual cases, we may contract processors to process your personal data. This would be carried out in accordance with Art. 28 GDPR and on the basis of a respective commissioned data processing contract.

How long are the data stored? (Art. 13, para. 2 (a) GDPR)
The legislator has imposed numerous retention periods and deadlines.

We only store your data as long as this is legally required.

Once these periods have lapsed, we delete the respective data as a matter of routine, in as far as they are no longer required with a view to fulfilling the contract. We store data that are processed based on your consent until this consent is revoked, resp. as long as these data are required. We store data that are processed based on a legitimate interest as long as this legitimate interest continues to exist.

In line with the legal provisions, commercial law data or financially-relevant data ensuing from a closed financial year are deleted after a further ten years have passed, in as far as no longer retention periods have been stipulated or are required for legitimate reasons. In as far as the data are not subject to specific retention periods, they are deleted when the purpose for which they were processed ceases to exist.

For which purposes and on which legal basis do we process your personal data? (Art. 13, para. 1 (c), (d) GDPR)

We have already outlined the purposes and legal basis for processing data. In addition, the following generally applies: Where required, we process your data to safeguard our legitimate interests or those of other third parties in accordance with Art. 6, para. 1 (f) GDPR, for example to establish legal claims or to defend ourselves in legal disputes or to uphold our IT operations or security.

Only in cases where we have a legitimate interest or where we have received your written consent to process your personal data do we process your data for purposes of external communications and marketing on the basis of Art. 6, para. 1 (a) or (f) GDPR. You have the right to revoke your consent at any time.

To comply with legal obligations, we are allowed or must, where required, process your data and pass these on to third parties (in accordance with Art. 6, para. 1 (c)).

In no case shall we use your data in an automated decision-making process or for profiling purposes.

Furthermore, we use cookies to be able to offer you an improved service when using our webpage and to make this webpage more convenient for you to use (Art. 6, para. 1 (f) GDPR).

Which rights and obligations do you have? (Art. 13, para. 2 (b), (c), (d), (e) GDPR)

All data subjects have the following rights:

  • In accordance with Art. 15 GDPR, you have the right to receive information. This means that you can request confirmation from us as to whether your personal data are being processed by ourselves.
  • In accordance with Art. 16 GDPR, you have the right to rectification. This means that you can demand that we rectify any incorrect personal data concerning yourself.
  • In accordance with Art. 17 GDPR, you have the right to erasure ("right to be forgotten"). This means that you can demand that we erase any personal data concerning your person without undue delay - unless we are unable to erase your data due to being required, for example, to observe legal retention periods.
  • In accordance with Art. 18 GDPR, you have the right to restriction of processing. This means that we are practically no longer allowed to process your personal data - apart from storing them.
  • In accordance with Art. 20, GDPR, you have the right to data portability. This means that you have the right to receive the personal data concerning your person and that you have made available to us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and to transmit these data to another controller.
  • In accordance with Art. 7, para. 3 GDPR, you have the right to withdraw any consent you have provided at any time with future effect.
  • In accordance with Art. 13 GDPR, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the responsible supervisory authority.

In addition, you also have the right to object which we will be explaining in more detail at the end of this data protection information sheet.

If you would like to exercise any of your above rights, please contact our Data Protection Officer (see contact information listed above).

Responsible supervisory authority
State Data Protection Officer
North Rhine-Westphalia
Office address: Kavalleriestr. 2–4, 40312 Düsseldorf, Germany
Postal address: P.O. Box 200444, 40102 Düsseldorf, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0) 211 38424 -0
Email address: poststelle@ldi.nrw.de


Information on your right to object in accordance with Art. 21 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

You have the right to object, on grounds resulting from your particular situation, at any time to the processing of personal data concerning your person which is carried out based on Art. 6, para. 1 (f) GDPR (data processing based on the weighing up of legitimate interests); this also applies to profiling based on this provision as described in Art. 4 (4) GDPR.

If you object, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms or where this processing is for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.

Please direct your objection in writing (via email or post) to the attention of our Data Protection Officer (see contact information listed above).

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