Data Protection Declaration

The Goethe-Institut e.V., Oskar-von-Miller-Ring 18, 80333 Munich (“Goethe-Institut” or “We”) is the operator of the website www.africourage.org (“Website”) and the responsible body for the personal data of the website’s users (“You”) in the sense of the EU data protection basic regulation (GDPR) and German data protection laws, in particular the Federal Data Protection Law (BDSG).

AfriCourage and the Goethe-Institut take the protection of your data very seriously. With this privacy policy we want to inform you transparently about which personal data (“your data”) we collect, process and use if you visit our website.

1. Informational use of the website

You can visit our website and use selected internet offers without providing any personal information. Whenever a web page is called up, the web server merely automatically stores access data in so-called server log files which are automatically sent to your browser. This includes data such as the name of the requested file, the last visited website, the date and time of the retrieval, the browser used, the amount of data transmitted, your IP address, the requesting provider etc. Processing is carried out on our behalf by a third-party provider who provides services for hosting and displaying the website. This service provider is located within a country in the European Union or the European Economic Area.

All access data is stored for a period of 7 days. This data is evaluated solely to ensure interference-free operation of the website, error analysis and to improve our service. The use of a CDN provider, as well as the procedure described here, serves to safeguard our legitimate interests, which are predominant in the context of a weighing-up of interests in accordance with Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR regarding the correct representation of our offer.

2. Data collection and use for the contract execution

We collect personal data if you provide this to us when contacting us (for example, via a contact form or email). The specific data collected in detail, the information which is mandatory and that which is voluntary can be found in the various input forms. We collect and process the data provided by you in order to process your enquiries in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO.

3. Cookies

In order to make the visit to our website attractive and to enable the use of certain functions, we use so-called ‘cookies’ on various pages. This use serves to safeguard our legitimate interests, which predominate in the context of a weighing up of interests, in an optimised presentation of our offer pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your device.

Some of the cookies we use are deleted after the end of the browser session, i.e. after closing your browser (so-called ‘session cookies’). Other cookies remain on your device and allow us to recognise your browser the next time you visit it and possibly enable you to log in automatically (‘persistent cookies’). For example, if you activate the option “Remember me” by ticking a checkmark at goethe.de, a cookie will be set which we will use to recognise you within a certain period of time when you next visit goethe.de.

You can view the duration of the persistent cookies via your browser. You can set your browser so that you are informed about the setting of cookies and individually decide on their acceptance or exclude the acceptance of cookies for specific cases or in general. Each browser differs in the way it manages the cookie settings. This is described in the Help menu of each browser, which explains how to change your cookie settings. These can be found for the respective browser under the following links:

Internet Explorer™: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies
Safari™: https://support.apple.com/de-de/guide/safari/sfri11471/mac
Chrome™: http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=de&hlrm=de&answer=95647
Firefox™: https://support.mozilla.org/de/kb/cookies-und-website-daten-in-firefox-loschen

Failure to accept cookies may limit the functionality of our website.

4. Web Analytics

For website analysis, this website uses Google (Universal) Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google LLC (www.google.com). This serves to safeguard our legitimate interests, which predominate in the context of a weighing-up of interests, in order to optimise the representation of our offer in accordance with Art. 6 (1) Clause 1 lit. f GDPR. Google (Universal) Analytics uses methods that allow you to analyze the use of the website, such as cookies. The automatically-collected information about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. By activating IP anonymisation on this website, the IP address will be shortened prior to transmission within the member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. The anonymised IP address provided by Google Analytics within the framework of Google Analytics will generally not be merged with other data provided by Google. After purpose and end of the use of Google Analytics by us, the data collected in this context will be deleted.

Google LLC is headquartered in the US and is certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield. A current certificate can be found here. Under the agreement between the US and the European Commission, the latter has established an appropriate level of data protection for companies certified under the Privacy Shield.

You can prevent the collection of the data (including your IP address) generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website from Google as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Alternatively to the browser plugin you can click here to prevent Google Analytics tracking on this site in the future. An opt-out cookie is stored on your device. If you delete your cookies, you must click the link again.

5. Social Networks

  1. Use of social plugins and widgets from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the Shariff solution
    Our website uses social buttons and widgets from social networks. In order to increase the protection of your data when visiting our website, these buttons and widgets are not unrestricted, but merely integrated into the site using an HTML link. This integration ensures that when you visit a page of our website that contains such buttons, no connection with the servers of the provider of the respective social network is established.Clicking on one of the buttons opens a new window in your browser and calls up the page of the respective service provider on which you can (after entering your login data, if required), for example, hit the Like or Share button.For more information on the purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by the providers on their pages, as well as for contact details and your related rights and settings options to protect your privacy, please refer to the provider’s privacy policy:Data protection notes from Facebook 
    Data protection notes from twitter
    Data protection notes from Google 
    Data protection notes from Instagram


  2. Using widgets from Spotify and Soundcloud
    On our website so-called ‘widgets’ are used by the networks Spotify and Soundcloud for the purpose of an interactive design of our content. This serves to safeguard our predominant legitimate interests in a multimedia presentation of our services and our activities in accordance with Art. 6 (1) Clause 1 lit. f GDPR. When you visit a page on our website that contains such a widget, your browser connects directly to the Spotify or Soundcloud servers. The content of the widget is transmitted by the respective provider directly to your browser and integrated into the page. By integrating the widgets, the providers receive the information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a profile or are not currently logged in. This information (including your IP address) is transmitted by your browser directly to a server of the respective provider and stored there.If you are logged in to one of the services, the providers can directly assign the visit to our website to your profile in the respective social network. If you interact with the widgets, for example, to play content, the corresponding information is also transmitted directly to a server of the provider and stored there.The information can also be published on the social network and displayed there to your contacts.

    For more information on the purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by the provider, as well as contact details and your related rights and settings options to protect your privacy, please refer to the privacy policy of the provider.

    Spotify AB: https://www.spotify.com/de/legal/privacy-policy/
    SoundCloud Limited: https://soundcloud.com/pages/privacy

    If you do not want the social networks to map the data collected via our website directly to your profile in the respective service, you can also completely prevent the loading of the widgets with add-ons for your browser, for example, with the script blocker “NoScript” (http://noscript.net/).

  3. YouTube and Vimeo video plugins
    For the purpose of an interactive design of our content on YouTube and Vimeo, third-party content is integrated into this website. This serves to safeguard our predominant legitimate interests in a multimedia presentation of our services and our activities in accordance with Art. 6 (1) Clause 1 lit. f GDPR.YouTube is operated by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”).

    Vimeo is operated by Vimeo LLC, 555 West 18th Street, NY, New York 10011, USA.

    In order to increase the protection of your data when visiting our website, the plugins are integrated into the site so that they can only be activated by an additional click. This integration ensures that when you visit a page of our website that contains such plugins, no connection is established with the servers of the respective social network. Only when you activate the plugins does your browser establish a direct connection to the servers of the respective social network.

    The content of the respective plugin is then transmitted directly to your browser by the associated provider and integrated into the page. By integrating the plugins, the providers receive the information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a profile with the corresponding provider or are not currently logged in. This information (including your IP address) is transmitted by your browser directly to a server of the respective provider (possibly in the USA) and stored there.

    If you interact with the plugins, for example, by clicking the “Like” button, the corresponding information is also transmitted directly to a server of the provider and stored there.

    For videos from Vimeo which are integrated on our site, the tracking tool Google Analytics is automatically integrated. We have no influence on the analysis results obtained from this and nor can we view them. In addition, the embedding of Vimeo videos allows web beacons to be set on the website visitors upon activation of said videos. To prevent the setting of Google Analytics tracking cookies, you can take the usual precautions to disable Google Analytics. For more information, see the web analytics section.

    For more information on the purpose and extent of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by the provider, as well as your related rights and setting options to protect your privacy, please refer to the privacy policy of the provider:

    YouTube / Google: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/
    Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/privacy

6. Data protection

We protect our website and other systems through technical and organisational measures against the loss, destruction, access, modification or dissemination of your data by unauthorised persons, such as during the creation of the Goethe.de account or a later login through an SSL encryption.

7. Your rights and data protection contact information

As a data subject, you have the following rights:

  • according to Art. 15 GDPR, you have the right to demand information on the personal data processed by us in the scope specified therein;
  • in accordance with Art. 16 GDPR, you have the right to demand without delay the correction of incorrect personal data or completion of personal data stored with us;
  • according to Art. 17 GDPR, you have the right to demand the deletion of your personal data stored by us, unless further processing is required
    • to exercise the right to freedom of expression and information;
    • to fulfil a legal obligation;
    • for reasons of public interest or
    • to assert, exercise or defend legal claims
  • according to Art. 18 GDPR, you have the right to demand the restriction of the processing of your personal data, insofar as
    • the accuracy of the data is disputed by you;
    • the processing is illegal, but you reject its deletion;
    • we no longer need the data, but you need it for asserting, exercising or defending legal claims, or
    • you have filed an objection against the processing in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR;
  • according to Art. 20 GDPR, you have the right to receive your personal data, which you have provided to us, in a structured, common and machine-readable format, or to request the transfer to another responsible party;
  • according to Art. 77 GDPR, you have the right to complain to a supervisory authority. As a rule, you can contact the supervisory authority of your usual place of residence or work or our company headquarters.

If you have any questions regarding the collection, processing or use of your personal data, information, correction, restriction of, processing or deletion of data, and revocation of any consent granted or objection to a particular use of data and the right to data portability, please contact our company data protection officer:

Die Datenschutzbeauftragte
Goethe-Institut e.V.
Oskar-von-Miller-Ring 18
80333 München
datenschutz@goethe.de

8. Right of objection

To the extent that we process personal data as explained above in order to safeguard our legitimate interests, which are predominant in the context of a weighing up of interests, you can object to this processing with effect for the future. If the processing is for the purpose of direct marketing, you can exercise this right at any time as described above. Insofar as the processing takes place for other purposes, you are only entitled to a right of objection if there are reasons that arise from your particular situation.

After exercising your right to object, we will not further process your personal data for these purposes unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for processing that outweigh your interests, rights and freedoms, or if the processing serves the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims.

This does not apply if the processing is for direct marketing purposes. In this case we will not process your personal data for this purpose.