Privacy Policy and Disclaimer

Privacy Policy and Disclaimer


Privacy Policy


This policy applies to all pages and online services hosted on It does not apply to pages or services hosted by other organisations to which we may link and whose privacy policies may differ.

We do not collect personal data such as name, address, email contact, etc. via our website unless you voluntarily decide to provide us with these dates through a purpose-bound online form - e.g. by signing up for one of our events. (Before signing up for an event, each participant will be explicitly informed about the event-related privacy rules and will be asked to agree to them before submitting personally identifiable data to us. As part of this agreement, we reserve the right to contact former and current participants of our workshops to inform them about upcoming programmes in a related contextual framework.)

We maintain some records of individuals who contact us via email, phone or by postal mail for further information or help in case we need to contact them at a later point. We do not sell or rent web-generated mailing lists or other personally identifiable information. We do not provide mailing lists to outside commercial agencies. Personal data will only be forwarded to partners with prior information and consent of concerned parties.

The use of published contact details by third parties for the purpose of sending unsolicited advertisements is strictly opposed by us. As website provider, we reserve the right to take legal action in case of unsolicited emailing, spam or sending any kind of advertising information.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe or unregister yourself from our website or from any other services we provide, if you have any questions about your personal data that we maintain (origin, purpose of use, recipients, etc.), if you would like us to delete or block your data, or in case you want to inform us about changes in your personal data, please contact us via

Automatic detection of internet browser data

For an informational use of our services, it is generally not necessary for you to provide personally identifiable data. For such usage, we only collect and use the data that your internet browser automatically transmits to us, such as:

  • Date and time of access to one of our websites;
  • browser type;
  • browser settings;
  • operating system used;
  • the page you visited before being redirected to our site;
  • the amount of data transferred and the access status ("file not found", ”file transfer”, etc.);
  • your IP address;
  • your user ID (only after registration on our website).

We collect and use such data during an informative visit of our website exclusively in a non-personal form. This is done automatically to allow the use of our website, for statistical purposes, and to improve our web-based services. We store the IP address only for the duration of your visit. An individual evaluation of this data does not take place.

Use of cookies

For our website, we use the technique of “cookies”. Cookies are small text files that are sent as part of your visit of our website from our web server to your browser. Your browser stores them on your computer for a later retrieval of our website. Most of these cookies are so called “session cookies” (also known as “temporary cookies”), which are stored exclusively for the duration of your use of our website. The purpose of these cookies is to continuously identify your computer when changing from one of our web pages to another and to be able to determine the end of your visit. These cookies are deleted once you close your browser session. To determine whether cookies can be set and retrieved by your browser, you can adapt the respective settings in your browser. You can e.g. generally disable in your browser the saving of cookies, limit it to certain websites or configure your browser so that it will automatically notify you when a cookie is being set up and that it will ask for confirmation to do so. To benefit from the full functionality of our website however, it is necessary for technical reasons, to allow the use of cookies. A collection or storage of personal data in cookies in this context will not be conducted by us. We also do not use any techniques that connect the accumulated information from cookies to personal user data.


Our website integrates a plug-in of the communications platform Twitter Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA (henceforth: Twitter). This plug-in is displayed through the Twitter logo including the phrase "Tweet". Through the use of Twitter and the "Re-Tweet" function, the web pages you visit are linked to your Twitter account and communicated to other Twitter users. Data is also transmitted to Twitter in this process. For example, Twitter receives the information that you have visited our website. If you click the "Tweet" button while you are logged into your Twitter account, you can link the content of this website on your Twitter profile. This allows Twitter to assign your visit of our website to your Twitter user account. We point out that we as providers of this website have no knowledge of the exact content of data that is transmitted to Twitter and the use of it through Twitter. For more information, please see the privacy statement of Twitter at You can change your privacy settings on Twitter at your account settings under


On our website we use components (videos) of YouTube, LLC 901 Cherry Ave., 94066 San Bruno, CA, USA, a company belonging to Google Inc., Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

When you display a page that has an embedded video, a connection will be made to the YouTube server and the content will appear on the website via a communication to your browser.

Further information about data protection by YouTube is provided by Google under the following link:

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. However, on this website Google Analytics is supplemented by the code “_ anonymizeIp” which is provided by Google in order to ensure that IP addresses are captured in anonymised form. Before transfer, the last two digits of the IP address are shortened to make it impossible to identify the user. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. Furthermore, you can prevent the collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) through Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under You can refuse the use of Google Analytics by clicking on the following link: Disable Google Analytics. An opt-out cookie will be set on the computer, which prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this website.

Further information concerning the terms and conditions of use and data privacy can be found at or at

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Visiting our website hence may result in the storage of certain information on our server and on servers used by Google. Personally identifiably information and the related technical information (IP address, browser data, computer operation system, etc.) however will not be analysed by us. Personally identifiably information data will only be stored on our server with the prior consent of the website user – this data will not be forwarded to a third party without prior consent of the user in question.

Data Security

We would like to express that there are inherent security risks when transmitting data via the internet, such as emails or signing up to websites by using personally identifiable information. This implies security vulnerabilities as it is impossible to safeguard entirely against unauthorised access by third parties. Please note that our website is SSL secured to minimise the risk of unauthorised access by third parties to the data transmitted to us. Subject to the limitation mentioned above, we will safeguard user data. In consequence to the above-mentioned, we cannot assume liability for any damages resulting in consequence of security vulnerabilities or for any related acts of omission on our part.

We also do everything in our power to protect user-information offline. All of your information is restricted. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information.

If you have any questions relating to this policy, please address them to:

International Civil Society Centre
Agricolastraße 26
10555 Berlin

Tel: +49 30 20 62 46 97 11
or write to

Legal Disclaimer

Limitation of liability for internal content

The content of our website has been compiled carefully and in full conscience. We can however not assume any liability for guaranteeing that all information is up to date, complete or accurate.

Pursuant to section 7 §1 of the TMG (Telemediengesetz – German act by law Tele Media Act), we as service providers are responsible for our own content on our website in accordance with the law. Pursuant to sections 8 to 10 of the TMG however, we are not obligated to monitor third party information provided or stored on our website. Once we have become aware of a specific infringement of the law, we shall promptly remove any content in question. Any liability in such an instance can only be assumed from the moment when we become aware of the infringement.

Limitation of liability for external links

Our website contains external links to third-party websites. As these websites are not under our control, we cannot accept any guaranty for their content and correctness. The owners and/or providers of the linked websites are liable for their content and accuracy. At the time when these external links were placed, we found no infringements of the law. We will promptly delete links in question, once an infringement of the law becomes known to us.


All content published on this website is governed by the German copyright laws. We aim to respect the intellectual property rights for all published graphics, videos, illustrations and texts, and to use self-produced or unlicensed graphics, videos, illustrations and texts. All protected brand names and trademarks are subject to the applicable trademark law and the ownership rights of the respective registered owners. Mentioning this does not imply that trademarks are not protected by rights of third parties.

The copyright for any material created by the provider of this website remains solely with the provider. Any duplication or use of such graphics, video sequences and texts in other electronic or printed publications requires a prior written approval from the provider.