We collect two types of information: personal data and anonymous data.
You are not obligated to provide Personal Data to us in order to use the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal. However, if you do not provide Personal Data, you may not be able to visit all of the areas of the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal and may not be able to use all of our online services. In addition, we may not be able to offer you services that build on Personal Data or require us to contact you personally; in particular, we may not be able to provide a homepage that is tailored to your individual needs, and you may not be able to participate in events and other activities via the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal.
When you have registered as a user of the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal or when you use our online service, we collect statistically relevant information pertaining to the use of the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal. In principle, we process and use data for statistical purposes separately from your other Personal Data. These data can therefore not be used to identify or contact you. Such data include, for example, demographic information (age, profession, or gender) and other information about you as an individual (“Anonymous Data”). We use Anonymous Data to obtain an overview of the users of the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal as well as to improve the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal.
No Collection of Special Categories of Personal Data
We do not collect particularly sensitive categories of data about you as an individual, such as health data, genetic or biometric data, your ethnic background, religious or political convictions, or details about your sexual life, via the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal.
Information from Other Sources
In certain circumstances, we may supplement the data we collect with data from other sources. Such information helps us to evaluate and improve the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal and our online service; at the same time, this information helps us to assess our users’ preferences and thus to adapt the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal and our online service to your specific needs. We only supplement data for internal purposes; we will not combine such data to create a comprehensive personality profile of you.
This portal is operated by the Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation with the following business address: Am Bahnhof 1, 82449 Uffing am Staffelsee, Germany. The Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation is represented by Frithjof Finkbeiner, Chair of the Board of Directors, telephone: 08808 9345, email@example.com. Currently, all of our servers are located in Germany. However, in the future, we may also transfer your data (including your Personal Data) to servers in countries outside of the European Union (EU) and process your data there. Please note that it is possible that not all of these countries have a level of data protection comparable to that of the EU (e.g., the USA). In such a case, we will implement appropriate measures to protect your interests in accordance with Data Protection Law.
We collect your data (including Personal Data) by various means, in different locations, and at various times on the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal. The following describes how we collect the majority of information about you:
Registering as a User or for Membership, Sponsorship, a Tree Donation or Other Donation, and for the Tree Counter
In order to participate in the password-protected area of the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal and to create your own entries (e.g., to upload photos or reports, comment on articles, write in the guestbook, or contribute to discussion forums) or to contact other users, you must register as a user. Before you can register as a user of the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal or for membership, sponsorship, a tree donation or other donation, or for the tree counter, you must provide a variety of information about yourself, including Personal Data. We need these data in order to be able to identify our users and contact them if needed, to prevent spam entries and fraudulent behavior, and to improve the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal and our online service. Furthermore, we collect and store your data in a database when you plant or donate trees so that you can generate your own tree counter. You are free to provide further demographic data (date of birth, phone number, specific information on your physical address, academic titile) in addition to the required information that is needed for registration (name, gender, language, email address, nationality; in the case of membership, sponsorship, a tree donation or other donation, also your physical address and payment information). Such voluntary information is accordingly not labeled as required information on the registration form; however, this information is necessary for us to better tailor the Plant-for-the-Planet forum to your individual needs.
Registering a Plant-for-the-Planet Club
Plant-for-the-Planet clubs are registered via email, not via the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal. To register a Plant-for-the-Planet club, please send the following information (including Personal Data), which we will enter in our CRM database so that we can contact club members in the future and manage the club’s portfolio: information about the club coordinator (name, email address, date of birth, nationality), information about the club, and a list of members and the elected local board members as well as their contact information. We will not publish the names of club members or club coordinators.
You may send us inquiries at any time, even without registering as a user, by using the contact form provided in the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal. For the purpose of processing your inquiry and contacting you, we collect, process, and use Personal Data (such as your name, email address, and telephone number) and the information that you have voluntarily provided in the inquiry. We save this information in order to be able to answer follow-up questions.
You can request to receive our periodic newsletter in the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal. For this subscription, we collect Personal Data (such as your email address), which we need in order to forward the newsletter to you and to verify that you are the owner of the listed email address and that you agree to receive the newsletter. You will only receive the newsletter after giving your explicit consent. You may revoke this consent at any time, by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.
Cookies and Analytics Tools
We also collect Anonymous Data passively through “cookies” and analytics tools such as Google Analytics.
You are not obligated to accept cookies in order to use the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal. Although most browsers are set up to accept cookies, you can adjust your browser’s settings so that you are notified when a cookie is installed on your computer. You can also reject all cookies in general. Most browsers provide corresponding instructions under “Help” in the toolbar. However, rejecting cookies may mean that some functions of the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal and parts of our online service will not function as usual.
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies,” text files that are stored on the user’s computer and allow the user’s use of the website to be analyzed. The information generated by the cookie concerning the use of this website by the user is generally transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. [IP anonymization has been activated on this website, which means that the IP addresses of Google users within the Member States of the European Union or in other states that are party to the Agreement of the European Economic Area will be truncated before being transferred.] In rare exceptions, the complete IP address will be transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. Google will use this information on behalf of this website’s operator to evaluate the use of the website by users, to create reports on the website activities, and to provide other services to the website operator in connection with the use of the website and the Internet. The IP address transmitted by your browser in the context of Google Analytics will not be combined with other data collected by Google. You can prevent cookies from being installed by adjusting the settings of your browser software. However, users should note that, in this case, you may not be able to fully use all of this website’s functions. Users can also prevent the data that is generated by the cookie and pertains to their use of the website (including their IP address) from being collected and processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link. The current link is: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
Registering for Events
When you register as a co-host, speaker, or accompanying person for one of our events, you transmit Personal Data to us (such as your name, gender, date of birth, address, telephone number, email address, nationality, and specific information relating to Plant-for-the-Planet events, such as your previous participation, attendance times, and arrival sites). For accompanying persons, we would also like to know in what capacity you are accompanying the child (as relative/parent, accompanying teacher/caregiver, media representative, forester, etc.). When you register your child for an event, we will also collect the data of the participating child (such as his/her name, gender, date of birth, address, emergency cell phone number and email address as well as school and grade level). We require these data in order to prevent registrations under false identities, to identify event participants, to adequately plan and prepare for events, and to contact you regarding relevant events. In the case of an event announced by you, this entails publishing the contact information of the specified event coordinator.
Ordering from the Online Shop
When you order products from our online shop, you also transmit Personal Data to us (such as your name, address, email address, and invoice data and credit card information). We require these data in order to identify you and to complete the transaction with you. [We likewise collect information that you provide to us voluntarily in the form of answers in relation to particular products and services (such as surveys or questionnaires, self-assessments, or contests). We only process and use these data to tailor our offer to your specific needs.
The online shop is run together with the Global Marshall Plan Foundation, Rosenstraße 2, 20095 Hamburg. https://www.globalmarshallplan.org/
Public Forums and the “My Area” Function
Lastly, we also collect Anonymous Data via our Internet log files. These files are used to store statistical data concerning the use of the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal. Such data include browser type and version, the operating system used, the referrer URL, the hostname of the accessing computer, the date and time of the server request, and location data, for instance. We use these data to analyze trends, to maintain the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal, to monitor the Portal’s use, and to collect general demographic information. We also combine Anonymous Data with Personal Data for the purposes mentioned; this combination of Anonymous Data and Personal Data is intended to enable us to adapt the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal to your needs and to generally assess our online service. However, we only combine data for internal purposes; we will not combine such data to create a comprehensive personality profile of you.
Like our initiatives, the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal is also aimed at children who are at least nine years of age. Our goal is to protect the privacy of minors. We therefore only collect the Personal Data of minors with the consent of a legal guardian. The data collected with regard to a child will, of course, be promptly deleted upon the child’s request, even after the child has reached the age of majority.
We primarily process and use the information collected in the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal to determine the identity and the behavior of our users and to provide our online service. This allows us to tailor the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal to your individual needs and thus to make the use of our online service easier for you. At the same time, we use this data for invoicing purposes.
If you have registered as a user of the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal or for membership, sponsorship, a tree donation or other donation, the tree counter, or for one of our events, you will receive a welcome email from us confirming your username and personal password. With your explicit consent, we will also send you the electronic newsletter. We also process and use your data for these purposes. You can revoke your consent to receiving the newsletter at any time, either by writing an Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via the “Unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.
In addition, we may process and use your data in order to send you important announcements regarding new websites, updates concerning the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal or our online service, or other information relating to our contractual relationship (e.g., unpaid invoices). As long as you have registered as a user of the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal or for membership, sponsorship, a tree donation or other donation, the tree counter, or for one of our upcoming events, you cannot unsubscribe from such notifications since they contain important information for you with regard to your use of the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal and our online service and are used for the purpose of conducting our contractual relationship.
We only process and use your data to inform you of interesting news concerning our goods and services if you have given us your explicit separate consent for such marketing measures. If you no longer wish to receive such notifications, you can revoke your consent to marketing measures at any time, either by writing an Email to email@example.com or via the contact information listed below.
Lastly, we also process and use the data collected in the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal to statistically evaluate the behavior of our users and to improve our online service. In certain circumstances, we may also link some of this information to Personal Data. However, we only link data for internal purposes; we will not combine such data to create a comprehensive personality profile of you or your child.
We commission hosts to provide certain services for our events. They are responsible for looking after the participating children on site. We provide them with the data (including Personal Data) of participants so that they can fulfill this task.
We commission coordinators to provide certain services for our events. They are responsible for looking after the participating children on site and the organization of events. We provide them with the data (including Personal Data) of participants so that they can fulfill this task.
We also commission independent contractors to provide certain services for our company in general (auditors, consultants, insurers, administrators, etc.) and in connection with the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal in particular (programmers, analysts, security services, credit institutions, payment processors, etc.). Oftentimes, it is necessary to grant these independent contractors limited access to the information collected via the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal; this may also include your Personal Data. However, in accordance with the relevant provisions of Data Protection Law, we will limit the access of these independent contractors to the absolute minimum that is necessary to enable them to fulfill their contractual duties.
In particular, independent contractors are prohibited from disclosing or transferring your Personal Data, unless this is unavoidable in performing the contractual services that are owed to us.
Transferring Anonymous Data to Third Parties
Beyond engaging third parties to provide our online service, we may also transfer your Anonymous Data to third parties, possibly in combination with the Anonymous Data of other users of the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal. These third parties would include potential or actual advertising clients, providers of advertising services (including service providers who document the typical behavioral patterns of users of a website), cooperating partners, sponsors, license holders, research companies, and similar parties.
Within the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal, we also use social plugins (“Plugins”) from the social network of facebook.com, which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). These Plugins are identified by a Facebook logo or the label “Facebook Social Plugin.”
When you visit a website of the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal that contains such a Plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection with the Facebook servers. Facebook transmits the content of the Plugin directly to your browser, which integrates it into the website.Through the integration of the Plugin, Facebook receives the information that you have visited the corresponding page of the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal. If you are logged into Facebook, Facebook can allocate your visit to your Facebook account. When you interact with the Plugins, for instance by hitting the “Like” button or posting a comment, your browser transfers the corresponding information directly to Facebook, and the information is stored there.
For information regarding the purpose and scope of the collection and the further processing and use of data by Facebook as well as your associated rights and setting options to protect your privacy, please see Facebook’s Privacy Notice.
If you do not want Facebook to collect data about you via the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal, you must log out of Facebook prior to visiting the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal.
Within the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal, we also use social plugins (“Plugins”) from the social network of youtube.com, which is operated by YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, C, 94066, USA ("Youtube"). These Plugins are identified by a Youtube logo or the label “Youtube Social Plugin.”
When you visit a website of the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal that contains such a Plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection with the Youtube servers. Youtube transmits the content of the Plugin directly to your browser, which integrates it into the website. Through the integration of the Plugin, Youtube receives the information that you have visited the corresponding page of the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal. If you are logged into Youtube, Facebook can allocate your visit to your Youtube account. When you interact with the Plugins, for instance by hitting the “Like” button or posting a comment, your browser transfers the corresponding information directly to Youtube, and the information is stored there.
For information regarding the purpose and scope of the collection and the further processing and use of data by Youtube as well as your associated rights and setting options to protect your privacy, please see Youtube Privacy Notice.
If you do not want Youtube to collect data about you via the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal, you must log out of Facebook prior to visiting the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal.
However, please note that, despite these security measures, the transmission of data via the Internet always entails a certain amount of risk. We cannot exclude the possibility that third parties will find a way to bypass our security measures. If you notice any indications of a possible security breach, please inform us immediately.
You can contact us at any time to find out which of your Personal Data we have stored. Aside from your stored Personal Data, this includes information concerning the origin of these Personal Data. You can also request information regarding the recipients or categories of recipients to which your Personal Data have been transferred and the purpose for which the data have been stored by us. Upon request, we will also clarify how long your data will be stored by us and/or the criteria by which we determine the storage period.
You must provide a specific description of the type of Personal Data for which you would like to obtain the information mentioned above. We will deliver this information to you in writing unless another form of communication would be appropriate. If requested, we will also create a copy of your Personal Data for you. This information is provided free of charge.
You are not entitled to the provision of information when the confidentiality of the Personal Data must be maintained according to a legal regulation or due to the nature of the data, specifically due to the prevailing legal interest of a third party.
You can contact us at any time to:
To do so, please go to the “Settings” menu item in the Plant-for-the-Planet Portal or submit a request at the following email address: [●]or using the contact information provided below. However, any updated, supplemented, or corrected information and any change, restriction, or objection relating to your settings will only have effect for the future.
You can request access to your data that is being stored by us or by a third party on our behalf at any time. Furthermore, you have the right to obtain the Personal Data you have provided to us with your consent, in an organized, machine-readable, and conventional format, and to transfer this data to a third party.
You are not entitled to the transfer of data if such a transfer would negatively affect the rights and liberties of other persons or the public interest.
In the event that you cancel your contract or delete your user account, we will continue to store a portion of your Personal Data for a period of at most 6 months. We do this primarily so that we can refer back to your Personal Data in the event that you enter into a new user contract with us or in case you wish to register for another event or for one of our online services. If you object to this continued storage of your data, please send us a corresponding notification via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or using the contact information provided below. In this case, we will either delete or anonymize your Personal Data. However, if we are legally obligated to retain your Personal Data (e.g., due to statutory retention obligations), we will designate them accordingly to exclude the possibility of any further processing that is not related to the purpose of the retention obligation.
We make every effort to respect your wishes concerning your data privacy. If, nonetheless, we have not responded to a request to your satisfaction, you have the right to file a complaint with the competent state supervisory authorities in order to assert your data privacy rights.
by email at:
by mail at:
Am Bahnhof 1
82449 Uffing am Staffelsee
Or send us a fax at:
+49 8808 9346
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