Cookies and data protection policy

Data processing is responsibility of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Postal address

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 32 – 36, 53113 Bonn

Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1-5, 65760 Eschborn


Contact details of the data protection officer:

Recording and processing of personal data

General information

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a non-profit organization operating worldwide in the field of international cooperation. GIZ operates as a private company of the Union of Federal States of the Republic of Germany in support of its development policy, which aims to improve the living conditions of people around the world and to maintain the natural resources that sustain them.

Analysis of visits

This website uses statistical tools from etracker GmbH ( in Hamburg, Germany. Each time a user accesses the Regional Fund website and each time a file is retrieved, the data relating to this process is temporarily stored and processed in a log file. Prior to storage, each data will be anonymized by changing the IP address.

In detail, the following data is stored for each access:

  • echnical characteristics of the browser used,
  • anonymous IP address,
  • date and time,
  • page/name of the recovered file,
  • amount of data transferred,
  • message of whether the access/recovery was successful.

When accessing individual pages, so-called temporary cookies are used to facilitate navigation. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally in the cache of the visitor’s Internet browser. These session cookies do not contain any personal data and expire at the end of the session or at the end of a user survey, which is normally conducted every two years.

Techniques such as Java applets or Active-X controls, which allow you to track user access behavior, are not used.

The data is processed on the basis of Article 6, section 1 letter f) EU-RPGD with the legitimate interest of usage analysis to improve the website.

It is possible to object to the processing of user data for the purpose of analysing their behaviour.

By disabling data logging, a cookie is installed on the browser of the user’s device which blocks the storage of data about the site visit. In order for it to work constantly, the cookie must be installed on all browsers (e.g. Internet-Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox) and on all devices used. Please note that by deleting the cookies from your browsers the cookie is also deleted for the deactivation of data recording. In this case, the cookie must be installed again.

  • Third-Party Cookies
    • cntcookie
      • Count exclusion (account ID list)
      • 4 years
    • _et_coid
      • Identification
      • 2 years / ajustable
    • GS3_v
      • It is established by Optimizer’s web service. It contains the same visitor ID as BT_pdc
      • 1 year
  • cookie_notice_accepted:
    • This cookie is used to save your decision to close the cookie notice, which is displayed on your first visit to the website. It is valid for three months.
  • – pll_language:
    • This cookie is used to store your language preference. It allows us to show you the website in your preferred language on your next visit. It is valid for one year.
  • First-Party Cookies
    • _et_coid
      • Identification
      • 2 years / ajustable
    • et_oi_v2
      • The Opt-In cookie stores the visitor’s decision when the Opt-In tracking is performed at the customer’s site. It is also used for a possible Opt-Out
      • “no” – 50 years // “yes” – 480 days
    • et_oip
      • OptIn cookie for “pointing.” If the client chooses “no”, the cookie is set to “no” and a run time of 50 x 365 days. If the customer chooses “x” or presses the ESC key (no decision), the cookie is set with the value “no” for a validity of 1 day. A value of “yes” is not required, as this is implicitly given by the actual browser push agreement.
      • “no” – 50*365 days // “no” (session) – 1 day
    • et_allow_cookies
      • If the “data-block-cookies” parameter is used, this cookie is set by an API call _tracker.enableCookies() to indicate that etracker can set cookies.
      • 16 months
    • isSdEnabled
      • Recognition of whether the visitor’s depth of movement is measured
      • 24 h
    • BT_ctst
      • Only used to recognize whether cookies are activated in the visitor’s browser or not
      • Duration of the session
    • BT_sdc
      • Contains Base64-encoded data of the visitor’s current session (referrer, number of pages, number of seconds since login), which is used for customization purposes
      • Duration of the session
    • BT_pdc
      • Contains Base64-encoded data of visitor history (is a client, newsletter recipient, etc.) for personalization
      • 1 year
    • BT_ecl
      • Contains a list of project IDs for which the visitor is excluded. This cookie is set by the web service if the customer has configured that not all visitors are assigned to a test, but only a certain fraction
      • 30 days

Contact form

When using the contact form on this page, the surname, first name, e-mail address and any data or information included in the text received through the form will be stored and used. The processing of these data is carried out according to Art. 6 , Nr.1, (b) EU-RGPD for the purpose of receiving specific requests via the contact form.

The stored data will not be given to third parties.

The data is sent to GIZ via an encrypted connection with SSL (Secure Socket Layer), making it difficult for unauthorized persons to learn about it. As with applications sent to GIZ by e-mail, applications received via the contact form will be deleted after processing and the data received will be deleted when the project is closed.

Other questions

Postal and e-mail addresses, as well as any other information provided in connection with enquiries or orders for information material, shall be used exclusively for correspondence or dispatch.

Transfer of personal data

  • Personal data will not be transferred to third parties or third countries.

Duration of data storage

  • Personal data is periodically deleted upon

    • finalization of respective processing or execution of contracts.
    • absence of no express consent from the person involved, or
    • completion of the mandatory period for data and file custody

Mention of user rights

– To obtain information about your data stored by us (Article 15 RPGD)

– For us to rectify your stored data (Article 16 of the GDPR)
– For us to delete your data stored by us (Article 17 of the GDPR)
– To obtain restriction of the processing of your data stored by us (Article 18 GDPR)
– object to the storage of your data if the personal data are processed on the basis of the first sentence of Article 6 (1) 1 f and e GDPR (Article 21 GDPR)
– Receive your personal data in a commonly used, machine-readable format from the controller so that it can potentially be transmitted to another controller (right to data portability, Article 20 GDPR).
– Withdraw your consent to the extent that data have been processed on the basis of consent (Article 6 (1) a GDPR). The lawfulness of the processing on the basis of the consent given is not affected until receipt of the withdrawal.

Users also have the right, in accordance with Article 77 of the GDPR, to lodge a complaint with the competent data protection supervisory authority. The competent authority is the Federal Data Protection and Freedom of Information Commissioner (BfDI).