Declarations by foodwatch regarding the treatment of data

The association foodwatch e.V. takes the protection of personal data very seriously. foodwatch would like you to know what data is stored and how foodwatch uses it. As a non-profit association, foodwatch is subject to the provisions of the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, BDSG) and the German Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz, TMG).

Personal data

Data is considered to be personal if it can be associated with you as an individual and provide information about your habits or your characteristics. This of course includes your name, address, and phone number, as well as information about your possible interests, donation habits, and surfing habits, provided this information can be attributed to you personally, whether directly or indirectly.

Treatment of data

foodwatch collects personal data when carrying out campaigns, for example, on the Internet, as well as from donors and members. Such personal data is limited to that required for member management, for the purposes of collecting and managing donations, and for preparing and carrying out campaigns. foodwatch processes the addresses of members for the distribution of foodwatch news, and it also engages service providers to do so. foodwatch requires that donors and members provide an address in order for us to send the annual donation certificate.

Data entered by users during hands-on campaigns on the Internet is also disclosed to the respective parties to whom the campaign is addressed – e.g. companies, governmental authorities, politicians, or associations. This is necessary in order to demonstrate to such parties that the supporters of petitions on the Internet are people who actually exist. The right of petition (article 17 of the German Basic Law [Grundgesetz, GG]) permits only "personal" petitions.

foodwatch ensures that your data will not be disclosed as part of address trading or sold or leased to other companies or organisations. In order to be able to perform all tasks, foodwatch has to work with service providers, which may also receive personal data for this purpose. In so doing, foodwatch ensures that such service providers use personal data that they receive in connection with their service only for permitted purposes and in compliance with the requirements of the law of data protection.

Secure transmission of data

Data entered into forms on is encrypted when it is transmitted to the server. This ensures that unauthorised access is precluded when the data is transmitted to the server. foodwatch uses a Thawte SSL certificate with 128-bit encryption. You will recognise that your data is transmitted via a secure connection by the fact that the URL in the address bar shows “https” instead of “http”. The “s” stands for "secure”.

Use of cookies and local storage

During hands-on campaigns, foodwatch uses local storage so that participants do not have to re-enter their data for each campaign. This means that data entered in the form is stored in a small text file on your computer. However, this happens only if you select “store my data on this computer for other campaigns" when participating in a campaign. Other websites cannot access the data stored in this way. Programs like the Firefox add-on "Foundstone HTML5 Local Storage Explorer 1.1” can be used to examine the data stored in the local storage of your browser. By using such add-ons, you can also delete the stored data at any time. The site may also easily be used without local storage.  Other data and programs are not stored on your computer.

foodwatch uses Google AdWords (ads that appear in Google search results). If someone clicks on these ads, Google places a temporary cookie on the user's computer. These cookies enable users of AdWords to measure the effectiveness of their ads. In this way, foodwatch learns, for example, how many users clicked on a certain Google ad and then filled out a form. The cookies expire after 30 days and do not permit personal identification. If you would like to deactivate cookies for conversion tracking, you can adjust your browser’s settings to block cookies from the domain "”.

Statistics software

Our website uses Google Analytics, a service of Google Inc. (“Google”) that tracks visitors to the site. Google Analytics likewise uses cookies, which are text files stored on your computer that enable analysis of the way you use the site. Information on your use of this site that the cookie generates (including your IP address, which is anonymised prior to storage using the AnonymizeIP method in such a way that it can no longer be attributable to a connection) is transferred to a Google server in the US and stored there. Google uses this information to analyse your interaction with the website and to generate reports on website activities for foodwatch. Google may also disclose this information to third parties where required to do so by law or to the extent that third parties process this data on behalf of Google. Google will never link your IP address with other data of Google. You can block the cookie by adjusting your browser settings. By using this website, you declare yourself to be in agreement that Google may process data collected about you in the above-described manner and for the above-described purposes. In addition, you can opt out from having data recorded by Google by downloading and installing the add-on for your current browser at

Your rights

You have the right to and may at any time:

  • access the data stored about you by foodwatch, as well as the content of declarations that you have made to foodwatch,
  • correct the data stored about you by foodwatch,
  • revoke the declarations made to foodwatch, and 
  • request deletion of your personal data.

To do so, simply send an email to

Avoidance of misuse of third-party email addresses

In order to avoid someone receiving undesired information from foodwatch, you must first confirm your email address when requesting regular mailings online, such as when subscribing to the newsletter or press releases. This means that the subscription will not be activated until you click on the link in an email that we will send to the indicated address. In order to avoid misuse of third-party email addresses, users must also confirm during hands-on campaigns that the email address used is actually theirs. 

Offers regarding recommendations

foodwatch offers users the ability to send a form and recommend specific content to other users by email. In order to avoid this form being misused for the sending of automated spam email, foodwatch uses a security question, called a CAPTCHA.

In order to make foodwatch concerns better known, foodwatch offers users the ability to recommend specific content to other users. For this purpose, this website contains, e.g. AddThis plugins, which enable you to add bookmarks and recommend the site, inter alia, on Facebook and Twitter. Cookies are used with AddThis. The data generated (such as time of use or browser language) is transferred to AddThis LLC in the US and processed there. For more information about the processing and protection of data by AddThis LLC, please visit foodwatch does not process the relevant data. By using the AddThis field, you declare yourself to be in agreement that AddThis LLC may process your data to the extent set forth at

Questions and comments

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments about data protection, please contact us by email at or by using our contact form. Because of technical developments and Internet advances, it may be necessary to modify or augment foodwatch data protection guidelines from time to time. You will be notified here of any such changes.

Last update February 25, 2013