Privacy Policy

foodwatch takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. We ensure that all of our data-processing operations are evaluated by our external data protection officer on a regular basis. 

As a non-profit organisation with headquarters in Germany, foodwatch must comply with the provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR),  the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the German Telemedia Act (TMG).

Contact form

If you would like to get in touch with us, feel free to use our contact form. Any data that we collect, including personal data, will only be used for contact purposes in relation to your enquiry. The legal basis we rely on for processing your personal data is your consent under Article 6(1)(a) of the GDPR. Once you submit the contact form, we will send a copy of your enquiry to the email address you provided.

Press mailing list

If you are a journalist and would like us to send you updates on our work, simply send an email to media(at)foodwatch(dot)international. We will then add you to our mailing list and send you an email with our most recent press releases. You can unsubscribe at any time, using the email address specified in every press release we send. Your personal data will only be used for public relations purposes related to foodwatch’s work and will not be forwarded to third parties.

Sharing content via social networks

On our website, we do not use any official social-media buttons provided by Facebook or other providers. We find these buttons problematic because data is transmitted automatically from the respective website to the provider, e.g. Facebook or Twitter. The share buttons on the foodwatch website are simple links to the social networks through which contents are also transferred. With these links, data is only transferred if you choose to click on the button in order to use the respective social networks for sharing purposes. For more information, see the privacy policies of Facebook and Twitter.

Website statistics: Google Analytics

For the statistical analysis of our website, we use the product “Google Analytics” from Google Ireland Limited. Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”. These are text files that are stored on your computer and enable an analysis of your use of the website. This data is not used to identify individuals who visit this website. Before we forward your IP address to Google, it is anonymised using the anonymise-IP function. You can find more information in our Additional Information on Google Analytics.

Your visit will only be recorded by Google Analytics if you actively agree to this by clicking on the "Yes" button in our cookie banner and thus consent to tracking in accordance with Art. 6 Paragraph 1 lit. a) GDPR. You can revoke this consent at any time by deleting cookies in your browser. Depending on the browser used, this can be done in different ways:    

Google AdWords

Google makes it possible for non-profit organisations to place free advertisements on the Google search-results page within a limited scope. foodwatch also uses this service (“Google AdWords” or “Google Ad Grants”). Therefore, for certain search terms, Google shows ads that lead the user to the foodwatch website. 

AdWords Conversion Tracking

As an AdWords advertiser, we also use Google Conversion Tracking, an analysis service provided by Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland. With this service, Google AdWords sets a cookie on your computer (“conversion cookie”) if you have accessed our website via a Google ad. These cookies expire after 30 days and are not used for the personal identification of the user.

Should you visit certain pages of our website and the cookie has not yet expired, Google and our website can recognise that the user has clicked on the ad and proceeded to that page. Each Google AdWords advertiser has a different cookie. Thus, cookies cannot be tracked using the website of an AdWords advertiser. The information obtained using the conversion cookie is used to create conversion statistics for the AdWords advertisers who have opted for conversion tracking. AdWords advertisers are told the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were redirected to a conversion-tracking-tag page. However, advertisers do not obtain any information that can be used to personally identify users.

Conversion tracking only takes place if you actively agree to this by clicking on the "Yes" button in our cookie banner and thus consent to tracking in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a) GDPR. You can revoke this consent at any time by deleting cookies in your browser. (You will find tips on how to proceed above).

Google Tag Manager

For the management of Google Analytics and Google AdWords, we use the Google Tag Manager, a service of Google Ireland Ltd. The Google Tag Manager does not collect any personal data, but rather makes it easier for us to work with Google Analytics and Google AdWords and in particular facilitates the integration and management of our tags. Tags are small code elements which serve to measure traffic and visitor behaviour in order to optimise websites. The Google Tag Manager does not access this information.

All tracking tags that are implemented with Google Tag Manager only take effect after your active consent to tracking by clicking on the "Yes" button in our cookie banner, i.e. with your consent in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a) GDPR.

The following services are integrated into the Google Tag Manager:

  • Google Analytics
  • Google Ads 

You can revoke your consent at any time by deleting cookies in your browser. (See above for tips on how to proceed).

YouTube videos on our website

You can view YouTube videos on the pages of our website. YouTube is a service of Google Ireland Limited ("Google"), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland. For YouTube videos that we recently embedded into our website, a connection is not made to YouTube until the first click. However, this function did not become available until 28th May 2019. This is why some older videos can still be accessed directly. In general, we use embedded YouTube videos in the “extended data protection mode” offered by YouTube. You can find more information on data protection with YouTube services in the Google Privacy Policy.

Privacy notice for job applicants

What personal data do we process? And for what purposes?

We process the data that you submit to us in connection with your application. This data is processed in order to assess your suitability for the position (or, if applicable, other open positions at foodwatch) and perform the steps of the recruitment and hiring process.

What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

The legal basis for processing your personal data in this application process is primarily Section 26 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG), Version 25/05/2018. According to these provisions, the personal data of individuals may be processed for employment-related purposes where necessary for hiring decisions.

Should the data be necessary for legal prosecution after completion of the application procedure, data may be processed on the basis of the requirements of Art. 6 of the GDPR, in particular to safeguard legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6(1)(f) of the GDPR. Our interest would then consist of asserting or defending against legal claims.

How long will the data be stored?

After conclusion of the application process, the data of unsuccessful applicants will remain stored for no more than six months. In the event that you have agreed to the further storage of your personal data, we will add your data to our applicant pool. In this case, the data will be erased after two years. If you are hired in the context of this application process, your data will be transferred to our personnel files. 

To whom will my data be transmitted?

Your application data will be reviewed by the human resources department upon receipt. Suitable applications are then forwarded internally to the hiring managers for the respective open position. The next steps will then be coordinated. Within the company, your data will only be accessible to persons who require it for ensuring the proper handling of our recruitment and hiring processes.

Online presence on social media platforms

foodwatch maintains an online presence on various social media platforms. This makes it easier for interested individuals to find information on our services and provides an additional channel of communication.

foodwatch has no control over the processing of personal data by the respective platform operator in their own area of responsibility. In general, cookies are stored in your browser by the platform operator when you visit our social media pages. These cookies are used for monitoring your behaviours and interests for market-research and advertising purposes. The platform operators use the user profiles they create in this manner – usually through cross-device tracking – to show you personalised ads. In some circumstances, you may have given a platform operator your consent for the processing of your data. In this case, the legal basis for such processing is set out in Article 6(1)(a) of the GDPR.

Your data may be processed even if you are not registered as a user on the respective social media platform. Your data may also be processed outside of the European Union, which could make it more difficult to assert your rights.

If we process your data in-house, we do so independently and on our own authority. In this case, the data is processed on the basis of our legitimate interests in using social media as a means for providing information to consumers and entering into dialogue with them. The legal basis for this is Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR.

In the privacy notices of the respective platform operators, you can find detailed information on opt-out options, on the assertion of data subject rights and on the processing of data within the platform operator’s area of responsibility in terms of data protection.

Facebook

Provider: Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland
Data is processed on the basis of an agreement on the joint processing of personal data in accordance with Art. 26 of the GDPR.

YouTube

Provider: Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

Instagram

Provider: Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA

Twitter

Provider: Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

Data subject rights, such as the right of access and the right to object to processing

Irrespective of the above policies, you may at any time object to the use of your data (Art. 21 GDPR) and at any time withdraw your consent to the use of your data, for example, by sending an email to info(at)foodwatch(dot)international.

If you withdraw your consent to the processing of your personal data or object to the use of the data, the legality of the processing of your data prior to the time of withdrawal or objection is not affected. The legal bases are the right to withdraw consent (Art. 7(3) GDPR “Conditions for consent”) and the right to object (Art. 21 GDPR “Right to object”).

Furthermore, you may at any time ask us to rectify, block or erase any personal data concerning you that we have collected and stored. Insofar as we are legally obligated to store personal data, the storage occurs for the duration of the legal obligation. In this case, the data can only be blocked, not erased. The legal bases are the right to data rectification (Art. 16 GDPR “Right to rectification”), the right to erasure (Art. 17 GDPR “Right to erasure (‘right to be forgotten’)”) and the right to restriction (Art. 18 GDPR “Right to restriction of processing”).

On 25 May 2018 the right to data portability under Art. 20 of the GDPR and the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority under Art. 77 of the GDPR came into effect. In addition, you have the right to know what personal data we hold about you (Art. 15 GDPR “Right of access by the data subject”).

If you would like to exercise your aforementioned rights or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, for example, by sending an email to info(at)foodwatch(dot)international, ideally using the term “Data protection” in the subject line.

Data controller

The data controller for our website is foodwatch e.V.; all contact information can be found in our Legal Notice

Data protection officer

Our data protection officer is Roman Maczkowsky from the company m-privacy GmbH. If you have any questions, suggestions or comments on the subject of data protection, please feel free to contact us at any time, ideally by sending an email to info(at)foodwatch(dot)international or using our contact form.