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Privacy policy


We, the Arnold Liebster Foundation (hereinafter: “we” or “us“) take the protection of your personal data seriously and would like to inform you here about data protection.

Within the scope of our responsibility under data protection law, additional obligations have been imposed on us through the entry into force of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679; hereinafter: “GDPR“) in order to ensure the protection of personal data of a person affected by a processing operation (we also address you as a data subject hereinafter with “user“, “you“, “(to) you” or “data subject“).

Insofar as we decide either alone or jointly with others on the purposes and means of data processing, this includes above all the obligation to inform you transparently about the nature, scope, purpose, duration and legal basis of the processing (cf. Articles 13 and 14 GDPR). With this statement (hereinafter: “privacy policy“), we inform you about the manner in which your personal data is processed by us.

Our privacy policy has a modular structure. It consists of a general part for any processing of personal data and processing situations that come into play each time a website is called up (A. General) and a special part, the content of which relates in each case only to the processing situation specified there with the designation of the respective offer or product, in particular the visit of websites as detailed here (B. Visit of websites).

A. General

(1) Definitions

Following the example of Art. 4 of the GDPR, this privacy policy is based on the following definitions:

– “personal data” (Art. 4 No. 1 GDPR) is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (“data subject”). A person is identifiable if it can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, an online identifier, location data or by means of information relating to its physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity characteristics. The identifiability can also be given by means of a linkage of such information or other additional knowledge. The origin, form or embodiment of the information is insignificant (photographs, video or audio recordings may also contain personal data).

– “processing” (Art. 4 No. 2 GDPR) is any operation whereby personal data is handled, whether or not by automated (i.e. technology-based) means. This includes, in particular, the collection (i.e., acquisition), recording, organization, arrangement, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment, combination, linkage, restriction, deletion or destruction of personal data, as well as the change of a purpose or intended use on which a data processing was originally based.

– “controller” (Art. 4 No. 7 GDPR) is the natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which alone or jointly with others determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data.

– “third party” (Art. 4 No. 10 GDPR) means any natural or legal person, public authority, agency or body other than the data subject, the controller, the processor and persons who under the direct authority of the controller or processor, are authorized to process personal data; this also includes other group-affiliated legal persons.

– “processor” (Art. 4 No. 8 GDPR) is a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the controller, in particular in accordance with the controller’s instructions (e.g. IT service provider). In particular, a processor is not a third party in the sense of data protection law.

– “consent” (Art. 4 No. 11 GDPR) means any freely given specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the data subject’s wishes in the form of a statement or any other definite affirmative action by which the data subject signifies agreement to the processing of personal data relating to it.

(2) Name and address of the controller responsible for the processing

We are the controller for the processing of your personal data within the meaning of Art. 4 No. 7 GDPR:

Arnold-Liebster Stiftung
Hanauer Straße 24
D-61184 Karben

Tel.: 0049 6039 9382277
Fax: 0049 6039 9382288


Represented by the Foundation’s Board of Directors: Uwe Klages (Chairman), Andreas Paul (Vice Chairman), Uwe Langhals, Dr. Tim Müller, Kirsten Paul, Lena Schortgen and the Founder Simone Liebster.

For further information about us, please refer to the imprint information on our website.

(3) Contact details of the data protection officer

Our company data protection officer is available at all times to answer any questions you may have and to act as your contact person on the subject of data protection at our Foundation. His contact details are:

Andreas Paul
Paul & Paul Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB
In der Eulsheck 23
65779 Kelkheim / Ts.,
Tel.: 0049 6195 99550

(4) Legal bases for data processing

By law, in principle, any processing of personal data is prohibited and only permitted if the data processing falls under one of the following justification facts:

– Art. 6 1) p. 1 lit. a GDPR (“consent”): Where the data subject has voluntarily, in an informed manner and unambiguously indicated by a statement or another definite affirmative action that it consents to the processing of personal data relating to it for one or more specified purposes;

– Art. 6 1) p. 1 lit. b GDPR: If the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract;

– Art. 6 1) p. 1 lit. c GDPR: If processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject (e.g. a legal obligation to preserve business records);

– Art. 6 1) p. 1 lit. d GDPR: If the processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person;

– Art. 6 1) p. 1 lit. e GDPR: Where processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller, or

– Art. 6 1) p. 1 lit. f GDPR (“legitimate interests”): When processing is necessary to protect the legitimate (in particular legal or economic) interests of the controller or a third party, unless the conflicting interests or rights of the data subject override (in particular where the data subject is a minor).

For the processing operations carried out by us, we indicate below the applicable legal basis in each case. A processing operation may also be founded on more than one legal basis.

(5) Data deletion and storage duration

For the processing operations carried out by us, we indicate below in each case how long the data will be stored by us and when it will be deleted or blocked. Unless an explicit storage period is specified below, your personal data will be deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose or legal basis for the storage is no longer applicable. In principle, your data will only be stored on our servers in Germany, subject to any transfer that may take place in accordance with the provisions in A. (7) and A. (8).

However, storage may take place beyond the specified time in the event of a (impending) legal dispute with you or other legal proceedings or if storage is prescribed by statutory provisions to which we are subject as the controller (e.g. s. 257 HGB=German Commercial Code, s. 147 AO=German Fiscal Code). When the storage period prescribed by the legal regulations expires, the personal data will be blocked or deleted unless further storage by us is necessary and there is a legal basis for it.

(6) Data security

We use appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or against unauthorized access by third parties (e.g. TSL encryption for our website), taking into account the state of the art, implementation costs and the nature, scope, context and purpose of the processing, as well as the existing risks of a data breach (including its probability and impact) for the data subject. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological developments.

We will be happy to provide you with more detailed information on request. Please contact our data protection officer (see under A.(3)).

(7) Cooperation with processors

We do not use neither domestic nor foreign service providers for our data processing.

(8) Conditions for the transfer of personal data to third countries

In the course of our activities, your personal data may be transferred or disclosed to third party companies. These may also be located outside the European Economic Area (EEA), i.e. in third countries. Such processing is carried out exclusively for the fulfillment of contractual and business obligations and to maintain your business relationship with us. We will inform you about the respective details of the transfer in the following at the relevant points.

Some third countries are certified by the European Commission as having a level of data protection comparable to the EEA standard through so-called adequacy decisions (a list of these countries and a copy of the adequacy decisions can be found here: However, in other third countries to which personal data may be transferred, there may not be a consistently high level of data protection due to a lack of legal provisions. If this is the case, we take care that data protection is adequately guaranteed. This is possible through binding company regulations, standard contractual clauses of the European Commission for the protection of personal data, certificates or recognized codes of conduct. Please contact our data protection officer (see under A.(3)) if you would like more information on this.

(9) No automated decision making (including profiling).

We do not intend to use any personal data collected from you for any automated decision making process (including profiling).

(10) No obligation to provide personal data

We do not make the conclusion of contracts with us dependent on you providing us with personal data in advance. As a customer, you are under no legal or contractual obligation to provide us with your personal data; however, we may only be able to provide certain services to a limited extent or not at all if you do not provide the necessary data. If this should exceptionally be the case in the context of the products offered by us presented below, you will be informed of this separately.

(11) Legal obligation to transmit certain data

We may be subject to a specific legal or statutory obligation to provide the lawfully processed personal data to third parties, in particular public bodies (Art. 6 (1) p. 1 lit. c GDPR).

(12) Your rights

You can assert your rights as a data subject regarding your processed personal data at any time by contacting us using the contact details provided at the beginning of A. (2). As a data subject you have the following rights:

  • – In accordance with Art. 15 GDPR, to request information about your data processed by us. In particular, you can request information about the processing purposes, the category of data, the categories of recipients to whom your data has been or will be disclosed, the planned storage period, the existence of a right to rectification, deletion, restriction of processing or objection, the existence of a right of complaint, the origin of your data if it was not collected by us, as well as the existence of automated decision making, including profiling and, if applicable, meaningful information about its details;
  • – In accordance with Art. 16 GDPR, to demand the rectification of incorrect or the completion of your data stored with us without delay;
  • In accordance with Art. 17 GDPR, to request the deletion of your data stored with us, unless the processing is necessary for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest, or for the assertion, exercise or defense of legal claims;
  • – In accordance with Art. 18 GDPR, to demand the restriction of the processing of your data, insofar as the correctness of the data is disputed by you or the processing is unlawful;
  • – In accordance with Art. 20 GDPR, to receive your data that you have provided to us in a structured, common and machine-readable format or to request the transmission to another controller (“data portability”);
  • – In accordance with Art. 21 GDPR, to object to processing, provided that the processing is based on Article 6 1) p. 1 lit. e or lit. f of the GDPR. This is particularly the case if the processing is not necessary for the performance of a contract with you. Unless it is an objection to direct marketing, when exercising such an objection, we ask you to explain the reasons why we should not process your data as we have done. In the event of your justified objection, we will review the circumstances of the case and either discontinue or adjust the data processing or show you our compelling legitimate grounds on the basis of which we will continue the processing;
  • – In accordance with Art. 7 (3) GDPR, to revoke your consent given once (also before the validity of the GDPR, i.e. before 5/25/2018) – i.e. your voluntary will made understandable in an informed manner and unambiguously by means of a declaration or another definite confirming action that you agree to the processing of the personal data in question for one or more specific purposes – at any time towards us, if you have given such consent. This has the consequence that we may no longer continue the data processing, which was based on this consent, for the future and
  • – In accordance with Art. 77 GDPR, to complain to a data protection supervisory authority about the processing of your personal data in our company, such as the data protection supervisory authority responsible for us: Der Hessische Beauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit, Gustav-Stresemann-Ring 1, 65189 Wiesbaden,

(13) Changes to the privacy policy

In the context of the further development of data protection law as well as technological or organizational changes, our privacy policy is regularly reviewed to determine whether it needs to be adapted or supplemented. You will be informed of any changes in particular on our website. This data protection notice is current as of August 2022.

B. Visit of websites

(1) Explanation of the function

You can obtain information about us and the services we offer in particular at together with the associated sub-pages (hereinafter collectively referred to as: “websites”). When you visit our websites, your personal data may be processed.

(2) Processed personal data

During the informative use of the websites, the following categories of personal data are collected, stored and processed by us:

  • • “Log data”: When you visit our websites, a so-called log data record (so-called server log files) is stored temporarily and anonymized on our web server. This comprises:
  • – the page from which the page was requested (so-called referrer URL)
  • – the name and URL of the requested page
  • – the date and time of the call up
  • – the description of the type, language and version of the used web browser
  • – the IP address of the requesting computer, which is shortened so that a personal reference can no longer be established
  • – the amount of data transferred
  • – the operating system
  • – the message whether the call was successful (access status/http status code)
  • – the GMT time zone difference
  • • “Contact form data”: If you contact us and send us a message, the data transmitted thereby will be processed (e.g. gender, surname and first name, address, company, e-mail address and the time of transmission).
  • • “Videoconferencing”: We organize video conferences to promote the Foundation. For the security of the conferees, we only use conference platforms that are hosted in Germany or the European Union and where the GDPR thus also applies. In addition, we place great emphasis on ensuring security for each conferee by considering the state of the art and using only password access and end-to-end encryption. The following user data is stored for the purpose of conducting the conference:
  • Name
  • E-Mail

(3) Purpose and legal basis of data processing

We process the personal data described in more detail above in accordance with the provisions of the GDPR, the other relevant data protection regulations, in particular the (German) Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and only to the extent necessary. Insofar as the processing of personal data is based on Art. 6 1) p. 1 lit. f GDPR, the aforementioned purposes also represent our legitimate interests.

The processing of the log data serves statistical purposes and the improvement of the quality of our website, in particular the stability and security of the connection (legal basis is Art. 6 (1) p. 1 lit. f GDPR).

(4) Duration of data processing

Your data will only be processed for as long as is necessary to achieve the above-mentioned processing purposes; the legal bases specified in the context of the processing purposes apply accordingly.

(5) Transmission of personal data to third parties; justification basis

The following categories of recipients may receive access to your personal data:

– Service providers for the operation of our website and the processing of data stored or transmitted by the systems (e.g. for data center services, payment processing, IT security). The legal basis for the transfer is then Art. 6 1) p. 1 lit. b or lit. f GDPR, insofar as it does not involve processors;

– State agencies/authorities, insofar as this is necessary for the fulfillment of a legal obligation. The legal basis for the transfer is then Art. 6 1) p. 1 lit. c GDPR;

– Persons appointed to carry out our operations (e.g. auditors, banks, insurance companies, legal advisors, supervisory authorities). The legal basis for the transfer is then Art. 6 1) p. 1 lit. b or lit. f GDPR.

In addition, we will only transmit your personal data to third parties if you have given your express consent to do so in accordance with Art. 6 1) p. 1 lit. a GDPR.

6) Use of cookies, plug-ins and other services on our website

  1. a) Cookies

We use cookies on our websites. Cookies are small text files that are assigned to the browser you are using by a characteristic string and stored on your hard drive through which certain information flows to the place that sets the cookie. Cookies cannot execute programs or transfer viruses to your computer and therefore cannot cause any damage. They serve to make the internet offer as a whole more user-friendly and effective, i.e. more pleasant for you.

Cookies can contain data that makes the recognition of the device used possible. In some cases, however, cookies only contain information about certain settings that are not personally identifiable. However, cookies cannot directly identify a user.

A distinction is made between session cookies, which are deleted as soon as you close your browser, and permanent cookies, which are stored beyond the individual session. With regard to their function, a distinction is made between cookies:

  • • Technical cookies: these are mandatory to move around the website, use basic functions and ensure the security of the website; they do not collect information about you for marketing purposes, nor do they store which web pages you have visited;
  • • Performance cookies: these collect information about how you use our website, which pages you visit and, for example, whether errors occur during website use; they do not collect information that could identify you – all information collected is anonymous and is only used to improve our website and find out what interests our users;
  • • Advertising cookies, targeting cookies: These are used to offer the website user tailored advertising on the website or third-party offers and to measure the effectiveness of these offers; advertising and targeting cookies are stored for a maximum of 13 months;
  • • Sharing cookies: These are used to improve the interactivity of our website with other services (e.g. social networks); sharing cookies are stored for a maximum of 13 months.

Any use of cookies that is not absolutely technically necessary constitutes data processing that is only permitted with your express and active consent pursuant to Art. 6 1) p. 1 lit. a GDPR. This applies in particular to the use of advertising, targeting or sharing cookies. In addition, we will only share your personal data processed through cookies with third parties if you have given your express consent to do so pursuant to Art. 6 1) p. 1 lit. a GDPR.

  1. b) Cookie Policy

For more information about which cookies we use and how you can manage your cookie settings and disable certain types of tracking, please see our Cookie Policy.

  1. c) Social media plug-ins

On the website on the basis of Art. 6 1) p. 1 lit. f GDPR the social plug-in of the social network Twitter and YouTube is used. The underlying promotional purpose is to be regarded as a legitimate interest within the meaning of the GDPR. The responsibility for data protection compliant operation is to be ensured by their respective providers. The integration of these plug-ins by us takes place by way of the so-called two-click method in order to protect visitors to our website as best as possible.


Plug-ins of the short message network of Twitter Inc. (Twitter) are integrated on the website. You can recognize the Twitter plug-ins (tweet button) by the Twitter logo on the page. An overview of tweet buttons can be found here (

If you do not want Twitter to be able to associate your visit to our site, please log out of your Twitter user account.

For more information, please see Twitter’s privacy policy (

  1. d) Integration of YouTube videos

We have integrated YouTube videos into our online offering that are stored on and can be played directly from our website. [These are all integrated in “extended data protection mode”, i.e. no data about you as a user is transmitted to YouTube if you do not play the videos. Only when you play the videos will the data mentioned in paragraph 2 be transmitted. We have no influence on this data transmission].

By visiting the website, YouTube receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding subpage of our website. In addition, the data mentioned under B. (2) of this statement are transmitted. This occurs regardless of whether YouTube provides a user account through which you are logged in or whether no user account exists. If you are logged in to Google, your data will be directly assigned to your account. If you do not want the assignment with your profile at YouTube, you must log out before activating the button. YouTube stores your data as usage profiles and uses them for the purposes of advertising, market research and/or customized design of its website. Such an evaluation is carried out in particular (even for users who are not logged in) to provide customized advertising and to inform other users of the social network about your activities on our website. You have the right to object to the creation of these user profiles, whereby you must contact YouTube to exercise this right.

For more information on the purpose and scope of data collection and processing by YouTube, please see the privacy policy. There you will also find further information about your rights and setting options to protect your privacy: