Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. They include particularly all information making it possible to conclude your identity, for instance your name, telephone number, address or e-mail address. Statistical data, which we collect for example when someone visits our website, do not fall under the meaning of personal data.
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The personal contact and so-called Controller for the processing of your personal data when you visit this website is Jean-Yves Ghazi, Deputy Executive Director, World Federation of Great Tower, PO Box 11278 Chicago, IL 60611 United States of America.
Court of registration: Chicago, Illinois
Competent supervisory authority: executive director Jean-Yves Ghazi and board of executive committee as published on the website Person responsible for the content in accordance with Article 55 (2) of the German Broadcasting Treaty [Rundfunkstaatsvertrag]: Jean-Yves Ghazi.
Data processing on our website
Every time our website is used, we collect the accessing data data which your browser automatically transmits to make your visit to the website possible. These access data comprise in particular: IP address of enquiring device; date and time of enquiry; address of the website called up and of the website enquiring; information on the browser and operating system used; online identifiers (e.g. device identifiers, session IDs).
Processing of these accessing data is necessary in order to make the visit to the website possible and to ensure the permanent functionality and security of our systems. These data are in addition saved for the foregoing purposes in internal logfiles, in order to develop our website further with regard to the usage patterns of our visitors (e.g. if the proportion of mobile devices on which the pages are called up rises) and in order to administer our website in a general way. The legal basis is Art. 6, Paragraph 1, Clause 1, Point (b) of the GDPR (European General Data Processing Regulation).
The information saved in the logfiles allows no direct conclusion to be drawn about you as a person – in particular, we save the IP addresses only in abbreviated, anonymised form. The logfiles are saved for 30 days and archived following subsequent anonymisation.
For a part of our service it is necessary for us to insert cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is saved by your browser on your device. Cookies are not inserted to execute programs or to load viruses into your computer. Instead the main purpose of cookies is to provide a product or service especially tailored to yourself and to make use of our services as time-saving as possible.
1.1 Use of our own cookies
Some of our services require us to use what are known as cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is saved by your browser on your device. Cookies are not used to execute programs or to load viruses into your computer. The main purpose of cookies is rather to provide an offer tailored to your needs and to make use of our services as time-saving as possible.
We use our own cookies in particular
- - For log-in identification;
- - For load distribution;
- - To store your language settings;
We do this to be able to make your use of our website more convenient and more personalized. These services are needed to provide our services to you. For European users, the legal basis for this is Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR.
1.2 Setting of cookies for analytical purposes
To withdrawal or update your cookie-settings, you can also follow this link.
1.2.1 Google Analytic
To withdrawal or update your cookie-settings, you can also follow this link.
1.3.1 Twitter Button
We use Twitter Button for marketing and optimisation purposes, in particular to analyse the use of our website and to be able to continuously improve individual functions and offers as well as the user experience. By statistically evaluating user behaviour, we can improve our offer and make it more interesting for you as a user.
1.3.2 Twitter Syndication
We use Twitter Syndication for marketing and optimisation purposes, in particular to analyse the use of our website and to be able to continuously improve individual functions and offers as well as the user experience. By statistically evaluating user behaviour, we can improve our offer and make it more interesting for you as a user.
1.4 Social Media
We maintain online presences in social networks to communicate with customers and interested parties and to inform them about our products and services.
User data is generally processed for market research and advertising purposes. In this way, user profiles can be created based on the interests of the users. For this purpose, cookies and other identifiers will be stored on the users' computers. Based on these user profiles, advertisements are then placed, for example, within social networks but also on third-party websites.
The legal basis for data processing carried out by the social networks on their own responsibility can be found in the data protection information of the respective social network. The following links will also provide you with further information on the respective data processing as well as the possibilities of objection.
We would like to point out that data protection requests can be made most efficiently with the respective provider of the social network, as only these providers have access to the data and can take appropriate measures directly.
- - Facebook (Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland)
- - Twitter (Twitter International Company, One Cumberland Place, Fenian Street, Dublin 2, D02 AX07 Ireland)
1.4.1 Facebook Connect
Our website enables you to register on the website by using your existing Facebook profile data. For this purpose we use Facebook Connect, a service of Facebook Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, California, 94025, USA ("Facebook"). As soon as you have registered by using Facebook Connect, no additional registration is needed.
You will find more detailed information on this matter in Facebook’s Privacy Statement.
Google Tag Manager
You will find more detailed information in Google’s Tag Manager overview.
Further transmission may also be made in connection with requests by government authorities, decisions of the courts and legal proceedings if it is necessary for prosecution or execution at law.
Google Tag Manager
Data which we have collected are passed on only if: (i) You have given an express declaration of consent for this, pursuant to Art. 6, Paragraph 1, Clause 1, Point (a) of the GDPR; (ii) further transmission is necessary, pursuant to Art. 6, Paragraph 1, Clause 1, Point (f) of the GDPR, for bringing, exercising or defending legal claims, and no reason exists to suppose that you have a predominant and properly protected interest in preventing your data from being passed on; (iii) we have a legal duty to pass on your data pursuant to Art. 6, Paragraph 1, Clause 1, Point (c) of the GDPR; or (iv) This is legally permissible and requisite, pursuant to Art. 6, Paragraph 1, Clause 1, Point (b) of the GDPR, for the handling of contracts with yourself or for the execution of precontractual actions which are being carried out at your request.
A part of the data processing can be handled via service providers. Along with the service providers stated in this Data Protection Notice, these may include in particular computer centres which store our website and databases, IT service providers which maintain our systems, and consultancy firms. Should we pass data on to our service providers, these data may only be used for performance of their tasks. We select and commission these service providers carefully. They are bound contractually to follow our instructions, have suitable technical and organisational measures for the protection of the rights of data subjects, and are monitored by ourselves on a regular basis.
Data Transfer to Third Countries
Where this is not possible, we base the transfer of data on exceptions of Art. 49 GDPR, in particular your explicit consent or the necessity of the transfer for the fulfilment of the contract. If a transfer to a third country is intended and no adequacy decision or appropriate safeguards are in place, it is possible and there is a risk that authorities in the respective third country (e.g. intelligence agencies) may be able to gain access to the transferred data in order to record and analyse it, and that the enforceability of your data subject rights cannot be guaranteed. You will also be informed of this when you give your consent via the cookie banner.
Duration of storage
We store personal data only for as long as is necessary to fulfil contractual or statutory duties for which the data were collected. We then erase the data immediately unless we still need these data until expiry of the statutory period of limitation for purposes of evidence in civil claims or due to statutory duties of storage.
For purposes of evidence we must still store contact data for three years from the end of the year in which business relations with you end. Any claims will expire, under the normal statutory period of limitation, no earlier than at this time.
Thereafter we must also store some of your data for purposes of book-keeping. We have an obligation to do so under statutory duties of documentation which may arise under the German Commercial Code, the German Tax Code, the German Credit and Loans Act, the German Money Laundering Act, and the German Securities Act. The periods stipulated there for storage of documents are two to ten years.
You have the right at any time to require us to provide information about the processing of your personal data (right of access). When providing you with this information we shall explain the data processing and supply an overview of the data relating to your person which are stored. Should data stored with us be inaccurate or no longer up-to-date, you enjoy the right to have these data corrected (right to rectification). You can also require the erasure of your data (right to erasure or right to be forgotten). Should the erasure exceptionally not be possible due to other legal regulations, the data processing will be restricted, so that in future they are only available for this statutory purpose. You can also have the processing of your data restricted, i.e. if you believe that the data which we have saved are not correct (right to restriction of processing). You also have the right of data portability, i.e. that we send you on request a digital copy of the personal data which you have provided (right to data portability).
To exercise your rights as set out here, you can communicate with the foregoing contact details at any time. This also applies should you wish to receive copies of guarantees for certification of an adequate data-protection level.
You also have the right to object to the data processing based on Art. 6, para., lit. e or f of the GDPR. Finally, you have the right to complain to the regulatory authority to which we are subject. You can exercise this right at a regulatory authority in the member country of your place of residence, of your workplace, or of the place of alleged breach.
Right of revocation and objection
Under Article 7, para. 3 of the GDPR you have the right at any time to withdraw to us any consent which has once been given. This will have as a consequence that in future we no longer continue the data processing based on this consent. The withdrawal of consent shall not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal.
Insofar as we process your data on the basis of legitimate interests under Art. 6, para. 1, lit. f GDPR, you have the right under Art. 21 GDPR to object to the processing of your data and to mention grounds relating to your particular situation that in your opinion speak in favour of prevailing legitimate interests. Where personal data are processed for direct marketing purposes, you have a general right of objection which will also be implemented by us without your stating reasons.
If you wish to make use of your right to withdraw or object, a notification without set form to the contact details above will be sufficient.
Amendments to Data Protection Notice
We occasionally update this Data Protection Notice, for instance when we revise our website or statutory or official regulations change.
© The World Federation of Great Towers – Version 1.0 (June 2018)