Thank you for your interest in our website. The protection of your privacy is very important to us. Below we inform you in detail about the handling of your data.

1. entity responsible for data protection

The office responsible for data protection is the
Minority Secretariat of the four autochthonous national minorities and ethnic groups
represented by the director Gösta Nissen
Federal avenue 216-218
10719 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0) 30-18681 14265

2. principles of collection and storage of your data

In our data protection declaration, we explain to you in which processes we collect and store your data and for what purpose this happens. If we do not answer your questions completely, please contact our responsible person (contact details under 1.).

a. Purpose and legal basis of data processing. We process your data for the purpose of ensuring that you can use our website without any problems, for processing your inquiries and for handling the contracts concluded with you. The legal basis for data processing is Article 6 para. 1 of the General Data Protection Regulation.

b. Deletion or blocking of data when the purpose ceases to exist
In principle, the principles of data economy and limited storage apply. We only store your personal data for as long as is necessary to achieve the purposes described for the individual measures. After the purpose ceases to exist, we delete your data. If the law requires us to retain data beyond this, we will delete the data after the statutory period has expired.

c. Rights to information, correction, blocking, deletion and objection
You have the right to obtain information about your personal data stored by us at any time. If the data we have stored is incorrect, you have the right to have it corrected.
You can request the deletion of your personal data at any time, provided that we no longer require the data for the processing of a contract with you. Deletion may also be precluded by statutory retention obligations. In this case, however, you have a right to have us block your data.
To exercise the rights described, please contact our responsible person (contact details under 1.).

d. Right of appeal
You have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority.

e. Encryption
To protect the security of your data during transmission, we use the state-of-the-art SSL encryption method via HTTPS.

f. Amendment of our privacy policy
We will always adapt our privacy policy to the current legal requirements. Such a need for adjustment may also arise from the fact that we are expanding our range of services. If you visit our website again, the new privacy policy will apply.

3. collection, processing and use of your IP address

a. Collection of traffic data
You can visit our site without actively providing any personal information. We collect the access data that your web browser transmits to us. These are:
– Browser type/version
– Operating system used
– Referrer URL (the previously visited page)
– Host name of the accessing computer (IP address)
– Time of the server request
– Dwell time and selected subpages.

This data is collected exclusively for technical reasons and stored for the duration of your visit to our website. They do not allow us to draw any conclusions about your person. However, your provider could identify your Internet connection based on the IP address stored with us.

b. Data deletion
We only store your data during your visit to our website. We delete you automatically as soon as your browser has closed our website.

c. Statistical evaluation
For statistical evaluation, we process your traffic data with the help of analysis programs, which we explain in more detail below.

4. cookies

We use so-called “cookies”. Cookies are small text files that are transferred from a website server to your hard drive. Through this, we automatically receive certain data such as IP address, browser used, operating system about your computer and your connection to the Internet.

Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to a computer. Based on the information contained in cookies, we can facilitate your navigation and enable the correct display of our web pages.
Under no circumstances will the data we collect be passed on to third parties or linked to personal data without your consent.

Of course, you can also view our website without cookies. Internet browsers are regularly set to accept cookies. You can disable the use of cookies at any time via your browser settings. Please use the help functions of your Internet browser to learn how to change these settings. Please note that individual functions of our website may not work if you have disabled the use of cookies.

5. e-mail requests

If you contact us by e-mail, we collect and store the information you provide for the purpose of processing the request and any follow-up questions. We automatically delete your data twelve months after the last contact.

6. newsletter

If you register for our newsletter, we collect and store the data you provided during registration. As a registered newsletter subscriber, you will receive our newsletter as well as any information related to it (e.g. about changes to our newsletter offering or the technical requirements for subscription). The registration for our newsletter takes place in the so-called “double-opt-in” procedure. This means that we will send you an e-mail with a confirmation link in response to your registration. Registration is not complete until you click this link.

You can revoke your consent to the storage of your personal data and its use for the newsletter dispatch at any time. In each newsletter there is a link with the revocation option. However, you can also communicate the revocation at any time by any means of communication (contact details above under 1.)

7. use of Google Analytics, transfer of data to the USA

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of our website is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, due to the activation of IP anonymization on these websites, your IP address will be truncated beforehand by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On our behalf, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing us with other services relating to website activity and internet usage.

The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics is not merged with other data from Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) to Google and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: Browser Add On to disable Google Analytics.

In addition or as an alternative to the browser add-on, you can prevent tracking by Google Analytics on our pages by clicking this link. This will install an opt-out cookie on your device. This will prevent the collection by Google Analytics for this website and for this browser in the future.
Please note: You must not delete the opt-out cookie as long as you do not want Google Analytics to track you. If you have deleted all cookies in the browser, you must set the opt-out cookie again.

8. use of YouTube, transfer of data to the USA

Our website uses services of the video provider YouTube. The operator of the pages is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. If you use the button provided on our website to call up the videos we have stored on YouTube, a connection is established to the YouTube servers in the USA. This tells the YouTube server which of our pages you have visited. It can be assumed that this data is evaluated to create a profile.

If you are logged into your YouTube account, you enable YouTube to assign your surfing behavior directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

In addition, it can be assumed that YouTube deposits a cookie during your first visit to the YouTube website or, if you have visited the YouTube website before, has already deposited it, which enables YouTube to record and evaluate your use of our website independently of a call to YouTube via the button deposited on our website.

For more information on the handling of user data, please see YouTube’s privacy policy.

9. facebook plugin, transfer of data to the USA

We use “plugins” from facebook (Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304 USA). Via plugins, personal data is transmitted to facebook and used. We prevent the unknowing and unwanted collection and transmission of data through a 2-click solution. This means that the plugin will not be activated until you click on it. With this you open the collection and transmission of data to facebook. We do not collect any personal data via the plugin.

Please note: The type and extent of data use opened via the plugin is determined solely by facebook. We have no influence on what data an activated plugin collects and how facebook uses it. For information about this, please refer to facebook’s privacy policy.

It can be assumed that at least your IP address and device-related information will be collected and used. It is also technically possible to install cookies on your computer. If you are logged into facebook via the same computer while using our website, facebook can identify you as a visitor to our website.