The Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH as the controller responsible for the processing of data has put in place numerous technical and organisational measures to ensure that the personal data processed at this website are as far as possible seamlessly protected. Nevertheless, Internet-based data transfers may fundamentally exhibit security loopholes, with the result that absolute protection cannot be guaranteed. For this reason, it is open to all data subjects to communicate personal data to us by alternative means, for example by telephone.
Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter referred to as the “data subject”). An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.
A data subject is any identified or identifiable natural person whose personal data are processed by the responsible controller.
Processing means any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organisation, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction.
Restriction of processing means the marking of stored personal data with the aim of limiting their processing in the future.
Profiling means any form of automated processing of personal data consisting of the use of personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, in particular to analyse or predict aspects concerning that natural person’s performance at work, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, behaviour, location or movements
Pseudonymisation means the processing of personal data in such a manner that the personal data can no longer be attributed to a specific data subject without the use of additional information, provided that such additional information is kept separately and is subject to technical and organisational measures to ensure that the personal data are not attributed to an identified or identifiable natural person.
Controller means 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. Where the purposes and means of such processing are determined by Union or Member State law, the controller or the specific criteria for its nomination may be provided for by Union or Member State law.
Processor means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the controller.
Recipient means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or another body, to which the personal data are disclosed, whether a third party or not. However, public authorities which may receive personal data in the framework of a particular inquiry in accordance with Union or Member State law shall not be regarded as recipients
Third party means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or body other than the data subject, controller, processor and persons who, under the direct authority of the controller or processor, are authorised to process personal data.
Consent of the data subject means any freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the data subject’s wishes by which he or she, by a statement or by a clear affirmative action, signifies agreement to the processing of personal data relating to him or her.
The controller within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation, other data protection laws applicable in Member States of the European Union and other regulations in the nature of data protection legislation is:
Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH
Tel. +49 202 2492-0
The controller’s data protection officer is:
Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH
Tel. +49 202 2492-307
Every data subject may contact our data protection officer directly at any time to discuss any and all queries and suggestions.
On each occasion on which the website of the Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH is called up by a data subject or automated system, the website records a series of general data and information. The general data and information are stored in the server log files. Data recorded may include (1) browser types and versions used, (2) the operating system used by the accessing system, (3) the Internet website from which an accessing system is referred to our website (known as the referrer), (4) the sub-websites via which an accessing system is directed to our website, (5) the date and time at which the Internet website is accessed, (6) an Internet Protocol address (IP address), (7) the Internet service provider used by the accessing system and (8) other similar data and Information which may used for defensive purposes in the event of an attack on our information technology systems.
The Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH in its use of these data and information draws no conclusions regarding the data subject. On the contrary, this information is required in order (1) to correctly deliver the contents of our website, (2) to optimise the contents of our website for the data subject, (3) to guarantee the sustained functionality of our information technology systems and our website technology, and (4) to provide the law enforcement authorities with the necessary information to enforce the law in the event of a cyber attack. These anonymously collected data and information are therefore analysed by the Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH on the one hand statistically, but also with the object of enhancing data protection and data security at our Institute, in order ultimately to ensure an optimum level of protection for the personal data processed by us. The anonymous server log file data are stored separately from any and all of the personal data disclosed by a data subject.
By using our website, you agree that the answers you provide in the categories of housing, consumption, nutrition, leisure, mobility and holidays – as well as your optional socio-economic data – will be stored anonymously for scientific research purposes of the Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH. The data is saved when the final result is calculated and the date and time of the result calculation are added to your entries. No data is stored until the final result, which can only be calculated after all questions have been answered. By the anonymous storage of the data no conclusions can be drawn about your person.
The following information is stored in a file on the server when the final result is calculated:
The controller responsible for processing will process and store personal data relating to data subjects only for the period for which it is necessary to do so in order to achieve the purpose of storage or insofar as is provided for by European legislators or other legislators in laws and regulations to which the controller is subject.
Should the purpose of storage cease to apply or should a time limit specified by European legislators or another competent legislator expire, the personal data will routinely be blocked or erased in accordance with the provisions of the law.
Every data subject has the right, granted by European legislators, to request confirmation from the controllers responsible for the processing of data as to whether personal data pertaining to the subject are being processed by them.
Every data subject has the right, granted by European legislators, to receive information at any time free of charge from the controllers responsible for the processing of data regarding the personal data pertaining to his or her person, and to be given a copy of this information. Moreover, European legislators have granted data subjects the right to receive the following information:
Moreover, the data subject has the right to receive information as to whether personal data have been transmitted to a third country or to an international organisation. Should this be the case, the data subject also has the right to receive information regarding suitable guarantees in connection with said transmission.
Every data subject has the right, granted by European legislators, to demand immediate rectification of incorrect data concerning their person. Moreover, the data subject has the right in consideration of the purposes for which data are processed to demand completion of incomplete personal data – including by means of a supplementary explanation.
Every data subject has the right, granted by European legislators, to demand that the controller shall immediately erase data relating to his or her person provided that one of the following grounds applies and insofar as the processing is not necessary:
If personal data have been publically disclosed by the Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH, and if our Institute as controller pursuant to Art. 17 Para. 1 GDPR is obliged to erase such personal data, the Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH in consideration of the available technology and the costs of implementation will take appropriate measures, including such of a technical nature, to inform other controllers involved in the processing of personal data that have by now been made public that the data subject has demanded that said other controllers delete all links to these personal data or copies or replications of these personal data insofar as the processing thereof is not necessary.
Every data subject has the right, granted by European legislators, to demand that the controller restrict the processing of data if one of the following conditions is met:
Every data subject has the right, granted by European legislators, to receive the personal data concerning him or her, which he or she has provided to a controller, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. Data subjects additionally have the right to transmit those data to another controller without hindrance from the controller to which the personal data were provided, provided that processing is based on consent pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1 GDPR or Art. 9 Para. 2 Letter a GDPR or on a contract pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1 Letter b GDPR and takes place by automated means, insofar as processing is not required for the performance of a task that is in the public interest or in the exercise of public authority vested in the controller.
Moreover, data subjects in exercising their right to data portability pursuant to Art. 20 Para. 1 GDPR also have the right to have their personal data transmitted directly from one controller to another insofar as this is technically feasible and the rights and liberties of other persons are not thereby impaired.
Every data subject has the right, granted by European legislators, at any time on grounds arising from their particular situation to object to the processing of their personal data on the basis of Art. 6 Para. 1 Letters e or f GDPR. This also includes profiling based on those provisions.
In the event of an objection, the Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH will cease to process personal data, unless we are able to demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject or the processing is undertaken for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
Where personal data are processed by the Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH for direct marketing purposes, data subjects have the right at any time to object to the processing of their personal data for such marketing. This also applies to profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing. Should a data subject lodge an objection with the Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH against processing for direct marketing purposes, the Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH will cease to process these personal data for these purposes.
In addition, data subjects also have the right on grounds arising from their particular situation to object to the processing of their personal data by the Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH for scientific or historical research purposes or for statistical purposes pursuant to Art. 89 Para. 1 GDPR, unless such processing is necessary for the fulfilment of a task which is in the public interest.
Data subjects are also at liberty in connection with the use of information society services, notwithstanding Directive 2002/58/EG, to exercise their right to object by automated means using technical specifications.
Every data subject has the right, granted by European legislators, not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing - including profiling - which produces legal effects concerning him or her or similarly significantly affects him or her, insofar as the decision (1) is not required for the conclusion or fulfilment of a contract between the data subject and the controller, or (2) is permissible under the laws of the European Union or Member States to which the controller is subject and these laws include adequate measures to uphold the rights and freedoms as well as the legitimate interests of the data subject, or (3) takes place with the express consent of the data subject.
If the decision (1) is required for the conclusion or fulfilment of a contract between the data subject and the controller, or (2) takes place with the express consent of the data subject, the Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH will take appropriate measures to uphold the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of the data subject, including as a minimum the right to obtain human intervention on the part of the controller, to express his or her point of view and to contest the decision.
Every data subject has the right, granted by European legislators, at any time to withdraw consent to the processing of personal data.
For uniform representation of fonts, our website uses web fonts provided by Google. When you open a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache to display texts and fonts correctly.
When you call up a page of our website, your browser makes a direct connection with Google servers. Google thus becomes aware that our website was accessed via your IP address. The use of Google Web fonts is done in the interest of a uniform and attractive presentation of our website. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 I Letter f GDPR.
If your browser does not support web fonts, a standard font is used by your computer.
Art. 6 I Letter a GDPR provides our Institute with a legal basis for processing operations in connection with which we obtain consent for specific purposes. Where the processing of personal data is necessary for the fulfilment of a contract entered into with the data subject, as for example in the case of processing operations that are required for the supply of products or performance of some other service or consideration, such processing is based upon Art. 6 I Letter b GDPR. This likewise applies to such processing operations as may be required for the execution of pre-contractual measures, for example in the case of inquiries concerning our products or services. Where our Institute is subject to a legal obligation which necessitates the processing of personal data, as for example in the fulfilment of tax obligations, such processing is based upon Art. 6 I Letter c GDPR. In rare cases the processing of personal data may be required in order to protect the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person. This would, for example, be the case if a visitor to our Institute were to suffer injury, thereby necessitating the communication of his or her name, age, health insurance details or other vital information to a doctor, hospital or other third parties. Processing would then be carried out on the basis of Art. 6 I Letter d GDPR. Lastly, processing operations may also be based on Art. 6 I Letter f GDPR. This provides the legal basis for processing operations not covered by any of the above bases in law, where processing is required to uphold a legitimate interest on the part of our Institute or a third party, provided that the interests, basic rights and freedoms of the data subject do not take precedence. We are permitted to undertake such processing operations in particular because they have been mentioned specifically by European legislators. The latter were of the opinion that a legitimate interest may be assumed to exist if the data subject is a customer of the controller (Recital 47 Sentence 2 GDPR).
Where the processing of personal data is based upon Art. 6 I Letter f GDP, our legitimate interest lies in carrying out our business activities for the benefit of all our employees and our shareholder.
The criterion determining the duration of storage of personal data is the respective statutory time limit. Upon expiry of this time limit the corresponding data are routinely erased insofar as they are no longer required for the fulfilment or initiation of contracts.
We would make it clear that the provision of personal data is in some cases required by law (e.g. tax regulations) or may arise from contractual provisions (e.g. details of the contracting party). Occasionally it may be necessary for the purpose of entering into a contract for a data subject to make personal data available to us which must then subsequently be processed by us. For example, a data subject is obliged to provide us with personal data if our Institute proposes to enter into a contract with said person. Failure to provide personal data would then lead to the consequence that the contract could not be entered into with the data subject.
As a responsibly minded undertaking, we refrain from automated decision-making or profiling.