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Data Protection

The Bertelsmann Stiftung values the protection of personal data. All Bertelsmann Stiftung web activities comply with European Union guidelines and recommendations of the GBDe issued in September 2001. The Bertelsmann Stiftung also complies with the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany on data protection and data security.

These data protection guidelines mandate that, as a user, you be informed about how the Bertelsmann Stiftung treats personal data collected when you visit the Bertelsmann Stiftung website.

Collection and processing of personal data
“Personal data” includes all information that can be used to identify you, such as your name, your e-mail address or your postal address. Such data are stored only if you provide them to Bertelsmann Stiftung, for example when ordering informational material or subscribing to our newsletter.

Use and disclosure of personal data
Bertelsmann Stiftung uses your personal data exclusively for purposes of technical administration of the website and for otherwise communicating with you. Bertelsmann Stiftung will neither disclose your personal data to third parties nor use them for other purposes. Bertelsmann Stiftung requires its employees to maintain confidentiality.

Freedom of choice
You are free to decide which information you provide to Bertelsmann Stiftung. Subscribers to the newsletter can cancel this service at any time on the newsletter page. If you wish to change your personal data (e.g., postal code, e-mail or mailing addresses), you can also contact Bertelsmann Stiftung directly. Please use our contact form for that purpose.

Automatically collected information
When you access the Bertelsmann Stiftung website, general information that is not personally identifiable (e.g., the Internet browser used, number of visits, average duration of stay, pages visited) is collected automatically (that is, without registration). We use this information to improve the attractiveness, content and functionality of our website. No other use is intended, and no data are disclosed.

Security
The Bertelsmann Stiftung takes care to protect your personal data from loss, destruction, falsification, manipulation and unauthorized access. The statutory provisions of the Federal Republic of Germany regarding data protection are observed as a matter of course.

Links to other Internet websites
This data protection policy applies to the Website http://www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/. The Bertelsmann Stiftung’s web pages also contain links to other, external websites. The Bertelsmann Stiftung accepts no liability for the content of these external websites. When you leave the Bertelsmann Stiftung website, we recommend that you carefully read the data protection guidelines of every website that collects personal data.

Right to information
If you have questions about the processing of your personal data, please contact our data protection representative:

Bertelsmann Stiftung
Data Protection
Carl-Bertelsmann-Str. 256
33311 Gütersloh
email: mailto:datenschutz@bertelsmann.de

Upon request, you will receive written notice, in accordance with applicable law, as to whether the Bertelsmann Stiftung has stored any of your personal data and, if so, which data has been stored using the web technology we employ.

Notice of revisions
If these data protection guidelines are revised, such revisions will be noted in these guidelines, on our homepage and in other appropriate venues.


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