General Information

At Westerwelle Foundation for International Understanding (hereinafter referred to as “Westerwelle Foundation” or “we” or “us,”) protecting personal data is important to us. Consequently, we conduct our business activities in compliance with applicable legal provisions on the protection of personal data and data security. This privacy information explains what information is collected when you visit and use our website and media portal and how we process, use and, in certain cases, disclose this information to third parties.

1. Personal data

We do not collect any personal data (for example, names, addresses, telephone numbers or email addresses) on our website or media portal, except where you voluntarily provide us with such data (for example, by applying for our Young Founders Programme), where you agree to such data collection, or where the corresponding legal provisions on the protection of your data allow us to do so. Please see the special provision for our Westerwelle Young Founderes Programme in Section 12.

We may also collect information on our website that cannot, on its own, be used to directly identify you. In certain cases – particularly when combined with other data – this information may nevertheless constitute “personal data” within the meaning of data protection law. We may also collect information on our website that does not identify you either directly or indirectly, such as aggregated information on all the users of our website.

We do use cookies (small computer files that stay on your computer and let us know when and how often you visit our site) to keep and track general information about website usage. You can have your browser reject the cookies or receive a warning before a cookie is stored.

We use “social plug-ins” from Facebook (1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA) and Instagram Inc. (1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA). These are not active before you click on the corresponding symbol. By doing so, you declare that you agree to data being sent to the servers of Facebook. Westerwelle Foundation cannot access these data. Further information is provided here:

2. Purpose

We use the personal data provided by you to respond to your inquiries or process your application within the realm of our Westerwelle Young Founders Programme.

In addition, we may use personal data to analyse and modify the use of our services and projects and to keep you informed accordingly. We may also conduct surveys to this end and may contact you to ask for your views (we always ask for your special prior permission to send you e-mails). We may also use personal data to assert and enforce our rights.

Right to object If you do not want us to use your personal data for the above purposes, you can inform us accordingly at any time, for example by sending an e-mail to office(at)

3. Communications data or usage data

If you access our website via telecommunication services, communications data (for example, the internet protocol address) and usage data (for example, data regarding the beginning and duration of use as well as the telecommunication services you use) are automatically generated by technical tools. They may allow inferences to personal data. If the collection, processing and use of your communication and utilization-related data are obligatorily required, they are subject to the legal provisions on data protection.

If you access our website, information may also occasionally be collected automatically (that is to say, not via the registration process) which is not assigned to a specific person (for example, the internet browser and operating system used, the domain name of the website you last visited, the number of visits, the average time you spend on the website, the sites you have accessed). We may use this information to identify the attractiveness of our website and to improve the performance and content.

4. Non-personal data collected automatically

If you visit one of our web pages, we may store information on your computer in the form of a “cookie,” which will allow us to automatically recognize your computer when you visit us the next time.

Legal Basis and Legitimate Interest
Non-personal (or access log) data is processed in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR on the basis of our legitimate interest in improving the stability and functionality of our website.

Technical service providers involved in the operation and maintenance of our website as processors may act as recipients of the data.

Duration of Storage
The data is erased as soon as it is no longer required for the purpose for which it was collected. Data used to provide the website is always erased as soon as the relevant session ends. If the data is stored in log files, it is erased after 14 days at the latest. Under certain circumstances, the data may be stored for longer. Users’ IP addresses are anonymized in such cases, making it impossible to assign an individual user to a calling client.

Requirement to Provide Data
Provision of the above-mentioned personal data is not required by law or by contract. The service and functionality of our website cannot be guaranteed if no IP address is provided, however. Individual services may also be unavailable or restricted. There is therefore no option to object.

Disabling Cookies
If you do not want us to recognize your computer, please set your internet browser to delete cookies from your hard drive, block all cookies or warn you before saving a cookie.

Google Maps
We use Google Maps on our website. Google Maps is operated by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter “Google”). This allows us to display interactive maps directly on the website, and provides you with convenient access to a map function. Further information about the processing of data by Google can be found in the Google Privacy Policy: You can also change your personal data protection settings in the data protection center by following the same link. Detailed guidance on managing your data when using Google products can be found at:

When you visit our website, Google is notified that you have accessed the relevant subpage of our website. This notification takes place regardless of whether you have a user account with Google and whether you are logged in to your account. If you are logged in to your Google account, your data will be linked directly to your account.

If you do not wish your data to be linked to your Google profile, you must log out of Google before activating the button. Google stores data in the form of user profiles and uses this data for advertising, market research and/or needs-based website design purposes. In particular, analyses of this kind are carried out (even for users who are not logged in) for the purpose of providing tailored advertising and for the purpose of informing other users of the social network about your activities on our website. You have a right to object to the creation of these user profiles, but you must contact Google in order to exercise this right.

5. Children

Westerwelle Foundation will not knowingly collect personal data from children without expressly pointing out that such data should only be transmitted with parental consent if required by applicable legal provisions. Generally, we will only use or disclose personal data of children to the extent permitted by law to obtain the legally required parental consent or to protect children.

6. Security

Westerwelle Foundation will take technical and organizational security measures to protect your personal data against unintended or unlawful erasure, against alteration or loss and against unauthorized disclosure or access.

7. Your rights

You are entitled under the statutory provisions to (a) request information on what personal data we stored about you, (b) request the rectification of inaccurate personal data or the deletion of personal data except where we are obligated to retain such data, (c) request information on the parties to whom we may disclose your personal data and (d) withdraw at any time the consent you have previously given for the handling of your personal data.

Please direct such requests to the following address:

Westerwelle Foundation – for International Understanding
Gartenstraße 6, 10115 Berlin, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)30-88728160
Fax: +49 (0)30 887281620

Withdrawing your consent or deleting or blocking personal data may mean that we are unable to provide certain services and functions. The withdrawal of consent shall not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

If you have any questions or potential complaints, you can also contact the Berlin Data Protection Authority (0049 030 13889-0).

8. Storage

We store your personal data for as long as it is required to provide you with the services available on our website. In some cases, we may need to store your personal data for a specific period, e.g. for tax reasons or to comply with statutory retention periods. In such cases, we ensure that your personal data is treated in accordance with this privacy information at all times.

We delete personal data from applicants after a vacancy has been filled. We store the personal data of our successful applicants of the Westerwelle Young Founders Programme for one year.

9. Links to other websites

The website of Westerwelle Foundation contains links to other websites. Westerwelle Foundation is not responsible for the data protection policies or the content of such other websites.

10. Changes

In the course of the enhancement of the internet, we will also continuously update our data protection policy. Changes will be published on this website in good time. You should therefore regularly review this site to keep informed about the current status of the data protection policy.

11. Controller / responsibility

Westerwelle Foundation is the controller responsible for the processing of your data; exceptions are outlined in this data protection notice. Our contact details are as follows:

Westerwelle Foundation – for International Understanding
Gartenstraße 6
10115 Berlin, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)30-88728160
Fax: +49 (0)30 887281620

12. Additional details on the collection and use of personal data in our programmes

You have the option to apply for our Programmes, for which the additional terms and conditions of this section apply.

12.1. Collection, processing and storage of personal data

Personal data from applicants is collected and processed through the online tool Google Forms. Further information is provided here:

We also use Microsoft Office software to process personal data of our applicants.

The personal data of our applicants are saved on local hard drives as well as a cloud.

12.2 Use for a specific purpose

The personal data to be entered during applications (e.g. your first name and surname, your E-mail address, country and occupation) will be used by Westerwelle Foundation solely for the purposes of identifying the applicant and ensuring that you are entitled to apply. We may also use your personal information to evaluate whether you are a successful candidate.

We reserve the right to statistically evaluate anonymous datasets.

Westerwelle Foundation will not use your personal data for any other purpose or disclose it to third parties for advertising purposes.

12.3. Compliance with legal provisions; deletion of data

Data collected or processed in connection with application is deleted or blocked in accordance with the statutory provisions. In particular, your data will be deleted when it is no longer required for the purpose for which it was stored or to comply with statutory retention periods. Westerwelle Foundation will delete your personal data after an unsuccessful application.

You may request to delete your application at any time. Please send your name, address, e-mail address to us at the following address We will delete your application and all data associated with your account except where we are legally required to retain it; such retention may be required by tax law, for example.

12.4. Transfer to recipients within the EEA

Data transfer to other controllers
Your personal data is principally forwarded to other controllers only when required for the fulfilment of a contract, in the case where we or the third party have a legitimate interest in the transfer, or when your consent has been given. When data is transferred to third parties based on a justified interest, this is explained in this data protection notice. Additionally, data may be transferred to other controllers when we are obliged to do so due to statutory regulations or enforceable administrative or judicial orders.

Service providers (general)
We have commissioned external service providers with tasks such as sales and marketing services, contract management, payment handling, programming, and data hosting. We have chosen these service providers carefully and review them regularly, especially regarding their diligent handling of and protection of the data that they have saved. All service providers are obliged to maintain confidentiality and to abide by the statutory provisions.

12.5. Transfer to recipients outside the EEA

We can also transfer personal data to recipients located outside the EEA in so-called third countries. In such cases, we ensure prior to the transfer either that the data recipient provides an appropriate level of data protection (e.g., due to a decision of adequacy by the European Commission for the respective country or due to the agreement based on so-called EU model clauses with the recipient) or that you have consented to the transfer.

You are entitled to receive an overview of third country recipients and a copy of the specifically agreed-to provisions securing an appropriate level of data protection.

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