We respect and protect your privacy, regardless of whether you are a donor, sponsor, an interested party or visitor to our website. This privacy statement lays out in detail what that means for you and your personal data. In particular, we want to ensure that you understand what personal data we collect from you and how we handle it. We also advise you about your rights under the applicable data protection law.
The Foundation for Family Businesses is a foundation under civil law, pursuing solely non-profit goals. The Foundation for Family Businesses is subject to the legal supervision of the Stuttgart Regional Administrative Council, Ruppmannstraße 21, 70565 Stuttgart.
In this privacy statement, the processing of personal data refers to the collection, storage, transmission, use or erasure of such data. This includes data of donors, sponsors, interested parties and other natural persons that are in contact with the Foundation such as visitors to events and representatives and employees of legal entities who are in contact with the Foundation.
We collect your personal data when you make contact with us. This may be the case if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or benefactor of the Foundation for Family Businesses or if you register for one of our events. We also collect your personal data when you contact us via email or telephone because you are interested in our work. Where and insofar it is necessary for our work, we also collect personal data from publicly accessible sources.
The personal data we collect about you include in particular data that may personally identify you such as your first and last name, address, date of birth, email address and telephone number. We also collect sociodemographic data such as marital status. In addition, we store data that you have voluntarily provided us, for example data related to your particular interests and wishes. We only store particularly sensitive data such as an affiliation with a certain religion where this is necessary, for example when we need to consider special dietary requirements.
We process your data to perform our tasks as outlined in our Articles of Association. Furthermore, we offer you numerous benefits such as our newsletter and donor bulletin where we require your data to send these to you. We do not process and analyse any personal data for advertising, marketing or survey purposes. We also refrain from using your data for personalised advertising.
Our staff at the Foundation for Family Businesses only have access to your data when and insofar as it is necessary for them to carry out their tasks. All our staff are obliged to maintain data confidentiality in accordance with Section 5 of the German Data Protection Act. We transmit data to our service providers only where necessary to implement very limited activities, such as electronically sending regularly issued publications. These service providers are contractually obliged to maintain data confidentiality and have signed a confidentiality statement.
We assure you that we do not sell any data to third parties.
You have the right to know what personal data we store about you, where we obtained the data we store, for what purpose we store the data, and with whom we share what data. When you request access to your data, we please ask you to specify the type of personal data you would like to be informed about.
If you find that your personal data are inaccurate, you have the right to request that we rectify this data. We appreciate any instance of inaccurate data being brought to our attention, and we will promptly rectify any errors.
If it becomes evident that your personal data was stored improperly, we will promptly erase this data. This also applies to data we no longer need to perform our tasks.
Where personal data may not be erased due to retention periods prescribed by law, in the Articles of Association or agreed by contract, or where there is a reason to consider that your legitimate interests would be adversely affected by the erasure of the data, or where the erasure of the data is impossible or would involve a disproportionate effort due to the particular method of storage, we will block this data. In the event you have contested the accuracy of data and neither the accuracy nor inaccuracy can be determined, we will also block the data concerned. We would like to advise you that blocked data may only be transmitted or used without your consent when the data are necessary for scientific purposes, to address a situation which lacks evidence, or for other reasons in the overriding interest of the Foundation or a third party, and the data could be transmitted or used for this purpose if they were not blocked.
You have the right to receive the personal data which you have provided us in a portable format.
You have the right to object to automated processing of your personal data or the processing thereof in non-automated files. The objection must be complied with if it has been verified that your legitimate interest outweighs the interest in the collection, processing or use because of your particular personal circumstance. This does not apply if we are legally obliged to collect, process or use your personal data. Where an objection has been made, we will no longer process your personal data, unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or your personal data are used for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims. Please send your objection, in no specific format, to:
By using our website, you consent to the collection, processing and use of data as described below. Our website can generally be visited without registration. When you visit our website, data such as pages accessed and the name of the requested file, date and time are stored for statistical purposes without the data being directly related to you personally. Personal data, in particular name, address or email address are collected with your consent wherever possible.
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