Date protection policy

Our mission is to create a forum which is generally accessible to all actors striving to support social work and social sciences in Germany. By providing information and events it helps to keep actors, stakeholders and experts in the fields of social work, social policy and social justice up to date with current developments and trends and promote exchange between them. We store and use your personal data in order to perform this task.

Protection of your personal data is very important to us. We collect, process and use your personal data in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz), the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the German Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz).

This website is operated by "Deutscher Verein für öffentliche und private Fürsorge e.V." (German Association for Public and Private Welfare – German Association), Michaelkirchstraße 17/18, D-10179 Berlin, Germany. German Association is controller under data protection legislation. If you have any questions or suggestions with regard to our use of your personal data, please contact us at or get in touch with our Data protection officer at

Handling of personal data in the German Association
We process your personal data, e.g. name, contact details, professional position, employer, IP address or other information related to your identity according to Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the German Association in order to fulfil its statutory tasks and duties, for the performance of a contract with you, Article 6 (1) (b) GDRP or as far as you have given your consent to the processing of data according to point a of Article 6 (1) GDRP. We use your data solely for the purpose for which you have given us this.

If you contact us by using our online contact form (encrypted transmission) or by email, your data will be stored in order to respond to your request and related follow-up enquiries.

If you apply for a job with us, your information will only be used to contact you and for the purpose of processing your application. It will not be passed on to third parties. Please note that any applications you sent to us by email will be transmitted in unencrypted form.

Your rights to access, rectification, object and erasure
You have the right to obtain confirmation as to whether or not and which personal data are being processed by German Association, Article 15 GDPR. If we have stored your personal data inaccurately, you have the right to obtain from us the rectification. In cases where we process your personal data in order to fulfill a statutory duty in accordance with Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR, you may object to this processing of data. Insofar as no legal storage requirements are in conflict, you can request to erase your data with undue delay, Article 17 DSGVO. Please contact us at:

Withdrawal of consent
If you have consented to the processing of your personal data, e. g. when registering for our e-newsletter, our member portal, linked with your participation in committees of the German Association or to be informed about our events or publications, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. The withdrawal does not affect the lawfulness of processing based on the consent before your withdrawal in accordance with Article 7 (3) GRDP. Please sent your withdrawal to: or to the department in the German Association to which you have given your consent.

Transmission to third parties
A transfer of your data to third parties is only in exceptional cases, specifically when ordering a publication in our online bookshop (here: transmission to Lambertus Verlag GmbH, Mitscherlichstraße 8, D-79108 Freiburg, Germany, to process your order) or upon registration for an event of the German Association (here: a service provider who delivers meeting documents/folders, the external conference venue to check particpants’ reservations and possibly other participants of the event). If you make use of your right to rectification or erasure of your personal data, we will of course also pass on these changes to our cooperation partners.

Use of "cookies"
Like many other internet providers, we use so-called cookies as part of our online service. "Cookies" are small files that are stored on your computer, smartphone or similar for the duration of your visit to our website, in order to record how you as a user are moving around our website. They help to ensure that you can navigate smoothly, handle multi-level order processes, or to keep the selected font size unchanged when switching to subpages and so on.

Common web browsers are set by default to accept "cookies". You can change this setting so that "cookies" are rejected or a confirmation is requested from you in advance. If you decline "cookies", you may not be able to use certain features of our online service.

Use of the statistical Matomo web analysis
For the statistical evaluation of the calls and use of our website, we use the software Matomo. Your data (including shortened IP address, page accessed, browser version used and search engine) are stored, with the evaluations generated with Matomo are completely anonymized and can not be used to identify an individual. A linking of the data stored by Matomo with other data sources or a transfer to third parties does not take place. Click here to stop your visit from being recorded.

Right to lodge a complaint
If you have any questions regarding the protection of your personal data, which you have given to the German Association or which the German Association is processing, please contact us at: or (Data protection officer), so that we can immediately ensure that your data are continuously protected.

If you believe that the processing of your personal data by German Association infringes data protection regulations, you have the right to lodge a complaint to a supervisory authority within European Union. Responsible supervisory authority for the German Association is the Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Friedrichstraße 219, D-10969 Berlin, Germany.

Information on content of third-party providers
Within our online offer, we include third-party content, e.g. logos and buttons with links to other websites and social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Xing and Youtube. Please note that third parties will collect, process and use your information in accordance with their own Terms of Use and Privacy Policy when using their services. You can find more information on handling the user data in Facebook's Privacy Policy: and Twitter:

This website (German version) uses the mapping service Google Maps via an interface. To use the features of Google Maps, it is necessary to save your IP address. This information is usually transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. The German Association has no influence on this data transfer.

The use of Google Maps is for the sake of an appealing presentation of our online offers and an easy findability of the places we specify on the website. This constitutes a legitimate interest within the meaning of Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR. More information on how to deal with user data can be found in the Google Privacy Policy:

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