Privacy notice

Thank you for visiting the Oeko-Institut website and taking an interest in our work. We take the protection of your personal data very seriously. This Privacy Statement explains what personal information we collect during your visit to our website and what it is used for.

1. Collection and processing of personal data

In order to provide you with the best possible experience of our website, we use web analytics to help us understand how visitors use it. We therefore collect and store information, in compliance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR, using Matomo open-source software ( provided by InnoCraft Ltd., 150 Willis St, 6011 Wellington, New Zealand. This software uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer and saved by your browser when you visit a website. We use Matomo’s anonymisation function (Anonymize IP plug-in), which masks part of the visitor IP. The information collected by the Matomo software is processed on our servers.

The anonymised information generated by the cookies is not used to identify you personally, nor is it used to track your Internet activity. It is not merged with personal data from other sources and cannot be used to create a user profile.

If you do not wish the data relating to your visit to be stored and analysed, you may opt out at any time. Simply click the button and an opt-out cookie will be placed on your browser. Opting out means that Matomo may not collect data during your visit. You should be aware that if you delete all cookies, your opt-out will not be saved and you will need to opt out again on future visits to our website.

It is your choice whether a web analytics cookie is placed on your browser to allow the operator of the website to collect and analyse some of your data for statistical purposes.

If you wish to opt out, please delete the tick in the box below and the Matomo “disable” cookie will be placed on your browser.

2. Google reCAPTCHA

On this website, we use "Google reCAPTCHA" (hereinafter "reCAPTCHA") to protect the contact form from abusive automated spying and SPAM. The provider is Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

The use of reCAPTCHA serves to distinguish whether the data entry within our contact form is made by a human or by an automated programme. For this purpose, reCAPTCHA analyses the behaviour of the website visitor on the basis of various characteristics. This analysis begins automatically as soon as the website visitor calls up the website. For the analysis, reCAPTCHA evaluates various information such as the IP address. The data collected during the analysis is forwarded to Google.

The reCAPTCHA analyses run completely in the background, website visitors are not made aware of this.

The data processing is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO. It is in our legitimate interest to protect our website from abusive automated spying and SPAM.

You can read more information about Google reCAPTCHA and Google's privacy policy here:

3. Use and sharing of personal data

The personal data provided by you is logged solely for administrative purposes, e.g. to manage our list of members or subscriptions to our Newsletters. We never pass on, sell or otherwise disclose your personal data to third parties. When you send us an e-mail, your e-mail address is used solely for corresponding with you and for no other purpose.

4. Security

The Oeko-Institut takes all the necessary technical and organisational measures to protect your personal data against loss or misuse. Users who contact the Oeko-Institut by e-mail are made aware that the confidentiality of information contained in non-encrypted e-mails cannot be guaranteed.

5. Use of social media buttons

On our website, we include social media buttons to enable you to share content on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. Clicking on these buttons does not activate “like” functions or similar, and none of your personal data is shared. Instead, by clicking, you open a window to the share function and the current page’s URL. Any further activity then takes place via the relevant operator’s website.

6. Our services


If you order our newsletter via our website, we assume that you agree to store the e-mail address you provide and the exact time and IP address of your device as proof that you are the owner* of the e-mail address and agree to receive the newsletter. No further data is collected via the order form. If the newsletter is ordered by other means, we will store your name and a note on how the order was placed as proof of consent. We use these data exclusively for sending the requested information. The dispatch takes place via a service provider commissioned by us, who receives this data for this purpose:

rapidmail GmbH, Augustinerplatz 2, 79098 Freiburg i.Br., Germany
Privacy policy:

Neither we nor our service provider will pass on this data to third parties. Our newsletter may contain a code that allows us to count how often the newsletter has been opened and which links have been clicked on. We use this information to optimize the content of the newsletter. This information is summarized and not stored with your personal data. You can revoke your consent to the storage of the data, the e-mail address and its use for sending the newsletter at any time by clicking on the "Unsubscribe" link in the newsletter. The newsletter can then be reordered at any time.

Registering for events

We also use a double opt-in registration system with an online form for Oeko-Institut events (see eco@work Newsletter) at The personal data requested (generally name, institution, job title, e-mail address) is used solely for the purpose of organising the event in question (producing name badges, compiling a list of participants) and is deleted afterwards.

7. Your rights

You can contact us at any time to request information about your stored data. If the personal information we hold is inaccurate, you may ask for it to be corrected. You may also withhold consent to the use of your data or ask for it to be deleted. We will notify you if your personal information is affected by a data leak or a breakdown in data security. You may also file a complaint with the regulator (State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information for Baden-Württemberg:

8. Amendment of the Privacy Statement

We reserve the right to amend this Privacy Statement at any time, should this become necessary in light of new technological developments or changes in the law.

Visitors to our website and all interested persons can obtain further information about data protection at the Oeko-Institut from:

Silvia Schütte
Data Protection Officer, Oeko-Institut e.V.
Darmstadt Office
Phone +49 6151 8191-134
Fax +49 6151 8191-133