Imprint & privacy policy

    Open Knowledge Foundation Germany e. V.
    Singerstr. 109 | D-10179 Berlin
    Email: [OpenPGP]
    Phone: +49-30-97894230
    Fax: +49-30-85102320

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    Register of Associations No: VR 30468 B
    VAT number: DE278022128
    Court of registration: Amtsgericht Charlottenburg

    Technical: Static HTML generated with Hugo

    Exclusion of liability

    Responsible for the context of this website in accordance with § 55 section 2 RStV is the respective author.

    Content liability

    The contents of our website were created with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of the content. As a service provider, we are responsible for our own content on our website in accordance with § 7 para.1 TMG under the general laws. According to § 8 to 10 TMG, we are not obligated to monitor transmitted or stored information or to investigate circumstances that indicate illegal activity. Obligations to remove or block the use of information according to general laws remain unaffected. However, liability in this regard is only possible from the point in time at which a concrete infringement of the law becomes known. If we become aware of such infringements, we will remove this content immediately.

    Our offer contains links to external websites of third parties, on whose contents we have no influence. Therefore, we cannot assume any liability for these external contents. The respective provider or operator of the pages is always responsible for the content of the linked pages. The linked pages were checked for possible legal violations at the time of linking. Illegal contents were not recognizable at the time of linking. However, a permanent control of the contents of the linked pages is not reasonable without concrete evidence of a violation of the law. If we become aware of any infringements, we will remove such links immediately.

    The contents and works on this website created by the website operators are subject to German copyright law. They are protected by copyright with a Creative Commons license. Unless otherwise stated, the contents of this website are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 DE License. Insofar as the content on this website was not created by the operator, the copyrights of third parties are respected. In particular, third-party content is identified as such. Should you nevertheless become aware of a copyright infringement, please inform us accordingly. If we become aware of any infringements, we will remove such content immediately.

    Privacy policy

    The Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V. (hereinafter referred to as the “Open Knowledge Foundation”, “OKF” or “we”) operates the website accessible on the Internet at and its respective subdirectories (hereinafter “” or the “Website”).

    With this privacy policy, the Open Knowledge Foundation would like to explain to you which data is processed in which form when you visit our website. This also fulfills our obligation to inform you in accordance with Article 13 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

    I. Persons responsible and contact details of the data protection officers

    Open Knowledge Foundation Germany e.V.
    Data protection officer
    Singerstr. 109 | D-10179 Berlin
    Email: [OpenPGP]
    Phone: +49-30-97894230
    Fax: +49-30-85102320

    Our external data protection officer is Beata-Konstanze Hubrig from the law firm

    1. Personal data

    According to the GDPR, personal data means “any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.”

    2. General use of this website


    We do not collect and store any personal data in the course of your visit to our website. Notwithstanding the above basic facts, however, the web server of our hoster automatically registers accesses to the websites and in particular your IP address. In addition, our hoster creates so-called log files to maintain system security. This information remains anonymous for us. It is therefore not possible to draw conclusions about a person. The log files contain the following information:

    • IP-address
    • date of access
    • URL
    • contents accessed
    • transmitted information

    If you contact us at the email address provided on our website, you will at least provide us with your email address, as well as any other information you may disclose in your email. In order for us to process your request, we need to process this data. The legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) GDPR.

    We use Google as our email provider. In the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, Google services are provided by Google Ireland Limited, Ireland. Google Ireland Limited is a subsidiary of Google LLC, United States of America (website: Further information & data protection can be found here: The transfer of personal data to third countries takes place depending on the respective Google service and under the application of the various EU standard contractual clauses, if these are offered by Google. More information on this and Google’s responsibility can be found at the following link: A copy of the EU standard contractual clauses can be viewed there.


    If you would like to receive the newsletter offered on the website, we require an email address from you as well as information from our verification that you are the owner:in the specified email address and agree to receive the newsletter (confirmation email). We use this data exclusively for sending the requested information and do not pass it on to third parties.

    We use rapidmail for sending newsletters. The provider is rapidmail GmbH, Wentzingerstraße, 21, 79106 Freiburg, Germany.

    The legal basis for the data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) GDPR. The recipient of the data is rapidmail GmbH. A transfer of data to third countries does not take place. The data stored by us as part of your consent for the purpose of the newsletter will be stored by us until you unsubscribe from the newsletter and will be deleted from our servers as well as from the servers of rapidmail after you unsubscribe from the newsletter.


    You can support our work by donating via direct bank transfer or via the donation form on our website. For this purpose, the provision of master data is required. Further information in the form is voluntary.

    We use the Betterplace donation form on our website to process donations to us. The provider is from gemeinnützige Aktiengesellschaft, Schlesische Straße 26, 10997 Berlin.

    The legal basis for the data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR (donation contract). The recipient of the data is There is no transfer of data to third countries. Processed data: Name, address and mandatory details for bank or credit card collection. If you have entered your data in the donation form and submitted it, you will receive an email notification that your donation has been collected. The data will be stored for the duration of the subscription and archived for ten years thereafter.

    In order to issue and send donation receipts, we store name, email address, address, account information such as IBAN and bank name, total amount, date and type of donation. We use the data exclusively to issue the donation receipt. If an unsolicited sending of a donation receipt is desired in subsequent years, the data will continue to be stored for this purpose.

    According to §147 of the German Fiscal Code (Abgabenordnung), the Open Knowledge Foundation is required to keep accounting records for ten years (after the end of the calendar year in which the last donation was made). For this purpose, we store account statements that contain both sender and the amount and date of donation transfers. The accounting data is deleted as soon as the statutory period of ten years has been reached. You cannot object to the storage of the accounting data for the purpose of fulfilling the retention obligation pursuant to §147 of the German Fiscal Code (Abgabenordnung).

    The processing of your IP address during the connection setup takes place so that we can provide you with our website. It is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest is to provide our website.

    Processing in the context of contacting us takes place so that we can process and respond to your inquiry. The legal basis is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) GDPR. By contacting us by email, you consent to the data processing.

    III. Recipients of the data

    Within our organization, the departments that are responsible for processing the requests have access to your data. In addition, we use external service providers if we cannot or cannot reasonably perform services ourselves. These external service providers are primarily providers of IT services and telecommunications services. We have concluded data processing agreements with all service providers.

    IV. Storage duration

    We store your emails and contacts for as long as it is necessary to process your inquiry and then store them for a period of 3 years in case you contact us again with reference to your original question. We archive business and commercial letters for ten years due to the German Tax Code.

    V. Rights of data subjects

    The General Data Protection Regulation guarantees you certain rights that you can assert against us - insofar as the legal requirements are met.

    Right to information (Art. 15 GDPR): You have the right to request confirmation from us as to whether personal data relating to you are being processed and, if so, what these are and the more detailed circumstances of the data processing.

    Right to rectification (Art. 16 GDPR): You have the right to demand that we correct any inaccurate personal data relating to you without undue delay. In this context, you also have the right to request the completion of incomplete personal data - also by means of a supplementary declaration - taking into account the purposes of the processing.

    Right to erasure (Art. 17 GDPR): You have the right to demand that we delete personal data concerning you without delay. Please note here the exception described under IV.

    Right to restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR): You have the right to request that we restrict processing.

    Right to data portability (Art. 20 GDPR): You have the right, in the event of processing based on consent or for the performance of a contract, to receive the personal data concerning you that you have provided to us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, and to transfer this data to another controller without hindrance from us or to have the data transferred directly to the other controller, insofar as this is technically feasible.

    Right to object (Art. 21 GDPR): You have the right to object at any time, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to the processing of personal data concerning you which is necessary for legitimate interests on our part or for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest, or which is carried out in the exercise of official authority.

    • If you object, we will no longer process your personal data in the future unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing that override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

    • Insofar as we process your personal data for the purpose of direct marketing, you have the right to object to the processing at any time. If you object to processing for direct marketing purposes, we will no longer process your personal data for these purposes.

    Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority (Art. 77 GDPR in relation to § 19 Federal Data Protection Act): You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority at any time, in particular in the member state of your place of residence, your place of work or the place of the alleged infringement, if you believe that the processing of personal data relating to you violates applicable law.

    You can reach the Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information as follows:
    Alt-Moabit 59-61 | D-10555 Berlin
    Phone: +49-30-138890
    Fax: +49-30-2155050

    VI. Existence of automated decision making (including profiling)

    We do not use automated decision making.

    VII. Internet specific data processing

    During the use of our website, we automatically record and evaluate technical access data. For this purpose, we use the tool “Matomo”, an open source program for web analytics, which evaluates statistical parameters on the use of our website. However, this data cannot be assigned to a specific person; individual users remain anonymous. Further information on “Matomo” can be found on the website We host “Matomo” ourselves and do not transmit any data to “Matomo”.

    This technical access data includes, for example:

    • the IP address shortened by the last two octets,
    • information about the Internet browser and operating system used,
    • the domain name of the website from which a visit to our website is made,
    • the average time spent on our website, and
    • the pages called in our website.

    By unchecking the following box, you can prevent us from counting your visits using Matomo. In this case, a cookie will be set to signal to us that you have objected to its use. Please note that the respective settings regarding cookies are only effective for your currently used device and browser. If you use a different device or a different browser, you will usually have to make the settings again. In addition, we support the “Do not Track” function of your browser. This allows you to actively tell us via your browser settings whether you want your activities to be recorded or not. If you have activated “Do not Track”, no recording of your activities will take place.

    The legal basis for the use of Matomo is found in Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest is that we evaluate the use of our website to improve and optimize it. The data collected in this way is stored for a period of 24 months.

    VIII. Privacy policy for email applications

    Thank you for your interest in our job postings. The protection of your personal data is very important to us. Therefore, we inform you below about the collection, processing and use of your data in the context of the email application, in accordance with the relevant data protection regulations.

    1. Data collection

    In the course of your email application, we will collect and process the following personal application data from you:

    • first name and last name,
    • address,
    • telephone number,
    • email address, and
    • application documents (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, references, certificates, etc.).

    Insofar as special categories of personal data within the meaning of Art. 9 (1) GDPR are voluntarily provided within the scope of the application process, their processing is additionally carried out in accordance with Art. 9 (2) lit. b GDPR (e.g. health data, such as severely disabled status or ethnic origin).

    2. Purpose of data collection / disclosure

    The collection and processing of your personal application data is solely for the purpose of filling positions within our organization. Your data will only be forwarded to the Open Knowledge Foundation staff member responsible for the specific application process. Your application data will not be used for any other purpose or passed on to third parties.

    3. Retention period for application data

    Your personal application data is automatically deleted six months after the application process has been completed, subject to justified revocation, so that we can answer any follow-up questions about the application and satisfy our obligations to provide evidence under the Equal Treatment Act.​ ​

    4. Storage for future job opportunities

    If we are unable to offer you a current vacancy, but believe on the basis of your profile that your application may be of interest for future vacancies, we will store your personal application data for twelve months, provided you expressly consent to such storage and use.

    5. Right of information and revocation

    The legal basis is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR, the pre-contractual contractual relationship. A revocation does not come into consideration. Of course, you can withdraw your application at any time.

    If you have any questions about the collection, processing or use of your personal data, or in cases of information, correction or deletion of data, as well as revocation of consent granted, please contact

    IX. Membership

    In order to become a member of our organization, you must take out a membership with us.

    We require your first name, surname, address and e-mail address for the conclusion of the membership and for the execution of this contract. In addition, you must provide your bank details (in the event that you select the SEPA direct debit mandate) and the names of your guarantors.

    The legal basis for the associated data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 b) GDPR (contract fulfillment for the execution and processing of the membership or its initiation).

    X. If you have any comments or questions

    Protection and security of your data are very important to us. Your questions and comments about privacy are welcome, feel free to email us at

    Berlin, June 2024