Data privacy statement | Terms of Use

German Water Partnership e. V. (GWP) takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. We have therefore taken technical and organisational measures to ensure that the data protection regulations are observed both by us and by external service providers.

Personal data is only collected and stored on our websites to the technically necessary extent if you register for the GWP subscription or register for the press distribution list, and if you register for an event or submit data to us as part of a call for tenders.

For your convenience the website contains links which may lead to servers maintained by persons or organisations other than GWP. GWP is neither responsible for, nor endorse the content and privacy practices of such websites.

The following declaration gives you a complete overview of how GWP guarantees the protection of your data and what kind of data is collected for which purpose. In using this website, you agree to the following terms of use.


1.  This data protection information applies to data processing by:

German Water Partnership e.V.

Reinhardtstr. 32, D-10117 Berlin, Germany


Phone: +49 (0)30 - 300199 1220

Fax: +49 (0)30 - 300199 3220


2. Personal Data Protection

GWP is committed to protecting your privacy and the data that we collect and process on our website. The website includes a number of services which do not require that you register or submit any information. To improve your experience of the website it uses cookies and GWP collects standard log files on its server. These functions are however not used to collect personal data or track individual visitors. 

Some functions of the website require that you submit certain information, such as when you register as a user of the website or your organisation apply to become a Partner. All data you submit will be collected and used by GWP in accordance with this privacy statement.

Each time you visit our Website, GWP collects and uses your data automatically. This data is transferred by you browser to our server.

This data is:

- your referrer-URL
- date and time of your visit on the website as well as type and version of your internet-browser
- your browser and as the case may be your operation system of your computer as well as the name of your acces-provider
- the name and URL of used data
- your IP address

This data is used for the following purpose:

- to ensure a smooth connection setup of the website
- to ensure a comfortable use of our website
- Evaluation of system security and stability
- for further administrative purposes

GWP evaluates data solely for statistical purposes to measure the demand for GWP web offers. GWP has no way to associate this data with a specific person. A merge of this data with other data sources will not be done. The IP numbers are recorded for the duration of the visit to answer the queries and are not stored beyond the end of the visit.

3. Disclosure of data

Data logged when accessing the GWP website will be transmitted to third parties only if:

- you have - according to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a GDPR - given consent to this

- the disclosure pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 f GDPR is necessary to assert, exercise or defend legal claims and there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding interest worthy of protection in not disclosing your data

- in the case that a legal obligation exists for the transfer pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. c GDPR, and

- this is legally permissible and is necessary for the processing of contractual relationships with you in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. b GDPR.

The legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR. Our legitimate interest follows from the purposes listed above for data collection. Under no circumstances do we use the data collected for the purpose of drawing conclusions about you personally.

In addition, we use cookies and analysis services when you visit our website. You will find more detailed explanations under sections 4 and 5 of this data protection declaration.

Cooperation with contract processors and third parties

If we disclose data to other persons and companies (contract processors or third parties) within the scope of our processing, transmit it to them or otherwise grant them access to the data, this shall only take place on the basis of a legal permission (e.g. if a transmission of the data to third parties, such as payment service providers, in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b GDPR for contract fulfilment is necessary), if you have consented, if a legal obligation provides for this or on the basis of our legitimate interests (e.g. when using agents, web hosts, etc.). If we commission third parties with the processing of data on the basis of a so-called "order processing contract", this is done on the basis of Art. 28 GDPR.


Transfers to third countries

If we process data in a third country (i.e. outside the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA)) or if this occurs in the context of the use of third-party services or disclosure or transfer of data to third parties, this only takes place if it occurs for the fulfilment of our (pre)contractual obligations, on the basis of your consent, on the basis of a legal obligation or on the basis of our legitimate interests. Subject to legal or contractual permissions, we process or leave the data in a third country only if the special requirements of Art. 44 ff. Process GDPR. This means, for example, processing is carried out on the basis of special guarantees, such as the officially recognised determination of a data protection level corresponding to the EU (e.g. for the USA by the "Privacy Shield") or compliance with officially recognised special contractual obligations (so-called "standard contractual clauses").

4. Cookies

We use cookies on our site. These are small files that your browser automatically creates and that are stored on your device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when you visit our site. Cookies do no damage to your end device, do not contain viruses, Trojans or other malware.

Information is stored in the cookie that results in each case in connection with the specifically used terminal device. However, this does not mean that we immediately become aware of your identity. The use of cookies serves on the one hand to make the use of our offer more pleasant for you. For example, we use so-called session cookies to recognize that you have already visited individual pages of our website. These will be deleted automatically after leaving our site.

In addition, we also use temporary cookies that are stored on your end device for a specified period of time to optimize user-friendliness. If you visit our site again to use our services, it will automatically recognize that you have already been with us and what entries and settings you have made so that you do not have to enter them again.

On the other hand, we use cookies to statistically record the use of our website and to evaluate it for you for the purpose of optimising our offer (see Section 5). These cookies enable us to automatically recognize when you return to our site that you have already been with us. These cookies are automatically deleted after a defined period of time.

The data processed by cookies is required for the aforementioned purposes in order to protect our legitimate interests and those of third parties pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f GDPR.

Most browsers automatically accept cookies.

However, you can configure your browser so that no cookies are stored on your computer or a message always appears before a new cookie is created. However, the complete deactivation of cookies can lead to the fact that you cannot use all functions of our website.

5. analysis tools

a) Tracking tools

The tracking measures listed below and used by us are carried out on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 f GDPR. With the tracking measures used, we want to ensure that our website is designed to meet requirements and is continually optimised. On the other hand, we use the tracking measures to statistically record the use of our website and to evaluate it for the purpose of optimising our offer. These interests are to be regarded as legitimate within the meaning of the aforementioned provision.

The respective data processing purposes and data categories can be found in the corresponding tracking tools.

b) Use of Matomo

Data is collected and stored on this website using the web analysis service software Matomo (, a service of InnoCraft Ltd., 150 Willis St, 6011 Wellington, New Zealand, ("Mataomo") on the basis of our legitimate interest in statistical analysis of user behavior for optimization and marketing purposes pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1 letter f DSGVO. Pseudonymised user profiles can be created and evaluated from this data for the same purpose. Cookies may be used for this purpose. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally in the cache of the visitor's Internet browser. The cookies enable, among other things, the recognition of the Internet browser. The data collected with Matomo technology (including your pseudonymised IP address) is processed on our servers. .

The information generated by the cookie in the pseudonymous user profile is not used to personally identify the visitor to this website and is not combined with personal data about the bearer of the pseudonym.

If you do not agree to the storage and evaluation of this data from your visit, then you can object to the subsequent storage and use at any time by mouse click. In this case, a so-called opt-out cookie is stored in your browser, which means that Matomo does not collect any session data. Please note that the complete deletion of your cookies means that the opt-out cookie will also be deleted and may have to be activated again by you.

6. Data for sending e-mails as part of our GWP subscription (e.g. newsletters and invitations to events) and for sending press releases

If you have expressly consented pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 a GDPR, we will use your title, your first and last name, your e-mail address and your details on the publisher/company/organisation to send you regular information on our activities and events (GWP subscription) as well as our press releases.

If you subscribe to our GWP subscription or subscribe to the press mailing list, your e-mail address will be stored by us on a server. We use this data exclusively for sending our emails within the scope of the GWP subscription as well as within the scope of our press work. The data records are used for statistical evaluations to analyze the system performance. We do not pass your data on to third parties and do not use it for any other purposes of our own.

You can unsubscribe from the GWP subscription and the press distribution list at any time, explicitly via a link at the end of each e-mail.


7. data for event registration

If you submit data to us via a website as part of an event registration, this data will only be used for the corresponding event. These data will only be passed on to third parties with your express consent. Any other use of your data for other purposes is excluded.

Data collection in the context of a tender/announcement Your data will also be treated confidentially by us here, as in all other cases. The separate data protection provisions for data collection in the context of an invitation to tender/announcement can be found in the respective announcement texts.


8. E-mails to German Water Partnership e. V.

If you send us an e-mail, this e-mail and your e-mail address will only be used for correspondence with you. The retention of requests from citizens in paper as well as in electronic form is carried out in accordance with the deadlines of the Registry Directive, which supplements the Common Rules of Procedure of the Federal Ministries.


9. rights of the persons concerned

You have the right:

- to request information about your personal data processed by us in accordance with Art. 15 GDPR. In particular, you may request information about the purposes of processing, the category of personal data, the categories of recipients to whom your data have been or will be disclosed, the planned storage period, the existence of a right to rectification, deletion, restriction of processing or objection, the existence of a right of appeal, the origin of your data, if these have not been collected by us, and the existence of automated decision-making including profiling and, if applicable, meaningful information on their details;

- in accordance with Art. 16 GDRP, to demand without delay the correction of incorrect or complete personal data stored by us;

- to request the deletion of your personal data stored with us in accordance with Art. 17 GDPR, unless the processing is necessary to exercise the right to freedom of expression and information, to fulfil a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or to assert, exercise or defend legal claims;

- in accordance with Art. 18 GDPR, to restrict the processing of your personal data if you dispute the accuracy of the data, if the processing is unlawful but you refuse to delete the data and we no longer need the data, but if you need it to assert, exercise or defend legal claims or if you have filed an objection to the processing in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR;

- in accordance with Art. 20 GDPR, to receive your personal data that you have provided to us in a structured, current and machine-readable format or to request its transfer to another person responsible;

- in accordance with Art. 7 para. 3 GDPR, to revoke your consent to us at any time. As a result, we are no longer allowed to continue processing data based on this consent in the future and

- to complain to a supervisory authority pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR. As a rule, you can contact the supervisory authority of your usual place of residence or workplace or our association headquarters.


10. right of objection

If your personal data are processed on the basis of legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 letter f GDPR, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR, provided that there are reasons for doing so,

which arise from your particular situation or the objection is directed against direct advertising. In the latter case, you have a general right of objection, which we will implement without specifying a particular situation.

If you wish to exercise your right of revocation or objection, simply send an e-mail to


11. Data security

We use the most common SSL (Secure Socket Layer) method in connection with the highest level of encryption supported by your browser. Usually this is a 256 bit encryption. If your browser does not support

256-bit encryption, we use 128-bit v3 technology instead. Whether a single page of our website is transmitted in encrypted form is indicated by the closed display of the key or lock symbol in the lower status bar of your browser.

We also use suitable technical and organisational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or unauthorised access by third parties. Our level of security

The quality of our products and services is continuously improved in line with technological developments.


12.  Up-to-dateness and amendment of this data protection declaration

This data protection declaration is currently valid and has the status as of May 2018.

Due to the further development of our website and offers above or due to changed legal or official requirements, it may become necessary to change this data protection declaration. You can call up and print out the current data protection declaration at any time on the website.