Europe Talks 2020 – Privacy Policy

ZEIT ONLINE has launched the project Europe Talks with various media partners, which are listed in detail below. If you have reached the age of 18, you have the opportunity to participate in Europe Talks either on the websites of ZEIT ONLINE and its media partners (collectively referred to as partner organisations) or on the websites of third parties who just include the Europe Talks Software in their website.

If you participate in the project on the website of a partner organisation, the respective partner organisation will process your data and be accordingly responsible. If you participate in the Europe Talks project on a third party website, the data collection is carried out directly by and under the responsibility of ZEIT Online.

Below you will find an overview of the partner organisations and third party websites that offer you a participation in the project Europe Talks, as well as a brief overview of the data collected in the context of participation in Europe Talks and within the software used for this purpose, as well as a summary of your rights. Please note that the websites on which participation in the project is made possible may collect additional data. Information on this can be found in the Privacy Policy valid for the website in question, which we name in the following.

1. To the processing of the collected data during the project and the independent data controllers

a) Partner Organisations

If you have reached the age of 18, you have the opportunity to participate in Europe Talks on the following websites of the partner organisations of Europe Talks:

The above mentioned partner organisations are each independent data
controllers and process your data according to the provisions of this
privacy policy.

b) Third Party Websites

If you have reached the age of 18, you have the opportunity to participate in Europe Talks on the following third party websites:

The data on these websites is collected and processed directly by and under the responsibility of ZEIT ONLINE. The operators of the third party websites do not obtain your data.

c) Collected data

To participate in this project, it is necessary that you answer various yes-or-no-questions about your views on current topics and provide the following personal data: First and last name, gender, age, postal code, e-mail address, and mobile phone number.

After your registration you will be asked to confirm your participation by e-mail. If you click on the confirmation link contained in the e-mail, a confirmation code will be sent to the mobile phone number you have entered, which you must insert in the browser window that opens after you have clicked on the link. After confirming your participation, the answers you provide will be compared with those of other partici-pants and you will then be given a discussion partner (your so-called “match”) whose political views are as different from yours as possible, with whom you can meet for a one-on-one conversation, either offline in a place you both choose or online (e.g. video conferencing). After your conversation, a questionnaire will be sent to you by e-mail asking for your feedback on the project Europe Talks and the meeting with your discussion partner. It will also ask you to upload a selfie or screenshot of yourself and your discussion partner, which is fully optional.

The data requested by the partner organisations is required in order to enable you to participate in the project Europe Talks. Data processing is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR. Without answers to the questions about your views on current topics, we cannot assign you a match. Your contact details are necessary to provide you with the confirmation link and code and later with a match. We need your age to en-sure that you are at least 18 years old. As part of the registration process for the Europe Talks project, participants will also be asked to consent to the processing of specific data. Data processing is based on Art. 9 para. 2 lit. a) GDPR insofar as these special categories of personal data are concerned.

You can revoke your consent to data processing and/or data transfer at any time, for example by sending an e-mail to europetalks@mycountrytalks.org. If you revoke your consent to data processing and/or data transfer, you can no longer participate in the Europe Talks project.

The partner organisations can only access the data collected on their own respective websites. Only if you are assigned a participant as a match who has registered to participate in the event via the platform of another partner organisation the other partner organisation will be informed of your first and last name, gender, country, postal code, and opinions. Your first and last name, your e-mail address, your country, and your replies to the yes- or no-questions will be sent to your match for contact purposes. The disclosure of the data is necessary for fulfil your participation in the project and is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR and, with regard to specific data on your consent in this regard and, to this extent, on Art. 9 para. 2 lit. a) GDPR.

d) Software and service providers

The software used is operated by ZEIT Online GmbH, which uses other service providers for software development, hosting, e-mail and SMS dispatch.

If you take part in the Europe Talks project not on the website www.zeit.de but on the website of one of the other partner organisations, ZEIT ONLINE GmbH and its service providers will act on behalf of the person responsible for the respective website and process your data only according to their instructions. The corresponding data processing is based on the legitimate interest of the partner organisations resulting from the purposes and in this respect on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR.

Participation in the project may involve the transfer of certain personal data to third countries, i.e. countries where the GDPR is not applicable law. Such a transfer is carried out in a lawful manner if the European Commission has established that an adequate level of data protection is required in the third country. In the absence of an adequacy decision by the European Commission, personal data will only be transferred to a third country if appropriate safeguards in accordance with Art. 46 GDPR or if one of the conditions in Art. 49 GDPR is met.

Unless otherwise stated below, we use as appropriate safeguards the standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to processors in third countries: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/DE/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32010D0087.

The confirmation SMS will be sent by Twilio, Twilio Ireland Limited, 25-28 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland. Your mobile phone numbers will be forwarded to Twilio for this purpose. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that Twilio will not also transfer the data to its parent company, Twilio Inc. based in the USA. In this regard, the information on a transfer of personal data to third countries applies.

e) Period of storage

Once the event has been completed, the partner organisations will retain your data for the duration of the feedback phase (three months) and a further six months thereafter in the event of follow-up questions. Your personal data will then be deleted immediately.

2. To the processing of the data collected during the feedback phase

If you send us a photo/screenshot of you and your discussion partner, we will use it for reporting on the project Europe Talks. The photo can be published on the web-sites of the partner organisations as well as on their social media profiles.

If the photo is uploaded to the social media channels of the media partners of Europe Talks, it will be forwarded to the following operators of the respective social network:

The social networks Facebook and Instagram are offered by Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland. It cannot be precluded that Facebook stores and processes the uploaded data independently. We have no control over the extent of the collection and further use of this data by Facebook. You can find information from the third party provider on data protection on the following Face-book website: https://www.facebook.com/about...

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that Facebook will not also transfer the data to its parent company, Facebook Inc.based in the USA. In this regard, the information on a transfer of personal data to third countries applies.

The Twitter network is offered by Twitter International Company, One Cumberland Place, Fenian Street, Dublin 2, D02, AX07 Ireland. It cannot be precluded that Twit-ter stores and processes the uploaded data independently. We have no influence on the extent of the collection and further use of this data by Twitter. Information from the third party provider on data protection can be found on the following Twitter website: https://twitter.com/de/privacy

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that Twitter will not also transfer the data to its parent company, Twitter Inc. based in the USA. In this regard, the information on a transfer of personal data to third countries applies.

The legal basis for data processing is your consent to publication given with the up-load and thus Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a) GDPR. You can revoke this consent at any time, e.g. by sending an e-mail to europetalks@mycountrytalks.org. We will store your data as long as we did not receive your revocation.

3. Your rights

You have the right to obtain information about the stored personal data concerning you at any time. You also have the right to transfer, correct or delete your personal data and to limit the processing of your data. You can also object to the processing of your data at any time. For this in detail:

a) Right to information

Under the conditions of Art. 15 GDPR you have the right to demand confirmation from the partner organisations as to whether personal data concerning you will be processed. If this is the case, you also have the right to obtain information about this personal data and about the purpose of the processing, the category of personal data being processed, the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data has been or will be disclosed, the planned duration of the storage of the personal data, the existence of a right to rectify or delete data concerning you or to limit the processing or to object to such processing, the existence of a right of appeal to a supervisory authority and, if the personal data have not been collected from you, to all available information on the origin of the data.

b) Right to rectification

According to Art. 16 GDPR, you also have the right to immediately request the correction or completion of any incorrect personal data concerning you.

c) Right to deletion

Under the conditions stated in Art. 17 GDPR you have the right to request the deletion of your personal data stored by us, unless processing is necessary for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information, to fulfill a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

d) Right to limitation

Under the conditions of Art. 18 GDPR, you have the right to request the restriction of the processing of your data.

e) Right of transmission

According to Art. 20 GDPR you have the right to receive the personal data concerning you in a structured, common and machine-readable format, as well as the right, provided that the requirements of Art. 20 GDPR are met, to transfer these to another responsible person. In this context, you have the right to have your personal data transferred directly to the other responsible parties.

f) Right to object

Pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR, if your personal data is processed on the basis of legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data if there are reasons for doing so which result from your particular situation.

g) Right of appeal

If you believe that the processing of your data violates data protection law or your data protection claims have otherwise been violated in any way, you can complain to the competent supervisory authority.

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