Privacy Policy

Europe Talks

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 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”:

  • https://www.arte.tv/de/ (ARTE GEIE - 4 quai du Chanoine Winterer - 67000 Strasbourg)
  • https://www.capital.bg/ (Economedia Jsc. 20, Ivan Vazov Str. Sofia 1000, Bulgaria; data protection contact: chavdar.dimov@economedia.bg)
  • http://www.standaard.be/ (Mediahuis NV / De Standaard, Katwilgweg 2, 2050 Antwerpen; data protection contact: privacy@mediahuis.be)
  • http://www.delfi.ee/ (Ekspress Media AS, Narva mnt 13 EE - 10151 Tallinn, data protection contact: anneli.jeerland@ekspressmeedia.ee)
  • https://www.delfi.lv/ (AS DELFI, Dēļu iela 4-8, Rīga, LV-1004; data protection contact: edgars.davidsons@delfi.lv)
  • https://derstandard.at/ (STANDARD Verlagsgesellschaft m.b.H., Vordere Zollamtsstraße 13, A - 1030 Wien; data protection contact: datenschutz@derstandard.at)
  • https://www.efsyn.gr/ (Ανεξάρτητα Μέσα Μαζικής Ενημέρωσης Α.Ε., Κολοκοτρώνη 8, GR - 10561 Σύνταγμα; data protection contact: accounting@efsyn.gr)
  • https://www.ft.com/ (The Financial Times Ltd. Number One Southwark Bridge, London SE1 9HL; data protection contact: privacy.officer@ft.com)
  • http://wyborcza.pl (Agora s.a., ul. Czerska 8/10, PL - 00-732 Warszawa; data protection contact: iod@agora.pl)
  • https://www.hs.fi/ (Sanoma Media Finland Oy, PL 30, 00089 Sanoma, Finland; data protection contact: esa.makinen@sanoma.com​)
  • https://www.huffingtonpost.it/ (Huffington Post Italia/ GEDI, Via Cristoforo Colombo 90, IT - 90-00147 Roma; data protection contact: privacy@huffingtonpost.it​)
  • https://www.knack.be (Roularta Media Group, Meiboomlaan 33, BE-8800 Roeselare; data protection contact: peter.thiers@roularta.be​)
  • https://www.repubblica.it/ (La Repubblica/GEDI, Via Cristoforo Colombo 90, IT - 90-00147 Roma; data protection contact: privacy@gedi.it & ​DPO@gedi.it)
  • https://morgenbladet.no/ (Morgenbladet als, Christian Krohgs Gate 16, NO - 0186 Oslo; data protection contact: petter.irgens.gustafson@nhst.no​​)
  • https://politiken.dk/ (OM Politiken, Rådhuspladsen 37, DK - 1785 København V.; data protection contact: rasmus.hviid@pol.dk)
  • https://www.zeit.de/ (ZEIT Online GmbH, Buceriusstraße Eingang Speersort 1, 20095 Hamburg; data protection contact: dsb@zeit.de)

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:

  • http://www.blikk.hu/ (Ringier Axel Springer Magyarország Kft., Városmajor Street 11, 1123 Budapest; data protection contact: peter.winkler@ringieraxelspringer.hu)
  • https://www.respekt.cz/ (Týdeník Respekt, Pernerova 47, Praha 8, 180 07, CZ; data protection contact: redakce@respekt.cz)
  • https://www.euractiv.com/ (EURACTIV, Boulevard Charlemagne 11041 Brussels, Belgium; data protection contact: dominique.roch@euractiv.com)

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 political views 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 participants and you will then be given a discussion partner (“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 meeting, 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 of yourself and your discussion partner, which is fully optional.

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

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 view 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 will the other partner organisation be informed of your first and last name, gender, country, postal code, and political opinions. Your first and last name, your e-mail address, your country, and your replies to the political yes/no questions will be sent to your potential match partner for contact purposes. The disclosure of the data for this purpose is necessary for the fulfilment of your participation in the project and is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR and, with regard to information on political preferences, on your consent in this regard and, to this extent, on Art. 9 para. 2 lit. a) GDPR.

The software 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.

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. It is not excluded that Twilio may also forward the data to its parent company, Twilio Inc. based in the USA. However, Twilio Inc. has signed and is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement concluded between the European Union and the USA. By doing so, Twilio undertakes to comply with the standards and regulations of European data protection law. For more information, please refer to the following linked entry: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000TNLbAAO&status=Active.

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

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.

If you send us a photo of you and your discussion partner, we will use it for reporting on the project "Europe Talks". The photo can be published on the websites 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 Facebook website: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy.

It cannot be ruled out that Facebook may also forward the data to the parent company of Facebook Ltd., Facebook Inc. based in the USA. However, Facebook Inc. has submitted and certified itself to the Privacy Shield Agreement concluded between the European Union and the USA. As a result, Facebook Inc. undertakes to comply with the standards and regulations of European data protection law. Further information and the validity of the certificate can be found in the following entry: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000GnywAAC.

The Twitter network is offered by Twitter International Company, One Cumberland Place, Fenian Street, Dublin 2, D02, AX07 Ireland. It cannot be precluded that Twitter 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.

It cannot be ruled out that Twitter may also forward your data to its parent company, Twitter Inc. based in the USA. However, Twitter has signed and certified the Privacy Shield Agreement between the European Union and the USA. In doing so, Twitter Inc. undertakes to comply with the standards and regulations of European data protection law. Further information and the validity of the certificate can be found in the following linked entry: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000TORzAAO&status=Active.

The legal basis for data processing is your consent to publication given with the upload 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. Automatically collected data (software)

Within the framework of the software used by the partner organisations, which makes participation in the "Europe Talks" project possible, the services of various providers are used. The use of these services automatically collects various data about their use. This is described in the following:

a.)
The service reCAPTCHA of Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter referred to as "Google") is used. The reCAPTCHA service ensures that the form is completed by a natural person and is used to prevent misuse. The corresponding data processing takes place in the legitimate interest of the partner organisations and is thus based on Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR.

The reCAPTCHA service uses cookies, i.e. small text files stored on your terminal device, which enable Google to determine whether the input is made by a natural person or whether it is misused by automated processing. reCAPTCHA also collects your unabridged IP address. This information as well as the information generated by the cookies is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The IP address transmitted during use is not merged with other Google data. In addition, Google has undertaken to comply with the standards and regulations of the European Data Protection Act. Google has submitted to the Privacy Shield Agreement concluded between the European Union and the USA and has certified itself accordingly. You can access the certificate and its validity at any time by clicking on the following link: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI.
You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. We would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to use all functions of the software. If you wish to prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and relating to your user behaviour (including your IP address) and the processing of this data by Google, you can download and install the web browser plug-in available under the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Further information on the use of data by Google, on setting and objection options and on data protection can be found on the following Google websites:

User conditions: https://www.google.com/analyti...
Overview of data protection: https://marketingplatform.goog...
Privacy policy: https://policies.google.com/pr...
Use of data by Google when using websites or apps of our partners: https://policies.google.com/te...
Use of data for advertising purposes: https://policies.google.com/te...
Settings for personalized advertising by Google: https://adssettings.google.de/...

b.)
As part of the software, we use the HERE map service, HERE Global B.V c/o Privacy, Kennedyplein 222 -226, 5611 ZT Eindhoven, Netherlands. This service is used to convert a postal code into geocoordinates. This is for the purpose of assigning you an interlocutor who lives near you. The corresponding data transfer or processing is therefore necessary for the fulfilment of the contract and is based on Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b) GDPR.

4. 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.

d.) 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.

e.) 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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