Data privacy statement

We maintain a careful and secure handling of personal data and collect these exclusively in the context of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) and the regulations of the Federal Republic of Germany.

We maintain careful and secure handling of personal data and collect it exclusively within the framework of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) and the provisions of the Federal Republic of Germany.

In this data protection information we answer the most important questions regarding data protection. These notes refer to all websites and online offers of Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the responsible office within the meaning of the Federal Data Protection Act directly:

Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V. 
represented by the management Katharina Kohn
Reinhardtstraße 10
10117 Berlin
Phone Number: +49(0)30-9237226-0

Why is personal data collected?

Personal data is all data with which you can be personally identified.

  • (1) First of all, we need data from our donors to process payments and maintain ongoing donor relationships.
  • (2) We also use relevant personal data such as your name, address and e-mail address in order to be able to stay in contact with you and to keep you up to date on topics relevant to animal welfare.
  • (3) Information about our website users and supporters also helps us to optimize the website and the presentations.
  • (4) In special cases such as the contact form, when ordering or transmitting information via forms.

We process all this data (also with the help of service providers) exclusively on the basis of Article 6 Paragraph 1 Letter f of the European General Data Protection Regulation.

What personal data is collected?

In principle, we only process personal data to the extent that this is necessary to provide our services and a functioning website. Data is only recorded if you make it available to us voluntarily, for example as part of a donation, an inquiry or registration. Some others are automatically recorded by our IT systems when you visit the website, these mainly being technical data.

Personal data includes:

– Information you give us as part of a donation:

We store and process information that you give us as part of a donation, primarily to carry out the collection of donations you have commissioned. Depending on the selected payment process, at least your full name, email address and postal address are required. We also need this to send you an annual donation receipt. If you choose direct debit for the donation, you also send us your bank details, which are necessary for further donation processing. Banks will only receive your data if they are necessary for processing the collection of donations. This includes the donation form from twingle GmbH (Prinzenallee 74 13357 Berlin) and the services PayPal Europe (S.à rl et Cie, SCA, 22-24 Boulevard Royal, L-2449 Luxembourg) and PayOne (PAYONE GmbH, Lyoner Straße 9, 60528 Frankfurt am Main) to which the following applies:

If a user chooses to donate via the online donation form, the data entered in the associated form will be transmitted to the selected bank and stored for payment processing. In order to carry out the donation order, the data is therefore passed on directly to the selected bank via an encrypted SSL connection. The data will not be passed on to other third parties. The following data is collected with the form: Full name (last name, first name) with title, email address and, for an immediate transfer or credit card donation, the address (street, house number, city, postcode, country), bank details (IBAN); Donation data (donation recipient, amount, purpose of donation/purpose of use, donation receipt desired) and for a credit card donation also the card type, card number, CVV/CVC check number, validity period of the credit card.

The collected data is required for the execution and implementation of the donation order. The user’s e-mail address is required to confirm receipt of the donation order. At the time the form is sent, the IP address of the user is also saved. We use the IP address to prevent misuse of the donation form. The IP address is used for fraud prevention purposes and to prevent unauthorized transactions to the detriment of third parties. The legal basis for processing the data is Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR.

– Information that you give us when registering for the newsletter or making use of our offers (e.g. when filling out a contact form):

Our website can usually be used without providing any personal data. Insofar as personal data (e.g. name, address or e-mail address) is collected on our website, this is done on a voluntary basis. For example, contact forms, a form for registering for a newsletter, forms for signing petitions and downloads are available on our website. If the user chooses this option, the data entered in the input mask will be transmitted to us and saved.

We use the personal data you provide exclusively for the stated purpose, such as information work or fundraising to finance our statutory animal welfare work. We need your e-mail address in order to send you the newsletter or, for example, to be able to evaluate your signature on a petition. The transmission of your name and title is voluntary, but is requested on our part in order to be able to address you as individually as possible. Any information you provide helps us to constantly improve our content and materials as well as our offers and to be able to respond to your questions.

The data entered is processed exclusively on the basis of your consent (Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a GDPR), which you can revoke at any time.

– Information transmitted to us as part of website use:

The web servers of Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V. collect and store access data like most servers. Access data includes:

  • (1) The anonymous IP address of the calling user
  • (2) The accessed website
  • (3) The website from which the user accessed the accessed website (referrer)
  • (4) The sub-pages accessed from the accessed website
  • (5) The length of stay on the website
  • (6) The frequency of visits to the website

This is exclusively anonymous personal data and the storage only serves internal system-related and statistical purposes and to identify and track access to our website. We have no way of linking the IP address and any known personal data.

We would like to point out that data transmission on the internet (e.g. when communicating by e-mail) can have security gaps. A complete protection of the data against access by third parties is not possible. To ensure the greatest possible security, Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V. uses an SSL certificate on its website and secure encryption when sending data by e-mail.

– Photo and film recordings made as part of events:

Photographs and film recordings collected at events organized by Welttierschutzgesellschaft serve the purpose of reporting and marketing and can subsequently be distributed via the channels of Welttierschutzgesellschaft and external media partners in the form of newsletters, press releases, brochures or articles in printed form, in electronic media and published on the social web. This allows us Article 6 Paragraph 1 (f) GDPR and the legitimate interest in public relations and advertising for the association. We also keep a protected photo archive in which we store the recordings.

– Further information (e.g. applicant and employee data):

We collect and process the personal data of applicants for the purpose of handling the application process. If an employment contract results from the application, the transmitted data will be stored for the purpose of processing the employment relationship in compliance with the statutory provisions. If the application does not result in an employment contract, the application documents will be deleted six months after the vacancy has been filled. After approval by the application/applicant, the data can also be stored for longer.

How is the personal data collected?

Our data transmission is secured. The transmission of your data via the donation forms, when registering for the newsletter, in the contact forms and when downloading our online offers is carried out with the security standard of the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) procedure – a procedure that is also used by banks, for example. You can recognize this by the https:// in the address line of the browser and by a lock symbol in the status bar.

How is the personal data stored?

All entries of personal data on our online offers are stored on specially protected servers. Access to these servers and the data they contain is only possible for a small number of specially authorized persons who are involved with the content or technical support of the web server. In their employment or service contracts, these persons have been obliged to comply with data secrecy in accordance with Section 5 of the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).

How is the personal data used and processed?

All personal data known to us will be used on the basis of your consent (Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a GDPR) only for the stated purposes of fundraising, donation management and information work. In principle, Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V. does not pass on your data to third parties and keeps it safe. If necessary, service providers who are contractually bound to confidentiality can receive the data if this is necessary for the purpose of collecting and processing donations or to fulfill legal purposes. It is expressly made clear that the data will not be passed on for commercial use that conflicts with this data protection declaration.

The data entered in the newsletter registration form is processed exclusively for sending the newsletter by our newsletter provider CleverReach GmbH & Co. KG (//CRASH Building Schafjückenweg 2 26180 Rastede Germany). The data stored for this purpose will be irrevocably deleted after you unsubscribe from the newsletter.

Will the personal data be deleted?

The personal data of the person concerned will be deleted as soon as the purpose of storage no longer applies. This applies to newsletter subscribers when they unsubscribe, for example via the corresponding link in the newsletter. The IP address will be deleted by our hosting provider within one month. We store the data to ensure correct deregistration / blocking for further mailings for a maximum period of six months. This data will then be irrevocably deleted.

Continuous storage can also take place if this has been provided for by the European or national legislator in EU regulations, laws or other regulations to which the person responsible is subject. This includes, for example, data that we have stored for other purposes (e.g. donor or sponsor data) and which remain unaffected due to mandatory legal provisions – in particular retention periods.

What rights do I have regarding my data?

Revocation of your consent to data processing: You have the right to request the correction, blocking or deletion of your personal data known to us or to revoke your consent with effect for the future. The stored personal data will be deleted if you revoke your consent to storage, if your knowledge is no longer required to fulfill the purpose for which it was stored or if their storage is inadmissible for other legal reasons. If you wish your data to be deleted, you can inform us of this in writing by sending an e-mail to Data for billing, tax and accounting purposes are not affected by a request for deletion.

You can revoke your newsletter registration at any time and without giving reasons. You will find an unsubscribe link in every email we send and here

Right to information: Within the framework of the applicable legal provisions, you have the right to free information about your stored personal data, its origin and recipient and the purpose of the data processing and, if necessary, a right to correction, blocking or deletion of this data at any time. Upon written request, we will inform you about the data stored about you. Please contact

Right of appeal to the competent supervisory authority: In the event of violations of data protection law, the person concerned has the right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority. The competent supervisory authority for data protection issues is the state data protection officer of the federal state in which our company is based. A list of data protection officers and their contact details can be found at the following link:

Right to data portability: You have the right to have data that we process automatically on the basis of your consent or in fulfillment of a contract handed over to you or to a third party in a common, machine-readable format. If you request the direct transfer of the data to another person responsible, this will only be done to the extent that it is technically feasible.

What else do I need to know about data protection at the Welttierschutzgesellschaft?

We take data protection very seriously and work according to the minimum principle. The personal data that we request, store and process as part of a donation is based on the statutory provisions on donor management. We collect as little information as possible from website visitors. However, we would like to continuously optimise our website in order to be able to offer you good use and the greatest possible information content. For this we use a number of programs, which we will break down in detail below:

  • Cookies are set

Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser. These do not cause any damage to your computer and do not contain any viruses, but serve to make websites and users more user-friendly (e.g. by storing login data). On the other hand, they help us to collect statistical data on website use and to be able to analyse them in order to improve the offer. Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your end device until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognize your browser on your next visit. You can set your browser so that you are informed about the setting of cookies and only allow cookies in individual cases, exclude the acceptance of cookies for certain cases or in general and activate the automatic deletion of cookies when the browser is closed. When you visit our website, we draw your attention to the setting of cookies and allow you to deactivate them. However, if cookies are deactivated, the functionality of this website may be restricted. You can find more information here:

  • We use Google products

Analytics: This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. („Google“). Google Analytics uses the so-called „cookies“ described above, which enable an analysis of your use of the website. Due to the IP anonymisation on this website, your IP address will be shortened by Google within member states of the EU or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. The information generated by the cookie and remaining information about your use of this website is transmitted to a Google Inc. server in the United States and stored there. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity for website operators and to provide other services related to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties if required to do so by law or if third parties process this data on Google’s behalf. Under no circumstances will Google associate your IP address with other Google data. You can prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) and from processing this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link:

AdGrants: In order to optimize our website appearance and to increase awareness of the association, we use the advertising program “Google AdGrants”, which is free for non-profit associations, and use conversion tracking as part of this. If a user clicks on an ad placed by us in the Google search results, a cookie is set that logs the corresponding action. This is not used for personal identification – which is not even possible for us due to the anonymization of the IP addresses – but only to recognise usage behaviour and subsequent improvement of the website design.

Further information on the terms of use and data protection of Google offers can be found at

  • We offer social share buttons

We use so-called social plugins (“plugins”) on our website, which allow you to share easily on social networks. These include, among other things:

  • Facebook Inc., 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA
  • Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA
  • Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
  • Tumblr Inc., 35 East 21st St, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10010, USA
  • Pinterest Inc., 808 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

If you are logged into one of the networks and visit one of our pages at the same time, a connection to the servers mentioned will be established. We hereby expressly point out that by recognising your browser, the information about which of our internet pages you have visited is then automatically transmitted to the servers of the networks. If a user is not a member of Facebook or Twitter, there is still the possibility that the networks will find out and save their IP address. According to the networks, only anonymised IP addresses are stored in Germany. In order to ensure data protection-compliant integration of YouTube (YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.), we already use the extended data protection mode when implementing YouTube videos, so that no data from our website is sent to YouTube be transmitted.

We have no influence on the amount of data that the networks collect using the plugin and therefore inform our users according to our level of knowledge. The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data as well as the relevant rights and setting options for the protection of the privacy of the users can be found in the data protection information of the networks.

If you continue to use our website without objection and make use of the offers of the World Animal Protection Society, you give us your consent to collect, process and use your personal data for the purposes stated here. You can revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future.

Do you still have unanswered questions?

Upon written request, we will inform you about the data stored about you. Due to the size of our company and the associated small number of employees who process personal data, we are not obliged to appoint a data protection officer.

The request should be sent to our responsible office within the meaning of the Federal Data Protection Act:

Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V.
represented by the director Katharina Kohn
Reinhardtstrasse 10
10117 Berlin
Telephone: +49(0)30-9237226-0