Data Protection Policy

Thank you for your interest in our website. The protection of your personal data is very im-portant to us. Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to provide you with information about data protection and the use of personal data on our website 

Please read this Data Protection Policy carefully.

This Data Protection Policy applies to the collection, processing and use of personal data during your visit to our internet platform (hereinafter website). 


This Data Protection Policy applies to you as user of the website.  

1. Service controller and responsible entity

Service controller and responsible entity for this website is the German Social Insurance Working Group Europe e.V., c/o DRV Bund, GB 0300, Ruhrstraße 2, 10709 Berlin, Germany. It is represented by its executive board members: Gundula Roßbach, Dr Doris Pfeiffer and Dr Joachim Breuer. 


The German Social Insurance Working Group Europe e.V (hereinafter controller) complies with all applicable data protection laws and also endeavours to constantly improve data protection. You can save this Data Protection Policy via your browser and print it out. If you have any questions, complaints or suggestions on data protection, please contact us via email: 

2. The subject of data protection

The subject of data protection is personal data according to Article 4(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation EU (GDPR). Personal data means any information relating to personal or material circumstances of an identified or identifiable natural person. This includes all in-formation that allows a conclusion to be drawn about an identified or identifiable person, such as name, address or contact information (e.g. telephone number, postal address and email address). IP addresses are also personal data in this sense. 

3. Assigned data use

We adhere to the principle of assigned use of personal data. We collect, process and store your personal data only for the purposes for which you have communicated to us and/or to which you have agreed. 


We will not disclose your personal data to third parties without your express consent, unless this is necessary to provide the service or fulfil the agreement. Any disclosure of information to government institutions or authorities entitled to receive this information is only done within the scope of our statutory obligations or if we are required to provide this information as per court ruling.  


We take data protection very seriously in our organisation. All our employees and external service providers have agreed to protect confidentiality and to comply with data protection regulations.  

4. Collection, processing and use of personal data

Generally, the controller collects, processes and uses personal data only insofar as the GDPR or other legal regulation allows or requires this to be done, or if you have consented to this as a user or visitor to our website. 


The following personal data is processed as a user of our website: Contact details such as first name, last name, address, name of your organisation/company, telephone number/mobile number, and email address. 

5. Data collection and use for the provision and use of the website

The controller only collects and uses personal data in connection with the provision of this website insofar as this is allowed by the GDPR or other legal regulations, or where the user has given their consent. 


For technical reasons, it should be noted that communication via the Internet requires certain data to always be transmitted from your computer or smartphone to us. This includes the date and time you accessed our web pages, your browser type, browser settings and operating system, the last page you visited, and the volume of data transferred. 

6. Scope and purpose of collecting and using data for other purposes

In addition to the use of your personal data as per Sections 3 and 4 of this Data Protection Policy, your data may be used under certain conditions as explained in more detail below: 


a) Transmission of your data within the organisation 

In order to be able to send you official comments and position papers from the German Social Insurance European Representation, the following data will be processed within the organisation: 

Contact details such as first name, last name, address, name of your organisation/company, telephone number/mobile number, and email address. 


b) Transfer of your data to third parties  

Insofar as this is necessary, we pass on personal data to companies that we use in connec-tion with data processing (data processors) in compliance with data protection regulations. The controller transmits personal data to the external IT service provider Hesse Design, 40479 Düsseldorf, Gartenstraße 49, Germany, which operates a database of personal data on behalf of the controller; this is used to send out the controller’s newsletters. 


In addition, personal data is forwarded to external social insurance providers or health insur-ance funds with the consent of the user when a user enquiry is made. 


c) Transmission of your data to recipients in countries outside the European Union and the European Economic Area  

The operator does not transfer any personal data to US companies or companies outside the European Economic Area for data processing. Data on cookies and plugins regarding your surfing behaviour are collected, transferred to the USA and assessed on an anonymous basis. Further information on this can be found in Sec-tion 7 below. You will also find information on how you can opt-out of this. 

7. Use of cookies/social media/plugins

This website uses cookies. Cookies are small data packets that are generated by our web server and stored on the hard drive of your computer when your computer communicates with the web server. 


a) Opting out of cookies/ General right to object 

Regardless of the type of cookie used, you always have the option of deciding whether to accept cookies or not. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, or you can always exercise your existing legal right to object to the use of cookies by refusing cookies in your browser settings. For details on how to do this, please refer to the help section of your Internet browser. As described in more detail below, this does not affect your ability to reject the individual use of certain cookies. 


If you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use the full range of features available on this website. The following types of cookies are used on our website: 


b) Session cookies 

The controller uses session cookies to improve the presentation and navigation of the web-site. These are deleted after you leave our website. 


c) Use of Matomo (formerly Piwik) analytics 

The controller uses Matomo open-source software for the statistical analysis of user access, a service of the provider InnoCraft Ltd., 150 Willis St, 6011 Wellington, New Zealand. Based on our legitimate interest in the statistical analysis of user behaviour for optimisation and market-ing purposes in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR, Matomo collects and analyses data about users of our website. Matomo uses cookies that are stored on a user’s computer and which allow a user’s use of the website to be analysed. The information generated by the cookie about the use of this website is stored on the provider’s server in Germany. 


The IP address is pseudonymized immediately upon collection. The information generated by the cookies is not used to identify visitors to the website. Furthermore, no personal data is combined via the bearer of the pseudonym. 


Users can prevent the installation of cookies via their browser software settings. 


You can decide whether a unique web analytics cookie may be stored in your browser in order to allow the controller of the website to collect and analyse various statistical data. 


If you wish to opt-out, click the following link to place the Matomo opt-out cookie in your browser. Please note that completely deleting your cookies means that the opt-out cookie will also be deleted and, if necessary, may need to be reactivated by you. 


Information about your visit to this website is currently being recorded by Matomo Web Analytics. Click here to stop your visit being recorded. 


d) Integration of social media  

We have links to the Twitter social network on some pages of our website. When you access this website, no data from your browser will be transmitted to this network. By clicking on the relevant button, you will get access to the Twitter network where you can share our content. 

8. Information, data rectification, data erasure, data restriction

At any time, you can request information from the controller, as responsible entity, concerning which personal data has been stored, the purpose of storing this data and where it originated. In addition, in accordance with statutory provisions, you have the right to rectify, restrict or erase your personal data. Please send any such requests via email to: 

9. Contact

For general questions, complaints or suggestions regarding the controller’s Data Protection Policy, please contact us via e-mail