Data Protection & Privacy

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The German Design Council takes the protection of your personal data very seriously and we comply strictly with the provisions of the data protection and privacy regulations. Personal data are collected on this website only to the technically necessary extent. The collected data are never sold or forwarded to third parties for any reason.  

The German Design Council collects your data in order to implement the contract and to fulfil its pre-contractual and contractual obligations. This data collection and the associated data processing are necessary for the implementation of these obligations and are based on Article 6 Paragraph 1 b) of the Basic Data Protection Ordinance (DS-GVO). They will not be passed on to third parties. Invoices shall be stored for the duration of the statutory storage obligations. The data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer required for the purpose of processing them.

The following explanation gives you an overview of how we ensure this protection and what types of data are collected for what purposes. 

Data processing on this website  

This website automatically collects and stores information in your server log files that your browser sends to us. This information includes:  

  • the browser type/version 
  • the operating system you use 
  • the referrer URL (the website you previously visited) 
  • the host name of the accessing processor (IP address) 
  • time of the server request. 

These data cannot be traced back to individual persons. These data are not merged with other data sources; moreover, the data are deleted after statistical analysis.   

Personal Data

We collect data for the following inquiries:

  • registration for our newsletter
  • entry of a job advertisement

Information is collected based on the type of inquiry and may include the form of address, title, first name, last name, street, zip code, city, country, e-mail address, company and website.

ndion in Social Networks

In addition to the website, we are active on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+. You can gain direct access to social networks through the incorporation of social bookmarks on the website. We use your data provided in connection with this service purely for the purpose of providing you with the respective page and do not become privy to your login data.

You can find details regarding data protection regulations for Facebook at:

You can find details regarding data protection regulations for Instagram at:

You can find details regarding data protection regulations for LinkedIn at:

You can find details regarding data protection regulations for Twitter at:

You can find details regarding data protection regulations for Google+ at:

You can find details regarding data protection regulations for Pinterest at:

Cookie Policy

A cookie is a small file that is stored on your computer’s hard drive and contains information about which areas of our website you have visited. The term cookies may also include other technologies. Cookies are reliable files and cannot run program code, transmit viruses or be used to collect information about your other computer use.

With your consent, cookies will be set in accordance with our cookie policy when you use this website.” To the extent that personal information is collected using cookie technologies, our Privacy Policy also applies.

We reserve the right to share the data obtained about you through the use of cookie technologies with our corporate companies Rat für Formgebung Service GmbH and Stiftung Rat für Formgebung. If you would like to know more about how we collect, use and share data, please refer to the “Data processing” section of this website above.

Which cookies do we use?

We use cookies primarily for the following purposes: Web statistics, user experience and functionality. We use function-related cookies to ensure that our website works as intended.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a software for statistical analysis of visitor access. Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is stored on the provider’s server in Germany. The IP address is anonymised immediately after processing and before it is stored. 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.

Browser plugin
You can prevent the collection and processing of your data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link:
You can find more information on how Google Analytics handles user data in Google’s privacy policy:

Storage period
Data stored by Google at user and event level that is linked to cookies, user identifiers (e.g. user ID) or advertising IDs (e.g. DoubleClick cookies, Android advertising ID) will be anonymised or deleted after 14 months. Details can be found under the following link:

YouTube with expanded data protection integration

Our website embeds videos of the website YouTube. The website operator is Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.

We use YouTube in the expanded data protection mode. According to YouTube, this mode ensures that YouTube does not store any information about visitors to this website before they watch the video. Nevertheless, this does not necessarily mean that the sharing of data with YouTube partners can be ruled out as a result of the expanded data protection mode. For instance, regardless of whether you are watching a video, YouTube will always establish a connection with the Google DoubleClick network.

As soon as you start to play a YouTube video on this website, a connection to YouTube’s servers will be established. As a result, the YouTube server will be notified, which of our pages you have visited. If you are logged into your YouTube account while you visit our site, you enable YouTube to directly allocate your browsing patterns to your personal profile. You have the option to prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

Furthermore, after you have started to play a video, YouTube will be able to place various cookies on your device or comparable technologies for recognition (e.g. device fingerprinting). In this way YouTube will be able to obtain information about this website’s visitors. Among other things, this information will be used to generate video statistics with the aim of improving the user friendliness of the site and to prevent attempts to commit fraud.

Under certain circumstances, additional data processing transactions may be triggered after you have started to play a YouTube video, which are beyond our control.

The use of YouTube is based on our interest in presenting our online content in an appealing manner. Pursuant to Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. f GDPR, this is a legitimate interest. If a corresponding agreement has been requested, the processing takes place exclusively on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR; the agreement can be revoked at any time.

For more information on how YouTube handles user data, please consult the YouTube Data Privacy Policy under:

Podigee Podcast Hosting

We use the podcast hosting service Podigee from the provider Podigee GmbH, Schlesische Straße 20, 10997 Berlin, Germany. The podcasts are loaded by Podigee or transmitted via Podigee.
The use is based on our legitimate interests, i.e. interest in a secure and efficient provision, analysis and optimisation of our podcast offer pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. DSGVO.
Podigee processes IP addresses and device information to enable podcast downloads/playbacks and to determine statistical data, such as call-up figures. This data is anonymised or pseudonymised before being stored in Podigee’s database, unless it is necessary for the provision of the podcasts.
Further information and objection options can be found in Podigee’s privacy policy:

How to refuse cookies

You are free to refuse the use of cookies. Most internet browsers allow you to delete or block cookies and warn you before cookies are stored or ask for your consent. In the help option of your internet browser you will find information on how to change the settings of your internet browser with regard to cookies and how to block them if necessary.

Right to information

You have the right to object to the storage of your data at any time. In addition, you are entitled to request information on the data we have stored about you and, if the data is incorrect, to demand that it be corrected or, if the data is stored inadmissibly, that it be deleted.

German Design Council
Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 49
60327 Frankfurt am Main

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