Privacy policy of BONO-Direkthilfe e.V.

1. General information

BONO-Direkthilfe e.V. takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. We would therefore like to give you an overview of how we guarantee the protection of your data, what kind of data is collected for what purpose and how it is used.

We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the legal data protection regulations and this data protection policy. In principle, it is possible to use our website without providing any of your data. However, as soon as you fill out the membership application or use the online donation form, the processing of personal data becomes necessary. The processing of your personal data, for example your name, address, e-mail address or telephone number, is only carried out for the purposes stated in this data protection declaration and always in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and in compliance with the applicable country-specific data protection regulations.

Your personal data will not be transferred to third parties for purposes other than those mentioned.
We only pass on your personal data to third parties if:

  • you have given your explicitly consent to this,
  • the processing is necessary for the fulfilment of a legal obligation,
  • the processing is necessary to protect legitimate interests and there is no reason to assume that you have an outweighed interest in preventing the processing of your data.

By means of this privacy policy, our association would like to inform members, supporters and the interested public about the type, scope and purpose of the personal data we collect, use and process. Furthermore, this privacy policy will inform you about your rights

  • Legal foundation of the processing
    Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR provides the legal basis for processing of data for which we request consent for a specific processing purpose. If our association is subject to a legal obligation which makes it necessary to process personal data, for example to fulfil tax obligations, the processing is based on art. 6 para. 1 lit. c GDPR. In exceptional cases, the processing of personal data might be necessary to protect vital interests of the person subject or of another natural person. This would be the case, for example, if a visitor was injured at one of our events and his or her name, age and health insurance data or other vital information had to be passed to a doctor, hospital or other third party. In this case the processing would be based on art. 6 para. 1 lit. d GDPR. Lastly, processing operations could be based on art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. Processing operations not covered by any of the above legal bases are justified on this legal basis if the processing is necessary to safeguard a legitimate interest of our association or of a third party, provided that the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject do not prevail. We are permitted to carry out such processing operations in particular as they have been specifically mentioned by the European legislation (recital 47 sentence 2 GDPR).
  • Technical and organisational measures
    BONO-Direkthilfe e.V., as the responsible party for the data processing, has implemented numerous technical and organisational measures to ensure that the personal data being processed via this website is protected as completely as possible. Nevertheless, Internet-based data transmissions can, in principle, have security vulnerabilities making it impossible to guarantee absolute protection. For this reason, we are pleased to offer you the option of transmitting personal data to us by alternative means, such as by telephone or post.
  • Note on the responsible body
    The responsible body within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation, in particular the EU Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as well as other data protection laws applicable in the member states of the European Union and other regulations concerning data protection:

    BONO-Direkthilfe e.V.
    Overather Straße 29
    51429 Bergisch Gladbach
    Phone: 02204.2918799
    Fax: 02204.9199405

  • Note on sending newsletters + the annual report
    BONO-Direkthilfe e.V. does not send out regular appeals for donations and does not conduct telemarketing campaigns to solicit donations. We report on the projects of our partner organisations and the work of BONO-Direkthilfe once a year by publishing an account in our annual journal “BONO bewegt”, which is sent to all members, supporters by post or email. You can object to the mailing at any time, for which a short and informal information by email, post or telephone is sufficient.
  • Opt-out from advertising mails
    We hereby prohibit the use of contact data published within the context of the imprint obligation to send advertising and information material not expressly requested. BONO-Direkthilfe e.V. expressly reserves the right to take legal action in the event of unsolicited sending of advertising information, for example by spam e-mails.
  • Revocation of your consent to data processing
    Data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You can revoke any consent already given at any time. For this purpose, an informal notification by e-mail to us is sufficient. The legality of the data processing carried out up to the time of revocation remains unaffected by the revocation.
  • Right of complaint to the responsible supervisory authority
    In case of violations of data protection laws, you have the right to complain to the responsible supervisory authority. The competent supervisory authority in data protection matters is the State Data Protection Commissioner of North Rhine-Westphalia, where our organisation is based:
    Helga Block
    State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information North Rhine-Westphalia
    Kavalleriestr. 2-4
    40213 Düsseldorf
    Phone: 0211.38424-0
    Fax: 0211.38424-10
  • Informing, locking and deletion
    BONO-Direkthilfe e.V. processes and stores your personal data only for the period of time necessary to achieve the purpose of storage or if this is provided for by the European Directive and Regulation Giver or another legislator in laws or regulations to which the person responsible for processing is subject. If the purpose of storage no longer applies or if a storage period prescribed by the European Directive and Regulation Giver or another responsible legislator expires, the personal data will be locked or deleted in accordance with the statutory provisions. Within the legal framework, you have the right at any time and free of charge to obtain information about your stored personal data, its origin and recipients and the purpose of data processing and, if applicable, a right to correct, have it locked or deleted. You can contact us at any time for this and for further questions on the subject of personal data.
  • Your rights at a glance
    It is up to you how BONO-Direkthilfe e.V. should handle your personal data.
    You can always:
    • reject the use of your personal data for the future.
    • revoke your consent to the use of your personal data for information purposes or for appeals for donations.
    • receive information about the personal data stored about you or a copy thereof, to which recipients or categories of recipients your data has been passed on and what the purpose of the storage is.
    • correct or update your personal data, – have it locked
    • or deleted

      A phone call or an e-mail addressed to us is sufficient for this purpose. In place of the deletion, your data will be locked, if legal regulations prescribe certain retention periods. Data which is required for billing and accounting purposes or which is subject to the statutory retention obligation is not affected by this.

2. Data collection on our website

  • Collection of general data and information when visiting our website
    When you access our website, information of a general nature is automatically collected using a cookie. This information (server log files) includes, for example, the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your Internet service provider and similar information. This is exclusively information which does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about your person.
    This information is technically necessary in order to correctly deliver the contents of websites requested by you and is mandatory when using the Internet. It is processed in particular for the following purposes:
    • Ensuring that the website can be accessed without problems,
    • Ensuring a frictionless use of our website,
    • Evaluation of system security and stability and to provide law enforcement authorities with the information necessary for law enforcement in case of a cyber attack..

      The anonymous data of the server log files are stored separately from all personal data provided by a person concerned. These data are not merged with other data sources.
  • Cookies
    Like many other websites, our website also uses so-called “cookies”. Cookies are small text files that are transferred to your hard disk by a website server. This automatically provides us with certain data such as IP address, browser used, operating system and your connection to the Internet. Cookies cannot be used to start programs or transfer viruses to a computer. We can use the information contained in cookies to make navigation easier for you and to enable our web pages to be displayed correctly. Of course, you can always view our website without cookies. Internet browsers are regularly set to accept cookies. In general, you can deactivate the use of cookies at any time via the settings of your browser. Please use the help functions of your Internet browser to find out how to change these settings. Please note that some functions of our website may not work if you have deactivated the use of cookies.
  • SSL encryption
    To protect the security of your data during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption procedures (e.g. SSL) via HTTPS. You can recognise an encrypted connection by the fact that the address line of the browser changes from »http://« to »https://« wechselt und an dem Schloss-Symbol in Ihrer Browserzeile. and by the lock symbol in your address bar. If SSL encryption is activated, the data you transmit to us cannot be read by third parties.
  • Data collection through the donation form
    The donation form on is provided by the service provider Payrexx. Payrexx guarantees complete data protection and legally compliant data storage. The data of the donation transactions are SSL-encrypted and stored in certified computer centres. The processing of personal data is carried out in compliance with the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). The employees of Payrexx are obliged to maintain data secrecy within the framework of paragraph 5 BDSG. Every donation will be transferred to the account of BONO-Direkthilfe e.V. without deduction of fees. An agreement on commissioned data processing exists. You can find further information about the Payrexx data protection regulations here: If you use the PayPal payment service provided by Payrexx, we refer to the following section.
  • Donations via PayPal
    The Payrexx donation form also offers PayPal as a payment method. A PayPal account is managed via an e-mail address, which is why there is no traditional account number. PayPal makes it possible to initiate online payments to third parties or to receive payments. PayPal also assumes trustee functions and offers buyer protection services. The European operating company of PayPal is PayPal (Europe) S.à.r.l. & Cie S.C.A., 22-24 Boulevard Royal, 2449 Luxembourg, Luxembourg. If you choose PayPal as your payment option during the donation process in our online forms, your data will be automatically transmitted to PayPal. By selecting this payment option, you agree to the transfer of personal data required for payment processing. Personal information submitted to PayPal is typically first name, last name, address, email address, IP address, phone number, mobile phone number, or other information necessary to process the payment. The purpose of the transmission of data is to process payments and prevent fraud. BONO-Direkthilfe e.V. is obliged to provide PayPal with personal data if there is a legitimate interest in the transfer. This exchanged personal information may be transferred by PayPal to credit reporting agencies. The purpose of this transmission is to check identity and creditworthiness. PayPal may share your data with companies, service providers or subcontractors to the extent necessary to fulfil contractual obligations or if the data is to be processed by order. You have the possibility to revoke your consent to PayPal to handle personal data at any time. A revocation does not affect personal data that must be processed, used or transmitted for the contractual handling of payments. PayPal’s current privacy policy can be found at

3. Analytic tools, plug-ins and links to other websites

  • Analytic tools
    BONO-Direkthilfe e.V. does not carry out a statistical evaluation of our website using so-called “analysis tools”, such as Google Analytics, Matomo (formerly Piwik), etc.
  • Use of script libraries (Google Web Fonts)
    This website uses so-called web fonts, which are provided by Google, in order to display fonts in a uniform way. When you call up a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into its browser cache in order to display texts and fonts correctly. For this purpose, the browser you use must connect to Google’s servers. Through this, Google gets knowledge that our website was accessed via your IP address. The use of Google Web Fonts is in the interest of a uniform and attractive presentation of our online offers. This represents a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. If your browser does not support Web Fonts, a standard font from your computer will be used. Further information about Google Web Fonts can be found here: and in the privacy policy of Google:
  • Vimeo videos
    Vimeo videos are integrated on some of our websites. The operator of the corresponding plugins is Vimeo, Inc., 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011 / When you access videos through Vimeo, a connection is established to the Vimeo servers. During this process, the Vimeo server is informed which of our pages you visited. If you are logged in to your Vimeo account, you allow Vimeo to assign your surfing behavior directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your Vimeo account. Vimeo is used in the interest of an attractive presentation of our online services. This represents a legitimate interest in the sense of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR. For more information on how we handle user data, please refer to the Vimeo privacy policy at:
  • Links to other websites
    Our website contains links to other websites. We have no influence on whether their operators comply with the data protection regulations. As a provider, we are responsible for our own content in accordance with the general legal requirements. A distinction may have to be made between this own content and links to content provided by other providers. We are not responsible for external content that is made available for use via links and do not claim ownership of such content. For illegal, incorrect or incomplete contents as well as for damages resulting from the use or non-use of the information, only the provider of the respective website to which reference is made is liable. BONO-Direkthilfe e.V. is only responsible for third-party references if it has positive knowledge of them, i.e. also of any illegal or criminal content, and if it is technically possible and reasonable to prevent their use.

4. Note for parents or guardians

Parents or guardians are responsible for protecting the privacy of their children. We ask you to talk to your children about the safe and responsible handling of your own personal data on the Internet.

5. Updates

The development of the Internet or legislation may make it necessary to adapt our data protection declaration. We always post changes to our privacy policy at this point and recommend that you read this policy from time to time.

The data protection declaration of BONO-Direkthilfe e.V. was created with the support of the Berufsverband der Rechtsjournalisten e.V., Greifswalder Straße 208, 10405 Berlin and the Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen, Mauerstraße 93, 10117 Berlin.

Last update 24.04.2020