1. Extent and purpose of processing personal data; Legal basis for processing
1.1 Use of the Website
When you visit our website, our servers temporarily store all access operations in a log file. The following data is acquired automatically and stored for three months:
• The IP address of the requesting computer (pseudonymized)
• Date and time of access
• The name and URL of the file called
• The website from which the access originated
• The operating system of your computer and the browser you are using
• The country and the name of your internet access provider
This data is processed to enable the use of our website (connection establishment), to permanently ensure system security and stability and to enable the optimisation of our internet-based services as well as for internal statistical purposes. The IP address will be used only in the case of attacks on the network infrastructure of www.seekdevelopment.org, for statistical purposes and to assert or defend against legal claims.
The processing of this data takes place on the basis of our legitimate interest (art. 6 (1) sent. 1 lit. f GDPR).
1.2 Contacting, advertising
We may use your personal data (i.e. surname, first name and address (professional and/or private) as well as your contact details that you provided to us, including e-mail address and/or telephone number) to promote our products and services if we believe that you are interested in our products and services. This is our legitimate interest in the processing of your personal data (art. 6 (1) sent. 1 lit. f GDPR).
You can object to this use of your personal details for direct marketing purposes at any time.
1.3 Contract initiation, contract execution
We process your personal data, i.e. surname, first name and address (professional and/or private) as well as your contact data, including the e-mail address and/or telephone number for the preparation and/or performance of consulting services and/or to provide you with additional information on our consulting services, if you have requested such information and have provided us with your personal data (art. 6 (1) sent. 1 lit. b GDPR).
If you provide us with further contact data and/or personal data of third parties (e.g. employees, partners, representatives, agents, consultants or other third parties), we have a legitimate interest in also processing their personal data for the preparation and/or performance of consulting services and/or providing you with additional information on our consulting services (art. 6 (1) sent. 1 lit. f GDPR).
1.4 E-mail job application
We process your job application data (salutation, name, address, job, CV/education) and your files (certificates/diploma, cover letter, CV, references (i.e. from previous employers)) that you have provided to us. We use the aforementioned personal data solely for the purpose of processing your job application (art. 6 (1) lit. b GDPR). We will get in touch with you during the application process to inform you about the progress of the application process and/or to inform you if we want to invite you for a job interview. Following the application process, your personal data will usually be deleted within six months, if you have not agreed to let us keep your personal data to send you further job application offers (art. 6 (1) sent. 1 lit. a GDPR). If you accept an offer from us to join us, we will add your application data to your employee’s file.
2. Disclosure to third parties
We work with several third parties that act on our behalf and are subject to our instructions. Among these are, for example, service providers which host our website and our newsletter service. All disclosures to such service providers are safeguarded by executing the required agreements under applicable law. If you want to get more information about our service providers, please contact us at the above contact details.
We will not disclose your personal data to other third parties unless there is a statutory obligation to do so or you gave us your permission before or if disclosure is necessary for the assertion of our rights.
Cookies help in many different ways to make your visit to our platform easier, more comfortable and more intuitive. The processing of this data takes place on the basis of our legitimate interest (art. 6 (1) sent. 1 lit. f GDPR). We have a legitimate interest in enhancing the usability of our website, which is also in your interest.
Cookies are alpha-numerical information files that your web browser automatically stores on the hard drive of your computer when you visit our Internet site. Cookies do not harm the hard drive on your computer.
The use of the cookies does not allow us to obtain new personal data about you as an online visitor. The majority of Internet browsers accept cookies automatically. However, you can configure your browser to reject cookies or to notify you whenever you receive a new cookie.
Deactivation of cookies can lead to you not being able to use all of the functions of our platform.
4. Tracking tools
We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”), to collect information about the use of this site. Google Analytics collects information such as how often our users visit this website, what content pages they visit when they do so, and events such as downloads and button clicks. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information in order to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activities and to provide other services relating to website and internet use to us.
The legal basis for the data processing is art. 6 (1) sent. 1 lit. f GDPR. We have a legitimate interest in analysing user behaviour in order to optimize both our website and our advertising. The legal basis for transferring personal data to Google is art. 28 GDPR in connection with the data processing agreement we concluded with Google.
We have activated the IP-anonymisation within the Google Analytics service, and your IP address will be truncated within the area of Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the whole IP address will be first transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. The IP-address your Browser conveys within the scope of Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by Google.
5. Your rights regarding your personal data
You may at any time request information about your personal data that we have processed and exercise the rights listed below. You may do this by sending the relevant request via email with proof of your identity.
You have the right to:
- Data Access and Portability: You may be entitled to request copies of your personal information held by us. You may also be entitled to request copies of personal information you have provided to us in machine-readable format.
- Change or Correct Data: You have the right to ask us to correct change, update or rectify your data.
- Data Retention and Deletion: We only retain data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purpose set out above. You have the right to ask us to delete all or some of the personal data we hold about you.
- Restriction of Processing: Under certain circumstances, you may have the right to limit the ways in which we use your personal information.
- Withdrawing Consent: Where you provide consent to the processing of your personal information by us, you may withdraw your consent at any time. Please note that the withdrawal of your consent does not affect the lawfulness of any processing activities based on such consent before its withdrawal.
Right to object:
If you object to such processing we will no longer process your personal information for these purposes unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for such processing or such processing is required for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or obligations.
In addition to these listed rights, you have the right to lodge complaints about the data processing activities carried out by us before a competent data protection authority.
6. Data retention and storage periods
If your data is deleted, it will no longer be possible to use some or all of our services.
Please note that by law certain kinds of data must be kept for a certain period of time. Such data must be stored by us until these periods run out. We block this data in our system and use it only in order to fulfill statutory requirements.
If you have any questions about data privacy on our website, wish to request information or wish to request the deletion of your data, please contact:
As of July 2018