General Privacy Policy

When you request information from the German Society for Plant Sciences (Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft, DBG) or sign up as a member, the society obtains information about you. This statement explains how we look after that information and what we do with it.

We have a legal duty under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, DSGVO and Bundesdatenschutzgesetz BDSG) to prevent your information falling into the wrong hands. We must also ensure that the data we hold is accurate, adequate, relevant and not excessive.

The only information we hold comes directly from you. Whenever we collect information from you, we will make it clear which information is required in order to provide you with the information or service you need. You do not have to provide us with any additional information unless you choose to. We store your information securely on our computer system and we restrict access to selected members of the executive board and the person in charge for communication.

We would also like to contact you in the future to tell you about activities of our society, and ways in which you might like to support the DBG. You have the right to ask us not to contact you in this way. We will always aim to provide a clear method for you to opt out. You can also contact us directly at any time to tell us not to send you any future marketing material via an e-mail (anmeldg[at]deutsche-botanische-gesellschaft.de).

You have the right to a copy of all the information we hold about you. The only exception might be information which we may be obliged to withhold because they concern other people as well as you (we are not aware of such specific circumstances). To obtain a copy please write to the general secretary of the DBG. There is no charge for a copy of your data. We aim to reply as promptly as we can and, in any case, within the legal maximum of 40 days.

Your Personal Data

The Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft (DBG) takes your privacy very seriously. It collects information from you in two ways:

  • directly from your input, when you join our society
  • when you visit our website.

1. Data from your input when you become a member

Who we are

The Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft (DBG) is the controller of data for the purpose of the Data Protection Regulation Act (DSGVO). The purpose of the processing is to record your consent to be contacted by the DBG. The DBG is a registered society (“Eingetragener Verein”) with the registration number VR 2872 B (Vereinsregister Registergericht: Amtsgericht Berlin-Charlottenburg) and the registered address Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Biologie, AG Botanik und Arboretum, Späthstr. 80/81, 12437 Berlin, Germany.

Which data do we collect

If you become member, we need information such as your name, given name, institutional address, date or year of birth, your professional e-mail address and affiliation and the date of joining the society. Other data are provided on an optional basis, namely academic titles, status (if lower membership fees are requested), and other contact data (telephone, private e-mail, as well as information about your membership within one of our Sections). Also optionally, we ask you to provide bank details for direct debit of your membership fee once a year. Alternatively, you receive a membership invoice.

When signing up as a member, we will be asking for your permission to send you the following information; plant science-related information from the DBG including regular updates related to the activities of the society, e.g. about our biannual meeting, the newsletter, and the eTOC of the scientific journal Plant Biology. If you do not want to receive these e-mails any further, you can opt out easily (see below).

Legal Basis for Processing your Data

The DSGVO and BDSG permit societies such as the DBG to collect, store and use your data electronically within the highly restricted scope of the specified intention of the society.

What we will do with it

We will only disclose information about you to third parties if we are legally obliged to do so or where we need to comply with our contractual duties to you. Your data will only be used for administrative purposes within the DBG and, as outlined above, to contact you or to provide information for you.

How long we will keep it

If you decide to leave the DBG we will update our member list and the data stored about you will be deleted by the end of the calendar year. The society may have to keep personal information for a limited period of time for responding to lawful requests by public authorities and government agencies, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements. For archival reasons, you may agree that we keep your name, given name, titles, date / year of birth and professional address together with the year of joining and leaving.

Your Rights

Under the General Data Protection Regulation, you have a number of rights with regard to your personal data. You have the right to request from us access to and rectification or erasure of your personal data, the right to restrict processing, object to processing as well as in certain circumstances the right to data portability. If you have provided consent for the processing of your data you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time, which will not affect the lawfulness of the processing before your consent was withdrawn.

How to withdraw consent

If you would like to withdraw your consent, you may do so at any time by unsubscribing by sending an e-mail to our current general secretary (contact detail on our website) or by using the contact e-mail form.

2. Website visits

General

The following gives a simple overview of what happens to your personal information when you visit our website. Personal information is any data with which you could be personally identified. Detailed information on the subject of data protection can be found in our privacy policy found below.

Data collection on our website

Who is responsible for the data collection on this website?

The data collected on this website are processed by the website operator. The operator's contact details can be found in the website's required legal notice.

How do we collect your data?

Some data are collected when you provide it to us. This could, for example, be data you enter on a contact form. Other data are collected automatically by our IT systems when you visit the website. These data are primarily technical data such as the browser and operating system you are using or when you accessed the page. These data are collected automatically as soon as you enter our website.

What do we use your data for?

Part of the data is collected to ensure the proper functioning of the website. Other data can be used to analyze how visitors use the site.

What rights do you have regarding your data?

You always have the right to request information about your stored data, its origin, its recipients, and the purpose of its collection at no charge. You also have the right to request that it be corrected, blocked, or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in the legal notice if you have further questions about the issue of privacy and data protection. You may also, of course, file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities.

General information and mandatory information

Data protection

The operators of this website take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data as confidential and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy.

If you use this website, various pieces of personal data will be collected. Personal information is any data with which you could be personally identified. This privacy policy explains what information we collect and what we use it for. It also explains how and for what purpose this happens.

Please note that data transmitted via the internet (e.g. via email communication) may be subject to security breaches. Complete protection of your data from third-party access is not possible.

Notice concerning the party responsible for this website

The party responsible for processing data on this website is the German Society for Plant Sciences (Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft, DBG) represented by the executive board. The responsible party is the natural or legal person who alone or jointly with others decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data (names, email addresses, etc.).

Revocation of your consent to the processing of your data

Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

Right to data portability

You have the right to have data which we process based on your consent or in fulfillment of a contract automatically delivered to yourself or to a third party in a standard, machine-readable format. If you require the direct transfer of data to another responsible party, this will only be done to the extent technically feasible.

SSL or TLS encryption

This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser's address line when it changes from "http://" to "https://" and the lock icon is displayed in your browser's address bar. If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.

Information, blocking, deletion

As permitted by law, you have the right to be provided at any time with information free of charge about any of your personal data that is stored as well as its origin, the recipient and the purpose for which it has been processed. You also have the right to have this data corrected, blocked or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in our legal notice if you have further questions on the topic of personal data.

Opposition to promotional emails

We hereby expressly prohibit the use of contact data published in the context of website legal notice requirements with regard to sending promotional and informational materials not expressly requested. The website operator reserves the right to take specific legal action if unsolicited advertising material, such as email spam, is received.

Data collection on our website

Cookies

Some of our web pages use cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain any viruses. Cookies help make our website more user-friendly, efficient, and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called "session cookies." They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain in your device's memory until you delete them. These cookies make it possible to recognize your browser when you next visit the site.

You can configure your browser to inform you about the use of cookies so that you can decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept or reject a cookie. Alternatively, your browser can be configured to automatically accept cookies under certain conditions or to always reject them, or to automatically delete cookies when closing your browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

Cookies which are necessary to allow electronic communications or to provide certain functions you wish to use (such as the intranet) are stored pursuant to Art. 6 paragraph 1, letter f of DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies to ensure an optimized service provided free of technical errors. If other cookies (such as those used to analyze your surfing behavior) are also stored, they will be treated separately in this privacy policy.

Server log files

The website provider automatically collects and stores information that your browser automatically transmits to us in "server log files". These are:

  • date and time of request
  • time zone difference in relation to GMT
  • contents of the page
  • access status (HTTP status)
  • data volume transferred
  • website, where you came from
  • web browser
  • IP address
  • operating system
  • language and browser version

These data will not be combined with data from other sources.

The basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract.

Contact form

Should you send us questions via the contact form, we will collect the data entered on the form, including the contact details you provide, to answer your question and any follow-up questions. We do not share this information without your permission.

We will, therefore, process any data you enter onto the contact form only with your consent per Art. 6 (1)(a) DSGVO. You may revoke your consent at any time. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

We will retain the data you provide on the contact form until you request its deletion, revoke your consent for its storage, or the purpose for its storage no longer pertains (e.g. after fulfilling your request). Any mandatory statutory provisions, especially those regarding mandatory data retention periods, remain unaffected by this provision.

Registration on this website

You can register on our website in order to access additional functions offered here. The input data will only be used for the purpose of using the respective site or service for which you have registered. The mandatory information requested during registration must be provided in full. Otherwise, we will reject your registration.

To inform you about important changes such as those within the scope of our site or technical changes, we will use the email address specified during registration.

We will process the data provided during registration only based on your consent per Art. 6 (1)(a) DSGVO. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

We will continue to store the data collected during registration for as long as you remain registered on our website. Statutory retention periods remain unaffected.

Social media: Sharing of contents

The content on our pages can be shared on other social networks like Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. The sharing button informs the network about the website’s address (URL) of the respective page. The website does not automatically transfer user data to the operators of these platforms. If users click onto one of the social networks’ buttons, a window will display the URL in an information window in which the user can edit the text before it is sent. Our users can share the URL of this page on social networks without their providers creating profiles of users' surfing behavior.