Data Privacy Policy

I. General

We, eco - Association of the Internet Industry e. V., Lichtstraße 43h, 50825 Cologne (later named "eco"), take the protection of your personal data very seriously and strictly uphold the rules of the data protection laws. The following explanation gives you an overview on how we guarantee this protection. We would like to specifically stress to you, as a visitor of our websites, subscriber of our newsletter "eco News" or guest of our numerous organisations, what type of data we gather, why we gather this data, how we always determine how best to contact you over the use of your personal data.

II. Visiting

ECO collects and saves data temporarily in its server log files information that your browser leaves behind and which files have been accessed whilst visiting
Examples of the information that we collect and analyze include the Internet protocol address (IP address) which connects your computer with the Internet, information such as computer and connection to the Internet, i.e. Browser type, version and number, operating system and platform.
Before any data records are saved, the IP address will be anonymised by changing the last digits.

The following data in detail from each access/request are saved:

From our side we neither use Cookies or other techniques which serve to retrace a users access behavior. Merging of the aforementioned data with other data sources is not made. All data will be deleted after a statistical and security related analysis.

III. Cookies

Our website uses Piwik, which is a web analytics service. Piwik uses “Cookies”, text files that are saved on your computer and enable us to analyze your use of the website. For this purpose, user information generated through the Cookie (including your abbreviated IP address) is transferred to our server and stored for the purpose of analyzing website usage, which supports our website optimization. Your IP address is immediately anonymized in this process, so that you remain anonymous to us as a user. The information generated through the Cookie about your use of this website is not transferred to any third parties. You can prevent Cookies from being used by activating the corresponding settings in your browser software; however, this may result in you not being able to make complete use of all functions on this website.

If you are not in agreement with the storage and analysis of data from your visit, you can veto the storage and analysis at any time by clicking on the link below. In this case, an Opt-Out Cookie will be set in your browser, after which Piwik will collect no data from your sessions on this website. Please note: If you delete your Cookies, this will also result in your Opt-Out Cookie also being deleted, so that you will need to reactivate it.

Click here to deactivate the tracking by Piwik.
IV. Your Rights

You have the right always to request further information about the data stored regarding your personal data, who holds it and the purpose of the storage. In addition the right stands for you to demand the cancellation and/or obstruction as well as correction of your data. Please direct your concern to our data protection delegate, under the e-mail address, via post at our address eco Association of the Internet Industry e. V., Lichtstraße 43h, 50825 Cologne, Germany with the subject: "data protection" or via fax at the number +49 (0)221,7000 48 11.

V. Transmission to Third Parties

The data gathered by us is not sold. We transmit the information that we receive between our own organisations. The data protection for these connected businesses is explained below:

Connected businesses
We will announce personal data if we are legally obligated to or if such a transmission is required in order to protect our rights and that of a third party

Protection of eco and third parties
We shall announce personal data if we are legally obliged to do so or when such disclosure is necessary in order to protect our rights as well as the rights of third parties.

With your consent
In all other cases, we will inform you about personal information that is supposed to be transmitted to a third party and give you the possibility to provide us with your consent.

VI. Affiliate Marketing Program offers content for free. To be able to do that eco participates in several Affiliate Marketing programs. eco embeds links (affiliate links) in text or articles on If a user clicks on an affiliate link and that click results in a sale, eco will receive a commission for driving that sale. There are no further costs for the buyer. We do not identify affiliate links individually. In case of doubt all links should be considered as such.

VII. Further information and references

Our websites, services as well as initiatives constantly change - just as this data protection explanation and our terms and conditions of use change. We will inform you at certain intervals about the valid guidelines mentioned here. However, you should visit our websites regularly and should take note of any changes. Provided that no other regulations subject to the utilisation of information that we that we have about your data, this data protection explanation prevails. We assure you that significant deviation from our data protection explanation that leads to a weaker protection of already preserved data, will only be carried out with your prior approval. Your confidence is very important to us. Therefore we would like to always be in communications with you when necessary about the use of your personal data and answer any questions. If you have questions, that this data protection explanation was not able to answer, or if you wish for further information please always refer to the data protection delegate, at the e-mail address, the address: eco Association of the Internet Industry e. V., Lichtstraße 43h, 50825 Cologne, Germany with the subject: "data protection" or via fax under the number +49 (0)221 7000 48 111.

eco Association of the Internet Industry e. V.
Lichtstraße 43h
50825 Cologne, Germany
Phone: + 49 (0) 221 / 70 00 48 - 0
Fax: +49 (0) 221 / 70 00 48 - 111

Cologne, to date: October 2016