Privacy Policy 

The Privacy Policy is also available in German

We take the protection of your private data very seriously and store your personal data only in accordance with the content of the following privacy policy and the applicable data protection regulations, in particular the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR / DSGVO) and national data protection regulations. In the following, we would like to inform you about the measures by which and the purpose for which personal data is collected in connection with the use of the Design Democracy online service.

Personal data 
The use of Design Democracy is generally possible without providing personal data. Personal data (e.g. name and e-mail address) is only collected and stored when participating in the poster competition. In this case, the information is always provided on a voluntary basis. When collecting personal data, it is only mandatory to provide the data that is required. We do not pass on your data to third parties without your express consent, especially not for advertising purposes! Personal data will only be passed on if you have explicitly consented or if we are obliged to do so due to legal provisions and/or official or court orders. 

If you send us an inquiry by e-mail, your data from this inquiry including the contact data you provided there will be stored by us for the purpose of processing the inquiry and in case of follow-up questions. We process the data transmitted by e-mail exclusively for the purpose of answering your inquiry. We do not pass on this data without your consent. We point out that data transmission over the Internet (eg communication by e-mail) security gaps. A complete protection of data against access by third parties is not possible.

Analysis services 
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of these websites is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Since we have activated IP anonymization on this website, your IP address will, however, be truncated beforehand by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, for example if there are technical failures in Europe, it may be necessary to transfer the full IP address to a Google server in the USA and shorten it there. On our behalf, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing us with other services relating to website activity and internet usage. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with any other data held by Google. 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. You can also prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) to Google and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: Browser add-on to disable Google Analytics. 
In addition or as an alternative to the browser add-on, you can prevent tracking by Google Analytics on our pages by clicking this link. This will install an opt-out cookie on your device. This will prevent the collection by Google Analytics for this website and for this browser in the future, as long as the cookie remains installed in your browser.

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Data transfer to third parties 
We do not transfer personal data to third parties without your express consent. In the case of participation in the poster competition, please note the conditions of participation.


Cookies are used on our websites to make visiting our website more attractive and to enable the use of certain functions. These are small text files that are stored on your computer and mobile device. Most of the cookies we use are deleted from your hard drive at the end of the browser session (so-called session cookies). Other cookies remain on your computer and allow your computer to be recognized on your next visit (so-called persistent cookies).
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.

Server log files
The provider of the pages automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transmits to us. These are: Browser type and browser version, operating system used, referrer URL, host name and IP address of the accessing computer, time of the server request. This data cannot be assigned to specific persons. A combination of this data with other data sources is not made. We reserve the right to check this data retrospectively if we become aware of concrete indications of illegal use.

SSL encryption
This site uses SSL encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content.

Information, deletion, blocking We do not store any personal data without your express consent. You have the right at any time to free information about your stored personal data, their origin and recipient and the purpose of data processing, as well as a right to correction, blocking or deletion of this data. For this and other questions on the subject of personal data, you can contact us at any time by mail.