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Data Protection Notice

Information on Data Protection

The use of this website may involve the processing of personal data. We would like to provide you with an overview of this processing by means of the following information to ensure you fully comprehend this processing. In addition, we would like to inform you regarding your rights under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and under the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).

The legal person responsible for the data processing is dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH, Mittelweg 38 20148 Hamburg, Germany (hereinafter referred to as “we” or “us”). 

Table of Contents

1. General Informationa. Contact
b. General Information on Data Processing
c. Duration of retention
d. Technical Service Providers
e. Security
2. Processing of Server Log Files
3. Contact Form
4. dpa news portal
5. Cookies
6. Content Delivery Network 
7. Your Rights
8. Right of Objection
9. Data Protection Officer
10. Complaint to a Supervisory Authority

1.      General Information

a.      Contact

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this information, or would like to contact us in order to assert your rights, please address your request to 

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH 
Mittelweg 38
20148 Hamburg
Phone: 040 4113-32179
Fax: 040 4113-32305

b.      General Information on Data Processing

When using this website, personal data may be processed. In terms of data protection legislation, the concept “personal data” refers to all information concerning an identified or identifiable person. An IP address may also be a personal piece of information. An IP address is assigned by the internet provider to every device connected to the internet, so that it is able to send and receive data. 

We process personal data in compliance with the relevant data protection provisions, in particular of the GDPR and the BDSG. Any data processing on our part occurs exclusively on the basis of legal authorization. We process personal data only with your consent (Art. 6 Par. 1 a) GDPR), for the fulfilment of a contract, to which you are a contracting party, or at your request for implementing pre-contractual measures (Art. 6 Par 1 b) GDPR), for compliance with a legal obligation (Art. 6 Par. 1 c) GDPR), or if the processing is necessary to secure our legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of a third party, insofar as your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms, which require the protection of personal data, do not override these (Art. 6 Par. 1 f) GDPR). 

c.      Duration of Retention

Insofar as nothing else ensues from the following information, we save the data only for as long as is required to achieve the purpose of the processing, or for the fulfilment of our contractual or statutory obligations. Statutory storage obligations of this kind may arise in particular out of commercial or fiscal regulations. In this case, we will block the use of your data for other purposes.

d.      Technical Service Providers

Insofar as nothing else ensues from the following information, the processing of the data occurs on the servers of technical service providers commissioned by us for the purpose, and within the European Union. These service providers process the data only following express instruction and are contractually bound to maintain adequate technical and organizational measures for data protection. In consequence, our service providers are engaged by us as so-called contracted processors in terms of Art. 28 GDPR.

e.      Security

Dpa will take all the necessary technical and organizational security measures to protect your personal data against loss or misuse. This means that your data will be saved in a secure operational environment that is not accessible to the public. Your personal data will be encrypted during transmission using the so-called Secure Socket Layer technology. This means that the communication between your computer and our servers takes place using a recognized encryption method, provided that your browser supports SSL.

2.      Processing of Server Log Files

When using our website for the purpose purely of gathering information, general information is saved automatically that your browser transmits to our servers. This includes as standard: Browser type/version, the operating system used, the page called up, the page visited previously (Referrer URL), IP address, date and time of the server request und HTTP status code. 

Processing is done to maintain our legitimate interests and rests on the legal basis provided by Art. 6 Par. 1 f) GDPR. This processing serves the technical administration and the security of the website. The saved data are deleted after seven days, provided that there is no legitimate reason to suspect illegal use based on concrete indications, and additional checking and processing of the information is required for this reason.

3.      Contact Form

Our website contains a contact form for registered users, by means of which you are able to send us messages or requests. Here, your data are transferred encrypted. All data fields marked as required are needed for processing your requests. Failure to provide the mandatory information will have the consequence that we are unable to process your request. Provision of other data is voluntary. Alternatively, you may send us an email using the address provided. The legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 Par. 1 b) GDPR.

4.      dpa news portal 

a.      Activation and Use

Activating access to the dpa news portal is permitted only to certain dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH customers and their associated companies, and necessitates a separate subscription contract. dpa has the right to reject activation of access or registration of an interested party without providing reason and also to terminate a previous registration, unless subject to a contractual obligation. In order to allow existing customers and, where applicable their staff, access to the dpa news portal, certain personal data must be processed. In concrete terms, we need your email address, you first name and surname and the name of the contracting partner or company that you work for. Without this information we are unable to allow you access to our news portal. The provision of other data is voluntary and/or in the context of the contractual relationship. Access is also possible by setting up a static IP address via a multiuser account, provided that this has been agreed separately in the contract. Unless required for implementing the contract or agreed to the contrary, the data provided by you on registration will be used by us exclusively to allow you access to the dpa news portal, to conduct the required correspondence with you and to provide you with the information relevant to the use of the portal (e.g. messages on maintenance times). Access also opens up to you the option of submitting comments or making suggestions on topics in the news portal. For this we need your name and email address separately as IP or multiuser. Unless required for implementing the contract or agreed to the contrary, we will use the data transmitted by you only for processing your comments or suggested topics. Please note that your name (in the case of IP or multiusers the user name), your email address and your comments and suggested topics, as well as our answers, will be visible to all registered users. The legal basis for data processing involving the dpa news portal is Art. 6 Par. 1 b) GDPR. 

b.      Deregistration

You have the option of deregistering from the dpa news portal at any time. To do so, please make use of the contacts shown under 1.a. Please note that any contracts concluded with dpa or other third parties remain unaffected by deregistration from the news portal. This applies in particular to any contractually agreed financial obligations. In addition, it is possible that provision of content via the dpa news portal is included in the contract. Before deregistering please investigate alternative access or supply options, so that the content agreed in the contract remains accessible to you.

5.      Cookies

We use cookies on our website. Cookies are small text files that are saved by your browser when you visit a website. By this means, the browser used is identified and can be recognized by our web server. Insofar as the use of cookies leads to the processing of personal data, this relies on the legal basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 f) GDPR. This processing serves our legitimate interest of making our website more user-friendly, effective and secure. In addition, we use cookies for technical reasons to allow you access to the dpa news portal. In this respect, the data processing rests on the legal basis contained in Art. 6 Par. 1 b) GDPR.

So-called “session cookies” are automatically deleted following the end of your visit. Other cookies (“persistent cookies”) are automatically deleted after a prescribed period, which may vary depending on the cookie. You can delete the cookies in the security settings of your browser at any time. You can reject the use of cookies categorically or in certain cases through your browser settings. The Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (Federal German Office for Information Security) provides additional information on this at

However, please note that you will be unable to use the dpa news portal if you deactivate cookies.

6.      Content Delivery Network

On our website we make use of content from Content Delivery Networks jQuery. Processing your IP address is technically necessary for the insertions, so that the content can be sent to your browser. For this reason, your IP address will be transmitted to the servers of JSFoundation, Inc., 1 Letterman Drive, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA (“JSFoundation”). JSFoundation has not been certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield or the EU-US data protection shield. This data processing occurs in each case to secure our legitimate interests in optimizing and operating our website in an economic way and rests on the legal basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 f) GDPR.

The programming language JavaScript is used for insertion. You can reject the data processing by deactivating JavaScript in your browser or installing a JavaScript blocker. Please note that this may result in limitations to the functionality of our website.

7.      Your Rights

As the person concerned, you have the right to assert your rights with respect to us. In particular, you have the following rights in this regard:

8.      Right of Objection

In accordance with Art. 21 GDPR, you have the right to object to any processing relying on the legal basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 e) or f) GDPR. Insofar as personal data concerning you is processed by us for the purpose of direct marketing, you may object to this processing in accordance with Art. 21 Par. 2 and Par. 3 GDPR.

9.      Data Protection Officer

You can reach our Data Protection Officer at the following addresses:
dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
Data Protection Officer
Mittelweg 38
20148 Hamburg

10.      Complaint to a Supervisory Authority

If you are of the opinion that a case of processing personal data related to you infringes the provisions of the GDPR, you have the right in accordance with Art. 77 GDPR to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority.