Data protection

We are happy that you are visiting the website of the Falling Walls Foundation, thank you for your interest. We take the protection of your personal data while you use our website very seriously. Your personal data are stored and processed in accordance with the German data protection regulations. To the extent that you use our website to send us an enquiry, request, application or order, the disclosure of your data takes place on an explicitly voluntary basis. Your personal data will be used for further processing and electronically saved and processed until this consent is withdrawn, which can be done by e-mailing

Our website uses a social plugin of the social network which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugin can be recognized by its Facebook logo (white “f”). 

Content from third parties is incorporated into some pages of this website, such as videos from YouTube or Vimeo. This always requires the suppliers of such content (herein after referred to as “third party suppliers”) to register the IP address of the user, for without the IP address they cannot send the content to the browser of the user in question. Thus the IP address is required for this content to be displayed. We make every effort to use only content from suppliers who use the IP address solely for the purposes of delivering the content. Nonetheless, we have no means of preventing third party suppliers from storing the IP address, for example for statistical purposes. Where we are aware of this happening, we inform users accordingly.

If you are signed in to your own account with one of these third party suppliers, it is possible that the supplier will assign information about your usage to your respective personal user accounts of these platforms. You can prevent this from happening by signing out of your user account before using the plugins. For details of the purpose and scope of the data acquisition and the further processing and use of data by YouTube and Vimeo, and for your rights in this regard and the settings you can make to protect your privacy, please refer to the data use policies of YouTube and Vimeo.

Our Internet presence also uses plug-ins from the micro-blogging service, operated by Twitter, Inc. 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA (‘Twitter’). The plug-in is indicated by the Twitter logo.

When you visit a webpage on our website containing this plugin, a connection is made to the Twitter server and the plug-in is displayed through the website on your browser. The Twitter server then receives information about the webpages you have visited on our site. If you are logged in as a member of Twitter, Twitter will allocate this information to your personal twitter user account. This information will also be allocated to your Twitter account when you use the plug-in functions (for example leaving a comment). This can only be prevented by logging out of the plug-in beforehand. More information on Twitter’s use and storage of data, the user’s associated rights and privacy protection can be found in Twitter’s privacy policy.

In addition, our website uses the web-analysis service Google Analytics. Google Analytics uses so-called ‘cookies’, which are stored on your computer and enable us to analyse user traffic on the website. The user information produced by the cookie (including your abbreviated IP address) is transmitted to Google’s servers for user-analysis purposes. This helps us to optimize our web site. Your IP address is automatically anonymized in this process, so that you remain anonymous to us as a user. You are able to prevent 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.

If you do not agree with the storage and analysis of the data from your visit to our website, you may decline with a mouse click at any time. In this case, a so-called opt-out cookie is stored in your browser that prevents Google Analytics from collecting any data during your session. Please note: by deleting your cookies, you also delete the opt-out cookie, which will then have to be reactivated.

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On our website you are able to sign up for newsletters. To do so, we use the so-called double opt-in procedure which means that we will only send you a newsletter via e-mail after you have explicitly confirmed the activation of the newsletter service to us by clicking the link in a notification. In case you wish to no longer receive newsletters at a later date, you can terminate the subscription at any time by withdrawing your consent. 
If you sign up for our newsletter, for the purpose of operation your data is forwarded to CleverReach GmbH & Co. KG,Mühlenstraße 43, 26180 Rastede. Legal basis for the data processing is Article 6 DSGVO. We retain your data as long as you do not revoke your consent or object to the processing of your data.

Performance measurement of newsletters
The newsletters contain a so-called "web beacon", i. a pixel-sized file that is retrieved from the server when opening the newsletter from our server, or if we use a service provider, from their server. As part of this call, information, such as whether the newsletters are opened, when they are opened and which links are clicked are collected. This information is used to improve the technical performance of our services and is saved until the withdrawal from the subscription. 

You can withdraw your consent to email newsletters by clicking an unsubscribe link in any of our newsletters or contacting