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Responsible Authority

We are happy about you visiting our website. We would like to introduce you to the responsible authority in terms of data protection law as applicable:

European Biochar Industry Consortium e.V.
represented by the Board
Register of Associations of Freiburg im Brisgau VR 70262693
Chairman: Hansjörg Lerchenmüller
Augustinerplatz 2
79098 Freiburg

General Information

Pursuant to our statutory obligations, we would like to inform you about the collection and use of your personal data. When you use our website, personal data about you will be collected. This may happen by you entering the data yourself, for example your e-mail address. But our system also collects your data automatically, for example whenever you visit our website. This happens irrespective of the device or the software that you use to visit our website. All data that you enter in our app is provided voluntarily; there are no disadvantages to you if you do not provide data. But without certain data, we are unable to provide services or to conclude contracts. Whenever such information is necessary, we will point it out to you. On this website, the user’s personal data is only collected within the framework of the existing data-protection law, in particular the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The legal terms used in the text are defined in Art. 4 of the GDPR. The GDPR allows data processing in three cases in particular:

  • in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 (a) and 7 GDPR, when you have consented to us processing your data; in this Privacy Policy and in the cases of consent pursuant to Art. 4 no. 11 GDPR, we will inform you in detail and each time for what purposes and under what circumstances your data will be processed by us;
  • in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 (b) GDPR, when processing your personal data is necessary for negotiating, concluding or performing a contract;
  • in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR, if the balancing of interests leads to the conclusion that the processing is necessary to protect our legitimate interests; this means in particular our interests to analyse, optimise and secure the offers on our website – meaning primarily the analysis of user behaviour, setting up profiles for advertisement purposes and storage of access data as well as the use of third-party providers.

Inventory Data

We collect inventory data as far as it is necessary to establish, negotiate or amend a contract (including one without remuneration) between us and the user. This can be: customer data (for example name, address), contact data (for example e-mail address, phone number), service data (for example services ordered, duration, payment). Upon establishing the user relationship, we will ask you for this data (for example name, address and e-mail address) and will also tell you which of the information is required to establish the user relationship.

Usage Data

We also collect usage data to allow users to use the services on our website. These may consist of: usage information (for example visited websites or parts, duration of visit, interest in services), content data (for example data, text, images, sounds, videos entered or uploaded by you), meta data (for example identity of your device, location, IP address).

We will only combine usage data if and insofar as it is necessary for billing purposes. Otherwise, we will only put together usage data pseudonymously and only insofar as you have not objected. You may send this objection to the address indicated in the “About Us” section or the responsible authority indicated in this Privacy Policy at any time.

The legal basis for this data processing are our legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR in analysing the website and your use, possibly also the statutory permission to store data as part of the negotiation of a contract pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (b) GDPR.



Like any other hoster, Mittwald collects usage data. This is identifiable and non-identifiable data on the occasion of your visit to our website. This data is either provided to Mittwald or collected automatically by using Mittwald services (“non-personal data”). On the basis of such non-personal data, it is not possible for Mittwald to trace the origin of the data. The non-personal data is technological and usage information, e.g. browsing and clickstream behavior of visitors and users of services, session heatmaps and scrolls, and non-identifying data about the user’s or visitor’s device used, operating system, browser, screen resolution, language and keyboard settings, ISP, referring/exit pages, date/time stamp, etc.
However, as a hoster, Mittwald also collects data that can identify a person with reasonable effort (“personal data”). These personal data are in principle all data that you enter on the occasion of using the website. It may include contact information (such as email address or phone number), billing information (name, billing address, payment method, and bank account information), browser or user session information (IP address, geographic location, and/or unique terminal identifier), information about related third-party accounts (such as the email address or username for a related PayPal, Google, or Facebook account), scanned identification documents provided to us (such as identification cards, driver’s licenses, passports, or official company registration documents), and any other personally identifiable information. For your protection, Mittwald treats any non-personal data that is linked or associated with personal data (for example, to improve Mittwald services) as personal data.
We have entered into a data processing contract with Mittwald, according to which Mittwald will process the data exclusively on our behalf.
For more information about Mittwald’s data processing, please see Mittwald’s privacy policy at

First Contact through Electronic Request

If you contact us in electronic form (for example by mail, fax, phone, messenger, etc.), we store and process the data which you have given us (for example name, contact information, content of the request). This is based on our legitimate interest in an effective communication with customers in accordance with Article 6 para. 1 (a) GDPR and, as far as it concerns a request to enter into or to perform a contract, also with Article 6 para. 1 (b) GDPR.
We will only pass on this data to third parties as far as required for the performance of the contract (in accordance with Article 6 para. 1 (b) GDPR), by the overwhelming interest in effective services (in accordance with Article 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR) or based on your consent (in accordance with Article 6 para. 1 (a) GDPR) or if there is another legal permission or obligation.
You may ask us at any time and without any cost to provide information about the purpose of the processing, the origin and the recipient, if any, of your data. You may also request that we correct, delete or limit the processing of your personal data. You may object against the (further) processing of your data at any time and you have a right for the data to be made transferable as well as the right to file a complaint with the competent supervisory agency.
In general, your data will only remain stored as long as required by the purpose of the respective data processing. A longer storage is an option, in particular when required in order to pursue our rights, for other legitimate interests of ours or when there is a statutory duty to keep the data longer (for example record-keeping under tax law, statute of limitations).


Whenever we ask you for your consent for the processing of your data, we will inform you in clear language and in an easily accessible way about the cases for which you will be granting your consent. Any consent that we ask you for is voluntary. Any advantage that you wish to gain by granting consent is also available without consent; simply ask us.

Regarding any consent, you have the right to revoke any consent given to us for the processing of your personal data at any time. You just need to contact us without any particular formal requirement, for example through our contact form, an e-mail to the e-mail address indicated in the “About Us” section or a link to unsubscribe (if offered by us). Your withdrawal has no effect on the legality of the data processing carried out up to that point.

Storage Period

Generally, your data will only remain stored as long as required by the purpose of the respective data processing. Storage beyond that is possible in particular if it is still required for pursuing our rights or for other legitimate interests of ours.
For your inventory data which were necessary to perform a contract (including one without remuneration), this means that we store this data until the complete performance or termination of the contractual relationship plus the limitation period (which is generally 2 or 3 years) plus an adequate extra time for potential interruptions of the limitation period.
For your usage data which was collected in the course of your use of the website, this means that we will store it only for the time still required for the proper functionality of our website and as long as we still have a legitimate interest. Statistical information will be primarily stored by us in pseudonymous form.
Beyond that, we still store your data for as long as we are required to do so by law. This concerns in particular the tax-law requirements to keep records, usually for 6 or even 10 years.

Upon opening the website, we have asked you to consent to the storing of certain cookies which will be placed while you visit our website. Based on your consent pursuant to Art 6 para. 1 (a) GDPR, our website thus uses cookies, so that our offer can be used in a better, more effective and more secure way.
Cookies are text files that are stored on your computer and which store certain data about your user behavior on our page, so that certain features or offers can be made available to you based on your previous use. These can be “session cookies”, which are automatically deleted when you leave our website. Other cookies are stored on your computer permanently until you delete them. That allows us to recognize your browser when you visit our website again and to provide you with features or offers according to your previous usage.

Your browser allows you to prevent the use of cookies in general or in specific cases. Please check the instructions for your browser to find out more about this. You can also delete cookies following these instructions which we have listed for you:

for Chrome:
for Safari:
for Firefox:
for Edge:
for Internet Explorer:

Blocking cookies may limit the functionality of our website and of other websites visited by you.
More information on this topic, in particular how you can administer, limit or completely disable third-party cookies and technologies with a similar purpose, can be found at:

In order to obtain your consent to store certain cookies on your device and to document this in line with data protection law, and in line with our legal obligations under Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 (c) GDPR and our legitimate interest in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR, we use the Cookie Consent Manager “Borlabs Cookie“ provided by Borlabs – Benjamin A. Bornschein, Georg-Wilhelm-Str. 17, 21107 Hamburg, Germany.
Borlabs Cookie only places cookies that are technologically necessary. When you open our website, the following data will be sent to Borlabs Cookie: your consent or the withdrawal of your consent for placing cookies, a cookie placed on your browser by Borlabs Cookie, the duration and version of the cookie, domain and path of the WordPress website and the UID. The UID is a randomly generated ID and no personal information.
Borlabs Cookie processes no personal data. If you want to withdraw the consent to place certain cookies, simply delete the cookie in your browser. When you re-enter/reload the website, you will be asked for your consent to place cookies again.
You can find detailed information about the privacy policy of Borlabs Cookies at:

For the Cookie Opt In we use the WordPress plugin from Borlabs ( and you can adapt here your settings.
[borlabs-cookie type=”btn-cookie-preference” title=”Borlabs Cookie Settings”/]

Users‘ Rights

You may request us anytime to provide information about the personal data stored about you free of charge. To avoid misuse, this will require personal identification.

Deletion, Correction, Limitation

You may at any time demand from us that we correct (or complete) incorrect data as well as a limitation of the processing of data or deletion of your data. This applies in particular if the reason for processing the data is no longer valid, if a required consent has been revoked and there is no other legal basis or if our data processing is unlawful. We will then correct, block or even delete your personal data without delay as far as permitted by law.


The right to object to advertisement is governed by our text regarding consent:
Regarding any consent, you have the right to revoke any consent given to us for the processing of your personal data at any time. You just need to contact us without any particular formal requirement, for example through our contact form, an e-mail to the e-mail address indicated in the “About Us” section or a link to unsubscribe (if offered by us). Your withdrawal has no effect on the legality of the data processing carried out up to that point.

Data Transfer

You may request us to transfer the data stored about you in machine-readable form.


If you feel that our data processing has violated any of your rights, you may file a complaint with the competent regulatory agency (here you find a list of the agencies).

Changes to the Privacy Policy

If and when factual or legal reasons will compel us to amend the Privacy Policy, we will update this page accordingly. This will not change the consent provided by the user.


Rapid Mail

If you subscribe to the newsletter offered on our page, we will inform you in detail about the information we will send you, which of your data will be stored and for what it will be used. We will not pass on your data to third parties and we will only use it for mailing the newsletter.

We will only mail you the newsletter if you have provided us with prior consent. To that purpose, you will receive an e-mail from us with a link and further details and we will ask for your consent. By confirming that link, you declare your consent to receive the newsletter and advertisement from us.

Because we are legally required to record your consent as part of the double opt-in, your subscription to the newsletter, the mailing of our consent e-mail and your consent by clicking on the link will be recorded and stored with location and time as well as with your IP address.
The basis for the storage is your consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (a) GDPR, which you grant us when you register for the newsletter. You may withdraw that consent at any time, for which any notice to us, without any formal requirement, is sufficient (for example through the contact form or by e-mail or by using the link to unsubscribe, which is included in each e-mail). This withdrawal has no effect on the legality of the data processing carried out up to that point.

When mailing the newsletter, we use (as part of our legitimate interest in a technologically perfect processing of our customer data and analysis) the provider
Rapid Mail GmbH
Wetzinger Str. 54
79106 Freiburg im Breisgau
Privacy Declaration:
The provider is storing your data in the EC. We have also concluded a data processing agreement, according to which the provider processes the data in accordance with our instructions.
Regarding the handling of your data by our newsletter provider, we refer you to the privacy policy of our newsletter provider. Our newsletter provider will only use your data for mailing the newsletter, and it will use the analysis of that mailing on our behalf. In addition to that, our newsletter provider will only use your data to improve its own service. Our newsletter provider will not use the data to contact you directly or to pass on your data to third parties.

The mails used by our newsletter provider includes a “web beacon”, which will inform our newsletter provider about the opening of the newsletter and/or the clicking on a link contained therein by you. As part of that process, information regarding your browser, your location and your IP address will be transmitted to our newsletter provider. This information will be used to optimise our communication with you.

Our newsletter provider will also use this data for purposes of analysis and optimisation of their own service, but only in pseudonymised form (meaning that your identification is not possible). But your data will not be used by the provider to contact you directly.

Your data remain stored for as long as they are part of our mailing list, as long as the storing is necessary to protect our rights or for other legitimate interests or if we are bound by law to keep your data longer.

Videoconferences, Webinare and Onlinemeetings

Microsoft Teams

We use external communication providers (third-party providers or platforms for our video conferences, audio conferences, webinars or other online meetings and online communications), here Microsoft Teams, a service of Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399 USA.
This is done either
– within the framework of our contractual or pre-contractual legal relationships according to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR,
– within the scope of your consent, provided that we have obtained this in advance (such as for a recording) in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR or otherwise
– in the context of our legitimate interest in a technically flawless online offer and its economically efficient design and optimization acc. Article 6 (1) lit. f GDPR.
Every time you use our external communication provider, you enter or display all the data that you provide during communication (in particular inventory data such as name and email, usage data such as the browser used, websites visited, length of stay, referrer URL and your IP address, content data such as audio and video communication and / or recording, chat history, shared screen contents) to the external communication provider and saved by it. We ourselves use settings that are as privacy-friendly as possible, you can also take such precautions. You can register with alias names or unique email addresses, for example, or deactivate your audio and video transmission (in part).

This will forward your data to the United States. We have concluded a data processing contract with Microsoft, according to which Microsoft only processes your data according to our instructions. This agreement ensures, that your data will be transferred to the US solely on the base of the standard contractual clauses. The European Court has ruled, that these clauses could provide a legal ground for transferring personal data outside of the EU.

Your data will remain stored insofar as it is still necessary for the purposes of your consent, for contract fulfillment / processing, for legal prosecution by us or for our other legitimate interests or if we are legally required to keep your data.
We and the external communication provider will not pass on your data to third parties. An exception can be an evaluation of the usage data for service and backup purposes as well as for marketing purposes by the external communication provider. For further use of your data by the external communication provider, we refer to their privacy policy
and the associated additional safety information
If the external communication provider stores cookies or other trackers for you, we also refer to our general presentation in this data protection declaration for the general handling and deactivation of cookies.


Datenschutzerklärung erstellt mit Easy Rechtssicher

This is our current valid privacy policy from 13.12.2022