Legal notice and data protection declaration 2019-04-02T09:49:29+02:00

Legal notice and data protection declaration

Legal notice:

The Franco-German Journalism Prize is not responsible for the contents of external pages accessible via links provided on its own pages.

Data protection declaration:

1. Personal data we mandatorily require to identify you

When you register to enter the competition for the Franco-German Journalism Prize, we will ask you for a number of personal data. Requested are always the respective data required by the Franco-German Journalism Prize to ensure the organization of the event and management of the entries.

2. Use of collected data

We will use your personal data to ensure the organization of the event and the management and archiving of entries. All data apart from telephone and fax numbers, postal and electronic addresses, and information on the winning entries will be archived for five years before their deletion. If the application or service is limited in time, the Franco-German Journalism Prize will delete your data when the application or service ends. If you fail to provide mandatorily required data, the Franco-German Journalism Prize will also not be able to enable your participation in the competition.

3. Storage of user data

Every visit of the Franco-German Journalism Prize website is stored in a log file on our servers. The stored data include:

  • IP address
  • Date and time of the visit
  • Requested URL
  • Server status report (successful access, errors, etc.)
  • Number of files transferred
  • Browser ID (character ID sent by the browser and usually containing information on the browser type and operating system)

The data in the log files are not person-related, meaning that the stored IP address does not enable us to identify visitors. Log files are only evaluated for problem analysis and the technical optimization of our service.

4. Use of cookies

Cookies collect text information during online sessions and store it in a special file on the user’s hard disk in ASCII format (cookie.txt). Where the cookie is stored at the user is controlled by the user’s WWW browser. Cookies are information that is sent back to the server at the next online visit. They can only be read by the server that also stored them previously.

The FGJP only uses cookies where they are urgently required for user functions and/or facilitate website navigation, or where forms need to be filled in over several pages (entry submission). The information is not provided to any third parties as cookies are only used for the purposes detailed above.

You can also view our website without cookies, naturally. Our cookies contain no person-specific information, so that your privacy is protected. Most browsers accept cookies automatically. You can prevent cookies from being stored on your hard disk by activating the corresponding setting in your browser settings. Please see your browser manufacturer’s operating instructions for detailed information on how to do this. Your refusal to accept cookies can lead to a functional impairment of our services, however.

5. Data disclosure to third parties

Your data will not be leased or sold to third parties under any circumstances. The Franco-German Journalism Prize will only forward your data to third parties:

  • if a subcontractor or vicarious agent employed by us in providing the offers or services requires these data (such assistants are only authorized to use the data to the extent required for providing the offer or service unless you are explicitly informed otherwise);
  • where an enforceable administrative or judicial order is provided
  • or insofar as this is required to prevent misuse of our offers or services in a legally admissible manner.
6. Google reCHAPTCHA

For the purpose of protection against misuse of our web forms as well as against spam we use the Google reCAPTCHA service as part of some forms on this website. By checking a manual entry, this service prevents automated software (so-called bots) from performing abusive activity on the site. In accordance with Art. 6 (1) Clause 1 lit. f the preservation of our justified legitimate interests in the protection of our website against misuse as well as an interference-free representation of our online presence.

Google reCAPTCHA is an offer from Google LLC (

Google LLC is headquartered in the United States. This country has an adequacy ruling from the European Commission. This goes back to the EU-US Privacy Shield, under which Google LLC is certified. A current certificate can be viewed here:

Google reCAPTCHA uses a code embedded in the website, a so-called JavaScript, as part of the review methods that allow an analysis of your use of the website, such as cookies. The automatically collected information about your use of this website, including your IP address, is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. In addition, other cookies stored by Google services in your browser are evaluated by Google reCAPTCHA.

You can prevent Google’s collection of the data generated by the JavaScript or the cookie related to your use of the website (including your IP address), as well as the processing of this data by Google, by preventing the running of JavaScripts or setting of cookies in your browser settings. Please note that this may limit the functionality of our website for your use.

7. Facebook-Plugins

Our page uses so-called “social plugins” of the Facebook social network operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. You can recognize them from the Facebook logo.

When you visit our page, the plugin helps to establish a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. This provides Facebook with information on the fact that you have visited our page with your IP address. We point out that we as the provider of the page have no knowledge of the content of the transferred data or their use by Facebook. If you are logged into Facebook with the browser you use, Facebook can trace your visit of our page directly to your Facebook account. If you would prefer Facebook not to be able to trace your visit of our pages to your Facebook account, please log out of Facebook.  But even if you are not logged in or have no Facebook account, your browser will still send information (e.g. your IP address) that is stored by Facebook. Further information on this is available in Facebook’s data protection declaration at

8. Twitter

Our page also uses social plugins of the Twitter service (Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA). We point out that we as the provider of the page have no knowledge of the content of the transferred data or their use by Twitter. For details on the handling of your data by Twitter and of your rights and setting options for protecting your personal data, please see Twitter’s data protection advice at

9. Right to access, blocking, deletion

The Federal Data Protection Act always entitles you to free information about your personal data stored, their origin and recipients, and the purpose of their processing. You may also be entitled to have these data rectified, blocked or deleted. If you have further questions about this or personal data, you are always welcome to contact us at the following address:

10. Contact form

If you send us enquiries using our contact form, we will store the information provided by you and your contact data from the contact form to process the enquiry. These data will not be disclosed without your consent.