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Disclaimer and privacy policy

(1) Content of this website

The German Environment Agency (UBA) has prepared and verified the information provided therein to the best of its knowledge and belief. It cannot, however, assume any warranty for the up-to-date status, accuracy, completeness or quality of the information made available..
The German Environment Agency and its employees shall not be liable for any loss or damage resulting from the use of information provided on the Internet site www.DioxinDB. No liability shall be assumed for any loss or damage caused by computer viruses in the execution or downloading of data or the installation or use of software. The German Environment Agency explicitly reserves the right to modify, supplement or delete, without special advance notice, individual websites or the entire range of services offered or to suspend publication thereof, whether temporarily or permanently.

   External links

This website contains hyperlinks to third-party websites (“external links”) which are under the responsibility of the respective operators. The provider has reviewed third-party content for any legal infringements at the time such external links were initially created. No such infringements were found at that time. The provider has no influence whatsoever on the current and future design and content of the linked sites. The creation of external links does not constitute any endorsement of the content of such reference or link on the part of the provider. The provider cannot be reasonably expected to routinely monitor such external links without concrete evidence of any legal infringements having occurred. Upon notification of any such infringements, however, such external links shall be deleted without delay.

   Non-contractual relationship

Use of the provider’s website does not constitute a contractual relationship between the user and the provider. Consequently, no contractual or quasi-contractual claims may be asserted against the provider. In the event that the use of the website should lead to a contractual relationship, however, the following disclaimer with regard to liability shall apply purely as a precautionary measure: The provider shall be held liable for intent and gross negligence and violation of a material contractual obligation (cardinal obligation). Subject to compensation being confined to the equivalent of the foreseeable damage normally expected to arise at the time the contract was concluded, the provider shall be liable for such loss or damage caused by it or one of its legal representatives or vicarious agents through a violation of cardinal obligations with minor negligence. The provider shall not be liable for any violations of accessory obligations due to minor negligence, unless the latter are cardinal obligations. Liability for loss or damage included in the scope of protection of the warranties or representations made by the provider as well as liability for claims based on the Product Liability Act and damage to life, limb or health shall remain unaffected by the above.


(2) Copyright

All content and works published on this website are protected by copyright. Any utilization thereof is subject to the prior written consent of the respective author or originator, unless permitted by German Copyright Law. This applies particularly to the duplication, editing, translation, storage, processing and reproduction of content in databases or any other electronic media and systems. Third-party content and contributions are identified as such in the process. The unauthorized duplication or transmission of individual pieces of content or entire pages is not permitted and liable to prosecution. Copies and downloads may only be made for personal, private and non-commercial use.
Links to the provider’s website are welcome at any time and do not require the latter’s approval. Displaying this website in third-party frames is only permitted if authorized.

(3) Data privacy

   Name and address of the person responsible

The German Environment Agency, represented by the President of the German Environment Agency ,is responsible within the meaning of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Federal Data Protection Act (GDPR) and other data protection regulations: Wörlitzer Platz 1, 06844 Dessau-Roßlau, phone +49-340-2103-2416, buergerservice@uba.de. The German Environment Agency's data privacy officer, Herrn Udo Langhoff, is available by e-mail udo.langhoff@uba.de and phone +49-30-8903-5141.


   General information on data processing

Scope of the processing of personal data
We only process personal data of users of our website if this is necessary to provide a functional website as well as our contents and services. The processing of our users personal data takes place regularly only with their consent. An exception applies in those cases where prior consent cannot be obtained for real reasons and the processing of the data is permitted by law.

Unless otherwise stated in this data protection declaration in individual cases, your data will not be passed on to third parties. Your data will not be processed or used for consulting, advertising or market research purposes. The data stored in the website's editorial system can only be viewed by the German Environment Agency's Internet editorial staff and the external service provider for the technical operation of the website (see imprint), with whom a data protection and confidentiality agreement has been concluded.

Legal basis for the processing of personal data
The legal basis for the processing of personal data is the consent of the data subject pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or one of the following legal provisions:

In the processing of personal data required for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR serves as the legal basis. This also applies to processing operations that are necessary to carry out pre-contractual measures.

Insofar as the processing of personal data is necessary to fulfil a legal obligation to which we are subject, this obligation serves as the legal basis in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c GDPR.

In the event that the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person require the processing of personal data, Article 6(1)(d) GDPR serves as the legal basis.

If the processing is necessary for the performance of a task in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority assigned to us, the legal basis is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e GDPR.

If processing is necessary to safeguard a legitimate interest of our authority or a third party and if the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject do not outweigh the first-mentioned interest, Art. 6 para. 1 letter f GDPR serves as the legal basis for processing.

Data erasure and storage time
The personal data will be deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose of storage ceases to apply. Furthermore, data may be stored if this has been provided for by the European or national legislator in EU regulations, laws or other provisions to which the person responsible is subject. The data will also be blocked or deleted if a storage period prescribed by the aforementioned standards expires, unless there is a need for further storage of the data for the conclusion or fulfilment of a contract.


   Provision of the website and creation of log files

Description and scope of data processing
Every time you visit our website, our system automatically collects data and information from the computer system of the calling computer. The following data is collected: Information about the browser type and version used; the user's operating system; the Internet service provider of the user; the IP address of the user; date and time of access; websites from which the user's system reaches our website; websites accessed by the user's system via our website; name of the file retrieved; volume of data transmitted; notification whether the request was successful. The data is also stored in the log files of our system. This data is not stored together with other personal data of the user.

Legal basis for data processing
The legal basis for the temporary storage of data and log files is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

Purpose of data processing
The temporary storage of the IP address by the system is necessary to enable the website to be delivered to the user's computer. For this the IP address of the user must remain stored for the duration of the session. The data is stored in log files to ensure the functionality of the website. In addition, the data serves us to optimize the website and to ensure the security of our information technology systems. The data is not evaluated for marketing purposes. Our legitimate interest in data processing pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR also lies in these purposes. This data from the log file is not combined with any other stored data, as may arise when other offers are made in connection with the provision of personal data. A direct reference of the IP number from the log file to your person is not possible and is excluded. The IP address is only evaluated in the event of attacks on the German Environment Agency's Internet infrastructure, offences against morality and other illegal activities in connection with the use of the Internet offer. A conclusion from the IP number to your person is only possible through your dial-in provider through a public prosecutor's investigation.

Duration of storage
The data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer necessary to achieve the purpose for which they were collected. In the case of the collection of data for the provision of the website, this is the case when the respective session has ended. If the data is stored in log files, this is the case after seven days at the latest. Further storage is possible. In this case the IP addresses of the users (as far as possible for the purpose) are deleted or alienated, so that an assignment of the calling client is no longer possible.

Possibility of objection and elimination
The collection of data for the provision of the website and the storage of data in log files is absolutely necessary for the operation of the website.



   Use of cookies

Description, scope and purpose of data processing
Our website uses cookies while using the WebService for data search of DioxinDB. Cookies are text files that are stored in the Internet browser or by the Internet browser on the user's computer system. If a user visits a website, a cookie may be stored on the user's operating system. The so-called session cookie used here is used in order to be able to recognize a number of associated requests from a user during the online search and to assign them to a session. This cookie contains a characteristic character string that enables a unique identification of the browser and the current session. The following data is stored and transmitted in the cookies: current sessionID. The user data collected by technically necessary cookies are not used to create user profiles.

Legal basis for data processing
The legal basis for the processing of personal data using cookies is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

Duration of storage, possibility of objection and elimination
Cookies are stored on the user's computer and transmitted to our site. Therefore, you as a user also have full control over the use of cookies. You can deactivate or restrict the transmission of cookies by changing the settings in your Internet browser. Cookies that have already been saved can be deleted at any time. This can also be done automatically. The session cookie set in the online search application is deleted when the browser is closed.


   Web analysis

Description, scope of data processing and duration of storage
On our website we use the open source software tool Webalizer to analyse the surfing behaviour of our users. The tool is used to analyse the logfiles, which are created on the basis of user requests. The statistical analysis of the logfiles is done via the logfiles of our webservers, that also contain IP addresses. Two bytes of the IP address are masked. In this way it is no longer possible to assign the shortened IP address to the calling computer. The analyzed log files inclue further the accessed website; the website from which the user has accessed the accessed website (referrer), unless you have prevented this by a browser setting; the sub-pages accessed from the accessed website; the time spent on the website; the frequency with which the website is accessed; further data transmitted by the user's browser, e.g. language, country or browser used. The software runs exclusively on the servers of our website. The personal data of users is only stored there. The data will not be passed on to third parties. The data will be deleted after the statistical analysis after seven days.

Legal basis for the processing of personal data
The legal basis for processing users' personal data is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

Purpose of data processing
The processing of users' personal data enables us to analyse the surfing behaviour of our users. We are able to compile information about the use of the individual components of our website by evaluating the data obtained. This helps us to continuously improve our website and its user-friendliness. For these purposes, it is also in our legitimate interest to process the data in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. By anonymizing the IP address, users' interest in protecting their personal data is taken into account.


   e-mail contact

Description and scope of data processing
You can contact us by e-mail to dioxin@uba.de. In this case, your personal data transmitted with the e-mail will be stored. In this context, no data will be passed on to third parties without your separate consent. The data will be used exclusively for the processing of the conversation in the German Environment Agency.

Legal basis for data processing
The legal basis for the processing of data transmitted in the course of sending an e-mail is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

Purpose of data processing
The processing of the personal data serves us only for the treatment of the establishment of contact. In the event of contact by e-mail, this also constitutes the necessary legitimate interest in the processing of the data.

Duration of storage
Your requests and our answers are stored in electronic files of the German Environment Agency in accordance with the guidelines for the processing and administration of documents in federal ministries. The storage period is up to eleven years.

Possibility of objection and elimination
You have the possibility to revoke your consent to the processing of your personal data at any time. Please contact our data protection officer. In such a case, the conversation cannot be continued. All personal data stored in the course of contacting us will be deleted in this case.

Further information on communication by e-mail
Caution with questionable e-mails: Fraudsters repeatedly try to install malware (e.g. viruses and Trojan horses) on foreign PCs via attachments or links in e-mails - by fomenting fears with content such as unpaid invoices or attracting attention with dramatic messages. Mistrust emails with lurid subject lines, dubious content or questionable origin and delete them immediately. Never open attachments or links in such emails. As a general rule, the German Environment Agency never sends files with the suffix .exe or .com attached. Please do not open such files and inform us best by telephone about such an e-mail. The German Environment Agency will never ask you to send us sensitive data such as bank details or passwords by e-mail or telephone.


   Registration to use the WebService for data search of POP-DioxinDB

Description and scope of data processing
Interested persons can register to use the WebService for data search of POP-DioxinDB. Following personal data is required for the registration process: institution; surname, first name; phone no./fax no. (office); e-mail (office); address (office). With your registration you agree to the processing of the data, reference is made to this data protection declaration. In connection with data processing for the registration as user of the WebService for data search of POP-DioxinDB, no data is passed on to third parties. The data will be used exclusively for the registration process and the creation of an user account for the Webservice for data search of POP-DioxinDB.

Legal basis for data processing
The legal basis for the processing of the data after your registration is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR.

Purpose of data processing
A registration is required to use the WebService for data search of POP-DioxinDB. The personal data serves to check the access authorization and the creation of a user account within the search application. Furthermore, the data will be used to transmit information as part of the use of the search application. Without registration, it cannot be provided an user account for online search in the POP-DioxinDB. As an alternative to registration, the user can contact us by email buergerservice@uba.de for inquiries concerning the POP-DioxinDB.

Duration of storage
The personal data will be deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose of storage ceases to apply. This is the case when the user requests the deletion of his user account via e-mail to dioxin@uba.de.

Possibility of objection and elimination
As a user, you have the option of canceling the registration at any time. The data stored about you can be changed at any time. A change or deletion of your data can be requested via email to dioxin@uba.de.



   Rights of data subjects

The German Environment Agency is responsible for the processing of personal data both within the framework of fulfilling tasks in the public interest and as a contracting party under civil law. Data subjects therefore have the following rights under the GDPR:
Right of access - Article 15 GDPR
Through the right of access, the data subjects have comprehensive insight into the data which concerns them and some other important criteria such as the purposes of the processing or the duration of storage. The exceptions to this right regulated in Section 34 BDSG apply.

Right to rectification - Article 16 GDPR
The right to rectification includes the possibility for the data subject to have inaccurate personal data corrected.

Right to erasure - Article 17 GDPR
The right to erasure includes the possibility for the data subject to have data deleted by the controller. However, this is only possible if the personal data concerning them is no longer necessary, is processed unlawfully or if consent has been revoked. The exceptions to this right regulated in Section 35 BDSG apply.

Right to restriction of processing - Article 18 GDPR
The right to restrict processing includes the possibility for the data subject to first prevent further processing of personal data concerning them. A restriction occurs primarily during the examination phase of other rights exercised by the data subject.

Right to data portability - Article 20 GDPR
The right to data portability includes the possibility for the data subject to obtain the personal data concerning them from the controller in a commonly used, machine-readable format, in order to have them transferred to another controller if necessary. However, pursuant to Article 20(3)(2) GDPR, this right is not available if the data processing serves the performance of tasks carried out in the public interest. This does not apply at the German Environment Agency only if the processing of personal data is carried out for fiscal purposes.

Right to object - Article 21 GDPR
The right to object includes the possibility for data subjects in a particular situation to object to the further processing of their personal data, insofar as this is justified by the exercise of public functions or public or private interests. According to Section 36 BDSG, this right does not apply if a public body is obligated by law to process personal data.

Right to withdraw consent - Article 7(3) GDPR
In addition, you have the right to revoke your consent within the meaning of Article 6(1)(a) or Article 9(2)(a) GDPR at any time without affecting the legality of the processing carried out on the basis of your consent until revocation.

The right to lodge a complaint
Pursuant to Article 77 GDPR, every data subject has the right to lodge a complaint with the competent data protection supervisory authority. The competent data protection supervisory authority for the German Environment Agency is the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Husarenstr. 30, D-53117 Bonn, Germany, Tel. 00/49/228/997799-0, poststelle@bfdi.bund.de, www.bfdi.bund.de.




The German Environment Agency expressly states that data transmission via the Internet (e.g. when communicating by e-mail) may entail security gaps and cannot be completely protected from third-party access.
The use of contact data from the providers’ profile – in particular, the providers’ telephone/fax numbers and e-mail address – for commercial advertising purposes is expressly discouraged unless the provider gave its prior consent in writing or a business relationship has already been established. The provider and all persons mentioned on this website hereby object to any commercial use and disclosure of their data.


(4) Applicable law and validity

The laws of the Federal Republic of Germany shall apply exclusively. In the event that any provision or specific wording of this disclaimer should be or become invalid, this shall not affect the content and validity of the remaining provisions hereof.

(5) Special terms and conditions of use

If special terms and conditions for individual forms of use of this website differ from points (1) to (4) mentioned above, this is expressly indicated in the appropriate wording. In this event, the special terms and conditions shall apply in each individual case.

(6) Being safe when surfing on the Internet

We recommend that you use a firewall and an efficient virus scanner and that you update their settings and signatures preferably every day. Many programmes offer an automatic update function.
If you would like to have more information, we suggest you visit BSI für Bürger, a website of the German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, BSI) which informs the public about e-security issues (in German). On this website you can also find the Bürger-CERT (CERT = Computer Emergency Response Team), where you can subscribe to a newsletter which provides quick and reliable information about current security alerts (in German).






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