Privacy policy

Information on the privacy policy and data security at the MATSEN STIFTUNG.

It is not only protecting the environment that is a matter of the heart for us, protecting your personal data is too. For this reason, we at the MATSEN STIFTUNG put great emphasis on our privacy policy. In the following we would like to inform you transparently about the processing of your personal data. In order to ensure fair processing, this privacy policy notice contains general information on how we handle your data and information about your rights under the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).

General details

Responsible for the content

If you have any questions or suggestions about this information or would like to contact us regarding the assertion of your rights, please do not hesitate to contact us.
You can reach those responsible using the following contact details:

c/o JESCHKE Treuhandgesellschaft mbH
Droopweg 31
D-20537 Hamburg
phone: +49 (0)40 | 22 86 08 340

phone: +49 (0)40 | 650 555 940 (Mo. - Fr. 08:30am - 06:00pm)

General information on data processing

Scope of personal data processing

We only collect and use personal data of our users if this is necessary to provide a functional website as well as our content and services. We collect and use the personal data of our users periodically, and only with the user's consent. An exception applies in those cases where circumstances prevent us from obtaining your prior consent and the processing of your data is permitted by law. 

Legal basis for processing personal data

Insofar as we obtain the consent of the data subject for the processing of personal data, Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies as the legal basis for processing personal data.
For the processing of personal data necessary for performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party, Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b EU GDPR is the legal basis. This also applies to any processing that may be necessary in the process leading to the establishment of a contractual relationship. Insofar as the processing of personal data is necessary to fulfil a legal obligation to which our company is subject, Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. c EU GDPR is the legal basis. If processing is necessary to safeguard a legitimate interest of our company or a third party and if the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the person concerned do not outweigh the first-mentioned interest, Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f EU GDPR is the legal basis.

Data erasure and storage duration

The personal data of the person concerned will be deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose of storage no longer applies. 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 responsible party is subject. The blocking or deletion of data will also be carried out if a storage deadline prescribed by the referenced standards expires, unless data storage is a necessity for concluding or performing a contract.

Collection of data and information

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 accessing computer.
The following data is collected:

  • Information regarding the used browser type and version
  • The user’s operating system
  • The user's Internet service provider
  • The user's IP address
  • Date and time of access
  • The websites from which the user's system accesses our website
  • The websites accessed by the user's system via our website

The data will be stored in the log files of our system. This data is not stored together with any other personal data we may have collected about you.

Legal basis for data processing

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

Purpose of the data processing

Temporary storage of the IP address by the system is necessary to enable the delivery of the website to the user's device. Therefore, your IP address must remain stored for the duration of the session. The data are stored in log files to ensure the website's functionality. In addition, the data is used to optimise the website and to ensure the security of our information technology systems. We do not evaluate this data for any marketing purposes. These purposes also encompass our legitimate interest in data processing in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

Duration of the storage

The data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required to achieve the purpose for which it was collected. In the case of data collected in order to provide the website, this occurs once the respective session has ended. Should any data be stored in log files, these will be deleted within seven days at the latest. Further storage is possible. In this case, your IP address will be deleted or distorted, so that we can no longer identify the accessing client.

Data subject's rights

If your personal data is processed, you are an affected person in the meaning of the GDPR and you have the following rights vis-à-vis the responsible person.

Right to receive information

You have a right to know what personal information we store about you (right to information).

Right to rectification, deletion and restriction

You can also have your data collected by us blocked, corrected or deleted at any time. We expressly point out that there may be legal obligations to continue storing data, in which case the data can only be blocked.

Right to cancellation and objection rights

Irrespective of the above, you have the right to object to the use of your data at any time and to revoke any consent given in addition to the use of your data at any time.
If you revoke your consent to data processing or object to the use of the data, this does not affect the legality of the data processing up to the time of the revocation.

Right to data portability and complaint to a supervisory authority

From 25.05.2018, you also have the right to data portability in accordance with Art. 20 GDPR and the right to lodge a complaint with the responsible supervisory authority pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR.

Contact person for exercising your rights

To exercise the aforementioned rights, please contact the data protection officer under "Rights of the data subject".

Data protection officer

You can contact our data protection officer using the following contact details:

Responsible Person

The persons responsible for processing and all contact details can be found in the imprint.

Donations and sponsoring

Type and scope of data processing

If you want to make a one-time or regular donation to our foundation, the following donation data, such as account details, payment method, amount and purpose of use, will be collected when your transfer is made. This data will only be used to process your donation. Any other information is voluntary and is used to address you personally and to clarify any queries. It is your choice whether you wish to provide us with this information.
To process your donation, we require the following personal data to be provided by you for the purpose:

  • First and last name
  • Address

Failure to provide this data means that we cannot issue you a donation receipt. Your personal data will only be used to process your donation and will not be passed on to third parties.

Before your financial data is collected, you submitted the following declaration of consent:
Informed consent form:
I declare my consent that my bank details will be used to carry out the donation I have arranged. I can revoke my consent at any time.

Legal basis

With the exception of the financial data, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. g) KDR-OG as the legal basis. The processing of the information mentioned is necessary for implementing an online donation and thus serves to protect a legitimate interest of our company. The processing of your bank details is based on Art. para. 1 lit. b) KDR-OG on the declaration of consent you voluntarily submitted.

Storage time

As soon as the information collected from you is no longer required to achieve the purposes described above, this information will be deleted. Further storage can take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

Website analysis & tracking

Visiting the websites in general


Data processing on the MATSEN STIFTUNG website

We use Google Analytics as part of our online marketing measures. This works by means of so-called "cookies", text files that are saved on your computer and enable an analysis of the visitor's use of the website. With regard to the storage and processing of the data collected with Google Analytics, we would refer you to our additional information on Google Analytics.

Use of cookies

The websites of MATSEN STIFTUNG use cookies. Cookies are text files that are stored on a computer system via an Internet browser.
Many websites and servers use cookies. Many cookies have a so-called cookie ID. A cookie ID is a unique identifier of the cookie. It consists of a string of characters through which Internet pages and servers can be assigned to the specific Internet browser in which the cookie was stored. This allows visited websites and servers to distinguish the individual's browser from other internet browsers that contain other cookies. A particular web browser can be recognized and identified by the unique cookie ID.
MATSEN STIFTUNG can provide users of this website with more user-friendly services that would not be possible without the implementation of cookies.
The information and offers on our website can be optimized to the interest of the user by using cookies. Cookies allow us, as already mentioned, to recognize the users of our website. The purpose of this recognition is to make it easier for users to use our website. For example, the user of a website that uses cookies does not need re-enter their credentials each time they visit the website, as this is done by the website and the cookie stored on the user's computer system.

Rejection and deletion of cookies

Die betroffene Person kann die Setzung von Cookies durch unsere Internetseite jederzeit mittels einer entsprechenden Einstellung des genutzten Internetbrowsers verhindern und damit der Setzung von Cookies dauerhaft widersprechen. Ferner können bereits gesetzte Cookies jederzeit über einen Internetbrowser oder andere Softwareprogramme gelöscht werden. Dies ist in allen gängigen Internetbrowsern möglich. Deaktiviert die betroffene Person die Setzung von Cookies in dem genutzten Internetbrowser, sind unter Umständen nicht alle Funktionen unserer Internetseite vollumfänglich nutzbar.

The data subject can prevent the use of cookies through our website at any time by means of a corresponding setting of the Internet browser used and thus permanently reject the use of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies can be deleted at any time via an internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all common internet browsers. If the data subject deactivates the use of cookies in the Internet browser used, not all functions of our website may be fully available. Here we describe how to delete cookies.

A general contradiction to the use of the cookies used for online marketing purposes can be found in a variety of services, especially in the case of tracking, via the US website or the EU site Furthermore, the storage of cookies can be achieved by switching them off in the settings of the browser. Please note that not all features of this online service may be used.

Google Analytics

The controller has integrated on this website the component Google Analytics (with anonymization function). Google Analytics is a web analytics service. Web analysis is the collection, and analysis of data about the behavior of visitors to websites. Among other things, a web analysis service collects data in order to find out how a data subject was referred from one webpage to another webpage (so-called referrers), to find out which subpages of the website were accessed or how often and for which length of stay a subpage was viewed. A web analysis is mainly used to optimize a website and cost-benefit analysis of Internet advertising.

The operating company of the Google Analytics component is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA.

The controller uses the addition "_gat._anonymizeIp" for web analytics via Google Analytics. By means of this addendum, the IP address of the Internet access of the data subject will be shortened and anonymized by Google if the access to our website is from a Member State of the European Union or from another state that is party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

The purpose of the Google Analytics component is to analyze visitor flows on our website. Among other things, Google uses the data and information obtained to evaluate the use of our website, to compile for us online reports showing the activities on our websites, and to provide other services related to the use of our website.

Google Analytics uses a cookie on the information technology system of the person concerned. What cookies are, has already been explained above. By using this cookie Google is enabled to analyze the usage of our website. Each time one of the pages of this website is accessed by the controller and a Google Analytics component has been integrated, the Internet browser on the information technology system of the person concerned is automatically initiated by the respective Google Analytics component to submit data to Google for online analysis purposes. As part of this technical process, Google will be aware of personal data, such as the IP address of the person concerned, which serve, among other things, Google to track the origin of the visitors and clicks, and subsequently make commission settlements possible.

The cookie stores personally identifiable information, such as access time, the location from which access was made, and the frequency of site visits by the data subject. Each time you visit our website, your personal information, including the IP address of the Internet connection used by the data subject, is transferred to Google in the United States of America. This personal information is stored by Google in the United States of America. Google may transfer such personal data collected through the technical process to third parties.

The affected person can prevent the setting of cookies through our website, as shown above, at any time by means of a corresponding setting of the Internet browser used and thus permanently contradict the setting of cookies. Such a setting of the Internet browser used would also prevent Google from setting a cookie on the information technology system of the person concerned. In addition, a cookie already set by Google Analytics can be deleted at any time via the Internet browser or other software programs.

Furthermore, the data subject has the option of objecting to and preventing the collection of the data generated by Google Analytics for the use of this website and the processing of this data by Google. To do this, the person must download and install a browser add-on at This browser add-on informs Google Analytics via JavaScript that no data and information about website visits may be transmitted to Google Analytics. The installation of the browser add-on is considered by Google as a contradiction. If the data subject's information technology system is later deleted, formatted or reinstalled, the data subject must re-install the browser add-on to disable Google Analytics. If the browser add-on is uninstalled or disabled by the data subject or any other person within their sphere of control, it is possible to reinstall or reactivate the browser add-on.

Additional information and Google's privacy policy can be found at and at:

Google Analytics is explained in more detail at this link:


It is possible to contact us via the website

Due to legal regulations, the MATSEN CHEMIE AG website contains information that enables quick electronic contact to our company as well as direct communication with us, which also includes a general address of the so-called electronic mail (e-mail address). If a data subject contacts the data controller by e-mail or through a contact form, the personal data provided by the data subject will be automatically saved. Such personal data, voluntarily transmitted by an individual to the controller, is stored for the purpose of processing or contacting the data subject. There is no disclosure of this personal data to third parties.

Contact form

Scope of data processing

As part of the submission process of your request via the contact form, your consent will be obtained for this processing of your data, with reference made to this privacy policy. If you use the contact form, the following personal information about you will be processed:

  • Email address
  • First and last name
  • Message

All data fields marked as mandatory are required to process your request. Failure to provide this means that we cannot process your request. Any other information is voluntary and is used to address you personally and to clarify any queries. It is your choice whether you wish to provide us with this information. Alternatively, you can send us a message via the contact email. We process the data for the purpose of answering your request.
When using the contact form, your personal data will not be passed on to third parties.

Legal basis

The data processing described above (cf. Art. 4 5. a.) for the purpose of contacting us is carried out according to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR on the declaration of consent you voluntarily submitted below.

Declaration of Consent

By entering my data and pressing the "Send" button I declare my consent that my email address and my full name will be used to answer my contact request.
I can revoke my consent to the collection of the personal data collected at any time.

Storage time

As soon as the request you have made is completed and the matter in question has been finally clarified, your personal data processed via the contact form will be deleted. Further storage can take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

Einbindung von Diensten und Inhalten Dritter

Integration of third-party services and content

Application and use of social network plugins

We use social plugins or share functions and comparable offers from third parties on our website (hereinafter referred to as "plugins"). These plugins enable you to share the content and images of our website in the respective social network (Linkedln and Xing) with other people. We ensure that your user data are only transferred if this is also requested. That is why we decided to use a so-called 2-click solution. The social plugins are disabled by default. To share posts on LinkedIn and Xing, the buttons must first be enabled. If you are logged into your respective account and use our share functions, you can link the content of our pages to your profile. In this case, the respective provider can assign your visit to our website to your user account. We have no influence on the amount of data that is transmitted to social networks. Further information on the data protection regulations of the individual providers can be found in the privacy policy notices of LinkedIn and Xing.

Application and use of Google Maps

We integrate the maps of the “Google Maps” service from Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. The processed data can include, in particular, IP addresses and location data of the users, which, however, are not collected without their consent (usually carried out as part of the settings of their mobile devices). The data can be processed in the USA.

Application and use of Google Fonts

We integrate the fonts ("Google Fonts") from Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Status of the privacy policy notice: Hamburg, July 2020