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General is a non-profit project of Atlantische Initiative e. V., a non-profit organization seated in the Federal Republic of Germany (Berlin) and therefore subject to German law, particularly the Teledienstedatenschutzgesetz (TDDSG), Mediendienstestaatsvertrag (MDStV), and Bundesdatenschutzgesetz (BDSG). In compliance with all respective German laws, we hereby inform users of that their individual data submitted upon registration for our services, as well as data compiled during the use of Atlantic Community will be electronically stored, processed, and used in no other way than specified below. Particularly, we do not sell any individual data. The following points establish which data is generated when you visit our website and how it may be used:

  • collection and processing of data regarding visits from the Internet
  • use and forwarding of personal data
  • consent to further use of data: newsletter
  • security
  • cookies
  • right to information and contact data
  • right to withdrawal
  • links to other websites
  • incorporation, validity, and updating of the data protection declaration (Datenschutzerklärung)

1. Data Gathering and Processing Regarding Access from the Internet

When you visit our website, our web server will store temporarily every access in a protocol file. The following data is generated and stored until an automated deletion:

  • IP address of the requesting computer
  • date and time of access
  • name and URL of the file accessed
  • volume of data transferred
  • information on whether access was successful
  • identification data of the browser and operating system used
  • website from which access was made and
  • name of your internet access provider.

This data is processed in order to enable the use of the website (establishment of connection), the system security, the technical administration of the network infrastructure, and for the optimization of the offer. The IP address will only be taken into consideration in case of an attack on the network infrastructure of No personalized user profiles are generated. If we should at any time make use of our legal right to process user profiles within our Internet offer, we will notify you of your right to object. Except as provided in these Data Protection Rules, personalized data will not be processed unless you have explicitly consented to such further processing.

2. Processing and Use of Personal Data

Any processing or use of your personalized data will only be occur within the legal framework, in particular for the purposes disclosed in each case such as in connection with the processing of donations for projects and only to the extent required for such purpose. The transmission of personalized data to public institutions or agencies shall only be made to the extent required by mandatory national laws or if such a transmission of information is required due to an attack on our network infrastructure and in order to pursue legal rights or support criminal investigations. The right of to contract for the processing of data by third parties, in particular with the technical operator and provider of the platform, within the limits of the applicable legal provisions, remains unaffected. Under 7 TDDSG and 16 MDStV all registered users are entitled to see all individual data stored about them upon request. When registered users un-register or are expelled from, their personal data will be deleted.

3. Consent to Further Use

The use of certain offers on our website, such as the newsletter, requires prior consent and further processing of personal data, such as the long-term storage of email address. Such data shall only be used, if you have transmitted it to us and consented to such use in advance.

I. Newsletter
In order to register with the newsletter service of, the email address to which the newsletter shall be sent is the minimum piece of information required. You can cancel the subscription to any newsletter subscribed at any time by replying the newsletter with the subject line "RE: Remove from List".

II. Registration and Publication of Content
When you register as a user of the Platform, personal data is requested. On the form to fill out, required and optional data is clearly indicated. The data will be used by exclusively for the purpose of the user relationship on the Platform. The use of the Platform, such as the publication of content on your profile page or the participation in project or online discussions generates further personalized data which will be stored and used for the purpose of making it accessible on the Platform. When registered users un-register, all individual contributions to our site (forum posts, blog posts, articles, etc.) will remain public.

4. Security has implemented technical and organizational security measures in order to protect the personal data administered by us against inadvertent or intentional manipulation, loss, destruction, and against unauthorized access. Our safety measures will be improved continuously in accordance with technological progress.

5. Cookies

On our website we will only use session-cookies which store data regarding the technical session administration on your computer. This data will be deleted at the latest when your browser is closed. If in certain exceptional cases we wish to also incorporate personal data in a cookie, such as user identification, we will obtain your prior consent. You can prevent the storage of cookies by appropriately adjusting your browser settings. Yet disabling cookies can lead to a limitation of functionality of our offer.

6. Right to Information and Contact Data

You have a right to information regarding personal data stored with respect to you and in certain cases you have a right to correction of incorrect data and to protection of data against access and to deletion. If you wish to obtain information regarding your personal data or if you require corrections, protection against access or deletion or have any further questions regarding the use of your personal data, please write an email to

7. Right to Revoke Consent

To the extent that the use of your personal data by is based on your consent you can revoke such consent with effect for the future by notifying us in text form to our email address or by email to

8. External Links

A link to external content merely facilitates access to that content. does not generally approve of statements made on linked websites and is in no way responsible for the content on linked sites. This applies particularly to the links that registered users provide in their profiles or contributions to We constantly try to monitor the quality of all links to external content. However, by the very nature of the internet, content can change rapidly, and it is not possible to immediately react to content changes outside the pages_live of If you encounter any link from our pages_live to dubious external content, please inform us immediately via e-mail under

9. Incorporation, Validity and Date of Data Protection Rules

These Data Protection Rules are currently in effect and dated as of July 14, 2008.


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