Data protection

The protection of your privacy when using this online platform is an important matter to us. Please therefore take the time to read the information below on data protection. This website was produced in accordance with the German Telemedia Act (TMG). Personal data will be processed in accordance with the German Data Protection Act (BDSG).

In the course of managing this website and processing the pertinent electronic data, we commission external service providers. These service providers are required to comply with the legal regulations on data protection to the same degree as we are, and provide a guarantee of reliable and safe management of the data processed in this connection. This website is hosted on a server of the Interroute Deutschland GmbH company in Düsseldorf. The data are stored separately from other applications.

Personal data

Personal data is information that can be specifically linked to you, such as your email address. Information that cannot be linked to you personally is not covered by this. We are not allowed to collect and process your personal data unless you have given us your consent, or unless a legal regulation permits us to do so. In addition to your access data, personal data will be supplied to this website when you:

  • register
  • submit comments or ratings
  • take part in a survey
  • use the argumentation tool
  • register for the newsletter
  • send an e-mail to our moderators.

The personal data that we collect in this connection are processed exclusively for the purpose of operating and improving this portal. We will not supply your data to third parties or use it for other purposes.

Access data

Basically you are able to visit this platform without disclosing your identity. To protect our data processing systems against attacks, however, we do log visits for a limited period of time. These server access data are used exclusively to safeguard the operation of our technical systems, and are not used for other purposes. We ourselves will only ever access these log files if technical problems arise, and the data stored in the files can help rectify those problems.

Data on access to the online platform itself are only ever stored anonymously. These data include for instance the name of your Internet service provider, the website from which you accessed our platform, and the pages that you visited on our website. It is not possible to draw any inferences from this information concerning your person. The information is stored exclusively for purposes of statistical evaluation of access figures and to improve our online offering.

The data on access to our online platform are managed using the Piwik open-source programme, which is published under the GNU General Public License. This enables us to collect and store the data in compliance with the legal data protection regulations. If you wish you can prevent your access data from being stored by removing the tick in the window on the right.


When you register for this online platform your personal data will be collected and stored. Initially, all you need to do to register is choose a username (a ‘pseudonym’) and supply a valid e-mail address. You may use your real name as a username, but please remember that it will be publicly visible, which means that third parties will be able to see that you are the author of any inputs and comments that you post. We will not publish your e-mail address under any circumstances, and will use it solely for the purpose of managing your user account for this online platform.

Since we would like to know which sections of the population use our online platform, when you register we will ask you to supply additional personnel data (such as your age and gender). Answering these questions is voluntary, and is not a precondition for registering and using the platform. We will evaluate the data supplied in this connection in an anonymous form for purposes of socio-demographic analysis. The results of the analysis may be published for purposes of advertising and reporting on the online platform. Readers will not be able to link any of the results of the analysis to specific participants.

Inputs and comments

The content you post on the platform (such as inputs and comments) will be stored, and will be publicly accessible. Content that you post as a registered user will also be published in conjunction with the username that you have chosen. We will publish any inputs that you post as a non-registered user in conjunction with the pseudonym ‘guest’. Please remember that any personal data (such as your e-mail or postal address) that you include in your posts will be publicly visible.

Use of cookies

This online platform uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally in the browser cache of visitors to the site. When a visitor returns to the site, the cookies enable it to recognise his or her browser. This means that any inputs or comments you have posted as a guest can subsequently still be ascribed to you, should you decide to register at a later date. The lifespan of the cookies we use is limited to one week, though you can delete them yourself at any time using your browser.

You also have the option of disabling cookies from this online platform by adjusting you browser. However, you will then no longer be able to register or use other functions of the online platform.


Through this platform you can subscribe to our regular newsletter by supplying your e-mail address. Registration is not required for this. To avoid your being sent the newsletter if you do not actually wish to receive it, once you have subscribed you will then be required to reconfirm by clicking on a separate link that will be sent to you (double-opt-in procedure).

The subscription addresses we receive will be used exclusively for sending out the newsletter, and will not be passed on to third parties. If you have registered you can always unsubscribe at any time by adjusting your user profile. If you are not registered, then to cancel please use the unsubscribe link that appears at the end of each issue of the newsletter, or send an e-mail to:

E-mail correspondence

When you send us an e-mail, for instance using the contact form for the online platform, your e-mail address is then transmitted as an item of personal data. This e-mail address will be used exclusively for correspondence with you, and will not be processed for any other purposes. Nor will your e-mail address be passed on to third parties. If you wish to contact us by e-mail, please use the following address:

Data deletion and the right to information

All data are collected and used exclusively for the purpose of operating and improving bü All personal data are deleted in accordance with the legal regulations.

As a user you are entitled to receive information on your stored personal data, free of charge. Pursuant to the legal regulations you are also entitled to have these data corrected, blocked or deleted. To do so, please contact our website moderators by sending an e-mail to:

Links to other websites

Our online platform contains links to other websites. We have no influence over their content or their compliance with data protection regulations, and so we cannot accept any responsibility for this. Our declaration on data protection therefore applies to this online platform only.

Should you have any further questions concerning data protection on this platform, please send an e-mail to: