Data protection declaration

The responsible body within the meaning of data protection laws is:

Foundation Menschen für Menschen 
Karlheinz Böhm's aid for Ethiopia
Stockerstrasse 10
8002 Zurich /

Transparenz beim Spenden: ZEWO-Gütesiegel
Das ZEWO-Gütesiegel garantiert, dass wir Ihre Daten vertraulich behandeln und Ihre Adresse nicht an andere Hilfswerke weitergeben

1. Collection and processing of personal data

As a general rule, we only collect and use personal data to the extent that this is necessary to provide a functional website and our content and services.

We primarily process the personal data that we receive from these and other people involved in our work with donors, customers and other business partners or that we collect from their users when operating our website. We use personal data to make donations and legacies, to set up personal fundraising campaigns, to answer your questions, to operate and improve our website and to provide further information about the work and use of donations from the Menschen für Menschen Foundation .

In principle, you can access our website without having to provide any personal information. Only non-personal usage data such as your IP address, the pages visited, the browser used, date, time, etc. are evaluated anonymously to improve our website. No conclusions will be drawn about you personally.

If you support us with a donation, subscribe to our electronic newsletter or provide your personal data by email, telephone or post, we will use your personal data exclusively to inform you about our projects and the use of your donations as well as other updates. If you do not want this, we will adapt to your wishes at any time and change your contact details, reduce the frequency and method of delivery or block your address so that you do not receive any further mailings.

If you have given us your consent to process your personal data for specific purposes (e.g. when you registered to receive newsletters), we will process your personal data within the framework and based on this consent, unless we have another legal basis and we need one. Consent given can be revoked at any time, but this has no effect on data processing that has already taken place.

We only retain personal data for as long as it is necessary for the respective purpose and/or is necessary due to legal proof and retention obligations as well as regulatory requirements.

The protection of your personal data is very important to us and is therefore the duty of all employees of Menschen für Menschen. The foundation does not trade in addresses, does not rent, sell or exchange personal data and complies with the applicable data protection regulations of Switzerland (DSG), the EU (GDPR) and the requirements of ZEWO.

2. Use of the Website

2.1 Cookies

We typically use “cookies” and similar technologies on our website that can identify your browser or device. A cookie is a small file that is sent to your computer or automatically stored on your computer or mobile device by the web browser you use when you visit our website. This way, when you visit this website again, we can recognize you, even if we don't know who you are. In addition to cookies that are only used during a session and are deleted after your visit to the website (“session cookies”), cookies can also be used to store user settings and other information over a certain period of time (e.g. two years) (“permanent cookies.” ").

However, you can set your browser so that it rejects cookies, only saves them for one session or otherwise deletes them early. Most browsers are preset to accept cookies. We use permanent cookies to optimize our website and our offers according to your needs. If you block cookies, the functionality of our website may be restricted

2.2 SSL encryption

To protect the security of your data during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption methods (e.g. SSL) via HTTPS.

2.3. contact form

If you contact us via email or contact form, the information you provide will be stored for the purpose of processing the request and for possible follow-up questions.

2.4 E-payment platform

On our website it is possible to make an online donation by providing personal data. The data is transmitted encrypted. The Foundation Menschen für Menschen does not store any card data; your payment data goes directly through RaiseNow, a partner based in Zurich certified by the credit card industry (PCI DSS). The certified e-payment platform was developed specifically for non-profit organizations and aid organizations. RaiseNow guarantees simple and secure credit and debit card payment transactions, both for Menschen für Menschen and for you as a cardholder of a credit or debit card. Our service providers may only use the information to fulfill their tasks and are obliged to comply with data protection regulations.

2.5 Embedded YouTube videos

We embed YouTube videos on some of our websites. The operator of the corresponding plugins is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit a page with the YouTube plugin, a connection to YouTube servers is established. This tells YouTube which pages you visit. If you are logged into your YouTube account, YouTube can assign your surfing behavior to you personally. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account beforehand.

If a YouTube video is started, the provider uses cookies that collect information about user behavior.

Anyone who has deactivated the storage of cookies for the Google Ad program will not have to expect such cookies when watching YouTube videos. However, YouTube also stores non-personal usage information in other cookies. If you want to prevent this, you must block the storage of cookies in the browser.

Further information on data protection at “Youtube” can be found in the provider’s data protection declaration at:

2.6 Social plugins

We offer you the option of using so-called “social media buttons” on our website. To protect your data, we rely on the “Shariff” solution for implementation. As a result, these buttons are only integrated on the website as a graphic that contains a link to the corresponding website of the button provider. By clicking on the graphic you will be redirected to the services of the respective provider. Only then will your data be sent to the respective providers. Unless you click on the graphic, there will be no exchange between you and the providers of the social media buttons. Information about the collection and use of your data on social networks can be found in the respective terms of use of the relevant providers. You can find more information about the Shariff solution here:

We have integrated the social media buttons of the following companies on our website:

  • Facebook Inc. (1601 S. California Ave - Palo Alto - CA 94304 - USA)
  • Twitter Inc. (795 Folsom St. - Suite 600 - San Francisco - CA 94107 - USA)
  • Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheater Parkway - Mountain View - CA 94043 - USA)
  • LinkedIn Corporation (2029 Stierlin Court - Mountain View - CA 94043 - USA)

3. Extensions for the website

We use extensions for our website to enable additional functions. We use in particular:

3.1 Google reCAPTCHA

Spam protection (distinction between desired comments from humans and unwanted comments from bots and spam); Provider: Google; Google reCAPTCHA -specific information: “What is reCAPTCHA?” (“What is reCAPTCHA?”)

3.2. Use of Google Maps

This website uses Google Maps API to visually display geographical information. When using Google Maps, Google also collects, processes and uses data about visitors' use of the map functions. Further information about data processing by Google can be found in the Google data protection information . There you can also change your personal data protection settings in the data protection center.

Detailed instructions on managing your own data in connection with Google products can be found here .

4. Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (hereinafter: Google). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, i.e. text files that are stored on your computer and which enable your use of the website to be analyzed. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, due to the activation of IP anonymization on these websites, your IP address will be shortened by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to website activity and internet usage to the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics is not combined with other Google data.

You can prevent the storage of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly; However, we would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to use all functions of this website to their full extent. You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) and from processing this data by Google by downloading the browser plug-in available under the following link and install: Browser add-on to deactivate Google Analytics .

In addition to or as an alternative to the browser add-on, you can prevent tracking by Google Analytics on our pages by clicking on this link . An opt-out cookie is installed on your device. This will prevent Google Analytics from collecting data for this website and this browser in the future as long as the cookie remains installed in your browser.

5. Advertising

We use the opportunity to display targeted advertising for our activities and activities on third parties such as social media platforms and search engines.

With such advertising, we particularly want to reach people who are already interested in our activities and operations or who could be interested in them (remarketing and targeting). To do this, we can transmit relevant information - possibly including personal information - to third parties who enable such advertising. We can also determine whether our advertising is successful, i.e. in particular whether it leads to visits to our website (conversion tracking).

Third parties with whom we advertise and where you are registered as a user may be able to assign the use of our online offering to your profile there.

We particularly use:

5.1 Facebook advertising (Meta Ads)

social media advertising; Providers: Meta Platforms Ireland Limited (Ireland) and other meta companies (including in the USA); Data protection information: Remarketing and targeting in particular with the Facebook pixel as well as custom audiences including lookalike audiences, data protection declaration , “advertising preferences” (registration as a user required).

5.2 Google Ads

search engine advertising; Provider: Google; Google Ads-specific information: Advertising based, among other things, on search queries, whereby various domain names - in particular, and - are used for Google Ads, "Advertising" (Google) , "Why do I see a certain advertisement ?» .

5.3 Instagram Ads (Meta Ads)

social media advertising; Providers: Meta Platforms Ireland Limited (Ireland) and other meta companies (including in the USA); Data protection information: Remarketing and targeting in particular with Facebook pixels as well as custom audiences including lookalike audiences, data protection declaration (Instagram) , data protection declaration (Facebook) , “advertising preferences” (Instagram) (registration as a user required), “advertising preferences” (Facebook) (Registration as a user required).

5.4 LinkedIn Ads

social media advertising; Providers: LinkedIn Corporation (USA) / LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company (Ireland); Data protection information: Remarketing and targeting in particular with the LinkedIn Insight Tag, “Data protection” , data protection declaration , cookie policy , objection to personalized advertising .

6. Newsletters

You can subscribe to a free newsletter on our website. Registration for our newsletter is done using the “double opt-in” procedure, which means that registrations must be expressly confirmed in a confirmation email so that improper registration with a third-party email address is not possible. Registrations for our newsletter are logged so that we can provide proof of confirmation using the “double opt-in” procedure if necessary.

If you register for our newsletter, we will use the data you provide to send you the newsletter. You can revoke this consent at any time with future effect by unsubscribing from the newsletter. You can easily unsubscribe using the link in the footer of the newsletter, by telephone or by email.

We use the list provider ActiveCampaign to send our newsletter. ActiveCampaign, LLC (“ActiveCampaign”) provides a marketing platform that allows us to reach our subscribers, understand how they interact with the newsletter and other content, and tailor marketing to our subscribers’ interests.

The data stored during registration is transmitted to ActiveCampaign and stored by ActiveCampaign. The data entered during registration will not be transmitted to other third parties. Furthermore, ActiveCampaign offers various analysis options about how the newsletters sent are opened and used, for example how many users an email was sent, whether emails were rejected and whether users unsubscribed from the list after receiving an email .

ActiveCampaign is a US company with its headquarters at the following address:

ActiveCampaign, LLC, 1 North Dearborn Street, 5th floor, Chicago, IL 60602

ActiveCampaign is certified according to both the EU and Swiss-American Privacy Shield and therefore guarantees adequate data protection. Further information about ActiveCampaign's privacy policy can be found here:

7. Deletion or blocking of data

We adhere to the principles of data avoidance and data economy. We therefore only store your personal data for as long as is necessary to achieve the purposes stated here or as required by the various storage periods provided by law. Once the respective purpose no longer applies or these deadlines have expired, the relevant data will be blocked or deleted routinely and in accordance with legal regulations.

8. Your rights to information, correction, blocking, deletion and objection

If you have any questions about data management by the Foundation Menschen für Menschen and/or would like to exercise your rights described below, you can contact us by telephone on 043 499 10 60 or using our contact form. Persons about whom we process personal data have, within the framework of the applicable data protection law and to the extent provided for therein (such as in the case of the GDPR), the right to information, correction, deletion, the right to restrict data processing and otherwise to object to our data processing as well as Release of certain personal data for the purpose of transferring it to another location (so-called data portability). Please note that we reserve the right to enforce the restrictions provided for by law, for example if we are obliged to store or process certain data, have an overriding interest in doing so (to the extent that we are entitled to rely on this) or use it to assert claims need.

You also have the right to revoke your data protection consent at any time. The revocation of consent does not affect the lawfulness of the processing carried out based on the consent before its revocation.

Every data subject also has the right to enforce their claims in court or to file a complaint with the responsible data protection authority. The responsible data protection authority in Switzerland is the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner .

9. Changes to our privacy policy

We reserve the right to occasionally adapt this data protection declaration so that it always complies with current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services in the data protection declaration, e.g. B. when introducing new services. The new data protection declaration will then apply to your next visit.

10. Questions for the data protection officer

If you have any questions about data protection, please write us an email or contact our data protection officer directly:

Michael Kesselring
Foundation Menschen für Menschen 
Karlheinz Böhm's aid for Ethiopia
Stockerstrasse 10
8002 Zurich

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