Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

By using this site or/and other services provided by us, you consent to the Processing of your Personal Data as described in this Privacy Policy.

Data Protection Principles

We promise to follow the following data protection principles:

  • Processing is lawful, fair, transparent. We always consider your rights before Processing Personal Data. We will provide you information regarding Processing upon request.
  • Processing is limited to the purpose. Our Processing activities fit the purpose for which Personal Data was gathered.
  • Processing is done with minimal data. We only gather and Process the minimal amount of Personal Data required for any purpose.
  • Processing is limited with a time period. We will not store your personal data for longer than needed.
  • We will do our best to ensure the accuracy, integrity and confidentiality of data.

Your rights

You have the following rights:

  1. Right to information – meaning you have to right to know whether your Personal Data is being processed; what data is gathered, from where it is obtained and why and by whom it is processed.
  2. Right to access – meaning you have the right to access the data collected from/about you. This includes your right to request and obtain a copy of your Personal Data gathered.
  3. Right to rectification – meaning you have the right to request rectification or erasure of your Personal Data that is inaccurate or incomplete.
  4. Right to erasure – meaning in certain circumstances you can request for your Personal Data to be erased from our records.
  5. Right to restrict processing – meaning where certain conditions apply, you have the right to restrict the Processing of your Personal Data.
  6. Right to object to processing – meaning in certain cases you have the right to object to Processing of your Personal Data, for example in the case of direct marketing.
  7. Right to object to automated Processing – meaning you have the right to object to automated Processing, including profiling; and not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated Processing. This right you can exercise whenever there is an outcome of the profiling that produces legal effects concerning or significantly affecting you.
  8. Right to data portability – you have the right to obtain your Personal Data in a machine-readable format or if it is feasible, as a direct transfer from one Processor to another.
  9. Right to lodge a complaint – in the event that we refuse your request under the Rights of Access, we will provide you with a reason as to why. If you are not satisfied with the way your request has been handled please contact us.
  10. Right for the help of supervisory authority – meaning you have the right for the help of a supervisory authority and the right for other legal remedies such as claiming damages.
  11. Right to withdraw consent – you have the right withdraw any given consent for Processing of your Personal Data.

Data we gather

Information you have provided us with
This might be your e-mail address, name, home address etc – mainly information that is necessary for staying in contact with you or, if applicable, for providing a service to you. On the website we save information you provide us with specifically in order for you to comment articles or use other functions. This especially regards your name and e-mail address.

Information automatically collected about you
This includes information that is automatically stored by cookies and other session tools. For example, your IP address. This information is used to improve your customer experience. When you use our services or look at the contents of our website, your activities may be logged.

Information from our partners
We gather information from our trusted partners with confirmation that they have legal grounds to share that information with us. This is either information you have provided them directly with or that they have gathered about you on other legal grounds.

Publicly available information
We might gather information about you that is publicly available.

How we use your Personal Data

We use your Personal Data in order to:

  • provide you with information or services.
  • enhance your customer experience;
  • fulfil an obligation under law or contract.

We use your Personal Data on legitimate grounds and/or with your Consent.

On the grounds of entering into a contract or fulfilling contractual obligations, we Process your Personal Data for the following purposes:

  • to identify you;
  • to provide you a service;
  • to communicate with you to provide information.

On the ground of legitimate interest, we Process your Personal Data for the following purposes:

  • to send you general and/or personalized information;
  • to administer and analyse our member and participant base in order to improve the quality of services and information offered/provided.

As long as you have not informed us otherwise, we consider offering you information or services that are similar or same to your browsing behaviour to be our legitimate interest.

With your consent we Process your Personal Data for the following purposes:

  • to send you newsletters and general information about our ongoing work;
  • for other purposes we have asked your consent for.

We Process your Personal Data in order to fulfil obligation rising from law and/or use your Personal Data for options provided by law. We reserve the right to anonymise Personal Data gathered and to use any such data. We might use data outside the scope of this Policy only when it is fully anonymised. We save information gathered about you for as long as needed for the respective purposes (such as providing you with information etc.) or other obligations deriving from law.

We might process your Personal Data for additional purposes that are not mentioned here, but are compatible with the original purpose for which the data was gathered. To do this, we will ensure that:

  • the link between purposes, context and nature of Personal Data is suitable for further Processing;
  • the further Processing would not harm your interests and
  • there would be appropriate safeguard for Processing.

Who else can access your Personal Data

We do not share your Personal Data with strangers. Personal Data about you is in some cases provided to our trusted partners in order to either make providing the service to you possible or to enhance your customer experience. Depending on your usage, settings and affiliation with us, your data might be shared with one or several of the following partners:

  • Google – this website uses the Google Analytics service, which saves text files called ‘cookies’ on your computer to enable us to track and analyse your use of our website. The information created this way will be transferred to and saved on a Google web server, which might be located in the US. For more information on cookies, please refer to the ‘Cookies’ chapter further down in this document.
    If you are a member of the Indian Forum or support us with regular donations, e.g. by financing a scholarship, or if you are registered in our mailing list for receiving the newsletter and other information about us, then some of your data (incl. name, e-mail address) will be stored in our Google Account.
    For more information please refer to the Google Analytics Terms of Service, the Google Analytics Safeguarding your data page, and the general Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
    If you’d like to opt out of tracking by Google Analytics, visit the Google Analytics opt-out page.
  • Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB) – If you donate money to us via bank transfer, credit card and/or PayPal, the transaction will reach our bank account at DKB. Only selected members of the executive board have access to that account and, therefore, to the respective information.
    For more information please refer to privacy policy of DKB.
  • PayPal – If you donate money to us via credit card or directly via a PayPal account, the transaction will be handled by PayPal. For more information please refer to the PayPal Privacy Statement.
  • Sarjom and the Gossner Lutheran Schools Chaibasa – In case you finance a scholarship for a child in our project area in Jharkhand, India, or if you support certain projects which are based on a person to person interaction (e.g. penpalships), some of your information might be handed over to selected individuals involved with our projects and working for either Sarjom, our local partner organisation in India, or the Gossner Lutheran Schools Chaibasa. This will usually not include more than your name and, if applicable, your email address.

We disclose your Personal Data to third parties or public officials when we are legally obliged to do so. We might disclose your Personal Data to third parties if you have consented to it or if there are other legal grounds for it.

How we secure your data

We do our best to keep your Personal Data safe.  We use safe protocols for communication and transferring data (such as HTTPS). We also monitor our systems for possible vulnerabilities and attacks.

Even though we try our best we can not guarantee the absolute security of information. However, we promise to notify suitable authorities of data breaches. We will also notify you if there is a threat to your rights or interests. We will do everything we reasonably can to prevent security breaches and to assist authorities should any breaches occur.

If you have an account with us, note that you have to keep your username and password secret.


We use cookies and/or similar technologies to analyse customer behaviour, administer the website, track users’ movements, and to collect information about users. This is done in order to personalise and enhance your experience with us.

A cookie is a tiny text file stored on your computer. Cookies store information that is used to help make sites work. Only we can access the cookies created by our website. You can control your cookies at the browser level. Choosing to disable cookies may hinder your use of certain functions.

We use cookies for the following purposes:

  • Necessary cookies – these cookies are required for you to be able to use some important features on our website, such as logging in. These cookies don’t collect any personal information.
  • Functionality cookies – these cookies provide functionality that makes using our service more convenient and makes providing more personalised features possible. For example, they might remember your name and e-mail in comment forms so you don’t have to re-enter this information next time when commenting.
  • Analytics cookies – these cookies are used to track the use and performance of our website and services.

You can remove cookies stored in your computer via your browser settings. Alternatively, you can control some 3rd party cookies by using a privacy enhancement platform such as or For more information about cookies, visit

Access your data saved by this website

You can easily access, download or delete data saved by this website from and about you using our privacy tools.

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding your data or the privacy policy of the Indian Forum, please contact us via email or by post. You can find our contact information in the imprint as well as on the site About us.

Supervisory Authority Germany

Der Bundesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz und die Informationsfreiheit
Husarenstr. 30
53117 Bonn

Phone: +49 (0)228 997799-0
Fax:      +49 (0)228 997799-5550

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to make change to this Privacy Policy.
Last modification: 14 February 2019.