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1. Data controller

The data controller within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation, other data protection laws applicable in the Member States of the European Union and other provisions of a data protection nature is:

Partner für Berlin Holding Gesellschaft für Hauptstadt-Marketing mbH and/or Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
Fasanenstraße 85
10623 Berlin
Telefon: +49 30 46302-500
E-Mail: info(at)berlin-partner(dot)de

2. Name and address of the data protection officer

The data protection officer at the data controller is:

Sascha Tiede
Partner für Berlin Holding Gesellschaft für Hauptstadt-Marketing mbH and/or Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
Fasanenstraße 85
10623 Berlin
Telefon: +49 30 46302-408
E-Mail: datenschutzbeauftragter(at)berlin-partner(dot)de

Any data subject may contact our data protection officer directly at any time with any questions or suggestions regarding data protection.

3. Processing of personal data when visiting our website

When using the website for informational purposes, i.e. simply viewing it without registering and without you providing us with any other information, we process the personal data that your browser transmits to our server. The data described below is technically necessary for us to display our website to you and to ensure stability and security and must therefore be processed by us. The legal basis is Art. 6 (1) p. 1 f) EU-GDPR:

– IP adress
– Date and time of the request
– Time zone difference from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
– Content of the request (page visited)
– Access status/HTTP status code
– Data volume transferred in each case
– Previously visited page
– Browser
– Operating system
– Language and version of the browser software.

We delete this data after 14 days.

4. Cookies

We make use of cookies. These are small text files containing information about visited websites or domains and are stored on the website user's computer. Cookies are used for various purposes, primarily to make the online offer faster and more user-friendly. For example, language settings or logins can be stored by cookies. However, cookies can also collect statistical data, and thus help to improve the website. Furthermore, there may also be cookies that display preferred content when you visit again, or even display interest-related data on our website or even on other websites via web tracking and the creation of a user profile. However, cookies cannot execute programs or transfer viruses to your computer. You can prevent the use of cookies in your browser settings. However, this may lead to it not being possible to use all functions of our website correctly.

The following cookies are used by us:

  1. Session Cookies: these are deleted again when you close the browser. They serve to improve the operation of the website. They include in particular so-called session cookies. These store a session ID by which your browser can be recognized when you return to our website.
  2. Technically necessary cookies: certain cookies may be absolutely necessary for our website to function correctly. (e.g. cookies for the display, for the storage of your purchase in the shopping cart, cookies for payment processing)
  3. Permanent cookies: these remain stored even after closing the browser, so that you do not have to log in again, for example. In the same way, however, information pertaining to range measurement, marketing and web tracking can also be stored in such a cookie.
  4. Third-party cookies: third-party cookies are often set by companies whose service you use. Examples are Google Maps, YouTube or Facebook plugins. These often transmit information to these providers for advertising purposes. These cookies are mostly allowed only with your consent, and will not be set unless you agree in our Consent Banner.
  5. Statistical cookies: these are used on the company's own website to improve it. For this purpose, user behavior is evaluated on the website. For example, you can find out which web sub-pages have been visited particularly frequently, how many visitors there are, and which pages were retrieved for the first or last time. (entry or exit pages) or even the dwell time of website visitors. We will describe the data processing of a statistics tool in detail in an additional point.
  6. Marketing cookies: these are used to track user behavior across websites. This often happens in connection with larger ad network providers, plugins from social media providers, and large online platform operators. Use of these cookies are only permitted with your consent, and will not be set unless you agree in our Consent Banner. We will describe the data processing from a web tracking tool in detail in an additional point.

You yourself can make the use of cookies in your browser impossible and the means by which this can be set differs between browsers. There is usually a Privacy and Cookies under which you can set this. Please note that certain parts and / or certain functions of our website may then no longer work correctly.

The data processing with temporary and technically necessary cookies is based on Art. 6 (1) f) EU-GDPR. Our legitimate interest is the improved presentation, operation and security of our website. Statistical, marketing and third-party cookies are explained in an extra point in the privacy policy, and the appropriate legal basis for them is mentioned.

5. Privacy policy on the use and application of Matomo (formerly Piwik)

The Matomo (formerly Piwik) component has been integrated into this website. Matomo is an open source software tool for web analysis. Web analysis is the collection, compilation and evaluation of data about the behavior of visitors to websites. Among other things, a web analysis tool collects data about the website from which a data subject has accessed a website (so-called referrer), which subpages of the website have been accessed, or how often and for how long a subpage has been viewed. A web analysis is mainly used for the optimization of a website and for the cost-benefit analysis of internet advertising in accordance with Art. 6 (1) f) EU-GDPR. The aforementioned purposes coincide with our legitimate interest.

The software is operated on the server of the data controller, and the data protection-sensitive log files are stored exclusively on this server.

The purpose of the Matomo component is to analyze the flow of visitors to our website. The data controller uses the data and information obtained, among other things, to evaluate the use of this website in order to compile online reports showing the activities on our websites.

Matomo sets a cookie on the information technology system of the data subject. The nature of cookies has already been explained above. By setting the cookie, we able to analyze the use of our website. Each time one of the individual pages of this website is called up, the internet browser on the information technology system of the data subject is automatically caused by the Matomo component to transmit data to our server for the purpose of online analysis. As part of this technical procedure, we obtain knowledge of personal data, such as the IP address of the data subject, which we use, among other things, to track the origin of visitors and clicks.

By means of the cookie, personal information is stored, for example, the time of access, the place from which access originated and the frequency of visits to our website. Each time you visit our internet pages, this personal data, including the IP address of the internet connection used by the data subject, is transmitted to our server. This personal data is stored by us. We do not share this personal data with third parties.

The data subject can prevent the setting of cookies by our website, as already described above, at any time by means of an appropriate setting of the internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. Such a setting on the internet browser used would also prevent Matomo from setting a cookie on the information technology system of the data subject. In addition, a cookie already set by Matomo can be deleted at any time via an internet browser or other software programs. However, there is the possibility that the internet pages of the data controller will then no be longer fully usable for the data subject.

Furthermore, the data subject has the option of objecting to the collection of data generated by the Matomo and related to a use of this website and to prevent such a collection. For this purpose, the data subject must set an Opt-out cookie. If the information technology system of the data subject is deleted, formatted or reinstalled at a later point in time, the data subject must again set an Opt-out cookie.

With the setting of the Opt-Out-Cookie however, there is the possibility that the internet pages of the controller will no be longer fully usable for the data subject.

Further information and the applicable privacy policy of Matomo can be found at .


6. YouTube video integration

  1. On this website, we use YouTube videos from the website of Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland (hereinafter referred to as "Google"). We use YouTube by means of the so-called 2-click solution. When using the 2-click solution, the transmission of personal data to Google is blocked when you access our website. Only when you give us your consent via the cookie banner or click 2 times on the video, is the video played by YouTube, and the transmission of the above server data and location information to Google also commences (collection of general data and information). We have no influence on this data transmission. The legal basis for the display of the videos is Art. 6 (1) p. 1 lit. a EU-GDPR, i.e. the integration only takes place after your consent.
  2. By visiting the website, YouTube receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding subpage of our website. In addition, the above-mentioned basic server data such as IP address and timestamp are transmitted. This occurs regardless of whether YouTube provides a user account through which you are logged in or whether no user account exists. If you are logged in to Google, your data is directly assigned to your account. If you do not want the assignment with your profile at YouTube, you must log out before activating the button. YouTube stores your data as usage profiles and uses them for the purposes of advertising, market research and/or demand-oriented design of its website. Such an evaluation is carried out in particular (even for users who are not logged in) for the provision of tailored advertising and to inform other users of the social network about your activities on our website. You have the right to object to the creation of these user profiles, and you must contact YouTube to exercise this right.
  3. The information collected is stored on Google servers, also in the USA where no adequate level of data protection exists. For these cases, the provider says that it has imposed a standard on itself that is equivalent to the former EU-US Privacy Shield and has pledged to comply with applicable data protection laws when transferring data internationally. We have also agreed so-called standard data protection clauses with Google, the purpose of which is to ensure compliance with an appropriate level of data protection in the third country. You can take note of a standard EU contract at the following address: In addition, we transfer their data only with their consent.
  4. For more information on the purpose and scope of data collection and its processing by YouTube, please refer to the YouTube and Google privacy policies. There, you will also receive further information about your rights and setting options to protect your privacy:

YouTube: datenschutz&utm_matchtype=e&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIms2WhtDE9AIVuoODBx1vMATTEAAYASAAEgLaJ_D_BwE.


7. Openstreet Maps

1. On this website, we use the offer of Openstreet Maps from the company OpenStreetMap Foundation, 132 Maney Hill Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B72 1JU, United Kingdom. We use Openstreet Maps to show the project landscape of realized smart city projects. With the help of filters such as "Key players, subject areas, districts, etc." you can structure the search more precisely. We process their data according to the aforementioned purposes in accordance with Art. 6 (1) f) EU-GDPR. Our legitimate interest here is to present our users with a better overview of Smartcity's projects. To display the maps, the data is loaded from the external site of Openstreetmap. In the process, the following server data is also transmitted from you to Openstreetmap:
(a) IP address, (b) browser and device type, (c) operating system, (d) referring website, (e) date and time of page visits, and (f) pages viewed on our websites. In addition, this data is collected and analyzed by the Openstreetmapfoundation via Matomo (formerly Piwik). The IP addresses collected by Matomo are truncated to 2 bytes by the Openstreetmapfoundation, so Matomo only receives the truncated IP addresses. According to Openstreetmaps, these datasets are used or can be used in the following ways:

  • to support the operation of the services from a technical, safety and planning perspective.
  • as anonymized, aggregated data for research and other purposes. Such data may be publicly offered and used by third parties via or other channels.
  • to improve the OpenStreetMap dataset. For example, by analyzing Nominatim queries for missing addresses and zip codes and making such data available to the OSM community.

Matomo states a legitimate interest for this data processing according to Art. 6 (10 f) EU-GDPR.
The data collected on the systems is accessible to the Openstreetmap system administrators and the corresponding of the Openstreetmapfoundation working groups, e.g. the data working group. No personal information or information linked to an individual will be shared with third parties unless required by law.

2. The Openstreetmapfoundation is a provider in the United Kingdom. For the United Kingdom, the EU Commission has made adequacy decisions on the General Data Protection Regulation. This means that there is a comparable level of protection in the UK compared to the EU area.

3. For more information on the purpose and scope of data collection and processing by the provider, please refer to the provider's privacy policy. There you will also receive further information about your rights in this regard and setting options for protecting your privacy:

8.  Data deletion

We delete your data after the end of its purpose or the expiry of statutory retention periods, whichever is longer.

9. Your rights 

You have the following rights with respect to a data controller regarding personal data concerning you:

  • a right of access to the data processed and to obtain a copy thereof,
  • a right of rectification if we process incorrect data about you
  • a right to deletion, unless exceptions apply as to why we are still storing the data, for example, retention obligations or limitation periods
  • a right to restriction of processing,
  • a right to revoke consents to data processing at any time,
  • a right to data portability.
  • a right to object to processing in the public or legitimate interest,
  • a right of appeal to the competent data protection supervisory authority if you find that we are not processing your data properly.
  • if you have given your consent to the processing of your data, you can revoke this consent at any time. Such revocation will affect the permissibility of processing your personal data after you have expressed it to us. The permissibility of processing your data until the time of your revocation remains unaffected.