Data Privacy Statement

We take the protection of your personal data very seriously and treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and the data protection declaration.

The following information gives an overview of the processing of your personal data by us and your rights under current data protection legislation.

1. Who is responsible for data processing and to whom can I contact?

The responsible body is:

Bund für Lebensmittelrecht und Lebensmittelkunde e. V.
(German Federation for Food Law and Food Science)
POB 06 02 50, 10052 Berlin
Haus der Land- und Ernährungswirtschaft
Office address:
Claire-Waldoff-Straße 7, 10117 Berlin
Telefon: +49 30 206143 -0
Telefax: +49 30 206143 -190

You can reach our data protection officer at:

Bund für Lebensmittelrecht und Lebensmittelkunde e. V.
(German Federation for Food Law and Food Science)
Data privacy officer
POB 06 02 50, 10052 Berlin
Office address:
Haus der Land- und Ernährungswirtschaft
Claire-Waldoff-Straße 7, 10117 Berlin

2. To whom does this privacy policy apply?

This privacy policy applies to visitors to our website, in particular our members, interested parties, and persons who use and would like to use our services, or would like to inform themselves about the German Federation for Food Law and Food Science (Bund für Lebensmittelrecht und Lebensmittelkunde e. V., BLL), as well as initial information for all persons whose data we have researched from publicly accessible sources or obtained through business cards, and for the purposes of the association's work.

3. Which data do we use?

You can visit our websites without disclosing your identity, unless you send us an email or a message using a contact form, register for our events, apply for a job with us, or use our online services. We will only process the information necessary to respond to your request or to provide our services. The type of data collected is indicated in the respective input forms. The required data are marked as mandatory fields. If we ask for further information, you are not required to supply it. We will use this information to make our offerings better suited to your needs. In all other cases, we will only use the information necessary to contact you.

4. For what purposes and on what legal basis do we use your data?

We process your personal data in accordance with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). Please note also our information about your right to object guaranteed under Art. 21 GDPR.

a) To fulfill contractual obligations (Art. 6 Para.1b GDPR)

The processing of personal data is necessary to offer our services and to provide pre-contractual actions resulting from your enquiry.

  • Member registration
  • Providing the members-only area
  • Providing an account for our BLL Crisis Manager Database.
  • Ordering publications

b) On the basis of your consent (Art. 6 Para. 1a GDPR)

If you have given us your consent to process personal data for specific purposes (such as ordering a newsletter), this processing is legal on the basis of your consent. You may revoke your consent at any time. Please note that such revocation is only with future effect. Processing that took place before the revocation will not be affected.

  • Sending of informational material or newsletters

c) Taking into consideration the balance of interests (Art. 6 Para. 1f GDPR)

We also process your data beyond the actual fulfillment of the contract in order to protect our legitimate interests or those of third parties.

  • Assertion of legal claims and mounting a defense in legal disputes
  • Ensuring IT security
  • For direct marketing purposes
  • Processing your application
  • Answering your request

4.1. Privacy policy for receiving our newsletter

If you would like to receive our newsletter, we require a valid email address as well as information which allows us to verify that you are the owner of the email address provided and that you agree to receive this newsletter. No additional data is collected or will only be collected on a voluntary basis. We only use this data to send the requested information and do not pass it on to third parties.

The processing of the data entered when signing up for our newsletter is exclusively on the basis of your consent (Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a GDPR). You can revoke consent to the storage of your data and email address as well as their use for sending the newsletter at any time, just via the "unsubscribe" link in the newsletter. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to distribute the newsletter until such time as you cancel your subscription, when said data will be deleted. Data we have stored for other purposes (e.g. email addresses for the members area) remains unaffected.

4.2 Privacy policy for applications

The legal basis for the processing of your personal data in this application procedure is primarily §26 BDSG in the version valid from May 25, 2018. This allows the processing of data required in connection with the decision to establish an employment relationship. Should the data be necessary for legal prosecution after completion of the application procedure, data may be processed on the basis of the requirements of Art. 6 GDPR, in particular to safeguard legitimate interests under Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. Our interest would then consist of asserting or defending against claims.

By submitting your application, you agree that we may store and process your data for the purposes of hiring, staffing, and recruitment. You may revoke this consent at any time and withdraw your application.

The personal data provided on your application will be processed by us exclusively for the purposes of processing your application and the hiring process. Hiring will be coordinated with the responsible staff members in HR and managers in the respective department. Your data will be deleted six months after completion of the application process, unless you agree to a longer retention period in order to take you into account in future job postings if necessary. If you are hired, your personal data will be copied into your personnel file.

4.3 Member Area and BLL Crisis Manager Database

Only our members have access to the members area (internal area). Only those with rights to maintain data and crisis managers nominated by member companies and authorities have access to the BLL Crisis Manager Database (internal area). On request, the access data (user name and password) will be sent to the user in accordance with Art. 6 Para.1b GDPR. Users will receive an automatically generated password which must be changed to a password of their choice after logging in for the first time. The passwords are not visible to us. Each time you log in, your visit will be counted. This is purely for statistical purposes in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1f GDPR.

Members with access to the internal area of our websites must log in with their user name and password. If you do so, a cookie will be stored locally on your computer, allowing you to return to the site and continue using it without having to re-enter your login information. The cookie is valid for four weeks. You can disable this feature on our website or in your browser settings. The cookie is only intended to simplify your visit to our websites, e.g. by automatically entering your name and address in the form when registering for an event.

5. Who will receive my data?

Within BLL, all departments that need access to your data in order to fulfil our contractual and legal obligations are granted access to it. In order to respond to inquiries, it may be necessary to pass it to third parties, such as our partner association Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Ernährungsindustrie, BVE) or individual members. Service providers and vicarious agents employed by us may also receive data for these purposes if they maintain confidentiality and comply with our data protection instructions. Data will only be disclosed to third parties within the framework of the regulations of the GDPR and BDSG. Data that we receive from you as part of our participant management system may be passed on to the event organizer.

5.1. Disclosure of information when ordering publications

The personal data collected by us will be passed on to the transport company (such as DHL), if necessary for the order to be delivered.

6. Will data be transferred to a third country?

Data will not be transferred to countries outside the EU or the EEA (so-called third countries).

7. How long will my data be stored?

We process and store your personal data as long as it is necessary for the fulfillment of our contractual and legal obligations. If the data is no longer required to fulfil contractual or statutory obligations, it will be deleted, unless is further processing is required to meet statutory retention obligations under commercial and tax laws. The periods for storage and documentation specified therein range from six to ten years.

8. What data protection rights do I have?

You have the right to information under Art. 15 GDPR, the right to correct the data on file under Art. 16 GDPR, the right to delete it under Art. 17 GDPR, the right to restrict its processing under Art. 18 GDPR, the right to object to its storage under Art. 21 GDPR, and the right to have it transferred under Art. 20 GDPR. You also have the right to appeal to a data protection supervisory authority (Art. 77 GDPR in conjunction with §19 BDSG).

A list of supervisory authorities and their addresses can be found at:

You may revoke your consent to the processing of personal data at any time. Please note that such revocation is only with future effect. Processing that took place before the revocation will not be affected. Please note also our information about your right to object guaranteed under Art. 21 GDPR.

To exercise your rights, please use the above contact information to contact our data protection officer.

9. Is there an obligation to provide data?

In the context of our business relationship or an order for services, you must provide that personal data necessary to make a business relationship possible and fulfill the associated contractual obligations or which we are legally obliged to collect. Without this data, we will usually have to refuse to enter into a contract with you or fulfill your order; we may also have to terminate an existing relationship.

10. Do you use my date in any automated decision making or profiling?

We do not use any fully automated decision making or profiling as described in Art. 22 GDPR. In the event that we use profiling for targeted marketing or public relations work, you will be notified separately.

11. Information about your right to object under Art. 21 GDPR

a) Right to object in a specific situation

You have the right, for reasons arising from your specific situation, to object to the processing of personal data. The data processing must have been declared to be in the public interest or legal after balancing the interests of the parties involved. This also applies to profiling. In the event of your objection, we will no longer process your personal data, unless we can prove compelling grounds for processing that outweigh your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

b) Objection to the processing of your data for public relations purposes

In individual cases, we may use your personal data for our public relations work. You have the right to object at any time. This also applies to profiling in connection with direct advertising campaigns. In the event of your objection, we will no longer process your personal data for these purposes. There are no formal requirements for the objection, but it should be addressed our data protection officer at the above-mentioned address, if possible.

12. What data is processed when using the website?

a) Usage-related data

When you visit our website, we receive usage data. This includes information such as screen resolution, browser version, the type of internet access, operating system, language, plug-ins used, the country or region you are accessing the site from, and search engines that may have referred you. This data is used solely for statistical purposes and will not be transferred to third parties. No evaluation of your specific behavior will take place.

b) Use of cookies

Some of our webpages use cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies serve to make our services more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser. Most of the cookies we use are "session cookies". They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain in your device's memory until you delete them. These cookies allow us to recognize your browser when you next visit the site. You can configure your browser to inform you about the use of cookies so that you can decide to accept or reject each cookie. Alternatively, your browser can automatically accept cookies under certain conditions or always reject them, and you can also tell it to automatically delete cookies when closing your browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website. Cookies which are necessary to allow electronic communications or to provide certain functions you wish to use (such as the shopping cart) are set on the basis of Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR. The website owner has a legitimate interest in storing cookies for the technically correct and optimal delivery of their services. If other cookies (such as those used to analyze your surfing behavior) are also stored, they will be treated separately in this privacy policy.

13. How secure is my data?

We use a secure online transmission method called secure socket layer (SSL) to transmit and process your personal information. All information transferred using this secure method is encrypted before it is transmitted. Your personal data will only be stored in data centers and computers that meet industry standards (e.g. firewalls, password protection, access controls, etc.) and are protected by security technologies .

14. Which third-party modules, plugins, and tools are used on the website?

14.1. Plugins and tools

Our website uses plugins from YouTube, which is operated by Google. Operator of the pages is
YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.

In order to increase the protection of your data when visiting our website, the YouTube plugin is integrated into the site using the double opt-in solution. This integration ensures that no connection to YouTube's servers is established when you access a page of our website that contains the plugin. Only when you activate the plugin by clicking the "Activate Video" button and thus give your consent to the transmission of data, will your browser make a direct connection to the YouTube servers.

The YouTube server is then informed about which of our pages you have visited. If you are logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube allows you to associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

YouTube is used in the interests of making our online presence more attractive. This represents a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR.

For more information on how we treat user information, please see YouTube's privacy statement:

14.2. Sharing content through plug-ins (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+)

Our websites contain so-called social plugins ("plugins") of the social online networks,, and In order to increase the protection of your data when visiting our website, the plugins are integrated into the site using the double opt-in solution. This integration ensures that no connection to the servers of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Google+ is established when you access a page of our website that contains such plugins. Only when you activate the plugin and thus give your consent to the transmission of data, will your browser make a direct connection to the servers of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. and Google+. The content of the plugin is transferred directly to your browser and embedded into the site. The plugin will then send data (including your IP address) to the operators of these social networks. We have no control over the amount of data that social networks collect using the plugins. To the best of our knowledge, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ will receive information about which of our websites you have visited currently and previously. By accessing the plugin, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ receive the information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a profile with the relevant social network or are not currently logged in. This information (including your IP address) is transmitted by your browser directly to a server operated by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Google+ in the USA and stored there. The information may also be published on the social network and displayed to your contacts there.

Please see the privacy policies of the respective networks for the purpose and scope of data collection and further processing and use of data by social networks as well as your rights and settings options in this regard for protecting your privacy:

If you are a member of one of the social networks and wish to limit the collection of information about our websites and the aggregation of your user data with the information about you stored on that social network, you should log out before visiting our website.

14.3. Analytics

Matomo (formerly Piwik)

This website uses the open source web analytics service Matomo. Matomo uses so-called "cookies". These are text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of your use of the website. For this purpose, the information generated by the cookie about the use of this website is stored on our server. The IP address is anonymized before it is stored. Matomo cookies remain on your device until you delete them. Matomo cookies are stored on the basis of Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior in order to optimize both its website and its advertising.

The information generated by the cookies about your use of this website will not be disclosed to third parties. You can prevent cookies from being stored by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser; however, we wish to point out that by doing so, you may not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website.

If you do not agree with the storage and use of your data, you can disable this feature here. In this case, an opt-out cookie will be stored in your browser to prevent Matomo from storing your usage data. If you delete your cookies, this will mean that the opt-out cookie will also be deleted. You will then need to reactivate it when you return to our site if you wish your activity not to be tracked. For more information, go to:

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