Data Protection

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH attaches great importance to responsible and transparent management of personal data.
Below we provide users with information as to
* what data is processed when they visit the website
* how they can opt out of the storage of data
* what rights they have with respect to us
Information on the collection of personal data


Make-IT in Africa processes personal data exclusively in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, BDSG). Personal data are, for example, name, address, email addresses and user behaviour. 


Data controller and data protection officer

Please contact GIZ’s data protection officer if you have questions specifically about how your data are protected


Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 32 + 36, 53113 Bonn Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1–5, 65760 Eschborn

Data processing is the responsibility of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Make-IT in Africa only processes personal data to the extent necessary. Which data is required and processed for which purpose and on what basis is largely determined by the type of service you use or the purpose for which the data is required. 

Processing of personal data in connection with social network use  On its website, Make-IT in Africa invites users to visit its company presence on social networking sites and platforms including, but not limited to, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. These online presences are operated in order to interact with the users that are active on these sites and platforms and to inform them about projects and services. By clicking on a social network’s logo, the user is redirected to Make-IT in Africa´s presence on the respective network. When users visit the platforms, personal data is collected, used and stored by the operators of the respective social network, but not by Make-IT in Africa. This is also the case even if the users themselves do not have an account with the respective social network.  The individual data processing operations and their scope differ depending on the operator of the respective social network. Make-IT in Africa has no influence on the collection of data or its further use by the social network operators. We are not fully aware of the extent to which, where and for how long the data is stored; to what extent the networks comply with existing obligations regarding erasure; what analyses are conducted and links established with the data; and to whom the data is disclosed. Access to Make-IT in Africa´s social media sites is subject to the terms of use and privacy policies of the respective operators. Please, find below the contact details and links to the data privacy policies of the social media on which Make-IT in Africa maintains a presence: The privacy policy for the social network LinkedIn, operated by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, can be found at
 The privacy policy for the social network Twitter, operated by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA, can be found at
 The privacy policy for the social network YouTube, operated by Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, can be found at

Disclosure to third parties

Make-IT in Africa does not pass on personal data to third parties unless it is legally obliged or entitled to do so by law.  Transfer of data to countries outside Germany Make-IT in Africa does not transfer personal data to third countries. When using social media, the privacy policies of the respective providers apply.  

Duration of data retention

User data will not be kept any longer than is necessary for the purpose for which it is processed or as required by law.

IT security of user data

GIZ accords great importance to protecting personal data. For this reason, technical and organisational security measures ensure that data is protected against accidental and intentional manipulation and unintended erasure as well as unauthorised access. These measures are updated accordingly based on technical developments and adapted continuously in line with the risks.

Reference to user rights

Visitors to the GIZ website have the right * To obtain information about their data stored by us (Article 15 GDPR)
* To have their data stored by us rectified (Article 16 GDPR)
* To have their data stored by us erased (Article 17 GDPR)
* To obtain restriction of processing of their data stored by us (Article 18 GDPR) 
* To object to the storage of their data if personal data are processed on the basis of the first sentence of Article 6 (1) 1 f and e GDPR (Article 21 GDPR) 
* To receive their personal data in a commonly used and machine-readable format from the controller such that they can be potentially transmitted to another controller (right to data portability, Article 20 GDPR).
* To withdraw their consent to the extent that the data has been processed on the basis of consent (Article 6 (1) a GDPR). The lawfulness of the processing on the basis of the consent given remains unaffected until receipt of the withdrawal.
Users also have the right in accordance with Article 77 GDPR to lodge a complaint with the competent data protection supervisory authority. The competent authority is the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI).  

Last updated: November 2021