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Data protection information

Welcome to our website! We are delighted by your interest in the Sto Foundation. To reassure you during your visit as regards the treatment of your personal data by us, we would like to take this opportunity to explain what happens to the accumulated data and clarify the security measures implemented on our part. We would also like to advise you of your legally established rights in connection with the processing of this data.

Personal data

During your visit to our Internet pages, the only information recorded is the name of your Internet service provider and the web pages that you access. This information is evaluated by us for purely statistical purposes (e.g. the number of times an individual web page is accessed). As an Internet user you remain anonymous during your visit.

As a general rule, no personal details are collected by us when you use our website. Such details are only collected when you provide us with this information, for example, within the scope of an agency for apprentice training positions. This information is currently transferred in unencrypted form. For this reason, the possibility of the respective data being read by unauthorised third parties during transfer cannot be ruled out.

Google Analytics

The information regarding your use of this website generated by the cookie (including your IP address) is transferred to and stored on a server in the USA by Google. We use this information to analyse your use of the website in order to compile reports on website activity for website operators and provide further services associated with use of the website. The data we obtain in this way is processed on the basis of our overriding interest in optimising the marketing of our online content in accordance with Article 6, Paragraph 1 (f) of the GDPR. On no occasion will Google unite your IP address with other Google data.

We would like to point out that this website uses Google Analytics with the “anonymizeIp()” extension. This ensures that IP addresses are truncated prior to being transferred to a server in the USA. In most cases, this prevents the possibility of the stored data being used to directly identify an individual person. Only under exceptional circumstances will the complete IP address be transferred to a server in the USA and truncated there.

You can use the deactivation add-on for Google Analytics browsers to withdraw your consent to data being collected with effect for the future.

This add-on is available at

Please also note the supplementary information about Google's use of data in the Google Partner Network, which is available here:

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More information about data protection is available at:

User profile/authorisation

User profiles are not created. Should we intend to create user profiles in the future, we will notify you promptly of our intention upon accessing the respective website. You will have the opportunity to oppose such action. Should you not agree to the creation of such a profile, we will naturally respect your wishes and will refrain from creating a profile for you. Moreover, data will only be collected, processed or used by us for consulting, advertising or market research purposes where you have given us prior authorisation to do so. Naturally, you may cancel the authorisation provided at any time.

Use and forwarding of personal data/intended purpose

All personal data that we obtain from you within the scope of using the website and in the normal course of business is collected, processed, and used by us solely for the stated purpose. As such, you may be assured that this will only occur within the scope of the applicable legal provisions and/or only with your consent. Within the scope of the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz), personal data collected by us may be forwarded to third parties with whom we work. We implement the necessary measures to ensure that such third parties are obliged to protect all personal data on our behalf. Insofar as required to do so by law or court order, we will forward your data to authorities entitled to receive the information. We will not sell your personal data to any third parties or otherwise commercially exploit it.

Protection of minors

As a principle, children may not transfer any personal data to our websites without the permission of their parents or guardian. We recommend that parents and guardians instruct their children on the safe and responsible handling of personal information on the Internet. On no account will we knowingly gather acquired personal data on children, or in any way use such data or effect unauthorised disclosure to third parties.

Links to other providers

In relation to direct or indirect references to external Internet sites (“links”), we accept no responsibility for the content or the data protection/data security concepts of these websites. An individual check of all content is not possible in every case. Please notify us immediately of any unlawful content on linked pages. In this respect, please also note our disclaimer of liability.

Privacy policy when using Google reCAPTCHA

We use Google's reCaptcha service to determine whether a human or a computer is making a particular entry in our contact or newsletter form. Google uses the following data to check whether you are a human or a computer: IP address of the terminal device used, the website you visit with us on which the captcha is embedded, the date and duration of the visit, the recognition data of the browser and operating system type used, Google account if you are logged in to Google, mouse movements on the reCaptcha areas and tasks that require you to identify images. The legal basis for the described data processing is Art. 6 (1) lit. f of the General Data Protection Regulation. There is a legitimate interest on our side in this data processing to ensure the security of our website and to protect us from automated entries (attacks).

Consent text in the newsletter form

Our free newsletter informs you regularly by e-mail about new funding projects, competitions and dates. The data you enter here will only be used to personalize the newsletter and will not be passed on to third parties. You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time or revoke your consent at any time by sending an e-mail to Your data will be deleted within one month after you have stopped receiving the newsletter, provided that there are no legal obligations to retain the data. By sending the data you entered, you consent to the data processing and confirm our privacy policy.

User declaration of consent

Upon using our website you agree that we may store the personal data voluntarily provided by you and process and use such data in observance of the above.