Privacy policy

Data protection

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

In general, you can use our website without providing personal data. Where personal data (e.g. name, address or email address) is collected on our website, this is always done on a voluntary basis to the extent possible. This data is only shared with the organiser of the initiative. Your data will not be passed on to third parties without your express consent. An exception to this is the publication of your name when you register for an initiative. At that point, your name will be included and displayed in the public list of participants on the initiative’s website. If you do not want your name to be displayed there, send us an email with the subject “Remove name” to hello@cobenefit.co.

We would like to point out that data transmission over the Internet (e.g. when communicating by email) can have security gaps. A complete protection of the data against access by third parties is not possible.

Data collection for research purposes

The initiatives in the Oldenburger Münsterland region are supported by the Chair of Social Services Management at the University of Vechta as part of the Interreg VB NSR Stronghouse project for scientific research purposes. In the Stronghouse project, the chair examines decision-making conditions and behaviour-compatible design mechanisms for private renovation and retrofitting campaigns.

The data is collected in accordance with the requirements of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Your participation is of course voluntary and non-binding. Your details will be used by the Stronghouse project exclusively for research purposes and will be anonymized before they are made available for scientific evaluations.

Cookies

Our website uses so-called cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies allow us to make our website more user-friendly, more effective and safer. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognize your browser the next time you visit.

You can set your browser to inform you about the placement of cookies and only allow cookies in individual cases, exclude the acceptance of cookies for certain cases or in general, and activate the automatic deletion of cookies when you close the browser. If you deactivate cookies, the functionality of this website may be restricted.

Server-Log-Files

The website provider automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transmits to us. These are:

These data cannot be assigned to specific persons. This data is not combined with other data sources. We reserve the right to check this data retrospectively if we become aware of specific indications of illegal use.

Contact form

If you send us inquiries using the contact form, your details from the inquiry form, including the contact details you provided there, will be stored by us for the purpose of processing the inquiry and in case of follow-up questions. We do not pass on this data without your consent.

Spam prevention through Friendly Captcha

Friendly Captcha protects websites and online services from spam and abuse. Using proof-of-work, this solution employs a fundamentally new approach to spam prevention and therefore does not depend on tracking users and exploiting personal data.

When you visit a site that includes the Friendly Captcha widget and send a puzzle request, the following log data are collected:

Friendly Captcha stores an anonymised counter per IP address for dynamic puzzle difficulty on the edge network to detect malicious users and minimize blocking legitimate users. This data is stored entirely separately from the rest of the data and cannot be correlated to specific websites or anything else. Friendly Captcha anonymises IP addresses using a one-way hash of certain values so they cannot be personally identified.

Friendly Captcha does NOT ask for other information or personal information, such as your name, email, and online profiles.

Web analysis through Matomo

We use the open source software tool Matomo (formerly PIWIK) on our website to analyse the surfing behaviour of our users. This is an open source tool for web analysis. Matomo does not transmit data to servers outside of CoBenefit's control.

Matomo uses cookies. These text files are stored on your computer and make it possible for CoBenefit to analyse the use of its website. To this end, the information on usage obtained through the cookie is transmitted to CoBenefit's server and stored so that usage behaviour can be evaluated. Your IP address is an anonymous identifier for us; we have no technical way of identifying you as a registered user with it. You remain anonymous as a user.

CoBenefit sees this analysis as part of its Internet service. It wants to use it to evaluate communication messages and channels and to further improve the website. If you agree to web analysis using Matomo, the following data is collected when you call up individual pages of our website:

  1. 2 bytes of the IP address of the user's calling system
  2. The called website
  3. The domain of the website from which the user reached the called website (referrer)
  4. The subpages, The time spent on the website
  5. The frequency with which the website is accessed

The software runs exclusively on the servers of our website. A storage of the personal data of the users only takes place there. The data is not passed on to third parties.