Privacy policy

Privacy Policy and Consents according to the Basic Data Protection Regulation in the European Union

Table of contents

1. Objectives and responsible body
2. Basic information on data processing
3. Processing of personal data
4. Collection of access data
5. Cookies & range measurement
6. Google Analytics
7. Social plugins
8. Integration of services and contents of third parties
9. Newsletter
10. User rights and deletion
11. Changes to the privacy policy

1. Objectives and responsible body

In accordance with the requirements of the Basic Data Protection Regulation of the European Union, this data protection declaration clarifies the type, scope and purpose of the processing (including collection, processing and use as well as obtaining consent) of personal data within our online service and the websites, functions and content associated with it (hereinafter jointly referred to as “online service” or “website”). The data protection declaration applies regardless of the domains, systems, platforms and devices (e.g. desktop or mobile) on which the online service is executed.

The provider of the online offer and the responsible body for data protection is the

GWUP registered association (Society for the Scientific Investigation of Parasciences – German Sceptics),
Arheilger Weg 11,
64380 Roßdorf,
Chairman of the board authorized to represent the company: Amardeo Sarma;
(hereinafter referred to as “Provider”, “we” or “us”).

For the contact possibilities, we refer to our imprint.

The term “user” covers all customers and visitors of our online offer. The terms used, such as “user”, are to be understood gender-neutrally.

2. Basic information on data processing

We process users’ personal data only in compliance with the relevant data protection regulations in accordance with the principles of the data economy and data avoidance. This means that the data of the users will only be processed if there is legal permission (in particular if the data are necessary for the provision of our services / online services or legally prescribed) or if there is a consent.

We take organisational, contractual and technical security measures in accordance with the state of the art in order to ensure that the provisions of the data protection laws are complied with and to protect the data processed by us against accidental or intentional manipulation, loss, destruction or against access by unauthorised persons.

If content, tools or other means from other providers (hereinafter jointly referred to as “Third-Party Providers”) are used within the scope of this data protection declaration and their registered office is abroad, it is to be assumed that a data transfer to the registered office states of the Third-Party Providers takes place. The transfer of data to third countries takes place either on the basis of a legal permit, user consent or special contractual clauses which guarantee the security of the data required by law.

3. Processing of personal data (other than access data)

In addition to the use expressly stated in this data protection declaration, personal data will be processed for the following purposes on the basis of legal permissions or user consents:

Provision, execution, maintenance, optimisation and safeguarding of our services,

Ensure effective customer service and technical support.

Such data only arise when using our site if you contact us via contact form or e-mail. We transmit user data to third parties only if this is necessary due to contractual or legal obligations.

When contacting us (via contact form or email), the user’s details are stored for the purpose of processing the enquiry and in the event that follow-up questions arise. Personal data will be deleted if they have fulfilled their intended purpose and if there are no storage obligations to prevent deletion.

4. Collection of access data

In addition, we collect data about each access to the server on which this service is located (so-called server log files). The access data includes the name of the website accessed, file, date and time of access, amount of data transferred, notification of successful access, browser type and version, the user’s operating system, referrer URL (if sent, the previously visited page), IP address and the requesting provider.

This data is automatically collected directly from the web-provider (the server operator). With regard to the permissible and necessary storage and processing of this data, compliance with the provisions of the DS-GVO is ensured by the fact that the operator of this website has concluded a contract with the Provider for order data processing in accordance with § 28 DS-GVO.

User data will only be transmitted to third parties if this is necessary for billing purposes (not applicable to this website) or for other purposes if these are necessary in order to fulfil our contractual obligations towards the users.

When contacting us (via contact form or email), the user’s details are stored for the purpose of processing the enquiry and in the event that follow-up questions arise.

We use the log data without allocation to the person of the user or other profiling according to the legal regulations only for statistical evaluations for the purpose of the operation, the security and the optimization of our online offer. However, we reserve the right to subsequently check the log data if there is a justified suspicion of illegal use on the basis of concrete indications.

5. Cookies & range measurement

This website itself does not use first-party cookies for range measurement/analysis. You can convince yourself of this by checking this page at an online service like

6. Google Analytics

We do not use the Google Analytics service on this website.

7. Social plugins

a) Facebook
We use social plugins from, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. The plugins can be recognized by the Facebook logo or the addition “Facebook Social Plugin”. If a user calls a function of this online service that contains such a plugin, his device establishes a direct connection with the Facebook servers. The content of the plugin is transmitted directly from Facebook to the user’s device and integrated into the online offer by the user. User profiles can be created from the processed data. We, therefore, have no influence on the extent of the data that Facebook collects with the help of this plugin and therefore inform the user according to our state of knowledge.

If, for example, you click on the “Like” button or making a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted directly from your browser to Facebook and stored there. Furthermore, Facebook makes your preferences public for your Facebook friends. If you are logged in to Facebook, Facebook can assign access to our page directly to your Facebook account. Even if you are not logged in or do not have a Facebook account at all, your browser still transmits information (e.g. which website you have visited, your IP address) that is stored by Facebook.

If a user is a Facebook member and does not want Facebook to collect information about him or her via this online service and link it to his or her Facebook member data, he or she must log out of Facebook and delete cookies before using our online service. Further settings and objections to the use of data for advertising purposes are possible within the Facebook profile settings: or via the US-American page or the EU page

The settings are platform-independent, i.e. they are adopted for all devices, such as desktop computers or mobile devices.

For details on how Facebook handles your personal data and your rights in this regard, please refer to Facebook’s privacy policy: If you do not want Facebook to associate the information collected about you through our Websites with your Facebook account, you must log out of Facebook before visiting our Websites.

b) Twitter

With Twitter and the Re-Tweet functions, we use so-called “Social Plugins” from, operated by Twitter Inc. 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107. If you use the Re-Tweet functions, the websites you visit are made known to third parties and connected to your Twitter account. Details on how Twitter handles your data and on your rights and settings to protect your personal data can be found in Twitter’s privacy policy:

8. Integration of services and contents of third parties

It may happen that content or services of third-party providers, such as city maps or fonts from other websites, are integrated within our online offering. The integration of third-party content always presupposes that the third-party providers perceive the IP address of the users since they would not be able to send the content to the user’s browser without the IP address. The IP address is therefore required for the presentation of these contents. Furthermore, the providers of third-party content can set their own cookies and process the user data for their own purposes. User profiles can be created from the processed data. We will use this content as data-efficiently and data-avoidably as possible and select reliable third-party providers with regard to data security.

The following presentation provides an overview of third-party providers and their contents, along with links to their data protection declarations, which contain further information on the processing of data and, in some cases already mentioned here, possible objections (so-called opt-out):

Videos from the “YouTube” platform of third-party provider Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Privacy policy:

9. Newsletter

The newsletter service is currently not set up. If the newsletter service is implemented, this data protection declaration will be supplemented accordingly.

10. User rights and deletion of data

Users have the right, upon request and free of charge, to obtain information about the personal data we have stored about them.

In addition, users have the right to have incorrect data corrected, consents revoked, their personal data blocked and deleted, and the right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority if unlawful data processing is assumed.

The data stored by us will be deleted as soon as they are no longer required for their intended purpose and there are no legal obligations to retain them.

11. Changes to the data protection declaration

We reserve the right to change the data protection declaration in order to adapt it to changed legal situations or in the event of changes to the service or data processing. However, this only applies with regard to declarations on data processing. If user consents are required or components of the data protection declaration contain provisions of the contractual relationship with the users, the changes will only be made with the consent of the users.

Users are requested to inform themselves regularly about the content of the data protection declaration.

Last update: 05.05.2019 01:00