Privacy policy for Facebook

With the following information, we would like to inform you about the data protection aspects of our presence on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thelaend (hereinafter referred to as “Facebook page”). The facebook page is operated and managed by the Department of State Marketing of the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg.

Below you will find information on the purposes of using the Facebook page, alternative information and communication offers, the relevant legal basis, the type, scope and purposes of data processing by the State Ministry or Facebook, as well as your rights as a data subject and other sources of information.

Data controller and data protection officer

The Facebook page is operated by the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg:

Department of State Marketing
Richard-Wagner-Straße 15
70184 Stuttgart
Germany

Fax: +49 (0)711 2153 425
E-mail: [email protected]

You can reach our data protection officer at the State Ministry at:

State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg
Data Protection Officer
Richard-Wagner-Straße 15
70184 Stuttgart
Germany

E-mail: [email protected]

and uses the online platform of the social network Facebook of Facebook Ireland Ltd, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland.

The State Ministry and Facebook Ireland Ltd. (“Facebook”) are partly joint data controllers in connection with the Facebook page within the meaning of Article 4 no. 7 GDPR. To this end, the State Ministry has reached an agreement with Facebook on joint responsibility. For more information, see below.

Data Protection Officer of the Ministry of State

You can reach our State Department Privacy Officer at:

Staatsministerium Baden-Württemberg
Referat Landesmarketing
Richard-Wagner-Straße 15
70184 Stuttgart
Fax: 0711/2153-425
E-Mail: [email protected]

Purposes of using the Facebook Page

The State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg uses the Facebook page in order to be able to provide you with this online service for the performance of our duties in the public interest (public relations work for the umbrella brand campaign of the State of Baden-Württemberg).

Alternative information and communication services

The Facebook page is merely an additional offer for social media users. The State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg offers members of the public and other interested parties alternative information and communication options that can be used without drawbacks instead of the Facebook page:

  • The service portal Service-BW offers an online residents’ service as well as information and assistance in contact with the authorities.

The State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg points out that the Facebook page is solely for information and communication purposes, but that no residents’ service or other administrative tasks can be provided through it.

Processing of visitors’ personal data by the State Ministry

The data you enter on our Facebook page, in particular your user name and the content published under your account, may be processed by us insofar as we share or respond to your posts.

The State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg processes visitors’ personal data only to the extent necessary to process an enquiry or comment.

Processing of visitors’ personal data by Facebook

The Facebook page is an online presence within the Facebook platform offered by Meta Platforms Ireland Ltd, 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland (hereinafter "Facebook").

Thus, Facebook is the data controller for the processing of personal data on the Facebook platform as described below.

We would like to point out that you use these Facebook pages and their functions on your own responsibility. This applies in particular to the use of the interactive functions (e.g. commenting, sharing, rating).

Facebook collects the personal data of visitors to the Facebook page and processes it in accordance with Facebook's data policy. This includes, in particular, interactions with the Facebook page, such as calling up posts, images, sharing them, clicking the "Like" button, as well as information about the user's device (hereinafter "visitor data"). For more information about the Visitor Data processed, please refer to Facebook's Page Insights Data information.

The Visitor Data may be used to display content or advertisements to visitors of the Facebook Page according to their interest in certain posts on the Facebook Page or their interactions with its content, such as clicking on the "Like" button.

For the aforementioned purposes, so-called "cookies" are stored on the devices of the visitors of the Facebook page, i.e. small files that store the above information pseudonymously (i.e. without clear data, such as names or e-mail addresses). Users can find details about the cookies and the options for objecting to them in Facebook's cookie policy.

In an agreement between the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg and Facebook, it is stipulated that Facebook is primarily responsible for data processing and that the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg has no access to the individual data of visitors. Furthermore, Facebook undertakes to observe the rights of data subjects and to respond, for example, to requests for information, objections or deletion.

The State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg therefore asks visitors to the Facebook page to contact Facebook directly in order to assert their data subject rights with regard to the processing of their data by Facebook. For the aforementioned reasons, the Ministry of State Baden-Württemberg could, for example, only forward requests for information to Facebook. In addition, the Ministry of State Baden-Württemberg complies with its obligations to the data subjects in accordance with the information on data subject rights in the data protection declaration.

Furthermore, the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg points out that according to the agreement with Facebook, the Irish Data Protection Commission is the lead authority for the supervision of processing under joint responsibility. Visitors to the Facebook page have the right to submit a complaint to the Irish Data Protection Commission in addition to the local supervisory authority responsible for them.

Joint responsibility with Facebook and data subject rights

The State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg shares responsibility with Facebook for certain processing of the personal data of visitors to the Facebook page pursuant to Article 4 no. 7 GDPR and has concluded a special agreement with Facebook for this purpose (Page Insights supplement) in accordance with Article 26(1) sentence 2. This is the use of data collected by Facebook to provide it in anonymised form in statistics to the operators of Facebook pages. For more information on what data goes into the statistics, see the Page Insights supplement.

This agreement also stipulates that Facebook is primarily responsible for data processing and that the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg has no access to visitors’ individual data, but can only retrieve aggregated statistics, such as gender or age distribution. Furthermore, Facebook undertakes to respect the data subject rights and to respond to access, objection or erasure requests, for example.

The State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg therefore asks visitors to the Facebook page to contact Facebook directly in order to assert their data subject rights with regard to the processing of their data by Facebook. For the aforementioned reasons, the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg could, for example, also only forward access requests to Facebook. However, visitors are free to assert their data subject rights directly vis-à-vis the State Ministry. The rights are listed below.

Sharing your personal data with third parties | transfer to third countries

Your personal data will not be passed on to third parties by us – unless expressly explained above.

Facebook states that it shares infrastructure, systems and technologies with other Facebook companies. This may include the parent company Facebook, Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA. Facebook also shares information around the world, both internally between Facebook companies and externally with partners, as well as with third parties you connect with through Facebook services and with whom you share content. For details, please refer to Facebook’s privacy policy.

The personal data may also be transferred to the USA or other third countries for this purpose. These data transfers are necessary, according to Facebook, to provide the services set out in the Facebook terms of use and to operate globally.

Facebook transfers European data on the basis of standard data protection clauses, but reserves the right to use alternative transfer methods recognised by the GDPR (e.g. adequacy decisions). You can find more information about the standard data protection clauses at: https://www.facebook.com/help/566994660333381?ref=dp

Your rights

a) Right of objection

You may object to the processing of your personal data insofar as it is based on Article 6(1) sentence 1 f) GDPR (“legitimate interests”) (Article 21 GDPR). Your personal data will no longer be processed unless there are compelling legitimate grounds for processing that outweigh your interests, rights and freedoms, or if the processing is for the purposes of asserting, exercising or defending legal rights/claims. To exercise the right of objection, it is sufficient to send a short message to the above contact details.

b) Rights of data subjects

In addition, you may – if the applicable legal requirements are met and subject to any restrictions pursuant to sections 9, 10 of the Data Protection Act of the State of Baden-Württemberg (LDSG BW) – make use of the following rights, which you can exercise by contacting us at any time using the aforementioned data:

  • Right of access pursuant to Article 15 GDPR: You have the right to obtain information about your personal data processed by us (the processing purposes, the categories of personal data processed, the recipients or categories of recipients to whom your data have been or will be disclosed, the planned storage period or criteria for determining the storage period, the existence of a right to rectification, erasure, restriction of processing, objection to processing, complaint to a supervisory authority, the origin of your data if it has not been collected from you by us, the existence of automated decision-making including profiling and, if applicable, meaningful information about the logic involved and the scope and the intended effects of such processing concerning you, as well as your right to be informed about the guarantees existing pursuant to Article 46 of the GDPR if your data is transferred to third countries) and to a copy of the data;

  • Right of rectification pursuant to Article 16 GDPR: You have the right to have any incorrect data relating to you corrected without delay and/or to have any incomplete data stored by us completed;

  • Right to erasure pursuant to Article 17 GDPR: You have the right to demand the erasure of your personal data if the requirements of Article 17(1) GDPR are met. However, this right shall particularly not exist if processing is necessary for exercising the right to freedom of expression and information, for fulfilling a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for asserting, exercising or defending legal rights/claims;

  • Right to restriction of processing pursuant to Article 18 GDPR: You have the right to request the restriction of the processing of your personal data as long as the accuracy of your data that you dispute is being verified, if you refuse the erasure of your data due to unlawful data processing and instead request the restriction of the processing of your data, if you require your data for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal rights/claims after we no longer need this data after the purpose has been achieved or if you have lodged an objection on the grounds of your particular situation as long as it has not yet been determined whether our legitimate grounds outweigh your interests;

  • Right to be informed pursuant to Article 19 GDPR: If you have exercised your right of any rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing vis-à-vis the controller, the controller is required to communicate any rectification, erasure or restriction of processing of personal data to each recipient to whom the personal data has been disclosed, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort. You have the right to obtain information about those recipients.

  • Right to data transferability pursuant to Article 20 GDPR: You have the right to receive the personal data, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or to require its transmission to another controller as long as this is technically feasible;

c) Right to lodge a complaint

If you believe that the processing of personal data concerning you infringes the GDPR, you have the right to appeal to a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your residence, workplace or the place of the alleged infringement, in accordance with Article 77 of the GDPR, without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy. The supervisory authority with jurisdiction over us is the State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in Baden-Württemberg, Lautenschlagerstraße 20, 70173 Stuttgart, Germany.

Furthermore, the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg points out that according to the agreement with Facebook, the Irish Data Protection Commission is the lead authority for the supervision of processing under joint responsibility. Visitors to the Facebook page also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Irish Data Protection Commission.

Last revised: October 2021