Become a Member
Use the registration form to join MercatorGlobe – the alumni portal of the Mercator foundation. In case of questions regarding the registration, contact us.
Below, we summarise the personal data we gather and how we process it. “Personal data” refers to details that can help identify a person, that is, details that can be traced back to an individual. This typically includes the name, e-mail address or telephone number. Purely technical data that may be assigned to a person are also considered personal data. Our platform is operated by Paulbergman GmbH (https://www.alumnii.de), which acts as the data processor of all data collected on this platform. The lawfulness of data processing is based on Art. 6(1f) of the GDPR. This standard permits the processing of personal data within the scope of the responsible party’s “legitimate interest” “except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data”. Our legitimate interest is outsourcing tasks to external service providers who, because of their specialization, can do this more efficiently. You can object to this data processing at any time if specific reasons related to your particular situation speak against it. In that case, just send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send any questions you may have regarding data protection to the data protection officer at: mercatorAT2b-advice DOT com.
When you visit our platform…
… we collect data transferred in connection your visit, in particular, the date and time the portal is accessed, your IP address, where the request originated (the “referer”) and data about your operating system and browser. We also collect data on the sub-pages you access.
IP addresses are assigned to every device (smartphones, tablets, PCs) connected to the Internet. Which IP address this is depends on the Internet access your end device uses to go online. This may be the IP address assigned by your Internet Service Provider, for example, if you use Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet at home. However, it could be an IP address assigned by your mobile network operator or the IP address of a public or private Wi-Fi company or other Internet connection. In its current most common form (IPv4), the IP address consists of four groups of digits. Most of the time, as a private user you will not be using a constant IP address because your provider only temporarily assigns you an IP address (a “dynamic IP”). In principle, a permanent IP address (a “static IP”) makes it easier to clearly identify users. Except for prosecuting hackers, we generally do not use this data in any personalized fashion. We use it to evaluate – on an anonymous basis – how many times the portal is accessed daily, and similar information.
Our portal uses the new IPv6 addresses. An IPv6 address consists of eight groups of four digits each. The first four groups of digits are typically assigned dynamically to private users; the device you use to browse the Internet determines the last four groups of digits (the “interface identifier”). Unless configured differently in your operating system, a “MAC address” is used. This is a type of serial number that is uniquely assigned to each IP-enabled device in the world. We do not save the last four blocks of your IPv6 address. In general, we recommend that you activate the “privacy extensions” on your end device in order to more effectively pseudonymize the last four blocks of your IPv6 address. Most common operating systems have privacy extensions, but they are not always factory presets.
The authorization for data processing is based on GDPR Art. 6(1f). This standard allows the processing of personal data within the scope of the responsible party’s “legitimate interests”, unless your fundamental rights, fundamental freedoms and interests prevail. Our legitimate interest is constantly improving our offer, as well as analyzing and defending the platform against attacks and ending misuse. You can object to this data processing at any time if specific reasons based on your situation speak against it. All you need to do is send an e-mail to: email@example.com.
All personal data in log files is automatically deleted after 30 days at the latest.
All personal data is automatically deleted after 24 months at the latest.
If you register for the newsletter or use the contact form…
… we collect all the data you provide in the respective forms in addition to the data mentioned above. We store this data on the basis of your consent in accordance with GDPR Art. 6(1a). When processing contact requests, the data we collect is deleted after your request has been dealt with or, if necessary, will be saved on the basis of the initiation of a contractual relationship (legitimized in this case by Art. 6(1b) of the GDPR). You can delete your personal data that was collected in connection with registering for a newsletter by using the link found at the end of the newsletter.
Google reCAPTCHA is used to check and avoid interactions on our portal through automated access or “bots”. This is a service provided by Google LLC, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4 Ireland, hereinafter referred to as “Google”.
Through certification under the "EU/US Privacy Shield" Google guarantees compliance with EU data protection requirements when personal data is processed in the USA.
This service makes it possible for Google to determine the portal from which a request is sent and the IP address where the reCAPTCHA input box is used. In addition to the IP address, Google may also collect other information necessary to provide and ensure the service.
The legal basis for this is GDPR Art. 6(1f). Our legitimate interests lie in making our portal secure and defending against unwanted automated access in the form of spam or the like. Google offers further information regarding the general handling of your user data at https://policies.google.com/privacy.
When you register as a member…
… we collect the same data as for non-registered visitors to the platform (see above). In addition, we collect the data generated when you interact with our system – contact details and images that you enter or upload. We store messages that you send to other members, comments you make on the platform, groups you join, your tags, and your participation in events. In order to regularly improve our mailings, we also record whether you have opened and clicked on e-mail newsletters.
We collect all this data to fulfil our contractual obligations to you in pursuit of our purpose (Networking within the Mercator Network), Art. 6(1b) of the GDPR. To fulfill our obligations, we need at least your name and an e-mail address. Unless you provide these details, you cannot be a member in the network. We may request additional mandatory information in order to authenticate potential members.
All other data is to be provided voluntarily in order to enable us and other members to contact you more easily. You can view the data stored about you in your profile settings, where you can also delete your personal data. In keeping with the platform’s purpose, we make your contact details available to other members of the network. In your profile settings, you can control exactly which data can be viewed by other members.
From time to time we will contact you by e-mail to inform you about current developments in and around our network. You may opt out of receiving such e-mails in your profile settings. However, even if you have chosen not to receive newsletters, we reserve the right to send you e-mails if this is necessary to fulfill the purpose of the network (e.g., to provide obligatory information).
As a data subject……you have the following rights under the GDPR:
- You may request information about the personal data we have processed. This includes information about why we process data, categories of personal data, categories of recipients and the planned storage period. You can get an overview of this in your profile settings.
- You can request the rectification or completion of data we have stored. As a rule, you can also correct the data yourself in your profile settings. You can further request that all the data we have processed be erased. The easiest way to do this is to use the delete button in your profile settings.
- You may request that the processing of your personal data be restricted.
- You can request your personal data in a machine-readable format and to transmit it to another responsible party.
- You can withdraw all forms of consent used to process your data at any time. The easiest way to do this is in your profile settings.
- AIf we process your data on the basis of a legitimate interest, you are entitled to object.
If you have any questions or objections regarding data protection, and to exercise the rights named above, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to answer your questions. You also have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority.
A list of supervisory authorities can be found at: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html
(1) Operator and User
(2) Object of the Agreement
(3) User Rights and Obligations and Netiquette
3.1 Your personal password must be kept secret from third parties. Should users have reason to believe that others know their password, it must be changed immediately. Passwords can be changed in the user profile.
3.3 MercatorGlobe users are responsible for their activities on the entire platform. Only content and statements that do not violate the rights of others (especially copyrights and ancillary copyrights) may be published. It is expressly forbidden to communicate, transmit or post content and/or statements that are illegal – especially those with insulting, discriminatory or pornographic content, and those that glorify violence or offend public morality. This also covers content that can be accessed via links posted by users. The use of offensive content and designations, as well as other representations suspected to be illegal but that cannot be conclusively determined, are prohibited.
Unauthorized activities, content and/or statements include but are not limited to:
- Content that violates human dignity and religiously or politically extreme content, as well as content that is racist or hateful, or that glorifies war.
- Content that is harmful to young people.
- Any representation and incitement to violence against people, institutions, and animals.
- Conspiracy to commit criminal and terrorist acts.
- The use of insulting or defamatory content, whether or not it concerns other users, staff, other persons or institutions.
- The unacceptable nuisance of other users, especially through spam (see Sec 7 of the Act Against Unfair Competition, UWG).
- Content protected by law (e.g., by copyright, trademark, patent, design or utility model law) or the unauthorized advertising, promotion and/or distribution of legally protected goods or services.
- Using MercatorGlobe for commercial purposes. Sending unsolicited product content (spamming) is prohibited. This includes chain letters, games of chance and appeals for donations.
3.4 Actions intended to interfere with the operation of the platform or to render MercatorGlobe inoperative are prohibited and can be prosecuted under civil and criminal law. Particularly actions that could affect the platform’s logical and physical structure are prohibited.
3.5 Data and content on MercatorGlobe may not be read out for the purpose of collecting data, stored, processed, modified or forwarded, either manually or automatically, without permission. Data and content may not be used for commercial purposes or otherwise misused. Technical attacks that aim to alter, misuse, delete or otherwise damage individual users’ data in whole or in part are prohibited.
(4) The Operator’s Tasks, Rights and Obligations
4.1 With MercatorGlobe, the operator provides a platform for users to contact and exchange with others. Technical applications are provided solely for these purposes. There is no guarantee that contacts will be established. The operator endeavours to ensure the proper functioning of the platform.
System availability may be impaired by maintenance or other factors. There is no claim for compensation.
(5) Terminating an Account
Users can request to have their accounts deleted at any time by e-mailing the operator at: email@example.com. All of the user’s personal data will be deleted. This process is irrevocable.
6.1 The operator has taken the greatest possible care in compiling the contents of MercatorGlobe. The operator assumes no liability for the correctness, accuracy or absence of error of the information provided there.
6.2 The operator assumes no liability for content published by users. Users guarantee that the content they publish (including statements and contributions) can be used free of third-party rights. Users shall indemnify the operator of all claims, including those for damages that other users or third parties may assert due to the infringement of their rights by content published by users on MercatorGlobe or due to infringement of the aforementioned obligations and/or harmful acts of the users. Users shall bear all reasonable costs incurred by the operator as a result of their infringement of third-party rights, including reasonable costs for legal defence. These obligations do not apply if the user is not responsible for the infringement in question.
6.3 The operator assumes no liability for the content of external websites. Operators of linked pages are solely responsible for their content.
6.4 Users are liable for all damage they cause the operator. Section 6.2 remains unaffected.
6.5 The operator, its legal representatives, and vicarious agents are liable for intent and negligence in the event of a breach of material contractual obligations, i.e., those that make proper execution of the contract possible in the first place and on whose observance users may rely. In the event of gross negligence, however, this is limited to damage that is foreseeable and typical for the type of contract. The operator, its legal representatives and vicarious agents are otherwise only liable for damages caused by intent or gross negligence. In the event of gross negligence, liability is limited to damage that is foreseeable and typical for the type of contract; the operator is not liable for indirect damage and consequential damage.
The aforementioned limitations and exclusions of liability do not apply in the event of injury to life, limb or health, or in the event of claims under the Product Liability Act.
(8) Termination of Services
The operator is entitled to terminate the service within a certain period, and in doing so, to delete user content and block user access.
(9) Copyright/Usage Rights
The copyright for posted contributions remains with the user. The user grants the operator has the right to move or delete contributions from the platform. Users can delete their contributions at any time.
10.2 This contract is governed by the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods shall not apply. The place of jurisdiction is Essen.