Data protection information
We take data protection and confidentiality very seriously and adhere to the provisions of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The valid data protection standards form the basis of our data processing, in particular the Church Law on Data Processing by the Protestant Church in Germany (DSG-EKD). Please read this data protection information carefully before submitting a report.
Purpose and legal foundation of the whistleblowing system
The whistleblowing system (BKMS® Incident Reporting) serves the purpose of securely and confidentially receiving, processing and managing reports concerning violations of the compliance rules of the Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung e. V. (hereinafter also: “EWDE”). The processing of personal data within the framework of the BKMS® Incident Reporting System is based on the legitimate interest of our organisation in discovering and preventing abuses and thereby averting damage for EWDE, its employees and customers. The legal basis for this processing of personal data is Section 6 No. 4 in connection with No. 8 DSG-EKD (Article 6 (1) f) GDPR).
The data controller within the meaning of data protection is the Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung e.V. (hereinafter also: “EWDE”), Compliance and Risk Management Team, Caroline-Michaelis-Str. 1, 10115 Berlin. The whistleblowing system is operated by a specialised company, Business Keeper GmbH, Bayreuther Str. 35, 10789 Berlin in Germany on behalf of EWDE.
Personal data and information entered into the whistleblowing system are stored in a database operated by Business Keeper GmbH in a high security data centre. Only EWDE has access to the data. Business Keeper GmbH and other third parties do not have access to the data. This is ensured in the certified procedure through extensive technical and organisational measures.
All data is stored encrypted with multiple levels of password protection according to a system of permissions so that access is restricted to a very small selection of expressly authorised persons at EWDE.
EWDE has appointed a local data protection officer. Enquiries regarding data protection can be sent to email@example.com or the following address:
Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung e. V.
Type of collected personal data
Use of the whistleblowing system takes place on a voluntary basis. If you submit a report via the whistleblowing system, we collect the following personal data and information:
- Your name, if you choose to reveal your identity,
- whether you are employed by EWDE or one of its subsidiaries, contract partners or members and
- the names and other personal data of persons whom you list in your report, if applicable.
Confidential handling of reports
Incoming reports are received by a small selection of expressly authorised and specially trained employees of the compliance organisation at EWDE and are always handled confidentially. The employees of the EWDE compliance organisation evaluate the matter and perform any further investigation required by the specific case.
While processing a report or conducting a special investigation, it may be necessary to share reports with additional employees of EWDE or employees of other subsidiaries and/or contract partners and members, e.g. if the reports refer to incidents in other organisations. These recipients may be based in countries outside the European Union or the European Economic Area with different regulations concerning the protection of personal data. We will always ensure that the applicable data protection regulations are complied with when sharing reports.
All persons who receive access to the data are obligated to maintain confidentiality.
Information about the accused
We are legally obligated to inform accused parties of any reports received against them as soon as the disclosure of this information no longer jeopardises the investigation. Your identity as a whistleblower will not be disclosed unless we are legally bound to do so.
Rights of the data subjects
Pursuant to European data protection legislation, you and the persons named in the report have a right of access, rectification, erasure and restriction of processing and a right to object the processing of your personal data. If the right to object to the processing of the personal data is invoked, the necessity of the stored data for the examination of a report will be evaluated immediately. Data that are no longer needed will be deleted at once. You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority (EKD Data Protection Officer, https://datenschutz.ekd.de).
Retention period of personal data
Personal data are retained for as long as necessary to clarify the situation and perform a final assessment or for as long as a legitimate interest exists on the part of the organisation or retention is required by law. After the report processing is concluded, the data will be deleted in accordance with statutory requirements.
Use of the whistleblowing system
Communication between your computer and the whistleblowing system takes place over an encrypted connection (SSL). Your IP address will not be stored during your use of the whistleblowing system. In order to maintain the connection between your computer and the BKMS® Incident Reporting system, a cookie is stored on your computer that merely contains the session ID (a so-called session cookie). This cookie is only valid until the end of your session and expires when you close your browser.
You can set up a postbox within the whistleblowing system that is secured with an individually-selected pseudonym/user name and password. This allows you to send reports to the responsible employee at EWDE in a secure manner, either by name or anonymously. This system only stores data inside the whistleblowing system, which makes it particularly secure. It is not a form of regular email communication.
Note on sending attachments
When submitting a report or sending an addition, you have the option of sending attachments to the responsible employee at EWDE. If you wish to submit an anonymous report, please take note of the following security advice: Files can contain hidden personal data that could put your anonymity at risk. Remove such data before sending. If you are unable to remove this data or are uncertain about how to do so, copy the text of your attachment into your report text or send the printed document anonymously to the address listed in the footer, citing the reference number received at the end of the reporting process.