Data Protection Statement

Data Protection Statement

The LEDS Global Partnership and its host organization, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), attach great importance to responsible and transparent management of personal data.

Below we provide users with information as to

  • who they can contact at the LEDS Global Partnership and NREL on the subject of data protection
  • what data is processed when they visit the website
  • what data is processed when users contact us, join as a member, subscribe to the newsletter, or use other online services of the LEDS Global Partnership
  • how they can opt-out of the storage of data
  • what rights they have with respect to us

Data controller and data protection officer

The controller of data handling is the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401-3305
United States of America

For specific questions on the data processing, please contact the Secretariat (

Collection of anonymized personal data when visiting our website

For statistical purposes and to improve our service, this website uses the open-source technology Matomo On-Premise to analyze user behavior. Matomo is self-hosted on this website. Matomo collects information about user behavior on the site, including the shortened and anonymized IP address of the device being used. On our server, the information is anonymized and stored for the purpose of analyzing user behavior and improving our service. The state of current technology ensures that once information has been anonymized, it can no longer be traced back to the originating device or connection. The information thus collected is shared only with the internally operated server. It is never shared with third parties, including InnoCraft, the creators and maintainers of Matomo.

The following information is stored for each page you view and each file you download:

  • Technical details of the browser used
  • Anonymous IP address
  • Date and time
  • Page opened/name of the file downloaded
  • Quantity of data transferred
  • Notification of whether viewing or download was successful

The LEDS Global Partnership and NREL evaluate usage information for statistical purposes as part of the LEDS Global Partnership’s public relations work and for the needs-based provision of information within the scope of the tasks it performs (legal basis: Article 6 (1) e GDPR in conjunction with Article 3 BDSG).

Objection to data processing

Users who do not agree with the processing of the completely anonymous data about their visit can opt-out of the processing data at any time with a click of the mouse. This data will no longer be collected in the future. You can do so either by activating the “Do Not Track” function of your browser or by deactivating the field below. Please note that the second option sets a so-called “opt-out cookie” that tells Matomo not to collect any data about your visit. If you delete this cookie, you will have to opt-out again.

You may choose to prevent this website from aggregating and analyzing the actions you take here. Doing so will protect your privacy, but will also prevent the owner from learning from your actions and creating a better experience for you and other users.

To make that choice, please click below to receive an opt-out cookie.

Processing of personal data when contacting us

Users can contact us by writing us an email. The communication does not involve our website. At least the email address but also any other personal user data transmitted with the email (e.g. family and given name, address) as well as the information contained in the email are stored solely for the purpose of contacting the user and processing the request.

When contacting us by letter, the personal data transmitted (e.g. family and given name, address) and the information contained in the letter is stored for the purpose of establishing contact and processing the inquiry.

The legal basis for the processing of data in connection with email communication or communication by letter is Article 6 (1) e GDPR.

Membership and Newsletter

All interested individuals or organizations can join the LEDS Global Partnership, free of charge. You can do so simply by following the steps described on this page and sending us your membership request via email. In addition, members can opt-in to receive a newsletter. You can cancel your membership or newsletter subscription at any time. Neither membership nor newsletter subscription involves any data processing via our website. For detailed information about the data processing related to membership and newsletter subscriptions, please consult the membership form.

Processing of personal data in connection to the LEDS Global Partnership’s social media presence

On its website, the LEDS Global Partnership invites users to visit its company presence on social networking sites and platforms including, but not limited to, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Facebook.

These online presences are operated in order to interact with the users that are active on these sites and platforms and to inform them about projects and services. By clicking on a social network’s logo, the user is redirected to the LEDS Global Partnership’s presence on the respective network.

When users visit the platforms, personal data is collected, used, and stored by the operators of the respective social network, but not by the LEDS Global Partnership and NREL. This is also the case even if the users themselves do not have an account with the respective social network.

The individual data processing operations and their scope differ depending on the operator of the respective social network. The LEDS GP or NREL have no influence on the collection of data or its further use by the social network operators. We are not fully aware of the extent to which, where and for how long the data is stored; to what extent the networks comply with existing obligations regarding erasure; what analyses are conducted and links established with the data; and to whom the data is disclosed.

Access to the LEDS Global Partnership’s social media sites is subject to the terms of use and privacy policies of the respective operators.

Note on Facebook page

When you visit the LEDS Global Partnership’s Facebook page, Facebook records your IP address and other information in the form of cookies. This information is used to provide the LEDS Global Partnership, as the operator of the Facebook page, with statistical information on how the Facebook page is used. The LEDS Global Partnership can access this statistical data via what are referred to as ‘Insights’ on the Facebook page.

These statistics are solely generated and provided by Facebook. As the site’s controller, the LEDS Global Partnership has no influence on the generation and presentation of this data. The data is provided automatically and the service cannot be deactivated.

By operating the Facebook page, the LEDS Global Partnership offers a modern communication and information option. The processing of personal data in connection with the operation of the Facebook page is based on Article 6 (1) e GDPR.

As the operator of the Facebook page, the LEDS Global Partnership is jointly responsible with Facebook for the processing. However, the primary responsibility for processing Insights Data lies with Facebook. Facebook, therefore, fulfills all obligations under the GDPR with regard to the processing of Insights data (including but not limited to Articles 12 and 13 GDPR, Articles 15 to 22 GDPR, and Articles 32 to 34 GDPR). The rights of the data subject can be asserted either with NRELor Facebook. Should you contact the LEDS Global Partnership, NREL is obliged to forward all relevant information to Facebook.

The complete Page Insights Addendum regarding responsibilities and the data processed can be found here

Disclosure to third parties

The LEDS Global Partnership or NREL does not pass on personal data to third parties unless it is legally obliged or entitled to do so by law.

Transfer of data to countries outside Germany

The LEDS Global Partnership or NREL does not transfer personal data to third countries. When using social media, the privacy policies of the respective providers apply.

Duration of data retention

User data will not be kept any longer than is necessary for the purpose for which it is processed or as required by law.

IT security of user data

The LEDS Global Partnership and NREL accord great importance to protecting personal data. For this reason, technical and organizational security measures ensure that data is protected against accidental and intentional manipulation and unintended erasure as well as unauthorised access. These measures are updated accordingly based on technical developments and adapted continuously in line with the risks.

Reference to user rights

Visitors to the LEDS Global Partnership’s website have the right

  • To obtain information about their data stored by us (Article 15 GDPR)
  • To have their data stored by us rectified (Article 16 GDPR)
  • To have their data stored by us erased (Article 17 GDPR)
  • To obtain restriction of processing of their data stored by us (Article 18 GDPR)
  • To object to the storage of their data if personal data are processed on the basis of the first sentence of Article 6 (1) 1 f and e GDPR (Article 21 GDPR)
  • To receive their personal data in a commonly used and machine-readable format from the controller such that they can be potentially transmitted to another controller (right to data portability, Article 20 GDPR)
  • To withdraw their consent to the extent that the data has been processed on the basis of consent (Article 6 (1) a GDPR). The lawfulness of the processing on the basis of the consent given remains unaffected until receipt of the withdrawal.

Users also have the right in accordance with Article 77 GDPR to lodge a complaint with the competent data protection supervisory authority. The competent authority is the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI)

Last updated: [27 September 2021]