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Why is the Document Foundation privacy policy in German?

asked 2018-06-20 03:59:01 +0200

ahiijny gravatar image

If you scroll to the bottom of the Ask LibreOffice site and click "private policy", it leads to a German legal document on the website. It looks a bit out of place, being on an otherwise English website. Did LibreOffice originate from Germany or something like that? Who wrote this document, and when was the last time it was updated? What's the story here?

This is just something I've been wondering about.

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answered 2018-06-20 04:31:44 +0200

updated 2018-06-20 04:59:40 +0200

LibreOffice is governed by The Document Foundation (the site of which you have mentioned), and the first sentence of its home page (the one that doesn't require you to scroll down ;-)) tells you (emphasis mine):

It is an independent self-governing meritocratic entity, created by a large group of Free Software advocates, in the form of a charitable Foundation under German law (gemeinnützige rechtsfähige Stiftung des bürgerlichen Rechts).

So, being a German foundation, all its legal documents are in German. The privacy policy is one of those legal (binding) documents.

The "story" behind being a German foundation has its roots in the time when LibreOffice was forked from OOo, and the group of people behind it considered different opportunities (including different countries/legislations) and their stability, record of other projects and their problems and how they solved them, etc. The steering committee had come to the conclusion that "... a foundation based in Germany would provide the best stability, not only for our users, but also for adopters, developers and enterprises".

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And now the German-language privacy policy page also points to English translation provided for the convenience.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2020-08-23 11:58:14 +0200 )edit

answered 2018-06-20 11:18:33 +0200

We are actually working on a translation of this (just as we did for the statutes many years ago). It's work in progress and currently under review, sorry for the delay here.

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answered 2018-06-20 11:44:43 +0200

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Not difficult to translate. Google gives this -

Privacy Policy DATA PROTECTION II Name and address of the person responsible The person responsible within the meaning of the basic data protection regulation and other national data protection laws of the member states as well as other data protection regulations is the:

The Document Foundation (TDF) non-profit, legal foundation of civil law Kurfürstendamm 188 10707 Berlin Germany Tel .: +49 30 55579920 E-Mail: Website: Link to the imprint: https : // I.II General information on data processing 1.2.1. Extent of processing of personal data In principle, we collect and use personal data of our users only to the extent necessary for the provision of a functional website and our content and services. The collection and use of personal data of our users takes place regularly only with the consent of the user. An exception applies to cases in which prior consent can not be obtained for reasons of fact and the processing of the data is permitted by law.

1.2.2. Legal basis for the processing of personal data Insofar as we obtain the consent of the data subject for processing of personal data, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as legal basis.

In the processing of personal data necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO as legal basis. This also applies to processing operations required to carry out pre-contractual actions.

Insofar as processing of personal data is required to fulfill a legal obligation that is subject to our foundation, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c DSGVO as legal basis.

In the event that vital interests of the data subject or another natural person require the processing of personal data, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. d DSGVO as legal basis.

If processing is necessary to safeguard the legitimate interests of our company or a third party, and if the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject do not prevail over the first interest, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO as legal basis for processing.

1.2.3. Data erasure and storage duration The personal data of the data subject will be deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose of the storage is deleted. In addition, such storage may be provided for by the European or national legislator in EU regulations, laws or other regulations to which the controller is subject. Blocking or deletion of the data also takes place when a storage period prescribed by the standards mentioned expires, unless there is a need for further storage of the data for conclusion of a contract or fulfillment of the contract.

I.III Provision of the website and creation of logfiles 1.3.1. Description and scope of data processing Each time our website is accessed, our system automatically collects data and information from the computer ... (more)

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