Privacy policy

The OEP Community (“we”) operates the website Open Energy Platform (the “Site”), accessible at With this privacy policy, we inform you about the personal data we collect when you visit our Site and how we process it. Thereby, we also fulfill our obligation to inform you pursuant to Article 13 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Identity of the controller

Till Mossakowski
Universitätsplatz 2
39126 Magdeburg


Purposes of processing, its legal basis and the period for which the data will be stored

1. General use of the Site

Generally, we do not store personal data while you use our Site with the exception that our webserver registers all connections to the Site automatically and collects the following technical information about your visit:

  • IP address
  • Name of the files accessed
  • Information about the transmission
  • Date and time of the connection
  • Amount of data transmitted
  • Operating system and
  • Web browser/ user agent
We process this data to establish a connection to your device over the Internet. We store the aforementioned data in log files in order to ensure the security and integrity of our IT systems. The respective purposes of the processing also constitute our legitimate interests we pursue with it (Art. 6 par. 1 lit. f) GDPR). We retain our log files for 14 days and delete them thereafter.

2. Registering for an account

You may register with us for an account. To register with us we ask you for your name, your email address and a password. Voluntarily, you may also give us information about your affiliation. We will use the information to create and manage your account and provide you with its features. The processing is based on Art. 6 par. 1 lit. b) GDPR. We will process your personal data for these purposes until you delete your account. You can delete your account anytime by contacting us under one of our addresses mentioned above.

3. Entering data into the Open Energy Database (oedb)

As a registered user you can create new entries or edit existing entries in our OpenEnergy Database (oedb). For this purpose we will process the personal data from your account as well as any data you enter into the respective fields of our database. The entries will be published and become publicly accessible. However, other users of the oedb will not be able to see any of your personal data. The processing is based on Art. 6 par. 1 lit. b) GDPR. We will process your personal data for these purposes until you delete your account but please be aware that the anonymous and not personal data you entered into the respective fields of the database entry may be stored for a longer duration.

4. Contact

You can contact us, for example, by writing an email. In such case, we will process the personal data you provide us with in order to answer your request. This may include especially your name, email address, subject of your message and the message itself. We will retain your messages until we have fulfilled your request. Afterwards, we will delete it immediately. The processing for such purposes is based on Art. 6 par. 1 lit. f) GDPR, while the purposes of the processing also constitute our legitimate interests we pursue with it.

Recipients and transfers to third countries

If we are not able to provide services ourselves, we use external service providers. These service providers are primarily providers of IT services, such as our web host, email provider or telecommunications provider. If not specifically mentioned elsewhere in this privacy policy, we do not transfer your data to third countries.

Rights of the data subject

If the respective requirements are met, the GDPR grants you certain rights as a data subject. Art. 15 GDPR – Right of access: You shall have the right to obtain from us confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning you are being processed, and, where that is the case, access to the personal data and certain information. Art. 16 GDPR – Right to rectification: You shall have the right to obtain from us without undue delay the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning you. Taking into account the purposes of the processing, you shall have the right to have incomplete personal data completed, including by means of providing a supplementary statement. Art. 17 GDPR – Right to erasure: You shall have the right to obtain from us the erasure of personal data concerning you without undue delay. Art. 18 GDPR – Right to restriction of processing: You shall have the right to obtain from us the restriction of processing. Art. 20 GDPR – Right to data portability: You shall have the right to receive the personal data concerning you, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and you shall have the right to transmit those data to another controller without hindrance from us. You shall also have the right to have the personal data transmitted directly from us to another controller, where technically feasible. Art. 77 GDPR – Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority: Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you shall have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement if you consider that the processing of personal data relating to you infringes the GDPR.

Especially right to object and withdrawal of consent

Art. 21 GDPR – Right to Object: You shall have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to processing of personal data concerning you, which is based on legitimate interests or for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller In such case, we shall no longer process the personal data unless we demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing, which override your interests, rights and freedoms or where the processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims. Where personal data are processed for direct marketing purposes, you shall have the right to object at any time for such marketing, which includes profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing. If you wish to object to any processing of data, you may send us an email to one of our aforementioned email addresses. Art. 7 par. 3 GDPR – Withdrawal of Consent: If you have given us your consent, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. In case of withdrawal, all data processing based on your consent before your withdrawal will remain lawful.

Obligation to provide us with personal data

You have no statutory or contractual obligation to provide us with any personal data. However, we may not be able to provide you with our services if you decide not to do so.

Existence of automated individual decision-making, including profiling

We do not use automated individual decision-making, including profiling pursuant to Art. 22 GDPR, which produces legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affects you.


For providing you the services of our Site we may use cookies. Cookies are small text files, which are transferred from the Site and stored on your device. Some cookies are stored only for your current browser session and will be deleted once you close your browser. Other cookies may be stored on your device for a certain period. You can obtain more information on how long specific cookies are stored within your end device’s or browser software’s settings. We use cookies to provide you with the functionality of our Site, especially with regard to our contact, database and login functions. Typically, cookies do not contain personal data. However, if that may be the case in certain situation, the processing of such data has its legal ground in Art. 6 par. 1 lit. f) GDPR. The aforementioned purposes also constitute the legitimate interests we pursue with them. If you wish to prevent us from storing cookies on your device, your web browser or device may provide you with settings to do so. You may find an instruction on how to change your settings in the help section of your browser or device. The respective settings only apply to the device you are currently using. If you use another device, change your web browser or reinstall your browser you may have to change the respective settings again. Please, be aware that not accepting cookies may lead to you not being able to use our Site and all its functions.

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Magdeburg, November 2020