FALSIFIED RESEARCH

Not all scientific studies are as independent and unbiased as one would assume. In the past, many large corporations and lobbing groups have used their financial strength to influence lawmakers not to pass important legislation; laws that would have protected millions of consumers from severe injuries or even death.

When it comes to the rejection or approval of substances or products, scientific studies are often instrumental in the decision-making process. A substance or product that is approved based on biased or even completely falsified research, can have devastating consequences for the consumers. Unfortunately, forged scientific studies are a sad reality. The internet search term “falsified research” produces millions of hits. In almost all cases, the motive for the fraud is financial gain as an approved product can be worth billions of dollars in revenue.

LONG TERM HEALTH

Not every dangerous substance can be identified immediately. In some cases, it takes years or even decades until an approved but illness causing product is linked to serious health consequences or mortalities of consumers and is withdrawn from the market. Examples are Asbestos fibers that were used in different commercial products since the late 1800s. Their latency period (time from first exposure until the discovery of illness) is a minimum of 5 to 10 years and as much as 40 years. It took several decades until Asbestos could be linked to fibrosis and lung cancer. Other examples are medications like Fen-Phen (weight-loss drug) with thousands of victims and 24 years of market availability before it was withdrawn. Or how about Contergan? A sleeping pill that contained Thalidomide and that could cause extreme congenital disabilities, and that was responsible for abnormities in thousands of humans, and an unknown number of stillbirths before its tragic side effect was discovered. And the list goes on.

IT IS OUR LIFE

If we cannot completely rule out fraud and corruption of scientists and lawmakers, our society needs to find a different approach to safeguard the products we let into our bodies, the materials that we handle and that surround us, and the environmental conditions that we live in are not harmful.
FAIR QUEST tries to provide this alternative. Our goal is to detect potential relationships between long-term health and exposure to substances, products, or environmental settings. We archive this by enabling consumers worldwide to share their individual experiences anonymously through surveys for different controversial topics. The questionnaires are carefully created in cooperation with the online community to assure that all relevant aspects are covered, and no vital information is omitted. The resulting data of each survey is made freely available through the FAIR QUEST website and can be reviewed and researched by anyone.

WHO WE ARE

The FAIR QUEST organization is a group of independent scientists, researchers, and journalists from different countries. We create and conduct public studies for topics of highly controversial nature. Our objective is to provide free, transparent, and unbiased research data to the community.

FUNDING

FAIR QUEST finances all expenses exclusively through crowdfunding campaigns. This safeguards that all surveys and studies are created free from influence of interest groups and are conducted with maximum neutrality. Our members are financially independent and not bound by instructions in any way shape or form.

GET INVOLVED

There are several ways how you can become engaged with FAIR QUEST:

• As a participant in one of our online surveys (with reimbursement)
• As a supporter of our crowdfunding campaigns
• As a contributor to the creation of questionnaires
• As a social media communicator (with reimbursement)
• All or a combination of the above

If you are interested to participate in one of our online surveys, you should be between 18 and 65 years old. All participants receive a small payment as reimbursement for the time that they spent with the questionaire.

CURRENT SURVEYS

VACCINATED VS UNVACCINATED

Category: Pharmaceuticals

First international comparative study on the long-term health of vaccinated and unvaccinated humans.

CONTACT US

Block 2, Street 20
Al-Nuzha District
Al-Asimah Governorate
State of Kuwait

Phone: +965 51785324
WhatsApp: +965 51785324

Email: info@fairquest.org

COOKIE POLICY
COOKIE POLICY

Online privacy policy: Guidelines for the use of cookies

The protection of personal data is very important to us. Our highest priority is dealing with it in a trustworthy and transparent way. So that you understand what that means for you, below you will find a detailed explanation about what cookies are and what the cookie policy is at FAIR QUEST ORG (hereafter FAIR QUEST). Additionally, we explain how you can restrict or prevent the use of cookies.

Cookie Law

A new law on cookies demands that you, as a website user, are given the opportunity to understand how cookies are used on our websites and consent to cookies being stored on your computer (laptop/mobile/tablet).


What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded to your computer when you access websites. Typically, they contain the following information: a site name and unique user ID, the duration of the cookie’s abilities and effects, and a random number. As a rule, cookies cannot be used to reveal your identity or personally identifying information.

When you visit a website that uses cookies for the first time, a cookie is downloaded onto your computer. The next time you visit that website, your computer checks to see if it has a cookie that is relevant and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the website. The website then notes that you have been there before, and in some cases, tailors what pops up on screen to take account of that fact. They also might record how long you spend on each page on a site, what links you click, even your preferences for page layouts and color schemes.

Generally, the role of cookies is beneficial, making your interaction with frequently visited sites smoother with no extra effort on your part. Without cookies, online shopping would be much harder. Without cookies, some websites will become less interactive with the cookie option turned off.

 

Most common cookies

Session cookies

These cookies expire when you close your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome). These cookies are used for various reasons, for example, remembering what you have put in your shopping basket as you browse a website. They can also be used for security to access your Internet banking or email.

 

Persistent cookies

These cookies are still stored on your computer after you have closed your web browser which allows your preferences on websites to be remembered. These cookies are used for a variety of purposes, for example, remembering your preferences on a website (your language choice or your username on a website).

 

First and Third-Party cookies

This refers to the website placing the cookie. First party cookies are cookies set by the website you are visiting. Third party cookies are set by another website; the website you are visiting may have advertising on the page and this other website will be able to set a cookie on your computer. Third party cookies on the main web browsers allow third party cookies by default. Changing the settings on your browsers can prevent this.

Exceptions

There are some exemptions to the above where it is essential for a website to store information on your computer, for example, to provide a service to you that you have requested.

 

Our use of cookies

We use cookies to improve your experience on our websites and for functionality purposes, and to understand your usage of our website.

What you can do

You can control the use of cookies in your browser.

Special browser settings allow you to accept, block, or disable all or some cookies on your device. A corresponding manual of the most popular browsers can be found here:

Further information can be found at ico and allaboutcookies.

Enable and disable cookies

Cookie settings

In order to provide you with an optimal user experience, different cookies are used, as explained above.

If you disable and delete all cookies stored on your device that are related to the FAIR QUEST website, the information regarding which cookies you agreed to and which you did not agree to will be lost. Using another browser can also cause the cookie settings to differ; cookies depend on both the browser and the device (computer, tablet, or smartphone) used. The cookies used by FAIR QUEST are explained below. Please disable cookies in your browser as described above if you do not want to have cookies installed on your computer by the FAIR QUEST website.

Essential and functional cookies from FAIR QUEST (first-party cookies):

These cookies are set up by FAIR QUEST and are essential for the website to run smoothly.

Third-party cookies:

Through third-party cookies we can analyze user behavior on our website. This allows us to evaluate the site’s performance so we can continuously improve your user experience by understanding how users behave in different areas of our site.

These cookies are placed by our technical partners and all evaluations are anonymous.

If you do not want cookies to be stored in your browser by our website, please click on the links below for instructions on how to disable them.

Cookies from social networks:

These cookies allow you to share content on our website with others. This occurs most commonly through clicking on buttons on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and others. Social networks can also identify the user even if they haven’t clicked on a button.

You can read about the privacy policy and the use of cookies from the respective social
networks here:

The cookie policy explained above applies to anyone who visits the FAIR QUEST website, accesses services provided by FAIR QUEST, fills out a data collection form, or uses other services on the FAIR QUEST website that are used to transfer or access data. By browsing the FAIR QUEST website, you accept the cookie policy without conditions.

DATA PROTECTION & TERMS OF USE
DATA PROTECTION & TERMS OF USE

Data Protection and Terms of Use
Revision 1st July 2019

Thank you for visiting our website. The protection and confidentiality of your personal data is of importance for FAIR QUEST.

In this document we will inform you about the processing of personal data in connection with the services we offer at https://www.fairquest.org and other websites or apps (collectively referred to as “Platforms”) that incorporate this Data Protection Policy and the Terms of Use. Personal data comprises all information that relates to an identified or identifiable natural person (Article 4 (1) GDPR). This includes information such as your name, e-mail address, postal address, or telephone number. Information that is not directly associated with your identity, e.g. the number of users of an Internet site, does not fall within this scope.

Data Protection Policy

  1. Who is responsible for the processing of your personal data?
    The data controller (hereinafter referred to as “FAIR QUEST” or “we”) in the sense of the GDPR and other national data protection laws of the member states as well as other data protection regulations is:
    FAIR QUEST Organization
    c/o Mr. Siegfried Gretzinger
    Block 2, Street 20
    AL-Nuzha District, Al-Asimah Governorate
    State of Kuwait
    Tel: +965-51785324
    E-Mail: info@fairquest.org
  2. Contact details of the data protection officerYou can contact our data protection as follows:
    FAIR QUEST Organization
    c/o Mr. Siegfried Gretzinger
    Block 2, Street 20
    AL-Nuzha District, Al-Asimah Governorate
    State of Kuwait
    Tel: +965-51785324
    E-Mail: info@fairquest.org
  3. Purposes and legal basis of the data processing and period for which data will be stored
    In the following we inform you about the different purposes for which we process personal data, on which legal basis such processing takes place, and for how long we store the data. Insofar as we obtain the consent of the data subject for processing personal data, Art. 6 (1) (a) EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the legal basis for the processing of personal data. If the processing of personal data is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party, Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR will be the legal basis. This also applies to processing operations required to carry out pre-contractual actions. If processing of personal data is required to fulfill a legal obligation that our company is subject to, Art. 6 (1) (c) GDPR is the 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 (1) (f) GDPR is the legal basis for processing. The personal data of the data subject will be stored for as long as the purpose continues.
    1. Data processing in the context of a general use of our Platforms and services
      1. General access to our Platforms
        With each access to our Platforms, we automatically collect data and information from the accessing device and store this data and information in the log files of the server. We may collect (1) the browser types and versions used, (2) the operating system used by the accessing system, (3) the website from which an accessing system accesses our website (known as referrers), (4) the sub-web pages that are accessed on our website (5) the date and time of access to the website, (6) an Internet protocol address (IP address), (7) the Internet service provider of the accessing system and (8) other similar data and information used to defend any attacks against our IT systems. For security purposes, i.e. to be able to reconstruct an eventual attack against our Platforms, we store such data including the IP address for 14 days and then anonymize or delete such data. The IP address is required during the connection to transfer the contents of our Platform to your device. The legal basis for the processing and storage of the IP address is a legitimate interest as per Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR. The legitimate interest for the transmission of the IP address is that it is required to display the contents of the website; without transmission of the IP address it is not possible to display the content of the Platform. The legitimate interest for the temporary storage are our security interests
      2. Optimization of search and recommendation functions
        We may also store information about your usage patterns on our Platforms in order to create statistical models to make our Platforms more user-friendly. In this context we also save your IP address in a pseudonymized form (that means that a natural person can no longer be identified based purely on the information in the statistical model) to exclude automated accesses (bots) to our Platforms when creating the statistical models. Legal basis for this purpose is Art. 6 (1) GDPR. Our legitimate interest is to ensure the functionality of the statistical model to improve our services.
      3. Newsletter
        If you register for a newsletter, we use your e-mail address to send you the respective newsletter, in which we regularly inform you about interesting topics. To ensure that you are properly registered for the newsletter, that is, to prevent unauthorized subscriptions on behalf of third parties, we will use a double-opt-in process and send you a confirmation e-mail after your first newsletter subscription; this e-mail will request you to confirm the subscription. The legal basis for sending the double opt in email is a legitimate interest in the sense of Art. 6 para 1 f GDPR. The legal basis to send the newsletter after confirmed double opt in is your consent in accordance with Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 a GDPR. In connection with your newsletter registration, we also store your IP address plus the date and time of registration and confirmation, so that we can trace and prove the registration later. The legal basis for this storage is a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR, where the legitimate interest is in being able to prove the registration. We will store your email address for sending you the newsletter until you unsubscribe, or we stop sending the newsletter to you. The newsletters may contain what are known as tracking pixels tor the statistical evaluation of our newsletter campaigns. This is a miniature graphic embedded in HTML-formatted e-mails that lets us know when you opened an e-mail and which links in the e-mail were accessed. In this context your IP address will be transmitted to our servers, but we will not store the IP address or any other personal data. The legal basis for the use of these tracking pixels is a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR, where the legitimate interest is in being able to evaluate and optimize our newsletters.
        You may object to all types of FAIR QUEST newsletters at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs at the basic rates (i.e., the cost of your internet service provider).
      4. Contact form and e-mail contact
        Our Platforms provide contact forms that can be used to contact us electronically. By clicking the “Send” button, you consent to the transmission to us of the data entered in the input form. In addition, we save the date and time of your contact. Alternatively, contact via the e-mail address provided is possible. In this case, the user’s personal data transmitted along with e-mail and our response will be stored. The personal data voluntarily transmitted to us in this context is used to process your inquiry and to contact you as needed. The legal basis for the transmission of the data is Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR. The data will be used for this purpose until the specific conversation with you has ended. The conversation will be deemed ended when it can be inferred from the circumstances that the relevant facts have been conclusively clarified.
      5. FAIR QUEST surveys
        FAIR QUEST conducts surveys from time to time. As part of such surveys we will use the IP address during the connection (which is permitted under Art. 6 para 1 f GDPR, because it is technically necessary to use the IP address to display our content on your device). We will not connect any other personal data as part of the survey, but at the end of the survey we might offer you the opportunity to participate in one of FAIR QUEST’s official studies. In order to participate in the study, you will have to provide us with your e-mail address, which we will only use for the purpose of the study to communicate with you. In particular, the e-mail address will be stored completely separately from your answers to the study. The legal basis for the storage of your email address is your consent under Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR. We will store your email address for this purpose for a period of 24 month.
      6. Use of data processors for hosting and securing our platforms, administrative, troubleshooting, and support services
        We use data processors, which we list below, to provide our services. The legal basis for using these data processors is legitimate interest under Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR. The legitimate interest lies in the execution of our business activities, particularly to provide the services described elsewhere in this Data Protection Policy. No conflicting interest is apparent because we have entered into a data processing agreement with the respective processors under Art. 28 GDPR.
        1. Hosting
          We use data processors to host our Platforms and for back-up services, meaning that personal data that is stored on our platforms is transferred to these data processors. These data processor is 1blu AG, Stromstr. 1-5 Berlin, 10555 Germany. This data processors will store the data for the same duration as it is stored on our Platforms for the various purposes defined in this Data Protection Policy.
      7. Google Re-Captcha
        In specific cases we use the reCAPTCHA service https://www.google.com/recaptcha/intro/ by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, (“Google”) based on a legitimate interest (i.e. the interest to ensure the correctness of data, avoidance of automatic registrations / orders by so-called bots, and economical operation of our online offering within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) f) GDPR).Google is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement and thus warrants that it complies with European privacy legislation (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI&status=Active).We use re-Captcha to distinguish whether an input is made by a human or abusively by automated, mechanical processing. The query in this context includes the sending of the IP address and any other data required by Google for the reCAPTCHA service to Google. Your input will be transmitted to Google and analyzed for this purpose. For more information about Google reCAPTCHA and Google’s Data Protection Policy, please visit the following links: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/ and https://www.google.com/recaptcha/intro/android.html.
      8. Cookies and similar technology
        We use cookies on our websites. Cookies are text files that are stored on a computer system via an Internet browser. We use such cookies both as a technical means of providing services on our Platforms as well as for analyzing the website behavior of our visitors and on that basis developing a more user-friendly design of our offerings. For this purpose, we may also use other techniques, such as tracking pixels or code in apps. In addition, we may use these cookies or other techniques to target you with interesting job advertisements and other content. For the sake of clarity, we have moved the information on cookies and similar techniques in section 4 of this Data Protection Policy. More details can be found there.
      9. YouTube videos
        In the context of a legitimate interest according to Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 GDPR, namely an attractive design of our websites, we use the YouTube for the integration of videos. YouTube is operated by YouTube LLC, headquartered at 901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. YouTube is represented by Google Inc., located at 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
        On some of our websites we use plugins from YouTube. If you access our websites with such a plug-in – for example a media library – a connection to the YouTube servers will be established and the plugin will be displayed. It will then be communicated to the YouTube server which of our websites you have visited. If you are logged in as a member of YouTube, YouTube can assign this information to your personal user account. When using the plugin, e.g. by clicking on the start button of a video, YouTube can also assign this information to your user account. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube user account and other user accounts of the YouTube LLC and Google Inc. before using our website and deleting the corresponding cookies from the companies.
        As a Google subsidiary, YouTube is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement, which provides a guarantee to comply with European privacy legislation (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI&status=Active).For more information on data processing and tips for data protection by YouTube (Google), see www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/.
    2. Data processing if you register for a survey, a study or a FAIR QUEST account
      FAIR QUEST conducts surveys and studies for different topics. In this section 3.2, we inform you about the purpose, the respective legal basis as well as the storage duration of these processing operations.
      1. Surveys and studies
        First, we offer you the opportunity to participate in one of our surveys or a study. The purpose of data processing in the context of a survey or study is for us to send you regular e-mails about surveys and studies that correspond to a predefined profile or are recommended to you based on your provided information.
      2. FAIR QUEST Account
        Second, we offer you the opportunity to create a FAIR QUEST account. The purposes of the data processing under this contract are that:
        • We store the information that we request during the sign-up for the account for the purpose to evaluate if your profile matches the profile of optimal participants for a survey or study.
        • We store the applications you make through our Platforms in your FAIR QUEST account for you until you delete a stored application.
        • You can administer the FAIR QUEST e-mail newsletters
        • You can create a profile under the contract for your FAIR QUEST account. Which personal data is transmitted to us in this context depends on your uploads or your input into the relevant fields. Your profile will be stored until you delete it or your FAIR QUEST account is terminated.

We store your personal data for as long as necessary to provide the agreed service. The personal data stored by you in your FAIR QUEST account is available to you until you delete your account, your account is terminated and will be stored by us for this period. The personal data will be erased if you do so in relation to individual data or ask us to do so or if you or we terminate the account.

      1. Facebook Connect
        With Facebook Connect, you can use your Facebook account to open a new FAIR QUEST account at FAIR QUEST or to connect to a FAIR QUEST account. If you create a FAIR QUEST account via Facebook or log in to an existing FAIR QUEST account via Facebook, we will gain access to your public profile and your e-mail address. We use this information to pre-populate or update your FAIR QUEST account at FAIR QUEST and then provide you with the FAIR QUEST account in accordance with clause 3.2.2.Since we use your Facebook data to create a FAIR QUEST account, the legal basis is the contract for the FAIR QUEST account pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR, as in described in clause 3.2.2. We will store your personal data for the purposes and period described in point 3.2.2.
    1. Facebook page
      We use a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fairquest/. Facebook provides Page-Insights for that page to us. Page-Insights are aggregated data, which allow us to understand how users interact with our page. Page Insights can be based on personal data which is collected in relation to a visit of or an interaction with our page and its content by users. Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Irland („Facebook Ireland“) and we are joint controllers in the sense of Art 26 GDPR for the processing of Insights data and we have entered into an arrangement with Facebook Ireland which you can find at https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms/page_controller_addendum. Legal basis for our use of the page and Page-Insights is a legitimate interest in the sense of Art. 6 para 1 f GDPR, in relation to the page that means the use of Facebook as channel of communication about our company and in relation to Page Insights the better understanding of the interests of visitors of our page so that we can specifically serve these interests.
  1. Cookies and similar technology
    We use cookies on our websites. Cookies are text files that are stored on a computer system via an Internet browser. We use such cookies both as a technical means of providing services on our Platforms, for enabling e.g. certain functions, as well as for analyzing the website behavior of our visitors and on that basis developing a more user-friendly design of our offerings. For this purpose, we can also use other techniques, such as tracking pixels or code in apps. Some of the cookies we use are deleted at the end of the browser session, i.e. when you close your browser (known as session cookies). Other cookies are kept on your end device and enable us or our partner companies to recognize your browser on the next visit (persistent cookies).If not specifically stated below, you can view the exact retention period of a given cookie by displaying the cookie in your browser. You can set your browser up such that you are notified when a cookie is set and can decide individually whether to accept them or whether you opt out of accepting cookies for specific cases or generally. If you opt out of accepting cookies, the functionality of our website may be limited. We deal with specific cookies or similar technology below.
    1. Technically necessary cookies
      We use technical cookies. These are cookies that are merely required to collect certain information on our Platforms to provide a service required or wanted by you as user. This extends to navigation or session cookies that enable smooth navigation and use of the website (and for instance permit access to the restricted area); analysis cookies that are set directly by us to collect aggregated information about the number of users and their behavior; functional cookies that provide you with navigation by certain selected criteria as part of a service optimization (e.g. selected language, purchase of selected products).The legal basis for these cookies is a legitimate interest under Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 f GDPR, namely pursuance of our business purposes.
    2. Cookies and technologies that we use via third party providers
      We also use cookies or other technology provided to us by external providers in various areas. In the following, we inform you about the respective providers and how you can object to the cookie or the corresponding technology. In general, in the case of websites, you can make an appropriate setting in your browser and in case of our apps you can make the respective setting with the slider for anonymous statistics under „Settings“.
      1. Facebook Pixel
        The “Facebook Pixel” from the social network Facebook, 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA, is used within our website. This means that what are termed tracking pixels are integrated into our pages. When you visit our pages, the tracking pixel creates a direct link between your browser and the Facebook server. This provides Facebook with the information from your browser for instance that our page was accessed by your device. If you are a Facebook user, Facebook can allocate the visit to our pages to your user account. Please note that as the provider of the pages we are not informed about the content of the data transferred or its use by Facebook. We can merely choose which segments of Facebook users (age, interests) our advertising is to be shown to. By accessing the pixel on your browser, Facebook can also identify whether displaying an advertisement on Facebook was successful, e.g. if it resulted in an online sale being completed. This enables us to record the effectiveness of Facebook advertisements for statistical and market-research purposes. Please click here if you wish to opt out of data recording via Facebook Pixel: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=advertisements#_=_. Alternatively, you can deactivate the Facebook Pixel on the Digital Advertising Alliance page via the following link: http://www.aboutads.info/choices/.Transfer of data to the USA is permissible under Art. 45 GDPR because Facebook is Privacy Shield certified and thus an adequate level of protection exists according to the Implementing Decision of the Commission (EU) 2016/1250 (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/DE/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32016D1250&from=DE). The certification can be viewed at https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000GnywAAC&status=Active.The legal basis is a legitimate interest under Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 f GDPR, namely pursuance of our business purposes and the targeted marketing of our services.
  1. Transfers of data to countries outside the EU or the EEA
    In certain cases, we may transfer personal information to a country outside the EU or the EEA (so-called third countries). Furthermore, we use data processors or, within the scope of a legitimate interest, service providers that process data in some cases in third countries.
  2. Rights of the data subject
    If your personal data is processed, you are a data subject within the meaning of the GDPR and you have the following rights vis-à-vis the data controller:
    1. Right of access
      You may request confirmation from us as to whether we process personal data relating you. If such processing is taking place, you can request the following information from us:
      • (1) the purposes for which the personal data is being processed;
      • (2) the categories of personal data that are being processed;
      • (3) the recipient or categories of recipient to whom the personal data concerning you has been or will be disclosed;
      • (4) the envisaged period for which the personal data concerning you will be stored or, if no concrete information about this is possible, criteria used to determine that period;
      • (5) the existence of a right to rectification or erasure of the personal data concerning you, a right restricts the processing of the data by the controller or a right to object to this processing;
      • (6) the existence of a right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority;
      • (7) any available information about the origin of the data if the personal data was not collected from the data subject;
      • (8) the existence automated decision-making including profiling in accordance with Art. 22 (1) and (4) GDPR and – at least in these cases – meaningful information about the logic involved and the scope and the intended effects of such processing for the data subject.

You have the right to request information about whether the personal data in question will be transferred to a third country or an international organization. In this context you can ask to be notified of the suitable safeguards in accordance with Art. 46 GDPR in the context of the transfer.

This right to information may be limited if it is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievements of the statistical purposes and the limitation is necessary for satisfying the statistical purposes.

You have the right to receive a copy of the personal data undergoing the processing. For any further copy you request, we may charge a reasonable fee based on administrative costs. If the application is submitted electronically, the information must be provided in a standard electronic format, unless otherwise specified.
The right to receive the copy must not affect the rights and freedoms of others and the right to information does not exist if the information disclosed is confidential, in accordance with a legal provision or its nature, in particular because of the predominant legitimate interests of a third party must be kept.

    1. Right to rectification
      You have a right to rectification and/or completion vis-à-vis the data controller if the personal data concerning you that is being processed is incorrect or incomplete. The data controller must perform the rectification without undue delay. Your right to rectification may be limited if it is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievements of the statistical purposes and the limitation is necessary for satisfying the statistical purposes.
    2. Right to restriction of processing
      If the following conditions are met, you can demand that the processing of the personal data concerning you is restricted:
      • (1) if you contest the accuracy of the personal data relating for you for a that enables us to review the accuracy of the personal data;
      • (2) the processing is unlawful, and you oppose the erasure of the personal data and instead request a restriction of the use of the personal data;
      • (3) we no longer require the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but you need it to establish, exercise, or defend legal claims, or
      • (4) if you have objected to the processing in accordance with Art. 21 (1) GDPR and it has not yet been verified whether our legitimate reasons override yours.

If the processing of the personal data concerning you has been limited, this data – with the exception of being stored by you – may only be processed with your consent or for the purpose of establishing, exercising, or defending legal claims or to protect the rights of another natural or legal or on grounds of a compelling public interest of the EU or a Member State.

If a restriction of processing has been imposed in accordance with the above conditions, we will notify you before the restriction is lifted.

Your right to restrict processing may be limited if it is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievements of the statistical purposes and the limitation is necessary for satisfying the statistical purposes.

    1. Right to erasure
      1. Erasure obligation
        You may request that we erase the personal data concerning you without undue delay, and we are obliged to erase this data without undue delay where one of the following grounds applies:
        1. (1) The personal data concerning you is no longer needed for the purposes for which it was collected or otherwise processed.
        2. (2) You withdraw your consent upon which the processing was based pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (a) or Art. 9 (2) (a) GDPR, and no other legal ground for the processing applies.
        3. (3) You object to the processing in accordance with Art. 21 (1) GDPR and no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing apply, or you raise an objection to the processing under Art. 21 (2) GDPR.
        4. (4) The personal data concerning you has been processed unlawfully.
        5. (5) The erasure of the personal data concerning you is required in order to comply with a legal obligation under EU law or the law of the Member States to which we are subject.
        6. (6) The personal data concerning you is collected in the context of information society services pursuant to Art. 8 (1).
      1. Information to third parties
        If we have published the personal data concerning you and we are obliged to delete it under Art. 17 (1) GDPR, we will take reasonable steps (including in terms of technical feasibility), taking account of the available technology and implementation costs, in order to notify the responsible data controller who is processing the data that you as a data subject have requested from them the erasure of all links to this personal data or copies or replications of this personal data.
      2. Exceptions
        There is no right to erasure if the processing is necessary
        1. (1) for the exercise of the right to the freedom of expression and information;
        2. (2) to satisfy a legal obligation that requires the data to be processed under the law of the EU or the Member States to which the data controller is subject, or to perform a task that is carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the data controller;
        3. (3) on grounds of the public interest in the area of public health in accordance with Art. 9 (2) (h) and (i) as well as Art. 9 (3) GDPR;
        4. (4) for archiving purposes in the public interest, academic or historical research purposes or statistical purposes pursuant to Art. 89 (1) GDPR, provided the right specified under section a) is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievements of the objectives of this processing or
        5. (5) to establish, exercise, or defend legal claims.
    1. Right to data portability
      You have the right to the receive the personal data concerning you that you have provided to us in structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format. Further, you have the right to transmit this data to a different data controller without hindrance from us, provided
      • (1) the data processing is based on consent under Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR or Art. 9 (2) (a) GDPR or on a contract pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR and
      • (2) the processing is being performed using automated means.

Further, in exercising this right you also have the right to have the personal data concerning you transferred directly from one data controller to another data controller, where technically feasible. This must not adversely affect other people’s rights and freedoms.

The right to data portability does not apply to the processing of personal data that is required for a task that is performed in the public interest or the exercise of official authority vested in us.

    1. Right to object
      You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your specific situation to object, at any time to the processing of the personal data concerning you which is based on Art. 6 (1) (e) or (f) GDPR; this also applies to any profiling based on those provisions. In this case we will stop processing the personal data concerning you unless we can provide compelling and legitimate grounds for the processing that override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the data is being processed for the purpose of establishing, exercising, or defending legal claims. If the personal data concerning you is being processed for the purpose of conducting direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time to the processing of the personal data concerning you for such marketing; this also applies to any profiling connected to such direct marketing. If you object to the data processing for the purposes of direct advertising, the personal data concerning you will no longer be processed for these purposes. In the context of the use of information society services and Directive 2002/58/EC notwithstanding, you may exercise your right to object using automated means using technical specifications.
      Where personal data is processed for statistical purposes pursuant to Art. 89 (1) GDPR, you, on grounds relating to your specific situation, have the right to object to personal data concerning your being processed. Your right to object may be limited if it is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievements of the statistical purposes and the limitation is necessary for satisfying statistical purposes.
    2. Right to withdraw the declaration of consent under data-processing law
      You have the right to withdraw your declaration of consent under data-processing law at any time. Withdrawing the consent has no bearing on the lawfulness of any processing performed up to the point of the revocation.
    3. Automated decision in individual cases including profiling
      You have the right not to be subject to a decision that is based solely on automated processing – including profiling – that produces legal effects on you or is similarly significantly affects you. This does not apply if the decision
      • (1) is necessary for the entering into or performing a contract between you and the data controller,
      • (2) is authorized under legal provisions of the EU or the Member States to which the data controller is subject, and these legal provisions contain adequate measures for safeguarding your rights and freedoms as well as your legitimate interests or
      • (3) is made with your explicit consent.

However, these decisions must not be based on special categories of personal data pursuant to Art. 9 (1) GDPR, unless Art. 9 (2) (a) or (g) applies and adequate safeguards to protect the rights and freedoms as well as your legitimate interests are in place.

As regards the cases stated in (1) and (3), we take adequate measures to your rights and freedoms as well as your legitimate interests, which include at least the right to have a person intervene on the data controller’s side, to present your own point of view, and to challenge a decision.

    1. Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority
      Notwithstanding any other administrative or judicial legal remedy, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority in the Member State of your place of residence, your workplace, or the place of the alleged breach if you are of the opinion that the processing of the personal data concerning you breaches the GDPR. The supervisory body to which the complaint was submitted will notify the complainant of the status and outcomes of the complaint including the option of a judicial remedy under Art. 78 GDPR.
  1. Is there an obligation to provide personal information?
    If you want to participate in a FAIR QUEST survey or study, or if you want to create a FAIR QUEST account, you have to provide certain data. We will specify such data. In any other context, the provision of personal data is not required by law, nor are you required to provide personal information. However, the provision of personal data for the use of our services may also be partially required within the services we provide. In other words, if you do not provide us with the information we specify to be necessary, we may not be able to provide you with the full scope of services.
  2. Amendment of the data protection policy; amendment of purpose We reserve the right to amend this Data Protection Policy in consideration of stipulations under data-protection law. You will always be able to locate the current version here or another corresponding, easily locatable point of our website or app. If we are intending to process your data for other purposes, i.e. those for which it was collected, we will notify you about this in advance in compliance with the statutory provisions.