Privacy Policy

by AGHub Admin created 2021-04-22T08:49:56+07:00

The Asia Garment Hub attaches great importance to responsible and transparent management of personal data.

Below we provide users with information as to

  • who they can contact at GIZ on the subject of data protection
  • what data is processed when they visit the website
  • what data is processed when users contact us and sign up for membership
  • how they can opt out of the storage of data
  • what rights they have with respect to us

1. Data controller and data protection officer

Data processing is the responsibility of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 32 + 36, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1–5, 65760 Eschborn, Germany


Please contact GIZ’s data protection officer if you have questions specifically about how your data are protected:

2. Information on the collection of personal data

2.1 General

The Asia Garment Hub processes personal data exclusively in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, BDSG).

Personal data are, for example, name, address, email addresses and user behaviour.

The Asia Garment Hub only processes personal data to the extent necessary. Which data is required and processed for which purpose and on what basis is largely determined by the type of service you use or the purpose for which the data is required.

2.2 Collection of personal data when visiting our website

When visiting the Asia Garment Hub, the browser used automatically transmits data that is saved in a log file. The Asia Garment Hub itself processes only the data that is technically required in order to display the website correctly and to ensure its stability and security. 

Each time the website is accessed, the data stored includes, but is not limited to, the page that is viewed, the IP address of the accessing device, the page from which the user was

redirected, as well as the date and time of access. A detailed list of the data stored is shown below.

 Log file fields


Displayed as




The date on which the activity occurred.



The time, in coordinated universal time (UTC), at which the activity occurred.

Server IP address


The IP address of the server on which the log file entry was generated.



The requested action, for example, a GET method.

URI Stem


The target of the action, for example, Default.htm.

URI query


The query, if any, that the client was trying to perform. A Universal Resource Identifier (URI) query is necessary only for dynamic pages.

Server port


The server port number that is configured for the service.

User name


The name of the authenticated user who accessed your server. Anonymous users are indicated by a hyphen.

Client IP address


The IP address of the client that made the request.

User agent


The browser type that the client used.



The site that the user last visited. This site provided a link to the current site.

HTTP status


The HTTP status code.

Protocol substatus


The substatus error code.

Win32 status


The Windows status code.

Time taken


The length of time that the action took, in milliseconds.

The data in the log file is deleted after three months.

Further information on data storage and transfer

The Asia Garment Hub is obliged to store the data beyond the time of the visit in order to ensure protection against attacks against GIZ’s internet infrastructure and federal communications technology (legal basis: Article 6 (1) e GDPR in conjunction with Section 5 of the German Act on the Federal Office for Information Security (BSIG). In the event of attacks on communications technology, this data is analysed and used to initiate legal and criminal action.

2.3 Cookies

When you visit the Asia Garment Hub, small text files known as ‘cookies’ are stored on your computer. They are used to make the online presence more user-friendly and effective overall. Cookies cannot run programs or infect your computer with viruses.

The Asia Garment Hub uses cookies to temporarily store login sessions and data privacy consent values.  Login sessions are  automatically deleted as soon as the browser on which the page is displayed is closed (referred to as temporary cookies or session cookies) This type of cookie makes it possible to assign various requests from a browser to a session and to recognise the browser when the website is visited again (session ID).  Data privacy consent values are stored indefinitely in the browser but contain no user identifiable information.

2.4 Matomo analysis service (user analysis)

For statistical purposes and user tracking, the Asia Garment Hub uses the "Matomo" (formerly "Piwik") tracking system. Matomo is an open source and GDPR compliant web analysis tool ( Matomo does not transfer any data to servers outside the control of the Asia Garment Hub. We are self-hosting Matomo on servers within Germany.

Matomo is configured with maximum privacy settings and does not use cookies to track specific user actions on the portal. The information (access log information; same as in 2.2 log files) provided by the Matomo tracking code is transferred to the Asia Garment Hub server and saved there, to enable us to analyse user behaviour. Your IP address and other metadata is anonymised. This means that our analytics system does not identify you as a registered user. You will remain anonymous as a user. The information collected regarding how you use the website will not be passed on to third parties. The Asia Garment Hub sees this analysis as an integral part of its online service. This information helps to consistently improve the website and optimise it according to user needs. 

The legal basis for processing personal data of users is Article 6 (1) point (a) of the GDPR.

Information on revocation of consent

Cookies are stored on the user's computer and transmitted to our site from there. Therefore, you as a user also have full control over the use of cookies. By changing the settings in your Internet browser, you can disable or restrict the transfer of cookies. Previously stored cookies can be deleted at any time. This can also be done automatically. If cookies are disabled for our website, you might not be able to fully use all of the website’s functions.

Please see the following link for more information about the privacy settings of the Matomo software:

If you do not wish your visit to be recorded anymore and remove your consent, click .

For this purpose, what is known as an opt-out cookie is stored on the device, preventing user data from being collected when the user visits the website in question. In order for the opt-out to take effect, the cookie must be stored on every device used. As the cookie is stored in specific browsers (programs for internet access), the cookie must be stored in each browser used on each device (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox).

When all cookies on a device are deleted, the opt-out cookie is also deleted and must be reactivated.

2.5. Use of social third-party services (Plug-Ins)

We are using third-party services on our platform. In doing so, we use the two-click solution. In other words, when you visit our site, initially no personal data is forwarded to the provider of the plug-ins. You can identify the provider of the plug-in from its initial letter or the logo. We give you the option of communicating directly with the provider of the plug-in by using the button. The plug-in provider receives the information that you have called up the corresponding website of our online offering only when you click on the selected field, thereby activating it.

By activating the plug-in, personal data is transmitted by you to the respective plug-in provider where it is stored (in the USA in the case of US providers). Therefore the transfer may entail transfer of data to third countries outside the EU.

We do not have any influence over the data that is collected and the data processing operations by the plug-in provider. Additional information regarding the purpose and scope of the data collection and its processing by the plug-in provider is available in the privacy policies of these providers as listed below. Here you also obtain additional information about your rights and settings options to protect your privacy.

Addresses for the respective plug-in providers and URL with their privacy policies:

The above third parties will have access to the same log information stated in 2.2 (log fields) related to the user’s use of their service and may read and write their own cookies.

3. Processing of personal data when contacting us or registering as a member

 When users contact us, the data provided is processed in order to be able to respond to the enquiry. The following contact options are available:

  • Contact form
  • Email

 A form is provided on the Asia Garment Hub to enable you to contact us electronically. When you use the contact form, we process your title, family and given names, email address and, where appropriate, your postal address and additional personal data provided in the enquiry. Providing the postal address is optional and allows, if desired, a reply to the enquiry by post. The processing is based on consent in accordance with Article 6 (1) a GDPR and for the purpose of processing your request.

By activating the checkbox and submitting the contact form, the user agrees to the transmission and storage of his or her personal data. It is possible to cancel the process of filling out the contact form at any time. Data is only transmitted if the form is sent.

An SSL-encrypted connection is used to transmit the data to the Asia Garment Hub.

3.1 Contact by email

 Alternatively, it is possible to contact the Asia Garment Hub via the email addresses provided. In this case, 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.

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

3.2 Registration as a member on the Asia Garment Hub

Personal data is used for the purpose of processing the membership on the Asia Garment Hub.

 For the registration, it is necessary to enter a valid email address.

After entering the email address, users receive an email containing a link for confirming the authenticity of the address and the membership (‘double opt-in’). If users do not confirm the registration by clicking on the link contained in the email, the data is deleted immediately.

The legal basis for the processing of data in connection the registration on Asia Garment Hub is the necessity of the processing for the performance of a contract pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. b) GDPR.

Furthermore, you can voluntarily fill out your profile with personal data as well as upload a picture. This includes the following data:

  • Birth Year
  • Gender
  • Name in native language
  • Description
  • Country
  • Organizational affiliations and role
  • Expertise
  • Interests
  • Website
  • Social Media links (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn)

We will publish your picture and your profile only if you give us your consent, otherwise it will remain visible only to you and the site administrators. The legal basis for the publishing is your previous consent in accordance with Art. 6 (1) a) GDPR. You can withdraw your consent at any time without providing a reason.

You can retract your consent to our processing of your personal data at any time. The various forms in the portal that collection information contain a field that can be set to withdraw consent. You can also request to retract your consent, by sending us an email to with your name and date of birth. You do not have to state a reason for your retraction.

Interaction on the Asia Garment Hub

You can upload resources, as for example case studies or reports, external links as well as events to the Asia Garment Hub. When you use these functions, we will store this data connected to your account. If you submit these items for publication on the platform and it has been vetted by the administrators, those items will be visible for other users on your profile and in the respective sub-pages of “Resources” and “Industry Calendar”.

You can post messages in the discussion forum and give feedback and ratings to resources. Should you use these services, we will store this data.

3.3 Processing of personal data in connection with social network use

 On the platform, the Asia Garment Hub 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 Asia Garment Hub 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 Asia Garment Hub. 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 Asia Garment Hub has 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 Asia Garment Hub social media sites is subject to the terms of use and privacy policies of the respective operators. Click here for the contact details and links to the data privacy policies of the social media on which the Asia Garment Hub maintains a presence.

Asia Garment Hub on social media

Note on Facebook fan page

 When you visit  Facebook pages, Facebook records your IP address and other information in the form of cookies. This information is used to provide the Asia Garment Hub, as the operator of the Facebook page, with statistical information on how the Facebook page is used. Asia Garment Hub 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 Asia Garment Hub 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 Asia Garment Hub 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 fan page, the Asia Garment Hub is jointly responsible with Facebook for the processing. However, primary responsibility for processing Insights data lies with Facebook. Facebook therefore fulfils 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 the Asia Garment Hub or Facebook. Should you contact the Asia Garment Hub, we are obliged to forward all relevant information to Facebook.

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

4. Disclosure to third parties

The Asia Garment Hub does not pass on personal data to third parties unless it is legally obliged or entitled to do so by law.

5. Transfer of data to countries outside Germany

 The Asia Garment Hub does not transfer personal data to third countries. When using social media/third party services and WeGlot translations, the privacy policies of the respective providers apply.

6. 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.

7. IT security of user data

 The Asia Garment Hub accords great importance to protecting personal data. For this reason, technical and organisational 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.

8. Reference to user rights

 Visitors to the Asia Garment Hub 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: 23.06.2021