Terms of use

We endorse free speech from the bottom of our hearts. At the same time we want to make sure, nobody is wrongfully hurt or damage is done through content on our platform. Therefore we have some rules and guidelines.

Starting a petition

  1. Petitions, which are not addressed to a specific person, juristical person(s), parlamentary bodies or to organisations in politics, science, society or to general public, will be ended.

  2. Petitions violating state law and basic democratic laws and values will be ended. Petitions questioning the constitution will be ended. Petitions violating the European Convention on Human Rights or international law will be ended.

  3. Petitions against court decisions are only permitted, if further appeal to the ordinary courts or a legal regulation is required, which would prevent future jurisprudence affected by petitions.

  4. Abusive, derogative and discriminatory petitions will be ended and closed. This includes individuals and groups who can be attributet to the following characteristics: sex, religious affiliation, faith, origin, culure area, appearance, disability, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity or language.

  5. Petitionen mit falschen Tatsachenbehauptungen bzw. Tatsachenbehauptungen ohne geeignete Quellenangaben werden beendet. openPetition behält sich vor, Quellen in umstrittenen Fällen nachträglich einzufordern.

  6. Petitions which adjudicate subjectively upon the behave of people and groups will be ended and closed. Object criticism on a public person or group relating to their positions is allowed.

  7. Petitions with satirical content will be put into our troll tower.

  8. Petitions containing direct or indirect advertising for products or services will be ended.

  9. Petitions are only allowed if the petitoner registers with his/her full name or in the name of a legal person with the full address and an actively used e-mail address. The e-mail is used for the verification. The address can also be used for the verification.

  10. Respect copy rights for texts and pictures. The petitioner is responsible for ensuring the consent of the holder of rights and for stating the credits.

  11. To publish personal data of non-public persons requires the consent of this person.

  12. Petitions must be written in the local language. You can create other language versions of the petition.

Tolerated petitions

  1. Petitions which don´t care about our quality standards for petitions will not be listed openly.

  2. Petitions that are not of public interest or only pursue the petitioner's interest will not be listed publicly.

  3. Petitions with the same content as other ongoing petitions will not be listed publicly.

  4. Petitions addressed to a recipient who is not in charge of a decision will not be listed publicly and the supporters will be informed about that fact.

  5. In case some statements in the petition are controversial and/or not adequately proven, the petition will not be listed publicly and the supporters will be informed about our doubts.

  6. In case of a mild violation of our terms of use a deadline can be set for the petitioner to remove the violation (3 days).

Rights and responsibilities of the petitioner (author of the petition)

  1. The petitioner may choose a subscription period between 1 week and 6 moths. In well-founded exceptional cases an extension of the signing period up to a year is possible.

  2. The petitioner may edit the text of the petition until 1 week before the end of the subscription period, as long as the request is not altered fundamentally.

  3. The petitioner must check online and offline signatures and delete signature which are obviously invalid.

  4. The petitoner answers promptly to questions of readers of the petition. Questions are sent to the petitioner by email though an online form (the petitioners email address will not be visible).

  5. The petitioner can choose his own goal if he doesn't address the petition to a parliament, a government or an administration.

  6. For Petitons addressed to a parliament, a government or an administration openPetiion will provide an oPetition Quorum which serves as collection target.

  7. Petitions which reach the oPetition quorum and match our quality standards can be passed on to the parliamentarians of the responsible parliament. We will ask them to file an application for a meeting in the parliament within a period of four weeks or in the next parliamentary assembly.

  8. If no motion was proposed within this period, the petitioner may submit the petition to the specified addressee.

  9. The petitioner commits himself/herself to submit the petition when the subcription period has ended and to inform the supporters about the decision process.

  10. If the petitoner should not want to pursue his/her petition any more, he/she informs the supporters about it and withdraws the petition.

  11. Petitioners will be reminded about their committment to keep their supporters informed.

Data privacy policy for signature data provided to petitioners

  1. The forwarded data of signatures (names, location and date of signature) are made available to the petitioner until the resolution of the petition. They may only be forwarded to the person or institution mentioned in the petition by 'addressed to'. Any other reproduction, forwarding or commercial use is prohibited.

  2. After submitting the petition, all copies of the data that might remain with the petitioner must be destroyed/deleted.

  3. Petitioners may send messages through our system to their supporters during the subsciption period and after that until a decision was taken by the recipient. The email addresses are protected by openPetition. They will not be published and neither the petitioner nor the recipient has access to them. The messages must refer to the progress of the petition.

  4. openPetition may use the contact information of the petitioner to contact him/her on issues about their petition.

  5. English: openPetition reserves the right to inform the supporters of a petition about the news to the petition they have signed.

Copyright policy for texts and images

All petition texts, petition images, comments, debate comtributions and blog entries are published under the creative commons licence by-nc-sa. The attribution includes naming openPetition and the original author of the text or image if known.

External links

openPetition reserves the right to remove external links in petitions, comments, debate or blog articles. This applies in particular to links to pages or documents, which:

  • violating state law and basic democratic values
  • do not correspond to the European Convention on Human Rights or International Law
  • have insulting or discriminating content (this includes, among others, discrimination against individuals or groups that can be associated with or who associate themselves with the respective group by one or more of the following criteria: gender, religion, belief, origin, cultural ties, appearance).

Image policy

openPetition reserves the right to remove petition images with depictions that:

  • may have a shocking effect on people
  • show violence or atrocities against humans or animals
  • reveal personal data or infringe on privacy
  • are ponographic

User comments and debate

These terms of uses extend to user comments and debate. The basis for the moderation of comments and debate you find in the Netiquette.


We aim at using gender-neutral language where possible. For reasons of readability we use one form only in some places to address both.


For the unlinkely case that openPetition should be unavailable for some time or we experience data loss, you will abstain from compensation claims for damage that might have occured or for expenditures that might have resulted.

Subject to modifications

openPetition reserves the right to modify or extend these terms of use. Changes with retroactive effect will not be made.

Last edited: December 2015

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