1. General Information
  2. Data collection on our website
  3. What rights do you have regarding your data?
  4. Analytics and third-party tools

This privacy policy provides a brief overview of what happens to your personal information when you visit our website. Personal information is any data through which you could be personally identified. Detailed information on the subject of data protection can be found in this document and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR). Under this link you will find definitions for terms used in this policy (such as ‘personal data’, or ‘processing’).

Who is responsible for data processing on this website?

The party responsible for processing personal data in accordance with the GDPR and for other data protection issues related to this website is the Georg Eckert Institute, represented by its director, Professor Eckhardt Fuchs. Contact details can be found in the website’s required site notice.

Who can answer questions about data protection at the GEI?

If you have any questions, suggestions or requests regarding data protection at the Georg Eckert Institute, please feel free to contact the Institute’s data protection coordinators at any time and in complete confidence. They are: Alexandra Bänecke and Andreas L. Fuchs (datenschutz@gei.de). Our external data protection officer, Klaus Mönikes, can be contacted via the following address: klaus.moenikes@privsec.de.

How do we collect your data?

Some data is collected when you share it with us or relinquish it to us to be processed. This could, for example, be data you enter on a contact form or send us in an e-mail. (Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. a & f)

Other data is collected automatically by our IT systems when you visit the website. This takes place automatically as soon as you access our website. The information collected is:

  • browser type and browser version
  • operating system used
  • referrer URL
  • host name of the accessing computer
  • time of the server request
  • amount of sent data in bytes
  • IP address

These files are known as server log files and are stored for a maximum of 30 days, after which they are automatically deleted. The data is stored for security reasons; in order to clarify cases of misuse, for example. If data is required as evidence, it will not be deleted until the issue is resolved. This data will not be combined with data from other sources (Art. 6. Abs.1 lit f).

What do we use your data for?

Part of the data is collected to ensure the optimum provision of website services. Other data can be used, anonymously, to analyse how visitors use the site. We are also happy to contact you by e-mail or via the contact form, so long as you have given us permission to do so. Your data will not be passed to third parties.

You have the following rights, in accordance with the GDPR. We would like to draw your attention particularly to your right to request that your data be corrected or deleted. You may also file a complaint with the responsible regulatory authorities, if deemed necessary.

Right of access (Article 15)

As a user you have the right, at any time, to request, free of charge, information about your stored personal data. Please contact: datenschutz@gei.de

Right to rectification (Article 16)

As a user you have the right to request the rectification of inaccurate personal data pertaining to you.

Right to erasure (Article 17)

As a user you have the right, according to the requirements laid out in article 17, to request that personal data pertaining to you is deleted. This applies if, for example, you withdraw or repudiate your consent, if data is processed unlawfully or if the data is no longer required for the purposes for which it was collected.

Right to restriction of processing (Article 18)

As a user you have the right, so far as the requirements laid out in article 18 apply, to request restrictions on the processing of your personal data. This would apply, for example, if you wish to restrict further processing of such data, but do not wish to request the erasure of the data already collected.

Right to data portability (Article 20)

As a user you have the right to receive data concerning you and that you have made available, in a machine-readable format and to transmit this data without hindrance to another party, providing the conditions laid out in article 20 have been fulfilled.

Right to withdraw consent for the processing of personal data (Article 7 paragraph 3)

As a user you have the right to withdraw at any time the consent given pursuant to article 6 for the processing of your personal data. Any data processed before consent was withdrawn is not affected.

Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority (Article 77)

As a user you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. If you believe the processing of your data infringes the data protection regulations you may contact the data protection coordinators at the GEI (datenschutz@gei.de) or the relevant supervisory authority. The relevant body in Lower Saxony is:

Die Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Postfach 221, 30002 Hannover
Brühlstraße 9, 30169 Hannover
Tel.: 0511/120 – 45 00 / Fax: 0511/120 – 45 99
E-Mail: poststelle@lfd.niedersachsen.de
Internet: www.lfd.niedersachsen.de

When visiting our website your browsing behaviour may be statistically analysed. This will take place through the use of cookies and the analytics service Matomo. Your browsing behaviour will be analysed anonymously and cannot be traced back to you. You can withdraw your consent to this analysis or prevent it by changing certain settings in your browser.


Our web pages use cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer. They do not harm your computer and do not contain any viruses. Our cookies do not contain any personal data and are simply used to ensure an optimised service that is more user-friendly and secure.

Most of the cookies we use are ‘session cookies’ They are, with two exceptions, automatically deleted when you close your browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome etc.). The exceptions are: cookies that make it possible to recognise your browser when you next visit the site and the Matomo opt-out cookie (see section on Matamo). These both remain in your device’s memory until you delete them.

You can configure your browser to inform you about the use of cookies so that you can decide whether to accept or reject individual cookies, to automatically accept cookies under certain conditions or to always reject them, or to automatically delete cookies when closing your browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

Matomo (formerly Piwik)

This website uses the open source web analytics service Matomo. Matomo uses cookies that make it possible to recognise whether users revisit our site. The IP address is anonymised before any user data is stored, meaning that Matomo does not collect personal data.

If you do not agree with the storage and use of your anonymised data, you can disable this feature. In this case, an opt-out cookie will be stored in your browser to prevent Matomo from storing your usage data. If you delete your cookies, this will mean that the opt-out cookie will also be deleted. You will then need to reactivate it when you return to our site if you do not want your activity to be tracked.