Privacy Policy

(Stand: 12.02.2020)

General Information

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 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Under this link you will find definitions for terms used in this policy (such as ‘personal data’, or ‘processing’).

Data Collection on Our Website

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 Leibniz Institute for Educational Media | Georg Eckert Institute (GEI). 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 GEI, please feel free to contact the institute’s data protection coordination or our external data protection officer at any time and in complete confidence.

How do we collect 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 when subscribing to the newsletter. (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. We are also happy to contact you by e-mail, so long as you have given us permission to do so. Your data will not be passed to third parties.

Use of Social Media Networks

The links to facebook and twitter integrated on our pages are pure links. Therefore, no data is passed on to facebook and twitter by visiting our pages. However, if you use the link to get to these social networks, your initial page, i.e. our address can be traced by facebook or twitter. If you are also logged into your facebook or twitter account at the same time, a linking of your name with the visit to our website by third parties is possible.

What rights do you have regarding your data?

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. Contact details can be found in the website’s required site notice.
  • 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 Protect 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)

Web Analytics

The Institute's projects are supported by public funds. In order to be able to account to our funders for the use of the funds, we analyze the use of our website in anonymous form. We also evaluate this anonymised information for statistical purposes in order to provide demand-oriented information.

For these purposes we use the web analysis service "Matomo" on our websites. Matomo is an Open Source software designed for optimising a website. It is running exclusively on the servers of the GEI.

‘Anonymous’ form means Matomo stores in the database each new visitor IP address (ipv4 or ipv6 format) with the last components removed (2 Bytes). Your personal data will neither be analysed nor used for profiling or passed on to a third party. Given the anonymisation of IP addresses in this context, any user’s interest in having their personal data protected is duly taken account of.

Whenever you view individual pages of our website the following data will be stored on our website’s servers:

  • the anonymised IP address
  • the web page viewed
  • the files downloaded
  • the website (referrer) which linked to the web page viewed
  • the pages called up from the web page viewed
  • the time spend on the web page
  • the operating system and screen resolution of your device
  • the browser and the language used

The legal basis for the evaluation of information on the use of the website for the above-mentioned purposes is Article 6(1)(f) GDPR (Legitimate interest) in conjunction with Article 6(1)(e) (Public interest) GDPR.

Should you disagree with even the anonymised storage and analysis of the above details you may object to such storage and analysis at any time. In that case, an opt-out cookie will be written to your PC’s web browser meaning that Matomo shall cease to collect any session data.


Note to user

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