Data protection

Privacy Police

General

We are pleased that you have chosen to visit www.ghst.de, the website of the Hertie Foundation. Thank you for your interest in our areas of work. We take the protection of your personal details while you are on our website seriously. For this reason, we take account of current legislation on data protection and comply with the provisions of the German Data Protection Act (BDSG). Here we explain what kinds of information we gather when, and how we use it.

Web server protocols

You can visit our web pages without telling us who you are. However, as is the case with almost all websites, the server on which our web pages are located (web server) automatically collects information about you when you visit our website. 

The web server automatically stores certain personal data, including your anonymised IP address, the date and time of your visit to the website, the pages you visit on our website, the website you were on before you came to ours, the browser you use (e.g. Internet Explorer) and your operating system (e.g. Windows 7).

We regularly analyse these anonymised server protocols for statistical purposes to see how people use our website. We use the findings to improve our internet presence.

Session cookies

We use session cookies on some of our web pages to facilitate website functionality. These cookies last only until you end your internet session and close your browser completely.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web-analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics makes use of cookies – text files that are stored on your computer and which make it possible to analyse your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of our website is usually sent to a Google server in the US, where it is stored. Before this occurs, however, activation of IP anonymization on this website prompts Google to shorten your IP address within EU member states and in other countries that have signed the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will your full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the US first and then shortened. On behalf of the website operator, Google will use this information to analyse your use of the website, to compile reports about website activity and to provide additional services relating to website and internet usage for the website operator. The IP address transmitted from your browser using Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by Google. 

You can prevent cookies from being saved by changing the appropriate setting in your browser software (see below). You can also prevent the information generated by the cookie relating to your use of the website (incl. your IP address) from being recorded and used by Google by downloading and installing a browser add-on.

Alternatively, you can use a cookie to prevent Google Analytics from recording your visit to the website. To do this, please untick the checkbox “Record visits with Google Analytics”.