Data protection

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”.

Blocking and/or managing cookies

There are various ways of blocking, displaying and removing cookies stored on your computer. The methods depend on the browser you use. If you have difficulties, we recommend consulting the browser manufacturer’s website, where you will find the information you need. If you decide to prevent cookies being stored on your computer, you will still have access to most of our web pages. However, certain functions may no longer work. 

Other collection, processing and use of personal information

With the exception of information collected through web server protocols and cookies, we collect information from you only if you provide it yourself in order to make use of one of our services (e.g. enquiries sent using the contact form).

We use this information only for the purpose for which you provide it, e.g. in order to answer your enquiry.

If our service providers come into contact with personal information, this falls under “contracted data processing” (§German Data Protection Act (BDSG)). The service provider works exclusively in accordance with our instructions, backed up by strict contractual provisions and technical and organisational measures.

Moreover, we do not pass on information to third parties unless you have given your express consent or unless required to do so by law.

Minors

Children below the age of 14 are not allowed to communicate personal information online without the authorisation of their parent or guardian. We do not knowingly collect personal data from people under 14 years old. If parents or guardians discover that children for whom they are responsible have given us personal information, we ask them to contact us at the address below if they want the data to be deleted. We will then arrange for the information to be deleted without delay.

Access to Information

If you have questions about the collection, processing or use of your personal information, or would like to exercise your right as a person concerned to access, correct, block or delete your information or to revoke previous consents, please go to datenschutzghst.de or write to the following address:

Hertie Foundation
Data protection
Grüneburgweg 105
60323 Frankfurt am Main

External links

This data protection statement relates to the online presence at www.ghst.de. The website also contains links to external websites. These websites are the responsibility of their operators. The Hertie Foundation accepts no liability for the content of these external sites.