Data privacy

We take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We want you to be aware of which data we store, the circum­stances under which we store it and how we sub­sequently use it. When handling and processing personal data, we comply with the provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the revised German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).

Usage data

You are not required to divulge any personal data in order to use our website. Each time you access one of our pages, data about your visit to the site is stored in a log file. The log files and usage statistics generated are made available to us by our web host. Because this data is not associated with any particular person, we are unable to determine which user has retrieved which data. Dis­closure of this data to third parties does not take place. We wish to point out that there may be gaps in security when data is transmitted via the internet, for example when communicating via e-mail. It is not possible to guarantee end-to-end protection of data against access by third parties.

Contact information

Some of our offers and services are tailored to the individual and there­fore require the entry of personal details. If this is the case, we will only use the data voluntarily provided by you – for example via e-mail – for the purpose that you intended, e.g. for us to contact you. Disclosure of this data to third parties does not take place.

The rights of data subjects

Pursuant to Article 15 et seq of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), data subjects have the right to information about data held on them, to the correction, deletion and restriction of such data and to object to the processing of their data.

Furthermore, Article 13 Section 2(c) gives data subjects the right to withdraw consent to all future processing of their personal data if such processing falls under Article 6 Section 1(a) or Article 9 Section 2(a) of the GDPR. The legality of processing carried out on the basis of consent prior to revocation is not affected.

However, revocation as well as non-provision of the required data usually results in failure to fulfil the purpose for which the data is collected. Should you wish to exercise your right in this regard, you must do so in writing. Please contact us by e-mail at Ansgar.Schuldenzucker@avh.de.

Deletion of personal data

Your personal data will be deleted when it has served its original purpose and we are under no legal obligation (e.g. statutory retention period) to retain it. The provisions set out in Article 17 of the GDPR in conjunction with Section 35 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) apply. If we are unable to delete data for legal, contractual, commercial or tax-related reasons, you may request that the processing of your data be restricted. Should you wish to exercise your right in this regard, you must do so in writing.

The right of data subjects to data portability

The company will ensure the right to data portability in accordance with Article 20 of the GDPR. Data subjects have the right to receive a copy of their personal data in a standard machine-readable file format.

eTracker

The provider of this website uses the services of etracker GmbH, Hamburg, Germany www.etracker.com to analyse usage data. Here, cookies are used which enable the statistical analysis of the use of this website by its visitors as well as the display of usage-relevant content or advertising. Cookies are small text files that are stored by the Internet browser on the user's device. etracker cookies do not contain any information that could identify a user.

The data generated with etracker is processed and stored by etracker solely in Germany by commission of the provider of this website and is thus subject to strict German and European data protection laws and standards.In this regard, etracker was checked, certified and awarded with the ePrivacysealdata protection seal of approval.

The data is processed on the legal basis of Art. 6 Section 1 lit f (legitimate interest) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).Our legitimate interest is the optimization of our online offer and our website. As the privacy of our visitors is very important to us, etracker anonymizes the IP address as early as possible and converts login or device IDs into a unique key with which, however,no connection to any specific person can be made with. etracker does not use it for any other purpose, combine it with other data or pass it on to third parties.

You can object to the outlined data processing at any time provided it is related to your person. Your objection has no detrimental consequences for you.

Further information on data protection with etracker can be found here.

Social Media

Data protection for the use of Facebook plugins

On our pages, plugins from the social network Facebook, provider Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA, are integrated. You can recognize the Facebook plugins on the Facebook logo or the “Like” button on our site. An overview of the Facebook plugins can be found here: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

When you visit our pages, the plug-in is used to establish a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. This gives Facebook the information that you have visited our site with your IP address. If you click the Facebook Like button while you are logged into your Facebook account, you can link the content of our pages to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to associate the visit of our pages with your user account. We would like to point out that as a provider of the pages we do not receive any knowledge of the content of the transmitted data as well as their use by Facebook. For more information, see the Facebook privacy policy at http://de-en.facebook.com/policy.php.

If you do not want Facebook to associate the visit of our pages with your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.

YouTube

Our website uses plugins from YouTube, which is operated by Google. The operator of the pages is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.

If you visit one of our pages featuring a YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. Here the YouTube server is informed about which of our pages you have visited.

If you’re logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube allows you to associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

YouTube is used to help make our website appealing. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.

Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of YouTube under https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy.

Vimeo

Our website uses features provided by the Vimeo video portal. This service is provided by Vimeo Inc., 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011, USA.

If you visit one of our pages featuring a Vimeo plugin, a connection to the Vimeo servers is established. Here the Vimeo server is informed about which of our pages you have visited. In addition, Vimeo will receive your IP address. This also applies if you are not logged in to Vimeo when you visit our website or do not have a Vimeo account. The information is transmitted to a Vimeo server in the US, where it is stored.

If you are logged in to your Vimeo account, Vimeo allows you to associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your Vimeo account.

For more information on how to handle user data, please refer to the Vimeo Privacy Policy at https://vimeo.com/privacy.

Privacy Policy for use of Instagram

On our pages, functions of the Instagram service are integrated. These functions are offered by Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA. If you are logged into your Instagram account, you can link the contents of our pages to your Instagram profile by clicking on the Instagram button. This allows Instagram to associate the visit of our pages with your user account. We would like to point out that as a provider of the pages we are not aware of the content of the transmitted data as well as their use by Instagram.

For more information, see the Instagram Privacy Statement: http://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/

Privacy policy for the use of Twitter

Functions of the Twitter service are integrated on our sites. These features are offered by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and the “Re-Tweet” feature, the websites you visit are linked to your Twitter account and shared with other users. This data is also transmitted to Twitter. We would like to point out that as a provider of the pages we are not aware of the content of the transmitted data as well as their use by Twitter. For more information, see Twitter’s privacy policy at twitter.com/privacy.

You can change your privacy settings on Twitter in the account settings at http://twitter.com/account/settings.

Server-Log-Files

The provider of the pages automatically collects and saves information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transmits to us. These are:

 

    Browsing type / Browserversion

    operating system

    Referrer URL

    Hostname of the accessing computer

    Time of server request

These data can not be attributed to specific persons. This data is not merged with other data sources. We reserve the right to check these data at a later date, if we are aware of any concrete indications for unlawful use.

Google reCAPTCHA

In certain cases when forms are submitted, we use reCAPTCHA (a service provided by Google Inc) to ensure adequate data security. The main purpose of reCAPTCHA is to ascertain whether the input is being made by a real person or the site is being misused by a so‑called ‘bot’ (i.e. automated processing). As part of the service, your IP address and any other relevant data will be sent to Google. This part of the process is covered by the data protection policies of Google Inc. For more information about the Google Inc Privacy Policy, please see www.google.de/intl/de/privacy or alternatively https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/.

User contents / photo and video upload

Our website invites you to upload selfies in video or photo format.
Video data is hosted by the Vimeo platform (for information regarding data protection see "Vimeo") and embedded for playback on the social media channels of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. When the website www.humboldt-heute.de site is eventually closed down, its video data will subsequently and selectively only be available via its own social media channels. Because the video data is hosted externally, however, it cannot be ruled out that such data might still be found elsewhere.

Liability in accordance with GDPR

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

Data Protection Officer of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation

Ansgar.Schuldenzucker@avh.de