Imprint & Data Protection


Responsible for the content of this website:

Michael Zürn
Mitja Sienknecht

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin
für Sozialforschung
Reichpietschufer 50
10785 Berlin


WZB Imprint:

Design (Header animation): Sisters of Design (Halle/Berlin)
Technical realization (WordPress): Virtualworx (Berlin)

Data protection

The following data protection information will tell you how we handle the collection, use and forwarding of personal data. Responsibility for this website rests with the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH (WZB Berlin Social Science Center).

General handling of personal data
We attach great importance to protecting your privacy. We have therefore designed our internet pages so that they can be used anonymously. We use information that we receive and save during your visit to our webpages solely for internal purposes and to improve the design of the website. An exception to this is made when necessary for defense against attacks that represent criminal offenses or restrict the functioning of our web presence. For this purpose only, we record the IP address of your computer, for example, which is saved for seven days as a security measure in the meaning of Section 100 (1) of the German Telecommunications Act (Telekommunikationsgesetz, TKG).

Usage data
When you visit our webpages, “usage data” are temporarily stored as a protocol on our webserver for statistical purposes, so that we can improve the quality of our website. This data record consists of the following:
– the page from which the file was requested,
– the name of the file,
– the date and time of the request,
– the quantity of data transferred,
– the access status (file transferred, file not found),
– the description of the type of web browser used,
– the IP address of the requesting computer.

We use this information to enable our website to be accessed, for control purposes, for managing our systems and for improving the design of the webpages. We delete the IP address after seven days. There is therefore no way of generating personal user profiles. No data are collected about specific persons or their individual behavior.

Contacting us
You can contact us by e-mail. Any personal information communicated or transmitted in this way is processed only in order to answer your inquiry. They are forwarded to third parties only to the extent that this is required for processing your request.

Your rights as a user
As a user you have the right to request information about which data about yourself are stored on our system and the purpose they are stored for. In addition, you can have incorrect data corrected, or have data deleted whose storage is not permitted or no longer required. Please contact us if you have information requests, other wishes or suggestions concerning data protection.

In order to protect your data from unwanted access, we use an encryption procedure on some sites. Your information is then transferred from your computer to our server and vice versa via the internet using 128-bit TLS encryption (Transport Layer Security). This is indicated by the lock symbol in the status bar of your browser and the address line beginning with https://.

Data protection officer
Our data protection officer will be happy to help you with information or suggestions regarding data protection.

All opinions expressed on this blog represent the views of its author or authors and do not represent the view of the WZB.


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