– Responsible person
– General Information
– Website hosting
– Cookies, tracking pixels and mobile identifiers
– Other third party services
– Profiles in social networks
– Rights of data subjects
Person in charge
Responsible for data processing is:
Project „Social Cohesion and Civil Society“
Freie Universität Berlin
FB Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften
Institut für Soziologie I AB Soziologie der Emotionen
Data Protection Officer:
Prof. Dr. Christian von Scheve
E-Mail: christian.von.scheve (at) fu-berlin.de
Phone: +49 30 838 57695
Provision of data
Usually there is no legal or contractual requirement to provide personal data in order to use our website. If the provision of data is necessary for the conclusion of a contract or if the user is obliged to provide personal data, we will inform the user of this circumstance and the consequences of not providing the data in this data protection declaration.
Data transfer to third countries
Automated decision making
If we use automated decision-making including profiling, we will inform you in this privacy statement about this circumstance, the logic involved and the scope and intended effects of such processing. Otherwise, automated decision-making does not take place.
Processing for other purposes
In principle, data is only processed for the purposes for which it was collected. If, exceptionally, they are to be further processed for other purposes, we will inform about these other purposes prior to this further processing and provide all other relevant information (Art. 13 para. 3 GDPR).
Each time our website is called up, the user’s browser transmits various data. For the duration of the visit to the website, the following data is processed and stored in log files even after the end of the connection:
> Browser type and browser version used
> Operating system
> Pages and files retrieved
> Amount of data transferred
> Date and time of the retrieval
> Provider of the user
> IP address in anonymized form
> Referrer URL
The processing of this data is necessary to deliver the website to the user and to optimize it for his end device. The storage in log files serves to improve the security of our website (e.g. protection
against DDOS attacks). IP addresses are anonymized before being stored in log files. The legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 para. 1 letter f GDPR. Our legitimate interest is to provide the website and improve website security. Log files are automatically deleted after 30 days.
Cookies, tracking pixels and mobile identifiers
For a better understanding, we explain below in general how cookies, tracking pixels and mobile identifiers work:
> Cookies are small text files that contain certain information and are stored on the user’s terminal device. In most cases, this is an identification number that is assigned to a terminal device (cookie ID).
> A tracking pixel is a transparent graphic file that is embedded on a page and enables log file analysis.
> A mobile identifier is a unique number (mobile ID) that is stored on a mobile device and can be read by a website.
Cookies may be necessary for our website to function properly. The legal basis for the use of such cookies is Art. 6 para. 1 letter f GDPR. Our legitimate interest is to provide the functions of our website.
The user can prevent and object to the processing of data using cookies by making the appropriate settings in his browser. In the event of an objection, it may be that not all functions of our website are available. We provide separate information on other options for objecting to the processing of personal data using cookies in this data protection declaration. Where appropriate, we provide links with which an objection can be declared. These are labeled “Opt-Out”.
In the event of contact, we process the user’s details, date and time for the purpose of processing the inquiry, including any queries. The legal basis for the data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 letter f GDPR. Our legitimate interest is to respond to the requests of our users. Additional legal basis is Art. 6 para. 1 letter b GDPR, if the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract or for the implementation of pre-contractual measures.
The data will be deleted as soon as the request, including any queries, has been answered. We check at regular intervals, but at least every two years, whether data accrued in connection with contacting us is to be deleted.
Other third party services
We use Akismet to protect our comment function from spam. Provider: Automattic Inc, 60 29th Street #343, San Francisco, CA 94110.
Comments, the user’s IP address and, if applicable, his or her e-mail address are transmitted to Automattic and analyzed on the company’s servers for characteristics of spam.
The legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 para. 1 letter f GDPR. Our legitimate interest is to prevent misuse of our comment function.
Automattic processes the data for up to 90 days to improve spam detection before it is automatically deleted.
On our website we use icons from Font Awesome. Provider: Fonticons Inc, Corporation Trust Center 1209 Orange St, Wilmington, New Castle, DE 19801, USA. Technically, the icons are provided via the content delivery network StackPath. Provider: StackPath LLC, 2021 McKinney Ave. Suite 1100, Dallas, TX 75201. Content is loaded from servers of the CDN. In order for a connection to be established, it is technically necessary to transmit the user’s IP address. Fonticons processes data about the use of the CDN, but stores it in identifiable form for a few weeks at most. The legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 para. 1 letter f GDPR. Our legitimate interest is the user-friendly design and an improvement in the speed and availability of our website.
We have concluded a data protection agreement with Fonticons. By means of standard contractual clauses approved by the EU Commission, we have provided suitable guarantees for the protection of personal data with the company therein (Art. 28 GDPR).
We incorporate audio content via Spotify. Provider: Spotify AB, Regeringsgatan 19, 111 53 Stockholm, Sweden.
The Spotify Connect player and audio content such as music or podcasts are loaded via Spotify’s servers. In the process, the user’s IP address is transmitted to Spotify. The company can recognize logged-in users and then display personalized content if necessary.
For the purpose of providing the Player and for analytics purposes, users may be identified by a unique cookie identification number (Cookie ID) or by a cookie generated by the operating system of a mobile device.
Identification number (mobile identifier) can be assigned to a terminal device. In addition, other user data relevant to advertising, such as browser information, device information, approximate location data, and the Internet service provider are processed.
Insofar as we obtain the consent of the user, the processing of data is based on the legal basis of Art. 6 para. 1 letter a) GDPR. Otherwise, it is based on Art. 6 para. 1 letter f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest is the provision of audio content and an attractive offer for users.
On our website we use Google Fonts. Provider: Google Ireland Ltd, Google Building Gordon House, 4 Barrow St, Dublin, D04 E5W5, Ireland.
Fonts are loaded from the Google server. To establish a connection to the server, it is technically necessary to transfer the user’s IP address.
The legal basis of the processing is Art. 6 para. 1 letter f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest is the reduction of loading times and a uniform presentation on different end devices.
Profiles in social networks
We have a presence on one or more social networks. In detail, it is: Twitter. When contacting us, we process personal data as described above under contact.
The providers of social networks process data in accordance with their privacy policies, which can be accessed here:
If a user is logged in with his account, the activities on our profile in the respective social network may be assigned to him. This can be done across devices and, if necessary, without logging in, for example, using cookies or mobile identifiers. The providers of social networks use the collected data to create pseudonymized user profiles, which they can use in particular to display personalized advertising.
Rights of data subjects
If personal data of the user is processed, he is a data subject within the meaning of the GDPR. Data subjects are entitled to the following rights:
Right of access: The data subject has the right to obtain confirmation as to whether personal data concerning him or her are being processed. If personal data are processed, the data subject shall have the right to obtain, free of charge, information and a copy of the personal data undergoing processing.
Right to rectification: The data subject has the right to request that inaccurate or incomplete personal data be corrected without undue delay.
Right to erasure: The data subject has the right to request immediate erasure of personal data concerning him or her in accordance with the law.
Right to restriction of processing: The data subject has the right to request restriction of the processing of personal data concerning him or her in accordance with the law.
Right to data portability: The data subject has the right to obtain the personal data concerning him or her in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or to request that it be transferred to another controller.
Right to object: The data subject shall have the right to object at any time, on grounds relating to his or her particular situation, to the processing of personal data concerning him or her which is carried out on the basis of Article 6 para. 1 letter a), e) or f) of the GDPR; this shall also apply to any profiling based on those provisions. If personal data are processed for the purposes of direct marketing, the data subject shall have the right to object at any time to processing of personal data concerning him or her for such marketing; this also applies to profiling where it is related to such direct marketing.
Right of withdrawal: The data subject has the right to withdraw his or her given consent at any time.
Right to complain: The data subject has the right to complain to a supervisory authority.