Privacy Policy (data protection declaration)

This data protection declaration is intended to inform the users of this website in accordance with Art. 13 and 14 DSGVO (information duties) and other regulations (e.g. Telemediengesetz) about the type, scope and purpose of the collection and use of personal data by the responsible website operator Michael Stuber, Richard-Wagner-Str. 25, D 50674 Köln, email, Tel 0221-2221250, Fax 0221-2221251 (for further details please refer to the Imprint) and other relevant aspects. This declaration covers all aspects of the GDPR while it refers to the specific regulations in Germany where the operator is based.


  1. Data Protection

The operators of these pages take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this data protection declaration. The use of our website is generally possible without providing personal data. As far as on our sides personal data (for example name, address, telephone number or email addresses) are collected and stored, this takes place, as far as possible, always on voluntary basis. This data will not be passed on to third parties without your express consent. We would like to point out, however, that data transmission over the Internet (e.g. communication by e-mail) can have security gaps. A complete protection of data against access by third parties is hence not possible.


  1. Technical Access Data and Server Log Files

The provider of the pages automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transmits to us. These include: Browser type and browser version, operating system used, referrer URL (source/reference from where you came to the page), host name (IP address used) of the accessing computer, time of the server request, amount of data sent in bytes.

The data collected is used for the smooth establishment of connections and convenient use and improvement of the websites, as well as for system security and administrative purposes (e.g. statistical evaluations). The legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f DSGVO. Our legitimate interest follows from the purposes listed above for data collection. These data cannot be assigned to specific persons. These data are not combined with other data sources. However, we reserve the right to check these data subsequently if we become aware of concrete indications of an illegal use.


  1. Contact, Newsletter and Handling of Personal Data

If you send us inquiries or information, your data, in particular the contact data provided by you for the purpose of processing the inquiry and in the event of follow-up questions and, if necessary, due to legal requirements, will be stored with us. The informational services offered by us (newsletter as well as information about studies, events and offers) is aimed at people who are interested in our work and in a possible cooperation. These include above all companies, interest groups / think tanks / NGOs, politics & public administration, universities (research, teaching, studies, administration) as well as the media / journalists. If you have expressly consented according to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a DSGVO, we use your personal data to send you (non-)regularly occasion-related information.

Depending on the individual case, we store personal data such as name, your e-mail address, the name of the organisation from which you are contacting us, address, telephone number (or other contact data) and, if applicable, information about your area of responsibility or work (subject or function). We only store data that is required to send you relevant information (e.g. relating to your location or your field of activity).

The data will be processed for the purpose of contacting us in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a DSGVO on the basis of your voluntary consent.

You can revoke the storage of your data as well as their use (or restriction) at any time, for example via the “unsubscribe”-function, which is indicated in many of our emails, in particular in the newsletter (web link or reply email) or via a direct email.


  1. Passing on of Data

Your personal data will not be transmitted to third parties for purposes other than those listed below. We will only pass on your personal data to third parties if:

  • you have given your express consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a DSGVO,
  • the disclosure pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 f DSGVO is necessary to assert, exercise or defend legal claims and there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding interest worthy of protection in not disclosing your data,
  • in the event that a legal obligation exists for the transfer pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. c DSGVO, and
  • this is legally permissible and is necessary for the processing of contractual relationships with you pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. b DSGVO.


  1. Cookies

Some of the Internet pages use so-called cookies. Cookies do not cause any damage to your computer and do not contain any viruses. Cookies serve to make our website more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognize your browser the next time you visit our website.

The data processed by cookies is required for the aforementioned purposes in order to protect our legitimate interests and those of third parties pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f DSGVO.

You can set your browser so that you are informed about the setting of cookies and only allow cookies in individual cases, prevent the acceptance of cookies for certain cases or generally and activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. When cookies are deactivated, the functionality of this website may be limited.


  1. Tracking Tools

The tracking measures listed below and used by us are carried out on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 f DSGVO. With the tracking measures used, we want to ensure that our website is designed to meet requirements and is continually optimised. On the other hand, we use the tracking measures to statistically record the use of our website and to evaluate it for you for the purpose of optimising our offer or to assert claims, e.g. under copyright law. These interests are to be regarded as legitimate within the meaning of the aforementioned provision.

The respective data processing purposes and data categories can be taken from the corresponding tracking tools described below.

a)     VG Wort Cookies and Tracking of Access Numbers

We use the WordPress plug-in ‘Count-per-Day’ to evaluate the attractiveness of information offers (by temporarily storing anonymised IP addresses) and session cookies from VG Wort, Munich, to measure access to texts in order to measure the likelihood of copying. Session cookies are small pieces of information that a provider stores in the main memory of the visitor’s computer. A randomly generated unique identification number, a so-called session ID, is stored in a session cookie. A cookie also contains information about its origin and the storage period. Session cookies cannot store any other data. These measurements are performed by INFOnline GmbH according to the Scalable Central Measurement Method (SZM). They help to determine the likelihood of copying individual texts in order to compensate authors and publishers for legal claims. We do not collect any personal data via cookies.

Many of our pages are provided with JavaScript calls, via which we report the access to the Verwertungsgesellschaft Wort (VG Wort). We thus make it possible for our authors to participate in the distributions of VG Wort, which ensure the legal remuneration for the use of works protected by copyright in accordance with Section 53 UrhG.

Our offers can also be used without cookies. Most browsers are set to automatically accept cookies. However, you can deactivate the storage of cookies or set your browser so that it informs you as soon as cookies are sent.

Data protection declaration for the use of the scalable central measuring method

Our website and our mobile website use the “Scalable Central Measurement Method” (SZM) from INFOnline GmbH, Forum Bonn Nord, Brühler Str. 9, 53119 Bonn, to determine statistical parameters for determining the copy probability of texts.

Anonymously measured values are collected. The access number measurement alternatively uses a session cookie for the recognition of computer systems. IP addresses are only processed in anonymous form.

The procedure was developed with data protection in mind. The sole aim of the procedure is to ensure that the likelihood of copying.

Individual users are never identified at any time. Your identity is always protected. You will not receive any advertising through the system.

You can access the relevant data protection provisions of INFOnline at


b)    Google Analytics

Source: Google Analytics Conditions

This website uses functions of the web analysis service Google Analytics for the purpose of demand-oriented design and continuous optimisation of our pages. The provider is Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

In this context, pseudonymised user profiles are created and cookies (see point 5) are used. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website such as
Browser type/version, the operating system used, Referrer URL (the previously visited page), Host name of the accessing computer (IP address), Time of the server request, are transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The information is used to evaluate the use of the website, to compile reports on the website activities and to provide further services associated with the use of the website and the Internet for the purposes of market research and demand-oriented design of these Internet pages. This information may also be transferred to third parties if this is required by law or if third parties process this data on behalf of the company. Under no circumstances will your IP address be merged with other data from Google. The IP addresses are anonymized so that an assignment is not possible (IP masking).

Browser Plugin

You may prevent the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

You can also prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing a browser add-on (

As an alternative to the browser add-on, especially for browsers on mobile devices, you can also prevent Google Analytics from collecting data by clicking on this link. An opt-out cookie is set to prevent future collection of your data when you visit this website. The opt-out cookie is only valid in this browser and only for our website and is stored on your device. Disable Google Analytics

If you delete the cookies in this browser, you must set the opt-out cookie again.

Further information on data protection in connection with Google Analytics can be found in the Google Analytics Help (

More information on how Google Analytics handles user data can be found in Google’s privacy policy:


  1. Use of Social Media Plug-ins

We use social media plug-ins of the social networks Facebook, XING, Twitter and LinkedIn on our website on the basis of art. 6 par. 1 p. 1 lit. f DSGVO in order to make our activities and our company better known. The underlying advertising purpose is to be regarded as a legitimate interest within the meaning of the DSGVO. Responsibility for data protection-compliant operation must be guaranteed by the respective provider. The integration of these plug-ins by us takes place in the way of the so-called two-click method around visitors of our web page in the best possible way to protect.

a)     Facebook

This website uses Facebook Social Plugins, which is provided by Facebook Inc. (1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA). The bindings can be recognised by the Facebook logo or the terms “Like”, “I like”, “Share” in the facebook colours (blue and white). Information about all Facebook plugins can be found in the following link:

The plugin establishes a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook servers. The website operator has no influence on the nature and scope of the data that the plugin transmits to the servers of Facebook Inc. Information on this can be found here:

The plugin informs Facebook Inc. that you have visited this website. It is possible that your IP address may be stored. If you are logged into your Facebook account during your visit to this site, the above information will be linked to your Facebook account.

If you use the functions of the plugin – for example by sharing or “likening” a post – the corresponding information will also be transmitted to Facebook Inc.

Do you want to prevent Facebook. Inc. links this information to your Facebook account, please log out of Facebook before visiting this website.

b)    XING

This website also uses the “XING Share button”. It is operated by XING SE, Dammtorstraße 30, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. If you visit a page that contains the Xing Share button, your browser will temporarily establish a connection to XING SE servers (“XING”) with which the “XING Share button” functions (in particular the calculation/display of the counter value) are performed. XING does not store any personal data about you when you access this website. In particular, XING does not store any IP addresses. There is also no evaluation of your usage behaviour via the use of cookies in connection with the “XING Share Button”. The website operator has no influence whatsoever on the nature and scope of the data that the plugin transmits to the XING SE. servers. Click the Xing button while logged into Xing, share the content of the page on your public profile.
The latest data protection information on the “XING Share Button” and additional information can be called up on this website:

c)     Twitter

This website also uses the Twitter short news service. These are operated by Twitter Inc. (795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA). The Twitter Plug-in (twee-Button) can be recognized by the Twitter Logo (Bird) (an overview can be found here )

If you visit a page that contains such a button, a direct connection is established between your browser and the Twitter servers, which are thus informed about the use of our websites under your IP address. If you use the plug-in while logged in to Twitter, you can share or link our content there. This enables you to assign your visit to our website. The website operator therefore has no influence over the nature and scope of the data that the plugin transmits to the Twitter Inc. servers. If you do not want Twitter to associate your visit to our pages, please log out of your Twitter account.

According to Twitter Inc. only your IP address is collected and stored.
Information on the handling of personal data by Twitter Inc. can be found here:

d)    LinkedIn

Furthermore, this website uses LinkedIn interfaces. These are operated by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter referred to as “LinkedIn”). If you visit a page that contains such a button, a direct connection is established between your browser and the LinkedIn servers, which are thus informed about the use of our websites under your IP address. If you use the plug-in while logged in at LinkeIn, you can share or link our content there. This enables you to assign your visit to our website. The website operator has no influence over the nature and scope of the data that the plugin transmits to LinkedIn’s servers.

If you do not want LinkedIn to associate the information collected through our website with your LinkedIn account, you must log out of LinkedIn before visiting our website.

Information on LinkedIn’s handling of personal data can be found at


  1. Right of information, deletion, blocking, revocation

You have the right to obtain free information about your stored personal data (Art. 15 DSGVO), its origin and the purpose of data processing as well as a right to correction (Art. 16 DSGVO), deletion (Art. 17 DSGVO) or blocking (Art. 18 DSGVO) of these data at any time, unless your request conflicts with a legal obligation to store data. In accordance with Art. 20 DSGVO, you can receive your personal data in a structured, common and machine-readable format.

According to art. 7 para 3 DSGVO you can revoke your consent to us at any time. We will then no longer implement the corresponding data agreement. Furthermore, according to Art. 77 DSGVO, you may complain to a supervisory authority (e.g. at your place of residence or at our company headquarters).

To exercise one of these rights or for further questions on the subject of personal data, you can contact us at any time at the address given above or in the imprint.


  1. Right of Objection

If your personal data are processed on the basis of legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 letter f DSGVO, you have the right to object to the processing of these data in accordance with Art. 21 DSGVO if there are reasons for this which arise from your particular situation or the objection is directed against direct advertising. In the latter case, you have a general right of objection, which we will implement without specifying a particular situation.

If you wish to exercise your right of revocation or objection, simply send an e-mail to


  1. Data security

We use appropriate technical and organisational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional misuse, against destruction, partial or total loss and against unauthorised access by third parties. These security measures are continuously improved (according to technological possibilities).


  1. Up-to-dateness and adaptation of this data protection declaration

This data protection declaration is valid as of May 2018 and corresponds to the latest general conditions. Due to changes to our website or due to changes in the legal framework, it may become necessary to adapt this data protection declaration. The current version can be accessed at any time at


  1. Contradiction to advertising mails

We herewith object to the use of contact data published within the scope of the imprint or privacy obligation to send unsolicited advertising and information material. The operators of these pages expressly reserve the right to take legal action in the event of unsolicited advertising information, such as spam e-mails.