The following English translation of the “Datenschutzerklärung” is for information purposes only. Only the German version is legally binding.
The responsible party within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation and other national data protection laws of the member states as well as other legal data protection provisions is:
Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen
Phone: +49 551 39-30000
Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen
As a matter of principle, we only process personal data of our users to the extent that this is necessary to provide a functional website and our content and services. The processing of personal data of our users is regularly carried out only with the consent of the user. An exception applies in those cases in which obtaining prior consent is not possible for actual reasons and the processing of the data is permitted by legal regulations.
Insofar we obtain consent from the data subject for processing operations involving personal data, Article 6 (1) lit. (a) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the legal basis for personal data processing.
When processing personal data that is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party, Article 6 (1) lit. (b) GDPR is the legal basis. This also applies to processing operations that are necessary for the performance of pre-contractual measures.
Insofar as the processing of personal data is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which our company is subject, Article 6 (1) lit. (c) GDPR is the legal basis.
Where the processing of personal data is necessary in order to protect the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person, the legal basis is Article 6 (1) lit. (d) GDPR.
If the processing is necessary to protect a legitimate interest of our company or a third party and the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject do not outweigh the first-mentioned interest, Art. 6 (1) lit. f DSGVO is the legal basis for the processing.
Each time our website is accessed, our system automatically collects data and information from the computer system of the accessing computer.
The following data will be collected in any case:
The data is also stored in the log files of our system. This data is not stored together with other personal data of the user.
When creating an account, the so-called “double opt-in” procedure is used. This means that after your registration, we send you an e-mail to the e-mail address you provided, which contains a link that you must call to confirm the creation of this account.
The following data, in addition to the above, is stored when an account is created:
The following data can optionally be provided by you after the account has been created:
Each time you log in with an existing account on our website, our system automatically collects further data on the basis of previously mentioned information. The following data is collected during actions in the logged-in state:
The legal basis for temporary storage of data and the log files is Article 6 (1) lit. (f) GDPR.
The temporary storage of the IP address by the system is necessary to enable delivery of the website to the user’s computer. For this purpose, the user’s IP address must remain stored for the duration of the session. A temporary recording of the actions carried out by the user on our website takes place exclusively for the purpose of traceability for the user himself. An evaluation of the data for other purposes does not take place in this context. The storage in log files is done to ensure the functionality of the website. In addition, the data helps us to optimise the website and to ensure the security of our IT systems. An evaluation of the data for marketing purposes does not take place in this context. These purposes also constitute our legitimate interest in data processing pursuant to Article 6 (1) lit. (f) GDPR.
The data is erased as soon as it is no longer required to achieve the purpose which it was collected. In the case of the collection of data for the provision of the website, this is the case when the relevant session has ended. In the case of storage of data in log files, this is the case after seven days at the latest. Further retention beyond this is possible. In this case, the IP addresses of the users are erased or modified so that an assignment of the calling client is no longer possible.
The collection of data for the provision of the website and the storage of the data in log files is absolutely necessary for the operation of the website. Consequently, there is no possibility for the user to object.
The legal basis for the processing of personal data using cookies is Article 6 (1) lit. (f) GDPR.
On our website, we offer users with the possibility to register by providing personal data. The data is entered in the input screen and transferred to us and stored. The data is not passed on to third parties. The following data is collected during the registration process:
Consent to the processing of this data is obtained in the course of the registration process.
The legal basis for data processing where the user has given their consent thereto is Article 6 (1) lit. (a) GDPR. If the registration serves the fulfilment of a contract to which the user is a contracting party or the implementation of pre-contractual measures, the additional legal basis for the processing of the data is Article 6 (1) lit. (b) GDPR.
User registration is required for the provision of certain content and services on our website.
The data is erased as soon as it is no longer required to achieve the purpose for which it was collected. This applies to data collected during the registration process when the registration on our website is deleted or modified.
As a user, you have the option of eliminating your registration at any time. You can have the data stored about you changed at any time.
Our website contains a form that can be used for electronic support requests. If a user uses this option, the data entered into the input screen is transferred to us and stored. This data is:
The legal basis for the processing of the data if the user has given their consent thereto is Article 6 (1) lit. (a) GDPR. The legal basis for the processing of data transmitted in the course of sending an e-mail is Article 6 (1) lit. (f) GDPR. If the email contact aims at concluding a contract, the additional legal basis for the processing is Article 6 (1) lit. (b) GDPR.
The processing of personal data from the input screen serves solely to handle the contact. In the case of any contact by e-mail, this also constitutes the necessary legitimate interest in processing the data. The other personal data processed during the sending process serves to prevent abuse of the contact form and ensure the security of our IT systems.
The data is erased as soon as it is no longer required to achieve the purpose for which it was collected. For personal data from the input screen of the contact form and those sent by e-mail, this is the case when the relevant conversation with the user has ended. The conversation is ended when the circumstances indicate that the matter in question has been conclusively clarified. The additional personal data collected during the sending process will be erased after a period of seven days at the latest.
The user can withdraw his consent to the processing of personal data at any time. If the user contacts us by e-mail, he or she can object to the storage of his or her personal data at any time. In such a case, the conversation cannot be continued. All personal data stored in the course of the contact will be erased in this case.
Our website uses the open-source software tool Matomo (formerly PIWIK) to analyse the surfing behaviour of our users. The software places a cookie on the user’s computer (for information on cookies see above). The following data is saved if individual pages of our website are accessed. Specifically, the following basic data is saved for each access/retrieval:
The software programs run exclusively on the servers which we operate in our computing centre. Personal data of the users is only saved on those servers. The data is not passed on to third parties. The software programs are set in such a way that two IP address bytes are masked and the full IP address is not saved (example: 192.168.xxx.xxx). The abbreviated IP address cannot be associated with the accessing computer.
The legal basis for the temporary storage of the data and log files is Article 6 (1) lit. (f) GDPR.
The processing of users’ personal data allows us to analyse how our users surf. Evaluating the data obtained enables us to compile information about the use of individual components of our website. This helps us continuously to improve our website and its user-friendliness. Such purposes also constitute our legitimate interest in data processing pursuant to Article 6 (1) lit. (f) GDPR. The anonymisation of the IP address sufficiently protects the user’s interest in the protection of their personal data.
The data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required for our recording purposes. For our website, this is the case after seven days.
You have various rights with regard to the processing of your personal data. We list them in the following, but there are also references to the articles (GDPR) and/or paragraphs (BDSG (2018)) which provide even more detailed information.
You may request confirmation from the controller whether we process personal data related to you. This includes the right to obtain access to information as to whether the personal data concerning you is transferred to a third country or to an international organisation.
You have a right of rectification and / or completion vis-à-vis the controller if the personal data processed related to you is inaccurate or incomplete. The controller must perform rectification immediately.
You have the right to request the immediately erase of your personal data from the controller. As an alternative, you may request to restrict the processing from the controller, whereby restrictions are referred to in the GDPR/BDSG under the articles and/or sections mentioned.
If you have asserted the right to rectification, erasure or restriction of processing vis-à-vis the controller, the controller is obligated to communicate such rectification or erasure of the data or restriction of processing to all recipients to whom the personal data concerning you has been disclosed, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort. You have the right vis-à-vis the controller to be informed about these recipients.
You have the right to receive the personal data concerning you, which you have provided to the controller, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. In addition to the scenarios presented in and provisions of the GDPR, it must be noted that portability of mass data / user data is limited to technical readability. The right to data portability does not include that the data created by the user in a proprietary format is converted by the controller into a commonly used, i.e. standardised format.
You have the right to object to the processing if this is based only on the controller weighing any interests (see Article 6 (1) lit. (f) GDPR). Right to withdraw consents in terms of data protection laws (Article 7 (3) GDPR) You have the right to withdraw your consent under data protection laws at any time. The withdrawal of consent does not affect the lawfulness of processing based on such consent before its withdrawal.
Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement if you consider that the processing of personal data relating to you infringes the GDPR.