Responsible for the content of this website:

Pola Lehmann

Institution and Address:

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung

Reichpietschufer 50

10785 Berlin

WZB Imprint:

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). All data is only stored on servers in Germany.

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.

User account data

Visitors have the possibility to register on our webpage. We are storing the following information for registered users if they have provided them during your initial sign-up process: Email, Name, Institution, Homepage, and Intended use. Additionally, we save the time of their last login (for anonymous aggregated usage statistics) and their password in encrypted format. Registered users can always delete their account on their profile page and we will delete all available data as soon as technically possible. Because of our long-term backup infrastructure it can take up to 16 months until the user data is deleted from all parts of our technical infrastructure. Registered users have also the possibility to receive an email-newsletter from us, a subscription service that can be always activated and deactivated on their profile page.

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 all sites. Your information is then transferred from your computer to our server and vice versa via the internet using 256-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.
 E-mail: datenschutz[at]