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Privacy Policy

Hertie School of Governance is pleased that you are visiting our website and that you are interested in our organisation. We take the protection of your personal data very seriously and adhere strictly to the provisions of current data privacy laws.

1. Name and contact details of the Controller:

Hertie School of Governance (hereinafter: Hertie School), Friedrichstraße 180, 10117 Berlin, Germany

E-Mail: info[at]hertie-school[dot]org

Telefon: +49 (0)30 259219-0´

Fax: +49 (0)30 259219-111

2. Name and address of Hertie School's data protection officer:

Dipl.-Ing. Jörg Hagen
Veilchenweg 6a
D-30989 Gehrden
Web: www.jhcon.de
E-Mail: info[at]jhcon[dot]de
Tel.: 05108 90 90 112
Tel.: 05108 87 82 529
Fax.: 05108 64 29 07

3. Acquisition and storage of personal data and nature and purpose of their use

a) When you visit the website

When you open our website at hertie-school.org, the browser used on your terminal will automatically send information to our website server. This information is stored temporarily in a so-called log file. The following information is stored without your assistance and kept until automatic deletion:

  • IP address of the inquiring computer
  • Date and time of access
  • Name and URL of the retrieved file
  • Browser used and, if applicable, your computer's operating system and the name of your access provider

The purposes for which we process the data mentioned are the following:

  • Ensure trouble-free website connection build-up
  • Ensure comfortable use of our website
  • Evaluate the safety and stability of the system
  • Other administrative purposes

The legal basis for the data processing is Art. 6 (1) Sentence 1 f) EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our legitimate interest results from the purposes of data collection itemised above. Under no circumstances will we use the data collected for the purpose of drawing conclusions about your person.

In addition to this, we use cookies and analysis services when you visit our website. More detailed information is provided at Sections 4 and 5 of this Data Privacy Statement.

b) When you register for our newsletter and for receiving further information 

If you have given your express consent in accordance with Art. 6 (1) Sentence 1 a) GDPR, we will use your e-mail address to send you our newsletter and further Hertie School information on a regular basis. The specification of an e-mail address is sufficient to receive the newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time, e.g. by using a link provided at the end of each newsletter. Alternatively, you may at any time e-mail to us your deregistration request using dataprotection[at]hertie-school[dot]org.

c) When you register for events

We will use your e-mail address to invite you to Hertie-School events, if, in accordance with Art. 6 (1) Sentence 1 a) GDPR, you have given your explicit consent hereto.

4. Transmission of data

Your personal data will not be transmitted to any third party, unless:

  • you have given your explicit consent to this in accordance with Art. 6 (1) Sentence 1 a) GDPR;
  • transmission is necessary, pursuant to Art. 6 (1) Sentence 1 f) GDPR, to establish, exercise or defend legal claims, and provided there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding legitimate interest in not having your data transmitted;
  • there is a legal obligation, as specified in Art. 6 (1) Sentence 1 c) GDPR, to transmit data; and
  • this is legally permissible and, pursuant to Art. 6 (1) Sentence 1 b) GDPR, necessary for the performance of a contract concluded with you.

5. Cookies

We use cookies on our website. Cookies are small files which your browser creates automatically and which are stored on your terminal device (laptop, tablet, smartphone or similar) when you visit our website. Cookies do not do any harm to your terminal device and do not contain viruses, Trojans or other malicious software.

A cookie stores information regarding the specific device used when visiting our website. However, this does not mean that your identity will be disclosed to us directly.

Cookies are used to make the use of our offering more comfortable. For instance, we use so-called session cookies to detect that you have already visited individual pages of our website before. They will be deleted automatically when you exit our website.

In addition to this, for the purpose of optimising user-friendliness, we use temporary cookies. They are stored on your device for a defined period of time. When you visit our website again during that time, your devise will be detected as having visited our website before. Same goes for any former entries and settings, so you do not have to make them again.

Further, we use cookies to statistically register the use of our website and to analyse that use for the purpose of optimising our offering for you (see Section 5). These cookies enable us to automatically detect upon your next visit that you have already visited our website. These cookies will be deleted automatically after a period of time defined for each of them.

The data processed by means of cookies are necessary for the purposes mentioned to protect our legitimate interests and those of third parties pursuant to Art. 6 (1) Sentence 1 f) GDPR.

Most browsers will accept cookies automatically. You can, however, make settings in your browser to prevent the storage of cookies on your computer or to display a message each time when a new cookie is to be created. A complete deactivation of cookies may lead to the fact, that you will not be able to use all the functions of our website.

6. Analysis tools 

Tracking tools: The tracking measures used by us and listed below are taken on the basis of Art. 6 (1) Sentence 1 f) GDPR. The purpose of the tracking measures used is to ensure a need-based design and the continuous optimisation of our website. We use those tracking measures to statistically register the use of our website and to analyse that use for the purpose of optimising our offering for you. These interests are to be considered legitimate within the meaning of the abovementioned regulation.

The respective purposes of data processing and categories of data are provided in the respective tracking tools.

a) Google Analytics

For the purposes of need-based design and continuous optimisation of our pages, we use Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (https://www.google.de/intl/de/about (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; hereinafter: "Google")). In this context, pseudonymised user profiles are created and cookies (see Section 4) are used. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website, such as

  • browser type/version;
  • operating system used;
  • referrer URL (page previously visited);
  • host name of the accessing computer (IP address);
  • time of server request

will be transmitted to a Google server located in the USA and stored there. The information is used to evaluate the use of the website, compile reports on the website activities and provide further services associated with website use and internet use for the purposes of market research and need-based design of these web pages. Such information may also be transmitted to third parties if this is required by law or a third party processes these data under a contract. In no case will your IP address be combined with other Google data. The IP addresses are made anonymous, so that they cannot be assigned (IP masking).

You can prevent the installation of cookies by making appropriate settings in your browser. However, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

In addition, you can prevent acquisition of the data generated by the cookie that relate to your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing of these data by Google by downloading and installing a browser add-on (https://tools.google.com./dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de).

More information about data protection in connection with Google Analytics can be found in the Google Analytics help (https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de).

b) Google AdWords Conversion Tracking

We use Google Conversion Tracking to statistically register the use of our website and to optimise our website for you. In this process, Google AdWords will place a cookie (see Section 4) on your computer if you have accessed our website via a Google advertisement.

These cookies will become invalid after 30 days and are not used to personally identify you. When the user visits certain pages of the AdWord customer's website and the cookie has not yet expired, Google and the customer can see that the user has clicked on the advertisement and has been redirected to that page.

Each AdWords customer receives a different cookie. Hence, cookies cannot be tracked via the websites of AdWords customers. The information gathered with the help of the conversion cookie is used to prepare conversion statistics for AdWords customers that have opted for conversion tracking. The AdWords customers are informed of the total number of users that have clicked their advertisement and have been redirected to a page provided with a conversion tracking tag. However, they will not receive information that can be used to personally identify users.

If you do not wish to participate in the tracking, you can also reject the placing of a cookie that is required for this, e.g. by making a browser setting that deactivates the automatic placing of cookies altogether. You can also deactivate cookies for conversion tracking by configuring your browser to block cookies from the domain "www.googleadservices.com". You can read Google's data privacy statement regarding conversion tracking here (https://services.google.com/sitestats/de.html).

7. Social media plug-ins

We rely on our website on the basis of Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 f) GDPR social plug-ins from Youtube and Soundcloud.

a) Youtube
Our site uses YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA, for the inclusion of video, represented by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Usually, when you visit an embedded video page, your IP address will be sent to YouTube and cookies will be installed on your machine. However, we have included our YouTube videos with the enhanced privacy mode (in which case, YouTube will still contact the Google DoubleClick service, but personal data will not be evaluated according to Google's Privacy Policy). As a result, YouTube does not store any information about visitors unless they watch the video. If you click the video, your IP address will be sent to YouTube, and YouTube will know that you've watched the video. If you are logged in to YouTube, this information will also be associated with your user account (you can prevent this by logging out of YouTube before calling the video).
We are not aware of the possible collection and use of your data by YouTube. For more information, see the YouTube privacy policy at www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/. In addition, we refer you to the general handling and deactivation of cookies on our general presentation in this privacy policy.

b) Soundcloud
On our pages plugins of the social network SoundCloud (SoundCloud Limited, Berners House, 47-48 Berners Street, London W1T 3NF, United Kingdom.) may be integrated. The SoundCloud plugins can be recognized by the SoundCloud logo on the affected pages.
When you visit our pages, a direct connection is established between your browser and the SoundCloud server after activation of the plugin. SoundCloud receives the information that you have visited our site with your IP address. If you click the "Like" or "Share" button while logged into your SoundCloud account, you may link and / or share the contents of our pages with your SoundCloud profile. This allows SoundCloud to associate your account with our pages. We point out that we as the provider of the pages are not aware of the content of the transmitted data and their use by SoundCloud. For more information, see the Privacy Statement of SoundCloud at: soundcloud.com/pages/privacy.
If you do not want SoundCloud to associate your visit to our pages with your SoundCloud account, please log out of your SoundCloud account before enabling content from the SoundCloud plug-in.

8. Rights of data subjects

You have the following rights:

  • pursuant to Art. 15 GDPR, to request information about your personal data that we process. In particular, you can request information about the purposes of the processing, the categories of the personal data, the categories of recipients to whom your data have been or will be disclosed, the envisaged period of storage, the existence of the right to request rectification, erasure, restriction of processing or to object, the existence of the right to lodge a complaint, the sources of your data if they were not collected by us and the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, and meaningful details about such decision-making.
  • pursuant to Art. 16 GDPR, to request that your personal data we have stored be rectified if they are inaccurate or be completed.
  • pursuant to Art. 17 GDPR, to request that your personal data we have stored be erased, unless their processing is necessary to exercise the right of freedom of expression and information, to comply with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or to establish, exercise or defend legal claims.
  • pursuant to Art. 18 GDPR, to request restriction of the processing of your personal data if you contest the accuracy of the data, if their processing is unlawful but you oppose their erasure, if we no longer need the data but you require them for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or if you have objected to processing in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR.
  • pursuant to Art. 20 GDPR, to receive your personal data, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or to request transmission to another controller.
  • pursuant to Art. 7 (3) GDPR, to withdraw at any time any consent you have given us. The consequence of such withdrawal is that, in the future, we may not continue with the data processing for which the consent was given.
  • pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR, to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. You may usually address your complaint to the supervisory authority competent for your usual place of residence, your place of employment or our registered office.

9. Right to object

Where your personal data are processed on the basis of a legitimate interest in accordance with Art. 6 (1) Sentence 1 f) GDPR, you have the right according to Art. 21 GDPR to object to the processing of your personal data if your objection is based on reasons relating to your particular situation or is raised against direct marketing. In the latter case, you have a general right to object which we will respect without you having to specify a particular situation.

To exercise your right of withdrawal or objection, it is sufficient to send an e-mail to dataprotection[at]hertie-school[dot]org.

10. Data security

For your visit to our website, we use the widely-used SSL method (Secure Socket Layer) in combination with the highest encryption level that is supported by your browser. Usually, that encryption level is 256-bit encryption. Should your browser not support 256-bit encryption, we use 128-bit v3 technology instead. Whether or not the transmission of an individual page of our website is encrypted is indicated by the locked or not locked status of the key or lock icon in the bottom status bar of your browser. 

Apart from this, we employ suitable technical and organisational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or access by unauthorised third parties. Our security measures are continuously improved based on the progress of technology.

11. Current state of and changes to this Data Privacy Statement

This Data Privacy Statement in its current version of May 2018 is presently valid.

Status: 25 May 2018