The responsible handling of personal data is very important to us. With this Data Protection Declaration, we would like to inform you about the type, scope and purpose of the personal data we collect, use and process, as well as your rights pertaining to data protection. We process your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union and in accordance with the applicable data protection regulations in Germany (BDSG [Federal Data Protection Act], TMG [German Telemedia Act]). However, absolute data protection cannot be guaranteed since there may be security gaps whenever data is transferred on the internet.
We reserve the right to adapt this Data Protection Declaration as necessary in order to remain in compliance with the current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services within the scope of the data protection declaration.
I. Name and address of the Controller
The Controller pursuant to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other national data protection laws of the member states as well as other data protection law provisions is:
Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft mbH Stuttgart
Phone: 0711 2582 347
Fax: 0711 2582 390
Managing Directors: Dr. Christian Rotta, Dr. Benjamin Wessinger, André Caro
II. Contact of the Data Protection Officer
The Publisher has appointed a Data Protection Officer whom every data subject can contact directly at any time with all questions and suggestions regarding data protection. The Data Protection Officer can be contacted by regular mail at the above-mentioned address of the Publisher with the adjunct “Personal – Attn: Data Protection Officer” or by e-mail at email@example.com
III. General information about data protection
1. Extent of processing of personal data
We only process the personal data of our users insofar as it is necessary to ensure the provision of the website or our content and services. We only process the personal data of our users after they have given their consent. Data may be collected in exceptional cases in which prior consent is not possible for practical reasons or the data processing is permitted by legal regulations.
2. Legal basis for the processing of personal data
Insofar as we receive a data subject’s consent for the processing of personal data, Article 6 (1) lit. a) GDPR serves as the legal basis.
For the processing of personal data that is necessary for the performance of a contract concluded with the data subject, Article 6 (1) lit. b) GDPR serves as the legal basis. This also applies to data processing operations that are necessary prior to entering into a contract. Insofar as the processing of personal data is required to fulfil a legal obligation to which our company is subject, Article 6 (1) lit. c) GDPR serves as the legal basis. In the event that the processing of personal data is necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person, Article 6 (1) lit. d) GDPR serves as the legal basis. If the processing is required for the purposes of legitimate interests on the part of our company or a third party and the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject do not outweigh the former’s interests, this is carried out according to Article 6 (1) lit. f) GDPR.
3. Deletion of data and retention duration
The personal data of the data subject will be deleted or blocked as soon as the intended purpose of the processing is no longer valid. In addition, data may be stored if the processing of said data is provided for by European or German legislation or by regulations, laws or other directives to which the Controller is subject. Blocking or deletion of data is also carried out when a retention deadline prescribed by the aforementioned standards expires, unless the further storage of the data is required for the conclusion or the performance of a contract.
4. Transfer of data
If, within the scope of our processing, we transmit, disclose or grant access to data to other persons and companies (subcontractors or third parties), this is done only on the basis of a legal permission, legal obligation or our legitimate interests or your consent. In these cases, our data processing is performed by a service provider bound by instructions who is obliged by data protection requirements and may not use the data for another purpose. Insofar as we contract third parties to process data based on a so-called “order processing contract”, this is done as pursuant to Article 28 GDPR.
If data is processed in a third country, this is done so only in order to fulfil our (pre-)contractual obligations, if there is a legal obligation to do so or it is in our legitimate interests or with your consent. Subject to legal or contractual permissions, we process data or have data processed in a third country only if the special conditions laid out in Articles 44 et seq. GDPR have been ensured. This means the processing is done, for example, based on special guarantees or officially recognised special contractual obligations.
IV. Provision of the website and creation of log files
1. Description and extent of data processing
Every time you access our website, our system automatically captures data and information from the computer system of the accessing computer. The following data are collected in this process:
- Information on the browser type and the version used
The user's operating system
The user's Internet service provider
The user's IP address
Date and time of access
Websites, from which the user's system reaches our webpage.
Websites accessed by the user's system via our website.
The data are also stored in the log files of our system. These data, along with other personal data of the user, are not stored.
2. Legal basis for data processing
The legal basis for the temporary storage of data and log files is Article 6 (1) lit. f) GDPR.
3. Purpose of data processing
The temporary storage of the IP address on the system is necessary to ensure the delivery of the website to the user’s computer. For this purpose, the user’s IP address must be stored for the duration of the session. Storage is undertaken in the log files in order to ensure the functionality of the website. In addition, the data serve for us to optimise the website and to ensure the security of our IT systems. There is no evaluation of data for marketing purposes in this context. These purposes also include our legitimate interest in the processing of personal data as pursuant to Article 6 (1) lit. f) GDPR.
4. Duration of storage
The data will be deleted when they are no longer necessary for the intended purpose for which they have been collected. In the case of data capture for the provision of the website, this is the case once the respective session is finished. In the case of data storage in log files, this is the case after seven days at the latest. Further storage is possible. In this case, the user's IP addresses are deleted or anonymised such that assignment to the client accessing is no longer possible.
5. Appeal and removal procedure
Data must be collected to ensure the provision of the website and they must be stored in log files for the operation of the site. Consequently, the user is not granted a right to object in this case.
V. Data protection provisions on the use and application of Matomo
1. Beschreibung und Umfang der Datenverarbeitung
This website uses the open source web analytics service Matomo, Innocraft. Ltd, 150 Willis St., 6011 Wellington, New Zealand. Matomo uses device fingerprinting to enable users to be recognised across websites. The information required for this is stored exclusively on the Publisher’s servers. Before storage, the IP address is anonymised so that website visitors’ usage behaviour can be recorded and analysed, but no direct conclusions can be drawn about the person behind the anonymised data. With the help of the data thus collected, it is determined which pages are called up by website visitors, but also from which region they come.
This analytic tool is used on the basis on point (f) of the first sentence of Article 6 (1) GDPR. The Publisher has a legitimate interest in the anonymised analysis of user behaviour since these data can be used by the Publisher to continuously enhance its portfolio, but also because the data are needed for the Publisher’s cooperations with advertising partners. With respect to the advertising partners, it should be noted that e.g. the frequency of website visits is a key valorizing factor, as is circulation for print media.
To ensure the best possible data protection, the Publisher operates the analytics system Matomo. No third-party analytics systems are used.
Users have the possibility to prevent anonymised data from being collected via Matomo. While this provides even more protection for their sphere of privacy, it also makes it more difficult to improve the Publisher’s services based on user behaviour.
If users nevertheless wish to prevent the above-mentioned data collection in their case, they can prevent their data from being collected via this checkbox.
It should be noted that, when using the opt-out feature, Matomo must be enabled to take this setting into account for future visits; for this purpose, a cookie is set which, in turn, does not, however, collect any personal data.
1. Description and extent of data processing
2. Legal basis for data processing
3. Purpose of data processing
The purpose of using technically necessary cookies is to simplify the use of the websites for the user. Some features of our website cannot be used without the placement of cookies. For this, it is necessary for the browser to be recognised even after switching pages. We require cookies for the following applications:
- Acceptance of language settings
- Remembering search terms
The user data collected by technically necessary cookies are not used to create user profiles. The use of analysis cookies serves the purpose of improving the quality of our website and its contents. Through the analysis cookies we experience how the website is used and thus we can make continual improvements to our offering. These purposes also include our legitimate interest in the processing of personal data as pursuant to Article 6 (1) lit. f) GDPR.
4. Duration of storage, appeal and removal procedure
Cookies are stored on the user’s computer and transmitted from the computer to our website. Therefore, you as a user have full control of the placement of cookies. By changing the settings in your internet browser, you can disable or restrict the transmission of cookies. Previously placed cookies can be deleted at any time. This can be also done automatically. If cookies are disabled for our website, it is possible that not all functions of the website can be used fully.
VII. Rights of the data subject
As soon as your personal data are processed, you assume the role of the data subject as pursuant to the General Data Protection Regulation and are therefore granted the following rights vis-à-vis the Controller:
1. Right of Access
You have the right to obtain from the Controller confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning you are being processed by us.
If this is the case, you may request access to following information from the Controller:
(1) the purposes of the processing of personal data
(2) the categories of personal data concerned
(3) the recipients or categories of recipient to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed
(4) the envisaged period for which the personal data will be stored, or, if not possible, the criteria used to determine that period
(5) the existence of the right to request from the Controller rectification or deletion of personal data or restriction of processing of personal data concerning you or to object to such processing
(6) the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority
(7) where the personal data are not collected from the data subject, any available information as to their source
(8) the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, referred to in Article 22 (1) and (4) GDPR and, at least in those cases, meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and the envisaged consequences of such processing for the data subject
You are entitled to the right to request information on whether your personal data are transferred to a third country or to an international organisation. In this context, you have the right to be informed of the appropriate safeguards pursuant to Article 46 GDPR relating to the transfer.
2. Right to rectification
You have a right to rectification and/or completion vis-à-vis the Controller insofar as the processed personal data concerning you is incorrect or incomplete. The Controller must make the correction without undue delay.
3. Right to restriction of processing
You may request the restriction of processing of personal data concerning you under the following conditions:
(1) You have contested the accuracy of the personal data for a period enabling the Controller to verify the accuracy of the personal data
(2) The processing is unlawful, and you oppose the deletion of the personal data and request the restriction of their use instead
(3) The Controller no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but you require them to assert, exercise or defend legal claims or
(4) You have objected to processing pursuant to Article 21 (1) GDPR pending the verification of whether the legitimate grounds of the Controller override yours
Where processing of personal data concerning you has been restricted, such data shall, apart from storage, only be processed with your consent or for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims or for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of important public interest of the European Union or of a Member State.
Where the restriction of processing is carried out pursuant to the aforementioned conditions, you will be informed by the Controller before the restriction of processing is lifted.
4. Right to deletion
a. You may request the Controller to have personal data concerning you deleted without delay. The Controller is required to delete these data without delay, unless one of the following reasons applies:
(1) The personal data concerning you are no longer required for the purposes for which they were collected or processed.
(2) You withdraw your consent to data processing based on Article 6 (1) lit. a) or Article 9 (2) lit. a) GDPR and there is no other legal basis for the data processing.
(3) You object to the processing as pursuant to Article 21 (1) GDPR and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing, or you object to the processing as pursuant to Article 21 (2) GDPR.
(4) The personal data concerning you have been processed unlawfully.
(5) The deletion of personal data concerning you is required to fulfil a legal obligation based on laws of the European Union or of a Member State to which the Controller is subject.
(6) The personal data concerning you have been collected in relation to services offered by the information society as pursuant to Article 8 (1) GDPR.
If the Controller makes the personal data concerning you available to the public and he is obliged to delete the data as pursuant to Article 17 (1) GDPR, he must take appropriate measures, taking into account the available technology and the cost of their implementation and technical nature, to inform the data processing Controller who processes the personal data that you as the data subject have requested the deletion of all links to these personal data or copies or replication of such personal data.
b. The right to deletion does not apply insofar as the processing is required
(1) to exercise the right to freedom of expression and information
(2) to fulfil a legal obligation that requires processing according to the laws of the European Union or its Member States to which the Controller is subject, or the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the Controller
(3) based on considerations of the public interest in the field of public health as pursuant to Article 9 (2) lit. h) and i) as well as Article 9 (3) GDPR
(4) for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes as pursuant to Article 89 (1) GDPR insofar as the right listed under a) is expected to render impossible or seriously impair the achievement of the objectives of this processing, or
(5) for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims
5. Right to be informed
If you have asserted your right to rectification, deletion or restriction pertaining to the data processing vis-à-vis the Controller, he is thus obliged to inform all recipients to whom the personal data have been disclosed of this rectification or deletion of the data or the limitation of the processing, unless this proves to be impossible or involves a disproportionate effort.
You are entitled to the right to be informed by the Controller about these recipients.
6. Right to data portability
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. Moreover, you also have the right to transmit those data to another Controller without hindrance from the Controller to which the personal data have been provided insofar as
(1) the processing is based on consent granted as pursuant to Article 6 (1) lit. a) GDPR or Article 9 (2) lit. a) GDPR or on a contract pursuant to Article 6 (1) lit. b) GDPR and
(2) the processing is carried out by automated means
In exercising this right, you also have the right to have the personal data concerning you transmitted directly from one Controller to another, wherever technically feasible. This may not adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.
The right to data portability does not apply to the processing of personal data if it is required for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the Controller.
7. Right to object
You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to processing of personal data concerning you which is based on Article 6 (1) lit. e) or f), including profiling based on those provisions.
The Controller shall no longer process the personal data unless he demonstrates compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms or for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims.
Wherever personal data concerning you are processed for direct marketing purposes, you have the right to object at any time to processing of personal data concerning you for such marketing, which includes profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing.
If you object to processing for direct marketing purposes, the personal data concerning you may no longer be processed for such purposes.
Within the context of the use of information society services, notwithstanding Directive 2002/58/EC, you may exercise your right to object by automated means using technical specifications.
8. Right to withdrawal consent to data processing
You have the right to withdrawal your consent to data processing at any time. Upon withdrawing consent, the legality of the data processing carried out on the basis of the consent will not be affected by the withdrawal of consent.
9. Automated decision-making, including profiling
You have the right not to be subject to a decision that is based solely on an automated processing of data, including profiling, and that may have a legal effect on you or any similarly significant restrictive effect. This does not apply if the decision
(1) is necessary for the conclusion or the performance of a contract between you and the Controller
(2) is permissible on the basis of legislation of the European Union or its Member States to which the Controller is subject, and these laws contain adequate measures to safeguard your rights and freedoms as well as your legitimate interests, or
(3) is made with your explicit consent
However, these decisions may not be based on special categories of personal data as pursuant to Article 9 (1) GDPR, insofar as Article 9 (2) lit. a) or g) GDPR do not apply and appropriate measures for the protection of your rights and freedoms as well as your legitimate interests have been taken. Regarding the cases referred to in (1) and (3), the Controller must take appropriate measures to safeguard your rights and freedoms as well as your legitimate interests, which must include at least the right to obtaining of the intervention of a person on the behalf of the Controller, the right to present one’s own position and the right to contest the decision.
10. Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority
Notwithstanding any other administrative or judicial remedies, you also have the right to lodge a complaint with the federal state supervisory authority if you believe that the processing of your personal data is in violation of GDPR. You can see which federal state supervisory authority is responsible for us as Controller under the following link.
The supervisory authority to which the complaint is submitted informs the complainant on the status and the results of the complaint including the possibility of a judicial remedy as pursuant to Article 78 GDPR.