Privacy Policy

This privacy statement informs you as a visitor to our internet pages about the use of personal data which is processed within the SOEP@UBi website — a joint project of Bielefeld University and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) funded by the Leibniz Association. With this privacy statement the two partner institutions fulfil their obligation to provide information in accordance with Art. 13 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR).

This website is hosted by an external service provider (host). Personal data collected on this website are stored on the servers of the host. These may include, but are not limited to, IP addresses, contact requests, metadata and communications, contract information, contact information, names, web page access, and other data generated through a web site.

The host is used for the purpose of fulfilling the contract with our potential and existing customers (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR) and in the interest of secure, fast, and efficient provision of our online services by a professional provider (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR).

Our host will only process your data to the extent necessary to fulfil its performance obligations and to follow our instructions with respect to such data.

We are using the following host:

Elgendorfer Str. 57
56410 Montabaur

Execution of a contract data processing agreement
In order to guarantee processing in compliance with data protection regulations, we have concluded an order processing contract with our host.

The controllers responsible for data processing are the two project partners: Bielefeld University and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). Bielefeld University is a legal entity under public law established by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). It is represented by its rector, Prof. Dr. Ing. Gerhard Sagerer. The German Institute for Economic Research is represented by the President of the Board of Directors Prof. Marcel Fratzscher.

1.1 Contact details for the data controllers

Bielefeld University
Universitätsstr. 25
33615 Bielefeld, Germany

Tel: +49 (0) 521/106 – 00

Deutsche Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung e. V. (DIW Berlin)
Mohrenstraße 58, 10117 Berlin
Tel: +49-30-897 89-0;
Fax: +49-30-897 89-200

1.3 Contact details for the data protection officer

The data protection officer of Bielefeld University can be reached by post at the data controller’s address (see above).
Tel. +49 (0) 521 106-5225

The data protection officer of the German Institute for Economic Research can be reached at:

Udo Wenzel
Agentia Wirtschaftsdienst
Budapester Straße 31, 10787 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 2196 4390
Fax: +49 30 2196 4393

Storage of browser data
Generally, when you visit a website, information is automatically stored for technical reasons in server log files that your browser transmits to us. This information consists of:

• IP address
• file names
• access status (http status code)
• amount of data retrieved
• date and time of the server request
• referrer URL (the previously visited page will only be saved in the log in case of an error (Error 404)

These collected data are used for purposes of identification and to detect unauthorized attempts to access the web server and cannot be assigned to a specific individual. A comparison with other databases or a disclosure to third parties does not take place. Data is stored for seven days and erased after it has been used for anonymous evaluation for statistical purposes. Data the further retention of which is required for evidentiary purposes shall be exempted from the deletion until the final clarification of the respective incident.

The use of social media – LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram
The website of SOEP@UBi does not embed social media plugins (e.g. „like“ buttons) of the social networks LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram. This means that no data is transferred to external social networks when you access the SOEP@UBi website. However, once you click on the icons/symbols/links of the social networks which are found on the SOEP@UBi website you will visit the pages they link to and therefore leave the webpages which lie within the responsibility of the two project partners. Upon visiting the external websites, the conditions of the respective provider/social network apply.

The website of SOEP@UBi collects and processes the above-named data and log files required for the technical operation of the website in order to safeguard the technical security of the systems. It also collects and processes data in the context of web analysis in order to safeguard the legitimate interests of the two project partners in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f. of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR). These data are necessary to deliver our online services, for the secure operation of the web servers as well as to improve our website and are only used for the purposes as stated in each case.

As a matter of principle, we do not pass on personal data which is processed during a visit to the website of SOEP@UBi to third parties. In some circumstances, this may be necessary if we are required by law to do so, for example, transmission to criminal prosecution authorities to clarify criminal offences within the framework of the provisions of the German Code of Criminal Procedure (StPO) or for the purpose of asserting claims for damages in the event of copyright infringements. Where technical service providers have access to personal data, this happens on the basis of a contract pursuant to Art. 28 of EU GDPR.

No personal data is transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area and associated countries (no third country transfer). If this should become necessary you will be informed.

As a data subject, you can assert the rights granted to you by the EU-GDPR at any time, insofar as these apply to the data processing:

• the right of access by you as the data subject to obtain confirmation of whether and which data concerning you are being processed (Art. 15 EU GDPR);
• the right to request rectification of inaccurate or incomplete data pertaining to you (Art. 16 EU GDPR)
• the right to erasure of your personal data in accordance with Art. 17 EU GDPR
• the right in accordance with Art. 18 EU GDPR to obtain restriction of data processing;
• the right to object to the future processing of your personal data in accordance with Art. 21 EU GDPR.

In order to operate and maintain the web services of SOEP@UBi it is necessary that we collect data and store data in log files. Users may therefore not object to this. Although IP addresses may be regarded as personal data, the SOEP@UBi does not assign them to individuals. Because of this, the SOEP@UBi cannot fulfil a request by the user for information as there is no IP address associated with them.

In addition to the aforementioned rights, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the respective data protection supervisory authority (Art. 77 EU GDPR).

Validity of this privacy statement
We reserve the right to amend our privacy policy, in order to adapt to changes in relevant laws and regulation and to better meet your needs as the user of our website.