Privacy Statement

Privacy policy in accordance with GDPR

Thank you for visiting the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB) website and for the interest you have shown in the scientific landscape of Berlin. Below you will find detailed information about how your data is handled.

This text is a direct translation of the original Privacy Policy in German. However, for legal purposes, only the German version is binding.

In compliance with the applicable data protection laws, we process personal data that is collected when you visit our websites. We will not publish your data or disclose it to any third parties without authorization. In the following sections, we explain which data we collect when you visit our websites, and exactly how this data is used.


I. Name and address of the controller

The controller within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation, other national data protection legislation of the Member States and other data protection legislation is:

Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin
Tel. +49 30 6392-3300

represented by the Executive Board of Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.:

Professor Dr. Michael Hintermüller, Executive Board Spokesman and Director of WIAS;
Dr. Manuela Urban, Executive Board Member and Managing Director of Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.


II. Name and address of the Data Protection Officer

The controller’s Data Protection Officer is:

Johannes Höper
Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin
Tel. +49 30 6392-3311


III. General information about data processing

1. Scope of personal data processing

As a general rule, we only process personal data concerning our users where necessary in order to provide a functional website and to provide our content and services. Personal data concerning our users will only be processed regularly if the user has given his or her consent. An exemption applies in such cases where it is impossible, for reasons of fact, to gain prior consent and the processing of data is permitted by law.

2. Legal basis for personal data processing

Where we obtain the consent of the data subject for processing procedures, Article 6(1)(a) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) serves as the legal basis.

When processing personal data that is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party, Article 6(1)(b) GDPR serves as the legal basis. The same applies for processing procedures that are necessary in order to take steps prior to entering into a contract.

Where it is necessary to process personal data for compliance with a legal obligation that FVB must meet, Article 6(1)(c) GDPR serves as the legal basis.

In the event that the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person require the processing of personal data, Article 6(1)(d) GDPR serves as the legal basis.

If processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by FVB or by a third party and if the aforementioned interests are not overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject, then Article 6(1)(f) GDPR serves as the legal basis for processing.

3. Erasure of data and storage period

The personal data concerning the data subject will be erased or made unavailable as soon as the purpose of storage ceases to apply. Data may also be stored where provision has been made for this by European or national legislators in Union regulations, laws or other provisions to which FVB is subject. Data will also be made unavailable or erased where a storage period prescribed by the aforementioned legislation expires, unless there is a need for the further retention of the data for the purpose of entering into or performing a contract.


IV. Provision of the website and creation of log files

Every time our website is visited, our system automatically collects data and information from the computer system of the requesting computer in so-called log files.

The following data is collected in this connection and stored in our systems’ log files:

  • Date and time of access
  • User’s IP address
  • Websites called up from the user’s system via our website
  • Websites from which the user’s system reached our website
  • Information about the browser type and version
  • Information about the user’s operating system
  • Information about the user’s internet service provider

This data will not be stored together with other personal data concerning the user.

Data is stored in log files in order to ensure the functionality of the website. In addition, the data serves the purpose of optimizing the website, of eliminating any possible malfunctions and of preserving the security of our information technology systems.

Data is deleted as soon as it is no longer necessary for the purpose for which it was collected. In the case of the provision of the website, this occurs at the end of the session.

Log file data is usually deleted after 30 days at the latest. If FVB has to store log file data for a longer period due to technical requirements or security aspects, users’ IP addresses are deleted or modified to prevent their identification.

Such storage is essential and cannot be objected to by the user.

The legal basis for the storage of data and log files is Article 6(1)(f) GDPR.


V. Use of cookies

1. Description and scope of data processing

Our website uses cookies. Cookies are text files that are stored in the internet browser or by the internet browser on the user’s computer system. When a user requests a website, a cookie can be stored on the user’s operating system. This cookie contains a characteristic string that enables the browser to be uniquely identified when you next visit the website.

2. Essential cookies

We use cookies to make our website more user-friendly. Some elements of our website require that the requesting browser can also be identified after changing to a different website.

In the process, the cookies store and transmit the following data:

  • Language settings; when a user switches languages: cookie i18N_LANGUAGE, this cookie simply records the choice of language and can by no means be used to identify or track a visitor to the website.
  • Log-in information (session data); after log-in: __ac. This cookie contains encrypted information about the successful log-in and will be deleted after logging out. It is only used to record the log-in status; no further storage of data occurs.

These two cookies are deleted when you close the session. No user profiles are created by essential cookies. The legal basis for the use of such cookies can be found in Article 6(1)(f) GDPR.

3. Non-essential cookies / Web analytics

Some FVB institutes that are accessible via a link from the FVB website use web analytics software. An opt-out possibility is available for users.

4. Duration of storage, possibility of objection and removal

Cookies are stored on the user’s computer and transmitted from there to our website. As the user, you therefore have full control over the use of cookies. By changing the settings in your internet browser, you can disable or restrict the transmission of cookies. Cookies that have already been stored can be deleted at any time. This can also take place automatically. If cookies are disabled for our website, you may not be able to use the full functionality of the website.


VI. Privacy Policy relating to Google Maps

Our Institute uses Google Maps (Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA) to display maps and geographical locations. The use of Google Maps is in the interests of ensuring the attractive presentation of our online content and the easy searchability of the locations specified. This is our legitimate interest within the meaning of Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). When you go to a website with a Google Maps map, data is automatically transmitted from your browser to Google Maps. This data is collected and used by Google. Google uses cookies. Please note also in this connection the Privacy Policy of Google, the Terms of Service for Google Maps and information on transparency and options ( as well as the opt-out browser add-on ( Alternatively, you can disable JavaScript in your browser settings. With this setting, it will no longer be possible to view maps.


VII. Data transmission

Your personal data is managed and stored at FVB.

Your personal data will only be transmitted to state institutions and authorities when required by legislation or for the purpose of prosecution for attacks on our network infrastructure. Data will not be disclosed to third parties for any other purpose.


VIII. Rights of the data subject

If personal data concerning you is processed, you are the data subject within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation and have the following rights vis-à-vis the controller – unless statutory exceptions apply in specific cases:

  • Withdrawal of consent (Article 7(3) GDPR)
  • Access (Article 15 GDPR)
  • Rectification (Article 16 GDPR)
  • Erasure (Article 17(1) GDPR)
  • Restriction of processing (Article 18 GDPR)
  • Data portability (Article 20 GDPR)
  • Objection to processing (Article 21 GDPR)
  • Lodging of a complaint with the supervisory authority (Article 77 GDPR)

For Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V., the supervisory authority is: The Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Friedrichstr. 219, 10969 Berlin, Germany.


IX. Website analytics

Use of Matomo

The Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB) website uses the open source software Matomo (formerly Piwik), operated by InnoCraft Ltd., 150 Willis St, 6011 Wellington, New Zealand, for the statistical evaluation of visitor access. In this context, the browser type used, the browser version, the operating system used, the site from which the FVB website was accessed, the subpages of the FVB website, and the date and time of access are collected. The user’s internet protocol address (IP address) is anonymized before being saved.

Matomo is configured in compliance with data protection, i.e. data is saved in anonymous form and no cookies are set.



If the user’s browser supports “do-not-track” technology and the user has activated this feature, his or her visit to the website will automatically be ignored.

Data collected by Matomo will never be transferred to other servers or shared with third parties; instead, it will be used in anonymous form to improve the online content. IP addresses are saved without the last tuple in Matomo.

The legal basis for the data described here with the use of Matomo is Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our legitimate interests follow from the aforementioned purposes of data collection.

3. Technisch nicht notwendige Cookies / Web-Analyse

Einige der Institute des FVB, die Sie über eine Verlinkung von der FVB-Seite erreichen können, verwenden Web-Analysesoftware. Dort steht Ihnen eine Opt-Out Möglichkeit zur Verfügung.

4. Dauer der Speicherung, Widerspruchs- und Beseitigungsmöglichkeit

Cookies werden auf dem Rechner des Nutzers gespeichert und von diesem an unserer Seite übermittelt. Daher haben Sie als Nutzer auch die volle Kontrolle über die Verwendung von Cookies. Durch eine Änderung der Einstellungen in Ihrem Internetbrowser können Sie die Übertragung von Cookies deaktivieren oder einschränken. Bereits gespeicherte Cookies können jederzeit gelöscht werden. Dies kann auch automatisiert erfolgen. Werden Cookies für unsere Website deaktiviert, können möglicherweise nicht mehr alle Funktionen der Website vollumfänglich genutzt werden.

VI. Google Maps

Der FVB nutzt Google Maps (Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA) zur Darstellung von Landkarten und geografischen Positionen. Die Nutzung von Google Maps erfolgt im Interesse einer ansprechenden Darstellung unserer Online-Angebote und einer einfachen Auffindbarkeit der angegebenen Orte. Darin liegt unser berechtigtes Interesse im Sinne von Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. f DSGVO. Bei dem Aufruf einer Webseite mit einer Karte von Google Maps werden von Ihrem Browser automatisch Daten an Google Maps übertragen. Diese Daten werden von Google erfasst und genutzt. Google setzt Cookies ein. Bitte beachten Sie in diesem Zusammenhang auch die Datenschutzbestimmungen von Google, Nutzungsbedingungen für Google Maps und Informationen zu Transparenz und Wahlmöglichkeiten sowie das verfügbare Browser-Plugin ( Alternativ können Sie in Ihren Browsereinstellungen JavaScript deaktivieren. Mit dieser Einstellung steht die Kartenanzeige nicht mehr zur Verfügung.

VII. Datenübermittlung

Die Verwaltung und Speicherung Ihrer persönlichen Angaben findet im FVB statt.

Ihre personenbezogenen Daten werden nur in den gesetzlich erforderlichen Fällen bzw. zur Strafverfolgung aufgrund von Angriffen auf unsere Netzinfrastruktur an staatliche Einrichtungen und Behörden übermittelt. Eine Weitergabe zu anderen Zwecken an Dritte findet nicht statt.

VIII. Rechte der betroffenen Person

Werden personenbezogene Daten von Ihnen verarbeitet, sind Sie Betroffene / Betroffener i.S.d. DSGVO und es stehen Ihnen - soweit in Einzelfällen keine gesetzlichen Ausnahmen zur Anwendung kommen - folgende Rechte gegenüber dem Verantwortlichen zu:

  • Widerruf der Einwilligung (Art. 7 Abs. 3 DSGVO)
  • Auskunft (Art. 15 DSGVO)
  • Berichtigung (Art. 16 DSGVO)
  • Löschung (Art. 17 Abs. 1 DSGVO)
  • Einschränkung der Verarbeitung (Art 18 DSGVO)
  • Datenübertragbarkeit (Art. 20 DSGVO)
  • Widerspruch gegen die Verarbeitung (Art. 21 DSGVO)
  • Beschwerde bei der Aufsichtsbehörde (Art. 77 DSGVO)

Aufsichtsbehörde für den Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. ist die Berliner Beauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit, Friedrichstr. 219, 10969 Berlin.