Dear users of our website,
Thank you for visiting our web pages. We appreciate your interest in the University of Tübingen and the information we provide on studies and research.
This privacy statement is to inform you about the processing of your personal data (hereinafter referred to as "data") resulting from your visiting or using our website functions.
We ask you to read this privacy statement carefully before you continue to visit our website or use the functions contained on the website.
By visiting our website, you consent to the processing and use of your data as described below.
Our privacy statement is valid for our website only and not for the webpages of third parties.
Data privacy and security
The protection of your privacy is important to us. To protect your data, the University of Tübingen takes a variety of technical and organizational measures to effectively prevent unauthorized access and disclosure, manipulation, loss and unauthorized deletion.
The measures we take are subject to constant updating. We are guided by legal requirements, best practice approaches and technical developments.
In the following, we provide information about the type, scope and purpose of the collection, processing and use of your data by the University of Tübingen, insofar as they result from your visit to or use of the functions of our website.
Scope of data collection, processing and use
We pursue the goal of limiting the collection, processing and use of personal data during your visit to our webpages to the minimum necessary. We also generally only collect the data from you that we absolutely need to fulfill the purpose.
Also, we do not knowingly collect any personal data from minors (= persons under the age of 18). In cases where we determine that personal data has been provided to us by minors, we delete this data immediately if no downstream process follows. We recommend that legal guardians keep an eye on the internet activities of minors in their care.
According to article 4 of the GDPR, personal data is any information that relates to an identified or identifiable natural person. This includes, for example, information such as first and last names, addresses, e-mail addresses, telephone or mobile phone numbers, and usually also the IP address.
Purpose of data processing
If you voluntarily provide us with your data for the purposes listed below, we will process and use this data exclusively for the purposes for which you provided us with your data. This currently includes the following:
Online contact forms
If you send us your data as part of an inquiry, feedback or message, or fill out the online contact form available on our website and send it to us, we will process and use this data exclusively to process your request or to respond to your inquiry.
Portals and platforms for data exchange
If you make available or provide us with your data via portals or platforms accessible via our website, we will process and use the data provided by you exclusively for the purposes for which you have provided us with the data. We point out that if the portals or platforms are operated by external website providers, other data protection rules may apply. Please inform yourself about this in advance and also read "Linked websites" in this data protection notice.
Improvement of our website
In order to improve the design and content of our webpages, the functions of our online presence and the user-friendliness of our pages, we collect, process and use the following data:
- IP address of the computer accessing the page
- Date and time of access
- URL path of the requested page/file and desired access method
- Access status of the web server (e.g. file transferred, file not found)
- Transferred data volume
- Information about the software used for access (usually browser type and version, operating system of the accessing computer)
- URL from which the page/file was accessed
The University of Tübingen uses the stored access log data to identify and track unauthorized access attempts and accessing of the website. The server log files are stored for a period of 14 days and then deleted. For the purpose of optimizing the website, the stored access log data is evaluated in anonymized form. Persons are then no longer identifiable with this data.
We collect, process and use this data exclusively for the aforementioned statistical and non-commercial purposes in anonymized or pseudonymized form, so that any inference to your person is prevented.
Use of the web analytics service Matomo
We use Matomo (Piwik), an open-source software for statistical analysis of visitor access. Matomo enables an anonymized analysis of your use of the website. Cookies are only used for the opt-out option. Matomo is configured so that no tracking cookies are set. It is not possible to draw conclusions about a specific person, as your IP address is anonymized immediately after processing and before storage.
You may lodge an objection to the storage and analysis of this data by Matomo at any time (link). In this case, an “opt-out cookie” is permanently stored in your browser, which causes Matomo not to collect any data for storage and evaluation. However, if you delete this cookie intentionally or unintentionally, the objection to data storage and evaluation will also be lifted and can be renewed via the above link.
Alternatively, most modern browsers have a "Do Not Track" option, with which you tell websites not to track your user activities. Matomo respects this option.
The following cookies are set:
- Server cookies for the use of the website. They are automatically deleted after the end of your visit ("session cookies").
- Google cookies: in accordance with Google policy - See www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy
You can set your browser so that you are informed about the setting of cookies and only allow cookies in individual cases, exclude the acceptance of cookies for certain cases or in general and activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. If cookies are deactivated, the functionality of our website may be limited.
Cookies help us
- to identify the frequency of visits to the website areas
- to recognize the preferences of our website visitors and to be able to optimally design the webpages accordingly
- to facilitate navigation on our webpages and thus to increase the user-friendliness of our webpages
To keep information for a certain period of time and to identify the website visitor's computer as soon as they return to our webpages. This makes it possible, for example, to use the settings you have previously selected so that you do not have to choose the settings again (e.g. language settings, log-in information).
YouTube plugins and YouTube videos
Our webpages may contain YouTube plugins or videos published on the "YouTube" platform. YouTube is a service of Google Inc. When you visit our webpages that contain a YouTube plugin or video, a connection to the YouTube servers is established and YouTube is informed which of our webpages you have visited. In the process, YouTube places cookies on your device.
If you are logged into your YouTube account while visiting our webpages that contain a YouTube plugin or video, it is possible for YouTube to associate your visit to our webpages with your YouTube account.
If you are logged into your YouTube account during your visit to our webpages that contain a YouTube plugin or video and activate a YouTube plugin by selecting a video button on our webpages or leave a comment on our video uploaded to YouTube, YouTube will assign this information to your YouTube account.
If you do not want YouTube to collect, process or use data about your visit to our webpages and link it to your user account, you must log out of YouTube before visiting our webpages and block the setting of cookies by YouTube in your browser or delete cookies set by YouTube in the past from your computer.
Our webpages have links to external websites. We have no influence on the content of these websites and therefore accept no responsibility or liability for the permissibility, accuracy, presentation and completeness of the content published, displayed or retrievable there.
We hereby inform you that when you access these external websites, your IP address may be logged by the relevant website operator.
Transmission or sharing of your data
There shall be no transfer to third parties or sharing with our business partners of your data collected, processed or used by us without your express consent, unless this is:
- necessary for the processing of our contractually guaranteed services.
- necessary for the enforcement of our claims.
- legitimate by a legal authorization or we are required by law to disclose the data.
- necessary for the purposes of law enforcement, security or protection of our webpages.
- necessary to enforce the rights of third parties or in the context of the legal obligations to provide information or a court order to provide the information.
Right to information
In accordance with article 15 GDPR, visitors to our website have the right to request information about their personal data processed at the University of Tübingen at any time, free of charge. The scope of the information is set out in article 15 GDPR.
Please send your request for information via e-mail to the following address (datenschutz) or by post to the following address: University of Tübingen, Data Protection Officer, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz, 72074 Tübingen, Germany @uni-tuebingen.de
Right to correction of your data
In accordance with article 16 GDPR, you have the right to request the correction or completion of incorrect or incomplete information about you. We will examine such requests and take the necessary measures in justified cases.
Right to deletion and blocking of your data
Under article 17 GDPR, you have the right to deletion of your data. The data we store about you will be destroyed or deleted in accordance with data protection law if
- the legal retention periods have expired, or
- the collection or processing is or was unlawful, or
- the data is no longer required to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected, or
- if you have revoked your consent to the processing and use
- provided you object to the processing of your data in accordance with article 21 GDPR and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing.
We inform you that a complete deletion will only take place after the expiry of the corresponding deadlines under tax and commercial law. Until the expiry of these periods and until final deletion, your data will be blocked accordingly and will not be further processed by us.
Right to restriction of data processing
Under article 18 of the GDPR, you have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your data in the cases, and to the extent, specified in article 18 of the GDPR. We will examine such requests and take the necessary measures in justified cases.
Right to data portability
In accordance with article 20 GDPR, you have the right to receive your data processed by us in a structured, common and machine-readable format. At your express request, we will transfer your data to the bodies clearly designated by you, insofar as we can technically do so and this is permissible under data protection law.
Right of revocation and objection
You have the right to revoke your consent to the collection, processing and use of your data for the future at any time and free of charge and without giving reasons, or in accordance with article 21 GDPR to object to the processing of your data. Please send your revocation of your consent or objection via e-mail to the following address (datenschutz) or by post to the following address: University of Tübingen, Data Protection Officer, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz, 72074 Tübingen, Germany @uni-tuebingen.de
Right to complain to a supervisory authority
You have the right to lodge a complaint with a data protection supervisory authority under article 14 in conjunction with article 77 GDPR if you believe that the processing of your data violates the GDPR. The responsible authority is the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.
Right to an effective judicial remedy against the controller
In accordance with article 79 GDPR, you have the right to an effective judicial remedy if you believe that your rights as listed above have been violated as a result of processing of your data by us or by a processor engaged by us that does not comply with the requirements of the GDPR.
Liability and right to damages
Under article 82 of the GDPR, you have the right to claim damages against us or the processors commissioned by us if you have suffered material or immaterial damage due to a breach of the GDPR.
Updates to Data Privacy Statement
This data privacy statement will be updated with effect for the future in the event of new legal requirements or significant changes to the functional scope of our webpages. We therefore recommend that you read through our data privacy statement at regular intervals.
Last updated: 12.01.2022