Data protection policy



(1) Site Operator

The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP, short for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik), located in Berlin, is the operator of the website under the domain For all questions regarding this website, please contact us by email at ipq[at]

(2) Liability for Contents

DGAP takes no responsibility for contents, data, and information provided by third parties on the website. Indications of violations of rights can be directed to ipq[at] DGAP will remove infringing content of which it is aware.

DGAP is liable for its own content according to § 7 Abs.1 TMG of German general law.

(3) Liability for Links

This website contains links to external websites, the contents of which DGAP has no influence over. Thus DGAP cannot provide any guarantee regarding the contents of these external websites. The providers and operators of linked websites are responsible for the contents of those sites. Unlawful contents were, at the time of the creation of the link, not recognized. Permanent control over the contents of linked sites is, however, impossible without concrete evidence of any legal violation. If such evidence becomes known, DGAP will immediately remove these links. Evidence of legal infringement should be sent to ipq[at]

(4) Copyright

The content created and publicized through DGAP on the website under the domain is subject to German copyright. Downloads and copies are only allowed for private, non-commercial use.

Reproduction, modification, dissemination, and other exploitation of this material outside of the limits allowed by German copyright law requires the prior written consent of DGAP.

For material not created by the website operator, the copyright belongs to the third party creator. Any reproduction should be labeled as such. Should you encounter evidence of copyright infringement, we ask that you notify us at ipq ipq[at]

Should we receive evidence that any contents are in violation of the law, those contents will be removed.



(1)  Name and Contact Information of Those Responsible for Managing Your Data

The following information regarding data protection refers to data processing performed by:

Controller of Personal Information

German Council on Foreign Relations/

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V. (hereafter: DGAP)

Rauchstrasse 17/18

10787 Berlin


Email: info[@]

Telephone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-0

Fax: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-116

The data protection representative of the DGAP, Ms Yulia Loeva, can be reached at this address or at datenschutz[@]

(2)  The Collection and Storage of Personal Data and the Manner and Purpose of Its Use

i) Visiting our website

When you visit our website (, information from your browser is automatically sent to our website. This information is temporarily saved in a so-called Logfile. Without you doing anything, and until it is later automatically erased, we collect the following information:

  • The IP-Address of your device
  • The time of date of your accessing the site
  • The name and URL of the retrieved data
  • The website from which you visit our site (the referrer-URL)
  • The browser used, the operating system of your device, and the name of your internet service access provider

We then process this data for the following purposes:

  • To guarantee a smooth connection to the webiste
  • To ensure a comfortable, pleasant experience on our website
  • To evaluate system security and stability as well as
  • For further administrative purposes

The legal basis for this data processing is Article 6 (1) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our interest in collecting data is justified by the purposes listed above. We will never use the data we collect to deduce personal details specific to you.

We also deploy cookies and analytical services when you visit our website. More information about those activities can be found in sections 4 and 5 of this data protection statement.

ii) When you sign up for our newsletter

If you have given your express content, we will, according to Article 6 (1) of the GDPR, use your email address to regularly send you our newsletter. Submitting an email address is sufficient to receive the newsletter.

You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time, for example by clicking the link at the end of every newsletter. You can also communicate your wish to unsubscribe by sending an email to ipq[at], at any time.

iii) When you use our contact forms

For questions of any kind you may contact us by filling out the contact form available on our website. It is necessary to enter your email address, so that we know who is asking the question and how to answer it. You may fill in further personal information beyond an email address, but this is optional.

We process data submitted on the contact form according to Article 6 (1) of the GDPR and on the basis of your freely given consent.

The data we collect through the contact form is automatically deleted once we have satisfactorily responded to your query.

(3) Passing on Data

We treat personal data as confidential information. We will not communicate them to third parties under any condition other than those specified below. We pass on this data only if:

  • You have, according to Article 6 (1a) of the GDPR, given your express consent
  • passing on your information is necessary for the performance of a contract according to Article 6 (1f) of the GDPR and there is no reason to assume you have an overwhelming interest in not passing on your data
  • there is a legal obligation to pass on your data according to Article 6(1c) of the GDPR or
  • it is legally permissible according to Article 6 (1b) of the GDPR to pass on your data in order to execute a legal contract with you

(4) Cookies

We use cookies on our website. These are small files that your browser creates automatically and that are saved on your device (laptop, tablet, smartphone etc) when you visit our site. Cookies do not damage your device or contain viruses, trojan files, or other harmful software.

Cookies contain information about the specific device used to access the site. However, that does not mean that we have direct knowledge of your identity.

Cookies help to make our content easier to access and use. For example, we use so-called session cookies to recognize when you have already visited individual pages of our website. These are automatically erased when you leave the site.

Beyond that, we use temporary cookies to make the site more user-friendly. These are saved on your device for only a certain amount of time. If you visit our site again during this time, they allow us to recognize that you are a return visitor and to keep the settings you have previously selected.

According to Article 6 (1f) of the GDPR, the data processed through cookies are necessary for the protection of our legitimate interests as well as the interests of third parties.

Most browsers accept cookies automatically. You can, however, configure your browser such that no cookies are stored on your computer, or to make a notice always appear before new cookies are created. But the complete deactivation of cookies can prevent you from using all the functions of our website.

(5) Analytics & Tracking Tools

The tracking measures listed below are carried out on the basis of Article 6 (1f) of the GDPR. The objective is to achieve continuous optimization of our website. Moreover, we use tracking tools to collect statistical data about the use of our website. This is a legitimate interest in the sense of the aforementioned EU regulation.

The respective purposes for processing data and categories of data should be taken from the corresponding tracking tools.

i) Google Analytics

For the purpose of needs-based design and continuous Optimization of our site we use Google Analytics, a website analytics service from Google Inc. ( (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; hereafter „Google“). In this context pseudonymized user profiles are created and cookies are used (see section 4).

Information created through cookies about your use of this website such as

  • browser type and version
  • the operating system used
  • the referrer URL (the last-visited site)
  • the hostname of the computer used for access (IP-Address)
  • time of server request

are transferred to a Google server in the USA and saved there.

This information is used to evaluate the use of our website, to put together reports on activity on the website, and to use deliver services connected to use of the website for the purpose of market research and needs-based design of the website. In certain cases, this information may be shared with third parties, to the extent this is permitted by the law and to the extent the data is to be processed by subcontractors. Under no circumstances will your IP address be connected to other Google data. The IP addresses are anonymized, making assigning them to an individual impossible (IP-Masking).

You can prevent the installation of cookies by modifying your browser settings, but this may make it impossible to fully use all features of our website.

You can also use a browser add-on to prevent the collection of data created by cookies and your use of the website by visiting the following link: (

The cookie will prevent future collection of your data when you visit the site. However, the cookie will only function in the browser in which it is downloaded, and also only work with our website. If you delete the cookies in your browser, you will have to download the opt-out cookie again to benefit.

More information about Google Analytics and data protection is available here: (

ii) Google Adwords Conversion Tracking

For evaluation and optimization purposes we also use Google Conversion Tracking. With this program, a cookie (see section 4) is placed on your computer if you reach our website through a Google advertisement.

The cookies are only valid for 30 days and do not enable personal identification. If the user visits certain pages of an Adword customer’s website and the cookie has not expired, Google and the customer can see that the user clicked on an advertisement and was directed to the website.

Every Adwords customer receives a different cookie. Cookies can therefore not be tracked through the website of an Adwords customer. The information collected with the help of Conversion cookies helps to create Conversion statistics for Adwords customers who have agreed to Conversion tracking. The Adwords customer is informed of the overall number of users who have clicked their advertisement and been directed to a site equipped with a Conversion Tracking tag. But the customer does not receive any data that would allow it to personally identify the user.

If you do not want to take part in the Tracking process, you can reject the cookies necessary for it—for example by using a browser setting that deactivates automatic usage of cookies. Or you can change your browser settings to block cookies from the domain „“. You can find Google’s instructions for data protection regarding Conversion tracking here: (

iii) Matomo

We use the open source software Matomo to analyse and statistically evaluate the use of our website. For this we use cookies (see section 4). The information thus collected is transferred to our servers and stored in pseudonymous user profiles. The information is used to evaluate the use of our website and make possible a needs-based design. We do not give this information to any third parties.

Under no circumstances will an IP address be linked to other user-related personal data. The IP addresses are anonymized, making assigning them to an individual impossible (IP-Masking).

Your current visit to this website is being recorded by Matomo analytic services. Click here ( if you do not want your visit to be recorded.

iv) Hotjar

We use Hotjar in order to better understand our users’ needs and to optimize this service and experience. Hotjar is a technology service that helps us better understand our users’ experience (e.g. how much time they spend on which pages, which links they choose to click, what users do and don’t like, etc.) and this enables us to build and maintain our service with user feedback. Hotjar uses cookies and other technologies to collect data on our users’ behavior and their devices. This includes a device's IP address (processed during your session and stored in a de-identified form), device screen size, device type (unique device identifiers), browser information, geographic location (country only), and the preferred language used to display our website. Hotjar stores this information on our behalf in a pseudonymized user profile. Hotjar is contractually forbidden to sell any of the data collected on our behalf.

For further details, please see the ‘about Hotjar’ section of Hotjar’s support site.

(6) Social Media Plug-ins

On the basis of Article 6 (1f) of the GDPR, we use social plug-ins from the social networks Twitter and Facebook to publicize the DGAP and make our work better known. The underlying promotional motivation is considered legitimate by the GDPR. It is the responsibility of the respective providers of these social media platforms to ensure compliance with data protection law. Our use of these plug-ins takes place though the so-called two-click method, in order to protect visits to our website as much as possible.

i) Facebook

Our website uses social media plugins from Facebook to personalize your use. We use either the “LIKE” or “SHARE” buttons. This is a service provided and managed by Facebook.

When you load a page on our website that contains such a plugin, your browser builds a direct connection to the Facebook servers. The content of the plugin is transferred from Facebook directly to your browser, which links the content with our website.

Through this plugin Facebook receives a notice that your browser has landed on a corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a Facebook account or are not currently logged into Facebook. This information (including your IP address) is directly transmitted from your browser to a Facebook server in the USA and saved there.

If you are logged into Facebook, Facebook can match your visit to our site with your Facebook account. If you interact with plugins, for example if you click the “LIKE” or “SHARE” buttons, the corresponding information is also directly transmitted from your browser to a Facebook server in the USA and saved there. This information is also published on Facebook and shown to your Facebook friends.

Facebook can use this information for advertising, market research, needs-based design of Facebook pages. To this end Facebook creates user-, interest- and relationship-profiles in order to, for example, evaluate your use of our website with regard to the advertisements you are shown on Facebook, to inform other Facebook users of your activity on our website, or to deliver other services connected to the use of Facebook.

If you do not want Facebook to analyze and sort data collected from our website, you must log out of Facebook before you visit.

To learn more, please visit Facebook’s data protection page: (

ii) Twitter

Plugins from the social network of Twitter Inc. (Twitter) are integrated with our website. The Twitter plugins (tweet button) can be recognized by the Twitter logo on our website. For an overview of how tweet buttons work, click here: (

When you load a website of ours that contains one of these plugins, a direct connection between your browser and the Twitter server is created. In this way Twitter receives a notification that a user with your IP address has visited our site. If you click the “tweet-button” while you are logged into your Twitter account, you can create a link on your Twitter profile to the content on our webpages. This also enables Twitter to associate your visiting our website with your Twitter user account. We note that we receive no information from Twitter about the data thus transferred or how it is used.

If you do not want Twitter to analyze and sort data collected from our website, you must log out of Twitter before you visit.

To learn more, please visit Twitter’s data protection page: ((

(7) Your Rights

You have the right to:

  • Pursuant to Article 15 of the GDPR, demand information regarding the personal data of yours that we analyze. In particular, you can demand information about: the purposes of data processing, the category of personal data, the category of recipients that have received or will receive access to your data, how long the data will be stored, the existence of a right to correction, a right to deletion, a right to limitation of processing, a right to file a complaint, the origin of your data (if we did not collect it), as well as the existence of automatic decision-making (including profiling) and where applicable meaningful information about other details.
  • Pursuant to Article 16 of the GDPR, demand the immediate correction or completion of your personal data stored on our servers.
  • Pursuant to Article 17 of the GDPR, demand the deletion of personal data stored with us, insofar as it is not necessary for the exercise of the right of free expression, to carry out contractual obligations, for reasons of public interest, or to meet our legal obligations.
  • Pursuant to Article 18 of the GDPR, demand the restriction of the processing of your personal data, insofar as you contest the correctness of the data; or the processing is unlawful but you oppose the erasure of the personal data and request the restriction of their use instead; or we no longer need the personal data for the purposes of the processing but require them for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims; or you have objected to processing pursuant to Article 21(1) of the GDPR.
  • Pursuant to Article 20 of the GDPR, receive personal data that you have made available to us in a structured, common, and machine-readable format, or to demand that we transmit it to another responsible party.
  • Pursuant to Article 7(3) of the GDPR, withdraw your consent at any time. If you do this, we will no longer be able to process any data related to your giving consent.
  • Pursuant to Article 77 of the GDPR, lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. Typically, you can turn to the supervisory authority responsible for your place of residence or place of work, or to the one responsible for the DGAP.

(8) Right to Object

You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation or to your opposition to direct marketing, at any time to processing of personal data concerning you which is based on Article 6(1)e or f, including profiling based on those provisions. You also have a general right to object that can be called upon without referring to any particular personal situation.

If you would like to use your right to object, all you have to do is send an email to datenschutz[@]

(9) Data Security

When you visit our website we employ the widely used SSL procedure (Secure Socket Layer) in connection with the highest level of encryption that your browser supports. Typically this is a 256 bit encryption. If your browser does not support this, we use a 128 bit v3 technology instead. You can tell whether one of our webpages is transmitted with encryption by looking for the icon of a locked lock or a key in the bottom status bar of your browser.

We also make use of suitable technical and organizational security tools to protect from data from intentional or unintentional manipulation, full or partial loss, destruction, or against the unauthorized access or third parties. Our security measures are kept up to date with the latest technological enhancements.

(10) Current Status and Chances to this Data Protection Statement

This data protection statement is currently valid as of May 2018.

As our website is further developed, or because of actions taken by the legal authorities, it may become necessary to adapt this data protection statement. The up-to-date version of this data protection statement can always be found and printed out at the following address: