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Data Protection Information

Within the scope of the use of the platform, certain personal data about you are processed by us as the data controller and stored for the time necessary to fulfil the specified purposes and legal obligations. In the following we inform you about which data are involved, how they are processed and what rights you have in this respect.

According to Article 4 (1) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ‘personal data’ means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject or user’).

Name and contact data of the controller who determines the purposes and means of processing

This data protection information applies to data processing by the controller on the website /

Goethe-Institut e.V.

Oskar-von-Miller-Ring 18

80333 Munich


Telephone: +49 89 15921-0


(hereinafter referred to as “we”)

Contact data of the Data Protection Officer: The Data Protection Officer, Goethe-Institut e.V., Oskar-von-Miller-Ring 18, 80333 Munich, E-mail:

If you have any questions concerning data protection law or your rights as the data subject, you can contact our data protection officer directly at any time.

Processing personal data and purposes of processing

Web hosting

We use the web hosting service Strato AG, Pascalstraße 10, 10587 Berlin (hereinafter referred to as “Strato”) to provide the platform.

To offer a website, it is necessary to commission a web hosting service. Use is made of Strato in accordance with Article 6 (1) sentence 1(f) GDPR on account of our legitimate economic interest in providing our offerings on this website. Personal data obtained when using the website are processed by Strato on our behalf in connection with the hosting.

The webhosting service-provider Strato AG was subcontracted by 3pc, our main consultant and developer of this platform. Through this subcontract, Strato AG gives assurance that the data will be processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and that the protection of the rights of the respective person is guaranteed. All the servers are located in Germany. No data is transmitted to countries outside the EEA.

When visiting the website

You can visit the website / without having to disclose information on your identity. The browser used on your end device only automatically sends information to the server of our website (e.g. date and time of access, name and URL of the accessed file, browser type and version, website from which access is made (referrer URL)).

This also includes the IP address of your requesting end device. This is temporarily saved in a log file and automatically erased after four weeks.

The IP address is processed for technical and administrative purposes regarding connection set-up and stability, to guarantee the security and functioning of our website and to be able to track any illegal attacks on the website if necessary.

The legal basis for processing the IP address is Article 6 (1) sentence 1 (f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest ensues from the aforementioned security interest and the necessity of the undisrupted availability of our platform.

We cannot draw any direct conclusions about your identity from processing the IP address in the log file.

We also use our website cookies and analytics services when you visit our website. For more information on this, see sections 4 and 5 of this data protection statement.

In connection with donations

If an event includes an appeal for donations and you would like to donate, you will be passed on to another page via a link. The Goethe-Institut has no influence on the processing of personal data on third-party websites; please note the respective data protection provisions on the respective donation platform or of the donation campaign organiser.

In connection with the proposal to publish an event on

We offer you the opportunity to propose events of your choice for publication on the platform using the online contact form. To enable you to see your event later and edit it as necessary, we collect the following mandatory information:

  • E-mail address and
  • First name and surname and other event-related information:

-        for livestream events: name of the event, category, starting date, starting time, ending time, time zone, and the livestream link

-        for on-demand offerings: name of the on-demand offering, category of the on-demand offering, link to the on-demand offering

We require your e-mail address in order to give you the opportunity to see your event at a later date and to be able to edit it if necessary. Under certain circumstances, we use your e-mail address to contact you concerning subjects related to unless you have objected to the use of your e-mail address. Processing is based on our legitimate interest in accordance with Article 6 (1) sentence 1 (f) GDPR. Processing your e-mail address for the purpose of direct marketing is deemed to be a legitimate interest recognised by the GDPR.

Event-related information may provide other personal information such as the organisation and participants; this is optional and is published.

Processing such data takes place at your request and is required for initiating a user relationship with you as well as on the basis of our legitimate interests in the offerings of the platform in accordance with Article 6 (1) sentence 1(b) and (f) GDPR.

The personal data collected by us within the scope of a publication proposal will be processed for the duration of the event and erased as soon as your event is not accepted for a listing, or is over unless statutory storage obligations require otherwise.

In connection with the registration of an event on

Insofar as an event description contains personal data, we receive this from the organiser and publish it on the basis of our legitimate interests in making available in accordance with Article 6 (1) sentence 1(f) GDPR.

We list the events for their duration and then promptly remove them from the page.

In connection with voluntarily provided video statements, photographs, film recordings or interviews

Insofar as an event organiser voluntarily decides to provide us with his or her video statements, photographs, film recordings or videos, we use them for publication in social networks, online magazines, newsletters, video impressions and press releases. Processing takes place on your initiative, on the basis of our respective legitimate interests in accordance with Article 6 (1) sentence 1 (f) GDPR to attract more attention, both for the events posted and also for our platform.

Transmission of data 

Beyond publication, further transmission of your personal data to third parties does not take place for any purposes except the following:

We only transmit your personal data to third parties if:

  • you have given your express consent pursuant to Article 6 (1) sentence 1 (a) GDPR;
  • this is required to fulfil third-party legal claims, Article 6 (1) sentence 1(f) GDPR;
  • there is legal obligation for transmission under Article 6 (1) sentence 1 (c) GDPR.

Cookies and pixel tags 

We use cookies on our website. Cookies are small files automatically created by your browser and stored on your end device (laptop, tablet, smartphone or similar) when you visit our site. Cookies do not cause any damage to your end device, and do not contain viruses, Trojans or other malware.

Information is stored in the cookie that is related to the specific end device used. This does not mean that we gain direct knowledge of your identity, however.

We use pixel tags in the context of our online offerings (also called counting pixels or tracking pixels). Pixels are small graphics that are integrated via the HTML code of our website. The pixel tag itself does not store or change any information on your end device, so pixels do not cause any damage to your device, and do not contain any viruses, Trojans or other malware.

The pixels send your IP address, the referrer URL of the visited website, the time the pixel was viewed, the browser used and previously set cookie information to a web server. This enables us to measure reach and carry out other statistical evaluations which serve to optimise our offerings.

The use of cookies serves firstly to make our website more user-friendly for you. We use session cookies to recognise that you have visited particular pages of our website.

In addition, also to optimise user-friendliness, we use temporary cookies, which are stored on your end device for a certain specified period. If you visit our website again to use our services, it will automatically be recognised that you have visited our website before and which entries and settings you have made so that you do not have to put these in again.

Secondly, we use cookies to record the use of our website statistically and to evaluate it for the purpose of optimising our offerings to you (see section 5). These cookies enable us to automatically recognise that you have already visited our website when you visit again. These cookies are automatically erased after a defined time.

The data processed by means of cookies are required for the aforementioned purposes to safeguard our legitimate interests or those of third parties in accordance with Article 6 (1) sentence 1 (f) GDPR.

Most browsers accept cookies automatically. However, you can configure your browser so that no cookies are stored on your computer or so that a message always appears before a new cookie is created. However, completely deactivating cookies may mean that you cannot use all the functions on our website. You can use appropriate tools or browser add-ons to prevent the use of pixels on our website (e.g. AdBlock for Firefox).

Other opt-outs can be found in the following information on the tools we use.

Web analytics


We use the services of Webtrekk GmbH ( to collect statistical data on use of the app, to improve it, to enable use of the app to be analysed and reports on its use to be compiled. When balancing the interests involved, this serves to safeguard our overriding legitimate interests in an optimised presentation of our offerings in accordance with Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR. Cookies may be used for this purpose. Within the context of this tracking, pseudonymised user profiles are created. These are not merged with personal data about the bearer of the pseudonym without separate, explicit consent. The data collected in this connection are erased after discontinuation of the purpose and termination of the use of Webtrekk by us.

You can object to this data collection and storage at any time with effect for the future.

Rights of data subjects

You have the right:

  • in accordance with Article 7 (3) GDPR to withdraw your consent previously given to us at any time. As a result of this, we may not continue the data processing based on this consent in the future;
  • in accordance with Article 15 GDPR to obtain information on your personal data processed by us. In particular, you can obtain information on the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data concerned, the categories of recipients to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed, the envisaged period for which the personal data will be stored, the existence of the right to request rectification or erasure of personal data, restriction of processing of personal data or objecting to such processing, the right to lodge a complaint, the source of personal data not collected by us, and the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, and if relevant, meaningful information about the details;
  • in accordance with Article 16 GDPR to obtain without undue delay the rectification of inaccurate or incomplete personal data stored by us;
  • in accordance with Article 17 GDPR to obtain the erasure of your personal data stored by us, to the extent that processing is not necessary for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the establishment, exercise of defence or legal claims;
  • in accordance with Article 18 GDPR to obtain restriction of processing of your personal data insofar as you contest the accuracy of the personal data, the processing is unlawful, but you oppose the erasure of the personal data, we no longer need the data, but you require them for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or you have objected to processing in accordance with Article 21 GDPR;
  • in accordance with Article 20 GDPR to receive your personal data, which you provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or to have those data transmitted to another controller and
  • in accordance with Article 77 GDPR to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. As a rule, you can lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority of your habitual residence, of your place of work or of our registered office.

Information on your right to object under Article 21 GDPR

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) (e) GDPR (data processing in the public interest) and Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR (data processing on the basis of balancing interests); this includes profiling based on those provisions as defined in Article 4 (4) GDPR.

If you lodge an objection, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

Insofar as your objection concerns data processed for direct marketing purposes, we will terminate such processing without delay. In this case, it is not necessary to state a special situation. This also applies to profiling to the extent that it is connected with direct marketing of this kind.

If you would like to use your right to object, it is sufficient to send an e-mail to the following address:

Data security

We use appropriate technical and organisational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction, or unauthorised access by third parties. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological developments.

Validity of and amendments to this data protection statement

This data protection statement is currently valid and was last updated in April 2020.
Development of our website and offerings made through it or amended statutory or official provisions may make it necessary to amend this data protection statement.

You can retrieve and print out the current valid data protection statement from the following website at any time: