Data Privacy Policy

This privacy policy serves to fulfill the requirements of Article 13 EU GDPR Information to be provided where personal data are collected from the data subject.
Name and address of the responsible person
Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Theodor-W.-Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt on the Main

Postal address:
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
60629 Frankfurt
Phone: + 49-69-798-0 | Fax: + 49-69-798-18383

For inquiries or complaints about data protection you may contact the data protection officials of the Goethe-University.
Contact details of the data protection officer
Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
The official data protection officer
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Rights and complaints
You have the right to contact the concerned technical supervisory authority for data protection issues to complain.
Contact address of the supervisory authority of the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main:

Commissioner for Data Protection of Hesse
Postfach 3163
65021 Wiesbaden
Email to Commissioner for Data Protection of Hesse
Phone: +49 611 1408 – 0
Fax: +49 611 1408 – 611

You have the following rights vis-à-vis Goethe University with regard to your personal data:
  • Right of access by the data subject
  • Right of rectification
  • Right of erasure (right to be forgotten)
  • Right to restriction of processing
  • Right to revoke your consent
  • Right to object to the processing
  • Right of data portability, in a commonly used, structured and machine-readable format
(from May 25th, 2018)

To claim these rights, please send us an email webmaster
Type of data stored, purpose and legal basis, deletion periods
Handling of personal data
Personal data is information that can be used to determine a natural person, ie information that identifies persons. This includes in particular names, e-mail addresses, immatriculation numbers or telephone numbers. But also data about preferences, hobbies, memberships or information about websites that have been visited are personal data.

Personal data will only be collected, used and disclosed by us if legally permitted or if the user has consented to the data collection.

The use of personal data of students for the purpose of study is based largely on the applicable Hessian Higher Education Act in conjunction with the applicable Enrollment Ordinance of the State of Hessen and thus refer to EU GDPR Article 6 Paragraph 1 c).

The data of the employees of the Goethe-University collected and processed for the purposes of personnel administration, teaching, research and examination activities are based on the Hessian Higher Education Act, the Enrollment Ordinance of the State of Hesse, TV-GU, civil service law and personnel law regulations.
Access data / server logfiles
When accessing the pages of this web server, the following data is generally stored in the server logfiles:
  • IP address
  • Date and time
  • Type of client browser
  • URL of the visited page
If necessary, the error message about the occurred error
If necessary, the requesting provider

These data are for the sole purpose of checking the functionality, safety and security troubleshooting. This use is based on EU DSGVO Article 6 paragraph 1 f). All logfiles will be automatically deleted after 7 days at the latest.
Establishing contact
When contacting members of the Goethe University (for example by contact form or email) your data will be stored for the purpose of processing the request as well as in case of follow-up questions arise. After processing your request or after fulfilling the legal obligation or the service being used, the data will be deleted unless the retention of the data is required for the implementation of legitimate interests of the Goethe University or on the basis of a legal regulation (e.g. law, legal decree, statutes of Goethe University, etc.).
Cookies are small-sized files allowing the storage of specific device-related information on your access device (PC, smartphone, etc.). It is the purpose of cookies to improve the user-friendliness of web pages (i.e. storage of login data). Most browsers have options to restrict or completely prevent the storage of cookies, however, this may lead to a limited use of the browser. To use login-secured pages, cookies are mandatory. They are used to determine the access authorization and are deleted once the session has ended.
Access-protected web pages and user-based services
In addition to the above information, and further to the authorization control of the data access, the user name or an identifier are collected. This data will be deleted or anonymised after max. 7 days, unless the storage of these data is necessary for the implementation of legitimate interests of the Goethe University or a legal provision (for example, law, legal decree, statutes of the Goethe University, etc.). For all services which do not fall under these specifications, explicit consent declarations are obtained. The deletion takes place depending on the specification of the service used. The deletion period is clearly defined in the processing activities directory. The legal basis is EU DSGVO Art. 6 (1a).
Integration of third-party services
Within some subpages of this online presence, third-party content from other web pages (such as videos from YouTube, maps from Google Maps, RSS feeds, graphics, etc.) is incorporated. This always presupposes that the providers of these contents of other websites (hereinafter referred to as “third-party providers”) view your IP address. The IP address is required for the presentation of this content as third-party providers would not be able to send these contents to your browser without it. We aim to use providers who use IP addresses solely for the delivery of the content, however, the continued use of your data is beyond our control (i.e. if third-party providers store the IP address for statistical purposes).
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