Data Protection Policy


Please note that security gaps can arise when transmitting data on the Internet (e.g. when communicating by email). Absolute protection of data against access by third parties is not possible.
The use by third parties of contact data published in fulfilment of the informational obligations (Impressumspflicht) under Section 5 of the German Telemedia Act to send unsolicited advertising and information material is hereby expressly objected to. The operators of this website expressly reserve the right to take legal action in the case of the unsolicited sending of advertising information, for example via spam mails.

Personal Data

As a rule, it is possible to use this website without providing personal data. Insofar as personal data are collected on this website, this is always done, as far as possible, on a voluntary basis and to the extent outlined here. These data will not be passed on to third parties without your express consent.

Names and email addresses that are provided when making enquiries will be used exclusively for the correspondence.

All personal data will be stored only for as long as this is necessary for the specific stated purpose. In doing so, existing statutory retention periods will be taken into account.

Information on the Processing of Personal Data

Name and Contact Data of the Controller is technically provided by the Georg-August-Universität/Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen (SUB Göttingen).

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is a public-law body. It is legally represented by the President, Professor Dr Metin Tolan.

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Wilhelmsplatz 1
37073 Göttingen
+49 551 39-21000 (Tel.)
+49 551 39-1821000 (Fax)

Contact Data of the Data Protection Officer of the University of Göttingen
Prof. Dr Andreas Wiebe
Chair for Civil Law,
Intellectual Property Law, Media Law and
Communications Technology Law
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 6
37073 Göttingen
+49 551 39-2 7381 (Tel.)
+49 551 39-2 4437 (Fax)

Purposes of and Legal Basis for the Processing of Personal Data
Your personal data will be collected in order to process your enquiry. Your data will be collected on the basis of point (e) of Article 6(1) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Recipients of the Personal Data
In order to reply to your enquiry, your personal data will be transferred to the competent team within Göttingen State and University Library (SUB).

Transfer of Personal Data to a Third Country
It is not intended to transfer your personal data to a third country.

Period for which Personal Data Will Be Stored
Your data will be stored in order to provide the services that you have commissioned us to perform. As soon as you log out or request that your data be erased, your data will be stored only until all ongoing procedures have been completed, and will then be erased unless statutory provisions require storage for a longer period.

Rights of Data Subjects
Under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you have the following rights:
If your personal data are processed, you shall have the right of access to the personal data stored concerning you (Art. 15 GDPR). Should inaccurate personal data concerning you be processed, you shall have the right to rectification (Art. 16 GDPR). If the statutory prerequisites are satisfied, you shall have the right to demand the erasure of your personal data or the restriction of processing, and to object to the processing (Arts 17, 18, and 21 GDPR).
If you do not provide the necessary data, your request cannot be processed.
If you have agreed to the processing of your data, or if a data processing contract exists, and if the data processing is carried out by automated means, you shall have a right to data portability, where applicable (Art. 20 GDPR). Should you exercise your above-mentioned rights, Göttingen State and University Library (SUB Göttingen) will examine whether the statutory prerequisites for doing so are satisfied.
To exercise your rights, please contact the Data Protection Officer of the University of Göttingen.

In the case of data-protection-related complaints, you can contact any European data protection supervisory authority (Art. 77 GDPR), preferably the competent supervisory authority:

The Data Protection Commissioner of the State of Lower Saxony
Prinzenstrasse 5
30159 Hannover
+49 551 120 4500 (Tel.)
+49 551 120 4599 (Fax)

Right to Withdraw Consent
If you have consented in the context of a declaration to the processing of your personal data by Göttingen University and State Library, you may prospectively withdraw that consent at any time. The withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of the data processing based on consent before its withdrawal (Art. 7(3) GDPR).

Access, Rectification, Erasure, Restriction of Processing
You shall have the right at any time and without charge to information about the personal data stored concerning you, the source and the recipients of the data, and the purpose of the processing (Art. 15(1) GDPR). Further, you shall have the right to rectification, restriction of processing, or erasure of these data (Arts 16, 18, and 17 GDPR). In matters relating to this, you can contact us at any time via the address of the website operator provided on the “Legal Notice” (Impressum) page.

Use of Cookies

In order to be able to offer the contents of, we store various information –in the form of cookies – on your device. These technically necessary cookies, which do not require your consent according to §25 paragraph 2 of the Telecommunications Telemedia Data Protection Act (TTDSG), are as follows:

  • dp_cookieconsent_status: This cookie stores the decision if users agree to the collection of statistical user data or not
  • if users do not consent to the collection of statistical data, a cookie is stored that records the visit to the site, but does not record any personal data.

If users agree to the collection of statistical data, further cookies are set. Further details can be found in the section ”Collection of statistical data”.

Collection of Statistical Data

This website uses the open source software Matomo to statistically analyse visitor accesses. Matomo is offered on servers of the Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung Göttingen (GWDG) and is configured in accordance with data protection regulations. The data are stored in an anonymised form. The ”session cookies” used for this purpose are text files that are stored on your computer and that enable an analysis of your use of the website. The information about your use of is stored on the GWDG server. The IP address is anonymised before it is stored. The data collected by Matomo are used in anonymised form to improve our services. IP addresses are stored in Matomo in such a way that only the area from which a website call comes can be traced.

These ”session cookies” do not contain any personal data and expire after the session.

In detail, the following data are stored for each access/retrieval:

  • the first two parts of the IP address,
  • the date and time,
  • the user agent of the software used,
  • the page accessed/the name of the file retrieved,
  • the volume of data transferred,
  • notification of whether the access/retrieval was successful.

You can decide here to allow or reject the collection of statistical usage data with the help of cookies.

By using after making this decision, you consent to the processing of your usage data by Matomo in the manner described and for the purpose stated above. You can change your decision at any time by clicking on the button below.

Data Protection Information for the Social Networks

This Data Protection Statement (last updated: February 2022) also applies to the content of the following social media profiles of the project




The work package “Public Relations Work of the Project” manages all accounts. In addition to, the respective providers of the platforms mentioned below are also jointly responsible for compliance with the data protection guidelines.

Name and Contact Data of the Controllers Responsible for the Processing, and of the Data Protection Officer

The operation of the social medial profiles is under joint control within the meaning of Article 26 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The controller for the website is:

Margo Bargheer
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Göttingen State and University Library
37073 Göttingen
Tel.: +49 551 39-91188
Email: bargheer(at)

Name and Address of the Data Protection Officer of the University of Göttingen:

Data Protection Officer of the University of Göttingen
Prof. Dr Andreas Wiebe
Chair for Civil Law,
Intellectual Property Law, Media Law and
Communications Technology Law
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 6
37073 Göttingen
Tel.: +49 551 39-7381
Fax: +49 551 39-4437
Email: lehrstuhl.wiebe(at)
Email: datenschutz(at)

The controllers for the respective platforms are:

Twitter International Company, Attn: Data Protection Officer, One Cumberland Place, Fenian Street, Dublin 2, D02 AX07 IRELAND
Twitter’s data protection officer can be contacted via the following link:
Data privacy statement:
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Facebook on the basis of an agreement on joint processing of personal data
Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland
Data policy:
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Information on page insights data:

General Information on Data Processing

Purpose of Data Processing and Categories of Data Subjects
The social media accounts of supplement the website (, and give users the opportunity to enter into dialogue with
As soon as users access the social media profiles of in the respective social media networks, the terms and conditions and the data processing guidelines of the respective operators apply. does not have any influence on data processing in the respective networks. The data collected concerning you when you use the service are processed by the provider and transmitted, where applicable, to countries outside the European Union. does not have any influence on the type and volume of the data processed by the provider, the type of processing and use, or the transfer of these data to third parties, especially to countries outside the European Union. Information about the type of data processed by the provider and the purposes for which they are used can be found in the data privacy statements of the respective providers. processes personal data that arrive at its editorial office via the social media accounts in order to answer service enquiries.

The social media team at processes data for the following purposes:

  • to generate and make available social media content,
  • to process online enquiries and communicate with users,
  • to moderate comments and discussions about contributions,
  • to analyse which content is relevant for users and to adapt the content accordingly, and
  • to alert users to interesting events and offerings of

The data subjects are visitors to and users of the social media profiles of

Social Media Editorial Office – Contact Details Project Public Relations (SUB Göttingen)
Göttingen State and University Library
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 1
37073 Göttingen

Legal Basis

Where the social media editorial office obtains the consent of the data subject to process personal data, the legal basis for this is point (a) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR. Provided the processing of personal data is necessary for the performance of the social media work, which is carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority, point (e) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR will serve as the legal basis.

Cooperation with Third Parties

If within the framework of the processing, discloses data to other persons and enterprises (processors or third parties), transfers the data to them, or otherwise gives them access to the data, this will be done only if it is necessary for the performance of the contract with you as the data subject pursuant to point (b) of Article 1(1) of the GDPR; if the transfer is permissible based on a balancing of interests within the meaning of point (f) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR; if is legally obliged to transfer the data; or if you have given your consent to it.
If commissions third parties to process data within the framework of a so-called “processing contract”, this will be done on the basis of Article 28 of the GDPR.

Twitter Management Tool Tweetdeck

In order to plan and post content on Twitter, to avoid missing any posts of relevance to us, and to interact with users, uses the product Tweetdeck. Tweetdeck is Twitter Inc.’s own Tweet management application. The data protection guidelines are the same as on Twitter.

Period of Time for which Personal Data Are Stored

The period of time for which personal data are stored within the social media platforms depends on the respective platform operators. has no access to the data stored by the platform operators.
Within the social media editorial office of, personal data are erased or their processing is restricted as soon as the purpose of the storage ceases to exist. Furthermore, storage may take place if this has been provided for by the European or national legislator in Union directives, laws, or other provisions to which the controller is subject. The restriction of the processing or the erasure of the data will also take place when the storage period prescribed by the said norms expires, unless a necessity exists to continue storing the data for the purposes of concluding or performing a contract.
Moreover, data may also be stored in order to secure within the social media editorial office unlawful content and content that violates the netiquette of that lands via users on the social media accounts of The identity of the authors of such content is therefore of interest. The netiquette policy of can be found here.

Rights of Data Subjects

You have the following rights vis-à-vis the controller when personal data concerning you are processed:

  • the right of access pursuant to Article 15 of the GDPR
  • the right to rectification or erasure pursuant to Articles 16 and 17 of the GDPR
  • the right to restriction of processing pursuant to Article 18 of the GDPR
  • the right to data portability pursuant to Article 20 of the GDPR
  • the right to object to the processing pursuant to Article 21 of the GDPR
  • the right to prospectively withdraw consent to the processing pursuant to Article 7(3) of the GDPR
  • Automated decision-making, including profiling, in individual cases shall not take place.

In addition, you have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority about the processing of your data by us. Further rights that you have vis-à-vis the operators of the platform (in particular the right to object to certain types of processing by the respective platforms or to withdraw a consent granted to one of the said platforms) are described in the data guidelines of the respective platforms (see links above).

Detailed explanations can be found in the University of Göttingen’s general Data Protection Policy:

Changes to this Statement reserves the right to amend or supplement this privacy statement as required. The changes will be published here. Therefore, you should regularly access this page in order to keep up to date with the current status of our data protection policy.

[Last updated: June 2020]

Netiquette for the Social Media Channels of

We welcome your comments, opinions, and questions on our Facebook page and on Twitter. Because we value a pleasant and friendly atmosphere, we request that you observe the following rules as the basis for our joint communication online:

  • We welcome constructive criticism because it helps us to recognise mistakes and to develop further. We value an objective and respectful tone of address. Abuse and insults are unnecessary and will be removed by us.
  • Contributions with xenophobic, sexist, unlawful, pornographic, or inappropriate content will be deleted by us. Moreover, we reserve the right to report the authors of such posts.
  • In order to be able to ensure the clarity of our social media pages, we filter out spam, advertising, and other commercial content.
  • We value data privacy: we do not disseminate any confidential content and we request our users not to publish personal data concerning themselves or others.
  • In order to ensure mutual understanding, we communicate exclusively in German or English, and we request our users to do the same.

In addition to this netiquette, we also observe the general standards and the terms and conditions of use of the respective social media platforms:


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