Data protection provisions of the website

The following explanations are designed to reveal to you how we collect and process the personal data gathered as a result of a visit to our website or when you make contact with us through our website.

We process your personal data primarily to the extent that this is necessary to provide a functional website and our contents, or for the improvement and management of our offers, as well as their perception by and for you. In addition we use personal data to process your requests. Beyond this we only collect or process personal data to the extent that you yourself provide them to us and are aware of this (e-mail enquiry / blog / contact form etc.). Other than the processing of personal data for the operation of our website, processing only takes place after prior consent is given. One exception to this is when it is not possible for us to obtain prior consent for practical reasons or we cannot reasonably do so, and the processing of the data is nevertheless permitted by law.

A. General

1. Liabilities / complaints

The party responsible for the processing of your personal data (controller) is:

Deutsches Zentrum für Integrations- und Migrationsforschung e.V.

Schiffbauerdamm 40

10117 Berlin


Tel.: 030-80492893


For questions or complaints regarding the handling of your personal data, you can of course contact us. Without prejudice to this possibility, you always have the right to contact the supervisory authorities responsible for data protection or to use other legal remedies.

In particular, the supervisory authority in the Member State of your habitual residence (for example your domicile) or place of work is responsible for such complaints. In the Federal Republic of Germany this is the supervisory authority of the federal state you have chosen as your habitual residence or place of work.

2. Provision of the website and generation of log files

Every time our website is visited our system collects automated data and information from the visitor’s computer system. During this process, the following data are gathered:

  • Information on the browser type and version used
  • The user’s operating system
  • The user’s internet service provider
  • The user’s IP address
  • Date and time of access
  • Websites from which the user’s system comes to our website
  • Websites accessed by the user’s system via our website
  • Name of the file requested
  • Amount of data transmitted
  • Length of stay
  • Transfer status (file transferred, file not found etc.)

Log files may contain IP addresses or other data which can be attributed to a user. This may be the case, for example, when the link to a website from which the user comes to this website, or the link to the website to which the user changes, contains personal data.

The data are stored in the log files of our system at the most only temporarily. These data are not stored alongside other personal data of the user’s.

The temporary storage of the data listed by the system is necessary in order to enable delivery of the website to the user’s computer and to guarantee the functionality of the website. In addition, the data serve to optimise the website and guarantee the security of our computer systems. For this reason, the user’s IP address must be stored for the duration of the session. The data are not evaluated for marketing purposes.

Our legitimate interest in data processing in accordance with article 6 paragraph 1 lit. f GDPR lies in these purposes. The data are erased after three months.

3. Use of cookies

Some of the web pages use so-called cookies. Cookies do not cause any damage to your computer and do not contain any viruses. Cookies are used to make our offer more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are set on your computer and saved by your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called ‘session cookies’. They are automatically erased after the end of your visit. Other cookies are stored on your device until you erase them. These cookies enable us to recognise your browser on your next visit.

You can activate settings on your browser to inform you of the placing of cookies and only allow cookies in individual cases, to reject cookies in certain cases or in general, and to automatically erase cookies when you close your browser. If you disable cookies the functionality of this website may be restricted.

We do not associate the data to the visiting user. The data are not stored with other personal data of the user’s. We do however reserve the right to use the IP address or other information on the visitor if this is necessary to guarantee compliance with guidelines, to protect the services offered via our website or to fulfil legal obligations.

When users visit our website they are informed of the use of cookies by means of an info banner, and referred to this privacy statement.

4. Newsletter

If you would like to obtain the newsletter we offer on our website, we require an e-mail address and information allowing us to check whether you are the owner of the e-mail address given and agree to receive the newsletter.

In order to guarantee dispatch of the newsletter by mutual consent, we use the so-called double opt-in procedure. As a result the potential recipient is registered in a mailing list. Subsequently, the user is sent a confirmation e-mail enabling them to legally confirm the registration. Only after confirmation is the address actively included in the mailing list.

We use these data exclusively to send the requested information and offers.

The newsletter software used is Newsletter2Go <>. Your data are transferred to Newsletter2Go GmbH for this purpose. It is forbidden for Newsletter2Go to sell your data and use them for purposes other than sending out newsletters. Newsletter2Go is a certified German provider selected in accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation and the federal data protection law.

You can find more information here.

You may at any time withdraw the consent you have given for the storage of data, the e-mail address and use thereof for sending the newsletter, for example using the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.

5. E-mail / contact form

A contact form is available on our website which can be used to make contact with us electronically.

In the context of the contact form, please be advised that the transfer of your data takes place in encrypted (https) form, but we cannot however guarantee that unauthorised third parties will not access the data transmitted.

If you take the opportunity to use the contact form, the data entered in the input screen will be transferred to us and stored. At the time of sending the notification, the IP address of the source computer and time of dispatch will also be stored.

You can contact us using the e-mail address provided. In this case the user’s personal data transmitted with the e-mail will be saved. Because the usual dispatch of e-mails provides only insufficient guarantee of confidentiality of the data sent, we will not process any personal details of a particular nature in this way.

Your data are only processed to the extent that this is necessary to process your request. The data are used exclusively for the processing of the conversation and are not transferred to third parties. The data are subsequently erased.

6. Social Media


Features of the Twitter service are integrated into our website. These features are provided by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. By using Twitter and the “Retweet” function, the websites you visit will be linked to your Twitter account and shared with other users. Data are also transmitted to Twitter.

We point out that as the provider of the pages, we are not aware of the content of the transmitted data or the usage thereof by Twitter. For more information, see Twitter’s privacy policy. (

You can change your Twitter privacy settings in your account settings.


Features of the Xing service are integrated into our online offer, provided by XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany.

If you are a visitor to our website and a member of the Xing platform, Xing can link access to the social media channel to your Xing profile, if you should visit our Xing profile when you are logged in.

We point out that we have no influence over the content or scope of use of the data collected by Xing. For more information in this regard we refer you to Xing’s data privacy statement.

7. YouTube

Our website uses plugins from YouTube, which is operated by Google. The operator of the pages is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. If you visit one of our pages featuring a YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. The YouTube server is then informed about which of our pages you have visited.

If you are logged in to your YouTube account, you allow YouTube to associate your browsing behaviour directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

Further information about the handling of user data can be found in the YouTube data privacy statement.

8. Links

If we provide links on our website to third-party offers and you (actively) follow a link, you leave the area of influence of our website. Please inform yourself about the handling of your personal data by the linked website in their data protection provisions.

9. Legal bases

Insofar as the collection and storage of personal data is not only necessary to provide and operate the website, we collect and process personal data for the purposes of maintenance, improvement and ensuring of our offer, and the security-related protection thereof (article 6 paragraph 1 lit. f GDPR). Our legitimate interest in the use also lies in the purposes described above.

To the extent that we collect and use your data to inform about our products and services, or in the context of our social media activities, we do so within our legitimate interests (article 6 paragraph 1 lit. f) or on the basis of a special consent given by you.

10. Duration of the processing / erasure

If no particulars in this regard are provided in the respective description of the data collection or usage, we will erase the data as soon as they are no longer necessary to attain the purposes for which they were collected.

11. Objection / deletion.

You have the right to object at any time to processing of your personal data (which were collected on the basis of article 6 paragraph 1 e or f).

Where the possibility exists of objecting to the collection or usage of certain data, or of certain cookies, we have indicated this in the appropriate places. 

B. Rights of the data subject

If personal data concerning you are processed, you are a data subject as per the meaning of the GDPR and have the following rights vis-á-vis the controller named in section I.:

1. Right to information

You can request confirmation from the controller as to whether personal data concerning you are being processed.

We provide the following information for you in the form of a free copy:

  • Purposes of processing
  • Categories of personal data which are processed
  • Recipients or categories of recipients
  • Period for which the personal data will be stored, or criteria used to determine that period
  • The existence of the right to rectification / erasure / restriction of processing / objection regarding the processing of your personal data and the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority
  • If the personal data are not collected from you, all available information on the source of the data
  • The existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, referred to in article 22 paragraph 1, paragraph 4 GDPR

2. Right to rectification

You have the right to obtain from the controller rectification and / or completion if the personal data concerning you processed are inaccurate or incomplete. The controller must undertake the rectification without undue delay.

3. Right to restriction of processing

Under certain prerequisites which are given in more detail in article 18 GDPR you can request the restriction of the processing of the personal data concerning you.

4. Right to erasure

As well as the aforementioned regular erasure because the purpose for which data was collected has been attained, you can obtain from the controller the erasure of personal data concerning you without undue delay if one of the grounds in article 17 GDPR applies, when there is no exception.

5. Right to be informed

If you have enforced the right to rectification, erasure or restriction of processing vis-á-vis the controller, the latter is obliged to communicate this rectification or erasure of the data or the restriction of the processing to each recipient to whom the personal data concerning you have been disclosed, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort.

You have the right to be informed of these recipients by the controller.

6. Right to data portability

You have the right to receive the personal data concerning you which you have provided to the controller in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. You also have the right to transmit those data to another controller without hindrance from the controller to which the personal data have been provided, where

1. the processing is based on consent pursuant to article 6 paragraph 1 lit. a GDPR or article 9 paragraph 2 lit. a GDPR or on a contract pursuant to article 6 paragraph 1 lit. b GDPR, and

2. the processing is carried out by automated means.

7. Right to withdraw declaration of consent concerning data protection

You have the right to withdraw your declaration of consent concerning data protection at any time, given for the use of your order and address data. The withdrawal of consent shall not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal.