Data Protection

GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences operates in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and all other statutory data protection provisions.

The protection of your privacy when using our webpages is important to us. In what follows, we provide information about the collection of personal data in this context. Personal data are any data that can be related to you personally, for example, name and surname, address, email addresses, or user behavior.

GESIS reserves the right to update this privacy policy from time to time. Therefore, we recommend that it be read at regular intervals.

Contact Data

The controller within the meaning of Article 4(7) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is

GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim
Street address:
68159 Mannheim
Postal address:
PO Box 122155
68072 Mannheim
For further information, see our "imprint" (Provider and Legal Notices page).

Data Protection Officer

If you have any questions about data protection, please contact our data protection officer:

HEC Harald Eul Consulting GmbH
Datenschutz + Datensicherheit
Auf der Höhe 34
50321 Brühl
Email: datenschutz(at)gesis(dot)org

Personal Data

Without your consent, the personal data collected within the framework of the GESIS webpages will be used only for the purpose of contract execution and the processing of your enquiries. Beyond that, your personal data will be used for the purpose of advertising and market research and for the needs-based design of GESIS' electronic services only if you have given your prior consent. Your data will neither be transmitted to third parties nor exported to states outside the European Economic Area.

You may, of course, revoke your respective consent at any time with effect for the future.

Your Rights as a User
You have the right, on request, to obtain access free of charge to the personal data stored about you. Furthermore, you have the right to rectification or erasure, the right to restriction of processing, the right to object to processing, and the right to data portability.

You may revoke your consents to data processing at any time with effect for the future. Furthermore, you have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority about the processing of your personal data by us.

Data Transfer and Usage Statistics
For technical reasons, when you access our website, your Internet browser automatically transmits data to our Web server. These data include, among other things, the date and time of access, the URL of the referring website, the accessed file, the amount of data transmitted, the browser type and version, the operating system, and your IP address. These data are stored separately from other data that you enter when using our website. It is not possible for us to assign these data to a specific person. They are analyzed for statistical purposes and then deleted.

Cookies are used on the webpages in order to expand the range of functions. This enables data to be temporarily stored on your computer. You can prevent this storage by changing your browser settings accordingly, and you can delete existing cookies at any time. If you deactivate the use of cookies completely, this may lead to restrictions in the range of functions of our webpages.

When you send us an email, your email address is used only for the correspondence with you. After conclusion of the correspondence, your email address is deleted. It is not used for other purposes or transmitted to third parties. Furthermore, please note that emails transmitted in unencrypted form may be read or even falsified by unauthorized persons.

Social Media Data
Facebook Plugin
Our website uses social plugins (“plugins”) provided by the social network, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins are identifiable by a Facebook logo (white letter f on blue background or a thumb up icon) or the notice “Facebook Social Plugin”. For a full list of all social Plugins please see

When you visit a page of our website that contains a social plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to Facebook servers. Facebook directly transfers the plugin content to your browser which embeds the latter into the website, enabling Facebook to receive information about your having accessed the respective page of our website. Thus we have no influence on the data gathered by the plugin and inform you according to our state of knowledge: The embedded plugins provide Facebook with the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our website. If you are logged into Facebook, your visit can be assigned to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking “Like”, or entering a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser directly to Facebook and stored by it. Even if you are not logged into Facebook, there is possibility that the plugins transmits your IP-address to Facebook.

For the information on the purpose and scope of data collection and procession by Facebook, as well as your rights in this respect and settings options for protecting your privacy please visit Facebook’s privacy policy: If you are a Facebook member and do not want Facebook to connect the data concerning your visit to our website with your member data already stored by Facebook, please log off Facebook before entering our website.

External Links
In order to provide you with the best possible information, you will find links to third-party webpages on our website. If not clearly recognizable as such, we draw your attention to the fact that the link is an external link. GESIS has no influence on the content and design of these pages of other providers. Therefore, the guarantees given in the present privacy statement do not, of course, apply there.

Please note that the integration of external content, for example videos from the video platform YouTube, may lead to the use of trackers by other providers. For further information about this, see Google's privacy policy.

Privacy Policy as of May 23, 2018