Privacy and Cookies

We process personal data that is collected when our website is visited in accordance with the valid data protection laws and regulations, in particular the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Landesdatenschutzgesetz (State Data Protection Act - DSG M-V).

The person responsible pursuant to the General Data Protection Regulation and other national data protection laws of the member states and other data protection regulations is:

University of Greifswald
Legally represented by the Rector
Prof. Dr. Johanna Eleonore Weber
Postal Address: 
17487 Greifswald

Domstraße 11, Entrance 2
17489 Greifswald
Tel.: +49 3834 420 0
Fax: +49 3834 420 1105

Legal Basis
If the University requests consent for the collection of personal data (e.g. contact form, newsletter) from the person affected, the legal basis is stipulated in Art. 6(1) lit. a GDPR.
If processing is required to preserve a legitimate interest of the University and if the interests, fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms of the person affected do not outweigh the previously mentioned interest, Art. 6(1) lit. f GDPR shall serve as the legal basis for the processing. 

Log Files
The following data is stored in log files every time a visitor accesses our website for reasons related to data security and statistic purposes:
• IP address,
• Time website was accessed,
• User agent (browser and operating system),
• Visited pages or content and
• Referer URL, if provided (page visited previously).

Our legitimate interest for the necessary processing of data in these purposes is also covered by Art. 6(1) lit. f GDPR. The data will be stored for a maximum of 7 days, after which they will be stored in anonymous form. The IP addresses will not be merged with other data sets.

When visiting our website, so-called ‘session cookies’ will be sent to and stored on your device. Cookies are small text files that are used to make the internet more user-friendly, efficient and secure. Our legitimate interest for the necessary processing of data in these purposes is also covered by Art. 6(1) lit. f GDPR. They do not damage your computer and contain no viruses. Session cookies are usually deleted automatically after leaving the website. You can deactivate the storage of cookies by changing the corresponding settings in your browser. Please note that deactivation can mean that you will not be able to use all of the functions of our website to their full extent.

Our website uses the open-source software, Matomo, for web analytics. This also requires the storage of cookies on your computer, which make it possible for us to analyse the use of our website. Our legitimate interest for the necessary processing of data in these purposes is also covered by Art. 6(1) lit. f GDPR. The information gained about your use of the website and your IP address are sent to our server and stored for analysis purposes. During this procedure, your IP address is anonymised immediately so that your identity remains anonymous. This information is not passed on to third parties.

Withdrawal of Consent for Matomo:
You can refuse the storage and usage of these details by clicking the following tick box at any time. This will lead to the installation of an opt-out cookie in your browser, which means that Matomo shall no longer be able to collect any session data. Please note that if you delete your cookies, you might also delete your opt-out cookie, which you would then have to reactivate.

Contact Form
Your personal data that is transmitted in connection with a message via the contact form is only stored for the purpose of answering your query and will be deleted as soon as the administrative process has been completed. Your query will be forwarded directly to the responsible member of staff at the university. Your details will not be forwarded to third parties.

If you would like to receive a newsletter, you must provide us your email address. All other details are voluntary. The details that you have provided will only be used for sending the newsletter and will not be passed on to third parties. You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. Your details will then be deleted from our system immediately.

Your Rights
You are entitled to withdraw your consent for the collection of personal data at any time and without having to provide reasons, with effect for the future, by writing to the University of Greifswald, Domstraße 11, 17489 Greifswald, or via email to pressestelleuni-greifswaldde.

You also have the right to receive information upon request and free of charge about your stored personal data, its origin, recipient, the purpose and length of data processing. Furthermore, under certain circumstances, you have the right to the correction, limitation of the processing (e.g. block), deletion and data portability of your data. In addition, you also have the right to submit a complaint to the responsible supervisory authority for data protection, if, in your opinion, your details are not being processed in a lawful manner.

For questions pertaining to data protection, please contact the University’s official Data Protection Officer:

Stefan Wehlte, LL.M. (Waikato)
Domstraße 11, Entrance 3, Room 3.18
17489 Greifswald
Tel.: +49 3834 420 1204
Fax: +49 3834 420 1207

Objection to Processing for Direct Marketing
Third-party usage of contact details such as postal addresses, telephone and fax numbers, as well as email addresses, published on the website as part of the privacy and legal terms, or similar details, for sending information that has not been expressly solicited, is not permitted. We explicitly reserve the rights to take legal action against the sender of so-called spam emails if this prohibition has been violated.

Contact Details
University of Greifswald
Press and Media Relations Office
Domstraße 11, Entrance 1
17489 Greifswald
Tel.: +49 3834 420 1150

Last updated: 15/05/2018, Responsible: Press and Media Relations Office


The English translation of this privacy information is intended solely as a convenience to non-German-reading visitors to our website. Only the German text on this page [de] is legally binding. In the event of any conflict between the English and German text, its structure, meaning or interpretation, the German text, its structure, meaning or interpretation shall prevail.