Privacy Policy Statement

The operators of this website take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and this privacy policy. Personal data are all data that can be related to you personally, e.g. your name, your postal address or your e-mail address, as well as the IP address allocated to you, the technical data of your mobile terminal devices such as the type of device and the operating system, your location data, and data transmitted to us on the basis of granted access authorization on your mobile terminal devices.

The following statement provides you with an overview of how we ensure this protection, in particular what type of data is collected, processed and used for what purpose, as well as what rights you are legally entitled to. You may revoke your consent to the processing and use of your data at any time. We may provide information about your stored personal data, their origin and recipient and the purpose of the data processing upon request. Furthermore, you may request to correct, block or delete this data at any time (see “Duration of storage and rights of the data subject”). You have the right to contact us using the contact details given below if you have any further questions or complaints on the subject of personal data. As first step, you are welcome to seek direct contact with the persons responsible for the content from the Research Unit on Voluntariness.

Responsible According to Art. 13 para. 1 lit. a) DSGVO:

Prof. Dr. Walter Bauer-Wabnegg

University of Erfurt | Der President | P.O. Box 90 02 21 |  99105 Erfurt

Phone: +49 (0)361-737-5000   |   Email:

Responsible for Content:

Research Unit on Voluntariness/Forschungsgruppe Freiwilligkeit

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Martschukat (University of Erfurt, Department of History, Chair of North American History)

Contact Research Unit on Voluntariness:

University of Erfurt | Chair of North American History | Research Unit on Voluntariness

Nordhäuser Straße 63 | Building 4, Room 107 | 99089 Erfurt | P.O. Box 90 02 11 | 99105 Erfurt

Scientific Coordinator: Stefanie Büttner

Phone: +49 (0)361-737-4412   |   Email:

As a research project with institutional ties to the University of Erfurt, the responsible office for IT security and data protection and the data protection officer of the University of Erfurt are also available to answer any further questions on the subject of data protection.

Contact Data Protection Officer University of Erfurt:

University of Erfurt | Date Protection | P.O. Box 90 02 21 | 99105 Erfurt   |   Email:

We would also like to point out that data transmission on the Internet (e.g. when communicating by e-mail) can have security gaps. A complete protection of the data against access by third parties is not possible

Provision of the Website and Creation of Log Files:

Scope of Processing of Personal Data:

As a matter of principle, we process personal data of our users only to the extent necessary to provide a functional website and our content and services. The processing of personal data of our users is regularly carried out only with the consent of the user. An exception applies in those cases where obtaining prior consent is not possible for factual reasons and the processing of the data is permitted by legal regulations.

Stored Information:

Storing the user’s IP address temporarily is necessary to enable the delivery of the website to the user’s computer. For this purpose, the IP address must necessarily be stored for the duration of the session. The University of Erfurt automatically collects and stores information that your browser transmits to us in its server log files. These are:

  • Browser type/version
  • Operating system used
  • Website from which access is made (referrer)
  • Host name of the requesting computer (IP address)
  • Date and time of the server request
  • Name and URL of the retrieved data
  • Amount of data transferred
  • Message as to whether the call was successful (http status code)

The University of Erfurt cannot assign this data to specific individuals. They are used for the evaluation of system security and stability, the clarification of improper use and the guarantee of a comfortable use of our website. This data is not merged with other data sources. It is not passed on to third parties. The legal basis is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) GDPR.

Duration of Storage and Rights of the Data Subject:

The above-mentioned data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer required to achieve the purpose for which they were collected. With regard to the provision of the website, this is the case when the respective session has ended. In the case of logging, this is the case after 7 days on average. Shorter storage or storage beyond this is possible. You are entitled to the following rights:

  • Right to information
  • Right to rectification
  • Right to restriction of processing
  • Right to deletion
  • Right to disclosure
  • Right to data portability
  • Right of objection
  • Right to revoke the declaration of consent under data protection law
  • Right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority

If you wish to have your personal data corrected, blocked, deleted or to be informed about the personal data stored about you, or if you have any questions regarding the collection, processing or use of your personal data, or if you wish to revoke any consent granted, please contact our coordinating team at the following e-mail address: . Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your residence, workplace or the place of the alleged infringement, if you consider that the processing of personal data concerning you infringes the GDPR.

Social Media:

We use the social media platforms listed below to present the content of our blog and information about the Research Unit on Voluntariness. If you like to visit our social media sites, we provide you with a simple link to these platforms. We do not integrate the platforms’ plug-ins. Neither have we any influence on data collection and processing operations of these platforms, nor are we aware of the full extent of the data collection, the purposes of the processing, storage periods and the use or disclosure of this data by/to third parties (also outside the EU). In this respect, we have no effective means of control and can only refer to the individual privacy statements and opt-out options linked below:


We have integrated YouTube videos into several of our contents, which are stored on and are only integrated on our website as a still image with a deposited link for data protection reasons. No data is transmitted to third parties when our pages are called up. Only when clicking on the still image, the player and video load and data is transmitted to YouTube. For more information on the purpose and scope of data collection and processing by YouTube, please refer to their privacy policy. There you will also find more information about your rights and setting options to protect your privacy:

Contact Form and E-mail:

For easy electronic communication, we have integrated a contact form to our website. Alternatively, you can contact the members of the Research Unit on Voluntariness using the e-mail addresses provided on their personal sub-pages. If you contact us by e-mail or use our contact form, the personal data contained in the e-mail or entered in the input mask will be transmitted and automatically stored. Your personal data is transmitted on a voluntary basis and will only be stored for the purposes of processing your request or contacting you. Your personal data is not passed on to third parties and will be deleted after completion of the service we have provided for you, unless we are obliged by law to retain it for a longer period. The legal basis for the collection of the Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) GDPR. Transmitted data can be deleted immediately upon request.

Dealing with Comments:

Our blog offers the possibility of making comments beneath each post. If you leave a comment on the website, we do not store any information about the contributor, particularly no IP addresses, except for the data provided in the input form. All information is provided voluntarily and is checked editorially before publication. You can request the deletion of a comment, revoke your consent to your data being stored and have the user account set-up deleted at any time. You can do this by mail to or by using our contact form to get in touch with our coordinating team.

Last Update of this Privacy Policy Statement: July 27, 2021