Technische Universität Berlin

Data Privacy Statement

Thank you for your interest in the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) website. The protection of the personal data of visitors to the TU Berlin website is very important to us. We therefore would like to inform you about data privacy at our university.

Subject of data privacy

Data privacy addresses issues concerning personal data. According to Article 4 no. 1 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), these are data referring to an identified or identifiable individual, in other words all data which could be used to identify you. This applies to data such as your name, private address, email address, and telephone number but also to usage data such as your IP address.

As a matter of course Technische Universität Berlin observes the legal requirements of data privacy and other applicable regulations.

We are committed to ensuring that you can trust us concerning your personal data. For this reason transfers of personal or sensitive data are encrypted. In addition, our websites are protected by technical measures against damage or unauthorized access.

Who to contact

Annette Hiller, Alexander Hoffmeier, Mattis Neiling

Data Protection Team

info@datenschutz.tu-berlin.de

+49 30 314-21784, -29595, -28973

Building Hauptgebäude
Room H 1038, H 1042

General data privacy

  1. When you visit the TU Berlin website or download data from its web pages, the following information is saved in a log file: your IP address, the date and time you accessed the site, the web page you visited or name of the downloaded file, the amount of transferred data, the “user agent-string” of your web browser, the website from which you were referred to the current web page or file and a status notification of successful or unsuccessful access. Non-depersonalized data will be deleted after two weeks and will not be stored.
  2. This data will only be used for non-commercial purposes: It will only be reviewed manually if necessary for error analysis, optimization or investigation of misuse or performance issues.
  3. Additionally, we employ cookies for data collection and storage. Cookies are small data packets consisting of text and are stored by your web browser when you visit a website. They cause no harm to your device – cookies neither contain viruses nor do they enable us to spy on or monitor you. We employ two types of cookies: session cookies and permanent cookies. Session cookies are deleted when you close your web browser. Permanent cookies have a maximum life time – in our case up to one day.
    We use cookies to make our website more user-friendly. These cookies are not used to trace personal user activities or analyze users’ behavior. They are only used where technically required or where more useful than other technologies: to record your login status, your consent to display external content (opt in), and your deactivation of cookie-free Matomo tracking (opt-out).
    It is possible to use the website without cookies. However, they are necessary for features or pages requiring a login. You can configure your web browser to delete stored cookies.
  4. In order to best protect your transmitted data, we use SSL encryption for all data transmission. Such encrypted connections can be identified by the prefix “https://” in the URL located in your browser’s address line. Unencrypted pages are identified by “http://”. The SSL encryption ensures that all data you transmit to this website – for instance when submitting inquiries or logging in – cannot be read by third-parties.

Scope of data collection and storage

For information about how we handle personal traffic data, please refer to the “General data policy” section (see above, regarding login data and cookies) and the section on “Usage data” (below, further information about cookies and using Mamoto).

In most cases, the active communication of your personal data is not necessary to use our website.

In some cases, personal data is required in order for TU Berlin to fulfill requested services. This applies especially for replying to email inquiries, the provision of special services or applications.

If you request us to provide a service, we will only collect and store your personal data to the extent necessary to provide the service.

In some exceptions, for example for event registrations, you will be asked whether your data can be stored beyond the event date in order to inform you of similar events. No disadvantages result if you decline this request.

You can revoke your consent at any time without giving reasons and demand the deletion of your data. To have your data deleted, please send an email to our data privacy team.

TU Berlin offers you the option to subscribe to mailing lists to receive targeted information. If you subscribe to one of our mailing lists, we will only use your email address to inform you of important updates and news until you unsubscribe.

Collection and storage of usage data

For the optimization of our website we collect and store data, such as web page visited, date and time of access, the website which you are coming from and so on.
This data is retained for error handling and to detect attempts at misuse. It is automatically deleted after two weeks and not stored. Permanent storage is excluded.

Contact forms

Data you provide in a contact form, including your contact information, will only be saved for the purpose of processing or replying to your inquiry. This data is not shared without your prior consent.

Data entered in the contact form is only processed after you have given your consent (Article 6 paragraph 1 lit. a GDPR). You have the right to revoke your consent to the processing of your personal data at any time. To revoke your consent, please send us an email. The legality of the data processing carried out up to your revocation remains unaffected.

The data transmitted by the contact form will be deleted as soon as it is no longer needed to achieve the purpose of its collection, you request its deletion, or you revoke your consent to its storage. Mandatory statutory provisions - in particular storage periods - remain unaffected.

Matomo

Some websites additionally use the web analytics application Matomo (see www.matomo.org) to anonymously collect web statistics, based on the qualified interest of TU Berlin in the statistical analysis of user behavior for optimization and marketing purposes according to Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. We use our own Matomo installation hosted on servers at TU Berlin following the recommendations of the "Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz” (ULD) Schleswig Holstein (Independent Center for Privcy Protection). Your data will be de-personalized directly upon visiting a web page. Matomo does not use cookies for tracking and instead works only on the basis of the de-personalized IPs and website visit. In addition to the web pages and files accessed, it saves information about your operating system, browser, browser plugins (e.g. whether flashplayer is available), screen resolution, your approximate location (e.g. "Berlin", but not your concrete address) and the duration of your visit.

If you have selected the “Do not track” option in your browser, Matomo will neither save nor process any information about your visit.

However, if you have not selected the “Do not track” option and do not consent to the storage and analysis of your data collected by Matomo, you can opt out. Below is a special iFrame, which is linked to our Matomo system and offers you the option to opt out from tracking. By checking the box to deactivate Matomo, an opt out cookie is placed in your browser thus disabling further data collection.
Please note that if you delete all of your cookies you must opt out again.

Matomo Tracking Opt Out

OpenStreetMap (OSM)

Some of our web pages use a plugin to integrate maps. For this purpose, we use the “OpenStreetMap” (OSM) tool
provided by the OpenStreetMap Foundation. When visiting a page with the embedded OSM plugin, a connection to the OpenStreetMap servers is established. The operators of OpenStreetMap receive information about which page with the OSM map you are currently viewing as well as your IP address. As the operator of https://www.tu.berlin/, TU Berlin does not have any influence on this data transmission.

We use OpenStreetMap to make our website more attractive to users and enable them to more easily find the offices and places listed on our web pages. This is lawful under Article 6 paragraph 1 lit. f GDPR.

Specific details about how user data are handled are available on OpenStreetMap’s privacy page.

Social media content

We incorporate social media content in our web pages which is pulled from the servers of the respective third-party provider (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter - see third-party social media providers further below). This content may include graphics, videos, or social media buttons as well as posts relating to TU Berlin.

We request your consent to show you individual content from any of the providers named above before any data is transferred. Your consent forms the legal basis for processing your data. The technical foundation for processing your declaration of consent is a cookie stored upon consent which you can delete at any time.

The display of embedded content from third-party providers requires that these providers process your IP address, as they cannot send their content to your web browser without it. The processing of your IP address is therefore absolutely necessary for the presentation of these contents or functions.
We strive to only use content whose provider only uses the IP address to deliver content.

In addition: Third-party providers may use pixel tags (invisible graphics, also referred to as web beacons) for statistical or marketing purposes. Pixel tags enable information such as visitor traffic to our web pages to be analyzed. The pseudoynmous information may also be stored in the form of cookies on the user’s device and contain other technical information about the browser and operating system, linked websites, time of visit, and other information about the use of our website as well as linked to such information from other sources.

Social media links

On our web pages we link to TU Berlin accounts or profiles on social media networks of the third-party providers listed below. We also offer the option to share our website content on the social media networks of the third-party providers listed below. The social media account is embedded via a share button for the respective network, preventing a connection from automatically being established to the respective server of the social network when visiting any of our web pages with such linked social media content, for instance in order to display a post on the respective network itself. Only by clicking on such a button will you be taken to the respective social network,

which will then collect information about you. Initially this includes data such as your IP address, the date, time, and page visited. We do not know if or how this data is processed in the USA.
If you are signed in to your user account with the respective social network, the network provider is able to attribute the collected information about your visit to your personal account. If you interact via the respective network’s “share” button, this information may be saved to your user account and published. If you would like to prevent the collected information from being directly associated with your user account, you must first sign out before clicking the button. You also have the option of configuring your user account accordingly.

Third-party social media providers

facebook
Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland, a subsidiary of Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA
Data policy: https://www.facebook.com/policy.php
Opt-out settings for ads: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads
EU-US Privacy Shield certification: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000GnywAAC&status=Active

Instagram
Instagram of Instagram LLC, now Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland
Data policy: https://help.instagram.com/155833707900388

LinkedIn
LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Wilton Plaza, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland, a subsidiary of the LinkedIn Corporation, 1000 W. Maude Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085 USA
Privacy policy: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy
EU-US Privacy Shield certification: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000L0UZAA0&status=Active

twitter
Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
Privacy policy: https://twitter.com/privacy
EU-US Privacy Shield certification: https://www.privacyshield.gov/…0000TORzAAO&status=Active

xing
XING SE, Dammtorstraße 30, 20354 Hamburg, Germany
Privacy policy: https://www.xing.com/privacy 

YouTube
Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Irland, a subsidiary of Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA
Privacy policy: https://policies.google.com/privacy
EU-US Privacy Shield certification: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI&status=Active

Vimeo

To share video content, our website uses plugins from the Vimeo video sharing platform, a service provided by Vimeo LLC, 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011.

If you visit one of our web pages featuring a Vimeo plugin, a connection to the Vimeo server is established. The server receives information about which of our web pages you have visited and your IP address, even if you are not signed in or do not have a Vimeo account.
Vimeo transmits the information it collected to its server in the USA.

If you are signed into your Vimeo account, Vimeo will be able to store this information in your user account. You can prevent this by first signing out of your Vimeo account.

We use Vimeo to make our website more attractive to users and avoid the double storage of data. This is lawful under Article 6 paragraph 1 lit. f GDPR.

Specific details about how user data are handled are available on Vimeo’s privacy page: https://vimeo.com/privacy

YouTube

To share video content, our website uses plugins for YouTube videos from

the video sharing platform operated by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.
When you visit one of our pages with an embedded YouTube plugin, a connection to YouTube's servers is established. The server receives information about which of our web pages you have visited and your IP address, even if you are not signed in or do not have a YouTube account.

If you are signed into your YouTube account, YoutTube will be able to store this information in your user account. You can prevent this by first signing out of your YouTube account.

We use YouTube make our website more attractive to users and avoid the double storage of data. This is lawful under Article 6 paragraph 1 lit. f GDPR.

Specific details about how user data are handled are available on YouTube’s privacy page: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy

Storage location and data usage for a specific purpose

We collect, process and store your personal data exclusively internally (as a rule at the TU Berlin computing center) for the purpose you communicated to us and only for the purpose for which you have provided it to us. Without your explicit consent, your personal data will not be given to third parties as long as it is not necessary for the supply of a service or execution of an agreement. The forwarding of data to requesting governmental institutions and authorities is only undertaken based on the legal obligation to provide information or if we are legally obligated to do so by a judicial decision.

We also take the University's internal data protection very seriously. Our employees and contracted service providers are bound to confidentiality and compliance with data protection law.

Right to information

You have the right to retrieve information about your stored personal data at any time free of charge without giving reasons. Please contact the address provided in the site credits of the website. We will be pleased to assist you if you have any further questions about our data privacy information.

Right of complaint

Should you have reason to believe that we are not adhering to this data privacy statement, you can contact the data protection officer at Technische Universität Berlin at any time:

Annette Hiller
Data Protection Officer of Technische Universität Berlin
Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin
Room H 1038
Phone:  +49 30 314 21784
Fax:  +49 30 314 28033
Email:

You also have the right to contact the local controlling authority:

Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information
Friedrichstr. 219 / visitor entrance via Puttkamerstr. 16 -18
10969 Berlin Phone: +49 30 13889-0
Fax: +49 30 2155050
Email:

Final information

Please note that data privacy regulations and handling of data privacy are subject to change requiring you to regularly inform yourself about changes of data privacy laws and company policies.

This data privacy statement only applies for content of the domain https://www.tu.berlin/ and https://redaktion.tu.berlin/  and does not include the linked websites of secondary or external web servers.

For links to third-party applications and systems, such as the TU Berlin event calendar, the privacy policy of the respective site applies.