Privacy Policy

§ 1 Data Controller and Scope

The data controller as defined under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter “GDPR”) – as well as other national data protection laws of individual member states and data protection regulations – is:

Freie Universität Berlin
represented by the President
Kaiserswerther Straße 16-18
14195 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 838-1

DThis data protection policy applies to the website of the project Hannah Arendt. Complete Works. Critical Edition available at

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our data protection policy. If you have any questions, please contact the editorial team:

Prof. Dr. Anne Eusterschulte
Prof. Dr. Thomas Wild
Hannah Gerlach
Dr. Ingo Kieslich

Schwendenerstraße 33
14195 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 838-56516
Fax: +49 30 838-456516


§ 2 Principles Governing the Processing of Personal Data

Personal data are any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. This includes information such as your name, age, mailing or IP address, telephone number, date of birth, email address, and user behavior. Information that does not allow us to identify you (or would only enable us to do so with disproportionate effort) because the information is anonymized, for example, is not considered personal data.

The processing of personal data (for example, when said data are collected, retrieved, used, stored, or transmitted) must always have a legal basis and/or be based on your consent. Processed personal data are erased as soon as the purpose for which they are processed has been achieved, provided that the legally stipulated storage periods no longer apply. Such processed personal data are collected, used, and stored electronically by Freie Universität Berlin.

Insofar as we process your personal data in order to provide you with specific services, we provide information below on the specific processes involved, the scope and the purpose of the data processing, the legal basis for processing, and the respective storage periods.

These personal data are not disclosed to third parties nor used outside of Freie Universität Berlin, unless you have granted us your consent to do so or we are required or authorized by law to do so (for example, in relation to law enforcement or suspected plagiarism and other copyright infringements).

§ 3 Specific Data Processing Activities

1. Website provision and usage

a. Type an scope of data processing

Whenever you access the website, a log file containing data is automatically created and stored on the server. These data include:

  • the subpages of the website you visited
  • the web page from which you accessed our web page (plus the terms entered if this was a search engine)
  • date
  • time
  • the operating system used
  • features of the display (resolution in pixels and the pixel ratio for the detection of high-resolution displays) and
  • the browser used (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, etc.)

The log file also stores the volume of the transmitted data, an HTTP status code (for example, to identify a successfully transmitted web page), and the IP address of the device used to access the page (e.g., PC or smartphone) – whereby the IP address is immediately anonymized by the erasure of the last octet of the address.

The data stored in the log file is collected and used solely for anonymous evaluation for statistical purposes (for example, an analysis of user behavior, which pages of the website or subdomain are accessed, which browsers are used, etc.) and thereby serves to improve our services. As IP addresses are anonymized in the way described above, they cannot be mapped to a specific user and cannot be traced to a specific IP address.

b. Legal basis

The legal basis for our data processing is Article 6.1.1.e GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the Berlin Data Protection Act (BlnDSG) Section 4 of the Berlin Higher Education Act (BerlHG), and Article 6.1.1.c GDPR in conjunction with Section 13.7 of the German Teleservices Act (TMG). The processing of said data is required in order to provide and maintain the website and thus serves Freie Universität Berlin in performing a task carried out in the public interest.

c. Storage period

The log files for the ongoing and previous calendar year are stored for evaluation purposes. In this case, the IP addresses are anonymized. The data are then erased.

2. Data processing and contact requests

a. Type and scope of data processing

In the event that contact is made via email, the other personal data stated in the message (name, query subject, attachments, date, and time) will be processed along with the sender’s email address.

b. Legal basis

#The legal basis for the processing of personal data in relation to email queries is based on Article 6.1.e GDPR in conjunction with Section 4 BerlHG.

c. Storage period

As soon as the query you have submitted has been dealt with and the matter resolved, the personal data you provided via the contact form that we processed will be erased. The data will only be stored in exceptional cases, for example, if required by law.

§ 4 Use of the External Search Engine „Google CSE“


§ 5 Disclosure of Data

We will only disclose your personal data to third parties when:

  • You have given your explicit consent pursuant to Article 6.1.1.a GDPR.
  • This is legally permissible and required for the performance of a contract to which you are party pursuant to Article 6.1.1.b GDPR.
  • Disclosure of personal data is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation pursuant to Article 6.1.1.c GDPR.
  • Disclosure of personal data is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the Freie Universität Berlin pursuant to Article 6.1.1.e GDPR.

We will notify you if your personal data are to be disclosed due to specific circumstances in an individual case.

§ 6 Cookies

1. Use of cookies on our website

a. Type and scope of data processing

We use cookies on our website. Cookies are small files that are sent to the browser of your end device and stored there during your visit to our website. We are unable to offer some functions of our website without the use of certain cookies required for technical reasons. Other cookies allow us to carry out different analyses. For example, if you revisit our website, cookies are able to recognize the browser you use and transmit different kinds of information to us. Using cookies allows us to make our website more user-friendly and effective for you by tracing your use of our website and determining your preferred settings (for example, country and language settings). If third parties process information via cookies, they collect this information directly via your browser. Cookies do not inflict any damage on your end device. They cannot run programs on your end device and do not contain viruses.

b. Legal basis

Article 6.1.1.e GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the BlnDSG, Section 4 BerlGH, and Article 6.1.1.c GDPR in conjunction with Section 13.7 TMG, serve as the legal basis for data processing of technically necessary cookies. We must obtain your consent for cookies that are not technically necessary and third-party cookies. If you have given your consent to the use of cookies on the basis of one of the notifications on our website (“cookie banner”), the lawfulness of said use also complies with Article 6.1.1.a GDPR. You can revoke your consent at any time with future effect by deactivating cookies in your browser settings.

c. Storage period

As soon as the data transferred via cookies are no longer required to fulfill the purposes described above, this information will be erased, especially if you deactivate cookies. This is usually the case when you close your browser window. The data will only be stored in exceptional cases, for example, if this has been stipulated by law.

2. Configuring your browser settings

You can manage your cookie settings using the options described below or by configuring your browser settings.

Most browsers are pre-configured to accept cookies as the default, but you can also configure your browser to only accept specific cookies or not accept any at all. However, please note that you may not be able to use all functions of our website if you have deactivated cookies on our website via your browser settings. You can erase cookies that have been stored on your browser or display the storage period via your browser settings. You can also set your browser to notify you before cookies are stored. As different browsers tend to differ in terms of their functionality, we ask that you consult the help menu of your respective browser to access the configuration options available to you.

We recommend that you install specially developed plug-ins if you would like a comprehensive overview of all third-party access to your internet browser.

§ 7 Map services


§ 8 Usiong Third-Party Content

We incorporate digital material from the TextGrid Repository using the TextGrid IIIF-Interface. Further information can be found in TextGrid's privacy policy at:

§ 9 Social Media Channels


§ 10 Hyperlinks

Hyperlinks to the websites of third-party providers can be found on our website. Activating these hyperlinks will redirect you from our website to the website of said providers. You will recognize this from the change in URL. We bear no responsibility for the confidential processing of your data on these third-party websites, as we have no influence on whether or not these parties comply with data protection provisions. You can find further information on how your personal data are processed by these companies on their respective websites.

§ 11 Rights of Data Subjects

As a data subject, you have the following rights concerning the processing of your personal data in line with the GDPR:

  • You have the right to request information as to whether or not personal data concerning you are being processed by us pursuant to Article 15 GDPR. In particular, you are entitled to information on: the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data concerned, the categories of recipient to whom your personal data have been or will be disclosed, the envisaged period for which the personal data will be stored, the existence of the right to request rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing of personal data or to object to such processing, the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, any available information as to the data’s source if we did not collect it, any transfer of data to a third country or to an international organization, the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, and, where applicable, meaningful information about the logic involved.
  • You have the right to request from us the erasure of your personal data pursuant to Article 17 GDPR, provided that processing is not required for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest, or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.
  • Pursuant to Article 18 GDPR, you have the right to the restriction of processing where the accuracy of the personal data is contested by you, the processing is unlawful, or we no longer need the personal data but you reject their erasure because they are required by you for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims. You are also entitled to this right to restriction of processing pursuant to Article 18 GDPR if you have submitted an objection to processing pursuant to Article 21 GDPR.
  • Pursuant to Article 20 GDPR you shall have the right to receive the personal data concerning you which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format and you have the right to transmit those data to another controller.
  • You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time pursuant to Article 7.3 GDPR. Subsequently we shall no longer have the right to continue the data processing based on your consent, with future effect.
  • You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority pursuant to Article 77 GDPR. Generally, you should be able to contact the supervisory authority of your regular place of residence, your place of work, or our offices to do so.

§ 12 Right to Object

Pursuant to Article 21 GDPR, you have the right, at any time, to object to the processing of your personal data based on Article 6.1.1.e or Article 6.1.1.f GDPR for reasons arising from your particular situation. Freie Universität Berlin will cease to process the personal data, unless we are able to demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing that override the interests, rights, and freedoms of the data subject or where processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims.

§ 13 Data Security and Security Measures

We are committed to protecting your privacy and handling your personal data confidentially. To prevent the manipulation, loss, or misuse of your personal data we have stored, we implement comprehensive technical and organizational security precautions that are regularly reviewed and adapted to the latest state of technological progress. This includes using recognized encryption processes such as SSL and TLS.
However, due to the structure of the internet, it is possible that data protection regulations and the aforementioned security measures are not observed by other individuals or institutions who do not fall within the sphere of our responsibility. Data disclosed by unencrypted means, for example via email, is especially vulnerable to third-party access. We are unable to influence this by technical means. It is the responsibility of the user to protect the data they have made available against misuse by using encryption or other similar methods.

§ 14 Chief Data Protection Officer of Freie Universität

The external Data Protection Officer of the Controller is:

Herr Rechtsanwalt Dr. Karsten Kinast, LL.M.
KINAST Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Hohenzollernring 54
D-50672 Cologne
Tel.: +49 221 222183-0


The Deputy Data Protection Officer of Freie Universität is:

Herr Andreas Hübinger