DATA PROTECTION STATEMENT

The Berlin Wall Foundation, as the provider of this website, is required by law to inform you of the purpose, scope and manner in which it collects and uses personal data collected during your visit to our websites. The Berlin Wall Foundation processes personal data solely in compliance with the applicable European and German data protection regulations, in particular the EU-DSGVO, the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG), the Berlin Data Protection Act (BlnDSG) and the German Telemedia Act (TMG).

Responsible in terms of the DSGVO:

Prof. Dr. Axel Klausmeier
Director of the Berlin Wall Foundation
Bernauer Str. 111
13355 Berlin

Tel: +49 (0)30 213085-162
E-Mail: [email protected]

1. Scope of Application 

This data protection statement applies to the websites of the Berlin Wall Foundation:

2. Collection and Processing of General User Information 

When you visit the websites of the Berlin Wall Foundation, certain information of a general nature is automatically stored in the server log files. This information includes:

  • the time of access
  • the operating system of the calling end device
  • the browser used
  • the internet protocol address (IP address) reduced by the last digits for anonymization purposes
  • the referring URL (referrer)
  • the name and number of pages accessed
  • the duration of the visit
  • the search engine used, if applicable

This information is needed to deliver the content of our websites correctly. It is also statistically evaluated and used to optimize the Berlin Wall Foundation’s websites. Conclusions about your person cannot be drawn from this anonymous data of the server log files. This data is not merged with other data sources. However, the Berlin Wall Foundation does reserve the right to check the server log files retrospectively when concrete indications of illegal use exist.

2.1 Cookies

The websites of the Berlin Wall Foundation use cookies. Cookies are small files stored on your computer that save certain settings and data for exchange between your browser and our web server. The cookies used on the websites of the Berlin Wall Foundation are mainly session cookies, which are required for the technical functioning of the websites. A session cookie stores information only for the duration of your visit to the website. Session cookies are automatically deleted as soon as you close your browser. You can generally prevent the use of cookies by setting your browser accordingly. However, this may prevent you from being able to use all functions of the Berlin Wall Foundation websites without restrictions.

2.2 Script Libraries (Google Webfonts)

The websites of the Berlin Wall Foundation use the Google web fonts library (https://fonts.google.com/). Google web fonts are transferred to your browser’s cache to avoid multiple loading. If the browser does not support Google web fonts or prevents access, content is displayed in a standard font. Calling up the font library automatically triggers a connection to the operator of the library. In doing so, it is theoretically possible that the operator collects data. More information is available in to Google’s privacy policy.

2.3 Embedded YouTube-Videos

YouTube videos are embedded in some of the Berlin Wall Foundation’s websites. The operator of the corresponding plugins is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit a page with an embedded YouTube video, a connection to YouTube servers is established. This tells YouTube which pages you are visiting. If you have a YouTube account and are logged into this account, YouTube can analyze your surfing behavior and assign it to you personally. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account beforehand. If a YouTube video is started, the provider uses cookies, some of which collect information about user behavior. You can block the storage of cookies by setting your browser accordingly. For more information on data protection at YouTube, please see Google’s privacy policy.

2.4 Use of Google Maps

The websites of the Berlin Wall Foundation use the map service Google Maps to visually display geographical information. When using Google Maps, Google also collects, processes and uses data about visitors’ use of the map functions. More information about data processing by Google can be found in Google’s privacy policy.

2.5 Use of OpenStreetMap

Some of the Berlin Wall Foundation’s websites contain maps that record the location of some of the Foundation’s facilities and are based on geodata from OpenStreetMap. OpenStreetMap is a project that aims to freely collect usable geodata and make it available in a database for anyone to use (Open Data). The map services are operated by the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF), 132 Maney Hill Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B72 1JU, United Kingdom. In order for the maps to be displayed to you, your IP address is forwarded to OpenStreetMap. In addition, a so-called session cookie is stored on the visitor’s computer. More information is available in privacy policy of OpenStreetMap.

2.6 Web Analysis / Statistical Evaluation Using Matomo (formerly Piwik)

Individual websites of the Berlin Wall Foundation use Matomo (formerly Piwik), an open source software for statistical analysis of visitor access. Matomo also uses cookies that are stored on your computer. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the websites, including your IP address, is stored in anonymized form on the server of the Berlin Wall Foundation. The server is located in Germany. If you do not agree with this anonymized storage of data from your visit, through a mouse click, you can object to the storage on the websites of the Berlin Wall Foundation that use Matomo. mouse. In this case, a so-called opt-out cookie will be placed in your browser, with the result that Matomo will not collect any session data. Please note: If you delete your cookies, this will also delete the opt-out cookie and you may have to reactivate it.

Websites of the Berlin Wall Foundation on which Matomo (formerly Piwik) is used:

3. Collection and Processing of Personal Data 

It is generally possible to use the websites of the Berlin Wall Foundation without providing personal data. Insofar as personal data, such as names, addresses, telephone numbers or e-mail addresses, are collected on our websites, this is always done on a voluntary basis. The collection of personal data becomes necessary if you wish to make use of certain services offered by the Berlin Wall Foundation, for example booking a guided tour or seminar, or submitting an inquiry via one of the contact forms. If you send an inquiry to the Berlin Wall Foundation using one of the forms provided for this purpose, the information you submit in the inquiry form, including the contact data you enter there, will be stored for the purpose of processing the inquiry and, if necessary, planning and implementing a requested guided tour or seminar, as well as for the purpose of statistical evaluation. The transmission and storage of the data you enter will only take place with your express consent. Your consent is deemed to have been given if you have checked the corresponding checkbox in the respective request form. Your personal data will not be passed on to third parties unless you give us your consent to do this within the scope of the respective purpose, or if the Berlin Wall Foundation is obligated by law or judicial decision to do so in individual cases, or if an attack on the internet infrastructure of the Berlin Wall Foundation requires that it be provided to law enforcement agencies for the purpose of criminal prosecution.

3.1 Event Newsletter and Event Invitations 

You can choose to receive regular information by e-mail about events, exhibitions and other projects of the Berlin Wall Foundation. This service includes a quarterly event newsletter as well as notices of individual Foundation events at irregular intervals. Forms are available on the websites of the Berlin Wall Memorial and the Marienfelde Refugee Center Museum which you can use to register for this service. For the registration to be effective, we need a valid e-mail address. Providing your first and last name is voluntary; it is only used to personalize e-mails. In order to verify that a registration has actually been made by the owner of an e-mail address, we use the “double-opt-in” procedure. Once you have registered, you will receive an e-mail asking you to confirm your registration by clicking on an appropriate link. The registration data will be used solely for sending the event newsletter and event information and will not be passed on to third parties. In order to prove the registration process according to legal requirements, we log the order of the event newsletter and event invitations, the sending of a confirmation email and the receipt of the requested response. By clicking on the link in the confirmation email, you consent to the storage of this data. You can revoke your consent to the storage of your personal data and its use for sending the event newsletter and event invitations at any time. You will find a link to this effect in every e-mail. You can also unsubscribe at any time directly on the websites of the Berlin Wall Memorial and the Marienfelde Refugee Center Museum or inform us of your wish to do so through the following contact option:

E-Mail: [email protected]
Tel: +49 (0)30 213085-162

3.2 Guestbook

On individual websites of the Berlin Wall Foundation, you can leave entries in an online guestbook. For this purpose, we only need and store your name. However, the Berlin Wall Foundation reserves the right to check each entry before publishing it on its websites, to choose not to publish or to remove unsuitable entries.  

3.3 Heimat-Builder

On our website „Nach der Flucht“ you can use the “Heimat-Builder” tool to upload your personal pictures and files with the aim to creatively participate and create your own collage based on your idea of Heimat. The provision of your personal data is necessary for uploading your collage and publishing it in the gallery. We will process and store the information you provide (name, email address). If your collage includes further personal data, it will similarly be processed and stored. The permission of use you provided to the Berlin Wall Foundation can be revoked at any time with effect for the future. In case of revocation, the collage will be removed from the Heimat-Builder gallery. Please contact us by phone +49 (0)30 213085-203 or email [email protected].

3.4 SSL Encryption

To protect the security of your data during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption procedures via HTTPS.

4. Information, Correction, Blocking, Deletion and Objection

You have the right to obtain at any time information about your personal data stored by the Berlin Wall Foundation. Likewise, you have the right to have your personal data corrected, blocked or, with the exception of mandatory data storage for business processing, deleted. To do so, please contact the Berlin Wall Foundation’s data protection officer. You will find the contact details below. You can request changes or revoke a granted consent by notifying us accordingly with effect for the future.

5. Modification of Our Data Protection Statement

The Berlin Wall Foundation reserves the right to amend this data protection policy from time to time so that it remains in compliance with current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services in the data protection statement, such as when new services are introduced. The new data protection statement will apply to your next visit.

6. Data Protection Officer

If you would like to receive information about your personal data, submit a request for its correction or deletion, or if you have any further questions about our use of the personal data you provided, please contact the Berlin Wall Foundation’s data protection officer.

Dr. Manfred Wichmann
Data Protection Officer of the Berlin Wall Foundation Bernauer Str. 111
13355 Berlin

E-Mail: [email protected]
Tel: +49 (0)30 213085-176