Data Protection Notice

The legal responsibility of this notice rests with ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, D-20148 Hamburg, Feldbrunnenstraße 56.

ZEIT-Stiftung attach great importance to the protection of your personal data. The data collected when you visit our website are stored and used in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We regard your personal data as strictly confidential. This data protection notice provides information on how the ZEIT-Stiftung deals with the data and information that are collected when you visit the webpages of our organization.

1. Data Collection and Processing

Personal data are, according to Art. 4 GDPR, all information relating to an identifiable person, e.g. Name, postal and e-mail address or telephone number. This includes usage data such as IP addresses. ZEIT-Stiftung ensures that only relevant data is collected and stored. Whenever personal data such as your name and e-mail-address are collected on our webpages, this is subject to your consent, for example if you order further information or our newsletter according to the GDPR, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) and f). Your personal data are used exclusively for the intended purpose and within the scope required; under no circumstances are the data shared with third parties. IP addresses are held by the hosting service for three days. The hosting operator itself works with other providers to protect the websites from fraudulent activity. In doing so, he ensures compliance with legal requirements through data processing contracts and appropriate guarantees for data transfers to third countries.

2. Newsletter

If you wish to order our newsletter, we require your name and email address for mailing. Signing up for this is done through the double opt-in process. You will only receive the newsletter once you have confirmed your registration via the email and link sent by us. The date and IP address of the order are kept. Subscribers to the newsletter can unsubscribe at any time on our newsletter page. For changes to your email address, please use the contact form provided. The legal basis of this data  processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) and b) GDPR.

3. Events

Our webpages also allow you to register for specific events. Beyond registering with your contact details, there may be an option to register for follow-up events. Some events require security measures that may entail the collection of additional personal data. In this case, you consent in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) and Art. 7, GDPR.

4. Funding

You can submit a funding application on the website using the “Digital Application Form”. In addition to the content of your funding application, we will also store personal data. This data is made available to the persons involved in the decision-making process. The legal basis for the collection of data is Art. 6(1)(a) and (f) GDPR. The storage period conforms to the legal obligations governing the retention of data.


5. Applications

If vacant positions are advertised on the website, please send your application as a PDF to the e-mail address provided for this purpose. Your personal data will be provided to the persons involved in the application process. We do not use AI as part of our pre-selection process. The data will be deleted six months after the conclusion of the application process, unless we have received your express permission authorizing continued storage. The legal basis in this regard is Art. 6(1)(a), (b) and (f) GDPR and § 26 BDSG [Federal Data Protection Act].


6. Links to Websites of Other Providers

The web pages of the ZEIT-Stiftung may contain links to other websites. No data are transmitted to "social media" companies. Unless the user follows a clearly marked link, there is no data transmission to the link in question. On our website, we embed videos on the Youtube platform. When you visit a page with the YouTube videos, it will connect to Youtube's servers. If a Youtube video is started, the provider uses cookies that collect information about user behavior. If you are logged into your Youtube account, Youtube can assign your surfing behavior to you personally. We cannot influence or monitor whether other providers comply with data protection laws. This data protection notice applies only to the website of the ZEIT-Stiftung.

7. Online presence on social media platforms

We have an online presence on social networks and platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. The "fan page" you visit gives you an opportunity to respond to our offerings and to comment on our content. During your interaction you may be transmitting some personal data that we will process on the basis of our legitimate interests for optimizing the information we provide and the way in which we communicate with our users in accordance with Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. f) GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). Please be advised that in doing so, we may also process the data of users from outside the European Union. This user data will generally be used for the purposes of market research and advertising. Any information requests or claims pertaining to user rights legislation are best directed to the providers. Solely the providers are able to access user data and are therefore able to provide information and take appropriate measures. In connection with any requests related to Facebook, we would like to point out that the primary responsibility for providing information in accordance with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) lies with Facebook. Facebook provides information on its data policy here. For further information about page insights data provided by Facebook, click here. In the event that you require further help, please don't hesitate to contact us.

8. Security

In order to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of personal data, the ZEIT-Stiftung undertakes all necessary technical and organizational security measures to prevent loss of data, its misuse or unlawful access. For this reason, the data are stored in a secure system environment. Please be advised that there is a risk of security breaches during data transmission by email via the Internet. We cannot guarantee complete protection against unauthorized outside access to computer material and data.

9. Data Subject Access Requests

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Art. 15 para. 1 you may ask to see the information about yourself that is held on computer, and may exercise the right for the data in question to be corrected, blocked or deleted. If you have any questions, please contact the data protection officer of the ZEIT-Stiftung at You have the right to object to data processing and a right to data portability according to Art. 20, GDPR. We refer to a supervisory authority: Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, D-20459 Hamburg, Ludwig-Erhard-Straße 22.

10. Analytics

Our website uses Matomo. This is a service that enables us to analyze website usage. For this purpose, we track without cookies and use “device fingerprinting”. By means of a minimal digital fingerprint based on a combination of operating system, browser, plug-ins and IP address, unique users can be recognized on the website for a maximum of 24 hours. We use this information to measure user frequency with the aim of improving the attractiveness and functionality of our websites.

Independent of these measures, you can activate or deactivate Do Not Track in your browser settings and thereby make your own determinations regarding the prevention of tracking.

At the website, you will find instructions on how to activate Do Not Track in most of the common browsers.

Your IP address is anonymized during analysis. Prior to analysis, your IP address is truncated so that it can no longer be unambiguously identified.

Matomo is hosted exclusively on our own servers and all analysis data is stored exclusively on these servers. None of this information is shared.