Privacy Policy

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Privacy Policy
The Hamburg Institute for Social Research (HIS) assures you that your data will be used in accordance with applicable data protection regulations, the German Telemedia Act, the Interstate Broadcasting Treaty, the German Federal Data Protection Act, and other data protection regulations.
Your personal data will be stored, processed and used in machine-readable format exclusively for the purpose for which you provided them. Exceptions are possible only if you have agreed to another use.
Below we would like to inform you how and for what purposes your data will be used.
This declaration applies to all products and services available through www.his-online.de and includes the products and services of the Hamburger Edition publishing house and the Mittelweg 36 journal.
The data collected by us are personal data that you provide voluntarily by subscribing to our newsletter, completing a survey, or using similar services and tracking information that you transmit to us when you use our products and services, as described in detail below:

1. Personal data
When you use one of our services we may collect, process, store, and use your personal data to the extent necessary to enable you to use the service. We guarantee that your data will be treated confidentially.
On the basis of your voluntary consent, we are entitled to collect, process, or store personal data, and to combine it with other data, archive it, and use it. After receiving your consent, we may pass personal data on to third parties for advertising and market research purposes and other commercial services. If you have approved the use of personal data for special purposes subject to your express consent, you may revoke that consent at any time. We will then delete the data. If data has been transmitted to third parties with your consent, we will immediately inform these third parties and request them to delete the data. You may limit the use of your data. Should you do so, your data will only be deleted within the limits of the restriction.
We are entitled to access this data to avoid technical disruptions and to meet our statutory and contractual obligations. We may disclose your data without your consent if:
• we engage other enterprises that support us in contract fulfilment, for example, by processing orders and billing, by providing customer services, by dispatching goods, or by rendering other functions necessary for the provision of services.
• we are legally or judicially obliged to disclose personal data. When permitted, we will inform you immediately about any such disclosure.
You are entitled to view, correct, and delete the personal data you provide at any time. If this is not technically possible at the address where you provided the data, you may send an email to his@his-online.de to request, verify and, if necessary, change or delete your personal data.
We distribute a newsletter using the services of CleverReach. CleverReach’s own privacy policy can be viewed here.

2. Tracking information
When you access the HIS website, our servers automatically collect and store general, non-personal usage data, such as the name of your internet service provider, the website from which you are visiting us, the type of browser you use, and your IP address. These data can be analyzed for statistical purposes, but with the individual user remaining anonymous. Below is a list of the intended purposes and the web analytics services we use.

a) We use cookies to enable analysis of the use of our website. Cookies are small pieces of data stored locally on your computer which enable recognition when you revisit our website. This technology allows HIS to recognize you as a visitor and offer you personalized services. To better understand the usage behavior of our users, IP addresses may be stored in encrypted form. Encryption is done with an MD5 hash function which prevents IP addresses from being restored later and users from being identified. Thus, your personal data remain anonymous. You can set your browser preferences to notify you when you receive a cookie and then decide to accept it or not, or to accept cookies only in certain cases, or to block all cookies. (If you do not accept cookies, the functionality of our website may be limited.)
This information is collected without your explicit consent. However, according to Section 15 of the Telemedia Act, you can object to tracking at any time and your opt-out will remain effective in the future. This means that, should you so desire, HIS will not collect or store any data from your visit to the HIS site. To do this, you must merely accept a single special cookie. This cookie does not contain any information about you and cannot be attributed to a specific person. As soon as the tracking servers read this cookie, the storage of data connected to your visit data will be blocked.
As long as you do not delete this cookie on your computer, no data will be stored. However, this applies only to the computer and browser on which the cookie is stored. If you visit the HIS website from home or work, or use different browsers, you must store the special cookie on each computer and browser you use.

b) Web analytics
Our website uses Matomo, a web analytics service. Matomo uses cookies, which are text files that are stored on your computer when you visit our website and enable us to evaluate your use of our website. The usage information (including your truncated IP address) generated by the cookie is transmitted to our server and stored there for usage analysis purposes, which allows us to optimize our website. Your IP address is instantly anonymized in the process, so that you as a user remain anonymous to us. The information generated by the cookie regarding your use of this website will not be shared with third parties. You may prevent the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, by doing so, you may not be able to make full use of all the features of this website.
If you do not agree to the storage and processing of data from your visit to our site, you may choose to disable the storage and use of your data at any time with a click. In this case, you will receive an opt-out cookie which will be stored in your browser. As a result, Matomo (formerly Piwik) will not collect any data from your session. Please note that when you delete cookies, the opt-out cookie will also be deleted and you may need to reactivate it upon your next visit to our site.
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c) Services and content from third parties are incorporated into our online content. This always requires that providers of this content be able to detect a user’s IP address. Without an IP address, third parties cannot send content to the user’s browser. The transmission of an IP address is therefore essential for displaying content. Our website integrates content from the following third parties.

(1) Use of YouTube plugins
We use YouTube, among others, to integrate videos. YouTube is operated by YouTube, LLC, which is headquartered at 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. YouTube is represented by Google Inc., which is headquartered at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. On some of our web pages we use YouTube plugins to show YouTube videos. When you visit these pages, a connection is set up to YouTube servers for video viewing. This informs YouTube servers which of our web pages you have visited. If you are logged in as a YouTube member, YouTube links this information to your personal account. When you use a plugin, for example by clicking the start button of a video, this information is also linked to your user account. You may prevent this by logging out of your own YouTube account and any other YouTube LLC and Google Inc. user accounts and deleting relevant cookies before you use our website.
More information on data processing and data protection by YouTube/Google is available at: www.youtube.com/t/privacy_at_youtube and www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/.

(2) Use of Vimeo plugins
We use Vimeo, among others, to integrate videos. Vimeo is operated by Vimeo LLC, which is headquartered at 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011, USA.
On some of our web pages we use Vimeo plugins to show Vimeo videos. When you visit these pages, a connection is set up to Vimeo servers for video viewing, which informs Vimeo servers which of our web pages you have visited. If you are logged in as a Vimeo member, Vimeo links this information to your personal account. When you use a plugin, for example by clicking the start button of a video, this information is also linked to your user account. You may prevent this by logging out of your own Vimeo account and deleting relevant cookies before you use our website.
More information on data processing and data protection is available at: https://vimeo.com/privacy.

(3) Use of SoundCloud plugins
Our Media Center web page uses SoundCloud plugins. SoundCloud Limited is a social media music network headquartered at Berners House, 47-48 Berners Street, London W1T 3NF, UK. The SoundCloud logo allows you to identify the plugins.
When you visit our web pages, the plugin is activated and a direct connection between your browser and the SoundCloud server is established. This informs SoundCloud that you visited our page and communicates your IP address. If you click on the like or share buttons while you are logged in to your SoundCloud account, you can share the contents of our pages and/or link them to your SoundCloud profile. This allows SoundCloud to link your visit to our site with your user account. We would like to point out that as the operator of this site, we acquire no knowledge of the content of transmitted data and how it is used by SoundCloud. For more information, please refer to SoundCloud’s privacy policy at: https://soundcloud.com/pages/privacy.
If you do not wish SoundCloud to link your visit to our site with your SoundCloud user account, please log out of your SoundCloud user account before activating the SoundCloud plugins by visiting our site.

4) Use of Twitter plugins
We integrate Twitter functions into our website. These functions are provided by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and its retweet function, the web pages you visit will be linked to your Twitter account and shared with other users. In the process, data is also transmitted to Twitter. We would like to point out that as the operator of this site, we acquire no knowledge of the content of data transmitted and how it is used by Twitter. For more information, please refer to Twitter’s privacy policy at: http://twitter.com/privacy. You can change the privacy settings for your Twitter account at: http://twitter.com/account/settings.

(5) Use of Facebook plugins
We integrate Facebook plugins into our site. Facebook is headquartered at 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. You can recognize Facebook plugins by the Facebook logo and by the “Like” button on our web pages. To see an overview of Facebook plugins, please go to: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/. When you visit our website, the plugin sets up a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. Facebook receives the information that you have visited our site with your IP address. If you click the “Like” button while you are logged in to your Facebook account, you can link content on our site to your Facebook account. This allows Facebook to link your visit to our site to your user account. We would like to point out that as the operator of this site, we acquire no knowledge of the content of data transmitted and how it is used by Facebook. For more information, please refer to Facebook’s privacy policy at: http://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php.
If you do not wish Facebook to link your visit to our site with your Facebook account, please log out of your Facebook account beforehand.
 

If you have any questions about our data protection statement, we are happy to help you. You can contact us at:
Hamburg Institute for Social Research
Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung
Mittelweg 36, 20148 Hamburg
Germany
Phone: +49 40 - 414 097-0
Fax: +49 40 - 414 097-11
E-Mail: his(at)his-online.de