Data Protection Declaration

1) Information on personal data collection and the responsible party’s contact details

1.1 We are happy that you’re visiting our website and thank you for your interest. In the following, we inform you about how your personal data is processed when you use our website. Personal data here refers to all data with which you can be personally identified.

1.2 The party responsible for data processing on this website in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) / Leibniz-Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa (GWZO), Specks Hof (Entrance A), Reichsstraße 4–6, D-04109 Leipzig, tel.: +49 (0)341-97 35 560, email The party responsible for the processing of personal data is the natural or legal person who independently or jointly with others determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data.

1.3 Data protection is entrusted to an individual at the GWZO. Should you have questions pertaining to data protection, you can reach this person at

1.4 For security reasons and to protect the transfer of personal data and other confidential contents (such as placed orders or questions to the responsible party), this website uses SSL or TSL encryption. You can recognise an encrypted connection by the character sequence ‘https://’ and the lock symbol in your browser line.

2) Data collection when visiting our website

If you are merely using our website for informational purposes – that is, if you do not register or transmit information to us in other ways – we collect only such as data as your browser transmits to our server (so-called server log files). When you bring up our website, we collect the following data, which are technically essential for us to show you the website:

  • Our visited website

  • The data and time of your access

  • The volume of transmitted data in bytes

  • The source/reference from which you reached the page

  • The utilised browser

  • The utilised operating system

  • The utilised IP address (where applicable: in anonymised form)

The processing takes place in accordance with Art. 6 Section 1 lit. f DSGVO on the basis of our justified interest in improving the stability and functionality of our website. The data are neither passed on nor used for other purposes. However, we reserve the right to retrospectively review the server log files should there be concrete indications of illegal use.

3) Cookies

To make visiting our website an attractive experience and to enable the use of certain functions, we use so-called cookies on different pages. These are small blocks of text data placed on your terminal device. Some of the cookies we use are deleted after your browser session finishes, that is, after you close your browser (so-called session cookies). Other cookies remain on your terminal device and allow us or our partner companies (cookies from third parties) to recognise your browser during your next visit (persistent cookies). If cookies are placed, they gather and process, within an individual scope, certain pieces of user information, such as browser or location data as well as IP address information. Persistent cookies are automatically deleted after a set length of time, which can vary by cookie.
Should some of the cookies we use also process personal data, this processing occurs in accordance with Art. 6 Sec. 1 lit f DSGVO for the preservation of our justified interests in the optimal functionality of the website as well in designing the web visit in a customer-friendly and effective way. We may potentially work with advertising partners who help us to design our web offering for you in a more interesting manner. For this purpose, in this case partner companies will also save cookies onto your hard drive when you visit our website (third-party cookies). When we cooperate with the aforesaid advertising partners, you will be informed about the use of such cookies and the scope of the respectively gathered information within the following paragraphs individually and separately.
Please be aware that you can change your browser settings in such a way that you are informed about cookie placement and can individually decide whether to accept them or generally forbid the acceptance of cookies in certain cases. Every browser administrates cookie settings differently. This administration is described in the help menu of each browser, which explains how you can change your cookie settings. You can find these for your respective browser through the following links:

Internet Explorer:

Please be aware that not accepting cookies may restrict the functionality of our website.

4) Contacting us

Personal data are gathered when you contact us (for example via email). These data are saved and utilised exclusively for the purpose of answering your concern or for establishing contact and the related technical administration. The legal foundation for the data processing is our justified interest in answering your concern in accordance with Art. 6 Sec. 1 lit. f DSGVO. Should your contacting us be aimed at concluding a contract, Art. 6 Sec. 1 lit b DSGVO provides a further legal foundation for the data processing. Your data is deleted after your concern has been conclusively handled, which is the case when the circumstances make clear that the matter at hand has been conclusively clarified and provided that no legal retention duties oppose deletion.

5) Objection to marketing emails

Use of the contact data as published within the framework of imprint obligations by third parties in order to send advertising and informational material that is not expressly requested is herewith expressly ruled out. The operators of these pages expressly reserve the right to legal steps in the event of the unsolicited sending of advertisements, such as via spam emails.

6) Tools and Miscellaneous

Google web fonts
To present fonts in a unified manner, this page uses so-called web fonts provided by Google LLC., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (»Google«). When calling up a page, your browser downloads the necessary web fonts into your browser cache in order to correctly display texts and fonts.
For this purpose, your utilised browser connection must make contact with Google’s servers. This informs Google that our website is being called up through your IP address. Google fonts are used to aid presenting our online offerings in a uniform and attractive manner. This constitutes a justified interest in the sense of Art. 6 Sec. 1 lit. f DSGVO. If your browser does not support web fonts, a standard font from your computer will be used.
Google LLC, based in the USA, is certified for the US-European »Privacy Shield« data protection agreement, which ensures adherence to the data protection level valid in the EU.
You can find further information on Google web fonts under and in Google’s data protection agreement:

7) Rights of the data subject

7.1 The valid data protection laws guarantee you comprehensive data subject rights (rights of access and intervention) vis à vis the responsible party processing your personal data. We are informing you of these rights as follows:

  • Right of access in accordance with Art. 15 DSGVO: You in particular have a right to access your personal data processed by us, the processing purposes, the categories of the processed personal data, the recipients or categories of recipients to whom your data was revealed, the planned storage time or the criteria for the determination of said storage time, the existence of a right to correction, deletion, restriction of processing, objection to processing, complaint to a regulatory authority, your data’s origins, if not gathered by us, the existence of an automatic decision-making process including profiling and where appropriate significant information about the logic involved and the scope affecting you and the aimed-at effects of such a processing, as well as your right to be informed which guarantees exist in accordance with Art. 46 DSGVO should your data be transferred to third-party countries;

  • Right to rectification in accordance with Art. 16 DSGVO: You have a right to the prompt correction of incorrect data affecting you and/or to the completion of incomplete data affecting you that we have stored;

  • Right to deletion in accordance with Art. 17 DSGVO: You have the right to demand the deletion of your personal data if the conditions of Art. 17 Sec. 1 DSGVO are fulfilled. Yet this right especially does not apply if the processing is necessary for the exercise of the rights to free speech and information, for the fulfilment of a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims;

  • Right to restricted processing in accordance with Art. 18 DSGVO: You have the right to demand the restricted processing of your personal data while the contested accuracy of your data is being reviewed; if you reject the deletion of your data on the grounds of impermissible data processing and instead demand the restricted processing of your data; if you require your data for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims after the data has fulfilled its purpose and we have no more use for it; should you lodge your contestation for reasons arising from your particular situation; or while it remains unclear if our justified reasons take precedence;

  • Right to information in accordance with Art. 19 DSGVO: Once you have asserted your right to correction, deletion or restricted processing vis à vis the responsible party, said party is obligated to inform all recipients who have received the personal data concerning you of said correction or deletion of the data or the restricted processing, unless this should prove impossible or entail disproportionate effort. You have the right to be notified about these recipients;

  • Right to data transfer in accordance with Art. 20 DSGVO: You have the right to receive the personal data you have provided us with in a structured, common and machine-readable format or to demand the transfer of said data to another responsible party, provided this is technically feasible;

  • Right to revocation of granted consents in accordance with Art. 7 Sec. 3 DSGVO: You have the right to revoke your once granted consent to the processing of data at any time with future effect. Should you revoke your consent, we will delete the data concerned promptly, provided that further processing cannot be grounded in a legal basis for processing without consent. Revocation of consent does not affect the legality of the processing on the basis of your consent up until the point of revocation;

  • Right to complaint in accordance with Art. 77 DSGVO: If you are of the view that the processing of personal data concerning you violates the DSGVO, you have the right – notwithstanding a regulatory or judicial remedy to the contrary – to complain to a regulatory authority, particularly in the member state of your place of residence, your place of work or the place of the presumed infringement.

7.2 Right to object
Should we process your personal data within the framework of a weighing of interests on the basis of our predominantly justified interest, you at any time have the right to object with future effect to such processing, for reasons arising from your particular situation.
Should you make use of your right to object, we will end the processing of the affected data. However, we retain the right to resume processing should we be able to prove compelling reasons for said processing that are worthy of protection, that outweigh your interests, fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms or when said processing serves the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.

8) Storage period of personal data

The storage period of personal data is measured in accordance with the respective legal retention period (such as trade and tax law retention periods). After the period expires, the respective data are routinely erased provided that they are no longer necessary for the purposes of fulfilling or initiating a contract and/or we retain no justified interest in their further retention.

9) Responsible regulatory agency
The GWZO is subject to the data protection laws of the free state of Saxony. The responsible regulatory agency is the Saxon Data Protection Office, reached via the following contact details:

Mailing address
Sächsischer Datenschutzbeauftragter
Postfach 11 01 32
01330 Dresden

Street address
Sächsischer Datenschutzbeauftragter
Devrientstraße 5
01067 Dresden

(no access for electronically signed documents)



Leibniz-Institut für Geschichte
und Kultur des östlichen Europa (GWZO)
Specks Hof  (Entrance A)
Reichsstr. 4-6, D-04109 Leipzig
Tel +49 (0)341-97 35 560
Fax +49 (0)341-97 35 569