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Publisher and responsible for content:

Große Elbstraße 145f
22767 Hamburg
Tel.: +49 (0)40 38 03 71 5-0
E-Mail: info (at) claussen-simon-stiftung.de

The Claussen-Simon-Stiftung is a foundation having legal capacity under the German Civil Code. It is located in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Authorized representative: Prof. Dr. Regina Back (Executive Board Member).


We are grateful for your interest in our foundation. The protection of your personal data is a matter of important concern to us. We observe all legal provisions dealing with data protection and data safety within the framework of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the German Data Protection Law.

Information for applicants, scholars and alumni of the Claussen-Simon-Stiftung

Information obligation for applicants and scholars (pdf) (pdf)

Information obligation for alumni (pdf) (pdf)

Data privacy statement for “Zoom” usage (pdf) (pdf)

Privacy Policy
I. Responsible for the content 

Responsible in the sense of the GDRP and other federal data protection laws of member states as well as other data privacy regulations is:

Große Elbstraße 145f
22767 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 38 0 37 150
E-Mail: info@claussen-simon-stiftung.de

II.    Contact with the competent data protection officer

You can reach our competent data protection officer at:

Phone: 040-540 90 97 80
E-Mail: dsb-kunden@ibs-data-protection.de 

III. General Information about Data-Handling

1. Scope of personal data procession

We collect and use personal data of users solely for needs of providing a functioning website and its contents and performances. The collection and use of personal data happens routinely only with consent of the user. An exception of collection is cases in which consent cannot be obtained for factual reasons but legal provisions allow collection. 

2. Legal basis for personal data processing

If we obtain consent for collecting personal data for processing operations, this happens in accordance with Art. 13 (1) lit.) GDPR. For the processing of personal data for performances of compliances, Art. 13 (1) lit.) GDPR is legally binding. This also applies for processing operations of pre-contractually collected personal data. If processing personal data for fulfilling legal obligations our foundation is liable to, this happens in accordance with Art. 13 (1) lit. c) GDPR.

In case that pivotal interests of the person concerned, or another natural person necessitates the processing of personal data, Art. 6 (1) lit. d) GDPR is legally binding. If processing leads to safeguard the legitimate interests of our foundation or a third-party and fundamental rights and freedoms of the concerned person do not outweigh this, Art. 6 (1) lit f) GDPR is legally binding for the procession. 

3. Data erasure and Storage Period

Generally we delete or anonymize your personal data as soon as they are no longer needed for the purposes for which we collected or used them on the basis of the statements above. Specific statements above regarding the retention or deletion of personal data remain unaffected.

Except where this Privacy Statement contains any other deviating provisions regarding the storage of data, the data collected by us will be stored as long as necessary for the purposes stated above which they were collected for.

III. Processing under joint responsibility

For some processing operations we are not solely responsible, but jointly responsible with one or more other controllers. Joint responsibility occurs when two or more controllers determine the purposes and means for processing personal data.  We have grouped joint responsibility by purpose and contractor below.

Joint responsibility means that there are common purposes for the processing and data subjects can enforce their rights under Art. 12-22 GDPR including Art. 77 GDPR with both controllers.

Joint responsibility, Joint Controller Facebook, Instagram.

For the processing of personal data with Page Insights on Facebook and Instagram, we jointly determine the purposes and means with

Facebook Ireland Limited

4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2 (Ireland).


Contact details of the data protection officer


Information about the Page Insights Addendum


Facebook transfers personal data to the U.S. based on standard contractual clauses.


IV. Accessing our Website and Generation of Logfiles

1.    Description and Scope of Data Processing 

Every view of our website leads to automated collection of data and information of the viewing computer system.
The following data is thereby collected:

  1. Information about the browser type and its version
  2. The user’s operating system
  3. The user‘s internet-service-provider
  4. The user’s IP-adress
  5. Date and time of access 
  6. Websites that led the user to our website 
  7. Websites that are accessed through our website by the user

The logfiles contain IP-adresses or other data, which identifies the user. This may be the case when the link that led to our website or the link that leads to the next website contains personal data.

These data is also collected in the logfiles saved by our system. These data is not jointly saved with personal data.
2.    Legal basis for personal data processing
Legal basis for the temporary collection of this data and the logfiles is Art. 6 (1) lit. f) GDPR.

3.    Purpose of Data Collection

We temporarily collect and store the IP address assigned to your computer in order to transmit to your computer the contents of our website retrieved by you (e.g. texts, pictures, articles as well as files made available for downloading, etc.). For the purpose of communicating with our website, your full IP address is processed and stored only for the duration of your visit to our website and is subsequently deleted automatically. The logfile is saved in order to provide a working delivery of our website. In this context no data analysis for marketing reasons takes place. The legal basis for this is Art. 6 (1) lit. b) GDPR.

Our entitled interest in data processing lies in these aims following Art. 6 (1) lit. f) .

4.    Duration of Storage

Data is deleted as soon as the purpose for its processing is no longer given. In case of collection of data for accessing the website, data is deleted when the website is closed.

The logfile is deleted seven days after accessing the website at the latest. A further storage is possible. If stored longer than seven days, IP-addresses are deleted or alienated and a mapping of the accessing client is no longer possible. 

5.    Objections and Disposal Possibility

The collection of this data and the storage of this data in a logfile is necessary to provide our website and therefore no right of objection is given. 

V Use of Cookies

1.    Description and scope of data processing

Our website uses cookies. Cookies are text files that are locally saved by the user’s internet browser. By accessing a website cookies may be saved. This cookie contains a character sequence that enables a distinct identification by the browser when the website is accessed again. 

You can configure the browser settings as you wish and, for example, refuse to accept certain cookies, e.g. third-party cookies, or refuse all cookies. You can at any time delete cookies yourself in the security settings of your browser or deactivate the cookie function in your Internet browser. It is not absolutely necessary for the navigation and functioning of the website to accept cookies. But we would like to advise you that you may then not be able to fully use all functions of this website. This especially concerns event announcements and book orders. To be able to use this function, you must accept cookies. Instructions regarding the admission, rejection, inspection and deletion of cookies can be found through the help function of your Internet browser.

The stored information is stored separately from any further data that you may provide to us. In particular, the data on the cookies are not merged with any other personal data such as, for example, the registration data for a particular event.

The law states that we can store cookies on your device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site. For all other types of cookies we need your permission.

This site uses different types of cookies. Some cookies are placed by third party services that appear on our pages.

You can at any time change or withdraw your consent from the Cookie Declaration on our website.

Please state your consent ID and date when you contact us regarding your consent.

Your consent applies to the following domains: www.claussen-simon-stiftung.de

Use of Matomo

In order to continually improve our service offer, we use the web analytics service software Matomo from the provider InnoCraft Ltd., 150 Willis St, 6011 Wellington, New Zealand, to analyse the use of our website. The legal basis for the processing of your data is Art. 6 (1) a) GDPR.

Insofar as you have given your consent, a cookie is then set. The data generated by this cookie about your use of this website (including your IP address, date, time, duration of visit, browser, operating system, visited pages) are transmitted to a server in Germany and stored there. However, as IP anonymization is activated, your IP address is shortened by Matomo beforehand. Matomo will use this information to evaluate your use of the website and to compile reports on website activity. The collected, pseudonymous usage data are used for long-term evaluation purposes and are only deleted at the end of the evaluation phase.

Type and scope of processing: If you register on our website to receive our newsletter, we collect your e-mail address as well as your name and store this information together with the date of registration and your IP address. Subsequently, you will receive an e-mail in which you must confirm your subscription to the newsletter (double opt-in). If you do not confirm the registration within 7 days, it will expire and the data will not be processed for the newsletter mailing.

Purpose and legal basis: We process your data for the purpose of sending the newsletter on the basis of your consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) DSGVO. By unsubscribing from the newsletter, you can declare your revocation at any time with effect for the future pursuant to Art. 7 (3) DSGVO. 
There is no legal or contractual obligation to provide your data, but it is not possible to send the newsletter without providing your data.

Storage period: Your personal data will be deleted as soon as it is no longer required to achieve the above purposes. We therefore store your personal data for newsletter dispatch as long as you have subscribed to the newsletter.

Newsletter Tracking:

Type and scope of processing: If you have subscribed to our newsletter, we would like to inform you that a pseudonymized evaluation is made of the extent to which newsletters are opened, when they are opened and which links are clicked on. It is technically possible to assign this information to individual newsletter recipients. However, an analysis of personal data is switched off, i.e. the information about newsletter recipients is only evaluated pseudonymously. The evaluations cannot be decoded and assigned to individual persons.

Purpose and legal basis: We process your data for the purpose of optimizing newsletter content and design on the basis of your consent pursuant to Art. 6 (1) a) DSGVO. By unsubscribing from the newsletter, you can declare your revocation at any time with effect for the future pursuant to Art. 7 (3) DSGVO. 
There is no legal or contractual obligation to provide your data, but it is not possible to send the newsletter without providing your data.

Deactivation of tracking: You can prevent newsletter tracking by not subscribing to the newsletter or with effect for the future if you unsubscribe from the newsletter.

Use of Google Maps

We use the Google Maps API, an interactive map and navigation service provided by Google LLC (“Google”). Google Maps is operated by Google LLC., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Use of Google Maps allows information regarding your use of this website (including your IP address) to be transmitted to, and stored in, a Google server in the USA. Google may provide the information gained from Maps to third parties, in so far as this is permitted by law or where those third parties process said data as agents of Google.

You may deactivate the Google Maps service, thus preventing the transmission of data to Google, by deactivating JavaScript in your browser. Please note, however, that this will prevent your use of the maps on our website.

The Google privacy policy and additional terms of use for Google Maps are available at https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en&gl=en. Google also processes your personal data in the USA and is subject to the EU-US Privacy Shield (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI&status=Active)

Use of YouTube

We use the services provided by YouTube to embed videos into our website. YouTube is operated by YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. YouTube is part of Google LLC, registered at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Clicking on “Play video” embeds an iframe with the provider’s content into the page. No service content is integrated, nor are any data transferred before the User clicks.

When you activate the content, the operator of the social media platform receives information that the relevant page has been accessed, for which personal data are transmitted to the platform operator.

Further information on the processing of data and the YouTube (Google) privacy statement are available at https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en&gl=en. Google also processes your personal data in the USA and is subject to the EU-US Privacy Shield (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI&status=Active).

Use of XING

Our website uses functions of the XING network. The provider is XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany.
When calling a page with integrated Xing functions, a connection to the servers of Xing is established. To the best of our knowledge, personal data is not stored. IP addresses are not stored, nor is there any evaluation of user behaviour.

Details on data protection and the XING Share button can be found in XING's privacy policy at: www.xing.com/app/share.

Use of LinkedIn

The functions and content of the LinkedIn service offered by LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland can be integrated into our online offer. This may include, for example, content such as images, videos or text and buttons with which users can share content from this online service within LinkedIn. If the users are members of the platform LinkedIn, LinkedIn can assign the call of the above-mentioned contents and functions to the profiles of the users there. Privacy policy of LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy. LinkedIn is certified under the Privacy-Shield-Agreement and thus offers a guarantee to comply with European data protection law (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000L0UZAA0&status=Active).

Privacy Policy: www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy, Opt-Out: www.linkedin.com/psettings/guest-controls/retargeting-opt-out) Duration of Storage, Objections and Disposal Possibility

Cookies are locally saved on the user’s system and transferred to our website. Therefore users have complete control concerning cookies. By changing the browser settings transferal of cookies can be deactivated or restricted. Already saved cookies for our website can be deleted at all times. By deactivating cookies for our website, different functions of the website may not be working.

Use and application of Instagram (2-click)

Type and scope of processing: Content from Instagram is integrated on our website. Instagram is a service of Meta Platforms, Inc. and is provided by the latter.

When you call up a web page in which a photo and video from Instagram is embedded, data is transmitted to a server of Meta Platforms and stored there. This does not happen automatically, but exclusively through active clicking by the user. Only through this conscious activation, data about the behavior when using Instagram is transmitted to Meta Platforms and processed by Meta Platforms. If you have a user account with Meta Platforms and are registered, Meta Platforms can thereby assign the visit to your user account. Meta Platforms stores this data as usage profiles and uses it for its own purposes.

Such an evaluation is carried out in particular (also for users who are not logged in) for the purpose of displaying tailored advertising. You have the right to object to the creation of these user profiles. Please contact Meta Platforms directly in this regard.

Purpose and legal basis: By integrating Instagram, we pursue the purpose of being able to present various photos and videos to you on our website so that you can view them directly on our website. The processing of the data is based on Art. 6 (1) a) DSGVO. This serves as the legal basis for our company for processing operations in which we obtain consent for a specific processing purpose.

The provision of the personal data is neither legally nor contractually required and is also not necessary for the conclusion of a contract. You are also not obliged to provide the personal data. However, by not providing it, you might not be able to use our website or not be able to use it to its full extent.

Possibility of elimination: If you want to prevent data disclosure, you cannot use the functions of Instagram.

Regardless of this, we recommend that you regularly log out of your social network's user account after using it, especially before activating embedded content, as this will help you to avoid an assignment to your profile with the respective provider.

VI. Newsletter

With your consent according to Art. 6 (1) a) GDPR you can subscribe to our newsletter, with which we inform you about our current offers. For the registration for our newsletter we use the so-called double opt-in procedure. This means that after your registration we will send you an e-mail to the specified e-mail address in which we ask you to confirm that you would like the newsletter to be sent to you. If you do not confirm your registration within 24 hours, your information will be blocked and automatically deleted after one month.
In addition, we store your IP addresses and the time of registration and confirmation. The purpose of the procedure is to be able to prove your registration and, if necessary, to clarify a possible misuse of your personal data.

The only mandatory information for sending the newsletter is your e-mail address. After your confirmation we will save your e-mail address for the purpose of sending you the newsletter. The legal basis is Art. 6 (1) a) GDPR. We will retain your e-mail address until you unsubscribe from the newsletter.

You can revoke your consent to receive the newsletter at any time and unsubscribe from the newsletter. You can declare your revocation by clicking on the link provided in every newsletter-e-mail, which sends an e-mail to info(at)Claussen-simon-stiftung.de, or by sending a message to the contact details given in the legal notice.

VII. Registration
You have the possiility of registering with us and creating an account. For registration, we collect and retain the following data from you:

After registration, you will receive personal, password-protected access and can view and manage the data you have provided. Registration is voluntary, but may be a prerequisite for using our services. If you use our portal, we will retain your data until you definitively delete your access. The legal basis is Art. 6 (1) a) GDPR.

VIII. Rights of the Data Subject

By collecting your data you become a data subject in terms of the GDPR and you have the following rights:

1. Right to Information

You have the right to obtain information from us at any time about the personal data we process concerning you Art. 15 GDPR. For this purpose, you can contact the office named under point 1 with the contact data named there.

2. Right to correct incorrect Data

You have the right to ask us to correct your personal data immediately if it is inaccurate. For this purpose, you can contact the office named under point I with the contact data named there.

3. Right to limit the Processing

You have the right to demand from us the restriction of processing in accordance with Art. 18 GDPR. This right exists in particular if the correctness of the personal data is disputed between the user and us, for the duration which the verification of the correctness requires, and in the event that the user demands limited processing instead of deletion in the case of an existing right to deletion; furthermore in the event that the data is no longer necessary for the purposes pursued by us, but the user requires it for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims, and if the successful exercise of an objection between us and the user is still disputed. For this purpose, you can contact the office named under item 1 with the contact data named there.

4. Right to Deletion

You have the right, under the conditions described in Art. 17 GDPR, to request us to delete your personal data. In particular, these conditions provide for a right of deletion if the personal data are no longer necessary for the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed, or in cases of unlawful processing, the existence of an objection or the existence of an obligation to delete under Union law or the law of the Member State to which we are subject. For the deletion you can contact the office named under number 1 with the contact data named there.

5. Right to Data Transferability

You have the right to receive from us the personal data concerning you which you have provided to us in a structured, common, machine-readable format in accordance with Art. 20 GDPR. For this purpose, you can contact the office named under number 1 with the contact data named there.

6. Right of Objection

Pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR, you have the right to object at any time to the processing of personal data concerning them on the basis of Art. 6 (1) e) or f) on grounds arising from their particular situation. We will no longer process the personal data after an objection, unless we can prove compelling reasons for the processing worthy of protection, which outweigh the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject, or the processing serves the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims. In order to exercise your right of objection, you may contact the office named under item I with the contact data named there.

7. Right of Appeal

You have the right to address complaints to the competent supervisory authority. The competent supervisory authority is:

Poststraße 11
20354 Hamburg


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We attempt to constantly present our website up to date and contentually correct. However, the appearance of mistakes is possible. We do not assume liability for topicality, correctness of content, or completeness of presented content. This also refers to material or immaterial harm concerning third parties caused by using this website. All content of Claussen-Simon-Stiftung’s website serves information purposes only and is not binding.  


Despite thorough control we do not assume liability for content of external links. Liability for hyperlinked content lies with the external operator.

Use of Facebook

On this website we included plugins for Facebook, 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. An overview of Facebook plugins you find here: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/ By visiting this website a direct connection of your browser with Facebook’s servers will be established via the Facebook plugin. Information thereby collected by Facebook is not shared with the Claussen-Simon-Stiftung. If you do not want Facebook to collect data connected to our website, please log out of your Facebook account.

Privacy policy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/

Privacy Shield certification: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000GnywAAC&status=Active

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