Privacy Policy

The protection of your personal data is of utmost importance to us. The usage of offers from Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (e.g. of publications or events) usually requires the specification of personal data (e.g. contact details such as names, postal addresses, e-mail addresses). The collection, processing and usage of these data is only permitted for Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung within the statutory framework. Where your consent is required (e.g. when registering for the newsletter), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung takes utmost care to ensure that the content and formal requirements for proper consent are met.

Data Protection

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung attaches the utmost importance to the protection of your personal data. It strictly abides by statutory provisions governing admissibility of its handling of personal data - in particular the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) - and has taken the warranted technical and organisational measures to ensure data security.

The following information is intended to provide you a summary of how we ensure this protection, in particular what kind of data we collect, process and use for what purposes and what rights are granted to you by law.

The controller for the data processing

The controller (Article 4, no. 7 of the GDPR) is

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e. V.
Godesberger Allee 149
53175 Bonn

0228 883-0
0228 883-9207

Data Protection Officer, supervisory authority

The contact address of the Data Protection Officer of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e.V. is:

Thomas Müthlein

You are entitled to file a complaint with the data protection supervisory authority (Article 13, section 2 (d) of the GDPR). The supervisory authority in charge of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is the North Rhine-Westphalian Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Kavalleriestraße 2-4, 40213 Düsseldorf.

Data collected automatically

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung collects and stores the following information automatically transmitted to us via your browser in its server files when you access this website as a standard procedure:

  • the browser type / version
  • the operating system used
  • the referrer URL (the site visited previously)
  • the hostname of the accessing computer (IP address)
  • the time and date of the server request.

This information cannot be assigned to specific individuals by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. It is only evaluated anonymously and is used to improve the website content and optimise its functions. This data is not merged, pooled or combined with any other data sources, nor are personal user profiles created in any other manner.

Personal data of the user, purposes of processing

Use of services provided by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (e.g. publications or events) or the processing of enquiries (e.g. on scholarships) generally requires disclosure of personal data (for instance, contact data such as names, postal addresses, e-mail addresses). Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is only allowed to collect, process and use this data within bounds strictly limited by law (Article 6, section 1, subsection 1, letters b and a of the GDPR.

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung furthermore uses this data to draw your attention to the Foundation's other events, publications and activities (Article 6, section 1, subsection 1, letters a and f of the GDPR); generally, we ask you for your consent. We only transmit data to third parties (e.g. to government authorities) if we are obligated by law to do so or if you have provided us your consent to such. Whenever the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung engages service providers to provide technical support for IT-supported workflows, this is done in accordance with the provisions applying to contract data processing (Article 28 of the GDPR).

If your consent is required (e.g. including when registering to receive our newsletter), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung exercises the utmost care in ensuring compliance with the stipulations and formal requirements necessary for proper consent (Article 7 of the GDPR). You can call up the contents of your declaration of consent at any time. In addition, you can withdraw your consent to the processing and use of your data at any time (Article 7, section 3 of the GDPR); this also applies to the withdrawal of a declaration of consent that you issued to Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung before 25 May 2018 (the date that the GDPR entered into force). In this case, please contact Onlineredaktion(at)

Erasure (right to be forgotten)

Subject to the reservation of storage periods required by law, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung will delete your data if the purpose for which the data is being stored has been attained, you have withdrawn your consent or if one of the additional cases listed in Article 17 of the GDPR applies.


The Internet pages use so-called cookies in several places. These serve to make our website more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser. Most of the cookies we use are so-called "session cookies". These cookies are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. You have the option of setting your browser to notify you if you are supposed to receive a cookie, however. Then you can decide yourself whether you want to allow this or not. Cookies do not cause any damage to your computer and do not contain any viruses.

Web analysis tools, plugins

The website of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung uses the following services, which use cookies: Google Maps, Google Custom Search and YouTube. You can obtain additional information by clicking on the indicated services.

Website analytics

This website uses Matomo, a web analytics open-source software. Matomo uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address anonymized prior to its storage) will be stored on the server of the service provider in Germany. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

Your rights

You are entitled to information on the data stored by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung relating to your person, its origin and recipients, the purpose of its storage as well as the provision of further information in accordance with Article 15 of the GDPR and § 34 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). If you are interested in such information, please contact the online editorial staff of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

You are entitled to demand the correction of incorrect data relating to you (Article 16 of the GDPR).

You are furthermore entitled to deletion of data relating to you subject to the preconditions laid down in Article 17 of the GDPR and § 35 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). In this case, please contact Onlineredaktion(at)

You are entitled to restriction of processing under Article 18 of the GDPR, data portability under Article 20 of the GDPR and have a right to object under Article 21. If Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung uses your data to send out information on events, offers for publications or any other information (direct advertising), you may object to use for these purposes; the data will then no longer be processed and used for these purposes (Article 21, sections 2 and 3 of the GDPR). You can send your objection without having to observe any formal requirements to Onlineredaktion(at)