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Privacy Policy

1. General Information

Thank you very much for visiting our web page. The protection of your personal data is of high priority to us.

The use of our web pages requires the specification of personal data. Only the data that is absolutely necessary is collected and it is also only used for the stated purpose and deleted after the purpose has been fulfilled. If there is no legal basis for such processing, we generally obtain your consent.

The processing of personal data of a data subject is always in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR) and in compliance with relevant national laws.

The following statement provides an overview of what type of data is collected and for what purpose.

Changes to this statement

ICSE reserves the right to change or amend this privacy information as necessary. The changes will be published at this point. Therefore, you should visit this page periodically to check the current status of the privacy statement.


Responsible Body

The responsible body within the meaning of the EU General Data Protection Regulation and other national laws is the

University of Education Freiburg.

It is legally represented by its rector Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Kotthoff.

Kunzenweg 21

79117 Freiburg

Phone: +49 761 682-261

Data Protection Officer

You can contact the Data protection officer of the responsible body:

Dr. Bernd Remmele
Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg
Kunzenweg 21
79117 Freiburg
Tel.: 0761 / 682-625

2. Personal Data

Processing of Personal Data

Each time our website is accessed, our web server automatically collects data and information from the computer system of the calling computer.

The following data is collected:

System data of the browser and operating system used by the user (if transmitted by the requesting web browser).
The IP address of the user
Date and time of access
Websites from which the user’s system accesses our website
Websites that are accessed by the user’s system via our website

This information is required to deliver the content of our website correctly, to optimize the content of our website and to ensure the long-term functionality of our IT systems and the technology of our website and is carried out in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e. GDPR with regard to § 4 LDSG (Landesdatenschutzgesetz) as well as § 2 LHG (Landeshochschulgesetzt).

IP addresses are only recorded for the duration of the visit to enable delivery of the website to the user’s computer and are not stored beyond the end of the visit.

The remaining data is stored in the log files of our system.

These data are not processed together with other personal data of the user.

Some offers of our website (e.g. registrations for newsletters and for events, our forum, contact forms) require the collection of personal data.



Our websites use cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored on a computer system via a web browser. Cookies consist of a string of characters by which web pages and servers can be assigned to a specific web browser. A specific web browser can thus be recognized and identified.

The International Center for STEM Education (ICSE) uses so-called session cookies. These serve to make the internet offer more user-friendly, effective and secure (for example, you do not have to log in again on every page after logging in during a session). These purposes are also our legitimate interest in data processing according to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

The session cookies are deleted when you end the session.

In internal areas with login, which some of our pages offer, so-called persistent cookies are set. These are needed to recognize the user after successful login in subsequent sessions on the same website and ensure that the page looks consistent for the user. Persistent cookies are stored for 14 days and then deleted.

The legal basis for the temporary storage of data and log files is Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR.

You can prevent the setting of cookies by our website at any time by means of an appropriate setting of the web browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. Furthermore, cookies that have already been set can be deleted at any time via a web browser or other software programs. This is possible in all common web browsers. By deactivating cookies, the functionality of our websites may be limited.

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Rights of the Data Subject

Every person affected by the processing of personal data has the right, in accordance with the GDPR, to request information from the controller about the personal data stored about him or her. In addition, there is a right to immediate correction of incorrect personal data concerning them or deletion, or to restriction of processing or a right to object to processing.

Consent to the processing of personal data under data protection law may be revoked at any time without affecting the lawfulness of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent until revocation.

In addition, you may contact the competent supervisory authority if you have doubts about the lawfulness of the processing of personal data concerning you.


Deletion of Personal Data

Personal data collected by us will generally only be processed and stored for as long as is necessary to achieve the purpose of storage or as required by law or regulation.


Email Security

If you send us an e-mail, your e-mail address will only be used for correspondence with you. Please note that the data transmission of e-mails on the Internet can have security gaps. A complete protection of data against access by third parties is not possible.

3. Use of Third Party Services

Newsletter with CleverReach

If you would like to receive the newsletter offered on the website, we require an e-mail address from you. Via a double opt-in procedure (confirmation of your registration), we ensure that you agree to receive the newsletter.

The processing of the data entered in the newsletter registration form is based on your consent (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR). You can revoke your consent to the storage of the data, the e-mail address and their use for sending the newsletter at any time, for example via the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter. The legality of the data processing operations already carried out remains unaffected by the revocation.

Your data will only be stored as long as it is necessary for the fulfilment of the purpose (sending the newsletter).

We use CleverReach to send newsletters. The provider is


CleverReach GmbH & Co. KG

Mühlenstr. 43, 26180 Rastede.


This service allows us to organize and analyze the newsletter dispatch. The data you enter to receive the newsletter, such as your e-mail address, is stored on CleverReach’s servers. Server locations are Germany and Ireland, respectively.

Sending the newsletter with CleverReach allows us to analyze the behavior of the newsletter recipient. The analysis shows, among other things, how many recipients have opened their newsletter and with what frequency links in the newsletter were clicked. CleverReach supports conversion tracking to analyze whether a previously defined action, such as a product purchase, has taken place after clicking on a link. Details on data analysis by CleverReach can be found at:

The data processing is based on your consent (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR). A revocation of your already given consent is possible at any time. For the revocation, an informal message by email or unsubscribing via the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter is sufficient. The legality of the data processing operations already carried out remains unaffected by the revocation.

If you do not wish to have your data analyzed by CleverReach, you should not register in the first place or you must unsubscribe from the newsletter. To unsubscribe, it is sufficient to send us an informal message by email or to unsubscribe via the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.

Data entered to set up the subscription will be deleted from our servers and the servers of CleverReach in the event of unsubscription. If this data has been transmitted to us for other purposes (e.g. subscription to our material collection, registration to a conference, etc.) and elsewhere, it will still remain with us. If you wish for them to be deleted, please send us an informal message by email.

Details of CleverReach’s privacy policy can be found at:


Order Processing

In order to fully comply with the legal data protection requirements, we have concluded an order processing agreement with CleverReach.


Webanalytics with Matomo

Our website uses the web analytics service Matomo.

Matomo uses “cookies.” These are small text files that your web browser stores on your terminal device and that enable an analysis of website usage. Information generated by means of cookies about the use of our website is stored on our server. Before storage, your IP address is anonymized.

Cookies from Matomo remain on your terminal device until you delete them.

The setting of Matomo cookies is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. As the operator of this website, we have a legitimate interest in the anonymized analysis of user behavior in order to optimize both the website and, if necessary, advertising (through our social media channels or our newsletter).

There is no disclosure of the information stored in the Matomo cookie about the use of this website. The setting of cookies by your web browser can be prevented. However, some functions of our website could be restricted as a result.

You can deactivate the storage and use of your data here. Your browser sets an opt-out cookie, which prevents the storage of Matomo usage data. If you delete your cookies, the Matomo opt-out cookie will also be removed. When you visit our website again, the opt-out cookie must be set again to prevent the storage and use of your data.

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4. ICSE on Social Media

Communication through our Social Media Channels


ICSE’s social media accounts complement the ICSE websites ( // and provide users with the opportunity to engage in dialog with ICSE.

With the concept, ICSE takes its responsibility and role model function for the use of social media in accordance with the “Guideline of the State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (LfDI) on the use of social networks by public bodies” as a public body.

Central accounts

This privacy policy (as of September 2022) applies to the following social media profiles of ICSE (Freiburg University of Education):


International Centre for STEM Education

ICSE Freiburg






International Centre for STEM Education



The Public Relations Department is in charge of all accounts. In addition to University of Education Freiburg, the providers of the respective platforms listed below are also jointly responsible for compliance with data protection requirements.

General information on data processing through Social Media

Purpose of data processing and categories of data subjects

ICSE’s social media accounts complement ICSE’s websites ( // and provide users with the voluntary opportunity to engage in dialogue with ICSE.

As soon as users access ICSE’s social media profiles on the respective network, the terms and conditions and data processing policies of the respective operator apply:

Privacy Policy Facebook

Privacy Policy Instagram

Privacy Policy Twitter

Privacy Policy LinkedIn

Privacy Policy Thingiverse

ICSE has no influence on the data processing in the respective networks. The data collected about you when using the service will be processed by the provider and may be transferred to countries outside the European Union. ICSE has no influence on the type and scope of the data processed by the provider, the type of processing and use or the transfer of this data to third parties, in particular to countries outside the European Union. Information on what data is processed by the provider and for what purposes can be found in the privacy policy of the respective provider.

ICSE processes personal data that arrives at the editorial office via the social media accounts within ICSE in order to answer service questions.

ICSE’s social media team processes data for the following purposes:

  • To generate and provide social media content.
  • To process contact requests and communicate with users*.
  • To moderate comments and discussions on posts
  • To evaluate which content is relevant for users and to adapt the content accordingly
  • To point out interesting dates and offers of ICSE.

The data subjects are visitors and users of ICSE’s social media profiles.

Contact the social media editorial office:

Keyword: Public Relations- Social Media

ICSE – PH Freiburg

Kunzenweg 21

79115 Freiburg


Legal basis

Insofar as the ICSE social media editorial team obtains the consent of the data subject for processing operations involving personal data, Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. a GDPR serves as the legal basis. Insofar as the processing of personal data is necessary for the performance of social media work that is in the public interest or is carried out in the exercise of official authority, Art. 6 (1) S. 1 lit. e GDPR serves as the legal basis.

Cooperation with third parties

Insofar as ICSE discloses data to other persons and companies (order processors or third parties) in the course of processing, transfers it to them or otherwise grants them access to the data, this will only be done if this is necessary for the performance of the contract pursuant to Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. b GDPR with you as the data subject, the disclosure is permissible on the basis of a balancing of interests within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR, ICSE is legally obligated to disclose the data or you have given your consent to this extent.

If ICSE commissions third parties to process data on the basis of a so-called “order processing agreement”, this is done on the basis of Art. 28 GDPR.

Content management tool Hootsuite

In order to plan and post content on Twitter and Instagram, ICSE uses the product Hootsuite. The following data protection guidelines apply:

Storage period

The storage period of personal data within the social media platforms depends on the respective platform operators. ICSE does not have access to the data stored by the platform operators.

Within ICSE’s social media editorial department, personal data is deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose of storage no longer applies. Storage may also take place if this has been provided for by the European or national legislator in Union regulations, laws or other regulations to which the responsible party is subject. Data will also be blocked or deleted if a storage period prescribed by the aforementioned standards expires.

Data subject rights

You have the following rights vis-à-vis the data controllers when personal data of yours is processed:

the right to information according to Art. 15 GDPR,
the right to rectification or erasure according to Art. 16 and 17 GDPR,
the right to restriction of processing according to Art. 18 GDPR,
the right to data portability according to Art. 20 GDPR,
the right to object to processing under Art. 21 GDPR,
the right to withdraw consent for future processing pursuant to Art. 7(3) GDPR.

In addition, you have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority about the processing of your data by us. Other rights you have vis-à-vis the platform operators (in particular the right to object to certain processing by the respective platforms or to revoke consent given to one of the aforementioned platforms) are described in the data policy of the respective platforms (see above for links).

International Centre for STEM Education (ICSE)
Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg
Kunzenweg 21, 79117 Freiburg

Last modification of this page: 27.10.2022
For data protection issues: datenschutz(atnospam)