Privacy Policy

General information

We are pleased about your visit to our web pages! The protection of your personal data is very important to us. The use of our web pages is basically possible without any indication of personal data. However, individual services of our website may require the processing of personal data. If there is no legal basis for such processing, we will generally obtain your consent. The processing of personal data of a person concerned always takes place in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (European GDPR) and in accordance with relevant national laws. The following declaration gives you an overview of what kind of data is collected for what purpose.


Responsible body

The responsible body within the meaning of the EU General Data Protection Regulation and other national laws is
University of Education Freiburg.
It is legally represented by the Rector Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Kotthoff.

International Centre for STEM Education (ICSE)
Kunzenweg 21
79117 Freiburg, Germany
Phone: 0761 / 682-0
Website: http://icse.eu/ or http://icse.ph-freiburg.de/


Contact the data protection officer of the responsible body

E-Mail: datenschutz(atnospam)ph-freiburg.de


Processing of personal data

Every 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 reaches our website
  • Websites accessed by the user’s system through our website

This information is required to correctly deliver the contents of our website, to optimize the contents of our website and to ensure the long-term functionality of our IT systems and the technology of our website and is provided for legitimate interests within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. GDPR. The IP addresses are only recorded for the duration of the visit in order to enable the website to be delivered to the user’s computer and are not stored after 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 on our website (e.g. registration for newsletters and events, contact forms) require the collection of personal data. Only those data are collected which are absolutely necessary and they are only used for the stated purpose and deleted after the purpose has been fulfilled.



If you would like to receive the newsletter offered on the website, we need an e-mail address from you. A double opt-in procedure (confirmation of your registration) ensures that you agree to receive the newsletter. Further data is not collected, or only on a voluntary basis. We use these data exclusively for the desired salutation in the newsletter and do not pass them on to third parties. The data entered in the newsletter registration form will be processed exclusively on the basis of 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 its use for sending the newsletter at any time, for example via the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter. The legality of the data processing processes already carried out remains unaffected by the revocation. Your data will only be stored for as long as is necessary to fulfil the purpose (sending the newsletter).



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

The International Centre for STEM Education (ICSE) uses so-called session cookies. These serve to make the website more user-friendly, effective and secure (e.g. you do not have to log in every time you log in during a session). These purposes also constitute our legitimate interest in data processing in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DS-GMO.
The session cookies are deleted when you end the session.

So-called persistent cookies are set in internal areas with login, which we offer on some of our webpages. These are needed to recognize the user after login at later 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 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

You can prevent the setting of cookies through 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. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of our websites.


We use Matomo on our website to analyze the usage behavior of our visitors. Matomo collects data on things like the referrer website a particular user accessed before visiting our website, the subpages of the website the user visits, the amount of time the user spends on a web page, or how often the user visits the page.

The IP address you use to access our website is anonymized. Matomo is configured to mask two bytes of the IP address (e.g.: 192.168.xxx.xxx). This makes it impossible to associate the IP address with the device used to access the site.

Matomo sends text files (so-called cookies) to your web browser. For the analysis of web page behavior, the usage information stored on the cookie is sent to our computers. These data are stored exclusively on University of Freiburg servers. The stored usage data are not passed on to third parties. They are not combined with data collected from other pages requiring a disclosure of personal data.

The analysis of the usage behavior of our visitors helps us to optimize our website and make it more user-friendly. This constitutes our legitimate interest in processing data in accordance with § 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.
By anonymizing the IP address, we take into sufficient account the interest of the users in protecting their personal data.

You can prevent cookies from being stored on your computer via a corresponding browser setting; however, we would like to point out that if you do so you will not be able to use some functions of our website to their full extent (see section “Use of Cookies”).

As an alternative, we offer our users the possibility to opt out of the analytics procedure. If you choose this option, another cookie that tells Matomo to not collect any usage data is stored on your system. Note: If you delete all of your cookies, you will have to reactivate the opt-out cookie.

For more information configuring privacy settings in Matomo, please click on the following link: https://matomo.org/docs/privacy.

Rights of the person concerned

Every person affected by the processing of personal data has the right, in accordance with the DGPR, to request information from the responsible body about his or her personal data stored. In addition, there is a right to immediate correction or deletion of incorrect personal data concerning him or her, or to limitation of the processing or a right to object to the processing. A data protection consent for the processing of personal data can be revoked at any time without affecting the legality of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent until revocation. In addition, you may contact the competent supervisory authority if there are doubts as to the lawfulness of the processing of personal data concerning you.


Deletion of personal data

Personal data collected by us will only be processed and stored for as long as this is necessary to achieve the storage purpose or this is required by laws or regulations.


Email Security

If you send us an e-mail, your e-mail address will only be used for correspondence with you. Please note that 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.

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

Last modification of this page: 08.10.2018
Kontakt: icse@ph-freiburg.de
For data protection issues: datenschutz(atnospam)ph-freiburg.de