Privacy Policy

Every time the internet presence of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities is accessed by a user and every time a file is downloaded, for technical reasons data relating to this procedure are temporarily saved and processed in a protocol file.

Specifically, at every access/download, the following data are saved:

  •  the IP address, which is (subsequently) anonymised,
  •  date and time,
  •  page accessed / name of file downloaded,
  •  quantity of data transferred,
  •  a message on whether the access/download was successful.

These data are evaluated only for statistical purposes and to improve the quality of service and are then destroyed. No other use is made of them and they are not passed to third-parties.


When accessing specific pages, so-called ‘session cookies’ are used to facilitate navigation. These session cookies hold no person-specific data and expire when the session is over. Technologies that enable tracking of the user’s browsing habits, such as Java Applets or Active-X Controls, are not used.


Postal and Email addresses stated in the context of queries or requests for information are used solely for the purpose of correspondence and postal delivery, respectively.

Usage analysis

This website uses Matomo (formerly Piwik), an open-source software for the statistical analysis of visitor access. Matomo uses so-called cookies, which are text files saved to your computer that enable your website use to be analysed. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is stored on a server operated by the German Ethics Council in the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Germany. The IP address is anonymised immediately after processing and prior to its storage.

The purpose of this data collection is to help us improve our services and to generate usage statistics. The legal basis for data processing is Article 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. b GDPR (Requirement to safeguard legitimate interests).

You can decide here whether an unambiguous web analytics cookie may be stored in your browser, in order to allow the website operator to collect and analyse various statistical data. If you wish to opt out, click on the following link to place the Matomo deactivation cookie in your browser.

Your visit to this website is currently recorded by Matomo Web Analytics. Click here to stop recording your visit.