Privacy Statement

Data Privacy Policy

This privacy policy serves to fulfill the requirements of Article 13 EU GDPR Information to be provided where personal data are collected from the data subject

Contact information

Name and address of the responsible person

Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Theodor-W.-Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Postal address:
Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main
60629 Frankfurt

Phone: + 49-69-798-0 | Fax: + 49-69-798-18383

For inquiries or complaints about data protection you may contact the data protection officials of the Goethe-University.

Contact details of the data protection officer

Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
The official data protection officer
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Rights and complaints

You have the right to contact the concerned technical supervisory authority for data protection issues to complain.

Contact address of the supervisory authority of the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main:

Commissioner for Data Protection of Hesse
Postfach 3163
65021 Wiesbaden

Email to Commissioner for Data Protection of Hesse

Phone: +49 611 1408 – 0
Fax: +49 611 1408 – 611

You have the following rights towards Goethe-University with regard to your personal data:

  • Right of access by the data subject,
  • Right of rectification
  • Right of erasure (right to be forgotten),
  • Right to restriction of processing,
  • Right to revoke your consent,
  • Right to object to the processing,
  • Right of data portability, in a commonly used, structured and machine-readable format
    (from May 25th, 2018).

To claim these rights, please send us an email.

Type of data stored, purpose and legal basis, deletion periods

Handling of personal data

Personal data is information that can be used to determine a natural person, ie information that identifies persons. This includes in particular names, e-mail
addresses, immatriculation numbers or telephone numbers. But also data about preferences, hobbies, memberships or information about websites that have been visited are personal data.

Personal data will only be collected, used and disclosed by us if legally permitted or if the user has consented to the data collection.

The use of personal data of students for the purpose of study is based largely on the applicable Hessian Higher Education Act in conjunction with the applicable
Enrollment Ordinance of the State of Hessen and thus refer to EU GDPR Article 6 Paragraph 1 c).

The data of the employees of the Goethe-University collected and processed for the purposes of personnel administration, teaching, research and examination activities are based on the Hessian Higher Education Act, the Enrollment Ordinance of the State of Hesse, TV-GU, civil service law and personnel law regulations.

Google Analytics

If you have given your consent, Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google”) is used on this website. The use includes the “Universal Analytics” operating mode. This makes it possible to assign data, sessions and interactions across multiple devices to a pseudonymous user ID and thus analyze a user’s activities across devices. This data protection notice is provided by

Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users interact with the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, if IP anonymisation is activated on this website, Google will reduce your IP address within Member States of the European Union or in other states party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area beforehand. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. We would like to point out that on this website Google Analytics has been extended to include IP anonymisation in order to ensure anonymous collection of IP addresses (so-called IP masking). The IP address transmitted by your browser in the context of Google Analytics is not merged with other Google data. For more information on terms of use and data protection, please visit or

Purposes of the Processing

On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide the website operator with other services related to website and Internet use.

Legal Basis

The legal basis for the use of Google Analytics is your consent in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR.

Recipients or Categories of Recipients

The recipient of the collected data is Google.

Transfer to Third Countries

Personal data will be transferred to the USA under the EU-US Privacy Shield on the basis of the European Commission’s adequacy decision. You can download the certificate here.

Duration of Data Storage

The data sent by us and linked to cookies, user-identifiers (e.g. User-IDs) or advertising-identifiers are automatically deleted after 14 months. Data whose retention period has been reached is automatically deleted once a month.

Rights of the Persons affected

You can revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future by blocking the storage of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly; however, we would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to use all functionalities of this website to their full extent.

You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) and from processing this data by Google by downloading and installing the Browser Add-on. Opt-out cookies will prevent future collection of your data when you visit this website. To prevent Universal Analytics from collecting data across different devices, you must opt-out on all systems used. If you click here, the opt-out cookie will be set: Disable Google Analytics

Access data / server logfiles

When accessing the pages of this web server, the following data is generally stored in the server logfiles:

  • IP address
  • Date and time
  • Type of client browser
  • URL of the visited page
  • If necessary, the error message about the occurred error
  • If necessary, the requesting provider

These data are for the sole purpose of checking the functionality, safety and security troubleshooting. This use is based on EU DSGVO Article 6 paragraph 1 f). All logfiles will be automatically deleted after 7 days at the latest.

Establishing contact
When contacting members of the Goethe-University (for example by contact form or email) your data will be stored for the purpose of processing the request as well as in case of follow-up questions arise. After processing your request or after fulfilling the legal obligation or the service being used, the data will be deleted unless the retention of the data is required for the implementation of legitimate interests of the Goethe-University or on the basis of a legal regulation (e.g. law, legal decree, statutes of Goethe-University, etc.).