Privacy policy

The Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS) takes the protection of personal data very seriously. We collect, use and store your personal data exclusively within the framework of the European Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO). Generally, it is possible to use our website without providing personal data.

Entity responsible

The contact entity and so-called “controller” for the processing of your personal data when visiting this website in alignment with the General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO) is the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS)
Flakenstraße 29-31
15537 Erkner

Telefon: +49 3362 793 - 0
Fax: +49 3362 793 - 111
E-Mail: kontakt(at)


You can contact us via e-mail or by using the contact form. In this context, we process your data exclusively for the purpose of communicating with you; your data is not shared with third parties.

The legal basis for this processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO, insofar as your information is required for the initiation or execution of a contract, and otherwise Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO related to our legitimate interest in being able to answer your enquiry.

Event registration

When registering for events on our website, the user's details (usually e-mail, surname and first name) are stored in our event software for the logistical and administrative processing of the event, as well as for follow up queries. The data will not be used for any other purposes without the consent of the data subjects and will not be shared with third parties.

The legal basis for this processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO.

Required Cookies

Required Cookies

We use certain cookies to enable the basic functions of our website ("required cookies"). These include, for example, cookies for the preparation and display of website content or for the management and integration of cookies. Without these cookies, we would not be able to provide our service. Therefore, necessary cookies are used without your explicit consent.

The legal basis for required cookies is the fulfilment of our legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. f DSGVO in regards to basic functions and the operation of this website. In cases where the provision of the different website functions is necessary for the fulfilment of a contract or for the implementation of pre-contractual measures, the legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) lit. b DSGVO. Access to, and storage of, information in the end device is absolutely necessary in these cases and is conducted based upon of the implementation laws of the ePrivacy Directive of the EU member states, according to § 25 para. 2 TTDSG in Germany.

Cookies – Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookies about your use of the website, including the following:

  •     Browser type/version,
  •     operating system used,
  •     Referral URL (the previously visited page),
  •     host name of the accessing computer (IP address), and
  •     time of the server request

These are usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data. We have also extended Google Analytics on this website by adding the code "anonymizeIP". This guarantees the masking of your IP address so that all data is collected anonymously. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA, where it will be shortened.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies for the specified purposes and storage periods:

  •     "_ga" (2 years) and "_gid" (24 hours): Recognition and differentiation of visitors by a user ID.
  •     "_gat" (1 minute): Reduction of requests to Google servers.

On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating a visitor’s use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website operator. 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 utilize all functions of this website to their full extent.

The legal basis for this data processing is the user’s consent in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a DSGVO. Access to, and storage of, information in the end device is then carried out on the basis of the implementation laws of the ePrivacy Directive of the EU member states, according to § 25 para. 1 TTDSG in Germany.

In addition, you can prevent the collection of the data generated by the cookies and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) by Google, as well as the processing of this data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: As an alternative to the browser add-on, and particularly useful for browsers on mobile devices, you can also prevent the collection of cookies by Google Analytics by setting up an opt-out cookie that prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this website. The opt-out cookie is only valid in this browser and only for our website, and is stored on your device. If you delete the cookies in this browser, you must set the opt-out cookie again. To integrate the opt-out cookie (deactivation of collection by Google Analytics), please click on the following link:

Cookie Settings

To manage your cookie settings, please click on the following link

Integration of third-party services and content

Third-party content (e.g., YouTube videos, map material from Google Maps) from other websites is at times integrated into this website. The third-party provider of this content requires the IP address of the user in order to send the content to the browser of the respective user. We endeavour to use only content whose respective providers use the IP address only to deliver the content. However, we have no influence on whether the third-party providers store the IP address, e.g., for statistical purposes. Insofar as we are aware of them using the data in such a way, we inform the users about it.

Data transfer to third countries

As explained in this privacy policy, we use services from some providers that are located in so-called third countries (outside the European Union or the European Economic Area) or process personal data there, i.e., countries whose data protection level does not correspond to that of the European Union. Where this is the case and the European Commission has not issued an adequacy decision (Art. 45 GDPR) for these countries, which indicates that a non-EU country has an adequate level of data protection in place, we have taken appropriate precautions to ensure an adequate level of data protection for data transfers. These include, among others, the standard contractual clauses of the European Union or binding internal data protection regulations.

Where this is not possible, we base the transfer of data on exceptions to Art. 49 DSGVO, in particular, having your express consent or the necessity of the transfer for the performance of a contract or for the implementation of pre-contractual measures.

If a third country transfer occurs and there is no adequacy decision or suitable guarantees, it is possible that a risk exists that authorities in the respective third country (e.g., intelligence services) could gain access to the transferred data in order to collect and analyse it, and that enforceability of your data subject rights cannot be guaranteed. When obtaining your consent via the consent banner, you will also be informed of this.

Data subject rights – In particular, withdrawal of consent and objection

You are entitled to the data subject rights formulated in Art. 7 (3), Art. 15 - 21, Art. 77 DSGVO at any time, if the respective legal requirements are met:

  •     Right to withdraw your consent (Art. 7 (3) DSGVO);
  •     Right to object to the processing of your personal data (Art. 21 DSGVO);
  •     Right to information about how we process your personal data (Art. 15 DSGVO);
  •     Right to correct your stored personal data stored to ensure its accuracy (Art. 16 DSGVO);
  •     Right to erasure of your personal data (Art. 17 DSGVO);
  •     Right to restrict the processing of your personal data (Art. 18 GDPR);
  •     Right to data portability of your personal data (Art. 20 GDPR);
  •     Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority (Art. 77 GDPR).

To exercise your rights described here, you can contact us at any time using the contact details provided above. This also applies if you would like to receive copies of guarantees from us to prove an adequate level of data protection. Provided that the respective legal requirements are met, we will comply with your data protection requests.

You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. This would mean that we would no longer process the data collected based on the previously provided consent moving forward. The revocation of consent does not affect the lawfulness of the data processing carried out on the basis of the consent prior the withdrawal of said consent.

Insofar as we process your data on the basis of legitimate interests, you have the right to object to the processing of your data at any time on grounds relating to your particular situation. If it is a matter of objecting to data processing for direct marketing purposes, you have a general right of objection, which will also be implemented by us without the need to provide a reason.

If you wish to make use of your right of withdrawal of consent or objection, it is sufficient to send an informal message to the contact details provided above.

Finally, you have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority. You can assert this right, for example, with a supervisory authority in the Member State of your residence, workplace or the place of the alleged infringement. In Brandenburg, where we are based, the competent supervisory authority is: The State Commissioner for Data Protection and for the Right to Inspect Files Dagmar Hartge, Stahnsdorfer Damm 77, 14532 Kleinmachnow.

Data Security Officer

Knowledge Transfer & Public Affairs