We are the project “Museums and Society – Mapping the Social,” comprising researchers and museum practitioners from the Technische Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, and the Institut für Museumsforschung.
Data protection and data privacy pertain to personal data. Personal data is defined in article 4, no. 1 of the European General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR) as any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person – that is, any information that can be used to identify you. This includes, e.g., information such as your name, private address, email address, or telephone number, but also usage data like your IP address.
It goes without saying that we comply with statutory privacy provisions and other legal requirements and regulations.
We do everything we can to ensure that you can trust us with your personal data. For example, the transmission of personal data and sensitive data is encrypted. Moreover, our web pages are protected against tampering and unauthorized access by technical measures.
Visiting our web pages
When you access our web pages or download data from those pages, information about your activities is saved in a log file that includes the following information:
- your device’s IP address
- the date and time that you accessed the page
- the page you accessed and/or the name of the file that you downloaded
- the amount of data that was transmitted
- your web browser’s user agent string
- the website from which you accessed the current version of the page or file
- and a status message indicating whether access or retrieval was successful.
This non-anonymized log data is automatically deleted after two weeks. It is not archived and is used for exclusively non-commercial purposes. It is only manually viewed if necessary and when required to analyze errors for the purposes of optimization, or to investigate cases of abuse or performance bottlenecks. These are legitimate interests pursuant to article 6(1)(f) of the EU-GDPR. You do not have a right to object pursuant to article 21 of the EU-GDPR due to a lack of technical feasibility.
In order to best protect your transmitted data, we use SSL encryption for all data transmissions. You can identify this kind of encrypted connection by the prefix “https://” in the page URL in the address bar or by the green or closed lock symbol in your browser. Unencrypted pages can be identified by the prefix “http://” or by an open or red lock symbol. SSL encryption means that none of the data that you transfer to this website – for example, inquiries or log-ins – can be read by third parties.
In addition, cookies are frequently used to collect and store data. Cookies are small data packages made up of text that are saved by your web browser when you access a website. We do not use any cookies on our website.
You cannot contact us on our website. You can only contact us by writing an email to the email address provided under Contact. When you do, we process your email address and the content of your email.
Contact takes place pursuant to article 6(1)(a) of the EU-GDPR. Your data will only be processed and/or stored until your request has been fully resolved, after which it will be immediately deleted.
Social media links
On our web pages, we link to the following social media content: Instagram, Twitter (now X), [LW1] Soundcloud, and YouTube. (For more see “Third-party social media providers” below.) This might be a link or a linked graphic that pertains to the content of “Museums and Society – Mapping the Social.”
On our web pages, we link to websites specific to “Museums and Society” and to social network profiles hosted by the third-party providers listed below. We also provide the option of sharing our web offering on the social networks of the third-party providers listed below. It is only by actively clicking on the graphic in question that you are forwarded to the services of the social network in question. The legal basis for this is article 6(1)(a) of the EU-GDPR.
When you do, the respective network will collect information about you. This includes, firstly, data such as your IP address, your end device, the date, time, and the page you visited. It cannot be ruled out that the data collected in this way will be processed in the US.
If you are logged into your user account on the network in question when you click on the graphic, the network operator can potentially allocate all of the information collected about your specific visit to your personal account. If you interacted by clicking on the respective network’s “share” button, this information can be stored and potentially published on your user account. If you would like to prevent any of this information from being immediately attributed to your user account, you will have to log out before clicking the graphic. Moreover, you have the option to configure your user accounts accordingly.
Third-party social media providers
Instagram of Instagram LLC, now Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland
Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA [LW2]
Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, a subsidiary of Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA
SoundCloud Global Limited & Co. KG, Rheinsberger Str. 76/77, 10115 Berlin, Germany
Right of access
In addition, you have the right to rectify, erase, and restrict your data, as well as a right to data portability.
You also have the right to object to the processing of your personal data pursuant to articles 6(1)(e) and (f) of the EU-GDPR. After such an objection, the entity responsible may no longer process your personal data unless it can prove that there are compelling grounds worth safeguarding for the processing of your data that outweigh your interests, rights, and freedoms; or that the processing serves the assertion, exercise, or defense of legal claims.
Right to lodge a complaint
If you have reason to believe that we are not using your data in a way that complies with privacy regulations, you may contact the data protection team at the Technische Universität Berlin or the supervisory authority at any time.
You may contact the supervisory authority here: [LW4]
Berliner Beauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit
Friedrichstr. 219 / visitor entrance via Puttkamerstr. 16–18
Telephone: +49 30 13889-0
Fax: +49 30 2155050
Official Data Protection
Annette Hiller, Alexander Hoffmeier, Mattis Neiling
Data Protection Team
+49 30 314-21784, -29595, -28973
Parties responsible for the website
The parties responsible for the website are the Principal Investigators of our project. Please send us an email if you would like to contact us in this regard.
You will find an overview of general responsibilities in our Legal Notice. [LW5]
Please take note that privacy policies and practices can change at any time, making it necessary to stay informed about changes taking place in the statutory regulations and in company practice.
any does not pertain to any linked websites hosted by downstream or external webservers.