Legal notice

Privacy notice for the use of websites and other online content provided by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V.)

At ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), we are serious about protecting your data and privacy. ifa collects, uses and stores your personal data strictly in accordance with the applicable data protection laws. Please read the following information to ensure that you are fully informed about how we collect, process and use personal data on our websites.

1. Data controller

Your data will be processed in the name of and on behalf of

Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa)
Charlottenplatz 17
70173 Stuttgart
Tel. +49 711 2225 0
Fax +49 711 2264346
E-mail: info(at)

Secretary General: Ronald Grätz

You can write to our Data Protection Officer at the above address or send an e-mail to:

2. Data collection for internal and statistical purposes

For technical reasons, your internet browser automatically transmits data to our server when you access ifa’s website. This includes the date and time of access, the URL of the referring website, the file that has been accessed, the volume of data sent, browser type and version, operating system and your IP address. This data is stored separately from any other data that you enter while using our site. This data is not assigned to a specific person. The data is logged to ensure system security, evaluated anonymously for statistical purposes, and then erased.

3. Collection and processing of personal data

In addition to the scope previously described in point 2, personal data is collected in the manner described below.

3.1 Data processing by Vimeo

We use the services of Vimeo to host and distribute videos. Vimeo is operated by Vimeo, LLC headquartered at 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011.

Some of our internet pages use plugins provided by Vimeo. If you visit one of our pages that features a Vimeo plugin, a connection to the Vimeo servers is established and the plugin is displayed. This means the Vimeo server is informed about which of our pages you have visited. If you are logged in to your Vimeo account, Vimeo will assign this information to your personal user account. If you use the plugin, e.g. by clicking the start button of a video, this information is also assigned to your user account. You can prevent this by logging out of your Vimeo user account before using our website and deleting the corresponding cookies from Vimeo.

For more information on how Vimeo handles and protects user data, visit

3.2 Data processing using cookies

Our website uses “cookies”, which make our internet pages more user-friendly, effective and secure, for example by providing you with content in your preferred language. Cookies also enable us to measure the frequency of page views and assess general navigation of the website. Cookies are small text files that are stored in your computer. Please also note that some of the cookies that are transferred from our server to your computer are “session cookies”. Session cookies are automatically deleted from your hard disk at the end of the browser session. Other cookies remain on your computer system so that we can recognise your computer system when you next visit (known as permanent cookies). You can, of course, refuse cookies at any time, as long as your browser permits this.

3.3 Downloads of press releases

You can download content from our press page. To do this, you have to provide us with your name and e-mail address. We will then send you an e-mail with a link and a password so that you can access the content.

3.4 Automated decision-making and profiling

We will not store your data for automated decision-making or profiling.

4. Data transmission

Your personal data is encrypted via SSL for transmission over the internet.

Other than this, your personal data will only be passed on to third parties with your express consent, if there is a legal obligation to do so, or to protect the rights, property and security of ifa.

In the event that external service providers come into contact with your personal data, we require them to put in place legal, technical and organisational measures that ensure their compliance with data protection regulations.

5. Legal basis for processing your data

The lawfulness (legal basis) of processing your data is based on your consent (pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1(a) GDPR) and to safeguard the legitimate interests of ifa (pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1(f) GDPR).

6. Links to other websites

Our website contains links to other websites. We have no influence over whether the operators of these external websites comply with data protection regulations.

As a provider, we are responsible for our own content in accordance with general legislation. Links to content provided by other providers do not constitute part of our own content. We accept no responsibility for external content provided for use via links and do not adopt this content as our own.

The provider of the linked site has sole liability for any illegal, incorrect or incomplete content and in particular for damages arising from the use or non-use of information presented in this way.

7. Your right to access your personal data

Under the General Data Protection Regulation, you have the right to access information about stored personal data at any time, along with the right to rectify, restrict or erase this data. If we are required to store your data in order to comply with our legal obligations, we will restrict any further processing of your data so that it can no longer be used for the purposes mentioned above.

You also have the right to receive your stored personal data in electronic form.

You can withdraw your consent to the storage and processing of your stored data at any time. In this case we will immediately delete your stored data or, if it is necessary to store it to meet our legal obligations, we will restrict its processing.

If you have any questions, please contact us at the address below.

If you believe that ifa is not processing your data in accordance with the applicable data protection laws, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority of your choice.

8. Right to object in certain circumstances

You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to the processing of your personal data on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1(f) GDPR (data processing on the basis of legitimate interests); this also applies to profiling based on this provision within the meaning of Art. 4 para. 4 GDPR. If you file an objection, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

9. Data security

To protect our website and other systems, we have put in place technical and organisational measures to prevent the loss, destruction, access, modification or distribution of your data by unauthorised persons. These security measures are continuously updated to reflect the latest developments in technology.

10. Further information and contacts

If you have any further questions about data protection, please get in touch with us. If you have any queries about the collection, processing or use of your personal data; if you wish to rectify, restrict or erase your data; or if you want to withdraw your consent to its use, please contact us at:

Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
Charlottenplatz 17
70173 Stuttgart

Data protection officer