Responsible for the content of this website under the German Tele Media Law

Federal Agency for Civic Education/ bpb
Adenauerallee 86
53113 Bonn/ Germany

Responsible as per Section 55 Broadcasting State Agreement (Rundfunkstaatsvertrag – RStV)

Petra Grüne

Sabrina Räpple

Privacy statement policy for

Pursuant to Articles 13 and 14 of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation / GDPR)

Last updated on 9 June 2020

A. Contact data and Controller

1. Name and address of the Controller

The Controller in the sense of the GDPR, national data protection laws of the EU Member States and other data protection regulations is the:

Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung / bpb)
Adenauerallee 86, 53115 Bonn, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)228 99515-0

2. Name and address of the data protection officer

The Controller’s data protection officer is:

Mr Rhaban Schulze Horn
Adenauerallee 131a
53113 Bonn
Tel.: +49 (0)228 99515-0

B. General information on data processing

Provision of the website and generation of log files 

Every time that our website is called, our system automatically captures data and information from and on the computer system used to call it.

The following data are collected:

(1) The type and version of the browser used
(2) The user’s operating system
(3) The user’s IP address
(4) The date and time of access
(5) Other websites, if any, from which the user’s system accessed our website
(6) The visited URL

These data are also stored in our system’s log files. The data are not stored together with other personal data of the user. The IP addresses of users are not normally stored as such, being anonymised instead by a proxy server inserted ahead of as a privacy shield. In the event of faulty or aborted access to the intervening proxy server, however, the actual IP address is stored. For technical reasons, it is impossible for us to prevent this.

The legal basis for temporarily storing data and log files is point (e) of Article 6 (1) of the GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the German Data Protection Act.

The system must temporarily store the IP address of the user’s computer in order to make the website available to it. The user’s IP address must remain stored for this purpose during the entire session. It is stored in log files to ensure the proper functioning of the website. We also use the data to improve our website and strengthen the security of our IT systems. The data are not analysed for marketing purposes in this context. Processing of them is required in order for us to perform our tasks in the public interest and/or exercise official authority; the legal basis for doing so is point (e) of Article 6 (1) of the GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the German Data Protection Act.

Data are erased are soon as they are no longer needed for the purposes for which they had been collected. Regarding data collected for the purpose of making the website available, this is the case when a session ends. When anonymised data are stored in log files, this is the case after five weeks at the latest.

It is essential to collect these data and store them in log files in order to operate the website and make it available to users. Users therefore have no grounds to object to this.

Web analysis with Matomo (formerly Piwik)

We use Matomo (formerly known as Piwik) on our website. This is an open-source software tool for analysing how our users surf within it. It sets a cookie on your computer (see above for more information on cookies). Each time you visit an individual page of our website, the following data are stored:

(1) Two bytes of your computer’s IP address
(2) The website called (in this case, our website)
(3) The website, if any, from which you access our website (the referring website)
(4) The individual pages you access while visiting our website
(5) The total time you spend on our website
(6) How often you access our website
(7) Your browser’s language setting
(8) Your location

The software runs exclusively on bpb’s servers. Users’ personal data are only stored there, and none of this data is divulged to any third parties.

The software is programmed so that IP addresses are not stored in their entirety. Instead, two of its bytes are masked (e.g. This makes it impossible for anyone to identify your computer.

The legal basis for processing personal data is point (e) of Article 6 (1) of the GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the German Data Protection Act.