Privacy Policy


We take data protection very seriously and treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the law. If you have any questions, please contact datenschutz(at)



This privacy policy provides information to the users of on the type, scope and purpose of the collection and use of personal data by IZT – Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment (hereinafter IZT) in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Federal Data Protection Act and Telemedia Act.


Access data

IZT collects data on access to the page and stores it as server logfiles. The following data is logged in this manner:

·        Website visited

·        Time and date of access

·        Quantity of data sent in bytes

·        Source/link that referred you to the page

·        Browser used

·        Operating system used

·        IP address used

The data collected is for purposes of statistical evaluation and improving our website. We reserve the right to check the server logfiles retrospectively if concrete evidence points to any illegal use.



This website does not use any cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your end device.


Handling of personal data

Personal data refers to any information that is used to identify your person and which can be traced back to you – such as your name, email address and phone number.

IZT collects and uses personal data only if it is permitted to do so by law or if you consent to the collection of data via a double opt-in, i.e. including an email confirmation.


Handling of contact data

If you contact IZT via the contact options offered, your details will be stored so that they can be used to process and respond to your request. Your data will not be disclosed to third parties, unless legal bases specify otherwise.


Handling of comments and posts

If you leave a post or comment on this website, your IP address will be stored. This is for the purpose of the security of IZT as a website operator – only in the context of legal obligations.


Google Analytics

This website does not use the Google Analytics service.


Social media buttons with privacy (Shariff)

The like buttons for Facebook, Google+ and Twitter are a data protection issue. Usually, these social plugins cause all visitors to a page to be immediately tracked by these services using their IP address and have their further activities on the internet logged. This happens even if the users do not click on one of the buttons.

To prevent this, IZT uses the Shariff method on its website. Our social buttons only establish direct contact between the social network and visitors when the latter actively click on the share button. If the users are already logged into a social network, this is done without another window on Facebook and Google+. On Twitter, a pop-up window appears where you can still edit the text of the tweets.

Users can post the content of on social networks without the latter being able to create complete surfing profiles. IZT uses the Shariff method to take the data protection interests of its visitors into account to the greatest extent possible with the current state of the art. The Shariff method is already used by many websites to protect users. The starting point was an initiative by Heise de, where you can find more information about the current state of the discussion.


Online surveys through Sosci Survey

We appreciate you taking part in our online surveys. At we only collect the information mentioned above under access data. When a questionnaire is accessed, a serial number that ensures that we can associate the different pages of the questionnaire is automatically assigned.

If you are registered with the Stakeholder Panel TA for our panel surveys for the German Bundestag, we will automatically send you invitations to these surveys. After completing your questionnaire, it will no longer be possible to associate it with your email address. The assignment of the data record to an address is deleted at the end of the interview. The serial number sent with the invitation is then changed to ‘anonymous’.

Occasionally we invite a closed group of people to participate in surveys in several survey waves. In this case, we generate a personal link during this period. It is deleted after completion of the survey.


Newsletter subscription

We would like to inform you about our newsletter. It is published approximately every two months. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, you must enter a valid email address and answer our confirmation request (double opt-in).

The Newsletter2Go newsletter software is used. Your data is then transmitted to Newsletter2Go GmbH. Newsletter2Go is prohibited from selling and using your data for purposes other than sending newsletters. Newsletter2Go is a certified German provider, which was selected according to the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation and the Federal Data Protection Act.

More information can be found here:

The consent granted for the storage of the data, the email address and their use for sending the newsletter can be revoked at any time, for example via the ‘unsubscribe’ link in the newsletter.


Rights of users: Information, correction and deletion

Upon request, we will inform you about which personal data of yours has been stored. If your request does not conflict with a legal obligation to retain data (e.g. data retention), you are entitled to correct incorrect data and to block or delete your personal data.

Insofar as the use of personal data is based on your consent, you can revoke it at any time with effect for the future. To do so, please send an email to


Handling applicant data

After receiving your documents, we will inform you about the type of data collection. As such, please only send applications to


Contacting IZT

You can reach IZT at info(at), or regarding the deletion of newsletter subscriptions etc., at datenschutz(at)


Adaptation of data protection measures to technical innovations

The data protection measures are always subject to technical innovations. For this reason, we ask you to inform yourself about our data protection measures at regular intervals by viewing our Privacy Policy.

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