Data Protection

1. Informational use of the website

You can visit our website and use some of our internet offers without providing any personal information. Whenever a web page is called up, the web server merely automatically stores access data in so-called server log files which are automatically communicated by your browser. This includes data such as the name of the requested file, the last visited website, the date and time of the retrieval, the browser used, the amount of data transmitted, your IP address, the requesting provider etc. Within the scope of a processing procedure on our behalf, a third-party provider provides the services for hosting and displaying the website. This service provider is located within a country in the European Union or the European Economic Area.

For the purpose of a shorter loading time of our online presence, we also use a so-called Content Delivery Network (“CDN”), in which the website is delivered via the web server of a CDN provider working for us within the scope of order processing. Accordingly, access data is also collected on the web servers of the provider.

All access data is stored for a period of 7 days. This data is evaluated solely to ensure interference-free operation of the website, error analysis, and to improve our service. The use of a CDN provider, as well as the procedure described here, serves to safeguard our legitimate interests, which are predominant in the context of a weighing up of interests in accordance with Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR regarding the correct representation of our offer.

2. Email newsletters

If you subscribe to one of our newsletters, we will use the information required or separately provided by you to periodically send you the subscribed email newsletter. The sending of email newsletters takes place on the basis of your separate explicit consent according to Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR. For security reasons, we use the so-called double opt-in procedure: We will only send you a newsletter by email if you have previously confirmed your newsletter subscription. For this purpose, we will send you an email confirming the subscription via the link contained therein. We want to make sure that only you as the owner of the specified email address can subscribe to the newsletter.

The newsletter is sent as part of a processing order on our behalf by a service provider, to which we pass on your email address.

You may object to this use of your email address at any time by sending a message to the contact details provided below or through a dedicated link in the email message, without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs.

3. Cookies

In order to make the visit to our website attractive and to enable the use of certain functions, we use so-called cookies on various pages. This serves to safeguard our legitimate interests, which predominate in the context of a weighing up of interests, in an optimized presentation of our offer pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. These are small text files that are stored on your device.

Some of the cookies we use are deleted after the end of the browser session, i.e. after closing your browser (so-called session cookies). Other cookies remain on your device and allow us to recognize your browser the next time you visit it and possibly enable you to log in automatically (persistent cookies).

4. Web analytics


We use the services of Webtrekk GmbH ( to collect statistical information about the use of our website, to improve it, to analyze the use of our website and to compile reports on website activities. This serves to safeguard our legitimate interests, which predominate in the context of a weighing up of interests, in an optimized representation of our offer pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. Cookies can be used. As part of this tracking, pseudonymized usage profiles are created. These will not be combined with personal data about the bearer of the pseudonym without specific, express consent. After purpose and end of the use of Webtrekk by us, the data collected in this context will be deleted.

You can object to this data collection and storage at any time with effect for the future by clicking this button.

So that any objection you may have registered will be taken into account at the time of your next visit to the site, the objection is stored in a cookie on your browser.

In order to be able to consider a declared contradiction on your next page visit, it will be saved in a cookie in your browser. After your opposition, an opt-out cookie will be stored on your device. If you delete your cookies, you must click the link again.

5. Data protection

We protect our website and other systems through technical and organizational measures against the loss, destruction, access, modification or dissemination of your data by unauthorized persons.

Your rights and data protection contact information

As a data subject, you have the following rights:

  • according to Art. 15 GDPR, you have the right to demand information on the personal data processed by us in the scope specified therein;
  • in accordance with Art. 16 GDPR, you have the right to demand without delay the correction of incorrect personal data or completion of personal data stored with us;
  • according to Art. 17 GDPR, you have the right to demand the deletion of your personal data stored by us, unless further processing is required to exercise the right to freedom of expression and information;
    • to fulfil a legal obligation;
    • for reasons of public interest or
    • to assert, exercise or defend legal claims
  • according to Art. 18 GDPR, you have the right to demand the restriction of the processing of your personal data, insofar as
    • the accuracy of the data is disputed by you;
    • the processing is illegal, but you reject its deletion;
    • we no longer need the data, but you need it for asserting, exercising or defending legal claims, or
    • you have filed an objection against the processing in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR;
  • according to Art. 20 GDPR, you have the right to receive your personal data, which you have provided to us, in a structured, common and machine-readable format, or to request the transfer to another responsible party;
  • according to Art. 77 GDPR, you have the right to complain to a supervisory authority. As a rule, you can contact the supervisory authority of your usual place of residence or work or our company headquarters.

If you have any questions regarding the collection, processing or use of your personal data, information, correction, restriction of, processing or deletion of data, and revocation of any consent granted or objection to a particular use of data and the right to data portability, please contact our company data protection officer:

Die Datenschutzbeauftragte
Goethe-Institut e.V.
Dachauer Str. 122
80637 München

6. Right of objection

To the extent that we process personal data as explained above in order to safeguard our legitimate interests, which are predominant in the context of a weighing up of interests, you can object to this processing with effect for the future. If the processing is for the purpose of direct marketing, you can exercise this right at any time as described above. Insofar as the processing takes place for other purposes, you are only entitled to a right of objection if there are reasons that arise from your particular situation.

After exercising your right to object, we will not further process your personal data for these purposes, unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for processing that outweigh your interests, rights and freedoms, or if the processing serves the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims.

This does not apply if the processing is for direct marketing purposes. In that case we will not process your personal data for this purpose.