Data Protection

Data ProtectionWe are happy that you are visiting the website of the Centre for International Programs of Stiftung Mercator GmbH and thank you for your interest. We take the protection of your personal data while you use our website very seriously. Your personal data are stored and processed in accordance with the German data protection regulations. To the extent that you use our website to send us an enquiry, request, application or order, the disclosure of your data takes place on an explicitly voluntary basis. Your personal data will be used for further processing and electronically saved and processed until this consent is withdrawn, which can be done by e-mailing info@stiftung-mercator.de.

When you visit our website, you can establish a connection with the Facebook servers by clicking on the facebook icon; this allows you to view images and videos from our Facebook stream. Once you have activated the plugin, Facebook sends the plugin’s content directly to your browser, which in turn incorporates it into the website. We have no influence over the extent of the data which Facebook collects with the aid of this plugin and can thus inform you only that, as far as we are aware, activating the plugin gives Facebook the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our website. If you are signed in to Facebook, Facebook can assign your visit to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugin, i.e. if you click the Like-button, the corresponding information will be sent by your browser directly to Facebook where it is stored. Even if you are not a member of Facebook, there is still the possibility that Facebook will ascertain and store your IP address. For details of the purpose and scope of the data acquisition and the further processing and use of data by Facebook, and for your rights in this regard and the settings you can make to protect your privacy, please refer to Facebook’s Data Use Policy. If you are a member of Facebook and do not wish Facebook to collect data about you via our website or to link this data with your member data stored on Facebook, you will need to sign out of Facebook before activating the plugin on our website. It is also possible to block Facebook social plugins with add-ons for your browser, using for example the “Facebook Blocker”.

In addition, our website uses the web-analysis service Piwik. Piwik uses so-called ‘cookies’, which are stored on your computer and enable us to analyse user traffic on the website. The user information produced by the cookie (including your abbreviated IP address) is transmitted to our server and stored for user-analysis purposes. This helps us to optimize our web site. Your IP address is automatically anonymized in this process, so that you remain anonymous to us as a user. The information produced by the cookie about your use of this website will not be shared with any third parties. You are able to prevent the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note, that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

If you do not agree with the storage and analysis of the data from your visit to our website, you may decline with a mouse click at any time. In this case, a so-called opt-out cookie is stored in your browser that prevents Piwik from collecting any data during your session. Please note: by deleting your cookies, you also delete the opt-out cookie, which will then have to be reactivated.