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Data Protection and Privacy Statement

General Information on the Processing of your Data

Data processing by the University of Marburg (Philipps-Universität Marburg) is carried out according to legal data protection regulations, in particular according to the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and Council dated 27 April 2016. This concerns the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of their personal data, the free movement of such data, and the termination of the Directive 95/46/EG Data Protection Basic Regulation (DSGVO), and the Hessian Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act (HDSIG) in the version effective from 25 May, 2018.

According to Article 13 DSGVO, the University of  Marburg has an obligation to inform when collecting personal data.  The service provider [...] “ makes available to the person concerned at the point in time when the data is being collected [...] information which is necessary in order to guarantee fair and transparent  data processing.”

The University of Marburg takes the protection of your personal data seriously. We want to inform you in precise, transparent, understandable, and easily accessible form, about when we collect what data as you access our website and how we use this data.

As a result of the continued development of our website and the implementation of new technologies, changes to the content of this data protection and privacy statement may be necessary. We therefore request you to review it from time to time.

Name and Address of the Designated Responsible Representative

The designated representative responsible for the collection of personal data on this website is:

Philipps-Universität Marburg – The President
Prof. Dr. Katharina Krause
Biegenstraße 10, 35037 Marburg
Tel. 06421 28-20, Fax 06421 28-22500

Processing of your Personal Data

This data protection and privacy statement is valid for the University of  Marburg website under ““  and for the personal and non-personal data collected on our website.

Your data is stored or processed only in the State of Hessen, Federal Republic of Germany, and not in countries that are outside the scope of the DSGVO .

Personal Data

According to Article 4 DSGVO, personal data is “all information which relates to an identified or identifiable natural person [...]. A natural person is considered identifiable, who directly or indirectly, can be identified by means of an allocation to an identifier such as a name, to an identification number, to site data, to an online identifier or to one or more special characteristics which are an expression of the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of this natural person.”

Data for Delivery of the Website

In order to deliver the website to your PC or your web browser it is necessary to temporarily store your IP address by means of our content management system.

Logged Data and Storage Period

When accessing the websites of the University, the following information is stored in the form of access logs:

  • the client's IP address
  • the (server) time of access
  • the HTTP method and the URL of the request
  • the HTTP status code of the server response
  • the byte size of the server response
  • the page of origin (the “referrer”) submitted by the browser
  • the user agent (the browser's software name)

Visits to our websites are stored in log files for seven full days and then deleted by rotation. The IP addresses that are stored in the log files are truncated by the last byte and thereby made anonymous. The assignment of an IP address to an individual is thus not possible, or only possible with a disproportionate amount of time and energy.

In order to repel an ongoing or imminent deliberate attack on the website and to preserve evidence, the University of Marburg reserves the right to temporarily disable the anonymisation of the IP address in the log files.


A so-called cookie is a text fragment placed via a Web browser on the computer of the requestor; the text content is submitted to the website each time the browser accesses the website again.

When accessing our website, a cookie named “I18N_LANGUAGE” is set to a value that represents your preferred language (for example, “de” or “en”) if you access non-German language pages in the CMS. Under very limited conditions, an additional cookie may unintentionally be placed due to a peculiarity of the content management system we use. This cookie, however, will be removed from the query by the CMS server in subsequent queries so that it cannot be used for identification.

The University of Marburg would like to remind you that you can disable the storage of cookies for our site in your web browser. As a result, however, you will not be able to save your language preference settings (see above).

More cookies are used to analyse your visits to our sites through the analysis software “Matomo.” For further information on Matomo, please see “Evaluations.”


The website of the University of Marburg uses the analysis software Matomo (previously Piwik), with which user queries can be analysed statistically. Matomo places several cookies on your computer to identify you - in anonymous form - as a recurring user of our site. Matomo also uses several cookies to gather information on the browser you are using to access the site, operating system settings (screen resolution), entry and exit pages and the duration of your visit to the site.

In addition to the above-described ability to enable or disable cookies via the browser, you can also generally activate the “Do Not Track Signalisation” in your browser or use an opt-out cookie specifically to block the recording of your visits to our website by Matomo.

You can choose here whether you want to allow the installation of a unique web analytics cookie on your browser which enables the collection and analysis of statistical data.  If you wish to opt out, please click on the link below in order to receive the Matomo deactivation cookie on your browser.

Links to other Websites

Our web pages may contain links to websites of other providers, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube via social media icons.  The University of Marburg  has no influence on whether these providers also comply with the legal data privacy and security regulations. Please be sure to always check the privacy statements of the providers.

Recipients of your Data in Compliance with Legal or Judicial Obligations

The recorded data during your access to the University of Marburg website will only be transferred to third parties if we are legally obliged to do so, or in the case of a court ruling, or if necessary for legal or criminal prosecution in the event of an attack on our website.

Your Rights

As a user of our website you have specific rights according to Articles 15 to 18, 21 DSGVO and HDSIG: right to information, right to correction and data deletion, right to limit the data processed, right to object, and right of complaint.

Right to Information

According to Article 17 DSGVO, you can request information on your personal data processed by us. In your request for information disclosure you should specify precisely your key concerns in order to facilitate the compilation of the necessary data. Please note that your right to information is limited by the rules of HDSIG.

Right to Data Deletion

In accordance with Article 17 DSGVO and § 34 HDSIG you have the right to request the deletion of your personal data. Your right to deletion is dependent on certain conditions, for example whether we require your data in order to comply with our legal obligations.

Right to object

According to Article 21 DSGVO you have the right, for reasons pertaining to your particular situation, to lodge an objection at any time to the processing of data relating to you. However, we may not always be able to accept your objection, for example if according to § 35 HDSIG we are legally obliged to process your personal data. Please note that if you wish to use our website it is an absolute precondition that we process the IP address of your client. 

Right to lodge a Complaint

If in your opinion the University of Marburg has not complied with the legal regulations on data protection, you may lodge a complaint with the official data protection officer at the University of Marburg or with the regulatory authority responsible for data processing in public institutions in the State of Hessen and request them to examine your complaint.

Data Protection Officer

Philipps-Universität Marburg – Data Protection Officer
Dr. Rainer Viergutz
Biegenstraße 10, 35037 Marburg
Tel. 06421 28-20, Fax: 06421 28-22065

State Supervisory Authority

Hessian Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information
Prof. Dr. Alexander Roßnagel
Postfach 3163
65021 Wiesbaden

- Office contact -
Ms. Treisbach
Phone: +49 611 1408 - 121
Fax: +49 611 1408 - 921


The Data Protection and Privacy Statement is currently valid and was last amended on 23 May 2018.