Privacy Policy

We are pleased that you are visiting our website and that you are interested in the work of the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS), based at the Hertie School, in Berlin.

We take the protection of your personal data very seriously and adhere strictly to the provisions of current data privacy laws (e.g. German Data Protection Act (BDSG), Telemedia Act (TMG) and Unfair Competition Act (UWG)).

The following policy provides you with insight into how we guarantee this protection and which kind of data we collect for which purpose.

1. Anonymous data collection

In most cases, you can visit without us requiring you to provide personal data.

The log files on our web server collect the following data:

These data are available for statistical purposes analyses, the raw data is deleted by our web hosting company on a monthly basis.

2. Collection and processing of personal data

Personal data are only collected based on the current applicable regulations and only within the framework of a registration for the newsletter. Beyond this, your data are only used for the purposes of advertising and market research, also to tailor our electronic services to meet current needs, if you have provided us with your prior consent. Of course, you are entitled to revoke any consent that you provide – either wholly or partially – at any time, effective for the future.

3. Export and processing of the data in states outside of the European Economic Area (EEA)

Anonymized analysis data are transferred to Google in the USA within the framework of web tracking. (For more details please see the use of Google Analytics below).

4. Cookies and website tracking

We use web analysis systems on this website, intended to measure and analyze visits to our website. We use your IP address with purpose of collecting data, among other things on Internet traffic, your browser and your computer.

We do not use the IP address or cookies to identify you personally. We use the web analysis system with the purpose of increasing efficiency on our website.

Most browsers automatically accept cookies. However, you can prevent this happening manually by changing the settings in your browser to ensure that cookies are no longer accepted. Please find details in this respect in the instructions provided by the manufacturer of your browser.

5. Permanent cookies/third-party cookies (use of Google Analytics)

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (‘Google’). Google Analytics also uses ‘HTTPD cookies’, which are text files placed on your computer to help the website analyze how visitors use the site.

Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse 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. You may also prevent collection of the data created by the cookie and your use of the website (including IP address) by Google and the processing of these data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in you will find under the following link:

6. External links

We seek to provide you with the best possible information. This is why you will find on our website links that refer to pages owned by third parties. Unless it is perfectly obvious, we draw your attention to the fact that these are external links. Hertie School has no influence on the content or design of these pages owned by external providers and hence refers to their privacy policies. Please be aware that the assurances provided in this privacy policy quite naturally do not necessarily apply there.

7. Security

Hertie School takes technical and organizational measures to ensure security in line with the current state of technology to protect the data you provide to Hertie School against accidental or deliberate manipulation, loss, destruction or access by unauthorized persons. We continually improve our security measures as technology progresses.

8. Right of information, questions on data privacy and revocation

We attach great importance to your trust in us. Therefore, we seek to be available to provide you with information and to answer your questions at any time. Please contact Hertie School if you have any questions concerning the processing of your personal data; Hertie School is also available if you are seeking information, wish to place applications or lodge complaints on the question of data privacy.

Moreover, you are entitled to revoke the consent you have granted respectively at any time, effective for the future.

Please send any requests in this respect to the following contact address: