Privacy Policy

Your data privacy is very important to ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen). ifa collects, uses and stores your personal data exclusively in compliance with current regulations and data privacy laws. Please read the following information to make sure that you are fully informed as to how personal data is collected, processed and used on our website.

1. Contact information of controller (party responsible for processing personal data)

Your data will be processed in the name and on behalf of
Instituts für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. (ifa)
Charlottenplatz 17
D–70173 Stuttgart
Tel. +49 711 2225 0
Fax +49 711 2264346

Controller and Secretary General: Ronald Grätz

You can contact our data protection officer at the address above or via e-mail at

2. Data collection for system-internal and statistical purposes

Your browser automatically transmits data to our web server for technical reasons when you access the ifa website. This data includes the date and time you accessed our site, the URL of the referring website, any retrieved files, the volume of data sent, the browser type and version, the operating system and your IP address. This data is stored separately from any other data you enter when using our website. It does not make or contain reference to your identity as a person. This data is protocolled in order to ensure system integrity, analyzed anonymously for statistical purposes and as a rule then deleted after 7 days.

3.Personal data collection and processing

We only process any personal data from you beyond what is covered under section 2 of this data privacy notice when you access a YouTube video embedded on our site.

This also applies or any data processing based on cookies or trackers, which we do not use on this site.

We do not use your data for any automated decision-making or profiling.

3.1 Data processing by YouTube

Our website contains embedded YouTube videos. We only enable access to YouTube. YouTube is a service offered by Google Inc. Please refer to YouTube’s data privacy policy information on the purpose and scope of data collection and use by Google as well as your rights and settings options for your data protection as a YouTube customer.

We have also structured the way we embed YouTube videos so that data is not transferred to YouTube until you confirm this by clicking on the video.

4. Data transmission

Your personal data are transmitted in the internet using SSL encryption.

We only pass on your personal data to third parties after first obtaining your consent unless we are under legal obligation to do so or in order to protect the rights, property and security of ifa.

In cases where external service providers come into contact with personal data, we enforce mandatory legal, technical and organizational measures to guarantee compliance with data protection regulations.

5. Legal basis for data processing

The legal basis according to which your data is processed is based on your consent (according to Art. 6 para 1 letter a GDPR) or the protection of legitimate interests of ifa (according to Art. 6 para. 1 letter f GDPR).

6. Links to other websites

Our website contains links to other websites. We have no influence on the compliance of operators of other websites with data protection regulations.

We are responsible for our own content according to general law. Linked content of other providers is not to be considered our own content. We assume no responsibility for third-party content, which is provided via links for use, and do not adopt their content as our own.

Liability for illegal, inaccurate or incomplete content and, in particular, for damages resulting from the use or non-use of such information is the sole responsibility of the provider of the site to which links are provided.

7. Your rights to your personal data

According to the General Data Protection Regulation, you have the right to obtain information about your stored personal data free of charge and, if necessary, the right to correct, restrict or delete such data at any time. To the extent we are required to comply with legal storage obligations, we shall block your data from further processing so that your data can no longer be used for the purposes mentioned above.

You also have the right to request that we send you in electronic form any of your personal data stored by us.

You may withdraw your consent that your data be stored or processed at any time. Should you choose to exercise this right, we will immediately delete your data that we have stored and block processing of any data that cannot be deleted due to legal requirements.

Please send us your request using the contact details below. If you feel that ifa is not processing your data in compliance with current data protection laws, you have the right to appeal to a data protection supervisory authority of your choice.

8. Individual Right to Appeal

You have the right, due to reasons based on your personal situation, to at all times appeal against the use of your personal data on the basis of Art. 6 para 1 letter f GDPR (data protection on the basis of legitimate interests); this also applies to profiling based on this regulation in the sense of Art. 4 para. 4 GDPR. Should you appeal, we will no longer process your personal data, unless we can prove imperative security reasons for processing your data that override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the use of data serves the claim, exercise or defence of legal rights.

9. Data security

Your personal data are transmitted in encrypted form in the internet. We use SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption for this. We draw your attention to the possibility of security gaps in data transmission via the internet (for example in communication by e-mail). Complete protection of data from third-party interventions is not possible.

We secure our website and other systems using technical and organizational means to protect against the loss, destruction, access to, change or passing on of your data by unauthorized persons. These security measures are continually improved in accordance with technological developments.

10. Further information and contact

Please contact us should you have any further questions about data privacy. If your questions concern collection, processing or use of your personal data, if you would like more information or to request that we correct, restrict or delete your data or if you would like to revoke your consent, please contact us:

Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. (ifa)
Charlottenplatz 17
D–70173 Stuttgart