Privacy policy

Privacy notice for the use of websites and other online content provided by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.)
At ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.), we are serious about protecting your data and your privacy. ifa collects, uses, and stores your personal data strictly in accordance with the applicable data protection laws. Please read the following information to ensure that you are fully informed about how we collect, process, and use personal data on our websites.

1. Data controller
Your data will be processed in the name of and on behalf of
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. (ifa)
Charlottenplatz 17
D–70173 Stuttgart
T +49 711 2225 0
F +49 711 2264346
Secretary General: Ronald Grätz
You can write to our data protection officer at the above address or send an e-mail to:

2. Data collection for internal and statistical purposes
For technical reasons, your internet browser automatically transmits data to our server when you access the ifa website. This includes the date and time of access, the URL of the referring website, the file that has been accessed, the volume of data sent, browser type and version, operating system, and your IP address. This data is stored separately from any other data that you enter while using our site. This data is not assigned to a specific person. The data is logged to ensure system security, evaluated anonymously for statistical purposes, and then erased.

3. Collection and processing of personal data
In addition to the scope described in point 2, personal data is collected in the manner described below.

3.1 Data processing using cookies
Our website uses “cookies,” which make our internet pages more user-friendly, effective, and secure, for example by providing you with content in your preferred language. Cookies also enable us to measure the frequency of page views and assess general navigation of the website. Cookies are small text files that are stored in your computer. Please also note that some of the cookies that are transferred from our server to your computer are “session cookies.” Session cookies are automatically deleted from your hard disk at the end of the browser session. Other cookies (known as permanent cookies) remain in your computer system so that we can recognize your computer system when you next visit. You can, of course, refuse cookies at any time to the extent that your browser permits it.

3.2 Downloads of press releases
You can download content from our press page.

3.3. Newsletter
3.3.1 Newsletter data
If you would like to receive our press newsletter, we require a valid email address as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the specified email address and that you agree to receive this newsletter. No additional data is collected or is only collected on a voluntary basis. We only use this data to send the requested information and do not pass it on to third parties.
We will, therefore, process any data you enter onto the contact form only with your consent per Art. 6 (1) (a) DSGVO. You can revoke consent to the storage of your data and email address as well as their use for sending the press newsletter at any time, e.g. through the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.
The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to distribute the press newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data will be deleted. Data we have stored for other purposes (e.g. email addresses for the members area) remain unaffected.

3.3.2 MailChimp
This website uses the services of MailChimp to send press newsletters. This service is provided by Rocket Science Group LLC, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Suite 5000, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA.
MailChimp is a service which organizes and analyzes the distribution of newsletters. If you provide data (e.g. your email address) to subscribe to our newsletter, it will be stored on MailChimp servers in the USA.
MailChimp is certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield. The Privacy Shield is an agreement between the European Union (EU) and the US to ensure compliance with European privacy standards in the United States.
We use MailChimp to analyze our newsletter campaigns. When you open an email sent by MailChimp, a file included in the email (called a web beacon) connects to MailChimp’s servers in the United States. This allows us to determine if a newsletter message has been opened and which links you click on. In addition, technical information is collected (e.g. time of retrieval, IP address, browser type, and operating system). This information cannot be assigned to a specific recipient. It is used exclusively for the statistical analysis of our newsletter campaigns. The results of these analyses can be used to better tailor future newsletters to your interests.
If you do not want your usage of the newsletter to be analyzed by MailChimp, you will have to unsubscribe from the newsletter. For this purpose, we provide a link in every newsletter we send. You can also unsubscribe from the newsletter directly by sending us an email.
Data processing is based on Art. 6 (1) (a) DSGVO. You may revoke your consent at any time by unsubscribing to the newsletter. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.
The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data will be deleted from our servers and those of MailChimp.
For details, see the MailChimp privacy policy at