Privacy Policy

Information about the collection of personal data

(1) Below you will find information regarding the collection of personal data when using our website. Personal data refers to all data that pertains to you personally, i.e. your name, address, e-mail addresses, user behaviour etc.

(2) The controller pursuant to Art. 4 (7) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the German Research Institution for Public Administration (FÖV), Freiherr-vom-Stein-Str. 2, D-67346 Speyer, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. (NUM) Jan Ziekow, You can reach our data protection officer, Prof. Dr. Frank Tapella,

(3) When you contact us via email or via a contact form, we will store the data you provide (your email address, if applicable your name and your telephone number) in order to answer your questions. We delete any data collected in this context once it is no longer necessary to save them, or we restrict their processing if there are legal retention requirements.

(4) If we make use of contracted service providers for individual functions of our website or would like to use your data for advertising purposes, we will inform you in detail about the respective processes below. The defined criteria for the storage period can also be found there.

2. Your rights

(1) You have the following rights regarding your personal data:

  • right to information,
  • right to rectification or deletion,
  • right to restriction of processing,
  • right of objection to processing,
  • right to data portability.

(2) You also have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority about our processing of your personal data.

3. Collection of personal data when you visit our website

(1) When using the website for purely informational purposes, i.e. if you do not register or otherwise provide us with information, we only collect the personal data that your browser transmits to our server. If you wish to view our website, we collect the following data; this is technically necessary to display our website to you as well as to guarantee stability and security (legal basis is Art. 6 (1) (1) (f) GDPR): 

  • IP address
  • date and time of access
  • time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • content of the request (specific page)
  • access status/HTTP status code
  • volume of data transmitted in each case
  • Website from which the request originates
  • browser
  • operating system and its interface
  • language and version of the browser software.

(2) In addition to the aforementioned data, cookies are stored on your computer when you use our website. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your hard drive and assigned to the browser you are using and by which the provider that sets the cookie (in this case, us) receives certain information. Cookies cannot run programs or transmit viruses to your computer. They serve to make the website more user-friendly and effective.

(3) Use of cookies:
a) This website uses the following types of cookies, the scope and function of which are explained below:

  • transient cookies (see b)
  • persistent cookies (see c).

b) Transient cookies are automatically deleted when you close your browser. These include session cookies in particular. These store a session ID, which allows different requests made by your browser to be assigned to the same session. This allows your computer to be recognised when you return to our website. The session cookies are deleted when you log out or close your browser.

c) Persistent cookies are automatically deleted after a specific period that can vary depending on the cookie. You can delete cookies at any time in your browser's security settings.

d) You can configure your browser settings according to your preferences, and for example block third-party cookies or all cookies. However, we would like to point out that you may not be able to use all features of the website in this case.

4. Use of Matomo

(1) This website uses the web analysis service Matomo to analyse and regularly improve the use of our website. The statistics gathered allow us to improve our website and make it more interesting to you as a user. The legal basis for the use of Matomo is Art. 6 (1) (1) (f) GDPR.

(2) Cookies (see Section 3) are stored on your computer for this evaluation. The controller stores the information collected in this way exclusively on its server in Germany. You can control this evaluation by deleting existing cookies and preventing the storage of cookies. If you prevent the saving of cookies, we would like to point out that you may not be able to use this website in its entirety. The saving of cookies can be prevented via setting in your browser.

(3) This website uses Matomo with the extension "AnonymizeIP". This ensures that IP addresses are processed in abridged form and prevents direct personal identification. The IP address transmitted by your browser via Matomo will not be merged with other data we collect.

(4) The Matomo program is an open source project. You can obtain information about privacy from the third-party provider at

5. Further functions and offers of our website

(1) In addition to the purely informational use of our website, we offer various services such as a comment function, registration for events and application options, which you can use if you are interested. For this purpose, you must provide further personal data, which we use to provide the respective offer and to which the aforementioned data processing principles apply.

(2) When you register for our events, we transfer your personal data to the German University of Administrative Sciences (Uni Speyer), Section 67 IV DUVwG (Administrative University Act).

(3) The FÖV maintains a joint computer centre with the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer (University of Speyer). A data transfer to third parties does not take place.

6. Objection to or revocation of the processing of your data

(1) If you have given your consent to process your data, you can revoke this at any time. Such a revocation impacts the permissibility of the processing of your personal data after you have issued it to us.

(2) If we base the processing of your personal data on the weighing of interests, you may object to the processing. This is in particular the case if processing is not necessary to fulfil a contract with you; an explanation of this can be found in the following description of the functions. When exercising such an objection, we ask you to explain the reasons why we should not process your personal data in the manner that we have done. In the event of your justified objection, we will examine the situation and either cease or adjust data processing, or point out to you our compelling legitimate grounds, on the basis of which we will continue processing.

(3) Of course, you can object to the processing of your personal data for purposes of advertising and data analysis at any time. You can inform us of your objection to advertising at the following contact details: Deutsches Forschungsinstitut für öffentliche Verwaltung Speyer, Freiherr-vom-Stein-Str. 2,, Phone: +49 6232 654-381, Fax+49 6232 654-290.

7. Further information for minors
Children and persons below the age of 18 should not send us any personal data without the permission of their parents or guardians. We do not request personal data from children, do not collect it and do not transfer it to third parties.

Last update of the Privacy Policy: May 2018

Contact us


+49 6232 654-381
+49 6232 654-382

+49 6232 654-290

Post address:
Postfach 14 09
67324 Speyer

Physical address:
Freiherr-vom-Stein-Str. 2
67346 Speyer