Data protection

Welcome to IfL. We are glad that you are visiting our website and thank you for your interest in our institute. The protection of your private information when using our website is important to us.

In order to provide its numerous services in an appropriate and customer-friendly manner, the IfL, like other companies, depends on permission to collect, process and produce customer data or data connected with research tasks. The legal framework for this is provided by the Telemedia Act and the Federal Data Protection Law. Where it is possible within the website to enter personal or business data (email address, names, addresses etc.), the divulgence of these data on the part of the user is expressly voluntary. The use and payment of all services offered is also permitted without the provision of such data or with the provision of anonymous data or a pseudonym - insofar as this is reasonable and technically possible. In the framework defined by the legal provisions we collect, process and use personal data that are necessary for the establishment or alteration of customer commissions or for research purposes (inventory data). These include e.g. name, address, invoice totals and date of birth.

We would kindly request that you familiarise yourself with the information below:

Anonymous gathering of data while visiting our website

As a rule, you can use the IfL websites without notifying us of your identity. We are provided with information concerning the IP address of your computer, the name of your Internet service provider, the website from which you access us, the search terms which you have entered in relation to us, and our websites which you visit. This information is used for statistical purposes.

Use of cookies

In order to optimise our Internet presence, we use so-called cookies.  These are small text files which are temporarily stored in the main memory of your computer. These cookies are then deleted once you close the browser. You can block the saving of cookies by selecting "block cookies" in your browser settings. However, this can lead to a reduction of functionality in respect of our services.


We use Piwik, an open-source software for the statistical evaluation of the user access. Piwik uses so-called cookies. The resulting information about the use of our website is stored on our server in Germany. The IP address is anonymized immediately after processing and before its storage. Users can prevent the installation of cookies by setting their browser software accordingly.

Gathering and processing of data

Personal data is only gathered if you provide us with this, for example for the performance of a contract, a survey or when registering for personalised services. Within the framework of the personalised services of IfL, your registration data is processed, subject to your consent, for the purpose of advertising and market research, as well as for the layout of electronic services in line with requirements. In addition, provided that you provide us with your consent, the information retrieved by you when visiting the IfL webpages is summarised in a user profile, in order to offer advertising which is tailored to you personally. This data is transmitted in encrypted form, in order to prevent abuse by third parties. 

Export and processing of the data in countries outside of the European Economic Area (EEA)

No export of the data to countries outside of the EEA takes place. 

Use and forwarding of personal data

Without your consent, the personal data gathered within the framework of the IfL websites will only be used for contract processing and dealing with your enquiries. In addition, a use of your data for advertising and market research, as well as the layout of the electronic services of IfL in line with requirements will only take place if you have provided your advance consent in this respect. The use of your data for personal advertising tailored to you will also only take place if you have given your agreement. No forwarding to third parties takes place. Of course, you can withdraw your consent at any time with effect for the future.

External links

In order to provide you with optimal information, you can find links on our webpages to third party Internet sites. Should these not be obviously recognisable, we wish to point out that these are external links. IfL has no influence over the contents and design of these external sites. The guarantees of this data protection declaration do not apply in respect of such websites.

Further information and contact details

Should you have any further questions concerning the topic of data protection at the Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde, please contact our data protection officer: 

Ingo Wolff
tacticx GmbH
Walbecker Str. 53
47608 Geldern, Germany
Telephone: +49 (0) 2831 12191-0

By contacting the data protection officer, you can find out which personal data is saved by us. In addition, you can also send us information, deletion and correction requests in respect of your data and also suggestions by email at any time.