Data Privacy

General Remarks

The University of Bremen’s central web server as well as the single sites belonging to the University serve the purpose of projecting the University’s image both internally and externally, disseminating information, and supporting the University’s activities. The website has its own distinctive corporate design. The University institutes and the Faculties have a certain degree of freedom in respect of their individual image projection and corporate design.

Responsibilities and briefs

No liability can be accepted with regard to the accuracy or actuality of the information contained on the University’s Internet pages. Responsibility for administering the server lies with the University’s Zentrum für Netze. Responsibility for the pages maintained by the individual Faculties lies with the respective website editors. The overall responsibility for the website lies ultimately with the University Management, which in the event of uncertainty decides on whether to publish content or not. The Content-Management (press office dept. 03) maintains the landing pages and general information under In all other cases the responsibility for the content published lies exclusively with the respective division, department, faculty or institution.

Handling of data

The University of Bremen takes data protection in general and the protection of personal data in particular very seriously. Any personal details provided by visitors to the website are processed in accordance with applicable data protection legislation, in particular the Bremische Datenschutzgesetz (BremDSG) [Bremen Data Protection Act] and the Telemediengesetz (TMG).

The following contains details of how data is collected, the extent and purpose of data collection, and how the personal data submitted are used.
Any data you submit will not be published or without justification passed on to third persons.

1. Data collection and processing when using the Internet

All visits to our Internet pages are automatically recorded in a log file by our web server.

These data are saved separately from any other data you may provide when using our offers. It is not possible for us to attribute these data to any individual person. These data are used solely in anonymized form for the statistical evaluation of our web offer with AWStats, following which they are deleted.

The data collected are as follows:

  • The IP address of the accessing computer (only in the event of fault, otherwise anonymous)
  • Date and time of access
  • Access method/function chosen by accessing computer
  • Name and URL of the downloaded file
  • Quantity of data transmitted
  • Access status of web server (file transmitted, file not found, command not carried out etc.)
  • URL from which access is initiated

The log-in for gaining access to protected areas is sometimes recorded in order to identify attempts at misuse and password attacks. No data whatsoever is saved that may be used to develop personal profiles on user behavior.

2. Use and disclosure of personal data

When using our website it is not usually necessary to submit any personal data. However, in order for us to provide some of our services (registration on a course, for example) it may well be necessary for us to ask for personal data.
Any personal data you may submit will be used solely for the mentioned purpose and only to an extent that is absolutely necessary. No personal data whatsoever shall be disclosed to third persons without the express prior consent of the user.

All data submitted is saved in a data base that can only be accessed by website administrators.

Personal data will only be disclosed to state agencies within the context of mandatory national legislation.

3. Cookies

Cookies are used at various places on our Internet pages. They serve the purpose of making our offer more effective and user friendly. Cookies are small text files saved by the browser onto your computer. Most of the cookies used by us are so-called session cookies which are automatically deleted when your browser session is over. Cookies can cause no damage to your computer and do not transmit viruses.

The following cookies are used:

  • Session cookies (for session recognition, lifespan one session)
  • Typo3 session cookies (for session recognition, lifespan one session
  • JavaScript cookie for sound (for audio on/off, lifespan one session)
  • Piwik cookie for web analysis (see section on analysis services)

We use the external provider YouTube to integrate videos on our web pages. Click here to find information on the official data protection policy of YouTube:

You can adapt your browser settings to determine whether cookies may be used or not.

4. Analysis services

Our website makes incorporates Piwik, a so-called web analysis service. Piwik uses so-called cookies, i.e. text files that are saved on your computer and which enable us to analyze the use of the website. In order to do this, the user information generated by the cookie (including your shortened IP address) is transmitted to our server and saved for purposes of user analysis. This helps us to optimize our website. During this process your IP address is largely anonymized so that you remain for us anonymous. The information generated by the cookie concerning your use of the website will not be passed on to third persons. You are able to prevent the use of cookies by making an adjustment to your browser software: this may, however, lead to your not being able to make full use of all the functions contained on the website.

In the event that you are not in agreement with data being collected and subsequently used when you access our website you can at any time object by means of a simple mouse click. In this event a so-called opt-out cookie will be stored on your browser with the consequence that Piwik is unable to collect any session data. N.B. When you delete your cookies it may happen that the opt-out cookie may also be deleted, in which case it will have to be reactivated. (Source:

5. Safety

The technical and organizational safety measures we apply to protect data collected by us from being accessed by unauthorized third persons are kept constantly up to date and meet the strictest requirements. All personal data submitted to us will be transmitted in encrypted form.

6. Links to other providers

Our web pages may contain links to other providers. We expressly point out that the present statement on data protection policy applies solely to the web pages maintained by University of Bremen’s central administrator. We have no influence over whether or not other providers respect the mandatory data protection requirements.

7. Right to information

You can at any time request information concerning the processing of your personal data. To do so, please send an email to content(at)

8. Validity of this data protection notice

By using our website you agree to your data being used in the aforementioned manner. This data protection notice shall be deemed to have immediate effect and supersedes all previous notices.