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Privacy Statement

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. It is important to us to protect your privacy when using our websites, so we would like to ask you to please note the following information.

This privacy statement explains you what kind of data we collect and how we—the responsible provider Kiel Institute for the World Economy—use it. Technical and organizational measures have been taken to ensure that regulations are observed by us.

Developing our website and implementing new technologies can lead to changes in this privacy statement. Therefore, we recommend that you read this privacy statement from time to time.

What type of data is being collected?

Anonymous Data Collection: As a matter of principle, you can visit the website of the Global Economic Symposium (GES) without informing us who you are. We only get to know the name of your internet service provider, the website from which you came and which of our websites you visit. This information will be evaluated for statistical purposes. You as an individual user remain anonymous.

Personal or Business Data Collection: Personal or business data (e.g. e-mail addresses, names, addresses) are collected only if you submit them voluntarily, e.g. in order to request to attend the symposium or to register at the GES website.

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Which type of data processing takes place?

Utilization and Circulation of Personal Data: The personal data collected through the website of the GES will only be used in order to process your enquiries.

  • Registration function: The data—first name, last name, e-mail address and stakeholder assignment—entered during registration process will be used for the purposes of providing access to appropriate content on our website and tailoring our electronic services to meet your requirements. Equally, your data shall only be used for tailoring information to your personal requirements.
  • Contact: If you contact the GES Team (for example, using the “request to attend” form or e-mail), your data will be stored for the purpose of processing your request.

Your data will not be circulated to third parties.

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Does this privacy statement apply for third parties' websites?

Liability for External Links: In order to provide you with comprehensive information, you will find links to third parties’ websites on our website. The GES has no influence on the content and design of these websites. The responsibility for content of such third parties’ websites lies with the respective owners/providers. We have no control whether these providers comply with privacy policy and do not guarantee correctness. The guarantees given by this data privacy statement do not apply to third parties’ websites.
At the time third-parties’ websites have been linked to ours we found no grounds of any likely contravention of law. Upon notification of violations, we will remove such links immediately.

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What are "cookies", and how do we use them?

If you visit the GES website, cookies will be stored on your computer. A cookie is a small text file sent by the server hosting the website, which is being saved in your browser. It contains a string of characters to identify you as a user (ID). Cookies do not harm and do not contain viruses. Cookies help to improve quality and performance of the website.

The use of the basic functions of the GES website is also possible without cookies. But certain features of our website necessitate cookies, e.g. login procedure or the permanent saving of social sharing settings. The cookie to save the social sharing setting "For permanent activation and to agree to transfer data" is valid for one year. The validity of the login cookie is limited to the time of the session. Both cookies will be deleted after their validity expires if you do not change the setting beforehand.

Many browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you'd like to know how your browser uses cookies, or instruct it not to use them or confirm them in each case, you should change your browser settings accordingly. Cookies can also be deleted at any time from the hard drive of your computer by using the privacy features of the browser.

In case of not allowing or deleting cookies, features and usability of the GES website could be limited.

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What do I need to know about integrated social plugins?

Our website uses social plugins of the social networks Facebook, Google, and Twitter. As soon as you visit a page on our website containing such a plugin, a direct connection with the servers of the social network will be established. This is primarily done to transfer and present the content of the plugin. The provider gets to know your IP address which is not assignable to you without further notice. But if you are logged in to one of the websites of the respective social media providers at the same time, they might be able to create a surf profile of you.

We protect your privacy by a two-step procedure that allows a transfer of personal data only with your explicit consent:

2 Clicks for better privacy and data protection: By default, all sharing buttons on the GES website are disabled. No data will be transmitted to Facebook, Google or Twitter by simply browsing our website. Only when you activate a sharing button—giving your consent—a cookie will be placed on your machine and a connection will be made with the respective provider. Afterwards, you are free to make your recommendation, tweet or share content with a second click. A click on this activation button also means that you agree to submit your data to the operator of the social network.

You can either activate a sharing button or plugin permanently or for just one single page of our website:

  • If you activate a sharing button or plugin only for the respective page you are visiting and for a selected service, the buttons or plugin will be disabled again as soon as you visit another page of our website.
  • If you activate all buttons permanently via the gear icon, a cookie will be placed on your machine to save your settings.

Your settings can be reversed at any time.

More detailed information on the use of Facebook, Google and Twitter plugins: Our website uses

  • social plugins of the social network which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, United States. The plugins are identifiable by a Facebook logo (white letter f on blue background or a thumb up icon) or the phrase “Facebook Social Plugin.”
  • the +1 plugin of the social network Google Plus which is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States. The button is identifiable by the symbol “+1” on a white or colored background.
  • the plugins of the social network Twitter which is operated by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States. The plugins are identifiable by terminology such as “Twitter” or “Tweet” combined with a blue bird or a white bird on blue ground. A Twitter button enables you to either share a website on Twitter or to follow a person or company to receive information in form of tweets.

As soon as you visit a page on our website which contains such a plugin and activate it, your browser will establish a direct connection with the server of the respective provider. Facebook, Google and Twitter directly transfer the plugins’ contents to your browser which embeds them into our website, thereby receiving information about you having accessed the respective page of our website. Thus, we have no influence on the data gathered by the plugins and inform you according to our state of knowledge:

  • The embedded plugins provide Facebook with the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our website.
    If you are logged in to Facebook, your visit can be assigned to your Facebook account. If you interact by using the plugins, for example by clicking “Like”, or entering a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser directly to Facebook and stored by it. Even if you are not logged in to Facebook or are not a member of Facebook, there is a possibility that the plugin transmits your IP-address to Facebook. According to Facebook, it will only be saved as an anonymous IP address in the country you are accessing the our website from.
    If you are a Facebook member and do not wish Facebook to collect data about you through our website, you either have to log out of Facebook before visiting our website or keep the plugins deactivated.
  • According to Google, there will be no personal data collected without clicking on the button. Only if you are logged in such data including the IP address will be collected and processed.

For further information on the purpose and scope of data collection and procession by Facebook, Google, and Twitter, as well as your rights in this respect and particular settings to protect your privacy please visit

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What do I need to know about integrated third party services and applications?

Our website uses the service and applications of which is operated by Issuu Inc., c/o Sunstone Capital, 1370 Willow Rd., Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA. We use the web based PDF viewer of Issuu to present our publications.
As soon as you visit a page on our website containing an embedded publication a direct connection with the servers of Issuu will be established. Issuu thereby receives information, e.g. your IP address, about you having accessed the respective page of our website. Thus, we have no influence on the data gathered. For further information on the purpose and scope of data collection and procession by Issuu, as well as your rights in this respect and particular settings to protect your privacy please visit Issuu Privacy Policy.

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What do we do to protect your data?

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy takes extensive technical and organizational security precautions to protect your personal data against manipulation, either accidentally or deliberately, being lost, destroyed or accessed by unauthorized third parties. We are constantly improving these precautions as technology develops.

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Your right to know

Revocation, changes, corrections and updates: You have the right to obtain information about the personal data that was stored about you. In addition, you have the right to have inaccurate data corrected and personal data blocked and deleted as long as there is no legal obligation to retain.
If there is anything you would like to know, please get in touch with the GES. You will need to prove your identity before we can give you any information.

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Legal validity

This disclaimer of liability is to be regarded as part of the website from which you were referred to this page. Should parts or individual forms of wording in this text not, no longer or not fully comply with applicable law, this does not affect the content or validity of the remaining parts of the document.

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As of: July, 27th 2012


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