Our privacy policy is derived from the privacy policy of Bielefeld University because the IN-COURT website is provided by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence at Bielefeld University. It informs you as a visitor of our internet pages about the use of personal data. With this privacy statement, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence as the data controller fulfills its obligation to provide information in accordance with Art. 13 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR).


The Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence and Bielefeld University are responsible for this website. The University is a statutory body under public law supported by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is represented by the Rector, Professor Dr. Angelika Epple.

Contact details of responsible parties

Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence
Bielefeld University
Universitätsstraße 25
33619 Bielefeld

E-mail: in-court@uni-bielefeld.de

Contact details of the data protection officers

The data protection officers of Bielefeld University can be contacted by post at the above address or as follows:
E-mail: datenschutzbeauftragte@uni-bielefeld.de
Phone: +49 521 / 106 - 5225

Storage of browser data

Generally, when you visit a website, information is automatically stored for technical reasons in server log files that your browser transmits to us. This information consists of:

  • IP address
  • file names
  • access status (http status code)
  • amount of data retrieved
  • date and time of the server request
  • referrer URL (the previously visited page will only be saved in the log in case of an error (Error 404)

The collected data is used for purposes of identification and to detect unauthorized attempts to access the web server and cannot be assigned to a specific individual. A comparison with other databases or a disclosure to third parties does not take place. Data is stored for seven days and erased after it has been used for anonymous evaluation for statistical purposes. Data which requires further retention for evidentiary purposes shall be exempted from the deletion until the final clarification of the respective incident.

Web analysis using Matomo

Bielefeld University uses the web analysis software of the open source project “Matomo” to optimize its website.

In order to generate statistics, the web analysis software evaluates the following data from a visit to our website:

  • the website/address accessed
  • anonymized IP address
  • date and time of the page view
  • amount of data retrieved
  • web page or search engine from which you accessed a page (referrer)
  • browser type and browser version / operating system used

The stored data is anonymized (and not assigned to individuals) and used solely to improve our online services. Anonymization is achieved by shortening the IP address, so that it cannot be linked to any device or person.

You can opt out of the recording of tracking information. A so-called deactivation cookie will be stored in your browser for this purpose. If you delete the deactivation cookie from your browser, you must repeat the process.

Here you can decide whether a unique web analysis cookie may be stored on your browser in order to enable the operator of the website to collect and analyze various statistical data.

If you wish to opt out, uncheck the following box to place the Matomo deactivation cookie on your browser.

If you delete the opt-out cookie from your browser, you will have to repeat the process.

Bielefeld University collects and processes the above-named data and log files required for the technical operation of the website in order to safeguard the technical security of the systems. It also collects and processes data in the context of web analysis in order to safeguard the legitimate interests of the University in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f. of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR). These data are necessary to deliver our online services, for the secure operation of the web servers as well as to improve our website and are only used for the purposes as stated in each case.

The processing of additional data via forms and web-based services shall only be lawful if the data subject has given consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a. of EU GDPR or is necessary for the performance of a task carried out by Bielefeld University pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e. in conjunction with the Higher Education Act of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (HG NRW).

Data transfer

As a matter of principle, we do not pass on personal data which is processed during a visit to Bielefeld University’s internet pages to third parties. In some circumstances, this may be necessary if we are required by law to do so, for example, transmission to criminal prosecution authorities to clarify criminal offences within the framework of the provisions of the German Code of Criminal Procedure (StPO) or for the purpose of asserting claims for damages in the event of copyright infringements. Where technical service providers have access to personal data, this happens on the basis of a contract pursuant to Art. 28 of EU GDPR.

No personal data is transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area and associated countries (no third country transfer). If this should become necessary you will be informed.

Your rights as a data subject

As a data subject, you can assert the rights granted to you by the EU-GDPR at any time, insofar as these apply to the data processing:

  • the right of access by you as the data subject to obtain confirmation of whether and which data concerning you are being processed (Art. 15 EU GDPR);
  • the right to request rectification of inaccurate or incomplete data pertaining to you (Art. 16 EU GDPR);
  • the right to erasure of your personal data in accordance with Art. 17 EU GDPR
  • the right in accordance with Art. 18 EU GDPR to obtain restriction of data processing;
  • the right to object to the future processing of your personal data in accordance with Art. 21 EU GDPR.

In order to operate and maintain the web services of Bielefeld University it is necessary that we collect data and store data in log files. Users may therefore not object to this. Although IP addresses may be regarded as personal data, the University does not assign them to individuals. Because of this, the University cannot fulfill a request by the user for information as there is no IP address associated with them.

In addition to the aforementioned rights, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the respective data protection supervisory authority (Art. 77 EU GDPR).

Validity of this privacy statement

We reserve the right to amend our privacy policy, in order to adapt to changes in relevant laws and regulations and to better meet your needs as the user of our website.

Please click here for the Bielefeld University privacy policy.