Data protection

The Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin (HWR Berlin) is guided by the General Data Protection Regulation that is applicable throughout the EU (EU-GDPR) with regard to the topic of data protection. Here we explain why the HWR Berlin collects which data via its website and for which purposes these are used.


General Information

The HWR Berlin is responsible for the data processing of this website. The following possibilities are available for contacting the university:

Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin (HWR Berlin)
Badensche Straße 52
10825 Berlin
E-Mail: praesident(at)

Data protection officer:
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Aden

The HWR Berlin will be pleased to answer your questions relating to data protection. Please send an e-mail to:

E-Mail: datenschutz(at)


Personal data

Personal data is information which can be used to identify you. This includes, for example, information such as your name, your postal or IP address (insofar as not anonymised), telephone number and e-mail address. This does not include information that cannot be connected with your identity (e.g. anonymous log-files).

Personal data is only collected via the websites of the domain if you have explicitly consented to this or if a collection and use is lawful pursuant to Art. 6 of the EU-GDPR.

As a rule, the HWR Berlin does not collect any personal data on its websites. In exceptional cases such data can, however, be collected, e.g. within the scope of a registration for an event via a web form. The HWR Berlin exclusively stores such contents at your request and if it is necessary for the respective procedure. The collection of personal data by the HWR Berlin is only carried out in the aforementioned exceptional cases after obtaining your explicit consent. We are obliged to prove upon request that you have consented to the processing of your personal data.

As a general rule, the HWR Berlin exclusively collects personal data via its website for stipulated, clear and legitimate purposes and does not further process these data in a manner that is incompatible with these purposes. The collection of such data is limited to the necessary extent and the HWR Berlin ensures that they are factually correct and, if necessary, are up to date. The data processed in the aforementioned manner will not be forwarded to third parties or used outside of the HWR Berlin.


Data security

The HWR Berlin acts in accordance with the principles of data security pursuant to Art. 32 EU-GDPR. This means that the protection of stored personal data is guaranteed. The level of protection is guided by the need for protection of this data, i.e. the HWR Berlin is obliged to take technical and organisational measures, which take into consideration the respective current status of technology, cost of implementation as well as further circumstances and risk analysis.


Right of objection and right to erasure

If there is no longer any authorisation for the use of collected personal data or if the data subject revokes the consent to the use, the HWR Berlin undertakes to erase or block this data (Art. 17 EU-GDPR).

You have the right to file an objection at all times against the processing of personal data relating to you (Art. 21 EU-GDPR). After exercising your right of objection the HWR Berlin will no longer process your personal data for these purposes, unless essential reasons that are worthy of protection can be proven for the processing, which outweigh your interests, rights and freedoms, or if the processing serves the assertion, exercising or defence of legal claims.

Many data processing activities are only possible with your explicit consent. You can revoke an already granted consent at all times. An informal notification to us by e-mail is sufficient for this purpose.


Information about personal data

If personal data was transmitted to the HWR Berlin via the websites of the domain pursuant to Art. 15 EU-GDPR, you have a right to obtain information free of charge about the data stored by the HWR Berlin relating to your person. Moreover, you have, if applicable, a right to rectification, restriction of processing, data transferability or erasure of the data transmitted in the aforementioned manner.

Please use the contact above if you have any questions regarding the collection, processing or use of your personal data, or regarding information, rectification, blocking or erasure of data as well as revocation of granted consents or objection against a certain type of use of your data.


Right to lodge a complaint

Pursuant to Art. 77 EU-GDPR there is a right to lodge a complaint with the responsible data protection supervisory authority:

Berliner Beauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit
Friedrichstr. 219
10969 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 13889-0
Fax: +49 (0)30 2155050

E-Mail: mailbox(at)


Analysis services for anonymised evaluation of data

The HWR Berlin stores usage data in order to optimise the web content of the domain and to identify and track inadmissible attempts to access to the aforementioned website. This data is used to create anonymised access statistics.

When using the website of the HWR Berlin, various information is stored in the log-files automatically created by the server: the website you are visiting, the website from which you came to this site (if you used a search engine, the entered terms are stored as well), the date and time when the website was viewed, the operating system and the browser used by you (Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.), as well as features of the display at hand. In addition, the size of the transmitted data volume, a so-called HTTP status code and the IP address of the accessing computer are stored. This information is, however, anonymised immediately by the erasure of the last octet of that address.

This is data without a direct reference to a specific person. The web team of the HWR Berlin collects and uses this data exclusively for anonymised evaluation for statistical purposes (e.g. to analyse the user behaviour) in order to improve its website. It is not possible in this case to allocate the evaluation results to a certain IP address.

Matomo (formerly Piwik), an open source application for web analysis, is used for the collection and use of the aforementioned data. The data is not forwarded to third parties or used outside the HWR Berlin.



The Content Management System (CMS) used for the website and the web analysis service Matomo use so-called cookies. These are small text files that are stored on your computer in special file directories. They serve the purpose of generating an attractive design of the website as well as making the use of certain functions as convenient as possible. Moreover, these cookies enable us to analyse the use of the website For this purpose, the use-related information generated by the cookie (including your abbreviated IP address) is transferred to the HWR Berlin server and stored for use analysis purposes, which serves the optimisation of the website.

Several of the cookies used by the HWR Berlin are deleted after the end of the browser session, that is, after your browser is closed (so-called session cookies). Other cookies remain on your terminal device and enable the web team of the HWR Berlin to recognise your browser during your next visit (persistent cookies). You can look up information about the duration of the storage in the overview of the cookie settings of your web browser.

Personal data is not stored with the aforementioned activities. Your IP address is anonymised immediately with this activity so that you remain anonymous as a user. The information about your use of the website that is generated by the cookie is not forwarded to third parties.

If you do not agree with the storage and evaluation of these data, you can object to the storage and use below. In this case, a so-called opt-out cookie will be stored in your browser, with the result that Matomo does not collect any session data at all. If you delete your cookies, the opt-out cookie will be deleted as well. You would then, if applicable, have to activate it once again. Please note: If you decide against the use of cookies, there is the possibility that you may not be able to use all functions of this website to its full extent.

You can decide whether a clear web analysis cookie may be stored in your browser in order to enable the operator of the website to enter and analyse various statistical data.

If you decide against the use of cookies, please click on the following link in order to store the Matomo deactivation cookie in your browser.


Integration of external contents

No contents of external providers are currently integrated into the websites of the aforementioned domain.


References and links

No data is transmitted to the operator of the external website when you visit websites that are hyperlinked with the websites of the domain This will only take place if contents of external providers are directly integrated into our website, for example with the use of news feeds e.g. of social media services (so-called social plugins). These are currently not integrated into the websites of the domain


Contact form for event sign ups

The website of the HWR Berlin contains a contact form that can be used to sign up to one of our events. If the user chooses to make use of the option, then the data entered into the form (e.g. salutation / forename and surname / postal address / email / I’m interested in … / How did you hear about our event?) is sent to us and stored.

The following additional data is collected and stored from the point in time when the message is sent to us: the date and time of the request, your IP address, the browser type and version.
As part of the process of sending the message, consent to process your data is collected and a notice about to this privacy policy given. The personal data entered into the input form is processed solely for the purposes of making contact. Other personal data received during the contact procedure (e.g. date and time of the request) is processed solely for the purposes of preventing misuse of the contact form and ensuring the security of our technical information systems.
The legal basis for the processing of this data is the consent provided by the user under Article 6(1)(a) GDPR.