The EVS operates in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and all other statutory data protection provisions.
The protection of your privacy when using our web pages is important to us. In what follows, we provide information about the collection of personal data in this context. Personal data are any data that can be related to you personally, for example, name and surname, address, email addresses, or user behavior.
The controller within the meaning of Article 4(7) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is
European Values Study
Department of Sociology
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg
For more information, please consult our imprint: http://www.europeanvaluesstudy.eu/page/imprint/
Some services of this webpage are undertaken by GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (Data Archive and Data Analysis, Cologne). More information about the data protection at GESIS is available here: https://www.gesis.org/en/institute/data-protection/.
Data Transfer and Usage Statistics
For technical reasons, when you access our website, your Internet browser automatically transmits data to our Web server. These data include, among other things, the date and time of access, the URL of the referring website, the accessed file, the amount of data transmitted, the browser type and version, the operating system, and your IP address. These data are stored separately from other data that you enter when using our website. It is not possible for us to assign these data to a specific person. They are analyzed for statistical purposes and then deleted.
Google Analytics – Analytical tool for web statistics
The europeanvaluesstudy.eu website uses the analytical tool Google Analytics to monitor how readers use the website. Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”).
EVS uses the analytical tool to collect and evaluate information on how visitors use the EVS website, with the aim of improving the functionality of the website. Visits to europeanvaluesstudy.eu are registered with anonymous information, which does not contain any identifiable personal data.
In line with normal practice, a user’s IP address is registered when visiting europeanvaluesstudy.eu. However, EVS has chosen to mask parts of this information, so that no identifiable personal data is registered. IP masking is a security measure used to control how Google Analytics uses and stores website visitors’ IP addresses. By default, Google Analytics uses the entire IP address of website visitors in the general geographic reporting. On europeanvaluesstudy.eu, IP masking is enabled, which means that Google Analytics removes the last eight-bit byte of visitors’ IP addresses before they are analyzed and stored.
Using cookies to monitor website usage
During website visits, cookies (information capsules) are stored as text files on your computer. The information collected by the cookie on your usage (including an anonymized version of your IP address) is sent to Google and stored on its servers. Google then uses this information to monitor website usage, draw up website activity reports for the website owner and provide other services related to the website activity and usage.
Google can also transfer this information to third parties where there is a legal obligation to do so, or if such third parties process the information on behalf of Google. Google will not combine your IP address with any other data it may have in its possession.
Preventing storage of your visitor data
Google Analytics’ guidelines on privacy protection entitle you to deny Google Analytics permission to store your visitor data. If you do not want Google Analytics to store your data, you can install “Google Analytics Opt-out“, which is an add-on function for your browser that will prevent storage of such data.
By using the website, you agree to Google processing data on you in the way and for the purpose as described above.
When you send us an email, your personal data are automatically stored. These have been transmitted on a voluntary basis and are stored for the purpose of processing or contacting you. There is no transfer of this personal data to third parties. Your email address is used only for the correspondence with you.
Social Media Data
Our website uses social plugins (“plugins”) provided by the social network facebook.com, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins are identifiable by a Facebook logo (white letter f on blue background or a thumb up icon) or the notice “Facebook Social Plugin”. For a full list of all social Plugins, please see http://developers.facebook.com/plugins.
When you visit a page on our website that contains a social plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to Facebook servers. Facebook directly transfers the plugin content to your browser which embeds the latter into the website, enabling Facebook to receive information about your having accessed the respective page of our website. Thus we have no influence on the data gathered by the plugin 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 into Facebook, your visit can be assigned to your Facebook account. If you interact with 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 into Facebook, there is the possibility that the plugins transmit your IP-address to Facebook.
Google Plus Plugin
We have also integrated the web messaging service twitter.com on our website. This is provided by Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. If you use the “Tweet” function of Twitter on our websites, the respective website will be linked to your account on Twitter where it may be made public. This data is also transmitted to Twitter.
Twitter gives you the option to set your own privacy settings here: http://twitter.com/account/settings
In order to provide you with the best possible information, you will find links to third-party webpages on our website. If not clearly recognizable as such, we draw your attention to the fact that the link is an external link. The EVS has no influence on the content and design of these pages of other providers. Therefore, the guarantees given in the present privacy statement do not, of course, apply there.