Data Protection

Protecting your privacy on our website is important to us. Below you can find information about personal data collected in this context. Personal data are all data that can be related to you personally, such as your name, address, email address, your behaviour as user.

We process personal data in compliance with EU law (GDPR), the data protection law of the Land Schleswig-Holstein (LDSG) and all other legal regulations that may apply.

The ZBW reserves the right to update this data protection notice from time to time. We recommend that you visit this page regularly to renew your acceptance.

Contact information

Responsible according to Art. 4 Clause 7 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation is the

ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics
Düsternbrooker Weg 120
24105 Kiel

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Data protection officer

If you have any questions regarding data protection, please contact our data protection officer

Sven Markgraf
-Data protection officer-
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
20354 Hamburg

Your rights

You have the right to obtain, upon request, information about the personal data which are stored about you free of charge. You also have the right to demand that false data be corrected or deleted. You have the right to restrict the processing of your data, the right to object to processing, and the right to data portability. If you have consented to our processing of your data, you can revoke this consent at any time, taking effect from the time of revocation. You also have the right to file a complaint with a data protection authority about the processing of your data by us.


This website uses etracker technology ( to collect data on visitor behavior. The data is collected anonymously for optimization of our services. All visitor data is saved using an anonymous user ID and can be used to aggregate a usage profile. The data collected by the etracker technology will not be used to determine the personal identity of a website visitor.

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In order to provide better functionality we use so-called "cookies". These "cookies" allow files to be saved on your computer when you access our website. You can disallow the saving of cookies on your PC by changing the settings of your internet browser. However, this will reduce the range of services available to you.

Anonymous Data Collection

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

Collection and Processing of Personal Data

If there is an option to enter personal or business data (e-mail addresses, names, addresses) on the website, the user will disclose such information on a voluntary basis only. Personal data are only collected if you submit them voluntarily.

Utilisation and Circulation of Personal Data

The personal data collected through the EconBiz websites will only be used without your consent for the execution of contracts and in order to process your enquiries. If you have previously provided your consent, your data shall also be used for the purposes of providing information on our products and services, conducting market research, and tailoring our electronic services to meet your requirements. Equally, your data shall only be used for tailoring information to your personal requirements if you have granted your consent. Your data will not be circulated to third parties. You can of course revoke your consent at any time, effective from the time of revocation.

Transfer and Processing of Data to Countries outside the European Economic Area

We do not transfer any of these data into states outside the EEA. This excludes personal data you provide in the webforms sent to Research Guide EconDesk. This data transfer is performed on the basis of the "standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to third countries" of the European Union. Please be aware that the level of data protection in third countries might differ from German and EU standards.

For users with a ZBW user account:

In order to use the platform Ebook Central offered by ProQuest/USA you have to authenticate via the login button on Ebook Central with your ZBW user data. After successful authentification or if you were logged in beforehand you will be directed to the chosen ebook on the platform Ebook Central and will leave the services of ZBW. When being directed to Ebook Central no personal data will be transmitted by ZBW. Only a hash (an anonymized combination of numbers) based on your ZBW user number will be transmitted in order to enable the allocation of the data you may create in Ebook Central (e.g. saved ebooks). Personal notes you make in Ebook Central or reading recommendations sent to your contacts via Ebook Central will be saved within the platform and thus on servers located in the US. Please find more information on data protection in the privacy statement of ProQuest.

External Links

In EconBiz you will find links to third parties’ websites. EconBiz cannot control the contents and design of these third parties’ websites. Therefore, the guarantees given by this data protection statement do of course not apply to these websites.

May 24th, 2018

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