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
Email: Info

For more information please consult our imprint.

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

In accordance with the GDPR, you shall have the following rights regarding the processing of your personal data:

  • right of access (Article 15 of the GDPR)
  • right to rectification (Article 16 of the GDPR)
  • right to erasure (Article 17 of the GDPR)
  • right to restriction of processing (Article 18 of the GDPR)
  • right to data portability (Article 20 of the GDPR)
  • right to object (Article 21 of the GDPR)
  • right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority (Article 77 of the GDPR)

The consents to the data processing shall apply without any restrictions; however, you may revoke your consents at any time with effect for the future in text form without stating reasons and without this causing you any disadvantage.


The ZBW uses the etracker service to analyse usage data on this website. This service is configured to use cookie less tracking by default. The processing of the data is necessary for the optimisation of this website and is based on Article 6 section 1 lit. f of the GDPR. Data that allows us to reference individual persons are anonymised or pseudonymised as soon as possible. We will not use the data for other purposes, will not combine it with other data and will not forward it to third parties.

Please contact the provider directly if you wish to receive information from the provider or if you wish to assert your rights:

etracker GmbH

Contact: etracker GmbH, Erste Brunnenstraße 1, 20459 Hamburg, Germany

Data protection notice:

The Data is processed by etracker GmbH on behalf of the ZBW and is exclusively processed in German data centers.

You can revoke the described processing of the data for the purpose of optimising this website without having any disadvantages.

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.

Research Guide EconDesk

With Research Guide EconDesk the ZBW offers a chat and e-mail reference service on literature and data search, library use and other library services. For the chat, you can enter a name or an anonymous alias (optional). For e-mail communication, an e-mail address is required. In addition, your IP address is recorded for protection against misuse of the service. This information is stored for 3 months, for the further processing of your request and for the security of the systems, and then automatically deleted. Your e-mail questions and chat dialogues are anonymized manually after 3 months. The anonymized data is stored permanently to improve our service and for research purposes.

For Research Guide EconDesk the ZBW uses LibAnswers from SpringShare LLC. A data processing addendum with the provider has been entered into. The data is processed on servers in Ireland and stored there in encrypted form. Please also note the provider's data protection information:

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.

Social Media

By reason of its legal mandate, the ZBW maintains close relations with scientific institutions, scientists at home and abroad, practical business, and with national and international institutions of research and information provision.

The ZBW is active in social media networks in order to engage with our target group, to advert them to our services, and to share information with them. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) prescribes legal standards in particular for the usage of service providers not based in the EU. In these cases, your personal data will possibly be transferred to the USA and processed there. American companies have engaged to comply with EU data protection standards by means of the EU-US Privacy Shield. You can find more information about this at

Service providers normally use personal data for purposes of market research and advertising. For this, cookies are installed on your computer that record your usage behaviour which can be used to compile user profiles. If you are logged in to one of these networks before accessing this website, your usage behaviour can be matched to your corresponding account. Below we have listed the social media networks we use for this web presence. We link to their data protection information and give notice of agreements with service providers where applicable. In order to obtain information from the service providers or to exercise your rights against these service providers, please contact the providers directly:

Contact: Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA
Data protection policy:

The ZBW and Facebook are jointly responsible for the processing of your personal data. The agreement on sharing the responsibility can be found here:

Information about page insights data can be found here:

Contact: Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Data protection policy:

The ZBW is using Twitter for Websites, the related data protection privacy can be found here:

Video conferencing

The ZBW uses video conferencing services to conduct meetings, events, webinars or conference calls. Personal data are processed during these virtual meetings. The type of data depends on what you provide to the service provider before or during the meeting. These may include the following data:

Personal data: first name, name, email address, password, phone number, profile image

Meeting data: name and description of the meeting, IP addresses, device information

Phone dial-up: phone numbers, connection data

 If chat functions are used, your text inputs will be processed and saved, if applicable, until they are deleted manually. If audio and video functions are used, the image from your video camera and the sound from your device will be transmitted via the servers of the service provider and processed for conferencing. You can deactivate your camera and microphone yourself in the settings at any time during a conference. Video conferencing services offer recording options. The ZBW usually does not record conferences. Should the ZBW deviate from this in individual cases, you will be informed in advance and your permission will be requested if necessary.

The legal basis for the processing of personal data during video conferencing is Article 6 section 1 lit e. of the GDPR in junction with § 2 of the law for the establishment of the foundation ZBW (StiftZBWErG SH). The ZBW processes personal data of employees in accordance with § 15 section 1 of the Data Protection Act of the State of Schleswig-Holstein (LDSG Schleswig-Holstein). Events organised within the framework of a contract have their legal basis in Article 6 section 1 lit. b GDPR.

The ZBW will not transmit your personal data to third parties unless expressly communicated in advance. During conferences, your personal data can be seen at least partially by participants (e.g. first name, name, video, audio).

Below we list the service providers we use for video conferencing, link to their data protection notices and, if applicable, to agreements with these providers. Please contact these providers directly if you wish to receive information from the providers or if you wish to assert your rights.


Contact: Verein zur Förderung eines Deutschen Forschungsnetzes e. V., Alexanderplatz 1, 10178 Berlin
Data protection notice:

The ZBW is a member of the DFN Verein and as such is entitled to use the video conferencing service DFNconf.


Contact: Zoom Video Communications, 55 Almaden Boulevard, 6th Floor, San Jose, CA 95113, USA
Data protection notice:

The ZBW has concluded a data processing agreement with Zoom which conforms to article 28 of the GDPR. This contract additionally includes EU standard contractual clauses to guarantee an appropriate level of data protection. Zoom was configured to use European data centres.

Cisco Webex

Contact: Webex Communications Deutschland GmbH, Hansaallee 249
c/o Cisco Systems GmbH, 40549 Düsseldorf
Data protection notice:

The ZBW has concluded a data processing agreement with Telekom for the use of Cisco Webex, which conforms to Art. 28 DSGVO. Cisco is a subcontractor of Telekom. It was determined that only European data centres will be used for the video conferences. Depending on the type of conference, ZBW offers end-to-end encrypted or transport encrypted video conferences.

URL shortener

Our URL shortener creates shortened web addresses (URLs) and is hosted and used by ZBW only. This service is based on the Premium URL Shortener PHP script that collects additional information for each click. The data collected is used by ZBW only and is not shared with third parties. It consists of the user’s country, referring websites, time and date of each access and a value created by anonymizing IP addresses collected by the script. does not store further personal information. The information generated by is used by ZBW for generating anonymous usage statistics, so that the website and the service can be improved.

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.

February 23rd, 2021

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