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

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

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.

etracker claims that all its solutions are 100% conform with data protection laws.

 allow anonymous data collection


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.

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:

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 27th, 2020

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