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Privacy notice for the use of websites and other online content provided by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V.)

At ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), we are serious about protecting your data and privacy. ifa collects, uses and stores your personal data strictly in accordance with the applicable data protection laws. Please read the following information to ensure that you are fully informed about how we collect, process and use personal data on our websites.

1. Data controller

Your data will be processed in the name of and on behalf of

Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa)
Charlottenplatz 17
70173 Stuttgart
Tel. +49 711 2225 0
Fax +49 711 2264346
E-mail: info(at)

Secretary General: Ronald Grätz

You can write to our Data Protection Officer at the above address or send an e-mail to:

2. Data collection for internal and statistical purposes

For technical reasons, your internet browser automatically transmits data to our server when you access ifa’s website. This includes the date and time of access, the URL of the referring website, the file that has been accessed, the volume of data sent, browser type and version, operating system and your IP address. This data is stored separately from any other data that you enter while using our site. This data is not assigned to a specific person. The data is logged to ensure system security, evaluated anonymously for statistical purposes, and then erased.

3. Collection and processing of personal data

In addition to the scope previously described in point 2, personal data is collected in the manner described below.

3.1 Data processing by Vimeo

We use the services of Vimeo to host and distribute videos. Vimeo is operated by Vimeo, LLC headquartered at 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011.

Some of our internet pages use plugins provided by Vimeo. If you visit one of our pages that features a Vimeo plugin, a connection to the Vimeo servers is established and the plugin is displayed. This means the Vimeo server is informed about which of our pages you have visited. If you are logged in to your Vimeo account, Vimeo will assign this information to your personal user account. If you use the plugin, e.g. by clicking the start button of a video, this information is also assigned to your user account. You can prevent this by logging out of your Vimeo user account before using our website and deleting the corresponding cookies from Vimeo.

For more information on how Vimeo handles and protects user data, visit

3.2 Data processing using cookies

Our website uses “cookies”, which make our internet pages more user-friendly, effective and secure, for example by providing you with content in your preferred language. Cookies also enable us to measure the frequency of page views and assess general navigation of the website. Cookies are small text files that are stored in your computer. Please also note that some of the cookies that are transferred from our server to your computer are “session cookies”. Session cookies are automatically deleted from your hard disk at the end of the browser session. Other cookies remain on your computer system so that we can recognise your computer system when you next visit (known as permanent cookies). You can, of course, refuse cookies at any time, as long as your browser permits this.

3.3 Downloads of press releases

You can download content from our press page. To do this, you have to provide us with your name and e-mail address. We will then send you an e-mail with a link and a password so that you can access the content.