Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy describes our collection, retention and use of your personal information. It is valid for the website Read more

Topic Brief description
Information collection We collect your interaction with the website. We collect information on user devices. Read more
Handling of information We store data pseudonymized and do not share it with other parties. Read more
Offered privacy controls Notifications are displayed on the website. No user or third party has access to the data. Read more

Information collected and reasons for collection:

All collected information is stored on servers of the University of Cologne.

Contact information:

Universität zu Köln

Birgit Suhrenbrock (E-Mail)

Juniorprofessur für Wirtschaftsinformatik und Information Systems Quality – Ali Sunyaev

Pohligstraße 1

50969 Köln


We collect information and technical details to evaluate, review, and refine the website and the publication list. We use the information for operation of the website. We also use collected information to fulfil legal purposes enforced by law. Data is handled according to the North Rhine-Westphalia data privacy act.

We updated the privacy policy on 19.12.2014. (view archived versions)

Information Collection

Publication List

Operational Information

We collect:

⋅⋅⋅ interactions with the website.

⋅⋅⋅ filters used on the publication list.

⋅⋅⋅ number of downloads from the website.

⋅⋅⋅ time spent on the website.

We use collected information for search features.

Website Analytics


We store a pseudonymized identifier in a text file on your computer (cookie) to identify you on further visits. You can opt-out of website analytics by setting a cookie (here).

Operational Information

We collect:

⋅⋅⋅ referral websites.

⋅⋅⋅ the navigation on the website.

⋅⋅⋅ the time you spent on the website.

User Device

We collect:

⋅⋅⋅ the beginning (first two bytes) of your IP address.

⋅⋅⋅ the brand name of your client device.

⋅⋅⋅ the type of your client device (desktop, mobile phone or tablet).

⋅⋅⋅ the name of the operating system.

⋅⋅⋅ the name of the browser.

⋅⋅⋅ the screen resolution of client device.

⋅⋅⋅ the browser language.

⋅⋅⋅ the browser family.

⋅⋅⋅ name of installed Plug-ins.

Collected information is used for website analytics.


We collect the words tipped into query fields on the website.

Handling of Information


We never share collected information with other parties.


We do not retain information entered in the publication view. The retention time for website analytics is indefinitely.

Security Measures

We protect collected user device information through access control and regular backups.


We store collected information on servers of the University of Cologne.

Write Access

We do not modify collected information. Users and other third do not have write access to collected information.

Offered privacy controls

Breach Notification

In case of a breach, we will display a notification on the website. Personal contact is not possible because we do not collect user contact information.

Change Notification

We display change notifications about the privacy policy on the website.

Dispute Resolution

Contact Birgit Suhrenbrock to resolve disputes.

Dispute Remedy

Remedies for disputes rising in connection with the privacy policy are specified in the North Rhine-Westphalia data privacy act §33-35.

Privacy Policy Limits

The privacy policy only refers to the web sites at

User Access

There is no user access to collected data.

Information not collected


We do not:

⋅⋅⋅ use financial identifiers.

⋅⋅⋅ use unique identifiers.

⋅⋅⋅ use governmental identifiers.

⋅⋅⋅ collect contact information.


We do not collect information in communications.

User Details

We do not collect:

⋅⋅⋅ demographic or socioeconomic data.

⋅⋅⋅ financial information.

⋅⋅⋅ health information.

⋅⋅⋅ ideological information.

⋅⋅⋅ information on preferences.


We do not collect information:

⋅⋅⋅ on the device′s battery or flashlight.

⋅⋅⋅ with the device′s card reader, speaker or vibrator.

⋅⋅⋅ via Bluetooth, cameras, or microphones.

⋅⋅⋅ with fingerprint scanners or NFC chips.

⋅⋅⋅ on the user′s GPS location.

⋅⋅⋅ recorded with additional software.

Purposes for which information is not used


We do not use collected information to customize the website. We do not use collected information for individual user analysis.


We do not use collected information to contact you. We do not use information to provide communication features.

Offered Services

We do not use collected information:

⋅⋅⋅ to provide advertisements.

⋅⋅⋅ to provide marketing services.

⋅⋅⋅ to provide news services.

⋅⋅⋅ to provide sales services.

We do not collect information with surveys.

Technical Details

We do not use collected information for account or subscription management.

Public Welfare

We do not use collected information:

⋅⋅⋅ for delivering arts.

⋅⋅⋅ for charity.

⋅⋅⋅ for educational purposes.

⋅⋅⋅ for online government services.

⋅⋅⋅ in research projects.