CIVICA - The European University of Social Siences

Privacy Policy

The protection of your personal data is important to us. On this page you will find out in our Privacy Protection Statement what we do for data protection and what your rights are.

Information on the collection of personal data

(a) In the following we provide information about the collection of personal data when using our website. Personal data are all data that are personally identifiable to you, e.g. name, address, e-mail addresses, user behavior.

(b) FNSP, 27 rue Saint Guillaume, 75007 PARIS (France). You can reach our data protection officer at:

Sciences Po
27, rue Saint-Guillaume
75337 Paris Cedex 07
Tel. : 01 45 49 50 50
Fax. : 01 42 22 31 26

Collection of personal data when visiting our website

(a) When using the website for information purposes only, we only collect the personal data that your browser transmits to our server. If you wish to view our website, we collect the following data, which is technically necessary for us to present our website to you and to guarantee stability and security, and to perform the task assigned to us in accordance with our statutes: knowledge transfer to the interested public (legal basis is Art. 3 Sect 1 LDSG; Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit e GDPR):

  • IP address
  • date and time of the request
  • content of the request (specific page)
  • access status/HTTP status code
  • the amount of data transferred in each case
  • website from which the request originates
  • browser software, including language and version
  • operating system and its interface

(b) We store this data in so-called server log files. We neither pass on this data nor do we merge it with other data sources. We need this data in order to be able to analyze errors or track illegal use. This interest justifies the storage of the IP address that cannot easily be personalized by us for 180 days.

(c) Google Analytics For the purposes of need-based design and continuous optimisation of our pages, we use Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. ( (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; hereinafter: "Google")). In this context, pseudonymised user profiles are created and cookies (see Section 4) are used. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website, such as

  • browser type/version;
  • operating system used;
  • referrer URL (page previously visited);
  • host name of the accessing computer (IP address);
  • time of server request

will be transmitted to a Google server located in the USA and stored there. The information is used to evaluate the use of the website, compile reports on the website activities and provide further services associated with website use and internet use for the purposes of market research and need-based design of these web pages. Such information may also be transmitted to third parties if this is required by law or a third party processes these data under a contract. In no case will your IP address be combined with other Google data. The IP addresses are made anonymous, so that they cannot be assigned (IP masking).

You can prevent the installation of cookies by making appropriate settings in your browser. However, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

In addition, you can prevent acquisition of the data generated by the cookie that relate to your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing of these data by Google by downloading and installing a browser add-on (

More information about data protection in connection with Google Analytics can be found in the Google Analytics help (

Further processing of personal data and their deletion

(a) On the legal basis of Art. 3 Sect. 1 LDSG and Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. e GDPR we process generally accessible contact data, which we have included in our mailing list after a targeted and conscientious search. We inform these contacts exclusively about our work and events, in order to fulfill our purpose. A transfer of the data to third parties beyond the members of the CIVICA alliance or a use for commercial purposes does not take place.

(b) Processing and storage of this data will only take place for the period required to achieve the purpose of storage and in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and the federal state regulations. Upon achievement of the purpose, the data will be deleted in accordance with the law.

Use of cookies

(a) In addition to the aforementioned data, cookies are stored on your computer when you use our website. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your hard disk in the browser you use and through which certain information flows to the place that sets the cookie (here by us). Cookies cannot run programs or transmit viruses to your computer. They serve to make the Internet offer more user-friendly and effective overall.This website uses the following types of cookies, the scope and functionality of which are explained below:

  • Transient cookies (see a)
  • Persistent cookies (see b).

(b) Transient cookies are automatically deleted when you close your browser. This includes in particular the session cookies. These store a so-called session ID, with which different requests of your browser can be assigned to the common session. This will allow your computer to be recognized when you return to our website. Session cookies are deleted when you log out or close your browser.

(c) Persistent cookies are automatically deleted after a specified period which may vary depending on the cookie. You can delete cookies at any time in the security settings of your browser.

(d) We request your consent to accept cookies when you visit the website (legal basis is Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. a GDPR). If you agree, your consent will be stored as a cookie (cookienote) in the browser program of your device for one year.

(e) You can configure your browser settings according to your wishes and, for example, refuse the acceptance of third party cookies or all cookies. Please note that you may not be able to use all functions of this website.

Contacting us

When you contact us by e-mail, the data you provide will be stored by us in the mail program of the responsible employee in order to be able to enter into dialogue with you. When contacting us by e-mail, we assume your consent so that we can reply to you (legal basis is Art. 6 Sect. 1 S. 1 lit. a GDPR). We delete the data arising in this context after the storage is no longer necessary, or limit the processing if statutory retention obligations exist.

Social Networks

We maintain profile pages on several social media platforms. We have no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted during the use of these platforms and their use by the operators and do not receive any information about this. Further information on this can be found in the data protection declarations of the operators linked below. Our website also contains links that activate the functions of individual social networks (Google Maps, Twitter, Youtube). If you click on one of these links, a direct connection is established between your browser and the social network, even if you do not leave our website. The social network server receives the information that you have visited our website with your IP address. These services are as follows:

Twitter Inc. 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA Data privacy policy: Links on our site that connect you to Twitter can be recognized by the Twitter logo (a little bird).

YouTube LLC and GoogleMaps 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA Data privacy policy: Links on our site that connect you to YouTube or GoogleMaps can be recognized by the YouTube logo (a “Play” button) or the Google logo respectively.

If you click such a link while logged in to the relevant service, your visit to our pages may be associated with your user account at that service. You can prevent this by logging out of the corresponding account before clicking the link.

Social Media Plugins

We use on our website on the basis of Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 f) GDPR social plug-ins from Youtube.

Our site uses YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA, for the inclusion of video, represented by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Usually, when you visit an embedded video page, your IP address will be sent to YouTube and cookies will be installed on your machine. However, we have included our YouTube videos with the enhanced privacy mode (in which case, YouTube will still contact the Google DoubleClick service, but personal data will not be evaluated according to Google's Privacy Policy). As a result, YouTube does not store any information about visitors unless they watch the video. If you click the video, your IP address will be sent to YouTube, and YouTube will know that you've watched the video. If you are logged in to YouTube, this information will also be associated with your user account (you can prevent this by logging out of YouTube before calling the video).

We are not aware of the possible collection and use of your data by YouTube. For more information, see the YouTube privacy policy at In addition, we refer you to the general handling and deactivation of cookies on our general presentation in this privacy policy.


During events organised by CIVICA, we take photos and films for our public relations work in online and print media, including social media channels, and pass them on to all eight universities in the CIVICA alliance for reporting purposes. The recordings will be deleted as soon as they have fulfilled the purpose for our public relations and documentation work. If you do not wish to be photographed or filmed, please inform the staff of CIVICA members present at the respective event.

You have the right to demand deletion of an image that concerns you and the right to appeal to a supervisory authority. Legal basis Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e), § 3 para. 1 LDSG SH. The contact details for your data protection concerns can be found below.

Your rights

(a) You have the following rights towards us with regard to personal data concerning you:

  • right to information,
  • right to correction or deletion,
  • right to limitation of processing,
  • where applicable right of opposition to the processing,
  • right to data transferability.

(b) If you have given your consent to the processing of your data, you have the right to rescind this at any time. Such a cancellation affects the permissibility of processing your personal data after you have issued your cancellation.

(c) You also have the right to complain to a competent data protection supervisory authority

(d) You can inform us about your objection or ask us any further questions about our data protection and the processing of your data by contacting our data protection officer: