Controller within the meaning of the data protection legislation, in particular the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is:

Spiegel Institut Mannheim GmbH

Postal address:
Hermsheimer Straße 5
68163 Mannheim
Eastsite VI

Telephone: +49-621-72844-0

Represented by:
Dr. Andree Kang, Beate Irmer (Management Board)


datarea GmbH
Meißner Straße 103, D-01445 Radebeul
Dr. Christian Holtermann, Zertifizierter Datenschutzbeauftragter (TÜV®) 
Telefon: +49 351 272 20 880


You may exercise the following rights by contacting our Data Protection Officer at aforementioned addresses at any time:

  • Access to your data stored by us and information on its processing,
  • Rectification of inaccurate personal data,
  • Erasure of your data stored by us,
  • Restriction to data processing, insofar we are not allowed to delete your data due to legal obligations,
  • Objection to our processing your data and
  • Data portability, insofar as you have granted your consent to data processing or have concluded a contract with us.

If you have granted your consent, you may revoke it at any time with effect for the future.

You may lodge a complaint to the competent supervisory authority at any time. The competent supervisory authority depends on the Federal State in which you live, work, or where the alleged violation took place. For a list of supervisory authorities (non-public) with addresses can be found at:


We process your personal data only for the purposes stated in this privacy policy. We do not transfer your personal data to third parties other than for the purposes listed here. We disclose your personal data to third parties only, if:

  • you have expressly given your consent to do so,
  • the processing is required to perform a contract,
  • the processing is required for the fulfilment of a legal obligation,

the processing is necessary to protect legitimate interests and there is no reason to believe that you have an overriding legitimate interest to not have your data transferred.


We adhere to the principles of data avoidance and data minimization. We save your personal data only for as long as is necessary to achieve the intended purposes or as stipulated in the various retention periods provided for by law. After the respective purpose or these deadlines expire, the corresponding data are blocked or deleted as a matter of routine and in accordance with statutory provisions.


Whenever you access our website, general information is automatically collected by a cookie. This information (server log files) contain data on the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your internet service provider, and the like. This is only information that cannot be used to identify you.

This information is a technical requirement to correctly deliver the requested content from websites and is essential for using the internet. In particular, the data is processed for the following purposes:

  • ensuring an easy connection to the website,
  • ensuring the seamless use of our website,
  • assessing system security and stability as well as
  • other administrative purposes.

The processing of personal data is based on our legitimate interests stemming from the aforementioned purposes for data collection. We do not use your data to draw conclusions on you as a person. Recipients of the data are only the responsible body and if necessary the person handling the order.

We may evaluate anonymous data of this kind for statistical purposes in order to optimize our website and the underlying technology.


When registering to use our personalized services, certain personal data, such as name, address, and contact and communication information such as phone number and email address are collected. If you are registered with us, you may access content and services that we only offer to registered users. Registered users are also able to change or delete their data entered during registration at any time as necessary. We provide you with information on your personal data that we store at any time. We would be glad to correct or delete them upon request, insofar as this is not in conflict with any statutory retention obligations. If you want to make such a request, please use the contact details listed at the end of this privacy policy.


To protect the security of your data during transmission, we use the current state-of-the-art encryption methods (such as SSL) over HTTPS.


You can contact us with any questions via email or by using the contact form and give us your voluntary consent for the purpose of the contact. This requires having a valid email address. This allows the request and the subsequent response to be attributed to person making the request. Entering other data is optional. The data provided by you are stored for the purpose of processing the request as well as for any possible follow-up questions. Your personal data are deleted automatically after your request has been completed.


This website uses Google Analytics, a Web analysis service of Google Inc. (hereinafter referred to as: “Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, which are text files that are stored on your computer and which analyze your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will usually be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Based on activation of the IP anonymization, Google will truncate the last octet of the IP address for Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and truncated by Google servers in the USA. On behalf of the website provider, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activities for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website provider. Google will not associate your IP address recorded by Google Analytics with any other data.

The data is processed for the purposes of evaluating the use of the website and compiling reports on activities on the website. The use of the website and the internet thus form the basis for additional services. The processing is based on the legitimate interests of the website operator.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. Furthermore, you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

n addition, or as an alternative to the browser add-on, you can prevent the tracking by Google Analytics on our pages by clicking on this link. This will install an opt-out cookie on your device. This cookie will prevent Google Analytics from collecting data for this browser and this website in the future, as long as the cookie remains installed in your browser.


In order to correctly display our content on our site in a graphically appealing design, we use script and font libraries such as Google Fonts ( Google Fonts are used to avoid multiple transfers into your browser’s cache. If your browser does not support or prevents access to Google Fonts, content will be displayed in a standard font.

Accessing script or font libraries automatically triggers a connection to the operators of the respective library. It is theoretically possible that the operator of the respective libraries may collect data; however, it remains unclear whether and to what extent this happens.

The privacy policy of our library operator, Google, can be found here:


We embed YouTube videos on some of our websites. The operator of the corresponding plugin is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. Whenever you visit a page containing the YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. In doing so, YouTube is notified about which sites you access. If you are logged into your YouTube account, YouTube will be able to attribute your internet activity to you personally. You may prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account beforehand.

Whenever a YouTube video is started, the operator uses cookies that collect information on the user behavior.

If you have disabled cookies in the Google Ad program, no cookies will be placed on your computer while watching YouTube videos. However, YouTube places others cookies, which contain usage information that cannot be attributed to you personally. To prevent this, you must disable cookies in your browser.

Regarding data protection at YouTube can be found in the provider’s Privacy Policy at:

Google AdWords

Our website uses Google conversion tracking. If you have accessed our website through an advertisement placed by Google, Google Adwords will place a cookie on your computer. The cookie for conversion tracking is placed whenever a user clicks on an advertisement placed by Google. These cookies expire after 30 days and are not used to identify you personally. If the user visits certain pages of our website and the cookie has not yet expired, we and Google can recognize that the user clicked on the advertisement and was forwarded to this page. Each Google Adwords customer receives a different cookie. Cookies can therefore not be tracked through the websites from AdWords customers. The information obtained with the help of the conversion cookie serves to create conversion statistics for AdWords customers that have opted for conversion tracking. The customers find out the total number of users that clicked on their advertisement and were forwarded to a page with a conversion tracking tag. However, they do not receive any information that could be used to personally identify the user.

If you would not like to participate in tracking, you can disable the placement of a cookie required for this, either in your browser settings that generally disable the automatic placement of cookies or setting your browser so that cookies are blocked by the “” domain.

Please remember that the opt-out cookies must not be deleted as long as you do not want your data to be recorded. If you have deleted all your cookies in the browser, the respective opt-out cookie must be placed again.


We reserve the right to adapt this privacy policy in order to comply with the current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services into this privacy policy, for example when introducing new services. The new privacy policy applies to your next visit to our website.


The privacy policy has been created with the privacy statement generator of activeMind AG.