Privacy Policy

Data protection on this website

The Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) is committed to handling your personal data in a responsible way and to maintaining transparency about its use. The following sections therefore explain 

  • who is responsible for the website under data protection law 
  • what forms personal data are processed in, with a description of the purpose and a statement of the legal basis in each case and 
  • what rights you have as a user of this website. 

I. Who is responsible for the website and data privacy protection?

Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, legally represented by the president, Prof. Dr. hc. mult. Hermann Parzinger, is responsible for this website in terms of data protection. 

Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz

Von-der-Heydt-Straße 16-18

10785 Berlin


Tel.: +49 (0)30 266 412889



For questions regarding data protection, the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz has a data protection officer as a contact person. You can contact him/her at our postal address, addressed to “data protection officer,” or at 

II. What forms are personal data processed in?

1.Provision of the website and creation of log files

When you visit our website, the browser used on your device automatically sends information to the server on our website. This information is temporarily stored in a file called a "log file." 

a. Data categories

The following information is recorded without your active involvement and is stored until it is automatically deleted: 

  • IP address of the computer requesting access,
  • date and time of access,
  • name and URL of the file accessed,
  • web page from which access has taken place (referrer URL),
  • browser used and, if applicable, the operating system of your computer as well as the name of your internet service provider (ISP). 

b. Purpose

The aforementioned data are processed by us for the following purposes:

  • ensuring a smooth connection to the website 
  • ensuring the comfortable use of our website 
  • evaluating system security and stability as well as other administrative purposes. 

The website is operated as part of public relations work of the Foundation. 

c. Legal basis

The legal basis for data processing lies in the protection of legitimate interests in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 (e) GDPR in connection with Section 3 of the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – BDSG). The website is provided as part of our public relations work. 

d. Recipient categories

Our website is located on a server owned by the Mittwald company. The operator of our website, Art+Com, also has access to the aforementioned data. 

The Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz has exercised due diligence in selecting Art+Com as its web agency and Mittwald as its server host. Both Art+Com and Mittwald are bound by instructions given by the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz and are regularly checked. 

e. Storage period

The Mittwald company stores data for the following periods. 

Anonymized IP addresses are retained for seven weeks. 

Error logs, which record faulty page views, are deleted after seven days. In addition to the respective error message, they list the IP address from which access was attempted and, depending on the error, the web page that was accessed. 

Access via FTP is logged anonymously and the records are kept for seven weeks.

2. Cookies

Cookies are used on this website. These are small text packets that are sent from a website to a browser, are saved by the browser and then sent back as and when requested. 

a. Data categories

The Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz stores the following information from the data that is transmitted when you visit this website: 

  • browser type/version
  • operating system
  • referrer URL (the redirect page)
  • date, time, and duration of the server request
  • page(s) and file(s) accessed 
  • pseudonymized IP address
  • country of origin
  • frequency of access to the website

b. Purpose 

Firstly, the use of cookies is technically necessary and secondly it helps us to give you a better experience when you use our website. We use session cookies to tell which pages of our website, if any, you have visited before the one that you are currently looking at. These are automatically deleted when you leave our website. In addition, we use temporary cookies to optimize user friendliness, which are stored on your device for a fixed length of time. If you return to our site within that period, these cookies allow it to recognize that you were here earlier and to automatically recall the entries and settings that you made then, so you do not have to enter them again.

We also use cookies to generate statistics on the use of our website and to analyze usage for the purpose of improving our service. It is these cookies that enable the site to recognize automatically that you have already been here when you visit it again. They are automatically deleted after a fixed period.

c. Legal basis

Technically necessary cookies are processed in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 (e) GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – BDSG). All other cookies are processed only if you grant your consent, in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 (a) GDPR. 

d. Recipient categories

The Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz uses the usage analysis software Matomo (formerly Piwik), which is recommended for web analysis by data protection experts. Processing the personal data of individual users enables us to analyze the surfing behavior of our users in general. The data obtained is evaluated in order to provide us with information about the usage of the individual components of our website. This helps us to keep on improving our website and its ease of use. The users' IP addresses are automatically anonymized so that the data collected can no longer be assigned to specific people. This makes it impossible for the usage data or usage profiles to be matched with the personal data. The software runs exclusively on the servers of our service provider. The personal data of users is only stored there. The data is not shared with third parties.

e. Storage period

The technically necessary cookies are usually deleted when the browser is closed. 

In addition, performance/web analysis cookies or a Matomo deactivation cookie are stored on your computer. These are called "persistent cookies" and are automatically deleted after two years. You can delete these cookies yourself at any time by using the security settings of your browser. 

f. Right to revoke

If you consented to the statistical evaluation of your cookies on the start page, you can revoke your consent at any time by clicking the “I decline” button.

III. The rights users of this website have

Regarding your personal data, you have the following rights:

  • Right of access (Art. 15 GDPR)
  • Right of rectification and erasure (Art. 16+17 GDPR)
  • Right to restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR)
  • Right to object (Art. 21 GDPR)
  • Right to data portability (Art. 20)

You also have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority about the way the Foundation processes of your personal data (Art. 77 GDPR). The Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI) is responsible for the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz.

IV. Changes to the privacy policy

Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz reserves the right to modify this data privacy policy in line with technical developments and changes in the legal framework. You will find the relevant date of this privacy policy at the end of the policy.

Current: 11.05.2020