Disclaimer & Privacy Statement

1. Preamble, name and contact details of the persons responsible

This privacy policy clarifies the type, scope and purpose of processing personal data (hereinafter referred to as "data") within our online offer. With regard to the terms used, we refer to the definitions in Art. 4 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


Carola Richter & Christine Horz-Ishak
Freie Universität Berlin, Institute for Media and Communication Studies
Garystr. 55,14195 Berlin, GERMANY

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2. Scope and purpose of the processing of personal data

2.1 Access to the website and usage statistics

When you call up this website, the browser used on your end device automatically sends information to the server of our website. This data is only collected anonymously and therefore cannot be assigned to a specific person. For the purpose of analysing the use and scope of our journal and the articles published here, we document and store access to the main page of the journal, to issues, articles, flags and additional files. All information is made anonymous. IP addresses are anonymized using a hash algorithm (SHA 256) in combination with a secure 64-character salt. The salt is automatically randomly generated and overwritten daily. In this way, IP addresses cannot be reconstructed afterwards.

In addition to the anonymised IP addresses, the following data is collected:

  • Type of access (e.g. administrative access)
  • Access time
  • accessed URL
  • HTTP Status Code
  • Browser

The information collected is only used to statistically evaluate the use of the content. There is no assignment of IP addresses to user IDs. It is technically impossible to subsequently trace a specific data record to a specific IP address.

2.2 Personal data for submissions

Personal data submitted together with contributions (in particular names, institutional affiliation, biographical information, e-mail and homepage address) will be published together with the contribution if it is published.

3. Transfer of data

Your personal data will not be transferred to third parties for purposes other than those listed below. Personal data will be transferred to third parties if:

  • the data subject has expressly consented to this in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 letter a) GDPR
  • the disclosure pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 letter f) GDPR is necessary for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims and there is no reason to assume that the data subject has an overriding interest worthy of protection in the non-disclosure of his or her data,
  • for the data transmission pursuant to Article 6(1), first sentence, letter c) GDPR there is a legal obligation, and/or
  • this is necessary for the performance of a contractual relationship with the data subject pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 letter b) GDPR.

4. Rights of data subjects

You are entitled to the following rights:

  • to request information about your personal data processed by us in accordance with Art. 15 GDPR. In particular, you may request information on the purposes of processing, the category of personal data, the categories of recipients to whom your data have been or will be disclosed, the planned storage period, the existence of a right of rectification, cancellation, restriction of processing or opposition, the existence of a right of appeal, the origin of your data, if not collected by us, as well as the existence of automated decision making including profiling and, if applicable, meaningful information on the details of the same;
  • in accordance with Art. 16 GDPR, to demand without delay the correction of incorrect or incomplete personal data stored by us;
  • pursuant to Art. 17 GDPR to demand the deletion of your personal data stored with us, unless processing is necessary to exercise the right to freedom of expression and information, to fulfil a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or to assert, exercise or defend legal claims. This applies to users who have registered with OGJ as author, reviewer, editor or any other contributory role;
  • pursuant to Art. 18 GDPR, to demand the restriction of the processing of your personal data, if the accuracy of the data is disputed by you, if the processing is unlawful but you refuse to delete it and we no longer require the data, but you require it for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims or if you have lodged an objection to the processing pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR;
  • in accordance with Art. 20 GDPR, to receive your personal data that you have provided us with in a structured, common and machine-readable format or to request its transfer to another responsible party;
  • in accordance with Art. 7 para. 3 GDPR, to revoke your consent to us at any time. As a result, we may no longer continue data processing based on this consent for the future and
  • complain to a supervisory authority pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR.

5. Right of objection

If your personal data are processed on the basis of legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 letter f GDPR, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR, if there are reasons for doing so arising from your particular situation or if the objection is directed against direct marketing. In the latter case, you have a general right of objection, which will be implemented by us without indicating a special situation. If you wish to exercise your right of revocation or objection, simply send an e-mail to gmj@polsoz.fu-berlin.de.

6. Topicality and amendment of this privacy policy

This Privacy Policy is current as of February 1 2022 and we reserve the right to update the Privacy Policy in due course to improve data protection and/or to adapt it to changes in governmental practice or jurisdiction.