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Privacy statement

The Society for Academic Study Preparation and Test Development (g.a.s.t.), a registered association headquartered in Bonn (Kennedyallee 50), runs the TestDaF-Institut in Bochum (Universitätsstraße 134) and Deutsch-Uni Online in Munich (Schönfeldstr. 13a). The responsible handling of personal data has a high priority for g.a.s.t. Using technical and organisational measures, we secure our website and other systems against the loss, destruction, access, change or processing of your data by unauthorised parties. Your personal data are only processed within the framework of the statutory provisions of data protection law of the European Union, in particular the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

With these data protection regulations, we would like to inform you of which personal data we collect, process and save on your person.


I. Name and address of the data controller 

Within the sense of the General Data Protection Regulation and other national legislation of the member states as well as data privacy regulations, the data controller is the

Society for Academic Study Preparation and Test Development, a registered association (g.a.s.t.)
c/o TestDaF-Institut 
Universitätsstraße 134 
44799 Bochum 

Tel.: +49 (0) 234 32 29770 


II. Data collection and processing 

We collect and process your personal data only to the extent that this is necessary to provide a functional website as well as our contents and services. Your personal data are processed regularly, only with your consent. An exception shall apply in such cases when prior consent is not possible for legitimate reasons and the processing of data is permitted by legal regulations. Your personal data will be deleted or locked as soon as the purpose for which they were stored no longer applies or legal retention obligations, for example for tax-related or accounting purposes, have been met.


III. Contact form and e-mail contact 

Our website offers a contact form that can be used to contact us electronically. If you take advantage of this option, the data you enter to the entry form (e-mail address, surname, name) will be sent to us and saved. Entering an address and telephone number is voluntary. The processing of personal data from the entry form is carried out based on your consent and serves only the purpose of communication. The legal basis for this is Art. 6 Sec. 1 a) of the GDPR. Alternatively, contact via the provided e-mail address is also possible. In this case, the personal data transferred with your e-mail address are stored based on Art. 6 Sec. 1 f) of the GDPR. The data will not be passed on to any third party. The data will be deleted as soon as the relevant matter has been settled. You can withdraw your consent to the saving of your personal data at any time. In this case, we will have to stop processing the request. All personal data saved in the course of contact are then deleted.


IV. Use of cookies 

We use technically necessary cookies to make our website user-friendly and enable specific functions. These are small text files transmitted from our website and saved on your end device. The user data collected by these cookies are not used to create user profiles. The cookies we use are "session cookies", which are only required and saved for the duration of your visit to the website. These cookies are deleted/lose their validity as soon as you leave our website. As a user, you have full control over cookie usage. You can block or restrict the transmission of cookies by adjusting the settings in your web browser. This can be done automatically. If you block cookies for our website, you may not be able to use all functions of the website in full. We process the data collected by these cookies based on Article 6 Section 1 f of the GDPR.


V. Log files 

Each time our website is accessed, our web server automatically logs specific information in a file (log file). The data are saved for a limited period of time. Log files contain the following information in particular:

  • URL opened
  • Transmitted data volume
  • Website you arrived at the requested site from (the "referrer")
  • http status
  • Information on the browser type and the used version
  • IP address
  • Date and time of access

We analyse these data sets only for statistical purposes, to improve the website, for reasons of system security (e.g. prevention of misuse) and for troubleshooting. No personal analyses or profiling will be carried out. The data will be deleted immediately after the purpose for which they were collected no longer applies. The legal basis for temporary storage of the data and log files is Article 6 Section 1 f) of the GDPR.


VI. Social media 

We do not use any social media plugins; instead, we use social bookmarks. These are integrated as links to the corresponding services. After clicking the integrated graphics, you are forwarded to the site of the respective provider.


VII. Google reCAPTCHA 

To secure our contact form against undesired use, we use the "reCaptcha" service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA ("Google").

This service distinguishes between entries by a person or automated misuse by a machine (spambot). For this purpose, your IP address and other data required by Google for the reCaptcha service are transmitted to Google, using cookies (see cookies). The Google data protection regulations of Google shall apply for these data. You can find it under https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/

The data are captured based on Art. 6 Sec. 1 f) of the GDPR.


VIII. Google Analytics 

Deutsch-Uni Online uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies," which are text files placed on your computer to help the website analyse how you use the site (see "Use of cookies").

The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. DUO has enabled IP anonymisation on this website, which ensures your IP address is truncated by Google within the member states of the European Union or in other member countries of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, e.g. in case of technical disruptions in Europe, will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. Google will use this information on our behalf to analyse your use of the website, to put together reports on website activities and to provide us with additional services associated with the use of the website and the Internet. The IP address transmitted by your browser to Google Analytics is not merged with other Google data.

You can block the storage of cookies by changing the settings in your browser software; please note that in this case you may not be able to use all functions of the DUO learning platform in full. Additionally, if you do not want the information generated by the cookie about your use of DUO (including your IP address) to be transmitted to and stored by Google, as well as the processing of this data by Google, you can download and install the browser add-on at the following link:  http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de 

The data are captured by Google Analytics based on Art. 6 Sec. 1 f) of the GDPR. You can withdraw consent to capture your data at any time.


IX. Links to websites of other providers 

Our website contains links to websites of our cooperation partners and other providers. Clinking these links takes you from our website straight to these websites. We have no influence over whether these providers comply with data privacy regulations. Please refer to the respective websites directly for more information.


X. Your rights and contact options 

The European General Data Privacy Regulation grants you the following rights:

Right of access: You have the right of free access to all data we have stored on your person, in particular on the categories of the personal data, the purpose for which they were processed and the planned duration of storage (Art. 15 GDPR).

Right to rectification: You have the right to the rectification and/or completion of your personal data provided these are incorrect or incomplete (Art. 16 GDPR).

Right to erasure and for processing to be restricted: Provided the legal requirements are met, you can demand the deletion of or restriction of processing of your personal data (Art. 17, 18 GDPR).

Right to data portability: If you have agreed to the processing of your data or a contract on data processing based on automated processes exists, you also have the right to data portability (Art. 20 GDPR).

Right to object: You have the right to object to the processing of personal data on your person for reasons resulting from your particular situation at any time based on Art. 6 Par. 1 e or f of the GDPR (Art. 21 GDPR).

Right to withdraw consent: You have the right to withdraw your consent to the use of your data at any time. Withdrawing your consent does not affect the lawfulness of the processing taking place based on your consent until you withdraw it. (Art. 7 Sec. 3 GDPR).

Right to appeal: You can lodge a complaint with the responsible supervisory body if you get the impression that your data is being processed in violation of applicable law. You can turn to the data protection authority responsible for your place of residence/country or the data protection authority responsible for us. (Art. 77 of the GDPR).
In case of questions on the collection, processing or use of your personal data, for access, rectification, locking or deletion of data as well as to withdraw your consent or object to a specific use of your data, please contact our data protection officer:

Dr. Kai-Uwe Loser