Privacy Policy for SWP Social Media Presentations

Thank you for your interest in the work of the SWP and its research results.

We attach great importance to the protection of your data and privacy. To ensure that you are fully informed about the collection, processing and use of personal data, please read the following information.

This privacy policy applies not only to the SWP website at, but also to the SWP-operated website of the CATS Network at

1. Person responsible for the processing of personal data

The person responsible for processing your personal data in accordance with data protection law is

German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
Ludwigkirchplatz 3–4
10719 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 88007 – 0
email: info(at)
Executive Chairman of the Board: Dr. Stefan Mair 

If you have any questions about data protection at SWP, you can contact our data protection officer at any time:

2. Data protection officer

You can contact our data protection officer as follows:

Data protection officer of
German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
Ludwigkirchplatz 3–4
10719 Berlin
email: datenschutz(at)

3. More information about the processing of your data

Basically, you use the social media sites and their functions voluntarily. You can also access most of the information we offer there via the SWP website

We do not process the information you voluntarily provide (e.g. in comments, posts, reactions) for other or our own purposes. However, we reserve the right to block or delete content if we believe this is necessary, or to share content that is recognizably provided for this purpose and for which the portal operator's usage options provide.

3.1 Facebook

We maintain a Facebook profile for public relations and to present our activities to appropriate target groups. Hereby we process your data with …

Facebook Ireland Ltd.
4 Grand Canal Square
Grand Canal Harbour
Dublin 2 Ireland

… in joint responsibility.

Facebook collects personal information when you visit the SWP Profile, including how you use Facebook products (e.g., the types of content you view or interact with, or the actions you take), and information about the devices you use (e.g., IP addresses, operating system, browser type, language preferences, cookie data). What information Facebook actually collects depends on whether and how you use Facebook products (e.g. as a user/non-member).

For more information about Facebook's privacy policy, cookie policy and contact information, please visit:

Facebook provides a joint responsibility agreement to comply with the requirements of Article 26 DSGVO. The essential rights and obligations of this agreement can be found under:

For details of data processing by Facebook, we refer to their privacy policy. During the period of joint responsibility, you can contact each responsible person or our data protection officer at any time and in any form if you have questions regarding the processing of your data. We recommend that you contact Facebook directly if you have questions regarding data processing by Facebook.

Facebook reserves the sole freedom of decision regarding the data collected together with our fan page. We do not know in what way Facebook will use your data for its own purposes, to what extent user profiles and the collected data can be linked, how long your data will be stored and to which third parties the data will be passed on.

We cannot rule out the possibility that Facebook may also process personal data outside the European Union or transfer it to such states. Due to the lifting of the EU-US Privacy Shield, Facebook must otherwise ensure that an adequate level of security comparable to the DSGVO exists when transferring data to the USA.

If you visit our profile while logged into Facebook, Facebook can track that you have visited our profile, how you have used it, and possibly which other websites you visit. Facebook is thus able to link such information to your profile, create a comprehensive usage profile of your presumed interests, and display ads tailored to you. If you want to avoid this, you should log off from Facebook, delete the stored cookies and restart your browser.

Part of the data is made available to us via Facebook Insights as user statistics. We receive the user statistics in anonymized form. We use the user statistics to improve our offers and evaluate our content.

3.2 Twitter

We use Twitter for public relations and presentation of our activities. In order to use Twitter, we rely on the technical platform and services of

Twitter, Inc.
1355 Market Street, Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94103 USA.

Twitter Inc. collects personal data when using the service. The personal data is on the one hand voluntarily submitted information such as name, e-mail address, etc., but on the other hand also information that is collected with the help of Cookies, such as IP address, GPS data, device information, etc.

We have no influence on the type and scope of the data processed by Twitter, the type of processing and use or the transfer of this data to third parties. For more information, please refer to the Twitter Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy at

Twitter uses the personal data for its own purposes, in particular for profile building, advertising and further analysis. By using Twitter buttons or widgets integrated into websites and the use of cookies, Twitter may be able to record your visits to these websites and assign them to your Twitter profile. You can restrict the processing of your data via your Twitter account and your cookie settings.

When using Twitter and visiting the website, your personal data will be transferred to the USA and possibly to other countries outside the EU. Please note that the EU-US Privacy Shield has been annulled by the ECJ and therefore does not confirm an adequate level of data protection comparable to the DSGVO for the USA.

4. Legal basis of the processing and duration of the storage

The legal basis for data processing in our social media appearances is Art. 6 para. 1 UAbs. 1 letter f DSGVO.

If you are asked by the respective platforms to give your consent to data processing, the consent you may have given is the legal basis for processing in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 UAbs. 1 letter a DSGVO.

5. Your rights

According to the General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO) you have

  • the right to information free of charge,
  • the right to rectification or erasure or to limitation of processing,
  • the right to object to the processing,
  • a right to data transferability.

If the data processing is based on consent, you have the right to revoke your consent at any time without affecting the lawfulness of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent until revocation or the processing on another legal basis.

If the processing of your personal data is based on Art. 6 para. 1 subpara. 1 letter e or f DSGVO, you have the right to object to the processing in accordance with Art. 21 DSGVO. If your objection is based on reasons arising from your particular situation, we will no longer process your personal data, unless we can prove compelling reasons for processing worthy of protection that outweigh your interests, rights and interests, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

You also have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority about the processing of your personal data by us, for example to the supervisory authority responsible for us:

Berliner Beauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit, 
Friedrichstraße 219, 
10969 Berlin, 
Phone +49-30/138890, 
Fax +49-30/2155050, 
email: mailbox(at)

If you have any questions or requests regarding data protection, you can of course also simply contact our data protection officer at any time: datenschutz(at)