Privacy Policy

I. Responsibility and Scope

The service provider and, therefore, the authority responsible for the personal data of the user when he/she accesses our website, is the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. All personal data are compiled, processed and used by the ZKM in accordance with the relevant legal regulation – first and foremost, the state protection laws of Landesdatenschutzgesetzes Baden-Württemberg (LDSG) [state protection laws] and the Telemediaengesetzes (TMG) [Telemedia Act].

These privacy notices are only valid for the web sites under the domain, and for other ZKM web sites which refer to these pointers. Above all, the pointers do not refer to external web sites as indicated links on the ZKM site.

Should users who are not directly answerable to, or under the supervision of the ZKM place personal data on our web site via third parties (e.g. the citing of names in Blog contributions), then users are themselves responsible of the content in accordance with data protection regulations. On the request of those concerned, we will delete any such content from our web site forthwith.

The ZKM privacy notices are subject to regular modifications as are conditioned, among other things, by a possibly altered usage of so-called social plugins. The privacy notices are decisive each time you visit the web site.

II. Data Automatically Generated when Visiting the Web Site

When visiting our web site, the following information is automatically transferred from your browser to our server:

  • Date and time of visit;
  • Host name of the accessing computer (IP address);
  • Referrer-URL (of previously visited web sites);
  • Browser type and user version;
  • User operating system;
  • Pages visited by the user;
  • The search term with which the web site was found, e.g., via Google.

These data are used by the ZKM exclusively for data security, for statistic evaluation as well as for demand-based web site design purposes. Allocation of these data to a specific or evidently natural person will not be undertaken either by the ZKM nor a third party as commissioned by the ZKM. Similarly, personal data will not be generated.

III. Cookies

So-called cookies will be inserted on the web site, by way of which you will then be assigned an anonymous user ID. Cookies are small text files, which are filed on the user’s computer when accessing a web site. Cookies serve to make web sites more comfortable, efficient and secure. As pure text files, cookies cannot contain viruses or other malware. The majority of browsers offer the possibility to indicate a warning before saving cookies, to completely reject cookies and/or to delete existing cookies. However, the usability of the web site may be limited as a result of such settings. Cookies are used on especially in the following places:

Forms: a cookie is automatically inserted when using one of our forms (registration for a workshop; requests for group bookings of guided tours and workshops; requests for an event at the ZKM; registration for the ZKM-press distribution list). As the case may be, the form then indicates to you that you have already, at some point, sent out a form.

Press download: For press representatives there is an additional form with which press material can be downloaded. On request an optional cookie may be inserted, which then registers this for the next download which avoids having to repeatedly enter these data.

Google Analytics: The use of cookies for Google Analytics is described in the following section.

IV. The Use of Google Analytics

This web site uses Google Analytics, a Google Inc. web analysis service. (»Google«). Google Analytics also uses cookies, namely, text files which are saved on your computer, and which facilitate an analysis of web site usage. As a rule, the information generated by way of the cookie about your use of this web site is transferred to a Google server in the USA, where it is saved. Based on the activation of IP anonymisation on this web site, Google abbreviates, in advance, your IP address within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the convention via the European Economic Area. Thus, you can no longer be allocated to a port or user. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address transferred to a Google server in den USA, where it is abbreviated.

Google uses the collected data on behalf of the ZKM in order to evaluate the use of the website, and, in turn, to collate reports on web site activities, and to provide services connected to web site and Internet usage for the web site operator. As the case may be, Google will also transfer this information to a third part in so far as this is prescribed by law, or in so far as such data is processed by third parties on behalf of Google. Google will on no account connect your IP address to other Google data.

You can prevent saving cookies by correspondingly setting your browser software. Furthermore, through Google Analytics you can object to the collection of data by Google which effect the future, by installing a deactivation add-On ( for your browser.

V. Voluntary Personal Data

Disclosing your personal data is not required when visiting our web site. Should you voluntarily provide such data, for example, as part of an online form or when ordering our newsletter, the ZKM may use such data for responding to requests, or for sending out the newsletter, though only as stipulated by the relevant data protection regulations.

Where applicable, your consent to the collection, processing and/or usage of personal data, especially your email address for forwarding the newsletter, can be cancelled by simple notification (per email, fax or letter), or else the newsletter can unsubscribed at any time by activating a link enclosed in all newsletters that have been sent out. In such a case, your personal data will be deleted forthwith by the ZKM.

When submitting a commentary in our blog, you can enter your name (or a pseudonym), as well as your email address; your IP address will also be automatically saved. Here, the collection and processing of your IP-address is used for statistical evaluation, as well as for the blog design according to need. Furthermore, the collection of the IP address is carried out for our security, should someone illegally publish content in commentaries (e.g. insults; see also »netiquette«). In such cases, we are also interested in a potential identification of such users, in so far as we are ourselves potentially liable for omissions. We are ourselves not technically in a position to make such identification by way of the IP address.

We do not forward personal data to a third party, unless express consent for such a transfer has been given by you in advance, or where the transfer of such data has been likewise legally granted in advance. In so far as you have already consented to the forwarding of your data, you may cancel this at any time by simple notification (per email, fax or letter).

VI. Information

You may request, rectify or cancel any information relating to the data the ZKM has collected about your person under the clearly visible contact data and relevant email address printed in the Impressum at:

Status: September 1, 2014