Privacy Statement

The security of personal data has high priority for us. We are legally obliged to implement the EU-DSGVO and the Brandenburg Data Protection Act and have taken appropriate measures to do so. Our security and data privacy measures are regularly updated.

According to EU-DSGVO Art. 4 No. 1, personal data includes all information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person.

In the following we comply with our duty to provide information pursuant to Art. 13 and Art. 14 EU-DSGVO.

Data Controller

Responsible for DIfE Website:

Responsible within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation and other national data protection laws of the member states as well as other data protection regulations is:

Deutsches Institut für Ernährungsforschung Potsdam-Rehbrücke
Arthur-Scheunert-Allee 114-116
14558 Nuthetal

phone: +49 33 200 88 - 0

Data Protection Officer:

Florian Melzer
Arthur-Scheunert-Allee 114-116
14558 Nuthetal/Deutschland

Responsible supervisory authority:

Dagmar Hartge
Die Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz und für das Recht auf Akteneinsicht
Stahnsdorfer Damm 77
14532 Kleinmachnow
phone: +49 33 203/356-0


Rights of the affected person

You have the right

  • zu erfahren, wie lange Ihre personenbezogenen Daten bei uns gespeichert werden.
  • to know how long we store your personal data.
  • to know what kind of personal data we have stored about you and you have the right to receive this data.
  • to revoke your consent to the processing of your personal data with effect for the future.
  • to complain to the responsible supervisory authority.
  • to know how a possible automated decision making process is carried out in the processing of your personal data.
  • of deletion of your personal data, if there are no retention periods.
  • to let your personal data be corrected if they are not accurate.
  • to let your data stored by us be transferred to another location.
  • to know from which source your personal data originates if it was not collected directly from you.


Automatically collected data

In order to use our website, you do not have to provide us with any personal data. When you visit our website, the webserver collects technical information for the transmission of data, some of it is stored in log files. This includes information about the terminal device used, the name of the operating system, the browser used, the time of access, the so-called referrer (this is the address of the website from which you are visiting us), transferred data volumes and an anonymous IP address. In order to make the IP address anonym, the last digit of the address is coded as 0 before storage. As such it is no longer possible to unambiguously assign the user. These log files are managed by DIfE's IT department.

This data is used for the purpose of guaranteeing the functionality and security of the DIfE website and evaluated for error detection. It will not be transferred to third parties and will be deleted after 14 days.


We use session cookies to ensure the functionality of the website. These are small text files that are stored on your hard drive only for the duration of your visit to our website and are deleted when you exit the browser, depending on the settings of your browser program. These cookies do not retrieve any information about you stored on your hard drive and do not interfere with your PC or files. They serve to make the internet offer more user-friendly and effective overall. Most browsers are set to accept cookies automatically. However, you can deactivate the storage of cookies or set your browser in a way that it informs you if cookies have been sent.

Analysis tool Matomo

We use the open source web analysis service Matomo to evaluate the use of the website and to compile reports on website activities.

Matomo uses so-called “tracking cookies", which enable an analysis of the use of the website. For this purpose, the information generated by the cookie is stored on our server. The IP address is anonymized before being saved. The Matomo cookies remain on your device until you delete them.

The storage of Matomo cookies and the use of this analysis tool are based on Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. f DSGVO. If a corresponding consent has been requested (e. g. consent to the storage of cookies), the processing is carried out exclusively on the basis of Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. a DSGVO; consent may be revoked at any time.

The information generated by the cookie about the use of our website is not passed on to third parties. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

If you do not agree with the storage and use of your data, you can deactivate the storage and use. In this case, an opt-out cookie is stored in your browser, which prevents Matomo from saving usage data. If you delete your cookies, the Matomo opt-out cookie will also be deleted. The opt-out must be reactivated the next time you visit this website.


Plugin OpenStreetMap

We use the map service of OpenStreetMap (OSM). The provider is the Open Street Map Foundation (OSMF), 132 Maney Hill Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B72 1JU, United Kingdom.

When you visit a website where OpenStreetMap is included, your IP address and other information about your behavior on that website is forwarded to OSMF. OpenStreetMap may store cookies in your browser for this purpose. These are text files which are stored on your computer and which enable an analysis of your use of the website. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

Your location can also be recorded if you have allowed this in your device settings, for example on your mobile phone. As the operator of our website, we have no influence on this data transmission. Details can be found in the OpenStreetMap privacy policy under the following link:

The use of OpenStreetMap is in the interest of an attractive presentation of our online offers and easy findability of the locations we have indicated on the website. This constitutes a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. f DSGVO.

Registration for mailing lists

You have the possibility to register for our press releases in our press mailing list. Furthermore, you can register for current study participation in our study distribution list. The data you provide will be stored in the DIfE press office until it is revoked and used exclusively to send the requested information. The data will not be shared with any third parties, nor will it be reconciled with other data. You may withdraw your consent to the reception of the information at any time. Please send an e-mail or a letter to:

German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke (DIfE)
Press- and Public Relations
Arthur-Scheunert-Allee 114-116
14558 Nuthetal/Germany

Your data will be deleted immediately.

Requests by e-mail, telephone or fax

 If you contact us by e-mail, telephone or fax, your request, including all resulting personal data (name, request) will be stored and processed by us for the purpose of processing your request. We do not pass these data on without your consent.

The processing of these data is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR, if your request is related to the execution of a contract or if it is necessary to carry out pre-contractual measures. In all other cases, the processing is based on your consent (Article 6 (1) a GDPR) and/or on our legitimate interests (Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR), since we have a legitimate interest in the effective processing of requests addressed to us.

The data sent by you to us via contact requests remain with us until you request us to delete, revoke your consent to the storage or the purpose for the data storage lapses (e.g. after completion of your request). Mandatory statutory provisions - in particular statutory retention periods - remain unaffected.


If you use external links offered through our websites, this data protection declaration does not extend to these links. We have no control over other providers’ compliance with data protection and security regulations. Therefore, please inform yourself on the websites of other providers about the data protection declarations provided there.

By using this website you agree to the processing of the data collected by us as described and for the purposes set out above.