Data Protection

Protecting your privacy is important to us. Therefore kindly note the following information concerning use of the website

Provided below is information about the type, scope and purpose of collecting and utilizing your personal data. You can refer to this information on our website at any time. The information applies to use of services via PC, smartphone, tablet, as well as all other Internet-enabled devices.

Responsible entity and data protection officer

The following entity is responsible for processing your personal data:

Leibniz-Institut für Gemüse- und Zierpflanzenbau (IGZ) e.V.
(Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) e.V.)

Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1
DE 14979 Großbeeren
Tel.: +49 (0)33701-78131
Fax: +49 (0)33701-55391

You can contact our data protection officer at our postal address with the supplement “c/o data protection officer”, or via e-mail to

General information on data processing

Provided in the following is information about the processing of personal data of visitors at our website. Personal data in the context of the general data protection regulation includes all information related to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter referred to as “data subject”). Such information comprises, for example, your name, postal address and e-mail address.

Use for informative purposes

If you simply visit our website without registering or otherwise providing information, we only collect the data which your browser automatically sends to our server. These data are temporarily stored on our server.

The following data are collected here:

  • Information about the browser type, language and employed version
  • The user’s operating system
  • The user’s IP address
  • Date and time of access
  • Time-zone difference with respect to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Websites from where the user’s system is routed to our website
  • Websites which the user’s system invokes from our website
  • Access status / HTTP status code
  • Data quantity transmitted in each case

These data are technically required to display our web pages and ensure the security of our website. We evaluate these data solely for statistical purposes, in order to remedy possible technical errors, identify and avert any attacks and vulnerabilities, as well as improve our website’s appeal, content and functionality. These details are not merged with other data sources.

Our legitimate interest in the security and stability of our website serves as the legal basis for temporary storage of data and log files, as per Article 6 Paragraph 1 Item f) of the GDPR.


When you contact us via e-mail or our contact form, the data communicated by you (your e-mail address, possibly your name and telephone number) are stored by us in order to answer your questions. These details are communicated expressly on a voluntary basis and with your consent, as per Article 6 Paragraph 1 Item a) of the GDPR. Insofar as details about communication channels (such as e-mail address, phone number) are involved here, you furthermore agree that we may contact you via these channels in order to respond to your concerns. You may revoke your consent for the future at any time.

We delete the data collected in this context once storage is no longer necessary, or restrict processing if there are statutory retention obligations.

Application procedure

You can apply to our institute electronically via e-mail. To be able to process your application using the relevant procedure, we will need your personal data. Please note that e-mails sent in unencrypted form are not protected against unauthorized access.

Your application documents are usually stored for a period of six months unless you have expressly consented to longer storage of your data, or a contract has been concluded.

Should your application result in creation of an employment relationship, your data and documents are transferred in accordance with § 26 Paragraph 1 S. 1 of the Federal Data Protection Act to the personnel file for the purpose of implementing the employment relationship.

You are neither legally nor contractually obliged to provide us with your data. However, these data are needed for a decision about your application. Without this information, there can be no application procedure or subsequent employment.

The legal basis for data processing in the context of application procedures is Article 6 Paragraph 1 Items a, b) of the GDPR and § 26 Paragraph 1 S. 1 of the Federal Data Protection Act.

Twitter Plugin

Functions of the Twitter service are integrated on our pages. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and the "Re-Tweet" function, the websites you visit are linked to your Twitter account and made known to other users. Data is also transferred to Twitter in the process. We would like to point out that we, as the provider of the pages, have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data or its use by Twitter. You can find more information on this in Twitter's privacy policy at

You can change your privacy settings on Twitter in the account settings at

Google Web Fonts

This site uses so-called web fonts provided by Google for the uniform display of fonts. When you call up a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into its browser cache in order to display texts and fonts correctly.

For this purpose, the browser you use must connect to Google's servers. This informs Google that our website has been accessed via your IP address. Google Web Fonts are used in the interest of a uniform and appealing presentation of our online offers. This represents a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f DSGVO.

If your browser does not support web fonts, a standard font from your computer will be used.

Further information on Google Web Fonts can be found at and in Google's privacy policy:


Our website uses plugins from the video portal Vimeo. The provider is Vimeo Inc, 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011, USA.

When you visit one of our pages equipped with a Vimeo plugin, a connection to the Vimeo servers is established. This tells the Vimeo server which of our pages you have visited. In addition, Vimeo obtains your IP address. This also applies if you are not logged in to Vimeo or do not have an account with Vimeo. The information collected by Vimeo is transmitted to the Vimeo server in the USA.

If you are logged into your Vimeo account, you enable Vimeo to assign your surfing behaviour directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your Vimeo account.

For more information on the handling of user data, please refer to the Vimeo privacy policy at:


Our website uses plugins from the YouTube site operated by Google. The operator of the pages is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.

When you visit one of our pages equipped with a YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. This tells the YouTube server which of our pages you have visited.

If you are logged into your YouTube account, you enable YouTube to assign your surfing behaviour directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

YouTube is used in the interest of an appealing presentation of our online offers. This represents a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f DSGVO.

Further information on the handling of user data can be found in YouTube's privacy policy at:

Google Maps

To display an interactive map, this website uses the Google Places API, a map service from Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). During a use of Google Maps at our website, it is necessary to establish a connection to a Google server. As a result, Google can also process data about usage of the map functions by visitors to the website (including their IP address). Further information is provided by Google’s data privacy policy at

The legal basis for the use of the map functions is our legitimate interest in showing our location to visitors and thereby improving our service, as per Article 6 Paragraph 1 S. 1 Item f) of the GDPR.

Data transmission

We work with service providers who assume technical and content-related tasks needed to make our website available. These include services such as hosting and maintenance of our website. The following service providers are currently engaged:

DFN – Verein zur Förderung eines Deutschen Forschungsnetzes e.V., Alexanderplatz 1, DE 10178 Berlin

Through technical and organizational measures, we ensure that data protection laws are complied with if external service providers come into contact with your personal data.

If you have any questions about individual recipients, kindly contact us using the contact details provided in Item 1.

 Your rights

With regard to your personal data, you have the following rights vis-à-vis us:

a. General rights

You have the right of information, rectification, erasure, restriction of processing, objection to processing and data portability. If processing is based on your consent, you have the right to revoke it from us with effect for the future.

b. Rights in data processing according to legitimate interest

Pursuant to Article 21 Paragraph 1 of the GDPR, you have the right, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to object at any time to the processing of your personal data on the basis of Article 6 Paragraph 1 Item e) of the GDPR (data processing in the public interest) or Article 6 Paragraph 1 Item f) of the GDPR (data processing to safeguard a legitimate interest); this also applies to profiling based on this provision. In the event of your objection, we will cease processing your personal data, unless we can demonstrate compelling, defensible reasons for processing which outweigh your interests, rights and freedoms, or unless processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

c. Rights in direct advertising

Insofar as we process your personal data for the purpose of direct advertising, you are entitled at any time, pursuant to Article 21 Paragraph 2 of the GDPR, to object to the processing of your personal data for the purpose of such advertising; this applies also to profiling insofar as it is associated with direct advertising.

In the event of your objection to processing for the purpose of direct advertising, we will cease processing your personal data for this purpose.

d. Right of complaint to a supervisory authority

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

If you have any kind of enquiry about data privacy and processing of personal data, kindly contact our data protection officer. They will also gladly respond to petitions, requests for information, suggestions and complaints.

Data security

IGZ has taken extensive technical and operational security measures to protect your data against unauthorized access and misuse. Our security procedures are regularly reviewed and adapted to technological progress. Our employees are trained and committed to confidentiality.

Changes to the notes on data privacy

We reserve the right to change this data privacy statement at any time in compliance with applicable data protection regulations. 



The current version is dated October 2022.