Data privacy

It is an important concern for the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) that it handles your personal data in a responsible way. Hence the following sections explain:

  • why the Foundation collects and stores data
  • how the SPK collects data and which data it stores
  • how you can opt out of or avoid data collection
  • what kind of cookies are used on the Foundation’s website
  • how the Share button works

Why does the Foundation employ web analytics software?

The Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz analyzes use of this website. By doing so it obtains information about how to improve its web offerings. For example, this includes knowledge about how often certain content is accessed or what browser was used to view it. The Foundation uses the stored data exclusively for statistical purposes. No other use is made of the data and it is not shared with third parties.

Anonymized/pseudonymized web analytics software with Matomo

The Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz employs the web analytics software Matomo (former Piwik), which is recommended by data privacy experts. By automatically anonymizing/pseudonymizing the IP address, the data stored can no longer be assigned to specific people. This prevents the usage data or usage profile from being connected with data that could identify the user.

What data is stored with the web analytics software Matomo?

Every time a website on the Internet is visited and every time data is accessed, browsers usually communicate data. Of the data that is conveyed when you visit this website, the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz stores the following information:

  • Browser type / version
  • Operating system
  • Referrer URL (the referring page)
  • Time of server request
  • Pages and data accessed
  • Anonymized IP address
  • Country of origin

Opting out of data tracking by the web analytics software Matomo

You can decide whether you wish the data listed above to be tracked, analyzed, and described statistically by the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz.

Please note that if you have activated automatic deletion of cookies in your browser, the deactivation cookie will also be deleted when you close the program. In that case, every time you access this website you must opt out again from data tracking. Likewise, when you use another computer or a different web browser, you must opt out of data tracking again.

What cookies does this website employ?

Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer when you visit a website. Cookies can be used to exchange information between computer programs or stored for a limited time. Cookies can only be stored if you allow this in your browser’s settings.

The Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz uses cookies very sparingly. That means that you can largely view this website even without cookies.

The cookies used on this website perform two different functions:

  • Some of the cookies used ensure that the website functions and is displayed properly. The validity of these cookies is limited to one visit to this website. As soon as your browser is closed, these so-called session cookies are deleted.
  • The other cookies used on this website belong to the web analytics software Matomo. Depending on whether you agreed to or opted out of data tracking, two web analytics cookies or one Matomo deactivation cookie is stored on your computer. These cookies remain valid for two years if you do not delete them.

What data is stored from e-mail inquiries or from forms?

When making inquiries by e-mail or via a web form, you have to provide certain data so that the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz can contact you. If you provide the Foundation with personal data in an inquiry or order, such data is used only for the correspondence in question or the purpose indicated in the form.

SPK Newsletter

The Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz uses the services of CleverReach GmbH & Co. KG to distribute the SPK Newsletter. Your data are stored in encrypted form on servers located in Germany and Europe. CleverReach GmbH & Co. KG uses the providers Host Europe GmbH and Amazon Web Services to send mailings. So that the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz can adapt the newsletter to reflect the interests of its readers, the links that you click on are recorded in an anonymized form.

When you sign up for the SPK Newsletter, your e-mail address is communicated to CleverReach GmbH & Co. KG. If you cancel your subscription, this address will continue to be stored by CleverReach GmbH & Co. KG. This is necessary for technical reasons, to ensure that the SPK newsletter will no longer be sent to you.

Are personal data transmitted when using the Share button?

On nearly every subpage of this website, you will find a Share button. This button has links to various social bookmarking services and social networks. No personal data is tracked or transmitted to third parties when the Share button is displayed or used. No cookies are employed either.

Via the Share button you can add the page displayed to various social bookmarking services or share it via your social networks. You must have an account with the provider in question. When you click on a link and log in to one of the social bookmarking services or social networks, the data privacy policy of the provider in question applies.