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Privacy policy & objection

DIBt is committed to dealing with your data responsibly. We hope that the sections below will help you understand for which purposes DIBt collects data and what happens with it in the later process. You will also learn what happens technically on your computer during the data collection process (catchword: "cookies"). Besides, you can make use of your right to object to your data being collected.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Digital content manager
Dr.-Ing. Doris Kirchner
Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik
Kolonnenstr. 30 B
10829 Berlin
Telefon +49 (0)30/ 78730 423
Telefax +49 (0)30/ 78730 320

Why does DIBt use a visitor analytics software?

DIBt analyses how its website is used in order to better adapt it to your needs. To achieve this, it is important for DIBt to know how often certain contents are accessed and which devices and web browsers you use.

Anonymising/masking visitor statistics with Piwik

To generate its visitor statistics, DIBt uses an open-source web analytics tool, called Piwik. This software uses analytical methods which are in compliance with the applicable data protection legislation. This means that your IP address will be anonymised immediately after it has been processed before it is stored. User profiles are masked so that it will no longer be possible to match the data with individual user records.

What data does Piwik collect and what is it used for?

DIBt gathers the following information:

  • Anonymised/masked IP addresses
  • Browser type and version, language settings and plugins used
  • Operating system, screen resolution, device
  • Referrer URL (the site or the search words which helped you find our website)
  • Date, time and duration of your visits
  • Site/sites, file/files and links used
  • Country of origin

DIBt uses this data solely for anonymous, statistical analysis. The data is stored on DIBt's own servers in Germany for as long as necessary for the above-mentioned purpose. The data is not disclosed to third parties, neither in full nor in part. Furthermore, the data is not used for promotional purposes, nor will it be linked to data from other sources (e.g. from registrations or orders).

What are cookies and how do they work?

Cookies are small files which your web browser stores on your computer when you visit a website. They are used to exchange data between computer programs or to save data for a certain period of time. Cookies are necessary for many functions and Piwik to work properly. However, it is possible to configure them such that functionality is maintained while ensuring that the personal data is protected. To achieve this, DIBt has chosen the following settings:

  • The session cookie expires as soon as you close your browser.
  • The web analytics cookies expire after seven days.
  • If you have objected to your data being collected and evaluated, your web browser installs a deactivation cookie on your computer. This cookie ensures that your visits will no longer be recorded. It will expire after two years.

Objecting to data collection through Piwik web analytics

You can now decide whether you allow DIBt to collect the above-mentioned data during your visit of the DIBt website. If you do not agree, you can object to the data collection process at any time by unchecking the checkbox below.

If you wish to object, please uncheck the checkbox below. A deactivation cookie will then be installed on your browser which will prevent the data of your visits to this website from being collected in the future.
Please note: If you have configured your browser such that cookies are automatically deleted, the deactivation cookie, too, will be deleted when you close your browser. In this case, you have to object to the data collection process every time you access the DIBt website. You will also have to object to the data collection process again when you access the DIBt website from another computer or when you use a different browser.

Special data protection provisions for services requiring prior registration

For some of the services offered by DIBt a separate registration is necessary (e.g. for the ordering service for granted approvals or the Registry for energy performance certificates).
Please note that special data protection provisions apply for these services.
These provisions will be presented to you as part of the terms of use when you register. Please be aware that you may only use these services if you agree to them.