Privacy policy

Our handling of your data and your rights - Information pursuant to Article 13 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) in the context of the Konstanz' Citizen Survey

1. Foreword

The aim of the data protection declaration is, among other things, to inform you about the purpose, type and scope of the collection as well as the processing and use of the data. Your participation in our survey is voluntary. You have the right to cancel the survey and revoke your consent to participate at any time. This will not result in any disadvantages for you. It goes without saying that we will handle the data you entrust to us as part of the survey responsibly. Your data will be collected and used confidentially and in accordance with the statutory data protection provisions, in particular the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Baden-Württemberg State Data Protection Act, as well as the following privacy policy.

2. Why do we want to survey you?

The Konstanz' Citizen Survey is an annual survey that has been conducted since 2008 and focuses on content-related and methodological issues of social science. The survey is designed by the University of Constance (working group of Prof. Dr. Hinz), and the respective question program was closely coordinated with the City of Constance (Main Office, Statistics and Control Support). In addition to current topics of municipal politics and social reporting, aspects of general scientific interest will be included in the question program.

3. Are you obligated to participate?

 No. On the contrary, participation requires your express consent.

4. Who are we and who can you contact?

Responsible for the content and contact person for questions about the network structure and the technical and organizational measures for data protection is

Konstantin Mozer
Universitätsstraße 10
78464 Konstanz
Phone: +497531 88-2166

As the legally responsible body, the

Universität Konstanz
78457 Konstanz, Deutschland
Phone: +49 7531 88-0
Fax: +49 7531 88-3688

takes all necessary measures to protect your personal data. If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please contact the data protection officer (Article 37 EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)):


5. What data do we collect and where do we get it?

We have determined the information about your person from the population register. These personal data, which relate to an identifiable natural person, include in particular the name and address. Access to this data is possible for universities for research purposes. They will only be used to contact you in the context of the research project. There will be no linking of your personal data with your answers in the survey. This also applies to personal data that you may provide to us in the course of the survey (for example, if you still have questions).

All answers will be treated absolutely confidentially and stored separately from your contact data. Results are published exclusively in anonymized and aggregated form. This means that no one can tell from the publications which information was provided by which person.

6. On what legal basis do we use the data?

Processing of name and address: Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e i.V.m. Para. 3; DS-GVO, in conjunction with. § Section 13 LDSG and Section 46 BMG (processing of personal data by research institutions).

Specific contact data and survey content: Art. 6 para. 1 lit e), para. 3 and Art. 9 para. 2 lit j) DSGVO in conjunction with § 13 LDSG (processing of personal data by research institutions) and Art. 6 para. 1 lit a), Art. 9 para. 2 lit a) DSGVO (consent).

Very important: Under no circumstances do we sell your data to third parties!

7. Who gets your data and why?

7.1 Your personal data within the University of Konstanz: Access to your personal data is only granted to project staff. These are obligated to data protection.

7.2 Service providers who support us: Service providers in this project are the printing company Hartmann Druck and Questback. Hartmann Druck handles the printing and mailing of the cover letters on our behalf. Questback provides the software for the surveys and hosts the panel administration on their servers. Both service providers are based within the EU and are bound by EU data protection regulations. It is contractually agreed with all service providers who process data on our behalf that all personal data will be irrevocably deleted after completion of the respective required work steps. In all data protection-related questions, please contact the above-mentioned contact persons directly.

We assure you that your data will not be passed on to uninvolved third parties.

8. How long do we store your data?

We do not store your data longer than we need them for the respective processing purposes. If you do not participate in the research project, all personal data will be deleted by 31.12. of the respective survey year at the latest. If you participate in the research project, all personal data will be deleted when you leave the project. This happens when you deregister or when you move away from Constance.

9. What rights do you have?

9.1 Information, correction, deletion, restriction, complaint

You have the right to obtain information from the University of Konstanz about the personal data stored about you in accordance with Art. 15 DSGVO and/or to have incorrectly stored personal data corrected in accordance with Art. 16 DSGVO.

You also have the right to request deletion in accordance with Art. 17 DSGVO, restriction of processing (Art. 18 DSGVO) and a

9.2 Right to object to processing (Art. 21 DSGVO).

In the case of consent, you can revoke it at any time and without disadvantages. The lawfulness of the data processing until the revocation remains unaffected. To do so, please send us an e-mail at or contact us in writing at: Dr. Thomas Wöhler, University of Konstanz, Surveylab, Fach 40, 78457 Konstanz.

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority if you believe that the processing of personal data concerning you violates data protection regulations (Art. 77 DSGVO). The competent supervisory authority is the State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information of Baden-Württemberg. (

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us directly. We hope we could assure you that we handle your data carefully and explain why we collect it. Thank you very much for your trust!