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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

We are pleased that you visit our website and thank you for your interest in our institution. This privacy policy is also valid when you visit our fan pages on Facebook; Instagram and Twitter. The protection of your personal data is a high priority for us. Below we inform you about the nature, handling and purpose of the collection and use in connection with the use of our websites. If you have any further questions regarding the handling of your personal data, you are welcome to contact our data protection officer, whose contact details can be found below.

As the legal or technical basis of this Privacy Policy may change, we reserve the right to update these guidelines at any time. You will be notified of this on this website.

The current status is February 2022.


Responsible for the collection, processing and use of your personal data within the meaning of Art. 4 No. 7 GDPR is the

Research Center Borstel - Leibniz Lung Center, Parkallee 1-40, 23, 23845 Borstel.

Tel .: +49 (0) 4537 / 188-0
Fax +49 (0) 4537 / 188-6030

The Research Center Borstel is a legal foundation under civil law.
Authorized persons are:
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schaible (Center Director) ,
Prof. Dr. Susanne Krauss-Etschmann (Director),
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christoph Lange (Medical Director )
Prof. Dr. Stefan Niemann (Director).

If you wish to object to the collection, processing or use of your data by us in accordance with this Privacy Policy as a whole or for individual measures, you can address your objection to the person responsible.

You can save and print this privacy policy at any time.

Personal data

The concept of personal data is defined in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Thereafter, "personal information" is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. This includes, for example, your civil name, your address, your telephone number or your date of birth. Information about how you use these or other Websites may also be personal information.

Provision of the website, analysis tool

We collect information about you when you use this website. We automatically collect information about your usage and interaction with us and register information about your computer or mobile device. We collect and store data about every access to our website (so-called e server log files). Access data includes:

  • Name and URL of the retrieved file
  • Date and time of retrieval
  • transferred amount of data
  • Message about successful retrieval (HTTP response code )
  • Browser type and browser version
  • Operating System
  • Referrer URL (the previously visited page)
  • Websites that are accessed by the user's system through our website
  • Internet service provider of the user
  • IP address and the requesting provider

We do not use this log data. An analysis tool is not used.

We reserve the right to retrospectively review the log data if, on the basis of concrete evidence, there is a legitimate suspicion of unlawful use. After two weeks, the log data will be deleted automatically.

Legal basis for an efficient and secure provision of our website is Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 f) GDPR and Art. 28 GDPR.


We use so-called session cookies to optimize our website. A session cookie is a small text file that is sent by the respective servers when visiting a website and stored on your hard disk. As such, this file contains a so-called session ID, with which various requests from your browser can be assigned to the shared session. This will allow your computer to be recognized when you return to our website. These cookies are deleted after you close your browser.

We also use a small amount of persistent cookies (also small text files stored on your device) that remain on your device and allow us to recognize your browser the next time you visit it. These cookies are stored on your hard drive and delete themselves after the given time. Their lifespan is 1 month to 10 years. This will enable us to present our offer in a more user-friendly, effective and secure way, and to show you, for example, information tailored to your interests on the page.

Our legitimate interest in the use of cookies in accordance with Article 6 para. 1 sentence 1 f) GDPR is to make our website more user-friendly, effective and secure.

The cookies store about the following data and information:

  • Log-in information
  • language settings
  • entered search terms
  • Information about the number of visits to our website and use of individual functions of our website.

If the cookie is activated, it will be assigned an identification number and no assignment of your personal data to this identification number will be made. Your name, IP address or similar data that would allow the cookie to be associated with you will not be included in the cookie. Based on the cookie technology, we only receive pseudonymised information, for example, which pages were visited.

You can set your browser so that you are informed in advance about the setting of cookies and can decide on a case-by-case basis whether you exclude the acceptance of cookies for specific cases or in general, or that cookies are completely prevented. This may limit the functionality of the website.


You can also apply electronically to our institute. Of course, we will only use your information to process your application and will not pass it on to third parties. Please note that unencrypted e-mails are not transmitted with access protection.


To subscribe to the newsletter you will need the data requested in the registration process. The registration for the newsletter will be logged. After logging in, you will receive a message on the specified email address asking you to confirm your registration ("Double Opt-in "). This is necessary so that third parties cannot register with their email address.

You can always revoke your consent to receive the newsletter and thus unsubscribe from the newsletter.

We save the registration details as long as they are needed for sending the newsletter. The logging of the application and the shipping address are stored as long as there was an interest in the proof of the originally given consent, as a rule, these are the limitation periods for civil claims, thus a maximum of three years.

Legal basis for sending the newsletter is your consent acc. Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 a) in conjunction with Art. 7 GDPR in conjunction with § 7 (2) no. 3 UWG. Legal basis for logging the application is our legitimate interest in proving that the shipment was made with your consent.

You can cancel the registration at any time, without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic rates. A communication in text form to the contact details mentioned under point 1 (e.g. e-mail, fax, letter) is sufficient. Of course, you will also find in every newsletter an unsubscribe link.


When you contact us (e.g. via contact form or e-mail), we process your details for the processing of the request as well as for the case that follow-up questions arise.

If data processing is carried out for the purpose of carrying out pre-contractual measures which are made upon request or for the execution of an existing contract, the legal basis for this data processing is Article 6 (1) sentence 1 b) GDPR.

We process further personal data only if you consent to it (Article 6 (1) sentence 1 a) GDPR) or we have a legitimate interest in the processing of your data (Article 6 (1) sentence 1 f) GDPR), A legitimate interest lies e.g. in responding to your email.

No data transfers to third parties

A transmission of your data to third parties does not take place, unless we are legally obliged to do so. Insofar as external service providers come into contact with your personal data, we have ensured that they comply with the provisions of data protection laws through legal, technical and organizational measures as well as regular checks.

A data transfer to entities or persons outside the EU does not take place and is not planned, except for the exception when you visit our pages on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. For this, please refer to the following sections.

Facebook and other related services such as Instagram

The following applies to the operation of our Facebook fan pages as well as to the operation like Facebook connected services such as Instagram. These are meant to be included, even if only Facebook is mentioned in the following section for reasons of readability.

Jointly responsible for the fan pages are Facebook Ireland Ltd. (4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2 Ireland; hereinafter Facebook Ireland) and we, the Research Center Borstel.

The legal basis for the data processing is the legitimate interest according to Article 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.

We would like to point out that you use this fan page page and its functions on your own responsibility. This applies in particular to the use of the interactive functions (e.g. commenting, sharing and rating). Alternatively, you can also access the information offered via this page on our website at

When you visit our Facebook page, Facebook Ireland collects, among other things, your IP address and other information that is present in the form of cookies on your PC. This information is used to provide us, as operators of the Facebook pages, with statistical information about the use of the Facebook page.

Facebook provides more detailed information on this at the following link:

The data collected about you in this context is processed by Facebook Ireland and may be transferred to countries outside the European Union. Facebook describes in general terms what information it receives and how it is used in its data usage guidelines. There you will also find information on how to contact Facebook and on the settings options for advertisements. The data usage guidelines are available at the following link: The complete Facebook data policies can be found here:

In what way Facebook uses data from visits to Facebook pages for its own purposes, to what extent activities on the Facebook page are assigned to individual users, how long Facebook stores this data and whether data from a visit to the Facebook page is passed on to third parties, is not conclusively and clearly stated by Facebook and is not known to us.

When you access a Facebook page, the IP address assigned to your terminal device is transmitted to Facebook. According to Facebook, this IP address is anonymized (esp. for German-IP addresses). Facebook also stores information about the end devices of its users (e.g. as part of the "login notification" function); if necessary, this enables Facebook to assign IP addresses to individual users.

If you are currently logged in to Facebook as a user, a cookie with your Facebook ID is located on your end device. This enables Facebook to track that you have visited this page and how you have used it. This also applies to all other Facebook pages. Via Facebook buttons embedded in websites, it is possible for Facebook to record your visits to these website pages and assign them to your Facebook profile. Based on this data, content or advertising can be offered tailored to you.

If you want to avoid this, you should log out of Facebook or deactivate the "stay logged in" function, delete the cookies present on your device and exit and restart your browser. In this way, Facebook information through which you can be directly identified will be deleted. This will allow you to use our Facebook page without revealing your Facebook identifier. When you access interactive features of the page (Like, Comment, Share, Message, etc.), a Facebook login screen will appear. After any login, you will again be recognizable to Facebook as a specific user. Information on how to manage or delete information about you can be found on the following Facebook support pages:

Data processing is carried out on the basis of an agreement between the joint controllers pursuant to Article 26 of the GDPR; Facebook Ireland is the primary controller within the meaning of the GDPR (Article 26) with respect to Insights data:

In all other respects, please refer to the Controller Addendum to the Facebook Business Tools Terms:

You can claim your data subject rights both against us (see in the section below) and against Facebook Ireland.


We use the technical platform and services of Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA for the short message service offered here.

The legal basis for data processing is the legitimate interest pursuant to Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR.

We would like to point out that you use the Twitter short message service offered here and its functions on your own responsibility. This applies in particular to the use of the interactive functions (e.g. sharing, rating).

The data collected about you when using the service is processed by Twitter Inc. and may be transferred to countries outside the European Union. This includes, among other things, your IP address, the application you use, information about the terminal device you use (including device ID and application ID), information about websites you have visited, your location and your mobile phone provider. This data is assigned to the data of your Twitter account or your Twitter profile.

We have no influence on the type and scope of the data processed by Twitter, the way it is processed and used, or the transfer of this data to third parties. You can find information about which data is processed by Twitter and for what purposes in Twitter's data protection declaration ( and about the possibility of viewing your own data on Twitter (

Furthermore, you have the option of requesting information via the Twitter data protection form or the archive requirements:

We, as the provider of the information service, do not collect or process any data beyond this from your use of our short message service

You have options to restrict the processing of your data in the general settings of your Twitter account and under the item "Privacy and security". In addition, you can restrict Twitter's access to contact and calendar data, photos, location data, etc. on mobile devices (smartphones, tablet computers) in the settings options there. However, this depends on the operating system used. More information on these points is available on the following Twitter support pages:

Via Twitter buttons or widgets embedded in websites and the use of cookies, it is possible for Twitter to record your visits to these websites and assign them to your Twitter profile. Based on this data, content or advertising can be offered tailored to you. Information on this and on the available setting options can be found on the following Twitter support pages:

External links

For your optimal information, you will find links on our pages that refer to third-party sites. As far as such links are not obvious, we point out that this is an external link. The research center Borstel has no influence on the content and design of these pages of other providers and thus not on the design of the privacy statements. The guarantees of this privacy policy can not apply there.


We have taken extensive technical and operational safeguards to protect your data from accidental or intentional manipulation, loss, destruction or access by unauthorized persons. Our security procedures are regularly reviewed and adapted to technological progress.

Your rights as a data subject

Under applicable law, you have various rights to your personal information. If you would like to assert these rights, please send your request by e-mail or by post with a clear identification of your person to the address mentioned above under "Responsible".

We are happy to provide you with information on whether and which personal data of you are processed by us for what purposes (Article 15 GDPR). In addition, under the respective statutory conditions, you are entitled to the right of correction (Art. 16 GDPR), the right to limit processing (Art. 18 GDPR), the right to cancellation (Art. 17 GDPR), the right of opposition (Art. 21 GDPR) and the right to data portability (Article 20 GDPR).

Without prejudice to these rights and the possibility of asserting any other administrative or judicial remedy, you may, at any time, exercise your right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your residence, employment or the place of alleged infringement, if You consider that the processing of your personal data violates data protection regulations (Art. 77 GDPR).

Privacy Officer

If you have any questions regarding the processing of your personal information, you can contact our Privacy Officer directly, who will also be available in case of requests for information, requests or complaints:
Katrin Clüver, Parkallee 2, 23845 Borstel, +49 4437 188-2890
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