Privacy policy

Privacy policy for the websites of infas


The infas Institute for Applied Social Science GmbH (infas) is committed to dealing responsibly with personal data, to protect the privacy of visitors to the site and to use their data only in accordance with the relevant data protection law and this privacy policy. Infas employees are committed to data secrecy. The basis for the processing of personal data is the respective applicable European and German data protection law as well as the Telemedia Act (TMG). As part of the creation and maintenance of the connection via the Internet between retrieving computer of the visitor and queried computer of infas the following data are stored: time of server retrieval, IP address, browser type, retrieved domain and, when calling the website via a link, also the origin , These data are collected only for the purpose of statistical analysis and deleted within three months. A conclusion on the person of a visitor does not take place. infas secures its website and other systems and data through technical and organizational measures against loss and destruction as well as against access, modification or distribution by unauthorized persons. Website visitors have a right to free information about their stored personal data as well as a right to correction, blocking or deletion of this data, as far as no legal duty of retention precludes this. There is a right of appeal to a supervisory authority.

Forms and newsletters

When a user fills out a form or signs up for a newsletter, data is collected that is needed to address the user's concerns. These data are used in accordance with the statutory provisions exclusively for the purpose specified and not passed on to third parties. They are stored only until the purpose for which they were entrusted to us is fulfilled. The consent to the storage of data in the context of a form or a newsletter subscription can be revoked at any time by e-mail (info (at)

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies", text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, by activating IP anonymization on this website, your IP address will be shortened by Google beforehand within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to website activity and internet usage to the website operator. The IP address provided by Google Analytics as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data. You can prevent the storage of cookies by a corresponding setting of your browser software; however, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use all the features of this website to the fullest extent possible. In addition, you may prevent the collection by Google of the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing of this data by Google by downloading the browser plug-in available under the following link and install.

More information about terms of use and privacy can be found here. We point out that on this website Google Analytics has been extended by the code "anonymizeIp" to ensure an anonymous collection of IP addresses (so-called IP-Masking).


Share buttons

We use privacy-proof "Shariff" buttons to enable sharing of our website content on Twitter, XING, Facebook and LinkedIn. These share buttons only establish direct contact between social network and visitors when the latter actively clicks on the share button. "Shariff" was developed by specialists from the computer magazine c't to enable more privacy in the network and replace the usual "share" buttons on social networks. More information about the Shariff project can be found here.

Data protection in surveys of infas

infas adheres to the legal requirements of European and German data protection law in its business activities. The technical and organizational measures taken to safeguard and protect personal data and social data are also regulated by the statutory requirements. In addition, the sector-specific guidelines for data protection of the working group of German Market and Social Research Institutes e.V. (ADM) and the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR) are adhered to by infas.

In all our surveys, the following applies: Participation is voluntary, non-participation does not result in any disadvantages. The data will be used for research purposes only and will be deleted after completion of the investigation. For further questions, the survey participants will be informed of a study-specific infas telephone number. Persons contacted in the context of a survey have the right to free information about their stored personal data as well as a right to rectification, blocking or deletion of this data, insofar as this does not conflict with a statutory retention requirement. The consent to study participation can be revoked at any time without giving reasons at the infas Institute. There is a right of appeal to a supervisory authority.

Results of data surveys are only evaluated in an anonymous form and summarized only for groups. The groups are defined in such a way that immediate inferences about the identity of the survey participants (eg due to insufficient case occupations) are reliably excluded. Personal data remains strictly separate from the survey results.