Protecting your privacy on our website is important to us. Below you can find information about personal data collected while you visit our site. Personal data are all data that can be related to you personally, such as name, address, email address, your behaviour as user.

We process personal data in compliance with EU law (GDPR), the data protection law of the Land Schleswig-Holstein (LDSG) and all other legal regulations that may apply.

The ZBW reserves the right to update this data protection notice from time to time. We recommend that you visit this page regularly to renew your acceptance.

Contact information

Responsible according to Art. 4 Clause 7 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation is the

ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics
Düsternbrooker Weg 120
24105 Kiel

For more information please consult our imprint:

Data protection officer

If you have any questions regarding data protection, please contact our data protection officer:

Sven Markgraf
- Data protection officer -
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
20354 Hamburg

Your rights

You have the right to obtain, upon request, information about the personal data which are stored about you free of charge. You also have the right to demand that false data be corrected or deleted. You have the right to restrict the processing of your data, the right to object to processing, and the right to data portability.

If you have consented to our processing of your data, you can revoke this consent at any time, taking effect from the time of revocation.

You also have the right to file a complaint with a data protection authority about the processing of your data by us.

Anonymous Data Collection

You can visit the webpages of the German National Library of Economics without telling us who you are. We only get to know the name of your internet service provider, the website from which you came to our website and which of our webpages you visit. This information will be used for statistical purposes. You as an individual customer remain anonymous.

Collection and Processing of Personal Data

If you call up pages and files on this website and are requested to input data about yourself, we will advert you that the transmission of these data over the internet is unsecured and can therefore be noticed or even falsified by unauthorised persons.

Utilisation and Circulation of Personal Data

The personal data collected on the webpages of the German National Library of Economics will only be used without your consent for the execution of contracts and in order to process your enquiries. Beyond this, your data will only be used with your prior consent for advertising and market research and the tailoring of electronic ZBW services to customer requirements. Equally, your data will only be used for tailoring individualised advertising if you have granted your consent. Your data will not be circulated to third parties. You can revoke your consent at any time, effective from the time of revocation.

Transfer and Processing of Data to Countries outside the European Economic Area

We do not transfer any of these data into states outside the European Union (so-called third countries). This excludes personal data you provide in the webforms sent to Research Guide EconDesk. This data transfer takes place based on the “standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to third countries” of the European Union. Please be aware that the level of data protection in third countries may differ from German and EU standards.

For users with a ZBW user account:

In order to use the platform Ebook Central offered by ProQuest/USA you have to authenticate via the login button on Ebook Central with your ZBW user data. After successful authentification or if you were logged in beforehand you will be directed to the chosen ebook on the platform Ebook Central and will leave the services of ZBW.

When being directed to Ebook Central no personal data will be transmitted by ZBW. Only a hash (an anonymized combination of numbers) based on your ZBW user number will be transmitted in order to enable the allocation of the data you may create in Ebook Central (e.g. saved ebooks).

Personal notes you make in Ebook Central or reading recommendations sent to your contacts via Ebook Central will be saved within the platform and thus on servers located in the US.

Please find more information on data protection in the privacy statement of ProQuest.


We save so-called session-cookies on your hard drive which are valid only during your visit on our website. These are needed to identify and authorise you after successful login in the protected sections of our website for the duration of your visit. These cookies will automatically be deleted from your hard drive after you have ended your visit.

Cookies for Web Analytics

This website uses technologies of etracker GmbH  to collect and save data that will be used for the purposes of advertising, market research and the tailoring of electronic ZBW services to customer requirements. These data will be used to create anonymised customer profiles.Cookies are also used for this.

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External Links

In order to provide you with the best possible information, we offer links to third parties’ websites on our website. Whenever it is not obvious that these are external links we will provide an explicit notice. The German National Library of Economics cannot control the contents and design of third parties’ websites. Therefore, the guarantees given by this data protection statement do not apply to those websites.

Please note that the embedding of external content, such as videos from the video platform YouTube, can result in the use of trackers by other providers. You can find more information about this in the privacy policy of Google.

Use of Facebook Social Plugins

Our internet presence uses plugins of the social network Facebook, 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. You can recognise these plugins by the Facebook logo or the “Like” button on our website. You can find an overview of Facebook plugins here:

When you visit our website the plugin will create a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. This tells Facebook that you have visited our website with your IP address. If you click the “Like” button while you are logged into your Facebook account, you can link content on our pages to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to match your visit on our pages to your user account.

We wish to point out that we as the provider of this website have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data or their usage by Facebook. You can find more information about this in the data privacy policy of Facebook.

If you do not want Facebook to match your visit on our website to your Facebook user account, then please log out of your Facebook user account.


If you send us an e-mail, we will use your e-mail address only for corresponding with you. After the end of correspondence, your e-mail address will be deleted. It will not be used for other purposes or transmitted to third parties. We also advise you that unauthorised access and falsification are possible if  e-mails are transmitted without encryption.


Last updated: 2018-05-23