Privacy Statements

We support Privacy Statements

Protecting the security of your personal data such as names, addresses, phone numbers or emails is something we consider to be of paramount importance. Therefore, all our web-related activities comply with data protection and data security laws. The policy outlined below describes what data we may collect and how we use that data.

Through our websites, we will not collect any personal data about you, unless you voluntarily choose to provide us with it (e.g. in connection with a subscription or as part of a comment). When you do provide us with personal data we usually use it to respond to your inquiry, process your order or to render accounts. Also, to support our customer relationship with you, we may store and process personal data, e.g. to inform you about our latest publications. Data that is not needed will be deleted immediately. We will, of course, respect any decision not to provide us with personal data. Furthermore, we do not sell or otherwise market your personal data to third parties.

This web site uses Piwik, an open-source software for statistical analyses of user accesses. Piwik is privacy-compliant and data is anonymised for storage. Piwik uses “cookies”, which are text files stored temporarily on your computer. These files are deleted as soon as your web browser is closed. You can deactivate data recording by Piwik. If your browser supports “do-not-track” technology and you have turned it on, your visit will be automatically ignored.

The data Piwik collects is never sent to other servers or to third parties; it is used in anonymised form to improve our services. IP addresses are stored in Piwik without the final tuple.  We know the network the query came from, not the specific computer.

By using this web site, you agree that the data Piwik collects about you may be processed in the manner previously described and for the purpose previously stated.


Opting Out of Data Collection by Matomo

Clicks on pdf-files of selected publications are reported to VG Wort. For further information see Homepage of VG Wort.

Attention is drawn to the fact that communication by email can be subject to security vulnerabilities. You should be aware that emails may be intercepted and read by unauthorized parties. However, if you contact us by email we will take this as you are giving your informed consent to be contacted by us via email. If this may not be the case, please inform us how you wish to be contacted.

RWI is committed to ensuring the security of your personal data and protecting them against accidental or unlawful loss, destruction, alteration or manipulation and against unauthorized access or disclosure.

If you have any questions or comments about our privacy policy (e.g. to review and update your personal data), please contact us. As the Internet matures so will our Data Privacy Protection Policy. We will post changes to our Data Privacy Protection Policy on this page.

Information for applicants

RWI processes personal data of applicants within the scope of application and selection procedures. 

The processing of your personal data within the scope of the application process serves exclusively to carry out the application procedure, in particular to determine the extent to which you are suitable for the advertised position. The processing of your applicant data is necessary for the decision on the establishment of an employment relationship. The primary legal basis for this is Article 88 GDPR in conjunction with Section 26 (1) BDSG and all other relevant provisions in German employment law (e.g. AGG, BetrVG, SGB).

In detail we use 

  • Sources from which we may process their data:
    • We generally access your personal data by way of direct collection as part of the application process. 
    • This is based on Section 26 (1) of the BDSG as amended on 25.5.2018.
    • In addition, we may have received data from third parties such as job boards (Indeed and other employment agencies).
    • In addition, we may process personal data that we have permissibly obtained from publicly accessible sources (e.g. professional social networks). 
    • Should we collect data from such sources, we will inform you immediately in accordance with Art. 14 DS-GVO 
      • about the circumstance of the data collection, 
      • what purposes we pursue with it and how
      • we intend to process your data.
      • the following categories of personal data:
        • Within the framework of your application process we process 
          • their master data 
          • (such as first name, last name, name affixes, nationality, personnel number), 
          • Contact details (such as home address, (mobile) phone number, e-mail address) and 
          • the data relating to the entire application procedure (covering letter, curriculum vitae, references and proof of qualifications).

The following groups of persons at RWI are involved in the processing of your application:

  • Human Resources,
    • Management and deputy management of the tendering competence or research area,
    • Board of Directors, 
    • Works Council, 
    • People who deal with the issues of equality in the workplace or 
    • those of severely disabled persons.
    • If you have also voluntarily provided special categories of personal data (such as health data, religious affiliation, degree of disability) in the letter of application or in the course of the application procedure, processing will only take place if you have consented to this.

Storage period of their data:

  • If no employment contract is concluded, the application documents are deleted six months after the rejection. We do not delete the documents immediately upon notification of the decision because we have a legitimate interest in continuing to store the documents due to the running of legal deadlines. The legal basis for this is Article 6 (1) f GDPR.
  • We will only keep the documents beyond the six months mentioned above if we expressly agree this with the applicant.

RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research e.V.

Data protection official

Rüdiger Budde
Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
45128 Essen, Germany

Phone: +49 (201) 8149-273
Fax: +49 (201) 8149-2008

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