Information regarding data protection
The Charité – Universitätsmedizin operates websites to provide information in particular to patients, referrers, scientists and students, as well as to all other international Internet users. The intention is to provide the target groups via this medium with useful, structured information about the Charité irrespective of time or place. This includes information regarding specific topics (such as the doctoral thesis office, department of curricular affairs, ward teams, etc.), information regarding contacts and associated contact details.
Due to the occurrence of events that can impact on security, every access to the web server within the charité.de domain causes the relevant access data to be stored. The web servers are operated for the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin by the IT Division. In addition to this, other web servers may be operated directly by the faculties, departments and institutes, who are required to follow the regulations applicable to the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin’s web server.
Depending on the access protocol used, the log data record holds information with the following content:
- IP address of the requesting computer
- Date and time of the request
- Access method / function required by the requesting computer
- Input values (e.g. file name) transmitted by the requesting computer
- Access status of the web server (file transferred, file not found, command not executed, etc.)
- URL from which the file was requested / function was triggered
- Browser ID
Purpose of logging
The saved data is used for the purposes of identification and tracking of unauthorised access attempts and accesses to the web server. The data is otherwise only used for the creation of anonymised access statistics in order to optimise our web offering. Access profiles are not created.
Duration of storage
The logged data is kept for a period of six months and then deleted unless a recognised web attack leads to a civilian or judicial action against the attacker.
Analysis is carried out for the Charité web portal by the web master of the IT Division and possibly the operators of the web servers of the departments and other institutions on behalf of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin’s IT Division.
Searching the website
To be able to offer you the best possible result from a search on our website, we use data from the Internet search engine Google.
To allow us to do this, the search terms you enter must first be sent directly to Google. You will then see the data from the Internet search engine Google displayed as the result of your search query.
Please note that this process also transfers your IP address to Google.
Google’s data privacy statement can be found here.
Cookies transferred by the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin are used only for the client-side storage of user-related configuration settings for the duration of the session (e.g. preferred language). You have the right and opportunity to reject our cookies. Our website will still then of course be fully available to you, however some of its functions may be limited (web forms).
If you wish to send us an enquiry via our contact form, we will store the information from the enquiry form, along with the contact details you provide on it, in order to process your enquiry and if there are any further questions. We will not pass this data on to anyone without your consent.
Data communications security
If you send us an e-mail, your e-mail address will only be used for correspondence with you.
No guarantee is offered regarding data security in relation to Internet-based transfers and e-mails. There is a risk that information contained in e-mails and attachments, including confidential information, may be blocked during transmission or destroyed, lost or arrive late. Although the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin will make every effort to reduce this risk, it cannot be guaranteed that the information, e-mails and attachments sent by the Charité – Universitätsmedizin are free of viruses, worms or other harmful elements.
Web analysis and cookies
The Charité’s website uses Piwik, a web analysis service – Piwik. Piwik uses “cookies”, text files that are stored on your computer and which enable us to analyse how our website is used. For this purpose, the usage information generated by the cookie is transferred to our servers and stored for analytical purposes, enabling us to optimise our website.
Your IP address is anonymised immediately during this process, ensuring that you remain anonymous as a user. The information obtained is not passed on to third parties.
You can prevent the installation of cookies by making the appropriate settings in your browser software; we do point out, however, that by doing so you may be unable to use the full functionality of this website. This is the case for special forms or logins.
If you do not consent to the data from your visit being stored and analysed, you can refuse it here: In this case, an opt-out cookie will be stored in your browser which will stop Piwik from collecting your data.
If you delete your cookies, this will also delete the opt-out cookie and you may need to re-enable it.