Data Protection and Privacy

Thank you for visiting our website and taking data protection and privacy as seriously as we do. TDD focuses specifically on data and technology issues. We aim to foster public debate on and contribute ideas for protecting online security, digital rights, and privacy through better policymaking. While our work focuses on transatlantic cooperation in this realm, this page provides information on our digital presence and how it abides by both the German Federal Data Protection Act and the European General Data Protection Regulation.

In presenting our data protection policy, we want to be as clear as possible. It should not be a chore to understand how your data is used and what your rights are. To help you do so, the following sections detail the different ways in which we collect, use and handle your data. Each section also points to the respective privacy policies of services we use.

In legal terms, the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) – which organizes the TDD program – is the ‘legal data controller’ of any information you share with us. At any time, you have the right to ask us what data we have collected on you as well as to request that we update or delete this data. If you would like to get in touch with us on these issues, please send a message to

TDD Website and Cookies

We presently use Google Analytics to help us determine how visitors use our website. When you visit our website and its different pages, Google Analytics collects certain information about you. Examples are the date and time of your visit, the pages you looked at, and the IP address of the device on which you visited TDD’s website. We only use this data in anonymized form to make sure our website is functioning correctly, to determine usage patterns, and to improve our online presence (in legal terms, our ‘legitimate interest’). We do not share this information with anyone else.

Google Analytics does not combine your IP address or any other collected information with any personally identifiable information. To make this work, Google Analytics saves a “cookie” – a small text document – on your computer. You can prevent Google Analytics from recognizing you when you return to our site by disabling cookies in your browser options. For more information, please see Google’s privacy policy.

If you would like to learn how you can disable cookies and minimize being tracked by third parties while browsing, take a look at our toolbox for online privacy.


We last updated this data protection policy in July 2018.