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Data Protection

The survey is voluntary and anonymous. All data-sensitive steps in the graduate surveys were coordinated with data protection of Freie Universität Berlin.

  • The survey data will only be used for the purpose of quality assurance as well as for research purposes.
  • The survey data is only analyzed statistically. No results based on which individuals could possibly be identified are published.
  • The stored address data will not be used for any purpose other than for invitations and reminders to participate in the survey. These data will not be disclosed to third parties, including ISTAT. The address data set is deleted after the research purpose has been achieved (BlnDSG §30, Abs.2).
  • The address data and the survey data are not merged at any time.
  • For the administration of the survey and the check of the representativeness of the survey data, the required information about the graduates (field of study, type of degree, gender and date of graduation) is passed on to ISTAT.


Legal Basis

German universities are required by law to conduct graduate surveys as part of quality assurance and accreditation. The following resolutions form the basis for conducting the surveys:


  • In § 4, Satz 1 of its data protection statutes, Freie Universität Berlin permits the collection, storage, and use of student and alumni contact data for the purpose of conducting evaluations.
  • Freie Universität Berlin was authorized to issue this regulation by § 6 Abs. 1 Nr. 4 Berliner Hochschulgesetz i.V. mit § 6 b Abs. 2 Berliner Hochschulgesetz.
  • When conducting the study, ISTAT and the university that invited you to participate in the survey are jointly responsible according to Article 26 DS-GVO
  • Furthermore, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the data protection supervisory authority (www.datenschutz-berlin.de) if you believe that the processing of your personal data is not lawful.