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Privacy Policy for Social Networks

This privacy policy (as of September 2022) applies to the following social media profile of the TU Dortmund University:

The Division of Foreign Languages is editorially responsible for the account listed above. In addition to the TU Dortmund University, the providers of the respective platforms listed below are also jointly responsible for compliance with data protection requirements.


I. Name and contact details of the controllers and data protection officers

The social media profiles are operated under a joint responsibility pursuant to Art. 26 of the General Data Protection Regulation (DS-GVO for short).

The person responsible on the TU Dortmund University page is:

TU Dortmund University
The Rector
Technische Universität Dortmund
August-Schmidt-Strasse 4
44227 Dortmund
Telephone: ++49 (0) 231 755-1

Name and address of the data protection officer of TU Dortmund University is:

TU Dortmund
Data Protection Officer
August-Schmidt-Str. 4
44227 Dortmund
Telephone: ++49 (0) 231 755-2593

II. Responsible for the respective platforms is/are:

Facebook and Instagram
Meta Platforms Ireland Limited
4 Grand Canal Square
Grand Canal Harbour
Dublin 2, Ireland

Privacy policy (Facebook and Instagram)
Standard Contractual Clauses (Facebook and Instagram)

III. General information on data processing

Purpose of data processing and categories of data subjects

The social media account of the Divsion of Foreign Languages complements its web pages and gives users the opportunity to enter into a dialog with the institution.

As soon as users access the Social Media profile of the Division of Foreign Languages in the respective network, the terms and conditions there and the data processing guidelines of the respective operators apply.

The TU Dortmund University has no influence on the data processing in the respective networks. The data collected about you when using the service is processed by the provider and may be transferred to countries outside the European Union. TU Dortmund University has no influence on the type and scope of the data processed by the provider, the type of processing and use, or the transfer of this data to third parties, in particular to countries outside the European Union. Information about which data is processed by the provider and for which purposes can be found in the privacy policy of the respective provider.

The institution of TU Dortmund University’s social media team processes data for the following purposes:

  • To generate and provide social media content
  • To process contact requests and communicate with users
  • To moderate comments and discussions on posts
  • To evaluate which content is relevant for users and adapt the content accordingly
  • To point out interesting dates and offers of the TU Dortmund University

Contact the responsible institution of TU Dortmund University:

Legal basis

Insofar as the institution of TU Dortmund University obtains the consent of the data subject for processing operations involving personal data, Article 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. a DS-GVO serves as the legal basis. Insofar as the processing of personal data is necessary for the performance of social media work, Art. 6 (1) p. 1 lit. e DS-GVO serves as the legal basis.

Cooperation with third parties

Insofar as the TU Dortmund University discloses data to other persons and companies (processors or third parties) in the course of processing, transfers it to them or otherwise grants them access to the data, this will only be done if it is necessary for the performance of the contract pursuant to Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. b DS-GVO with you, the TU Dortmund University is legally obligated to disclose the data or you have given your consent in this respect.

If TU Dortmund commissions third parties with the processing of data on the basis of a so-called "order processing agreement", this is done on the basis of the provisions of Art. 28 DS-GVO.

Storage duration

Within the institution of TU Dortmund University, personal data is deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose of storage no longer applies. Storage may also take place if this has been provided for by the European or national legislator in Union regulations, laws or other provisions to which the person responsible is subject. Data will also be blocked or deleted if a storage period prescribed by the aforementioned standards expires, unless there is a need for further storage of the data for the conclusion or performance of a contract.

The storage period of personal data within the social media platforms depends on the respective platform operators. TU Dortmund University has no access to the data stored by the platform operators.

Data may also be stored in order to secure illegal content that users post on the institution of TU Dortmund University's social media accounts within the editorial team. The identity of the authors of such content is therefore of interest.

Data subject rights

For concerns regarding personal communication (for example, in relation to direct messages to the institution of TU Dortmund University’s channels), you can assert data subject rights against TU Dortmund University (e.g., request deletion of a chat history). For all other concerns, contact the social media platforms directly.  You have the following rights vis-à-vis the responsible parties if personal data of yours is processed:

  • the right to information according to Art. 15 DS-GVO,
  • the right to rectification or erasure according to Art. 16 and 17 DS-GVO,
  • the right to restriction of processing according to Art. 18 DS-GVO,
  • the right to data portability according to Art. 20 DS-GVO,
  • the right to object to processing pursuant to Art. 21 DS-GVO,
  • Right to withdraw consent for future processing pursuant to Art. 7(3) DS-GVO.

An automated decision in individual cases including profiling does not take place.

In addition, you have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority about the processing of your data by us. Other rights you have vis-à-vis the platform operators (in particular the right to object to certain processing by the respective platforms or to revoke consent given to one of the aforementioned platforms) are described in the data policy of the respective platforms (see link above).

Detailed explanations can be found in the general privacy policy of TU Dortmund University.

Amendments to this declaration

TU Dortmund University reserves the right to change or amend this data protection information as required. The changes will be published here. Therefore, you should visit this page regularly to inform yourself about the current status of the privacy policy.