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Privacy Policy

The European Survey Research Association (hereinafter referred to in brief as ESRA) operates in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and all other statutory data protection provisions.

The protection of your privacy when using our web pages is important to us. In what follows, we provide information about the collection of personal data in this context. Personal data are any data that can be related to you personally, for example, name and surname, address, email address, or user behavior.

ESRA reserves the right to update this privacy policy from time to time. Therefore, we recommend that it be read at regular intervals.

Legal Basis of Data Processing

If we obtain the consent of the data subject to carry out personal data processing, the legal basis is Article 6, para. 1, lit. a EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

When it is necessary to process personal data in order to fulfil a contract whose contractual party the data subject is, the legal basis is Article 6, para. 1, lit. b GDPR. This also applies to processing operations required in order to implement pre-contractual measures.

If processing is required in order to safeguard a legitimate interest of ESRA or a third party and if the interests, fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms of the data subject override the first-mentioned interest, the legal basis for processing is Article 6, para. 1, lit. f GDPR.

Contact Details of the Controller

The controller within the meaning of Article 4(7) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is

European Survey Research Association
University of Southampton
Department of Social Statistics and Demography
Southampton SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom
Phone: +442389595481

Your Rights as a User

You have the right, on request, to obtain access free of charge to the personal data stored about you (Article 15 GDPR). Furthermore, you have the right to rectification (Article 16 GDPR) or erasure (Article 17, para. 1 GDPR), the right to restriction of processing (Article 18 GDPR), the right to data portability (Article 20 GDPR), and the right to object to processing (Article 21 GDPR). You may withdraw your consents to data processing at any time with effect for the future (Article 7, para. 3 GDPR). Furthermore, you have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority (Article 77 GDPR) about the processing of your personal data by us.

Transmission of Data

For technical reasons, when you access our website, your Internet browser automatically transmits data to our Web server. These data include, among other things, the date and time of access, the URL of the referring website, the accessed file, the amount of data transmitted, the browser type and version, the operating system, and your IP address. These data are stored separately from other data that you enter when using our website. It is not possible for us to assign these data to a specific person.

Use of Cookies

Cookies are used in order to expand the range of functions. This enables data to be temporarily stored on your computer. You can prevent this storage by changing your browser settings accordingly, and you can delete existing cookies at any time. If you deactivate the use of cookies completely, this may lead to restrictions in the range of functions of our webpages.

Social Media Data

Our website uses a plugin provided by Twitter, operated by Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. We are not aware of the content of the transmitted data and their use by Twitter. For more information, please consult the privacy policy of Twitter at

Further, our website uses social plugins provided by the social network, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins are identifiable by a Facebook logo (white letter f on blue background or a thumb up icon) or the notice “Facebook Social Plugin”. For a full list of all social Plugins, please see

When you visit a page on our website that contains a social plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to Facebook servers. Facebook directly transfers the plugin content to your browser, which embeds the latter into the website, enabling Facebook to receive information about your having accessed the respective page of our website. Thus, we have no influence on the data gathered by the plugin and inform you according to our state of knowledge: The embedded plugins provide Facebook with the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our website. If you are logged into Facebook, your visit can be assigned to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking “Like”, or entering a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser directly to Facebook and stored by it. Even if you are not logged into Facebook, there is the possibility that the plugins transmit your IP-address to Facebook.

For the information on the purpose and scope of data collection and procession by Facebook, as well as your rights in this respect and settings options for protecting your privacy, please visit Facebook’s privacy policy: If you are a Facebook member and do not want Facebook to connect the data concerning your visit to our website with your member data already stored by Facebook, please log off Facebook before entering our website.


When you send us an email, your personal data are automatically stored . These have been transmitted on a voluntary basis and are stored for the purpose of processing or contacting you. There is no transfer of this personal data to third parties. Your email address is used only for the correspondence with you.

External Links

In order to provide you with the best possible information, you will find links to third-party webpages on our website. If not clearly recognizable as such, we draw your attention to the fact that the link is an external link. ESRA has no influence on the content and design of these pages of other providers. Therefore, the guarantees given in the present privacy statement do not apply there. Please note that the integration of external content, for example videos from the video platform YouTube, may lead to the use of trackers by other providers. For further information about this, see Google’s privacy policy: