The following measures have been taken to safeguard the anonymity of the survey participants:

  • Since the invitations were sent out exclusively by the higher education institutions themselves, the names and e-mail addresses of the survey participants remain with the higher education institutions and are not passed on to either the IHS or the BMBWF.
  • Within two weeks after the survey close date, the higher education institutions have deleted the combination of the personalised survey links and e-mail addresses of the students. This makes the information in the questionnaire anonymous.
  • Students who wish to be informed about the publication of the survey results are required to actively contact IHS independently of the survey. In this way, the e-mail addresses of such students cannot be linked with the questionnaire.
  • The access codes for the survey were only supplied to the higher education institutions via the internet using an encryption process.
  • IHS has contractually agreed to adhere to all relevant data protection provisions, in particular DSGVO ((EU) 2016/679), DSG and TKG 2003.
  • The answers provided in the questionnaire were transmitted in encrypted form (https).
  • The anonymity of the respondents must also be safeguarded in the analysis of the data. Accordingly, IHS will not publish any data on groups which contain fewer than 30 people.

More information about the protection of your data you can find in the special Privacy Statement of the Student Social Survey 2019.