Data protection

Privacy policy

For all pages of the project VerbaAlpina the general privacy policy of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) applies as amended from time to time. In addition to the regulations formulated there, the following provisions apply, which relate to the WordPress framework used by VerbaAlpina. In case of contradictory regulations, the provisions of the LMU's general privacy policy apply.

Who we are

VerbaAlpina is a long-term research project funded by the DFG and based at the Institute of Romance Philology and the LMU Center for Digital Humanities.

The address of the website of VerbaAlpina is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When users post comments on the website, we collect the data displayed in the comment form, as well as the user's IP address and the user agent string (which identifies the browser) to help detect spam.

An anonymised string can be created from your e-mail address (also called a hash) and passed to the Gravatar service to check whether you are using it. The privacy policy of the Gravatar service can be found here: After your comment has been approved, your profile picture is publicly visible in the context of your comment.


If you are a registered user and upload photos to this website, you should avoid uploading photos with an EXIF GPS location. Users of this website could download photos stored on this website and extract their location information.


When you leave a comment on our website, this may constitute consent to store your name, e-mail address and website in cookies. This is a convenience feature so that when you make another comment you don't have to enter all this data again. These cookies are stored for one year.

If you have an account and log in to this website, we will set a temporary cookie to determine whether your browser accepts cookies. This cookie does not contain any personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you sign up, we will set up some cookies to store your login information and display options. Login cookies expire after two days and display options cookies expire after one year. If you select "Stay signed in" when you sign up, your sign-in will be maintained for a fortnight. When you log out of your account, the login cookies are deleted.

When you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie is stored in your browser. This cookie does not contain any personal data and only refers to the article ID of the article you have just edited. The cookie expires after one day.

Embedded content from other websites

Contributions on this website may contain embedded content (e.g. videos, images, contributions etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves exactly as if the user had visited the other website.

These websites may collect information about you, use cookies, embed additional third party tracking services and record your interaction with this embedded content, including your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged into this website.

Analysis services

Use of the website analysis tool Matomo (formerly PIWIK)

Programs for the evaluation of user behaviour on the websites of VerbaAlpina are only used by VerbaAlpina in anonymised form. We use the open source software tool Matomo (formerly PIWIK) to analyse surfing behaviour. The software sets a cookie on your computer. If individual pages – including sub-pages – of our internet pages are called up, the following data is stored anonymously:

  • Two bytes of the IP address of the calling system (user's system)
  • The internet page accessed
  • The Internet page from which the user accessed the accessed Internet page (referrer)
  • The subpages that are called up from the called-up Internet page
  • The length of time spent on the website
  • The frequency with which the website is accessed
  • Information on operating system, browser type, screen resolution

The software is set in such a way that IP addresses are not stored completely, but 2 bytes of the IP address are masked. In this way, a clear assignment to the calling computer is no longer possible. Thus, your IP address is always anonymised even before an evaluation.

The software runs exclusively on the servers of the LMU Center for Digital Humanities (ITG). The data is only stored on these servers. It is not passed on to third parties. Further information on Matomo can be found at (external link).

The use of Matomo can generally be switched off by settings in your internet browser.

You can decide whether a unique internet analysis cookie may be stored in your browser in order to enable the operator of the website to collect and analyse various statistical – non-personal – data. The use of the internet analysis cookie is for the purpose of constantly improving the quality of our internet pages and their contents as well as the user-friendliness. Web analysis cookies make it clear how the website is used, which means that the offer can be optimised.
If you wish to opt out, please activate the checkbox to place the Matomo deactivation cookie in your browser.

With whom we share your data

VerbaAlpina does not share personal data with anyone. However, registered users can contact other registered users within the backend of VerbaAlpina (after logging in) and, in the course of this, view the user names and possibly also the e-mail addresses of other users.

How long we store your data

When you leave a comment, it is saved indefinitely, including metadata. This way we can automatically detect and approve follow-up comments instead of keeping them in a moderation queue.

When you leave a comment, it is saved indefinitely, including metadata. This way we can automatically detect and approve follow-up comments instead of keeping them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have to your data

If you have an account on this website or have made comments, you may request an export of your personal data from us, including any data you have provided to us. In addition, you can request the deletion of any personal data we hold about you. This does not include data that we are required to retain for administrative, legal or security needs.

Where we send your data

VerbaAlpina does not send any personal data as a matter of principle. However, user comments may be analysed by an automated service for spam detection.

E-mail security

If you send us an e-mail, your e-mail address will only be used for correspondence with you.


The information provided by the LMU contains links to other websites.

By means of the cross-reference, the LMU provides access to the use of this content (Section 9 of the German Teleservices Act). It is not responsible for this "third-party" content, as it does not initiate the transmission of the information, does not select the addressee of the transmitted information and has not selected or modified the transmitted information.

The LMU also does not automatically store this "third-party information" for a short period of time due to the selected retrieval and linking method, which means that the LMU is not responsible for this third-party content.

However, when linking to these websites for the first time, the LMU checked the external content to see whether it might give rise to any civil or criminal liability.

Protection of personal rights and copyright

All content on this portal respects the personal rights and copyrights of third parties. In particular, third-party content is marked as such. Should you nevertheless become aware of a violation of personal rights or a copyright infringement, please inform us accordingly. If we become aware of any infringements, we will remove such content immediately.