Privacy Policy

History of Knowledge at is a blog published by the German Historical Institute Washington DC (GHI) and hosted by Automattic on The GHI respects the privacy of every individual who visits this website. Therefore, we comply with applicable data privacy legislation in regards to processing personal data. This privacy policy describes what information the GHI collects from visitors to History of Knowledge and how such information is used, protected, and disclosed.

This privacy policy constitutes the agreement between you and the GHI relating to the publicly accessible portions of this website. By your use of this website, you consent to be governed by this privacy policy. The GHI may amend this policy at any time; any changes made that affect your personal information will not take effect until 30 days after notice is posted on this site.

Personal Data

You may visit History of Knowledge anonymously. Except as described in this privacy policy, we do not collect identification data from our visitors. All web servers track basic information about their visitors with cookies. When you use the site, we may track usage information that does not identify you, including an anonymized IP address, general location information, device identifier, browser type, or language. This may also include information about your use of the site, such as search terms, search results, or additional traffic data. The site uses cookies, web beacons, and similar tracking technologies that enable us to track your use of this site and make it more useful to you. Some features of the site may not work if you set your web browser to decline or delete cookies. The GHI may use service providers such as Google Analytics to collect information about your use of our site over time for non-advertising purposes. Your data collected via Google Analytics has been anonymized. A mapping of IP address to the user ID does not occur. It is therefore not possible to trace the analysis results to a specific IP address and user.

If you provide us with personal information (e.g., via web forms), you will find contact details below where you can request information regarding which of your personal data are stored on our system.

Third Party Service Providers

Some of the content that you see displayed on this site is not hosted at History of Knowledge. These “embeds” are hosted by a third-party and embedded in the site, e.g., Vimeo videos and Internet Archive documents that appear within an entry. These files send data to the hosted site just as if you were visiting that site directly. The GHI does not control what data third-parties collect in cases like this or what they will do with it. Thus, third-party embeds on this website are not covered by this privacy policy. They are covered by the privacy policy of the third-party service.

Our host, Automattic ( with the Jetpack plugin), also has a privacy policy, and it is consistent with that of the GHI as spelled out here.


Questions concerning this privacy policy may be sent to Casey Sutcliffe at or to:

German Historical Institute
Attn: Patricia Casey Sutcliffe
1607 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009