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Processing personal data on our web services

Read about how the Institute for Social Research processes personal data, our use of cookies and how you can avoid them.

The University Center for Information Technology (USIT) is the data processor for the majority of ISF's systems and also delivers ISF's web solution (Vortex). ISF and USIT have their own data processor agreement that regulates access to and processing of personal data. Information collected is stored on separate servers operated by USIT, to which only USIT and ISF have access.

Vortex has integrations with the Cristin, Weblogin, Feide systems (all by subcontractor Unit - Directorate for ICT and Joint Services in Higher Education and Research) and WebID (by UiO). Personal information for logged-in users is exchanged with these systems. Users of the systems must give consent before the systems are available.

Cookies - download and search

The use of cookies is regulated by Section 2-7b of Electronic Communications law. The use of cookies is not permitted unless the user has been informed of, and has consented to, the information that is processed, what the purpose of this processing is and who processes the information.

Below you will find information about ISF's use of cookies. By being on ISF's website, you agree to cookies being set in your browser.

If you do not want us to use cookies, you can withdraw your consent by changing the settings in your browser. 

Purpose of cookies:

  • Analysis of usage patterns and statistics (Google Analytics, A / B testing and user surveys)
  • Login and administration of the website

ISF collects deidentified information about visitors to the website. The purpose of this is to compile statistics that we use to improve and further develop the information offered on the website. All cookies are anonymised, to prevent us from linking information about your use of the website to you as an individual.

Google Analytics

ISF uses Google Analytics to analyse the use of ISF's websites. The web analytics service is provided by Google, Inc. (Google) and uses cookies to analyse how users use the website. The IP address is anonymised before being sent to Google. Google may transfer the statistics to third parties if required to do so by law or in cases where third parties process the information on behalf of Google.


Information about the keywords that are used in the search tool is stored on the website. The keywords are used for analysis through Google Analytics. The purpose of the storage is to make the information we offer better. The keywords cannot be linked to user or user information.

The legal basis for processing the generation of anonymous statistics is Article 6 (1)(f) of the GDPR, which allows us to process information that is necessary to safeguard a legitimate interest that outweighs the consideration of the individual's privacy. The legitimate interest is to improve and further develop information on our websites.

"Did you find what you were looking for?" - feedback function

The feedback function "Did you find what you were looking for?" gives you the opportunity to provide feedback on the "No, I did not find it" button. Here you can leave your e-mail address if you want an answer to your enquiry. We do not ask you to leave your e-mail address if you do not want a response to the enquiry.

If you use this function, a FormCookie will be left on your computer, this cannot be used to trace the message back to you. The information collected through the feedback function is used to improve the website. We review the feedback manually every week. After the feedback is reviewed, it will be deleted. We do not ask you to leave personal information about yourself or others in the feedback function.

The processing basis for the processing of personal data through the feedback function is the Article 6 (1)(f) of the GDPR, which allows us to process data that is necessary to safeguard a legitimate interest that outweighs the consideration of the individual's privacy. Our legitimate interest is to offer content that covers the audience's information needs.

Comments on blog

You can leave comments on Tanja Storsul's blog ( with UiO or Feide user (from subcontractor Unit), or by registering with WebID (UiO). Users of the systems must give consent before the systems are available. Consent through the systems is given either by registering a user or by logging in.

Sharing posts

When you share posts from ISF's website, information about this is not stored at ISF. The online community where you share your post can store the information, this is regulated by your agreement with that online community.

Pictures at

Pictures that are taken at public and internal events where we invite external people. The images are stored securely on ISF's server. The photos can be published on with reference to the fact that the event is of general interest.

The Copyright law provides an opportunity to use images of persons participating in public events without consent. For more information about rights and source reference to photos from contact


The Schrems II ruling resulted in stricter requirements for transferring personal data to third countries. ISF has identified that we may be transferring personal information to the United States when users watch videos on ISF's website published on YouTube. USIT, which is a supplier of Vortex, has so far considered it to be ok and has not recommended UiO to stop publishing their videos via YouTube on UiO's website. ISF has sought advice from external lawyers who assist ISF in evaluating the solution together with the provider of ISF's website. ISF has decided to minimize the publication of videos on YouTube until we have a final conclusion. In this period, ISF will not publish films via YouYube, but will continue to use Livestream, for posting recordings of our digital events.

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Published June 9, 2017 12:17 PM - Last modified Mar. 24, 2021 2:32 PM