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VZ Security Pages: Saving IP addresses

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Policy on saving IP addresses

Saving IP addresses is necessary to ensure the safety of the network and user data. IP addresses help us to defend against and learn about system attacks on our website – for example, from hackers, or people who try to use special computer programs to read information automatically.

IP addresses are series of numbers such as "" that allow computers to be identified on the internet. They make it possible for data to be transferred: like sending a letter, the addresses of the sender and recipient must be recognisable for it to reach its goal. When exchanging packets of data, for example when you access a meinVZ page, the IP address will be used to ensure that the information is sent to the correct computer. Unlike a postal address, however, an IP address is not necessarily linked indefinitely to the same computer – the addresses are often assigned only temporarily.

Because we must balance the security of the platform and its users on the one hand and the interests of data protection on the other. The exact period of time that best serves these two valid interests is the subject of much discussion.At the request of the Berlin Data Protection Agency, the IP addresses of studiVZ and meinVZ users will, until further notice, be saved for only 5 days.

Under My Account you can see when your account was last active, and which IP addresses were used to access your account in the last five days. This allows you to check whether someone has used your account without your permission. If you have reason to believe someone has, you should change your password immediately.

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