2. Processing personal data and purposes of processing
a) When visiting the website
When you visit our website, the web servers of our website temporarily save every access of your terminal device in a log file. The following data is recorded and stored until it is automatically deleted:
- IP address of the requesting computer
- Date and time of access
- Name and URL of the retrieved data
- Amount of data transferred Message whether the retrieval was successful
- Browser and operating system used
- Name of the Internet access provider
- Web page from which the access takes place (referrer URL)
This data is processed for the following purposes:
1. to enable the use of the website (connection establishment)
2. administration of the network infrastructure
3. appropriate technical and organisational measures for IT system and information security, taking into account the state of the art
4. ensuring the user-friendliness of use
5. optimization of the internet offer
Legal bases for the above processing operations are:
- for the processing for the visit of the web pages according to numbers 1-2 Art. 6 par. 1 p. 1 letter b (necessary for the fulfilment of the web page usage agreement),
- for processing operations pursuant to No. 3 Article 6 paragraph 1 sentence 1 letter c DSGVO (legal obligation to implement technical and organisational measures to secure data processing pursuant to Article 32 DSGVO) and Article 6 paragraph 1 sentence 1 letter f DSGVO (legitimate interests in data processing for network and information security) as well as
- the processing operations pursuant to Nos. 4-5 Art. 6, para. 1, sent. 1, letter f, DSGVO (legitimate interests). The legitimate interests of our data processing consist in making our offer user-friendly and optimizing it.
The above-mentioned data is automatically deleted from the web server after a defined period of time, which is  days. If data are processed for longer periods of time for purposes according to numbers 2-5, they are anonymised or deleted when storage is no longer necessary for the respective purpose.
b) When registering for events
We offer a variety of events through our website on a regular basis, for which you may register online. When registering for an event, you need to enter the following mandatory data. These include:
- First name and surname
- Email address
Any other mandatory data are marked as such (e.g. with *). Besides, other data may often be entered voluntarily.
The mandatory data are processed in order to identify the interested persons as participants of the event, to perform the participation contract, and to provide the participants with information pertaining to the event before, during and after the event. The voluntary data allows us to plan and execute the event based on interest and age criteria.
Data processing takes place at the request of the interested participants and is necessary pursuant to the first sentence of point (b) of Article 6 (1) GDPR for the purposes mentioned for the performance of the participation contract and in order to take steps prior to entering into it.
We store the data we collect in the context of event registrations for 6 months unless you have consented to a longer storage period under Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR.
For the registration of our events through our web forms, we work in collaboration with the service provider Mailingwork GmbH, Birkenweg 7, 09569 Oederan (“Mailingwork”). The purpose of the collaboration is to professionally manage online registrations. For this purpose, the entered data is stored on the servers of Mailingwork in Germany.
We have concluded an order processing agreement with Mailingwork. By this agreement, Mailingwork assures that it will process the data on our account in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and guarantees the protection of rights of the data subjects.
In addition, it may in some cases be necessary within the scope of performance of the contract to transfer your personal data to an external organiser. In connection with an event registration, you will be informed about who the organiser is and whether it is an external organiser. This organiser will process personal data within the scope of the event and especially for the management of participants.
c) When visiting our institute
Within the scope of the perception of an appointment in our institute, our visitors have to register in our digital guestbook at the reception. In this context we collect the following mandatory information:
- first and last name
- Car license plate
The processing of the mandatory data is carried out in order to identify the visitors; it is not only used for access control, but also, among other things, in case of a necessary evacuation of the building for the safety of the guest.
According to Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR., the data processing is required for the purposes mentioned for visitor management. The personal data collected by us in this context will be stored by us for up to 6 months and then automatically deleted.
d) When using the contact forms
We offer website visitors the opportunity to contact us via a form on our website. To enable you to communicate with us via this form, we request the following data:
- First and last name
- Email address and
- Your query
We need these required data to learn who contacted us and to process the user request. We process the requested data in response to your enquiry. Our purpose is to answer your query in pursuit of your legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR.
The personal data collected by us when you use the contact form will be deleted after completion of your query.
Cookies contain information resulting from connection with the specific terminal device used. However, this does not mean that we have immediate knowledge of your identity.
The data processed by cookies is necessary for the purposes mentioned with due regard of our legitimate interest pursuant to the first sentence of point (f) of Article 6(1) GDPR.
Most browsers accept cookies automatically. However, you may configure your browser so that cookies are not stored on your computer or that you are always notified before a new cookie is created. The complete disabling of cookies, however, may lead to your not being able to use all functions of our website.
4. Web analysis through Leadlab
On our website we use the Leadlab service by Wiredminds GmbH and its tracking pixel technology to analyse user behaviour and optimise our site based on it. The service particularly allows us to identify which companies have visited our site. In doing so we do not obtain any information that may identify you directly.
In connection with the use of Leadlab, cookies and tracking pixels are used which allow statistical analysis of the use of this website through your visits. Information, including personal information about your visiting behaviour, is stored in the cookie and sent to Wiredminds or is directly obtained by Wiredminds. The information is processed by Wiredminds, who use a pseudonym in a usage profile for the purpose of analysis. The data is anonymised to the extent possible.
The data thus collected is not used to identify you except with your express consent, nor is the data merged with your personal data as a bearer of the pseudonym.
If IP addresses are collected, they are immediately anonymised after collection by deleting the last number block.
For more information about data protection at Wiredminds, please visit their website: https://www.wiredminds.de/en/data-protection/
The data is processed based on our legitimate interest, pursuant to point (f) of Article 6(1) GDPR, to optimise our online offer and our web presence. Wiredminds processes the data on our behalf and we have concluded an order processing agreement with Wiredminds. It ensures that the data processing on our behalf takes place in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and that the rights of the data subjects are protected.
If you do not wish that your usage behaviour is recorded and analysed, you may object by means of opt-out cookies. An opt-out cookie is set which prevents future capturing of your data when visiting this website. The opt-out cookie is only applicable to this browser and only for our website and is stored on your device. If you delete the cookies in this browser, you need to reset the opt-out cookie.
5. Social Media
We use so-called social media buttons on our website. These are small buttons that allow you to publish content from our website in social networks under your profile.
If you activate such a button, a connection is established between our website and the social network. In addition to the content in question, the operator of the social network receives further information, some of which is personal. This includes, for example, the fact that you are currently visiting our site. The integration of the social media buttons is done using the so-called Shariff solution. This solution prevents that a connection to a social network is already established just because you call up a page with a social media button without activating it. This means that information is only transmitted to the social network when you use the button.
On the basis of a consent pursuant to the first sentence of point (f) of Article 6(1) GDPR, we use components (videos) of the company YouTube, LLC 901 Cherry Ave., 94066 San Bruno, CA, USA (hereinafter: “YouTube”), a company of Google Inc., Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter: "Google") on our Internet pages.
In so doing we use the option of “extended data protection mode” provided by YouTube.
When you access a page containing an embedded video, a connection to the YouTube servers is established and the contents are displayed on the Internet page through a notification to your browser.
Pursuant to YouTube specifications, in the “extended data protection mode” your data - especially which of our Internet pages you have visited as well as device-specific information including the IP address - is sent to the YouTube servers in the US only when you view the video. By clicking on the video, you give your consent to this transfer.
If you are simultaneously logged on to YouTube, this information is assigned to your YouTube member account. You may prevent this by logging out of your member account before visiting our website.
Google respects the data protection regulations of the US Privacy Shield and is registered with the US Privacy Shield program of the US Department of Commerce.
For more information on data protection in connection with YouTube, please refer to the data protection regulations of Google.
7. Rights of the data subject
You have the right:
- pursuant to Article 7(3) GDPR, to withdraw the consent given to us at any time. This means that in future we may no longer continue to process the data as based on this consent;
- pursuant to Article 15 GDPR, to obtain information about your personal data processed by us. More particularly, you may obtain information about the purpose of processing, the category of the personal data, the categories of recipients, to whom your data has been or is disclosed to, the storage period planned, the existence of a right to request from the controller rectification , erasure, restriction of processing or objection, the existence of a right to lodge a complaint, the source of your data if it has not been collected by us, as well as about the existence of automated decision-making including profiling and, if applicable, significant information about its details;
- pursuant to Article 16 GDPR, to obtain the rectification of inaccurate personal data without undue delay or the completion of your personal data stored with us;
- pursuant to Article 17 GDPR, to obtain the erasure of your personal data stored with us unless processing is necessary to exercise the right to freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation , for reasons of public interest, or to establish, exercise or defend legal claims;
- pursuant to Article 18 GDPR, to obtain the restriction of the processing of your personal data if you contest the accuracy of the data, the processing is unlawful but you deny its erasure and we no longer need the data while you still require it for establishing, exercising or defending legal claims or if you have objected to processing pursuant to Article 21 GDPR;
- pursuant to Article 20 GDPR, to receive your personal data that you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or to obtain the transmission to another data controller and
- pursuant to Article 77 GDPR, to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. For this, you may normally contact the supervisory authority of your habitual residence or workplace or our company headquarters.
8. Information on your right to object pursuant to Article 21 GDPR
You have the right to object, on grounds relating from your particular situation, at any time to processing of your personal data, which is based on point (e) of Article 6(1) GDPR (data processing for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest) and on point (f) of Article 6(1) GDPR (data processing for the purposes of the legitimate interests); this is also applicable to profiling pursuant to Article 4(4) GDPR based on this regulation.
If you file an objection, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or unless processing serves the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims. If your objection is directed against the processing of data for the purpose of direct marketing, we will stop the processing immediately. In this case, citing a special situation is not necessary. This is also applicable to profiling, insofar as it is related to such direct marketing.
If you wish to make use of your right to object, please send an email to email@example.com.
9. Data security
All your personal data is transferred in an encoded manner using the widely used and secure TLS (Transport Layer Security) encryption standard. TLS is a secure and proven standard that is also used for online banking, for instance. You will recognise a secure TLS connection by the additional s after http (i.e., https://..) in the address bar of your browser or from the lock icon in the lower part of your browser, among other things.
Besides, we use suitable technical and organisational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or against unauthorised access by third parties. Our security measures are continuously being improved as the technology advances.
10. Timeliness and Amendments to this Data Protection Information
This data protection information as amended in January 2020 is currently applicable.
It may become necessary to change this data protection information due to the further development of our website and its offers or on account of amended legal or official requirements. You may always access and print the latest data protection information on the website at https://www.fraunhofer.de/en/data-protection-policy.html.
11. Severability clause