Privacy Policy2023-01-20T08:45:48+00:00

Privacy Policy

In the course of using this website, personal data of you will be processed by us as the data controller and stored for the duration required to fulfill the specified purposes and legal obligations. In the following, we inform you about what data is involved, how it is processed and what rights you have in this regard.

According to Art. 4 No. 1 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), personal data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person.

  1. name and contact details of the controller and the company data protection officer.
  2. processing of personal data and purposes of processing.
  3. disclosure of personal data to third parties
  4. cookies
  5. web analysis by means of Leadlab
  6. social plugins
  7. YouTube
  8. data subject rights
  9. information about your right to object according to Art. 21 DSGVO
  10. data security
  11. up-to-dateness and amendment of this data protection information

    1. Name and contact details of the controller and the company data protection officer.

This data protection information applies to data processing on the website by the controller:

for the Promotion of Applied Research e.V.
Hansastrasse 27 c
80686 Munich

(hereinafter referred to as “Fraunhofer”)

Phone: +49 89 1205-0
Fax: +49 89 1205-7531

Fraunhofer’s data protection officer can be contacted at the above address, for the attention of the data protection officer, or at

You can contact our data protection officer directly at any time if you have questions about data protection law or your rights as a data subject.

  1. Processing of personal data and purposes of processing

You can access the website without having to disclose any information about your identity. The browser used on your end device only automatically sends information to the server of our website (e.g. browser type and version, date and time of access) to enable the website to establish a connection. This also includes the IP address of your requesting end device. This is temporarily stored in a so-called log file and automatically deleted after 4 weeks:

The processing of the IP address is carried out for technical and administrative purposes of connection establishment and stability, to ensure the security and functionality of our website and to be able to pursue any illegal attacks on this if necessary.

The legal basis for the processing of the IP address is Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 lit. f DSGVO. Our legitimate interest follows from the aforementioned security interest and the necessity of a trouble-free provision of our website.

From the processing of the IP address and other information in the log file, we cannot draw any direct conclusions about your identity.

In addition, we use cookies and analysis services when you visit our website. You can find more detailed explanations of this in sections 4 and 5 of this data protection declaration.

3. transfer of personal data to third parties

Except in the aforementioned cases (registration for events, use of the ordering service, registration for a newsletter), we only pass on your personal data to third parties if:

  • you have given your express consent to this in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 lit. a DSGVO,
  • this is necessary according to Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 lit. b DSGVO for the fulfillment of a contract with you,
  • in the event that there is a legal obligation for the disclosure pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 lit. c DSGVO.

In particular, if you have registered for an event, it may be necessary to transfer your personal data to an external organizer as part of the performance of the contract. In connection with an event registration, you will be informed who is the organizer and whether this is an external organizer. This organizer will process personal data within the framework of the event and in particular for participant administration.

A transfer of personal data to a third country (outside the EU) or an international organization is excluded.

4. Cookies

We use cookies on our site. These are small files that are automatically created by your browser and stored on your end device (laptop, tablet, smartphone or similar) when you visit our site. Cookies do not cause any damage to your end device, do not contain viruses, Trojans or other malware.

In the cookie, information is stored that arises in each case in connection with the specific end device used. However, this does not mean that we gain direct knowledge of your identity.

We use cookies to statistically record the use of our website and to evaluate it for the purpose of optimizing our offer for you (see section 5). These cookies enable us to automatically recognize that you have already been to our site when you visit it again. These cookies are automatically deleted after a defined period of time.

The data processed by cookies is necessary for the aforementioned purposes to protect our legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 (1) p. 1 lit. f DSGVO.

Most browsers accept cookies automatically. However, you can configure your browser so that no cookies are stored on your computer or a notice always appears before a new cookie is created. However, the complete deactivation of cookies may mean that you cannot use all the functions of our website.

5. web analysis using Leadlab

We use the Leadlab service from Wiredminds GmbH and its tracking pixel technology on our website to analyze user behavior and optimize our site based on this. In particular, the service allows us to identify which companies have visited our site. In doing so, we do not receive any information that directly identifies you.

In connection with the use of Leadlab, cookies and tracking pixels are used, which enable a statistical analysis of the use of this website by your visits. Information – including personally identifiable information – about your visitor behavior is stored in the cookie and transmitted to or collected directly by Wiredminds. The information is processed by Wiredminds using a pseudonym in a usage profile for the purpose of analysis and anonymized as far as possible.

The data obtained in this way will not be used to identify you personally without your separately granted consent and the data will not be merged with personal data about you as the bearer of the pseudonym.

Insofar as IP addresses are collected, they are anonymized immediately after collection by deleting the last number block.

Information on data protection at Wireminds can be found on their website.

Data processing is carried out on the basis of our legitimate interest in accordance with Art. 6 para.1 lit. f DSGVO in optimizing our online offering and our website. Wiredminds processes the data on our behalf and we have concluded an order processing agreement with Wireminds. This ensures that the data processing on our behalf is carried out in accordance with the GDPR and guarantees the protection of the rights of the data subjects.

If you do not want the collection and analysis of your user behavior, then you can object to this by means of an opt-out cookie. An opt-out cookie will be set that prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this website. The opt-out cookie is only valid in this browser and only for our website and is stored on your device. If you delete the cookies in this browser, you must set the opt-out cookie again.

6. Social plugins

We use so-called social media buttons (also social media plugins) on our website. These are small buttons by means of which you can 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 carried out using the so-called Shariff solution. This solution, developed by Heise and c’t, prevents a connection to a social network from being established simply 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.

We use the following social media plugins:

a) Facebook: Share Facebook Ireland Limited.

In part, information is transmitted to the parent company Facebook Inc. based in the USA. This company observes the data protection provisions of the “US Privacy Shield” and is registered with the “US Privacy Shield” program of the US Department of Commerce.
For the purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Facebook, as well as your rights in this regard and setting options for protecting your privacy, please refer to Facebook’s privacy policy.

b) Twitter: Sharing Twitter International Company

In some cases, information is transmitted to the parent company Twitter Inc. based in the USA. This company observes the data protection provisions 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 at Twitter, please refer to Twitter’s privacy policy.

c) Google+: Share Google LLC.

Google observes the data protection provisions 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 at Google, please see Google’s privacy policy.

d) Xing: Share Xing SE.

Further information on data protection at Xing can be found in XING’s privacy policy.

7. YouTube

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 on the basis of consent pursuant to Art. 6 (1) p. 1 lit. f DSGVO.

Here, we use the “extended data protection mode” option provided by YouTube.

When you call up a page that has an embedded video, a connection is established to the YouTube servers and the content is displayed on the website by informing your browser.

According to YouTube’s information, in “extended data protection mode” your data – in particular which of our Internet pages you have visited as well as device-specific information including the IP address – is only transmitted to the YouTube server in the USA when you watch the video. By clicking on the video, you consent to this transmission.

If you are logged in to YouTube at the same time, this information will be assigned to your YouTube member account. You can prevent this by logging out of your member account before visiting our website.

Google observes the data protection provisions 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 Google’s privacy policy.

8. data subject rights

You have the right

Pursuant to Art. 7 (3) DSGVO, to revoke your consent once given to us at any time. This has the consequence that we may no longer continue the data processing, which was based on this consent, for the future;

to request information about your personal data processed by us in accordance with Art. 15 DSGVO. In particular, you may request information about the processing purposes, the category of personal data, the categories of recipients to whom your data have been or will be disclosed, the planned storage period, the existence of a right to rectification, erasure, restriction of processing or objection, the existence of a right of complaint, the origin of your data if it has not been collected by us, and the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, and, if applicable, meaningful information about its details;

pursuant to Art. 16 DSGVO, to request the correction of incorrect or incomplete personal data stored by us without undue delay;

pursuant to Art. 17 DSGVO, to request the erasure of your personal data stored by us, unless the processing is necessary for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims;

pursuant to Art. 18 DSGVO, to request the restriction of the processing of your personal data, insofar as the accuracy of the data is disputed by you, the processing is unlawful, but you object to its erasure and we no longer require the data, but you need it for the assertion, exercise or defense of legal claims or you have objected to the processing pursuant to Art. 21 DSGVO;

pursuant to Art. 20 DSGVO, to receive your personal data that you have provided to us in a structured, common and machine-readable format or to request the transfer to another controller; and

complain to a supervisory authority in accordance with Art. 77 DSGVO. As a rule, you can contact the supervisory authority of your usual place of residence or workplace or our company headquarters for this purpose.

9. information about your right to object according to Art. 21 DSGVO.

You have the right to object at any time, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to the processing of personal data concerning you which is carried out on the basis of Article 6(1)(e) DSGVO (data processing in the public interest) and Article 6(1)(f) DSGVO (data processing on the basis of a balance of interests); this also applies to Article 4(4) DSGVO profiling based on this provision.

If you object, 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 the processing serves the purpose of asserting, exercising or defending legal claims.

If your objection is directed against processing of data for the purpose of direct marketing, we will immediately stop the processing. In this case, it is not necessary to specify a particular situation. This also applies to profiling, insofar as it is related to such direct advertising.

If you wish to exercise your right to object, you can do so via:

10. data security

All data transmitted by you personally will be encrypted using the generally accepted and secure standard TLS (Transport Layer Security). TLS is a secure and proven standard that is also used, for example, in online banking. You can recognize a secure TLS connection, among other things, by the appended s to http (i.e. https://..) in the address bar of your browser or by the lock symbol in the lower area of your browser.

We also use appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or against unauthorized access by third parties. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological developments.

11. topicality and change of this data protection information

This data protection information is currently valid and has the status May 2018.

Due to the further development of our website and offers on it or due to changed legal or official requirements, it may become necessary to change this data protection information. You can access and print out the current data protection information at any time on the website at

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