Data Protection Information
Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM


The following pertains to the use of this website. As the party responsible for the data processing (controller), we process the personal data collected via our website and store it for the period required to achieve the specified purpose and to comply with the statutory requirements. The following text informs you of the data we collect and the way we process the collected data. We also inform you about data privacy rights as they pertain to the use of our website.

Pursuant to Article 4 No. 1 GDPR, personal data are all data referring to a specific or identifiable natural person.



1. Name and Contact Information of the Person Responsible for the Data Processing (Controller) and of the Society’s Data Protection Officer

2. Processing of Personal Data and Purposes of the Data Processing

3. General Terms and Conditions of Events 

4. Transfer of Personal Data to Third Parties

5. Web Analysis/Tracking

6. Social Plugins

7. YouTube

8. Your Rights as Affected Person

9. Information on Your Right of Objections According to Article 21 GDPR

10. Data Security

11. Timeliness of the Data and Amendments to this Data Protection Information


1.  Name and Contact Information of the Person Responsible for the Data Processing (Controller) and of the Society’s Data Protection Officer


This data protection information shall apply to the processing of data on our institute’s website by the controller, the:

Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V.

Hansastrasse 27 c,
D-80686 München (Munich, Germany)

On behalf of your Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM (in the following referred to as “Fraunhofer IWM”) 

Email: info(at)
Telephone: +49 761 5142-0

You can reach the data protection representative of the Fraunhofer Society at the above address c/o Data Protection Officer or at

Please feel free to contact the data protection officer directly at any time with your questions concerning your data protection rights and/or your rights as affected person.

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2. Processing of Personal Data and Purposes of the Data Processing

a) During your Website Visit

Every time you visit our web pages, our website servers save a protocol of your device accessing our website. This storage is temporary and lasts only until the automated deletion. Our website server saves the following access data until its automated deletion:

The IP address of the requesting device 

Access date and time 

Name and URL of the accessed data 

The transmitted data volume 

The message whether access was successful 

The used browser and operating system 

Name of the internet provider (ISP)

The referring website (referring URL)

The server processes this data for the following purposes:

  1. To enable the use of the website (link connection)
  2. Administration of the network infrastructure
  3. Appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure IT systems and data security commensurate with the available state of the art technology
  4. Error analysis and damage prevention
  5. To offer user-friendly service
  6. To optimize the Internet’s offerings

Legal foundations for the above processing purposes:

Processing in response to a website visitor according to numbers 1-2 Article 6 para. 1, page1, lit. b (requirement for compliance with provisions of the website user contract)

Processing pursuant to numbers 3, Article 6 para. 1, page 1, lit. c GDPR (legal obligation to implement technical and organisational measures to ensure secure data processing according to Article 32 GDPR and Article 6 para. 1, page 1, lit. f GDPR (legitimate interests in data processing for the network and information security) as well as  

Data processing pursuant to numbers 4 – 5, Article 6 para. 1, page1 lit. f GDPR (legitimate interests) - our legitimate interests in the processing of data are based in our desire to offer user-friendly optimised web pages. Our legitimate interests may also include direct advertising.

After the specified period of 30 days, our web server automatically deletes the above-mentioned data. To the extent that data are processed longer for purposes according to numbers 2 – 5, we will anonymize or delete the data as soon as their storage no longer serves the respective purpose(s).


b) Visitor Registration for Events

On a regular basis, we invite website visitors to different kinds of events. Our website visitors may be required to register online for these events.

In order to register online, our website visitors have to provide required data. This data includes:

First and last name


Email address

Should we request additional required data, we will specifically identify this as “required” (for example, using an *). In addition, our website users often have the opportunity to volunteer additional information.

We process the required data mostly to identify you as event participant and to reserve a place for you. In addition, we agree with you on the type of event, provide you with information for and after the event and overall ensure that you enjoy your participation and the event proceeds smoothly. The volunteered data help us to plan and organize our events in tune with your interests and age.

We collect the data in response to the enquiries of interested parties. According to Article 6 para. 1, page 1, lit. b GDPR, the data collection is necessary for the mentioned purposes, to perform according to the participation contract and to meet the conditions precedent to entering into the participation contract.

To accept registrations to events from our online visitors, we commissioned the service provider Mailingwork GmbH, Birkenweg 7, 09569 Oederan (“Mailingwork”). The purpose of working with the service provider is the professional administration of online registrations. This service requires storing the collected required data on the servers of Mailingwork in Germany.

We have entered into an order processing contract with Mailingwork. By signing this contract with us, Mailingwork agrees to process the data on our behalf according to the general data protection regulation (GDPR) and that the company shall guarantee the rights of the affected persons.

We store data, which we collect in context with registrations to events, for six (6) months providing you did not agree to a longer storage period as outlined in Article 6 para. 1, page 1, lit. a GDPR.

In some cases, (for instance, our Fraunhofer IWM Seminars) registration is not necessary but website visitors are offered the opportunity to sign up to be alerted about events which will occur in the future. In these cases, we only collect your email address and treat personal information in an identical fashion as outlined in point ”c” below: “Subscriptions to our Newsletter”.

Occasionally, we organize “internal” events; in these cases, we may invite employees of this and other Fraunhofer Institutes to register for these events. While events such as this are not open to the general public, in these cases, we collect and treat personal information in an identical fashion as outlined in the preceding passages of this section (“Visitor Registration for Events”).


Online Workshop "The MarketPlace", June 21, 2023


c) Subscriptions to our Newsletter

We only collect your email address. Additional information can often be provided voluntarily. Only if you explicitly agreed to it pursuant to 6 para. 1, page 1 lit. a GDPR, will we use your email address to send our regular newsletters to you. The newsletters contain information about our institute and other facilities and events of the Fraunhofer Society (Fraunhofer e.V.)

After you have subscribed to our newsletter, we will email a subscription confirmation to you. You must confirm the receipt of this email to receive our newsletter. This is known as a double opt-in procedure. For us, your email response serves as confirmation that you are in fact the person who subscribed to our newsletter.

You may opt out of receiving our newsletter at any time. At the end of each newsletter, you will find a link, which makes opting out easy. Alternatively, feel free to express your desire to cancel your subscription by email: info(at)

Once we have received your cancellation of the newsletter subscription, we will immediately delete your email address from our distribution list.

Our service provider, the Mailingwork GmbH, Birkenweg 7, 09569 Oederan (“Mailingwork”) sends our newsletter to your email address on our behalf. Mailingwork stores the email addresses of our newsletter recipients on their servers in Germany on our behalf.

Mailingwork uses the data of our newsletter subscribers for the purpose of sending and evaluating newsletters on our behalf. For this purpose, we entered into an order processing contract with Mailingwork. Through the company’s signature under this contract, Mailingwork, agrees to process the subscriber data in compliance with all General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and to guarantee the rights of all affected persons.

Mailingwork assures that personal data are protected in a comprehensive way from unauthorized access. Mailingwork is barred from using the data provided by our newsletter subscribers to contact the subscribers themselves and is not authorized to transfer the subscriber data to third parties. As a reliable email sending service, Mailingwork is certified by the Certified Senders Alliance.


d) The Use of 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:

Title, name

Email address


We need this required data to learn who contacted us and to process the user request.

We process the requested data in response to your enquiry and we can, if you explicitly wish, send you information via postal services.

Our purpose is to answer your query in pursuit of our legitimate interests pursuant to Article 6 para. 1, page 1 lit. f GDPR.

Once we have satisfied the enquiry via contact form, we will immediately delete the collected personal data.


e) The Use of Online Shops

We offer an online shop on our website. In this shop, visitors may order yearly reports or press releases free of charge as a single order or as a subscription. As part of this process, we collect the following required data:


First and last name 


Email address 

The collecting and processing of these data have the following purposes:

To identify you as our contract partner

To check the provided data for plausibility

To complete the order processes 

The data processing is triggered by your request. It is required to process your order and transact the processes preceding the contractual relationship according to Article 6, para. 1, page 1 lit. b GDPR. In the process, we use your email address to send you an order confirmation. We use all collected contact data exclusively to handle possibly required inquiries in context with your order. 

We only store personal data collected in this context as long as it takes to fulfil the contract. If you have a subscription we store your data until you cancel your subscription. With single orders we delete personal data immediately after delivery.

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3. General Terms and Conditions of Events 


1.      Scope

(1) These General Terms and Conditions of Events apply to events that are held by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V., Hansastraße 27 c, 80686 München, court of registration: Local Court of Munich, Register of Associations No. VR 446, and/or its institutes or research units (hereinafter “Fraunhofer”). They govern the rights and obligations in connection with participation in such an event by the other party to the contract (“Participant”).

(2) Institutes and research units of Fraunhofer are legally dependent institutions of Fraunhofer. The events of an institute or research unit are therefore deemed to constitute Fraunhofer events. All of the rights and obligations governed by these General Terms and Conditions of Events therefore exist for and against Fraunhofer. Declarations made by a Fraunhofer institute or research unit are attributable to Fraunhofer. However, the point of contact for events of an institute is that institute itself (“Organizer”).

(3) These General Terms and Conditions of Events do not apply to the mere making available of space, facilities, or other premises– whether in return for payment or free of charge – to third parties for a limited term (e.g. leasing out event space) so that the third parties can hold an event.

(4) These General Terms and Conditions of Events apply on an exclusive basis unless expressly provided otherwise hereinafter. Terms and conditions of Participant that conflict with, deviate from, or supplement these General Terms and Conditions of Events shall not become an element of the contract, even if Fraunhofer does not expressly object to them.

(5) In addition to these General Terms and Conditions of Events, the safety guidelines and the relevant house rules that apply at the event venue must be observed.

2.      Subject of the contract

(1) The subject of these General Terms and Conditions of Events is participation in an event by Participant, the holding of the event, and the provision by Organizer of services, if any, to accompany the event.

(2) The content, schedule, and other information concerning an event are set out in the relevant event description (see Sec. 5).

3.      Registration; conclusion of contract; on-site registration

(1) Registration for an event can take place via websites used for this purpose by Fraunhofer or Organizer or via registration forms that are provided.

(2) Unless otherwise specified in the individual case, Participant, by filling out and submitting the registration form provided, issues an offer to participate in the event. A contract regarding participation in the event comes into effect when this offer is accepted by Organizer. Acceptance takes place via confirmation of registration, which is transmitted by email or mail.

(3) In the case of online registration, Participant will receive an automated email confirmation that their registration has been received. This email does not yet constitute acceptance within the meaning of paragraph 2 above.

(4) Participants are required to bring the registration confirmation with them to the event and may be required to show it. There is no guarantee that Participant will be able to participate without showing the registration confirmation. Participants who wish to use a discount may be required to show proof of their status at the venue.

(5) A registration confirmation is binding in principle and entitles Participant to participate in the event in question. There is no claim to participation in certain parts of the program unless these have been expressly booked in advance. This applies in particular to parts of the program open only to a limited number of participants. Moreover, in the case of free participation in events open to a limited number of participants, Fraunhofer reserves the right to refuse access to the event on site – including for certain times only and/or for certain parts of the event – for safety reasons as required by the venue’s maximum occupancy. Fraunhofer will provide advance notice of any such non-binding participation wherever possible.

(6) At some events, on-site registration is required in order to enter the event. Name badges and/or other visual/technical means of identification may be issued for access. This ensures that access to the event is limited to Participants and other authorized parties. Name badges and other means of identification must not be shared with third parties.

4.      Contract information

You can access, store, and print out these General Terms and Conditions of Events here. We store the text of the contract (contract information and terms and conditions of participation). For your contract information (event booked; Participant, participation fee, if any), please see your registration confirmation. Your contract information is not available online.

5.      Event description

(1) The content, schedule, and other information concerning an event are set out in the relevant event description provided by Organizer.

(2) The right to make changes in the program schedule and/or content for good reason is reserved. Organizer will make every effort to communicate any changes in advance by email or on the relevant official event or institute website.

(3) If a supporting program is offered for Participants in addition to the actual event program, this supporting program is provided by a third party unless otherwise agreed. In this case, the legal relationship exists between Participant and the third party as far as the supporting program is concerned. Fraunhofer is not a party to that contract.

6.      Participation fee; due date, price reduction

(1) In the case of events for which a fee is charged, Participant is obligated to pay the agreed participation fee. The amount of the participation fee is stated in the event description.

(2) The participation fee must be paid in advance in accordance with the payment options stated. The participation fee must be paid no later than within 14 days after receipt of the invoice, to the account stated in the invoice. The date when payment is received in Organizer’s account is the date determining whether payment is remitted on time.

(3) The participation fee is deemed to fully settle and discharge all claims to payment for participation in the event program, including any meals or refreshments offered. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.

(4) Offsetting claims of Participant’s own against claims of Fraunhofer is permissible only if the counterclaim is undisputed or has been established with final, binding legal force, is not disputed by Fraunhofer or is acknowledged by Fraunhofer, or if it is closely related to Fraunhofer’s claim within the same reciprocal contractual relationship to which both Participant and Fraunhofer are party.

(5) Participant cannot exercise a right of retention unless their counterclaim is based on the same contractual relationship.

(6) Changes for good cause in the program schedule or content do not constitute grounds for reducing the participation fee.

7.      Right of withdrawal

If you are a consumer, you have a statutory right of withdrawal; information on this right is provided in this section. “Consumer” means every natural person who enters into a legal transaction for purposes that predominantly are outside their trade, business or profession (Sec. 13 of the German Civil Code (BGB)).

Withdrawal Policy

Right of withdrawal


You have the right to withdraw from this contract within 14 days without giving any reason. The withdrawal period will expire after 14 days from the day of the conclusion of the contract


To exercise the right of withdrawal, you must inform us


Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM

Wöhlerstraße 11, 79108 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 51420


of your decision to withdraw from this contract by an unequivocal statement (e.g. a letter sent by post, fax or e-mail). You may use the attached sample withdrawal form, but it is not obligatory.


To meet the withdrawal deadline, it is sufficient for you to send your communication concerning your exercise of the right of withdrawal before the withdrawal period has expired.



Effects of withdrawal

If you withdraw from this contract, we shall reimburse to you all payments received from you, including the costs of delivery (with the exception of the supplementary costs resulting from your choice of a type of delivery other than the least expensive type of standard delivery offered by us), without undue delay and in any event not later than 14 days from the day on which we are informed about your decision to withdraw from this contract. We will carry out such reimbursement using the same means of payment as you used for the initial transaction unless you have expressly agreed otherwise; in any event, you will not incur any fees as a result of such reimbursement.


If you requested to begin the performance of services during the withdrawal period, you shall pay us an amount that is in proportion to what was provided until you notified us of your withdrawal from this contract, in comparison with the full coverage of the contract.


Sample withdrawal form

(Complete and return this form only if you wish to withdraw from the contract.)



Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM

Wöhlerstraße 11, 79108 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 51420


- I/We (*) hereby give notice that I/We (*) withdraw from my/our (*) contract of sale of the following goods (*)/for the provision of the following service (*),

- Ordered on (*)/received on (*)

- Name of the consumer(s)

- Address of the consumer(s)

- Signature of the consumer(s) (only if this form is submitted on paper)

- Date

(*)Delete as appropriate.


End of the withdrawal policy


8.      Cancellation by Participant; designation of a representative

(1) No contractual right of rescission or cancellation on the part of Participant is agreed.

(2) If Participant is unable to attend the event for any reason, the participation fee is due and payable nonetheless, and payments that have already been made will not be refunded. This applies even if Participant cancels their participation before the event starts.

(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 2 above, Organizer may provide for full or partial refunds of the participation fee. Further information on this is set out in the relevant event description.

(4) If refunding of participation fees is provided for, but no specifics are set forth, the following rules apply:

a.     100 percent refund for cancellations up to four months before the start of the event

b.     75 percent refund for cancellations up to two months before the start of the event

c.      50 percent refund for cancellations up to one month before the start of the event

d.     No refund for cancellations less than one month before the start of the event.

(5) Notices of non-participation must be sent to Organizer in text form (e.g. letter, fax, email). The postmark date or, in the case of fax transmissions or emails, the date sent, is the date determining when the notice was transmitted.

(6) Unless otherwise agreed, refunds will be processed within two months after the end of the event and will be credited using the payment method used for the registration process. Participant is responsible for any bank transaction fees charged for a refund.

(7) If Participant is unable to attend the event, they are entitled to designate a substitute to attend in their place. The substitute must be designated to Organizer by name. To this end, the information required for registration must be transmitted to Organizer in text form.

9.      Cancellation by Organizer; rescission by Organizer

(1) Organizer reserves the right to cancel or discontinue the event for good cause pursuant to the provisions below. Good cause is deemed to exist if upon consideration of all circumstances of the individual case and upon weighing the interests of both parties, Organizer cannot reasonably be expected to hold the event. In particular, good cause is deemed to exist if there is a credible risk of terrorist attacks, natural disasters, force majeure (e.g. acts of war, strike, epidemic, disruptions of operations), or in the event of the absence, illness, or death of a speaker or other persons who are essential to the content and implementation of the event program.

(2) If the event is cancelled pursuant to paragraph 1 above, the obligation to pay a participation fee ceases to apply. Participant may demand a refund for payments already made. If the event is aborted, only a prorated refund will be provided. Participant has no other claims due to the event being cancelled or aborted unless Organizer is responsible for the reason for the cancellation or premature termination.

(3) If the number of registrations for the event is so low that holding the event is not reasonable for Organizer in economic terms upon consideration of the event format and its planned overall parameters (e.g. event venue, meals and other refreshments, number of speakers), Organizer is entitled to declare its withdrawal from the event and cancel it.

10.    Right to make and enforce house rules; no smoking

(1) The house rules of the specific event venue apply. Participant shall follow instructions issued in the exercise of the right to make and enforce house rules.

(2) In principle, smoking is prohibited at the event venue. This does not apply to specially designated outdoor areas or indoor spaces.

11.    Coat check

(1) If offered, Participant shall use the designated coat check areas to check personal items.

(2) No liability is assumed for personal items and the contents of bags or pockets in items left on unsupervised coat stands or racks outside the coat check areas.

12.    Telecommunication connections; Internet access

(1) Organizer is not obligated to provide Internet connections (Wi-Fi, LAN) as part of an event.

(2) If Internet connections are offered at the event venue as an exception, the terms and conditions governing Internet access at the venue apply.

13.    Advertising and sales activities

(1) Participants are not permitted to engage in any kind of advertising or to offer or sell goods or services at the event venue or the associated grounds except with Organizer’s prior written consent.

(2) Participants themselves are responsible for the information they provide regarding the event (e.g. on the Internet) and are not deemed to be acting on Organizer’s behalf in this regard.

14.    Sponsoring

(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of Sec. 13 (1) above, Participants who are involved in the event through financial support or support in kind (sponsors) are entitled to designate themselves as event sponsors. Details are set forth in an agreement between Organizer and the sponsor, which must be concluded separately.

(2) Participants, and especially sponsors, are not permitted to designate themselves as sponsors, supporters, or the like of Fraunhofer or any of its institutes.

(3) Organizer and sponsors are obligated to show consideration for each other’s legitimate interests. This continues to apply after the end of an event.

15.    Photos, video/audio recordings

(1) Organizer will take photos and make video/audio recordings (e.g. photos or videos) during the event, including the supporting program, and use these for purposes of documentation, for reporting during and after the event, for post-event promotion, and for announcing future events. Organizer is entitled to provide the photos and recordings to third parties (also including the press, for example) for the stated purposes and to publish them on media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Instagram and Organizer’s own website).

(2) Organizer shall take care to ensure that the personal rights of a Participant are not violated when photos, video/audio recordings are used.

(3) Participant is not permitted to take photos or make video/audio recordings and use them except for personal purposes. Participant is not permitted to make any commercial use of the image and/ or video/audio material except with Organizer’s prior written consent.


16.    Event materials; copyright and rights of use

(1) Organizer is entitled to hand out contributions that have been submitted as part of the event to Participants, make them publicly accessible on the event website, and publish and disseminate them in the conference proceedings of the event.

(2) Event documents handed out to Participants are protected by copyright. Reproduction, dissemination, and/or publication of these documents is not permitted. Reproduction of the documents without Fraunhofer’s express consent is permitted exclusively for personal purposes within the meaning of Sec. 53 of the German Copyright Act (UrhG).

17.    Liability

(1) Organizer assumes no liability for ensuring that the information and content provided by third parties in the event documents are up-to-date, accurate, and complete. In particular, Organizer assumes no liability for damages and/or losses arising from the use or sharing of what is learned and/or communicated as part of the event.

(2) Organizer is liable for intent and gross negligence. Organizer is liable for ordinary negligence pursuant to the German Product Liability Act (ProdHaftG) and is also liable for injury to life, body or health of persons.

(3) In the case of ordinary negligence, Organizer’s liability is limited to cases of breach of obligations essential to the contract (cardinal obligations), that is, those obligations that make the proper performance of the contract possible and on the fulfillment of which the other party to the contract may regularly rely. In this case, the scope of liability is limited to the foreseeable damage or loss that typically occurs. There is no liability for indirect damage or loss, consequential damage or loss due to defects or lost profit. This limitation of liability also applies in the event of fault on the part of Organizer’s legal representative or vicarious agent.

18.    Data protection

Organizer processes personal data collected in connection with registration for and participation in the event in compliance with the applicable provisions of the law on data protection. For further information, particularly on the purposes and scope of processing and on the rights of data subjects, please see Organizer’s data protection information (, which is referenced each time a Participant registers for the event.

19.    Final provisions

(1) Should one or several provisions of these Terms and Conditions be or become invalid, the validity of the remaining provisions shall not be affected thereby.

(2) Amendments to these Terms and Conditions must be in written form. This shall also apply to the amendment of the provision on the written form.

(3) All claims arising out of or in connection with these General Terms and Conditions of Events shall be subject to German law.

(4) If Participant is a merchant (Kaufmann), a legal entity under public law, or a special asset fund under public law, the place of jurisdiction for all disputes arising out of or in connection with these General Terms and Conditions of Events is Munich.

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4. Transfer of Personal Data to Third Parties


With exception of the above-mentioned cases of data processing by service providers on our behalf (see event registrations, newletter subscription, use of contact forms), we give your personal data only to third parties (i.e. to natural and legal persons other than you, the affected person), the controller or the service provider or their vicarious agents under the following circumstances:

You consented explicitly to the data transfer to a third party according to Article 6 para. 1, page 1 lit. a GDPR

The data transfer is required for the contractual performance of the contract with you according to Article 6 para. 1 page 1, lit. b GDPR

  • Data transmission to the mail order firm which will deliver the goods you ordered
  • Payment data transmission to payment service providers and credit institutes for payment transactions

We are legally obligated to surrender the data to financial or judicial authorities according to Article 6 para. 1, page 1 lit. c GDPR

Giving your data to third parties is required to exercise, enforce or defend legal claims, and there is no reason to assume that you as an affected person could have an overriding interest worth protecting in the non-transfer of your personal data according to Article 6 para. 1 S. 1 lit. f GDPR. Such a data transfer to government and/or law enforcement authorities may occur in cases of attacks on our IT systems. 

Third parties may use the transferred data only for the above-mentioned purposes.

If you have registered for an event, it may be necessary in the course of the contractual performance that your personal data are transmitted to an external organizer. The confirmation of your event registration will name the event organizer and tell you whether they are an external organizer. This event organizer will not only organize and manage the event but also process the registration data.

Apart from that our websites are hosted by Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research, Hansastraße 27c, 80686, München (Munich, Germany) exclusively on servers in Germany.

The transfer/transmission of personal data to countries outside the EU or an international organization shall be excluded.

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5. Web analysis through Leadlab (Wiredminds GmbH)


Our website uses the Leadlab service by Wiredminds GmbH and its tracking pixel technology to analyze user behavior and optimize our site accordingly. In particular, this service allows us to identify which companies have visited our site. In doing so we do not obtain any information that may identify you directly.

The use of Leadlab involves tracking pixels that allow statistical analysis of the use of this website based on your visits. Wiredminds uses a pseudonym to process the information in a usage profile for the purpose of analysis. The data are anonymized to the extent possible.

Without your specific permission, we neither use the data collected to identify you personally nor will we combine the data with personal data pertaining to the pseudonym associated with you.

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

For more information about data protection at Wiredminds, please visit the company’s website.

We process statistical data based on our legitimate interest pursuant to Article 6 (1) lit. f GDPR for the purpose of optimizing our online offering and our web presence. Wiredminds processes the data on our behalf based on a data processing agreement between us and Wiredminds. This agreement ensures that the data processing on our behalf is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation and guarantees the protection of the data subjects’ rights.

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6. Social Plugins


We use social plug-ins (media buttons) on our website. These are small box-like buttons. Click on them to place the content of our website under your profile in social network sites and/or to "share" or "like" our website..

If you click on such a button, a link will be established between our website and the social network to which you subscribe. Aside from the respective content, the social network provider will receive other personal information. This includes the information that you visit our website at that time.

For the integration of the social plug-in we use the Shariff Solution. This solution prevents your device from creating a link to the social network merely because you visit a website featuring a social plug-in button without clicking on it. This means that a link is only established if and when you click on the social plug-in button.

We integrate the following social plug-ins on our website:

a) Facebook Ireland Limited: Sharing on Facebook

Information is partly transferred to the parent company Facebook Inc., headquartered in the USA, to other Facebook-companies and external partners of Facebook, each of which may be located outside the European Union. Facebook utilizes standard contractual clauses approved by the European Commission and relies on the European Commission's adequacy decisions about certain countries.

For the purpose and scope of the data collection, further processing and use of the data by Facebook as well as your related rights and configuration options for protecting your private, please refer to the Facebook's privacy notice.

b) Twitter International Company: Sharing on Twitter

Information is partly transferred to the parent company Twitter Inc., headquartered in the USA, to other Twitter-companies and external partners of Twitter, each of which may be located outside the European Union. Twitter utilizes standard contractual clauses approved by the European Commission and relies on your consent.

For more information on data protection on Twitter, please refer to the Twitter privacy statement.

c) NEW WORK SE (formerly: XING SE): Sharing on XING

In part, information is transmitted to other NEW WORK-companies and external partners of NEW WORK, each of which may be located outside the European Union. NEW WORK utilizes standard contractual clauses approved by the European Commission or other appropriate safeguards as set forth in article 46 GDPR and relies on the European Commission's adequacy decisions about certain countries as well as your consent.

For the purpose and scope of data collection, further processing and use of data by NEW WORK as well as your related rights and configuration options for protecting your privacy, please refer to the XING's privacy statement.

d) LinkedIn Corporation: Sharing on LinkedIn

Information is partly transferred to the parent company LinkedIn Corporation, headquartered in the USA, to other LinkedIn-companies and external partners of LinkedIn, each of which may be located outside the European Union. LinkedIn utilizes standard contractual clauses approved by the European Commission.

For more information on data protection on LinkedIn, please refer to the LinkedIn privacy statement.

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7. YouTube


Based on the agreement according to Article 6 Para. 1, page 1 lit. f GDPR, we use components (videos) of YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Avenue, 94066 San Bruno, CA (USA) (in the following referred to as “YouTube”), a company of Google Inc., Amphitheatre Parkway, 94043 Mountain View (USA),  (in the following referred to as “Google”).

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

Upon requesting an Internet page with embedded video, our website connects to the YouTube servers and renders the content on the Internet page using your browser.

According to the information provided by YouTube, in the “extended data protection mode”, your data will be transmitted to the US YouTube servers only while you watch the video. The transmitted data include the Internet page you just viewed and device-specific data including your IP address. By clicking “play” on the video you agree to this mode of transmission.

Should you be logged into your YouTube account at the same time, YouTube will associate these collected data with your member account. You are able to prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

Google complies with the data protection regulation of “US Privacy Shield” and is registered with the “US Privacy Shield” Program of the US Department of Trade.

You find further information on the data protection in context with YouTube in the Google Data Protection Regulations.

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8. Your Rights as an Affected Person


You have the following rights:

According to Article 7 para. 3 GDPR, you have the right to revoke any consent declaration at any time, which you may have previously given to us. This has the consequence that we are no longer privileged to continue the respective activity

According to Article 15 GDPR, you have the right to demand information on your personal data which we have processed. In particular, you have the right to information on the following: purposes of the data processing, the categories of personal data, the categories of recipients to which we transmitted/disclosed or will transmit your data, the planned storage periods of data, the existence of the right to correction, deletion, restriction of processing and objection, the right to appeal, the right to know the origin of data in the event that we did not collect these data, the right to meaningful and detailed information on the existence of automated decision-making including profiling

According to Article 16 GDPR, you have the right to the correction of incorrect and/or the completion of incomplete personal data in storage at the Fraunhofer Society

According to  Article 17 GDPR, you have the right to the deletion of your personal data providing the deletion does not interfere with the execution of the right to the free expression of opinions and with the compliance with legal obligations, providing the deletion is not against public interest and providing the deletion does not hamper the enforcement, execution or defence of legal claims

According to Article 18 GDPR, you have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data if you contest or challenge the accuracy of these data, the processing of the data is illegal but you reject the deletion of these data and we no longer need the data while you still need the data to enforce, execute or defend legal claims or you have raised an objection against the data processing according to Article 21 GDPR

According to Article 20 GDPR, you have the right to receive the personal data you provided to us in a structured, well-established and machine-readable format or to demand the transmission to another authority and

According to Article 77 GDPR, you have the right to complain to a superior authority. As a rule, you may find such authority at your place of residence, your workplace or our company domicile.

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9. Information on your Right of Objections According to Article 21 GDPR


You have the right to object at any time against the processing of your personal data, based on Article 6 para. 1, lit. f GDPR (data processing in the public interest) and Article 6, para. 1, lit. e GDPR (data processing based on fair balancing) for reasons which arise from your specific situation. This shall also apply to the profiling as prescribed by Article 4 No. 4 GDPR, which is supported by this provision.

Once you file an objection, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can establish compelling evidence which is worthy of protection and outweighs your interests, rights and privileges or unless the processing serves the enforcement, exercise or defence of legal claims.

To the extent that your objection addresses the processing of data for direct advertising, we will stop the processing immediately. In this case, citing a special situation is not required. This shall also apply to profiling in as far as it does not relate to such direct advertising.

If you would like to claim your right to object, please send an email to

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10. Data Security


We transmit all your personal data using the generally used and secure encryption standard TLS (Transport Layer Security). The TLS protocol is a proven and secure standard. Bankers use the standard for online banking transactions. You recognize a secure TLS connection by the s following the http (https://...) in your browser URL or by the lock symbol in the lower section of your browser.

We use suitable technical and organizational safety procedures to protect your data against inadvertent or wilful manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or against the unauthorised access by third parties. We constantly improve these security measures as technology advances.

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11. Timeliness of the Data and Amendments to this Data Protection Information


This data protection information as amended on May, 25 2018 is currently applicable.

Due to improvements of our website and website offers or based on statutory or government standard, it may become necessary to amend this data protection information. You find the latest applicable data protection information by clicking the link on this website: You may read or print this updated and amended version at any time.

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