Data Protection

Data Protection Information

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When you use this website, we process your personal data as data controllers and save them for the duration required to fulfill the defined purposes and legal obligations. The sections below provide further details about the data this involves, how they will be processed and which rights you have in this regard.

Personal data, as defined by Article 4 (1) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) include all information related to an identified or identifiable natural person.

 

1. Name and contact information of the person who signs responsible for the data processing (controller) and of the society’s data protection officer

This data protection information applies to data processing on all websites of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT that refer to this data protection information. The controller is:


Fraunhofer Society
for the Advancement of Applied Research
Hansastraße 27 c
80686 Munich
Germany

On behalf of your:

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT,
    Steinbachstraße 15, 52074 Aachen, Germany
    (in the following referred to as „Fraunhofer ILT“)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM
    Wiener Straße 12, 28359 Bremen, Germany
    (in the following referred to as „Fraunhofer IFAM“)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD
    Fraunhoferstraße 5, 64283 Darmstadt, Germany
    (in the following referred to as „Fraunhofer IGD“)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS
    Winterbergstr. 28, 01277 Dresden, Germany
    (in the following referred to as „Fraunhofer IWS“)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU
    Reichenhainer Str. 88, 09126 Chemnitz, Germany
    (in the following referred to as „Fraunhofer IWU“)
  • Fraunhofer Research Institution for Additive Manufacturing Technologies
    IAPT Am Schleusengraben 14, 21029 Hamburg-Bergedorf, Germany
    (in the following referred to as „Fraunhofer IAPT“)

E-Mail: info@ilt.fraunhofer.de
Telefphone: +49 241 8906-0
Fax: +49 +49 241 8906-121  

You can reach the data protection representative of the Fraunhofer Institute at the above address c/o Data Protection Officer or at datenschutz@zv.fraunhofer.de.

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 data subject.

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

a) When visiting the website

You may access our website without having to disclose any details of your identity. The browser installed on your terminal device automatically transmits information to the server of our website (e.g. browser type and version, date and time of access) to enable connection with the website, including the IP address of your requesting terminal device. This information is temporarily stored in a so-called log file and deleted after 30 days.

Your IP address is processed for technical and administrative purposes regarding connection set-up and stability, to guarantee the security and functioning of our website and to be able to track any illegal attacks on the website, if required.

The legal basis for processing the IP address is Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. Our legitimate interest ensues from said security interest and the necessity of the unobstructed availability of our website.

We cannot draw any direct conclusions about your identity from processing the IP address and other information in the log file. 

Moreover, we use cookies and analytics services when you visit our website. Further details can be found further below in this data protection information.

b) When registering for events

We offer a variety of events through our website on a regular basis, for which you may register online.

In order to register online, our website’s visitors have to provide some mandatory data, which generally include:

  • First and last name,
  • Gender,
  • Email address,
  • Company Data,
  • Address,
  • Payment information (only for events that require payment and depending on the selected method of payment).

Any other mandatory data are marked as such (e.g. with *). Further information can often be provided voluntarily.

The purpose of processing the mandatory data is to identify you as event participant, to reserve a spot for your participation, to establish a contractual relationship with you, to provide you before, during and after the event with information that will optimize your participation, and to help us plan and ensure a smooth event experience. If we collect your payment information for events that require payment, the data are needed to process the participation fee. Voluntary data allow us to plan and conduct the event based on participant interest.

We process data at your request and for the purposes described by Article 6 (1) lit. b GDPR to fulfill the obligations of the participation agreement and precontractual conditions.

We store the data we collect in the context of event registrations for 3 years unless you have consented to a longer storage period under Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR. 

To accept event registrations from our online visitors, we have commissioned the service provider

  • cubos Internet GmbH, Goethestraße 5, 52064, Aachen, Germany
  • BS PAYONE GmbH, Niederlassung Kiel, Fraunhoferstraße 2-4, 24118 Kiel, Germany
  • Concardis GmbH, Helfmann-Park 7, 65760 Eschborn, Germany 

The purpose of working with the service provider is the professional management of online registrations. This service requires storing the collected data on the servers of cubos Internet GmbH, BS PAYONE Gmbh and Concardis GmbH in Germany. 

We have entered into a data processing agreement with cubos Internet GmbH. By signing this contract with us, cubos Internet GmbH agrees to process the data on our behalf pursuant to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and to ensure that the rights of the data subjects are protected.

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 subscribing to a newsletter or other email list

Once you have given your explicit consent pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR, we will use your email address to regularly send you selected information about the work in our Institute and/or on other facilities and/or events of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The subjects and contents of the selected information are determined by the list you subscribed to.

To receive our newsletter, we ask you to provide us with the following mandatory data:

  • Salutation,
  • First and last name,
  • Press medium / Company,
  • Street, House Number,
  • ZIP, City, Country,
  • Email address,
  • Press Mailing List Language.

We need your name and title to address you personally in our newsletter. 

We use your company name and/or the name of your communication medium to identify you as member of the media and to send you invitations by mail.

You may voluntarily provide additional personal data (e.g. title and departement).  

Once you have subscribed, you will receive a registration notification by email, which you need to confirm to receive the newsletter (so-called double opt-in). Your email response serves as confirmation that you are in fact the person who issued the subscription.

You may unsubscribe at any time, e.g. via a link at the end of each newsletter.  Alternatively, you may also unsubscribe by email presse@ilt.fraunhofer.de.

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

Our service provider, 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 this information for the purpose of sending and evaluating newsletters on our behalf. For this purpose, we entered into a data processing agreement with Mailingwork. By signing this agreement, Mailingwork undertakes to process the subscriber data in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and to uphold the rights of all data subjects. 

Mailingwork has assured us that personal data are extensively protected from unauthorized access. Mailingwork is barred from using the data provided by our newsletter subscribers to contact the subscribers itself and is not authorized to transfer the subscriber data to third parties. As a reputable email sending service, Mailingwork is also certified by the Certified Senders Alliance.

 

3. Transfer of Data 

If we forward personal data collected through websites to processors, we will notify you in this data protection information regarding the respective data processing operation, citing the specific recipient.

Aside from that, we will only forward your personal data if 

  • you have given consent pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR;
  • this is required pursuant to Article 6 (1) lit. b GDPR for the performance of a contract with you (for example forwarding to shipping companies for the purpose of delivering goods ordered by you, or forwarding payment information to payment service providers or credit institutions in order to process a payment transaction);
  • there is a legal obligation for disclosure pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. c GDPR.

The recipients may use the transferred data for the above-mentioned purposes only.

 

4. Cookies

Except in the case described in clause 5 of this Data Protection Information, we do not use any cookies.

 

5. Web Analysis through LeadLab

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

The use of Leadlab involves cookies and tracking pixels which allow statistical analysis of the use of this website based on your visits. Information, including personal information, about your visiting behavior is stored in the cookie and sent to Wiredminds or is directly obtained by Wiredminds. 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 match 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 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 consistent with the General Data Protection Regulation and guarantees the protection of the data subjects’ rights.

If you do not want your usage behavior to be recorded and analyzed, you may object by means of an opt-out cookie. It will be set to prevent the future collection of your data when you visit this website. The opt-out cookie works only in this browser and only for our website. It is stored on your device. If you delete the cookies for this browser, you will have to set the opt-out cookie again.

 

6. Social Plugins 

We use so-called social media buttons (also called social media plug-ins) on our website. These are small icons which you can use to share the contents of our website in your profile on social networks.

If you activate such an icon, a connection is established between our website and the social network. In addition to the contents in question, the operator of the social network obtains further, partly personal information. For example, this includes the fact that you are currently visiting our site.

The social media buttons are integrated using the so-called Shariff solution. This solution prevents your device from establishing a link to the social network merely because you visit a website featuring a social plugin button without clicking on it. This means that information is only transmitted to the social network when you activate the button.

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

a) Facebook Ireland Limited: Sharing on Facebook

Information is partly transmitted to the parent company Facebook Inc., headquartered in the USA. This company complies with the data protection regulations of the U.S. Privacy Shield and is registered with the U.S. Privacy Shield Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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

b) Twitter International Company: Sharing on Twitter

Information is partly transmitted to the parent company Twitter Inc., headquartered in the USA. This company complies with the data protection regulations of the U.S. Privacy Shield and is registered with the U.S. Privacy Shield Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Further information on data protection on Twitter can be found in Twitter’s privacy policy.

c) XING SE: Sharing on XING

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

d) LinkedIn Corporation: Sharing on LinkedIn

Information is partly transmitted to the parent company LinkedIn Corporation, headquartered in the USA. This company complies with the data protection regulations of the U.S. Privacy Shield and is registered with the U.S. Privacy Shield Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Further information on data protection on LinkedIn can be found in the company’s privacy policy.

e) Facebook Ireland Limited: Sharing on Instagram

Information is partly transmitted to the parent company Facebook Inc., headquartered in the USA. This company complies with the data protection regulations of the U.S. Privacy Shield and is registered with the U.S. Privacy Shield Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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

 

7. YouTube

We use components (videos) of 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”) in our websites. The implementation is based on Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR; our legitimate interest in that case is the smooth integration of the videos and the attractive design of our website.

We use the “privacy-enhanced mode” option 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 “privacy-enhanced mode” your data - especially which of our website pages you visited as well as device-specific information including the IP address - is sent to the YouTube servers in the US only if you view the video. 

If you are simultaneously logged into 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 complies with the Data Protection Regulations of the U.S. Privacy Shield and is registered with the U.S. Privacy Shield Program of the U.S. Department of Trade.

Further information on data protection in connection with YouTube can be found in Google’s privacy policy.

 

8. Your Rights as Affected Person

You have the following rights: 

  • pursuant to Art. 7(3) GDPR, to withdraw your consent at any time. This means that we may not continue the data processing based on this consent in the future;
  • pursuant to Art. 15 GDPR, to obtain access to your personal data processed by us. In particular, you may request information about the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data concerned, the categories of recipients to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed, and the envisaged period for which the data will be stored. Moreover, you have the right to request rectification, erasure, or restriction of processing, to object to processing, the right to lodge a complaint, and to obtain information about the source of your data if they were not collected by us, as well as about the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, and, if applicable, meaningful information about the logic involved;
  • pursuant to Art. 16 GDPR, to obtain the rectification of inaccurate data or the completion of your personal data without undue delay;
  • pursuant to Art. 17 GDPR, to obtain the erasure of personal data saved by us unless processing is necessary to exercise the right of freedom of expression and information, to comply with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest, or to establish, exercise or defend legal claims;
  • pursuant to Art. 18 GDPR, to obtain restriction of processing of your personal data if you contest the accuracy of the data, the processing is unlawful but you oppose the erasure of the personal data, or if we no longer need the personal data while you still require it for establishing, exercising or defending legal claims, or if you have filed an objection to the processing pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR;
  • pursuant to Art. 20 GDPR, to receive your personal data that you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or to transmit those data to another controller and
  • pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR, the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. Generally, you may contact the supervisory authority of your habitual residence, place of work or the registered offices of our organization.

Information on your right to object pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR

You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to processing of your personal data pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. e GDPR (data processing carried out in the public interest) and Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR (data processing for purposes of legitimate interests).

If you file an objection, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or unless the processing serves the establishment, exercise or defense 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 includes profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing.

If you would like to assert your right to object, please send an email to datenschutzkoordination@zv.fraunhofer.de.

 

9. Data Security

All your personal data are transmitted in encrypted format, using the widely used and secure TLS (Transport Layer Security) standard. TLS is a secure and proven standard that is also used, for instance, in online banking. You will recognize a secure TLS connection by the additional s after http (i.e., https://..) in the address bar of your browser or by the lock icon in the lower part of your browser.

In all other regards, we use suitable technical and organizational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulations, partial or complete loss, destruction, or the unauthorized access of third parties. We continuously improve our security measures in accordance with the state of the art. 

 

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.ilt.fraunhofer.de/en/data-protection.html.