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Privacy Policy

Information on the Collection of Personal Data

The operators of these websites take the protection of your personal data very seriously.
Personal data are all data that can be related to you personally, such as name, address, email addresses, and user behavior (information referring to an identifiable natural person (Art. 4, No. 1 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR))).

Controller according to Art. 4, par. 7 GDPR is the President of KIT, Professor Dr.-Ing. Holger Hanselka, Kaiserstrasse 12, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany, info@kit.edu (see Legals). Our Data Protection Commissioner can be contacted at datenschutzbeauftragter@kit.edu or by ordinary mail with “Die Datenschutzbeauftragte” (the data protection commissioner) being indicated on the envelope.

When you contact us by electronic mail or via a contact form, the data given by you (your email address and, if applicable, your name and your phone number) will be stored by us to answer your questions. The data arising in this connection will be erased as soon as storage will no longer be required or processing will be restricted, if legal obligations to retain the data exist.

We would like you to note that internet-based data transmission (e.g. when communicating by electronic mail) may have security gaps. Absolute protection of data against access by third parties may not be guaranteed.

Collection of Personal Data

When using the website for information purposes only, i.e. when you do not register or transmit other information, we will only collect the personal data that are transmitted by your browser to our server according to the settings made by you (server log files). For viewing our website, we collect the data required for this purpose and needed for ensuring stability and security according to Art. 6, par. 1, clause 1, (f) GDPR:

  • Anonymized IP address
  • Date and time of access
  • Time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Content of the access (concrete site)
  • Status of access/HTTP status code
  • Data volume transmitted
  • Website from which an accessing system reaches our website
  • Browser
These data cannot be referred to certain persons. These data will not be combined with other data sources. We reserve the right to check these data later on, if concrete indications of unlawful use become known to us.

Contact/Registration From

In case you complete a form to receive press releases or our newsletter, for instance, your data entered in the form, inclusive of your contact data indicated there, will be stored by us to send you the information required and to answer additional questions, if necessary. We will not transfer these data to third parties without your approval. For registration, we use the so-called double-opt-in method, which means that your registration will be completed only, if you have confirmed it by clicking the link contained in the confirmation email sent to you for this purpose. If you do not confirm your registration within 48 hours, your registration will be deleted automatically from our database.

SSL Encryption

For reasons of security and for the protection of the transmission of confidential contents, such as inquiries sent to us as website operator, this website uses SSL encryption. In case of an encrypted connection, the address line of the browser changes from http:// to https:// and the lock symbol is indicated in your browser line.
When SSL encryption is activated, third parties cannot read the data you transmit to us as a rule.

Your Rights

As far as your personal data stored by us are concerned, you have the following rights:

  • Right of access
  • Right to rectification or erasure
  • Right to restriction of processing
  • Right to object to data processing
  • Right to data portability
(2) In addition, you have the right to complain about the processing of your personal data by us with a supervisory authority.
(3) In the case of manifestly unfounded or excessive requests, we can charge a reasonable fee. Otherwise, information will be provided free of charge (Article 12, par. 5 GDPR).
(4) In the case of reasonable doubts concerning the identity of the natural person asserting the above rights, we may request the provision of additional information necessary to confirm the identity of the data subject (Article 12, par. 6 GDPR).

Cookies

In addition to the data mentioned above, cookies are stored on your personal computer when using our website. Cookies are small text files stored in your computer system by the browser used by you, through which we (the server of our website) obtain certain information. Cookies cannot execute any programs or transmit viruses to your computer. They serve to make internet offers more user-friendly, more effective, and quicker. It is distinguished between session cookies (transient cookies) and permanent (persistent) cookies.

Transient cookies are deleted automatically when you close the browser. They include in particular the session cookies. These store a so-called session ID, through which queries of your browser can be allocated to the joint session. They allow us to identify your computer when you return to our website. Session cookies are deleted when you log out or close the browser.

We use session cookies exclusively. We do not use any persistent cookies or flash cookies.

You can set your browser such that you will be informed about the setting of cookies and you can permit cookies in individual cases only, exclude the acceptance of cookies in certain cases or in general, and activate automatic deletion of cookies when closing your browser. When deactivating cookies, functionality of this website may be limited.

Using a third-party search engine, Google CSE

The Google Custom Search Engine (Google CSE) is integrated in the website of TAB. In the header of each web page, there is a search box labeled “Google Custom Search”. The integrated search service provides a full-text search for content of the official website of TAB.

Activating the Search

Users can activate the search function by entering a search term in the search box and pressing »Enter« or the search icon (magnifying glass icon). Due to the plugin provided by Google, the search results page automatically reloads with the appropriate search results. During this process data are transferred to the search engine.

Viewing the Results Page

The plugin that is developed and made available by Google (Google Custom Search Engine Google CSE) is integrated as-is by the operator of the official website of TAB as a software module in the search results page. The plugin allows for automated communication (data exchange) between the retrieved search results page and the Google service, if the search results page is called up. The use of the Google-powered search function comprises a dynamic transfer of data by the service provider to the Google search results page.

When using the search function within the search page results, data are simultaneously transmitted to Google.

Agree to Data Transfer by Using Google Custom Search Engine

By using the full-text search and the resulting request to view the search results page, you are agreeing to the transmission of data to Google. This includes, for example, the search terms you enter and the IP address of the computer you are using.

Please note that Google has different data protection standards than those applying to the website of The Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag. We explicitly point out that the operator of the website of TAB has no influence over the processing of data, in particular, the storage, deletion, and exploitation of personal data that may be transmitted to the provider of the search engine. Both the nature and scope of data that may be transmitted are entirely up to the provider of the external service, in this case Google.

In case you are logged in to Google at the same time you are using the Google Search Engine on the website of TAB, the Google service is able to directly associate the information it collected in connection with your search with your user profile on Google. To avoid further collection of profile information about you, we recommend that you log out of Google before using the Google Search Engine on our website.

For more information about Google’s privacy policy and how Google deals with user data, please visit: http://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy

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