Data Protection

When using this website, your personal data will be processed by us as the data controller and stored for as long as is necessary for the fulfilment of the purposes specified and statutory requirements. Below, we will provide information about which data this involves, how it will be processed and to which rights you are entitled to in this regard.

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

  1. Name and contact data of the data controller and of the corporate Data Protection Officer
  2. Processing personal data and purposes of processing
    a) When visiting the website
    b) When registering for events
    c) When subscribing to a newsletter
    d) Subscriptions to our PR Distribution List
    e) When using the contact form
    f) When using the ordering service
  3. Transfer of personal data to third parties
  4. Cookies
  5. Web analysis through LeadLab
  6. Social plug-ins
    a) Facebook Ireland Limited: share on Facebook
    b) Twitter International Company: share on Twitter
    c) Google LLC: share on Google+
    d) Xing SE: share on Xing
    e) LinkedIn: share on LinkedIn
    f) Vimeo: share on Vimeo.com
  7. YouTube
  8. Rights of the data subject
  9. Information on your right to object pursuant to Article 21 GDPR
  10. Data security
  11. Timeliness and Amendments to this Data Protection Information
  12. Severability
  13. Links to Web sites operated by other providers

1. Name and contact data of the data controller and of the corporate Data Protection Officer

This data protection information shall apply to the processing of data on our institute’s website www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en and www.mpegh.com by the controller, the:

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.

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

On behalf of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS (in the following referred to as "Fraunhofer IIS")

E-Mail: info(at)iis.fraunhofer.de
Telephone: +49 9131 776-0

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.

In case you have any questions about data protection law or your rights as the data subject, you may directly contact our Data Protection Officer.

2. Processing personal data and purposes of processing

a) When visiting the website

You may access the website www.iis.fraunhofer.de and www.mpegh.com without having to disclose any details of your identity. What the browser on your terminal device does automatically is only to send information to the server of our website (e.g. browser type and version, date and time of access) so as to allow a connection with the website. This also includes the IP address of your requesting terminal device. It is temporarily stored in a so-called log file and automatically deleted after 4 days:

The 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 the first sentence of point (f) of Article 6(1) 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. For more information on this, please refer to clauses 4 and 5 of this Data Protection Information.

b) When visiting 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
  • Address
  • 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.

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.

c) When subscribing to a newsletter

On various occasions, we offer on our website the option to register for a newsletter or press distribution list. If you have expressly given your consent pursuant to the first sentence of point (a) of Article 6(1) GDPR, we will use your email address to regularly send you information corresponding to your selection. To receive the information, an email address and the desired language version is sufficient.

You may provide additional personal data voluntarily (e.g. name, address and telephone number). We use this data to contact you by telephone or post (e.g. for press invitations).

You will then receive a registration notification by email, which you need to confirm to be able to receive the newsletter (so-called double opt-in). This helps us verify that it is actually you who have initiated the registration.

Unsubscribing is possible at any time, e.g. via a link at the end of each press newsletter. Alternatively, you may also send your unsubscribing request to kundendaten@iis.fraunhofer.de by email.

After withdrawing your consent for sending the newsletter, your email address will be deleted immediately.

We send our newsletter by means of the service provider Mailingwork GmbH, Birkenweg 7, 09569 Oederan (“Mailingwork”). The email addresses and data of our newsletter recipients are stored on our behalf on the servers of Mailingwork in Germany.

Mailingwork uses this information to send and evaluate the newsletter on our behalf. For this purpose we have concluded an order processing agreement with Mailingwork. By means of this agreement, Mailingwork assures that it processes the data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and guarantees the protection of rights of the data subjects.

Mailingwork assures that personal data is fully protected against unauthorised access. Mailingwork itself does not use the data of our newsletter recipients to write to them or to transfer the data to third parties. As a reliable email sender, Mailingwork is also certified by the Certified Senders Alliance.

d) Subscription to our PR Distribution List

We will send regular press releases and media information to your email address providing you consent explicitly to joining our PR distribution list and the use of your email address for this purpose according to Article 6 para. 1, page 1, lit. a GDPR. We ask you for the following required data to complete your PR distribution list subscription:

  • Title
  • Last name, first name
  • Email address

You may also volunteer your company name and/or your communication medium.

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

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.

Once we receive your subscription, we will send you a subscription confirmation email. We need you to reply to this email to confirm that you are indeed the person who wants to subscribe to our PR distribution list (double opt-in procedure). Only after this confirmation will we include you in our mailing list.

You may unsubscribe at any time either by using the unsubscribe link at the end of every press release or announcement or alternatively by email kundendaten@iis.fraunhofer.de.

Upon receiving your unsubscribe notification, we will immediately delete your email address from our subscriber list.

e) When using the contact form

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
  • First name, surname
  • Email address

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 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.

f) When using the ordering service

We offer an ordering service on our website that allows you to order annual reports or the Fraunhofer magazine free of cost as a single copy or as a subscription. To order these, we collect the following mandatory data

  • Title
  • First name, surname
  • Address
  • Country

You may also voluntarily provide additional data (e.g. title, company, department) and provide specifics for your order.

The collection and further processing of this data takes place in order

  • to be able to identify you as our contractual partner
  • to check the entered data for plausibility
  • to process your order.

Data processing takes place at your request and is necessary pursuant to the first sentence of point (b) of Article 6(1) GDPR for the purposes mentioned for the fulfilment of your order and to take steps prior to entering into the contract.

The personal data we collect for the order is stored with us for as long as is necessary for the performance of the contract. If you have ordered a subscription, we will store your data until the termination of the subscription. In case of one-time orders, we will delete your personal data after completion of the delivery.

3. Transfer of personal data to third parties

Except for the aforementioned cases, we forward your personal data to third parties only if:

  • you have given your express consent pursuant to the first sentence of point (a) of Article 6(1) GDPR,
  • it is necessary for the performance of a contract with you pursuant to the first sentence of point (b) of Article 6(1) GDPR,
  • A statutory obligation exists for transferring pursuant to the first sentence of point (c) of Article 6(1) GDPR.

Especially if you have registered for an event, it may be necessary within the scope of performance of the contract that your personal data needs to be transferred 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.

Sending personal data to a third country (outside the EU) or an international organisation is excluded.

4. Cookies

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

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.

We use cookies to capture statistical data on the use of our website and to evaluate them for optimising our offer for you (cf. clause 5). These cookies enable us to automatically recognize during a new visit to our site that you have visited our site before. These cookies are automatically deleted after a defined time.

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.

5. Web analysis/tracking with Matomo

On our website, we use the Matomo open source service by InnoCraft Ltd in New Zealand to analyse the activities of our website users and to optimise our website and its content based on this analysis. During this process, we do not receive any information that identifies our users.

Matomo uses cookies that enable the service to analyse the activities of our website users. The cookie contains information, including personal information, on your visitor behaviour on our website. Under a pseudonym, Matomo creates your user profile for analytical purposes. Since we host Matomo on our own server, the analysis does not require the processing of data by third parties.

Without your specific permission, we do not use the data collected to identify you personally and will not match the data with personal data under a pseudonym associated with you.

To the extent that we collect IP addresses, these addresses are stripped of their last control number block upon collection to anonymise the IP addresses instantly. We delete further personal data stored in the cookie after 30 days.

We process statistical data based on our legitimate interest pursuant to Article 6(1), point (f) GDPR in the optimisation of our online offering and our web presence.

Currently, Matomo Web Services analyse your website visit. Click here to prevent the Matomo Web Services from analysing your visit of our website.

6. Social plug-ins

We use so-called social media buttons (also called social media plug-ins) on our website. These are small buttons by means of which you may publish the contents of our website in your profile on social networks.

If you activate such a button, a connection is established between our website and the social network. In addition to the contents in question, the operator of the social network also obtains additional, partly personal, information. For instance, it includes the fact that you are currently visiting our site.

The social media buttons are integrated using the so-called Shariff solution. This solution developed by Heise and c’t prevents a connection with a social network from being established just because you access a page with a social media button, without actually activating it. This means that information is sent to the social network only when you press the button.

We use the following social media plug-ins:

a) Facebook Ireland Limited: share on Facebook

Information is partly transferred to the parent company Facebook Inc., headquartered in the USA. It 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 the purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Facebook as well as your related rights and configuration options for protecting your private space, please refer to the Facebook privacy notice.

b) Twitter International Company: share on Twitter

Information is partly transferred to the parent company Twitter Inc., headquartered in the USA. It 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 with Twitter, please refer to the Twitter privacy statement.

c) Google LLC: share on Google+

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 with Google, please refer to the Google privacy statement.

d) Xing SE: share on Xing

For information on data protection with Xing, please refer to the XING privacy statement.

e) LinkedIn: share on LinkedIn

Information is partly transferred to the parent company LinkedIn Corporation, headquartered in the USA. It 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 with LinkedIn, please refer to the LinkedIn privacy statement.

f) Vimeo.com: share on Vimeo.com

For information on data protection with Vimeo.com, please refer to the Vimeo.com Privacy Policy

7. YouTube

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.

8. 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.

9. 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 datenschutz@zv.fraunhofer.de.

10. 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.

11. Timeliness and Amendments to this dDta Protection Information

This data protection information as amended in May 2018 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.iis.fraunhofer.de/en/datenschutzerklaerung.html.

12. Severability

Should individual provisions of this data protection declaration be or become invalid either in part or in its entirety or prove infeasible at any time, this shall not affect the remaining provisions of this data protection declaration. This shall apply accordingly to gaps in this declaration.

13. Links to websites operated by other providers

Our Web pages may contain links to other providers’ Web pages. We would like to point out that this statement of data protection conditions applies exclusively to the Web pages managed by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. We have no way of influencing the practices of other providers with respect to data protection, nor do we carry out any checks to ensure that they conform with the relevant legislation.

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