Data Privacy Notice

Status: December 2011

1. General remarks

Fraunhofer takes the protection of your data very seriously. When we process personal data and organisation data that is collected during the registration to the L2Pro website (, we always observe applicable data protection laws. Your data will not be disclosed publicly by us, nor transferred to any third parties without your consent.

Personal data are all information relating to your personal identity such as, for example, your last and first name, your function/position within the organisation, etc.

Organisation data are all information relating to your organisation such as, for example, organisation name, organisation address, industry sector, etc.

2. Recording and processing of data with access over the Internet

When you visit our website, our web server makes a temporary record of each access and stores it in a log file. The following data are recorded and stored until an automatic deletion date:

  • IP address of the requesting processor
  • Date and time of access
  • Name and URL of the downloaded file
  • Volume of data transmitted
  • Indication whether download was successful
  • Data identifying the browser software and operating system
  • Website from which our site was accessed
  • Name of your Internet service provider

The purpose of recording these data is to allow use of the website (connection setup), for system security, for technical administration of the network infrastructure and in order to optimize our Internet service. The IP address is only evaluated in the event of fraudulent access to the network infrastructure of Fraunhofer.

Further, when you register to the website we require the following information from you:

  • Your name (first name, last name)
  • The name of your organisation
  • Your function within your organisation
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your telephone number
  • Your fax number (not mandatory)
  • The website of your company (not mandatory)

Unless we have obtained your consent, we will only use this data for confirming that you are permitted to access the services provided on the website and for providing the services under the L2Pro platform/project to you in accordance with the terms of use.

We do not compile personal profiles of users. The German Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz – TMG) states that user profiles are permissible under the condition that pseudonyms are used, and on condition that the user does not withhold consent. If we intend to make use of this option anywhere on our Internet site, a notice informing you of your right to withdraw consent will be posted on the corresponding page.

Apart from the special cases cited above, we do not process personal data without first obtaining your explicit consent to do so.

3. Use and transfer of personal and organisation data

All use of your personal data is confined to the purposes stated above, and is only undertaken to the extent necessary for these purposes.

Personal data will not be transferred to government bodies or public authorities except in order to comply with mandatory national legislation or if the transfer of such data should be necessary in order to take legal action in cases of fraudulent access to our network infrastructure. Unless we have obtained your consent, personal data will not be transferred to third parties for any other purpose.

4. Cookies

We don’t normally use cookies on our website, but in certain exceptional cases we may use cookies which place technical session-control data in your browser’s memory. These data are automatically erased at the latest when you close your browser.

If, exceptionally, one of our applications requires the storage of personal data in a cookie, for instance a user ID, we will point it out to you.

Please note, however, that most browsers are programmed to accept cookies in their default configuration. You can prevent this by changing the appropriate setting in the browser options. If you set the browser to refuse all cookies, this may restrict your use of certain functions on our website. Please note that not all functions of the website may be available to you if you choose to refuse all cookies.

5. Security

Fraunhofer implements technical and organisational security measures to safeguard stored personal data against inadvertent or deliberate manipulation, loss or destruction and against access by unauthorized persons. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological progress.

6. Links to websites operated by other providers

Our web pages may contain links to other providers' webpages, e.g. to LinkedIn. We would like to point out that this statement of data protection conditions applies exclusively to the webpages managed by the Fraunhofer. 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 fit the relevant legislation. Thus, please read up on the data protection conditions of those other providers on their respective websites.

7. Right to information and contact data

You have a legal right to inspect any stored data concerning your person, and also the right to demand their correction or deletion, and to withdraw your consent for their further use.

In some cases, if you are a registered user of certain services provided by the Fraunhofer, we offer you the possibility of inspecting these data online, and even of deleting or modifying the data yourself.

If you wish to obtain information on your personal data, or want us to correct or erase such data, or if you have any other questions concerning the use of personal data held by us, please contact:

Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO, Nobelstraße 12, 70569 Stuttgart
Dipl.-Kffr. techn. Yvonne Siwczyk,

If you communicate with us by e-mail, please take note that the content of unencrypted e-mails can be intercepted and openly read by unintended parties. For this reason, we recommend that confidential information should be transmitted in encrypted form or sent by post in the traditional way.

8. Acceptance, validity and modification of data protection conditions

By using our website, you implicitly agree to accept the use of your personal data as specified above. This present statement of data protection conditions came into effect in December 2011.

As our website evolves and new technologies come into use, it may become necessary to amend the statement of data protection conditions. Fraunhofer reserves the right to modify its data protection conditions at any time, with effect as of a future date. We recommend that you re-read the latest version from time to time.