1. An overview of data protection
Data collection on our website
Who is responsible for the data collection on this website?
The data collected on this website are processed by the website operator. The operator’s contact details can be found in the website’s required legal notice.
How do we collect your data?
Some data are collected when you provide it to us. This could, for example, be data you enter on a contact form.
Other data are collected automatically by our IT systems when you visit the website. These data are primarily technical data such as the browser and operating system you are using or when you accessed the page. These data are collected automatically as soon as you enter our website.
What do we use your data for?
Part of the data is collected to ensure the proper functioning of the website. Other data can be used to analyze how visitors use the site.
What rights do you have regarding your data?
You always have the right to request information about your stored data, its origin, its recipients, and the purpose of its collection at no charge. You also have the right to request that it be corrected, blocked, or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in the legal notice if you have further questions about the issue of privacy and data protection. You may also, of course, file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities.
Analytics and third-party tools
You can object to this analysis. We will inform you below about how to exercise your options in this regard.
2. General information and mandatory information
Please note that data transmitted via the internet (e.g. via email communication) may be subject to security breaches. Complete protection of your data from third-party access is not possible.
Notice concerning the party responsible for this website
The party responsible for processing data on this website is:
Steinbeis-Stiftung für Wirtschaftsförderung
Telephone: +49 711 1839-5
The responsible party is the natural or legal person who alone or jointly with others decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data (names, email addresses, etc.).
Revocation of your consent to the processing of your data
Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.
Right to file complaints with regulatory authorities
If there has been a breach of data protection legislation, the person affected may file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities. The competent regulatory authority for matters related to data protection legislation is the data protection officer of the German state in which our company is headquartered. A list of data protection officers and their contact details can be found at the following link: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.
Right to data portability
You have the right to have data which we process based on your consent or in fulfillment of a contract automatically delivered to yourself or to a third party in a standard, machine-readable format. If you require the direct transfer of data to another responsible party, this will only be done to the extent technically feasible.
SSL or TLS encryption
This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser’s address line when it changes from “http://” to “https://” and the lock icon is displayed in your browser’s address bar.
If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.
Information, blocking, deletion
As permitted by law, you have the right to be provided at any time with information free of charge about any of your personal data that is stored as well as its origin, the recipient and the purpose for which it has been processed. You also have the right to have this data corrected, blocked or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in our legal notice if you have further questions on the topic of personal data.
Opposition to promotional emails
We hereby expressly prohibit the use of contact data published in the context of website legal notice requirements with regard to sending promotional and informational materials not expressly requested. The website operator reserves the right to take specific legal action if unsolicited advertising material, such as email spam, is received.
3. Data protection officer
4. Data collection on our website
Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session cookies.” They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain in your device’s memory until you delete them. These cookies make it possible to recognize your browser when you next visit the site.
Server log files
The website provider automatically collects and stores information that your browser automatically transmits to us in “server log files”. These are:
- Browser type and browser version
- Operating system used
- Referrer URL
- Host name of the accessing computer
- Time of the server request
- IP address
These data will not be combined with data from other sources.
The basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (b) DSGVO, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract.
1. Description and scope of the data processing
There is a contact email address on our website which can be used for contacting us electronically, namely firstname.lastname@example.org. If a user takes advantage of this contact email, the entered information will be transmitted to us and stored. In addition the following data is stored when the message is transmitted: the date and time it was sent.
In this context, no data will be passed on to a third party. The data will be only used for the further processing of the mail contact.
2. Legal basis for the data processing
The legal basis for processing data arising when a message is transmitted to us is Art. 6 §1 f) DSGVO as well as Art. 6 §1 b) DSGVO.
3. Reason for the data processing
Processing personal data concerning you in the e-mail serves solely to contact you and process your enquiry.
The other personal data processed when the e-mail is transmitted only serves to prevent abuse of the contact email and to ensure the safety of our information technology system and this provides the necessary justified interest for the processing of the data.
4. Duration of data storage
The data is erased as soon as it is no longer needed to achieve the purpose for which it was collected. This is the case for personal data transmitted by e-mail when the contact or e-mail conversation with the user is over.
5. Option to object and remove
The user can at any time revoke his consent to processing personal data. If the user contacts us by e-mail, he may at any time object to the storage of personal data concerning him. In such a case it is not possible to continue the e-mail conversation.
Both in this connection as well as for other questions dealing with personal data concerning them, users may contact us at any time under the address given in Paragraph 1 of this declaration or, preferably, they can send a direct message to email@example.com.
In this case, all personal data stored during this contact will be erased.
Registration on this website
You can register on our website in order to access additional functions offered here. The input data will only be used for the purpose of using the respective site or service for which you have registered. The mandatory information requested during registration must be provided in full. Otherwise, we will reject your registration.
To inform you about important changes such as those within the scope of our site or technical changes, we will use the email address specified during registration.
We will process the data provided during registration only based on your consent per Art. 6 (1)(a) DSGVO. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.
We will continue to store the data collected during registration for as long as you remain registered on our website. Statutory retention periods remain unaffected.
The period until which personal data is stored (e.g. email for oPEN Lab newsletter) is the period of the oPEN Lab project (March 2026).
5. Social media
Your privacy preferences with Twitter can be modified in your account settings at https://twitter.com/account/settings.
Our site uses functions from the LinkedIn network. The service is provided by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
Each time one of our pages containing LinkedIn features is accessed, your browser establishes a direct connection to the LinkedIn servers. LinkedIn is informed that you have visited our web pages from your IP address. If you use the LinkedIn “Recommend” button and are logged into your LinkedIn account, it is possible for LinkedIn to associate your visit to our website to your user account. We would like to point out that, as the provider of these pages, we have no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted or how it will be used by LinkedIn.
6. Analytics and advertising
Our websites use Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
For this service, Google uses so-called “cookies“, that is, text files which are then stored on the user’s computer to allow his/her use of the website to be analysed. As a rule, the following information is generated by the cookie about how the website is used
– type and version of browser,
– operating system used,
– referrer-URL (the website previously visited),
– host name of the accessing computer (IP address),
– time of server request,
and this is transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The website also uses Google Analytics with the extension “_anonymizeIp()” so that data can only be processed anonymously. Here the IP address is shortened by the last 3 digits so that it is no longer possible to identify the IP address exactly. Only in exceptional cases is the complete IP address transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened there.
Google uses this information on our behalf to evaluate your use of our website in order to compile reports about website activities and to provide other services in connection with the use of the website and the website activities of connected services. Google will also pass on this information where appropriate to third parties as far as this is prescribed by law or as far as third parties process this data on behalf of Google. Google will not make any connection between your IP address and any other Google data. This procedure also covers our own justified interest in the processing of personal data according to Art. 6 §1 f) DSGVO.
The data is processed on the basis of Art. 6 §1 p.1 f) DSGVO. The data is automatically erased after its statistic evaluation and within 160 days at the latest.
It is possible for you to prevent the installation and storage of cookies by making the appropriate adjustment to your browser software. However, we would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to make complete use of all of the functions provided by this website.
Furthermore, you can prevent Google’s acquisition of the cookie-generated data and the data relating to your use of the website (incl. your IP address) as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link:
As an alternative to the browser add-on, it is also possible to prevent data acquisition by Google Analytics especially from browsers in mobile devices by installing an opt-out cookie in your browser which prevents the future acquisition of your data when you visit this website. The opt-out cookie can only be used in this browser and only for our website and is stored on your device. If you delete the cookies in this browser, then you have to re-install the opt-out cookie.
Installing Google Analytics Opt-Out Cookie
By using the website you agree to the processing of data concerning you acquired by Google in the manner described previously and for the aforementioned purpose. Further information about Google Analytics is to be found in the internet under the following link of the manufacturer Google: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de).
8. Plugins and tools
Our website uses plugins from YouTube, which is operated by Google. The operator of the pages is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.
If you visit one of our pages featuring a YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. Here the YouTube server is informed about which of our pages you have visited.
If you’re logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube allows you to associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.
YouTube is used to help make our website appealing. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.