Data Protection

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, (see Legals). Our Data Protection Commissioner can be contacted at 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:

- 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 Form

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.

Google Fonts

To represent fonts, this website uses Google Fonts of Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA ("Google"). The server of Google transmits the data used for representing the fonts to your end device, where they are stored in the browser cache. For transmission, your browser connects to the servers of Google and transmits your IP address.

Use of Google Fonts is in the interest of a consistent and appealing representation of our websites. The legal basis is Art. 6, par. 1 (f) GDPR.

More information on Google web fonts can be found at:

and in Google’s privacy policy at:

Web Analysis by Matomo (formerly PIWIK)

On our website, we use the Matomo (formerly PIWIK) open-source software tool to analyze the surfing behavior of users of our website. The software sets a cookie on your computer. We store the following data:

- two bytes of the IP address of the user’s accessing system,
- the website accessed,
- the website from where the user accesses our website (referrer),
- the subpages accessed from the website accessed,
- the time spent on the website,
- the frequency of access of our website

The software is run on the servers of our website exclusively. Your personal data are stored there exclusively. Your data will not be transmitted to third parties.

The software is set such that IP addresses are not stored completely. Two bytes of your IP address are masked (e.g.: The shortened IP address cannot be allocated to the accessing computer.

We process data to analyze the surfing behavior of the users of our websites. Evaluation of the data helps us constantly improve our website and its user friendliness. The data will be erased as soon as they are no longer required for our recording purposes. The data will be erased automatically after six months at the latest. The legal basis for data processing is Art. 6, par. 1, cl. 1,f, GDPR.

Your Rights

(1) 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).


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.