The following data privacy statement applies to the use of the website www.photonics21.org (in the following "website").
Photonics21 takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. The collection and processing of your personal data is carried out with due regard to the current data protection regulations and the European General Data Protection Regulation. We collect and process your personal data to provide you with the aforementioned online portal. This statement describes how and for what purpose your data will be recorded and used, and which choices you have with respect to your personal data.
By using this website you agree to the collection, use and processing of your data pursuant to this data privacy statement.
The controller responsible for the collection, processing and use of your personal data within the meaning of the European General Data Protection Regulation is
VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH
CEO Sascha Hermann
Phone: +49 (0) 211 6214-401
If you wish to object to our collection, processing and use of your data pursuant to this data privacy statement or for individual measures, you can address your objection to the aforementioned organization. You can save and print this data privacy statement at any time.
2. Data Protection Officer of VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH
If you have any questions or comments as regards our processing of your personal data we welcome your feedback. In this case, you can contact our responsible data protection officer as follows:
Data Protection Officer
3. Storage of your access data
Each time a user accesses the website www.photonics21.org and each time a document is downloaded from this website, access data about this action will be saved in a log file on the server.
Each data set consists of:
- The IP address of the device that has opened the website
- The date and time of the request ("time stamp")
- The name of the file
- The access status (file transferred, file not found, etc.)
- The amount of data which has been transferred
- The page which has requested the file (referrer-URL)
- A description of the type of web browser which has been used (e.g. Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Opera, etc.)
The collected data will be analyzed for statistical purposes; it will not be forwarded to third parties for either commercial or non-commercial purposes.
4. Transfer of personal data
Your data will only be transferred from the browser to the web server following encryption. We use a SSL-certificate for this.
The following data will be collected for the transmission of the Photonics21 newsletter, keeping you informed of photonics news and events in Europe:
- e-mail address
- first name (optional)
- last name (optional)
- data of registration
- acceptance of data collection
- knowledge of the data privacy statement
Your data will be collected by means of the double-opt-in procedure, which means that your data will only be saved and used in the system if you agree to the registration by clicking a confirmation link in an e-mail. Otherwise, the data that you have entered will be deleted after 24 hours.
The data will be processed by the software webEdition and the newsletter is sent via the software webEdition. You can cancel the newsletter at any time.
The collected data will only be used to send out the Photonics21 newsletter, it will not be forwarded to third parties for either commercial or non-commercial purposes. The data will be stored until such time as the user objects to its storage or the purpose of the data storage announced during the registration process is no longer given.
6. Contact form
The data will be transferred to the web server in an encrypted way. However, the data will not be stored on the web server, but will be sent automatically from the web server via e-mail to the editorial staff of the website. The data will only be stored until this no longer becomes necessary.
7. Registration as a Photonics21 member and to the Photonics21 member area
When you sign up to become a new Photonics21 member, the following data will be stored on our server:
- your name
- first name
- e-mail address
- type of affiliation
- name of affiliation
- your affiliation's address and
- your choice to sign up for one or two Photonics21 work groups
We only use this information so as to be able to contact the Photonics21 members. We neither pass this data on to third parties, nor do we use it for any other purposes of our own. Our registration system, which includes a confirmation message containing a web link to finalize registration (double-opt-in), ensures that you have explicitly requested to become a new Photonics21 member.
When you log-in to the Photonics21 member area you are asked to enter your e-mail address and personal password. You can then access the exclusive member area.
If you would like to cancel your Photonics21 membership, send a corresponding e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and your complete account will be deleted immediately.
8. Right of access
Users have the right to receive– free of charge – information about their personal data that has been saved. Furthermore, they have the right under statutory regulations to request that their personal data be rectified, blocking and erased.
9.1 What are cookies and how do we use them?
Cookies are small text modules which are transferred from the Internet to your computer together with the required data. This data will be saved on your computer and will be kept for later visits.
So-called "session-cookies" are necessary, particularly for the registration process, because we use a so-called single-sign-on concept for reasons of user-friendliness during the authentication and access control to the different areas of our portal.
This comprises the establishment of a "session" between the client and the server which allows you to move through the entire portal without having to re-register for each area. This session is represented by a cookie, in which a randomly generated number is saved.
In addition, your login information (user name, user rights and validity of the session) is saved in a further cookie to control your access. Think of this as substitute login information. Instead of asking you to re-enter your login information, the cookie is sent to the server and accepted as proof of your identity.
9.2 Validity of cookies
The validity of both cookies is limited to the time of your visit to our portal. They will be deleted automatically when you close the browser. They are not linked to personal data and no conclusions can be drawn about the user's activities.
On explicit request, you can optionally allow permanent storage of your user name in a third cookie when registering. This facilitates the login if you frequently visit the portal as you will then only be asked to enter your password. We expressly point out the risks of this procedure as there is the danger of misuse of your login data by third parties.
Most browsers are configured to automatically accept cookies. However, you can deactivate the storage of cookies at any time or you can adjust the browser to inform you as soon as cookies are used.
10. Web analytics
To further optimize the Photonics21 website as regards the needs of the users, we analyze the user behavior of visitors to our website (e.g. which content is of most interest? Which content is of least interest?) We use the web analytics provider Matomo (former Piwik) on our website for this purpose.
10.1 Objection to analytical cookies
If you do not approve the storage and analysis of this data resulting from your visit to our website, there are two ways in which you can stop the analysis of your user behavior:
Secondly, you can object to the storage and use below via mouse klick at any time. In this case, a so-called opt-out cookie will be saved in your browser which consequently leads to Matomo no longer collecting any session data.
Attention: If you delete cookies on your computer (e.g. by activating the private/incognito mode in your browser), the opt-out cookie will also be deleted and may have to be reactivated so that we do not save an analysis cookie on your computer.
10.2 Opt-out cookie
If you would like to prevent Matomo storing a cookie on your computer you can do so here:
11. Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn
The embedded links on our website to Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and LinkedIn are not embedded via the respective social plugins. The embedded graphic only contains an http-link. This means that if you visit our website, no direct connection will be established to the servers of the social media providers.
12. Legal basis and time of storage
The legal basis for data processing pursuant to the preceding paragraphs is point f) in Article 6 (1) of the European General Data Protection Regulation. Our interest in data processing is, in particular, to ensure the operation and security of the website, the analysis of the way visitors use the website as well as the simplification of the use of the website.
Unless otherwise specified, we only save personal data as long as is necessary for the fulfillment of the respective purposes.