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

3. Transfer of personal data to third parties

4. Cookies

5. Rights of the data subject

6. Information on your right to object pursuant to Article 21 GDPR

7. Data security

8. Timeliness and Amendments to this Data Protection Informatio


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

This data protection information applies to data processing on our website by the controller:

zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.

Hansastraße 27 c
80686 München

on behalf of its

Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU

(hereinafter referred to as „Fraunhofer IWU“)

Phone: +49 (0)371 5397-0
Fax: +49 (0)371 5397-1404

The Data Protection Officer at Fraunhofer may be reached at the above-mentioned address, attention of Data Protection Officer or at erreichbar.

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 our website 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.

b) When registering 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:

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.

We store the data we collect in the context of event registrations for 6 months unless you have consented to a longer storage period under Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR.

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.

In addition, it may in some cases be necessary within the scope of performance of the contract to transfer your personal data 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.

Photos and videos will be taken to document the event in pictures. Since you can possibly be identified in these images, either directly or indirectly, they represent personal data.

The images are created for Fraunhofer and will be used for news reporting directly associated with the event as well as for internal and external reporting by Fraunhofer.

Furthermore, the images will be published for the purpose of subsequent news reporting on our media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. or our website. This processing is required in particular to document our event and promote future events.

The legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. The purposes mentioned are legitimate interests within the meaning of the aforementioned provision.

The images will be stored for 2 years.

c) When subscribing to a newsletter or other email list

Once you have given your explicit consent pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR, we will use your email address to regularly send you selected information about the work in our Institute and/or on other facilities and/or events of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The subjects and contents of the selected information are determined by the list you subscribed to. To receive our newsletter, we ask you to provide us with the following mandatory data:

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

You may voluntarily provide additional personal data (e.g. address). We use this data to contact you by mail (e.g. for event invitations).

Once you have subscribed, you will receive a registration notification by email, which you need to confirm to receive the newsletter (so-called double opt-in). Your email response serves as confirmation that you are in fact the person who issued the subscription.

You may unsubscribe at any time, e.g. via a link at the end of each newsletter.  Alternatively, you may also unsubscribe by email per E-Mail senden.

Once we have received your cancellation of the newsletter subscription, we will immediately delete your email address.

Our service provider, mailingwork GmbH, Birkenweg 7, 09569 Oederan (‘Mailingwork’) sends our newsletter to your email address on our behalf. Mailingwork stores the email addresses of our newsletter recipients on their servers in Germany on our behalf.

Mailingwork uses this information for the purpose of sending and evaluating newsletters on our behalf. For this purpose, we entered into a data processing agreement with Mailingwork. By signing this agreement, Mailingwork undertakes to process the subscriber data in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and to uphold the rights of all data subjects.

Mailingwork has assured us that personal data are extensively protected from unauthorized access. Mailingwork is barred from using the data provided by our newsletter subscribers to contact the subscribers itself and is not authorized to transfer the subscriber data to third parties. As a reputable email sending service, Mailingwork is also certified by the Certified Senders Alliance.

d) When using contact forms

We offer the option to contact us via a contact form provided on the website. This involves the following mandatory information:

We require your data to determine who sent the inquiry and to be able to answer and process it.

This data processing in response to your inquiry is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR.

We will delete the personal data collected by us using the contact form after your inquiry has been processed.

e) When using the ordering service for chargeable publications“

We offer an ordering service on our website, where you can purchase publications by Fraunhofer IWU, e.g. “Reports from Fraunhofer IWU”. As part of the order process, we collect the following mandatory data:

The collection and processing of these data has the following purposes:

In addition, you may voluntarily provide more data (company name, different billing address, contact information).

We process data at your request and for the purposes described by Article 6 (1) lit. b GDPR to meet the obligations associated with your order and precontractual conditions. In the process, we use your email address to send you an order confirmation. We use all contact information exclusively to handle any inquiries connected to your order.

We will store the personal data collected in connection with your order until the end of the statutory warranty period (2 years, Sec. 438 (1) No. 3 BGB [German Civil Code]). At that time, the data will be deleted unless fiscal retention periods and documentation duties require a longer storage period pursuant to Article 6 (1) lit. c GDPR and in particular pursuant to Sec. 147 AO [German Fiscal Code]). During this storage period (ordinarily ten years after entering into the sales contract), we will reprocess the data solely for audits by fiscal authorities. Any further processing of the data is prohibited.

g) When using our ordering service for nonchargeable publications

We offer an ordering service on our website, where you can order publications by Fraunhofer IWU free of charge, e.g. annual reports or competence brochures. As part of the order process, we collect the following mandatory data:

The collection and processing of these data has the purpose to complete the ordering process.

In addition, you may voluntarily provide your email address so that we can inform you immediately of any delays in processing your order.

We process data at your request and for the purposes described by Article 6 (1) lit. b GDPR to meet the obligations associated with your order and precontractual conditions. The personal data we collect for the order of free print products will be deleted automatically after the order you have placed is completed.


3. Transfer of personal data to third parties

If we forward personal data collected through websites to processors, we will notify you in this data protection information regarding the respective data processing operation, citing the specific recipient. Aside from that, we will only forward your personal data if

The recipients may use the transferred data for the above-mentioned purposes only..


4. Cookies

We do not use any cookies.

5. Rights of the data subject

You have the right:

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


7. 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.


8. Timeliness and Amendments to this Data Protection Information

This data protection information as amended in April 2020 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