Privacy Policy

§ 1 Information about the collection of personal data

  1. In the following sections we shall inform you about the collection and further processing of personal data when you visit our website. Personal data refers to all data which relates to you personally, e.g. name, address, e-mail address, or user behaviour.
  2. The Controller, according to Article 4(7) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), isTÜV Rheinland Consulting GmbH
    Am Grauen Stein
    51105 KölnYou can reach our legally designated data protection specialist at [ qngrafpuhgm@qr.ghi.pbz ]  or through our postal address with the tag “Data protection specialist”.
  3. When you contact us by e-mail or via a contact form, we shall store the personal data you submit to us (your e-mail address, your name and your telephone number, if necessary) for purposes of responding to your questions. We shall delete the data connected with this event as soon as its storage is no longer required, or we shall restrict the processing of this data if there are any legal obligations necessitating its storage.
  4. If we engage contracted service providers for individual functions of our service provision, or if we want to use your data for advertising purposes, we shall hereafter inform you in detail about the respective procedures. At the same time, we shall also tell you the fixed criteria for the storage duration.

§ 2 Your rights

  1. You can assert the following rights against us regarding your personal data:
    – Right to information,
    – Right to rectification or erasure of personal data,
    – Right to restriction of processing,
    – Right of objection to the processing,
    – Right to data portability.
  2. You also have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority about the processing of your personal data by us.

§ 3 Collection of personal data when you visit our website

  1. If you are simply visiting our website for information purposes, and not to register or send us any information at all, we shall still collect the following personal data which will be transmitted to our server by your browser. The legal basis for the processing of your data is Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR, which allows the processing of technically requisite data that ensures a stable and secure operation of the website.
    – IP address
    – Date and time of your inquiry
    – Time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
    – Contents of the request (precise page)
    – Access status / HTTP status code
    – The respective amount of data transmitted
    – Website originating the request
    – Browser
    – Operating system and its interface
    – Language and version of the browser software.
  2. In addition to the data mentioned earlier, cookies are stored on your computer when you visit our website. Cookies are small text files which are stored on your hard disk and associated with the browser you use; through these cookies, information is transmitted to the institution which has placed the cookie on your computer (here, our organisation). Cookies cannot run any programmes on or transmit viruses to your computer. They serve to make our web content more user-friendly and more effective as a whole.
  3. Use of cookies:
    a) This website uses the following types of cookies, whose scope and functionality is described here below:
    – Transient cookies (refer to b)
    – Persistent cookies (refer to c)
    b) Transient cookies are automatically deleted when you close the browser. These include, in particular, session cookies. This type of cookie stores what is known as a “session ID” with which different requests from your browser can be assigned to the common session. Through this, your computer can be recognised the next time you visit our website. Session cookies are deleted when you log out or when you close the browser.
    c) Persistent cookies are deleted after a pre-determined time, which can vary from one cookie to the next. You can delete cookies at any time through the security settings of the browser.
    d) You can configure your browser settings according to your wishes and reject the placement of third-party cookies, for instance, or of all cookies. We would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to use all the functions on this website to the fullest extent.e) [We use cookies to identify you for subsequent visits if you have an account with us. Otherwise you would have to log in again for each visit].
    f) [The Flash cookies used are not collected by your browser, but by your Flash plug-in. Furthermore, we use HTML5 storage objects that are stored on your terminal device. These objects store the required data regardless of the browser you are using and have no automatic expiry date. If you do not want Flash cookies to be processed, you must install an appropriate add-on, e.g. “Better Privacy” for Mozilla Firefox ( or the Adobe Flash Killer Cookie for Google Chrome. You can prevent the use of HTML5 storage objects by setting your browser to private mode. We also recommend that you regularly delete your cookies and browser history manually].

This website uses Borlabs Cookie, which sets a technically necessary cookie (borlabs-cookie) to store your cookie consents.
Borlabs cookie does not process any personal data.

The borlabs-cookie stores the consent you gave when you entered the website. If you wish to revoke these consents, simply delete the cookie in your browser. When you re-enter/reload the website, you will be asked again for your cookie consent.

§ 4 Other functions and services of our website

  1. Apart from the purely informative use of our website, we also offer various services which you can use if interested. To do this, you generally have to give us more personal data, which we shall use to provide the respective service and for which the previously outlined principles of data processing apply.
    (2) We shall partly engage external service providers to process your data. These have been carefully selected and commissioned by us; they are bound by our instructions and are regularly monitored by us.
    (4) Provided that our service providers or partners have their headquarters in a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA), we shall inform you about the consequences of this state of affairs in the description of the service offered.
  2. Newsletter:
    When subscribing to the free newsletters on this website, the email address, first name, surname, country (if provided voluntarily), institution (if provided voluntarily), date and time of registration are stored on the server of the service provider. The processing of the data is based on consent in accordance with Art. 6(1) (1) (a) of the GDPR. We use what is known as the “double opt-in procedure” for subscription to our newsletter. This means that after registration, we shall send you a message to the e-mail address you indicated, in which we shall request you to confirm that you wish to receive the newsletter. The purpose of this procedure is to verify your registration and to enable us to clarify any possible misuse of your personal data, if necessary. The data are transmitted using secure SSL encryption and stored on particularly protected servers in Germany. Access to it is provided by people who are entrusted with the technical or editorial maintenance of the servers. The data are used exclusively for sending the newsletter. The data will not be passed on to third parties. It is possible to unsubscribe at any time.  The personal data will be deleted irrevocably.

The newsletter is also used as a general announcement tool. In this sense, your data will be used for

– Sending the SURE newsletter
– Sending invitations to events that take place within the framework of the SURE funding priority
– Sending information that is related to the content and organisation of the SURE funding priority

§ 5 Objection to or revocation of the processing of your data

  1. If you have consented to the processing of your data, you can always revoke this consent at any time. After you have expressed such a revocation to us, it will influence the permissibility of processing your personal data.
  2. Provided that we are basing the processing of your personal data on the need to balance interests, you can raise an objection to this processing of your data. This is the case if the processing is not required in particular to fulfil a contract with you, a fact which we endeavour to outline in the subsequent description of the respective functions. When exercising such a right of objection, we request that you outline the reasons why we should not process your personal data in the manner we have described. If you present to us your reasons, we shall check the circumstances and either stop and/or adjust the processing of the data, or present compelling counterarguments for continuing with the data processing.
  3. You can of course object to the processing of your personal data for purposes of advertising and data analysis at any time. You can inform us of your objection to the use of your data for advertising through the following contact address: By e-mail to .