Data Protection

– Competence Center Machine Learning Rhine-Ruhr –

The Competence Center Machine Learning Rhine-Ruhr is a project of the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS.

The Competence Center Machine Learning Rhine-Ruhr (ML2R) was initiated and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as one of four nationwide centers for basic research and the transfer of machine learning to the economy. The Technical University of Dortmund, the University of Bonn and the Fraunhofer Institutes for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS in Sankt Augustin and for Material Flow and Logistics IML in Dortmund are involved.

The following pertains to the use of this website. As the party responsible for the data processing (controller), we process the personal data collected via our website and store them for the period, which is required to achieve the specified purpose and to comply with the statutory requirements. The following text informs you of the data we collect and the way we process the collected data. We also inform you about data privacy rights as they pertain to the use of our website.

Pursuant to Article 4 No. 1 GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), personal data are all data referring to a specific or identifiable natural person.

1. Scope of Application

This data protection information applies to the project website at www.ml2r.deand all services offered in connection with the project as a web service or as a mobile app, provided that reference is made to this data protection information in each case.

2. Name and Contact Information of the Person Who Signs Responsible for the Data Processing (Controller) and of the Society’s Data Protection Officer

Controller as defined in Article 4 No. 7 GDPR:

Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Hansastrasse 27 c,
D-80686 München (Munich, Germany)

on behalf of its Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS, Schloss Birlinghoven, 53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany

(in the following referred to as »Fraunhofer IAIS«)


Phone: +49 2241 14-2252

Fax: +49 2241 14-4-2252

You can reach the data protection representative of the Fraunhofer Institute at the above address in Munichc/o Data Protection Officer or at

Please feel free to contact the data protection officer directly at any time with your questions concerning your data protection rights and/or your rights as affected person.

Alternatively, our contact person Katrin Berkler, Head of Press and Public Relations, Fraunhofer IAIS, is available at

3. Processing of Personal Data and Purposes of the Processing 

a) During your Website Visit

You can access our website without revealing your identity. The browser used on your requesting device merely automatically sends information to the server of our website (e.g. browser type and version, date and time of access) to enable the website to connect. This also includes the IP address of your requesting device. This is temporarily stored in a so-called log file and automatically deleted after 4 weeks.

The IP address is processed for technical and administrative purposes of connection establishment and stability in order to guarantee the security and functionality of our website and to be able to trace any illegal attacks if necessary.

The legal basis for processing the IP address is Article 6 para. 1. lit. f GDPR. Our legitimate interest follows from the aforementioned security interest and the necessity of a trouble-free website services.

We cannot draw any direct conclusions about your identity from the processing of the IP address and other information in the log file.

In addition, we use cookies and analytical services when you visit our website. Please refer to sections 5 and 6 of this data protection information for further details.

b) When Subscribing to Our Newsletter

If you have expressly consented according to Article 6 para. 1, page 1, lit. a GDPR, we will use your e-mail address to regularly send you our newsletter, which will inform you about the work at our institute and about other Fraunhofer e.V. institutions and events.

After your subscription, you will receive a subscription confirmationby e-mail, which you must confirm in order to receive the newsletter (double opt-in procedure). This serves as proof that the subscriptionwas actually initiated by you.

You may unsubscribe at any time, e.g. via a link at the end of each newsletter. Alternatively, you are also welcome to send your request to unsubscribe to ml2r-pr@iais.fraunhofer.deat any time.

Upon receiving your unsubscribe notification, we will immediately delete your email address from our newsletter distribution list.

c) When Using Contact Forms

We offer website visitors the opportunity to contact us via a form on our website. The following information is required:

  • First and last name
  • Email address

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

We process the requested data in response to your enquiry. Our purpose is to answer your query in pursuit of our legitimate interests pursuant to Article 6 para. 1, page 1 lit. f GDPR.

Once we have satisfied the enquiry via contact form, we will automatically delete the collected personal data.

4. Transfer of Personal Data to Third Parties

We transfer your personal data to third parties only under the following circumstances:

  • You have consented to the transfer explicitly as prescribed in Article 6 para. 1, page 1, lit. a GDPR
  • We entered into a contract with you, and the transfer is necessary to execute the contract as prescribed in Article 6 para. 1, page 1, lit b GDPR
  • According to Article 6 para. 1, page 1, lit. c GDPR and according to applicable law, we are obligated to transfer the data to a specific third party.

Third parties may use the transferred data only for the above-mentioned purposes.

The transfer/transmission of personal data to countries outside the EU or an international organization shall be excluded.

5. Cookies

We use server-side cookies. Cookies are small files, which are automatically created by the browser of the user device and stored in your device (laptop, tablet, smart phone or similar device) when you visit our website.  Cookies do not harm your computer, and they do not contain viruses, Trojans or other malware.

Cookies contain information pertaining to the specific device, which accessed our website. However, this does not give us direct knowledge of your identity.

One reason for us to use cookies is making the use of our website more convenient for you. We use session cookies to recognize that you have already visited certain pages of our website.

We also use temporary cookies to optimize the user-friendliness of our website. Your device stores these cookies temporarily for a specific time. The next time you visit our website, our server recognizes your device as prior visitor and remembers your settings and preferences. You will not have to enter these parameters again.

We also use cookies to gather data for our website statistics. This helps us to evaluate and optimize our web offerings (see Section 6). These cookies allow us to recognize repeat visits from your device. These cookies will be deleted automatically after a specific time.

The data obtained with the help of cookies serve our legitimate interests and the legitimate interests of third parties according to Article 6 para. 1, page 1 lit. f GDPR.

Most browsers accept cookies automatically. However, you are able to configure your browser in such a way that the application does not store cookies on your computer or always shows an alert before storing new cookies. However, the complete exclusion of cookies may prevent you from using all functions on our website.

6. Web Analysis with Matomo

We use the open source service Matomo from InnoCraft Ltd in New Zealand to analyze user behavior when visiting our site and to optimize our site and its content accordingly. We do not receive any information that identifies you directly.

In connection with the use of Matomo, cookies are used which enable a statistical analysis of the use of this website by your visits. Information – including personal information – about your behavior as a visitor is stored in the cookie and processed using a pseudonym in a user profile for the purpose of analysis. Because Matomo is hosted on our own server, third party processing is not required for analysis.

The data obtained in this way will not be used to identify you personally without your explicit consent and the data will not be combined with personal data about you as the bearer of the pseudonym.

If IP addresses are collected, they will be made anonymous immediately after collection by deleting the last number block.

Data processing is carried out on the basis of our legitimate interest in optimizing our online offer and our website in accordance with Article 6 para.1, lit. f GDPR.

Your visit to this website is currently recorded by Matomo web analysis. Click here, so that your visit is no longer recorded.

7. Your Rights as Affected Person

You have the following rights:

  • According to Article 7 para. 3 GDPR, you have the right to revoke any consent declaration at any time, which you may have given to us before. This has the consequence that we are no longer privileged to continue the respective activity.
  • According to Article 15 GDPR, you have the right to demand information on your personal data, which we have processed. In particular, you have the right to information on the following: Purposes of the data processing, the categories of personal data, the categories of recipients to which we transmitted/disclosed or will transmit your data, the planned storage periods of data, the existence of the right to correction, deletion, restriction of processing and objection, the right to appeal, the right to know the origin of data in the event that we did not collect these data, the right to meaningful and detailed information on the existence on automated decision-making including profiling.
  • According to Article 16 GDPR, you have the right to the correction of incorrect and/or the completion of incomplete personal data in storage at the Fraunhofer Society
  • According to Article 17 GDPR, you have the right to the deletion of your personal data providing the deletion does not interfere with the execution of the right to the free expression of opinions and with the compliance with legal obligations, providing the deletion is not against public interest and providing the deletion does not hamper the enforcement, execution or defense of legal claims
  • According to Article 18 GDPR, you have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data if you contest or challenge the accuracy of these data, the processing of the data is illegal but you reject the deletion of these data and we no longer need the data while you still need the data to enforce, execute or defend legal claims or you have raised an objection against the data processing according to Article 21 GDPR
  • According to Article 20 GDPR, you have the right to receive the personal data you provided to us in a structured, well-established and machine-readable format or to demand the transmission to another authority and
  • According to Article 77 GDPR, you have the right to complain to a superior authority. As a rule, you may find such authority at your place of residence, your workplace or our company domicile.

Information on Your Right of Objections According to Article 21 GDPR

You have the right to object at any time against the processing of your personal data, based on Article 6 para. 1, lit. f GDPR (data processing in the public interest) and Article 6, para. 1, lit. e GDPR (data processing based on fair balancing) for reasons, which arise from your specific situation. This shall also apply to the profiling as prescribed by Article 4 No. 4 GDPR, which is supported by this provision.

Once you file an objection, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can establish compelling evidence, which is worthy of protection and outweighs your interests, rights and privileges, or unless the processing serves the enforcement, exercise or defense of legal claims.

To the extent that your objection addresses the processing of data for direct advertising, we will stop the processing immediately. In this case, citing a special situation is not required. This shall also apply to profiling in as far as it does not relate to such direct advertising.

If you like to claim your right to object, an email to will suffice.

8. Data Security

We transmit all your personal data using the generally used and secure encryption standard TLS (Transport Layer Security). The TLS protocol is a proven and secure standard. Bankers use the standard for online banking transactions. You recognize a secure TLS connection by the s following the http (https://…) in your browser URL or by the lock symbol in the lower section of your browser.

In addition, we use suitable technical and organizational safety procedures to protect your data against inadvertent or willful manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or against the unauthorized access by third parties. We constantly improve these security measures as the technology advances.

9. Timeliness and Amendments to this Data Protection Information

This data protection information as amended on May 2018 is currently applicable.

Due to improvements of our website and website offers or based on statutory or government standard, it may become necessary to amend this data protection information. You find the latest applicable data protection information by clicking the link on this website:

You may read or print this updated and amended version at any time.

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