Data privacy

The DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence) and its staff are committed to the informational self-determination and the basic right to the protection of personal data in a goal- and risk-oriented manner. In this privacy policy we inform you about the processing of your personal data when you visit and use our website.

Responsible person

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
Phone: +49 (0)631 / 205 75-0


Purpose of the processing
  • Provision of information within the framework of DFKI’s public relations work
  • Contact and correspondence with visitors and users
Anonymous and protected use

The visit and use of our website is anonymous. Personal data is only collected on our website to the extent technically necessary. The processed personal data will not be transferred to third parties or disclosed in any other way except on the basis of specific legal obligations. We do not include any content or service offers from third parties within our information offer.
When using our website, data transmission on the Internet is protected against knowledge of third parties by an encryption procedure recognised as secure and therefore cannot be easily observed or falsified.

Access data

With every access to our website, usage, traffic and connection data is collected, temporarily stored in a log file and regularly deleted after 90 days.
The following data is stored for each access/retrieval:

  • IP address
  • transmitted user-agent information (especially type/version of web browser, operating system, etc.)
  • transmitted referrer information (URL of the referring page)
  • Date and time of access/retrieval
  • Transmitted access method/function
  • transmitted input values (search terms, etc.)
  • page or file called up
  • data volume transferred
  • Status of access/retrieval processing

The processing of access data is lawful because it is necessary to protect the legitimate interests of the DFKI. The legitimate interests of the DFKI are the adaptation and optimization of the information offered and the investigation, detection and prosecution of illegal activities in connection with the use of the website.
The stored data records can be statistically evaluated in order to adapt and optimize our information offer to the needs of our visitors. Techniques which make it possible to trace the access behaviour of the users (tracking) are not used. The creation of user profiles and automated decision-making based on them is excluded.
The stored data records cannot be assigned to specific persons. A consolidation with other data sources is generally not carried out. However, the stored data can be checked and merged with other data sources if we have concrete evidence of illegal use.


We use so-called cookies on our website. Cookies are small files that are stored by your web browser. The cookies used on our website do not cause any damage to your computer and do not contain any malware. They enable a user-friendly and effective use of our website. We do not use cookies for advertising purposes.
We transfer temporary session cookies to your web browser. They are only valid for the duration of your visit to our website and have no meaning outside our website. The temporary cookies are used to identify your session during your visit with a unique number and to transmit our content in your preferred language. At the end of your visit you can delete the session cookies by closing your web browser.
We also transfer permanent cookies to your web browser with a maximum validity period of 365 days. We use these cookies exclusively to observe your settings for the type of display (normal, inverted) and for the font size the next time you visit our website.
You can set your web browser so that you are informed about the setting of cookies and allow cookies only in individual cases or exclude the acceptance of cookies for certain cases or generally. You can delete already stored cookies in the settings of your web browser. You can also set the automatic deletion of cookies when you exit your web browser. If you deactivate cookies, the functionality of our website may be limited. In any case our information offer is available in its full extent.

Social media

We do not embed social media plugins in our website. Therefore, when you visit our website, no data is transmitted to social media services. A profile creation by third parties is therefore excluded. However, you have the possibility to go directly to our information offers on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. For the use of these services, we refer to the terms and conditions and data protection regulations of the respective operators. We process your personal data within the social networks insofar as you post articles, send messages or communicate with us in any other way.


You have the possibility to contact us by e-mail. We use your e-mail address and other personal contact data for correspondence with you. Due to legal obligations, all e-mail correspondence is archived. If necessary to protect our legitimate interests, your e-mail address and other personal contact data from correspondence may be stored in our contact database. In this case, you will receive appropriate information about the processing of your contact data.

Information and intervention

In addition to the information in this privacy policy, you have the right to receive information about your personal data. To ensure fair processing, you have the following rights of intervention:

  • The right to correct and complete your personal data
  • The right to correct and complete your personal data
  • The right to delete your personal data
  • The right to limit the processing of your personal data
  • The right to object to the processing of your personal data for reasons relating to your specific situation

To exercise your rights, please contact our data protection officer.

Right to complain

You have the right to complain to a supervisory authority if you believe that the processing of your personal data violates legal data protection regulations.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
Smart Service Engineering