Data Protection Information
- SeRoNet project website -

“Seronet: a platform for a division of labor-based developments of Service Robot Solutions” is a project by Fraunhofer IPA and ten other project partners from Research and Industry. It investigates methods for efficient, division-based development of robot solutions.

When you use this website, we process your personal data as data controllers and save them for the duration required to fulfill the defined purposes and legal obligations. The sections below provide further details about the data this involves, how they will be processed and which rights you have in this regard.

Personal data, as defined by Article 4 (1) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) include all information related to an identified or identifiable natural person.

1. Scope of Application

This data protection information applies to data processing on the project website www.seronet-project.de / www.seronet-projekt.de.

2. Name and Contact Information of Controller and Corporate Data Protection Officer

Controller within the meaning of Art. 4 (7) GDPR:

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.

Hansastraße 27 c
80686 München, Germany

on behalf of its Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, Nobelstr. 12, 70569 Stuttgart

Email:           datenschutz@ipa.fraunhofer.de

The corporate data protection officer at Fraunhofer can be reached at the above-mentioned address in Munich, c/o Data Protection Officer or at datenschutz@zv.fraunhofer.de.

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 data subject.

3. Personal Data Processing and Purposes of Data Processing

When visiting the website

You may access our website without having to disclose any details of your identity. The browser installed on your terminal device automatically transmits information to the server of our website (e.g. browser type and version, date and time of access) to enable connection with the website, including the IP address of your requesting terminal device. This information is temporarily stored in a so-called log file.  The IP address is deleted after no more than 8 days.

Your 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 Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. Our legitimate interest ensues from said security interest and the necessity of the unobstructed availability of our website.

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

Moreover, we use cookies when you visit our website. Further details can be found further below in this data protection information.

4. Transfer of Data

We will only disclose your personal data to third parties if:

  • You have given consent pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR,
  • There is a legal obligation for disclosure pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. c GDPR.

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

5. Cookies

This website uses cookies. Cookies are small files that your browser automatically generates and stores on your device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when you visit our site. Cookies do not harm your device nor do they contain viruses, Trojans or other malware.

We use cookies for the purpose of making the use of our offers more convenient and pleasant for you. For example, we use so-called session cookies to detect that you have previously visited various pages of our website.

We also use temporary cookies to optimize user-friendliness; these cookies are stored on your device for a specific fixed time interval. When you visit our site again to use our services, these cookies will automatically detect that you have visited in the past and will reapply your previous entries and settings so that you do not have to enter them again.

The data processed by the cookies are necessary for the above-mentioned purposes to protect our legitimate interests and those of third parties pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR.

Most browsers automatically accept cookies. However, you can configure your browser to not save any cookies on your computer or to display a notice before new cookies are saved. Completely disabling cookies may mean that you cannot fully use all functions of our website.

6. Web analytics

We use the common open source web analytics tool “AWStats” (see http://www.awstats.org/ for more information) for the purpose of statistical analysis of visitor acceptance of our website.  “AWStats” runs locally on our systems and does not share information with other databases.  (However, it uses the global DNS (Domain Name System), which provides translation between names like www.seronet-projekt.de and corresponding IP addresses.)  We collect and process the following information:

  • Browser type and version,
  • operating system,
  • referrer-URL (the previously visited web page, if you accessed our website by following a link to it),
  • requested URL (the page visited or elements of the page such as images etc.),
  • the amount of transferred data,
  • hostname of the device requesting a page or page element (or the IP-address, if the IP has no name in the DNS),
  • date and time of the request,
  • a status code, indicating if the page or element request was successful.

The collected information is used to understand the usage of or website, to create aggregated reports about website activity and to enable further customer-oriented development of the website.

Hostnames and IP addresses are hashed or shortened after at most 8 days, such that they cannot be traced back to the original requesting device.  This deletes the original address form the log file.

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

The collected information is required for the above stated purpose of further developing the website and understanding its use by our customers.  They information is needed to protect our legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR.

7. Rights of the Data Subject

You have the following rights:

  • pursuant to Art. 7 (3) GDPR, to withdraw your consent at any time. This means that we may not continue the data processing based on this consent in the future;
  • pursuant to Art. 15 GDPR, to obtain access to your personal data processed by us. In particular, you may request information about the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data concerned, the categories of recipients to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed, and the envisaged period for which the data will be stored. Moreover, you have the right to request rectification, erasure, or restriction of processing, to object to processing, the right to lodge a complaint, and to obtain information about the source of your data if they were not collected by us, as well as about the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, and, if applicable, meaningful information about the logic involved;
  • pursuant to Art. 16 GDPR, to obtain the rectification of inaccurate data or the completion of your personal data without undue delay;
  • pursuant to Art. 17 GDPR, to obtain the erasure of personal data saved by us unless processing is necessary to exercise the right of freedom of expression and information, to comply with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest, or to establish, exercise or defend legal claims;
  • pursuant to Art. 18 GDPR, to obtain restriction of processing of your personal data if you contest the accuracy of the data, the processing is unlawful but you oppose the erasure of the personal data, or if we no longer need the personal data while you still require it for establishing, exercising or defending legal claims, or if you have filed an objection to the processing pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR;
  • pursuant to Art. 20 GDPR, to receive your personal data that you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or to transmit those data to another controller and
  • pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR, the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. Generally, you may contact the supervisory authority of your habitual residence, place of work or the registered offices of our organization.

Information on your right to object pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR

You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to processing of your personal data pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. e GDPR (data processing carried out in the public interest) and Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR (data processing for purposes of legitimate interests).

If you file an objection, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or unless the processing serves the establishment, exercise or defense 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 includes profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing.

If you would like to assert your right to object, please send an email to datenschutzkoordination@zv.fraunhofer.de.

8. Data Security

All your personal data are transmitted in encrypted format, using the widely used and secure TLS (Transport Layer Security) standard. TLS is a secure and proven standard that is also used, for instance, in online banking. You will recognize a secure TLS connection by the additional s after http (i.e., https://..) in the address bar of your browser or by the lock icon in the lower part of your browser.

In all other regards, we use suitable technical and organizational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulations, partial or complete loss, destruction, or the unauthorized access of third parties. We continuously improve our security measures in accordance with the state of the art.

9. Timeliness and Amendments to this Data Protection Information

The further development of our website and the products and services offered or changed due to statutory or regulatory requirements, respectively, may make it necessary to amend this data protection information. You may access and print out the latest data protection information at any time from our website.