Privacy Policy

We are pleased that you visit our website and thank you for your interest in our website and our research centre. We take the protection of your personal data very seriously. Therefore, please take note of the following information:

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  • Collection and processing of personal data
  1. Scope of personal data processing

As a general rule, we only process personal data concerning our users where necessary in order to provide a functional website and to provide our content and services. Personal data concerning our users will only be processed regularly if the user has given his or her consent. An exemption applies in such cases where it is impossible, for reasons of fact, to gain prior consent and the processing of data is permitted by law.

  1. Legal basis for personal data processing

Where we obtain the consent of the data subject for processing procedures, Article 6(1)(a) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) serves as the legal basis. When processing personal data that is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party, Article 6(1)(b) GDPR serves as the legal basis. The same applies for processing procedures that are necessary in order to take steps prior to entering into a contract. Where it is necessary to process personal data for compliance with a legal obligation that IfADo must meet, Article 6(1)(c) GDPR serves as the legal basis.
In the event that the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person require the processing of personal data, Article 6(1)(d) GDPR serves as the legal basis.
If processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by IfADo or by a third party and if the aforementioned interests are not overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject, then Article 6(1)(f) GDPR serves as the legal basis for processing.

  1. Erasure of data and storage period

The personal data concerning the data subject will be erased or made unavailable as soon as the purpose of storage ceases to apply. Data may also be stored where provision has been made for this by European or national legislators in Union regulations, laws or other provisions to which IfADo is subject. Data will also be made unavailable or erased where a storage period prescribed by the aforementioned legislation expires, unless there is a need for the further retention of the data for the purpose of entering into or performing a contract.

  • Export, Use and disclosure of personal data

Your personal data is managed and stored at IfADo.

On the IfADo web pages there is the possibility to use form fields to register for studies or events. In the forms, you must provide us with the personal data required to conduct a service and to fulfil the associated contractual obligations, or which we are legally obliged to collect. These data fields are marked as mandatory fields when collecting data. Without this data, we must usually refuse to conclude the contract or execute the order.

We process and hold your personal data for as long as is needed to fulfil our contractual and statutory obligations. Data that is no longer necessary for the fulfilment of contractual or statutory obligations is regularly deleted, unless further – temporary – processing is necessary to comply with retention periods under commercial and tax law, for instance under the Handelsgesetzbuch (German commercial code) or Abgabenordnung (German fiscal code). The retention/documentation periods specified there are between six and ten years.

Your personal data will only be transmitted to state institutions and authorities when required by legislation or for the purpose of prosecution for attacks on our network infrastructure. Data will not be disclosed to third parties for any other purpose.

  • External links

For your optimal information, you will find links on our pages that refer to third-party sites. As far as such links are not obvious, we point out that this is an external link. IfADo has no influence on the content and design of these pages of other providers. The guarantees of this privacy policy do not apply elsewhere, of course.

  • More information and contacts

If you have any further questions about the topic ‘Data protection at IfADo’, please contact our data protection officer, Mr. Bröde (

  • Newsletter information

E-mails containing information about the current IfADo news are only sent with the expressed consent of the users. Users may withdraw their consent to receiving the newsletter at any time. A possibility to withdraw consent can be found in every newsletter-mail. We must log the sign-up process to prove proper registration. To do this, we save the registration and the confirmation time in the context of the registration.

  • Comment function

The website and all of its sub-sites (* provide a functionality that allows the user to write comments. To display the name, email address and message following data needs to be saved internally on the IfADo servers:

– Name of the comment author (it is possible to choose a pseudonym)

– Email address of the comment author (will not be published on the website)

Further also the IP address of the comment author is saved internally in case the comment violates rights of third parties.

  • Copyright

The website’s design, texts, graphics and the software used are protected by copyright: Copyright © Forschungsgesellschaft für Arbeitsphysiologie und Arbeitsschutz e.V. Dortmund. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Only within the narrow limits of copyright law or with the prior written consent of Forschungsgesellschaft für Arbeitsphysiologie und Arbeitsschutz e.V. Dortmund you are allowed to download and store materials or information available on this website on data storage devices, provide information for public access as well as any other duplication, processing, distribution or public reproduction of the website’s materials or information.

  • Content protection

The logo of the Forschungsgesellschaft für Arbeitsphysiologie und Arbeitsschutz e.V. Dortmund and the names ‚Leibniz-Institut für Arbeitsforschung an der TU Dortmund‘, as well as ‚Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors‘ and ‚IfADo‘ are the property of Forschungsgesellschaft. Misuse is prohibited. All other trademarks, product names and company names or logos cited on this site are the property of their respective owners.

  • Disclaimer

With the judgment of 12 May 1998 the regional court Hamburg decided that the content of linked pages is treated as own content under certain circumstances. According to the regional court, this can be prevented only by expressly dissociating oneself from these third-party contents. From the central pages of IfADo, links lead to other sites on the internet. IfADo has no influence on the content and design of these pages. IfADo expressly dissociates itself from the content of all third-party pages linked by IfADo and does not make these contents to our own.

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