Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) is responsible its websites within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other national data protection laws as well as other data protection regulations. It is legally represented by its President. For contact details, please consult the legal notice on FAU’s central website.

The respective FAU institutions are responsible for any content they make available on the websites of Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). For questions related to specific content, please contact the person responsible as named in the legal notice of this web page.

Name and address of the Data Protection Officer

Norbert Gärtner, RD
Schloßplatz 4
91054 Erlangen

📞 +49 9131 85-25860
📠 +49 9131 85-70239

General information on data processing

Scope of processing of personal data

We only process our users’ personal data to the extent necessary to provide services, content and a functional website. As a rule, personal data are only processed after the user gives their consent. An exception applies in those cases where it is impractical to obtain the user’s prior consent and the processing of such data is permitted by law.

Art. 6 (1) (a) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) forms the legal basis for us to obtain the consent of a data subject for their personal data to be processed.
When processing personal data required for the performance of a contract in which the contractual party is the data subject, Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR forms the legal basis. This also applies if data has to be processed in order to carry out pre-contractual activities.
Art. 6 (1) (c) GDPR forms the legal basis if personal data has to be processed in order to fulfil a legal obligation on the part of our organisation.
Art. 6 (1) (d) GDPR forms the legal basis in the case that vital interests of the data subject or another natural person make the processing of personal data necessary.
If data processing is necessary in order to protect the legitimate interests of our organisation or of a third party and if the interests, basic rights and fundamental freedoms of the data subject do not outweigh the interests mentioned above, Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR forms the legal basis for such data processing.

Deletion of data and storage period

The personal data of the data subject are deleted or blocked as soon as the reason for storing them ceases to exist. Storage beyond this time period may occur if provided for by European or national legislators in directives under Union legislation, laws or other regulations to which the data controller is subject. Such data are also blocked or deleted if a storage period prescribed by one of the above-named rules expires, unless further storage of the data is necessary for entering into or performing a contract.


Use of cookies

Description and scope of data processing

Our website, as a standard, does not use cookies. Cookies are text files that are saved in the user’s web browser or by the web browser on the user’s computer system. When a user accesses a website, a cookie can be stored in the user’s operating system. This cookie contains a character string that allows the unique identification of the browser when the website is accessed again.

All cookies are used for technical reasons and are used only in the situations described above.
Additional applications in the website, who need to set other cookies, are described in the sections about the applications below.

Third party applications

We use YouTube embedded videos on the website to improve the experience for users. After interacting with such a video YouTube collects some cookies that the requesting browser can also be identified after changing pages. A part of the website offers the possibility for web Single-Sign-On, during this process the following data are stored in the cookies and transmitted:

  • Log-in information (only in the case of protected information that is made available exclusively to FAU members)

Technical measures are taken to pseudonymise user data collected in this way. This means that the data can no longer be assigned to the user. The data are not stored together with other personal data of the user. All cookies are used for technical reasons and are used only in the situations described above.

The legal basis for the temporary storage of data and logfiles is §§ 14, 15 TMG, § 100 Abs. 1 TKG and Art. 4 BayDSG following the tasks of Art. 11 BayEGovG and Art. 7 and 34 BayHO.

Purpose of data processing

Analysis cookies are used for the purpose of improving the quality of our website and its content. We learn through the analysis cookies how the website is used and in this way can continuously optimise our web presence.

Storage period, options for filing an objection or requesting removal

As cookies are stored on the user’s computer and are transmitted from it to our website, users have full control over the use of cookies. You can deactivate or restrict the transmission of cookies by changing the settings in your web browser. Cookies that are already stored can be deleted at any time. This can also be done automatically. If cookies are deactivated for our website, it may be the case that not all of the website’s functions can be used in full.

Contact and registration forms

Registration forms

Description and scope of data processing

As a member of the FAU you can check for your performance in the course Introduction to Computer Science on our website. This is done via Single-Sign-On. If you do this, IdM identification data is transmitted to us. In the process of checking for these grades we ask your consent for the processing of your personal data and draw your attention to this data protection policy. No data are disclosed to third parties in connection with the data processing required for this purpose.

Once the user has issued their consent, the legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR.

Purpose of data processing

The processing of personal data from the Single-Sign On is solely for the purpose of mapping the user to their course performance. If the user contacts us by e-mail, this also constitutes our legitimate interests in processing the data. All other personal data processed during the dispatch of an e-mail serve to prevent misuse of the contact form and to ensure that our IT systems are secure.

Storage period

Data are deleted as soon as they are no longer necessary for fulfilling the purpose for which they were collected.

Options for filing an objection or requesting removal

The user can withdraw their consent for the processing of their personal data at any time. If the user contacts us by email, they may withdraw their consent for the storage of their personal data at any time. In such cases, the conversation cannot continue and all personal data which were stored when contact was made are deleted.

SSL encryption

Our website uses SSL encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential information, for example enquiries you send to us as operators of the website. You can recognise an encrypted connection when the browser’s address line changes from http:// to https:// and a padlock appears in your web browser.

If SSL encryption is activated, the data you transmit to us cannot be read by third parties.

Rights of the data subject

With regard to the processing of your personal data, you as a data subject are entitled to the following rights pursuant to Art. 15 et seq. GDPR:

  • You can request information as to whether we process your personal data. If this is the case, you have the right to information about this personal data as well as further information in connection with the processing (Art. 15 GDPR). Please note that this right of access may be restricted or excluded in certain cases (cf. in particular Art. 10 BayDSG)

  • In the event that personal data about you is (no longer) accurate or incomplete, you may request that this data be corrected and, if necessary, completed (Art. 16 GDPR).

  • If the legal requirements are met, you can demand that your personal data be erased (Art. 17 GDPR) or that the processing of this data be restricted (Art. 18 DSGVO). However, the right to erasure pursuant to Art. 17 (1) and (2) GDPR does not apply, inter alia, if the processing of personal data is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority or in the exercise of official authority vested (Art. 17 para. 3 letter b GDPR).

  • If you have given your consent to the processing, you have the right to withdrawal it at any time. The withdrawal will only take effect in the future; this means that the withdrawal does not affect the lawfulness of the processing operations carried out on the basis of the consent up to the withdrawal.

  • For reasons arising from your particular situation, you may also object to the processing of your personal data by us at any time (Art. 21 GDPR). If the legal requirements are met, we will subsequently no longer process your personal data.

  • Insofar as you have consented to the processing of your personal data or have agreed to the performance of the contract and the data processing is carried out automated , you may be entitled to data portability (Art. 20 GDPR).

  • You have the right to lodge a complaint to a supervisory authority within the meaning of Art. 51 GDPR about the processing of your personal data. The responsible supervisory authority for Bavarian public authorities is the Bavarian Data Protection Commissioner, Wagmüllerstraße 18, 80538 Munich.