Data Privacy Statement

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Your privacy is very important to us. At Hochschule Bonn-Rhein Sieg’s Institute of Visual Computing (“IVC”) we have a few fundamental principles that we follow:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of our site.

Data Privacy Statement for the IVC Website

It is the IVC’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website

Website visitors
Like most website operators, IVC collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. The IVC’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how IVC’s visitors use its website. This information is not used in any other way nor is it forwarded to third parties.

The IVC also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments. The IVC only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the site where the comment was left.

Gathering of personally-identifying information
Certain visitors to the IVC’s websites choose to interact with the IVC in ways that require the IVC to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that the IVC gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who comment on our site to provide a username and email address. In each case, the IVC collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with the IVC. The IVC does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Protection of certain personally-identifying information
The IVC discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on IVC’s behalf or to provide services available at IVC’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using the IVC’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. The IVC will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees and affiliated organizations, as described above, the IVC discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when the IVC believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of the IVC, third parties or the public at large.

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Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.

Upon your written request, we will be pleased to inform you about your personal data stored.

Data privacy statement changes
Although most changes are likely to be minor, the IVC may change its Data Privacy Statement from time to time, and in the IVC’s sole discretion. The IVC encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Data Privacy Statement. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Data Privacy Statement will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Data Privacy Statement Addendum for the Gitlab Server of the IVC

Guest visitors
Currently, only members of the IVC and external users who have been granted access individually are able to sign in and use the gitlab instance of the IVC with its full functionality. Visitors with no registered account or users who are not signed in are able to view the content of the public repositories in a read-only mode by browsing the website of the gitlab instance for which the IVC data privacy statement applies.

Registered users
The following section describes an addendum to the IVC’s data privacy statement for registered users of the IVC’s gitlab instance.

The general purpose of a code repository is the organized and documented creation of source code which also allows an easy way of collaboration for multiple developers and versioning. We only process personal data which is required for providing this service. For this purpose we additionally process the below mentioned data for registered users of the IVC’s gitlab instance:

  • General account data
    Each user account stores the user name (e.g. the LDAP name), the stated full name, the e-mail address, and the registration date of the user. This is relevant information for the collaboration and required by the gitlab software for providing the service. We take the request of creating the user account as expressed consent that the user agrees to have this information stored on our system.
    Other optional personal information such as Skype user name, Linkedin profile name, Twitter user name, website URL, location, organization or a biography can be specified by the user if desired but this information is not required and is initially filled out as blank. SSH/GPG keys or access tokens can be added by the user for authentication purposes. This data can be edited and/or removed at any time.
  • User created content
    Basically, the amount and type of information stored within our gitlab instance depends on what the user willingly decides to share. The user is able to upload content that will be stored on our server. Due to the nature of a repository with versioning, the date and time of a commit as well a provided message will be linked to the author and will be visible according to the repository visibility in addition to the uploaded content. The user also has the choice to write comments which will be stored on our system and which will be visible according to the repository visibility.

You can delete your user account in the account settings yourself. Projects can be deleted manually in the settings of the corresponding repository. Please note that a limited amount of data may be retained. This is due to the technical nature of open source repositories. Information which is/was contributed to a shared or public project is added to the projects history and the projects can be forked and saved locally by other users.