Privacy Policy and Terms of Service

 

Privacy Policy

General Statement:

The responsible handling of personal data in accordance with the relevant legislation of the data privacy laws and the telecommunications act (concerning contact per email) is of utmost concern to IST Austria.

This privacy policy explains our policies and practices regarding the information we collect from and about you in the context of the “Alumni Profiles of IST Austria” website.

Scope, and purpose of data processing and use:

By registering on the “Alumni Profiles of IST Austria” website, you authorize IST Austria to use and process your personal data, where “use and process” is taken to mean:

You have the right to revoke this authorization and delete your data at any time.

Your data will not be transferred to any third parties. Exceptions to this will only be made in cases where there is a legal obligation to do so. However, your name is available to other registered users.

The processing of all personal data is subject to the relevant legal regulations, especially the Austrian data protection act (Datenschutzgesetz) and the Austrian telecommunications act (Telekommunikations-gesetz).

Introduction:

By registering on the “Alumni Profiles of IST Austria” website and thereby creating an alumni profile, you give your consent (which may be revoked at any time), that your personal data (obligatory and voluntary information) as well as any updates you make to this data may be collected, processed, and used in the scope of the “Alumni Profiles of IST Austria” website (subsequently shortened to “the website”).

In the following, we use the term “user” to refer to anyone who registers and creates an alumni profile on the website.

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, you can contact us:

Institute for Science and Technology Austria

Am Campus 1

A-3400 Klosterneuburg

+43 (0) 2243 9000 – 1162

alumni@ist.ac.at

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with requests for information, suggestions, and/or complaints. We are happy to be of service.

Personal Data:

Obligatory Personal Data

The filter and search functions of the website can only be used by registered users.

The creation of an alumni profile is designed to require as little personal data as possible. However, the tool only works if the users provide a minimum of personal data, some of which will be viewable by other users. In order to register and create your profile, the following is required:

Optional Data and your privacy settings

The user has the option to provide additional data to his/her alumni profile. Only upon specific consent by the user, such data will be available also to other registered users.

You have the right to revoke this authorization and delete your data at any time.

Device information

We may collect non-personal information about the computer, mobile device, or other device you use to access the alumni profile, such as IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language, or other information of this nature.

Deletion of the account

Users may delete their account at any time without justification or prior notice. Following the deletion of the account, all personal data entered into the account by the user will be deleted and cannot be retrieved by the user. For technical reasons, it is possible that the data will remain visible for a short period of time following termination of the account. A request for deletion must be submitted to:

Institute of Science and Technology Austria
Am Campus 1
A-3400 Klosterneuburg
0043 (0)2243 9000 – 1162

alumni@ist.ac.at

Changes in the privacy policy

The content and functions of the website are regularly updated and improved. As such, it may be necessary to make changes to this privacy policy. Registered users will be informed about any changes, and a current version of this privacy policy will be available at https://alumni.pages.ist.ac.at/legal/.

Right of information

All registered users of the website have the right to receive, free of charge and at any time, information about their personal data being stored, used, and processed. A request for information must be submitted in written form to:

Institute of Science and Technology Austria
Am Campus 1
A-3400 Klosterneuburg
0043 (0)2243 9000 – 1162
Any request for information must be signed by the user and include a copy of an identification document (such as a national identity card, passport, or driver’s license). As we cannot guarantee complete data security when communicating electronically, replies to requests for information will be sent per post to the address mentioned in your request for information, unless the user specifically requests to receive an answer electronically. In this case, we will use the email provided to us on the website.

Terms of Service

Website administrator and users

The administrator of the website is IST Austria (Am Campus 1, A-3400 Klosterneuburg). Registered users are former PhD students and postdoctoral fellows of IST Austria.

Object of the agreement

The primary content of the website is an internet platform on alumni.ist.ac.at, which shows where alumni of IST Austria live and what they do professionally. As the website administrator, we will do our best to provide uninterrupted and failure-free service, but cannot guarantee it. Gaps in system functionality and availability may occur for maintenance or other reasons.

Rights and responsibilities of users

Users of the website are obliged to respect copyrights. Users may not post content or take any action on the website that infringes or violates the rights of others, or otherwise violates the law. Users of the website are responsible for their activities on the entire platform. User activities that aim to impede or disable the functions of the website are forbidden and may lead to criminal or civil prosecution. Actions that influence the physical and logical structure of the portal are strictly prohibited. You may not use alumni profiles for commercial purposes. In particular, advertisements received without prior consent of the recipient (spamming) are strictly forbidden.

Registering under a false name or in the name of another person, pretending to be another person, or providing false information about oneself or another person are all prohibited on the website.

Furthermore, all users of the website may not infringe upon any applicable Austrian law. The website may not be used for unlawful purposes. Users are prohibited from posting, emailing, transmitting, or otherwise making available any content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable. This includes content that is available through links provided by the users on or through the website. In addition, the use of offensive content, suggestive descriptions, or other illustrations is forbidden if their unlawfulness is suspected but not verifiable through the legal process.

Forbidden activities and content include, but are not limited to:

Without limiting the foregoing, IST Austria reserves the right to remove any content that violates the Terms of Service or that it deems otherwise objectionable.

Rights and responsibilities of website administrator

With this website, IST Austria simply offers a platform where users can present themselves with their personal data. That is, IST Austria provides the electronic platform and technical tools necessary for this purpose; we accept no further responsibilities in the scope of the website. In particular, claims for damages due to technical difficulties are barred. Our technical administration will make efforts to provide smooth functionality of the website, but we make no guarantees.

The administrator of the website will not prescreen the users’ public content before it is posted. However, IST Austria reserves the right (but not the obligation) to remove any content that it deems in violation of the Terms of Service or otherwise objectionable. Furthermore, in the case of inappropriate use of the website, or the suspicion thereof, the website administrator has the right to block the user(s) involved temporarily, or, in extreme cases, permanently. In the former case, the user(s) will receive a warning with information on when they will be allowed to use the website again.

Users agree to indemnify and hold IST Austria harmless of any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of content that users submit, post, transmit or make available through the website, the use of the website, their connection to the website, their violation of the Terms of Service, or their violation of any rights of individuals or groups. The obligations do not apply if the user is not responsible for the infringement in question.

Liability

The content of  alumni.ist.ac.at was created with extraordinary diligence. IST Austria refuses any liability for the correctness and accuracy of the information on the administrative side of the website. IST Austria also refuses any liability for user content.

The site may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other World Wide Web sites or resources.  IST Austria is not responsible for the availability of any such external sites or resources. Moreover, IST Austria does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. IST Austria shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods, or services available on or through any such site or resource.

As a user, you agree to indemnify and hold IST Austria harmless of any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of the above mentioned matter or your violation of any rights of any individual or group. The liability of IST Austria, as far as legally possible, is excluded.

Changes to this policy

The Terms of Service and the Privacy Policy may be amended from time to time without stated reasons. Registered users will be informed of these changes. If users do not dissent the new version within two weeks of being informed, it will be considered accepted.

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