Terms & Conditions

Last updated: Oct 29, 2020

Please read these terms and conditions carefully before using Our Service.

Interpretation and Definitions


The words of which the initial letter is capitalized have meanings defined under the following conditions. The following definitions shall have the same meaning regardless of whether they appear in singular or in plural.


For the purposes of these Terms and Conditions:

  1. Affiliate means an entity that controls, is controlled by or is under common control with a party, where "control" means ownership of 50% or more of the shares, equity interest or other securities entitled to vote for election of directors or other managing authority.
  2. Account means a unique account created for You to access our Service or parts of our Service.
  3. Country refers to: Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  4. University (referred to as either "the University", “Contact.engineering”, "We", "Us" or "Our" in this Agreement) refers to Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Georges-Köhler-Allee 103, 79110 Freiburg.
  5. Content refers to content such as text, images, or other information that can be posted, uploaded, linked to or otherwise made available by You, regardless of the form of that content.
  6. Device means any device that can access the Service such as a computer, a cellphone or a digital tablet.
  7. Feedback means feedback, innovations or suggestions sent by You regarding the attributes, performance or features of our Service.
  8. Service refers to the Website.
  9. Terms and Conditions (also referred as "Terms") mean these Terms and Conditions that form the entire agreement between You and the University regarding the use of the Service.
  10. Third-party Social Media Service means any services or content (including data, information, products or services) provided by a third-party that may be displayed, included or made available by the Service.
  11. Website refers to contact.engineering, accessible from https://contact.engineering/
  12. You means the individual accessing or using the Service, or the University, or other legal entity on behalf of which such individual is accessing or using the Service, as applicable.


These are the Terms and Conditions governing the use of this Service and the agreement that operates between You and the University. These Terms and Conditions set out the rights and obligations of all users regarding the use of the Service.

Your access to and use of the Service is conditioned on Your acceptance of and compliance with these Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions apply to all visitors, users and others who access or use the Service.

By accessing or using the Service You agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. If You disagree with any part of these Terms and Conditions then You may not access the Service.

You represent that you are over the age of 18. The University does not permit those under 18 to use the Service.

Your access to and use of the Service is also conditioned on Your acceptance of and compliance with the Privacy Policy of the University. Our Privacy Policy describes Our policies and procedures on the collection, use and disclosure of Your personal information when You use the Application or the Website and tells You about Your privacy rights and how the law protects You. Please read Our Privacy Policy carefully before using Our Service.

User Accounts

In order to user our Services, You need to have an ORCID iD. Your ORCID iD is a unique, open digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher with the same or a similar name to you. To register and for more information, visit the ORCID website.

When You create an account with Us, You must provide Us information that is accurate, complete, and current at all times. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of the Terms, which may result in immediate termination of Your account on Our Service.

You are responsible for safeguarding the password that You use to access the Service and for any activities or actions under Your password, whether Your password is with Your ORCID iD or a Third-Party Social Media Service.

You agree not to disclose Your password to any third party. You must notify Us immediately upon becoming aware of any breach of security or unauthorized use of Your account.

You may not use as a user’s mail address or name or ORCID iD the mail address or name or ORCID iD of another person or entity or that is not lawfully available for use, a name or trademark that is subject to any rights of another person or entity other than You without appropriate authorization, or a name or mail address that is otherwise offensive, vulgar or obscene.


Your Right to Post Content

Our Service allows You to post Content. You are responsible for the Content that You post to the Service, including its legality, reliability, and appropriateness.

By posting Content to the Service, You grant Us the right and license to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such Content on and through the Service. You retain any and all of Your rights to any Content You submit, post or display on or through the Service and You are responsible for protecting those rights. You agree that this license includes the right for Us to make Your Content available to other users of the Service, who may also use Your Content subject to these Terms.

You represent and warrant that: (i) the Content is Yours (You own it) or You have the right to use it and grant Us the rights and license as provided in these Terms, and (ii) the posting of Your Content on or through the Service does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights or any other rights of any person.

Content Restrictions

The University is not responsible for the content of the Service's users. You expressly understand and agree that You are solely responsible for the Content and for all activity that occurs under your account, whether done so by You or any third person using Your account.

You may not transmit any Content that is unlawful, offensive, upsetting, intended to disgust, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene or otherwise objectionable. Examples of such objectionable Content include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Unlawful or promoting unlawful activity.
  • Defamatory, discriminatory, or mean-spirited content, including references or commentary about religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, national/ethnic origin, or other targeted groups.
  • Spam, machine – or randomly – generated, constituting unauthorized or unsolicited advertising, chain letters, any other form of unauthorized solicitation, or any form of lottery or gambling.
  • Containing or installing any viruses, worms, malware, trojan horses, or other content that is designed or intended to disrupt, damage, or limit the functioning of any software, hardware or telecommunications equipment or to damage or obtain unauthorized access to any data or other information of a third person.
  • Infringing on any proprietary rights of any party, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity or other rights.
  • Impersonating any person or entity including the University and its employees or representatives.
  • Violating the privacy of any third person.
  • False information and features.

The University reserves the right, but not the obligation, to, in its sole discretion, determine whether or not any Content is appropriate and complies with this Terms, refuse or remove this Content. The University further reserves the right to make formatting and edits and change the manner any Content. The University can also limit or revoke the use of the Service if You post such objectionable Content. As the University cannot control all content posted by users and/or third parties on the Service, you agree to use the Service at your own risk. You understand that by using the Service You may be exposed to content that You may find offensive, indecent, incorrect or objectionable, and You agree that under no circumstances will the University be liable in any way for any content, including any errors or omissions in any content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of your use of any content.

Content Backups

Although regular backups of Content are performed, the University does not guarantee there will be no loss or corruption of data.

Corrupt or invalid backup points may be caused by, without limitation, Content that is corrupted prior to being backed up or that changes during the time a backup is performed.

The University will provide support and attempt to troubleshoot any known or discovered issues that may affect the backups of Content. But You acknowledge that the University has no liability related to the integrity of Content or the failure to successfully restore Content to a usable state.

You agree to maintain a complete and accurate copy of any Content in a location independent of the Service.

Your Feedback to Us

You assign all rights, title and interest in any Feedback You provide the University. If for any reason such assignment is ineffective, You agree to grant the University a non-exclusive,perpetual, irrevocable, royalty free, worldwide right and license to use, reproduce, disclose, sub-license, distribute, modify and exploit such Feedback without restriction.

Links to Other Websites

Our Service may contain links to third-party web sites or services that are not owned or controlled by the University.

The University has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party web sites or services. You further acknowledge and agree that the University 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 the use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such web sites or services.

We strongly advise You to read the terms and conditions and privacy policies of any third- party web sites or services that You visit.


We may terminate or suspend Your Account immediately, without prior notice or liability, for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation if You breach these Terms and Conditions. Upon termination, Your right to use the Service will cease immediately. If You wish to terminate Your Account, You may simply discontinue using the Service.


  1. Contact.engineering provides the Website and Service on an "as-is" and "as- available" basis without any representations or warranties. It disclaims all warranties, whether express or implied, including any warranties of fitness for a particular purpose, security, quality, accuracy, completeness, truthfulness and non-infringement.
  2. Contact.engineering does not warrant that the Service will meet the requirements of users, that the Service will be uninterrupted, punctual, secure or error-free, that the information provided through the Service is accurate, reliable or correct, that all defects or errors will be corrected, or that the Service is free of viruses or other destructive features.
  3. Contact.engineering does not promise that the Service will be available at a certain time or place or that the Service or software will be available from the server infrastructure without interruption.
  4. Users assume total responsibility and the risk of loss resulting from the downloading and/or use of files, information, Content or other materials made available through Contact.engineering.

Limitation of Liability

  1. Contact.engineering will not be liable to You for lost profits, outages, financial losses, loss of economic benefits or loss of data or damage caused by
    1. the use or disclosure of user-generated Content;
    2. the use, suspension of use or the termination of use of the Service;
    3. unauthorized access to the system or to the transmission of data;
    4. statements or conduct of third parties with respect to the Service; or
    5. any other user interactions that occur while using the Service.
  2. Contact.engineering is not liable for outages or delays caused by matters that are beyond the reasonable control of Contact.engineering. The limitation of liability does not apply to any loss or damage caused by intentional wrongdoing or gross negligence on the part of Contact.engineering.


  1. You agree to indemnify and hold Contact.engineering harmless from any claims that third parties assert against it due to an infringement of their rights by Content that You post to Contact.engineering or due to any other use by You of the applications available via Contact.engineering. You agree to bear the costs of any necessary defense to such claims by Contact.engineering, including any court or attorney's fees in the statutory amount. This does not apply if the infringement did not result from intentional misconduct or negligence on Your part.
  2. In the event that a third party brings a claim against Contact.engineering, You are obliged to immediately provide it, truthfully and completely, with any information that You have that is needed for an examination of the claim and for mounting a defense. The aforegoing is without prejudice to any further damages claims that Contact.engineering may have against You.
  3. You bear sole responsibility for ensuring that the data and/or Devices that You use in connection with the Website are adequately protected and backed-up. In no event will You hold Contact.engineering liable for lost data, retransmission times, inaccurate results, work delays or loss of profit due to the use of the Content.

Privacy Policy

Please find the information that is required for the contact.engineering Website pursuant to Articles 13 and 14 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The protection of Your personal data is of utmost importance to the University of Freiburg and We would like You to be as well informed as possible about how the data are processed.

We process Your personal data (hereinafter referred to as "Data") in accordance with the legal requirements and do so in a transparent manner. In this Privacy Policy, We explain to You which data Contact.engineering processes in connection with the delivery of its Service, the purpose of such processing and its legal basis. You will also receive information about contact persons and Your rights.

Controller for the Purposes of Data Protection Law

University of Freiburg Friedrichstraße 39, 79098 Freiburg +49 761/203-0 datenschutz@uni-freiburg.de https://www.uni-freiburg.de

Data Protection Officer

University of Freiburg Data Protection Officer Friedrichstraße 39, 79098 Freiburg datenschutzbeauftragter@uni-freiburg.de

Responsible Internal Body

University of Freiburg IMTEK - Institute for Microsystems Technology Professor Lars Pastewka Georges-Köhler-Allee 103 79110 Freiburg simulation@imtek.uni-freiburg.de

Purpose of Data Processing

Registration and Use

  • Delivery of the Service, its Features and Content
  • Delivery and acceptance of Content, communication with users·
  • Security measures

IP Address

In order to be able to deliver Our Website to a user’s computer, it is necessary for Our system to temporarily store the user’s IP address. For this purpose, the user's IP address must remain stored for the duration of a session.

Log Files

Your data are stored in log files in order to ensure the functionality of the Website. In addition, We use the data to optimize Our Website and to safeguard the security of Our information technology systems. Such data are not combined with any of Your other personal data.


We use cookies on Our Website. Cookies are small text files that are stored on Your system in Your browser’s cache when You visit a website. They allow Our web server to identify the browser that You are using and to recognize You when You return. In particular, We use persistent cookies for analyzing Our Website. Persistent cookies are automatically deleted after a predefined period of time, which can differ depending on the cookie. This processing serves Our legitimate interest in making Our website more user-friendly, more effective and more secure. You may, at any time, delete the cookies in the security settings of Your browser. You may configure Your browser settings to generally object to the use of cookies.

Categories of Data

We collect the following categories of personal data directly from You when You register and verify Your identity.

  • Master data
    • Personal OpenResearcher and ContributorID (ORCID iD )
    • First and last name
  • Contact details
    • E-mail address
  • Content data
    • Research data, photos, video
  • Usage data
    • Time and date of Your visit
    • Website used for access (Referrer URL)
  • Metadata / Communication Data
    • IP address of Device
    • Name and URL of the accessed file
    • Browser used and, if applicable, the operating system of Your computer and the name of Your access provider
    • Name of Your Internet service provider

Legal Basis of Data Processing

  • Art. 6(1)(b) and (e) and Art. 6(3) of the GDPR

    This data are collected and processed for the purpose of performing the license (master data, contact details).

  • Art. 6(1)(a) and Art. 7 of the GDPR

    The data subject has given his/her consent to the processing of his/her personal data for one or more specific purposes (master data, contact details, Content information).

  • Art 6(1)(f) of the GDPR

    Processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party (meta data, communication data, usage data).

Data Security

We have adopted comprehensive technical and organizational measures to protect Your personal data against unauthorized access, abuse, loss and other external interference. To this end, We regularly review Our security measures and adapt them so that they are state of the art.

All data processed in connection with the Service are stored on the servers of the University of Freiburg’s data center.

Storage Duration or Criteria for Determining the Duration of Storage

The above-mentioned data will be processed for as long as this is necessary to facilitate the use of the Contact.engineering Service or to fulfill Our obligations or the statutory obligations.

As a rule, account data are stored securely until the deletion of the user's Account and then deleted within 3 months from the time that he/she closes his/her Account. After the deletion of a user’s Account, data that this user has published using Our application will be retained together with the ORCID iD for the purposes of dealing with any legal issues or violations of good scientific practice.

Where data are recorded for the purpose of the delivery of the Website, this is the case when the respective session is ended.

As a rule, the IP address and hardware information of a Device are usually stored in the server’s access and error log for a period of seven days so that any errors may be analyzed.

Recipient Categories

Internal recipients are those employees who require the data so that they can perform their tasks. Should We be required by law to disclose data, additional recipients will be added.

Your Rights as a Data Subject

  1. You have the right to obtain information from the University of Freiburg at any time about the personal data that We have stored about You and to request the rectification of any inaccuracies.
  2. You also have a right to erasure, a right to restriction of processing and a right to object to processing.
  3. Furthermore, if You have given us Your consent to processing, You have the right to withdraw such consent at any time. The withdrawal of Your consent will not affect the lawfulness of processing based on Your consent before its withdrawal. You may, of course, also withdraw Your consent to the processing of specific data. In the event that You do not give Your consent to processing or that You withdraw it, You will not suffer any disadvantages.
  4. You also have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority if You are of the opinion that the processing of Your data infringes the law. One such supervisory authority is, for example, the State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in Baden-Württemberg, Königstraße 10a, 70173 Stuttgart, e-mail poststelle@lfdi.bwl.de (https://www.baden-wuerttemberg.datenschutz.de/).
  5. If You wish to exercise any legal rights against the University of Freiburg, please contact datenschutz@uni-freiburg.de.

Information About the Right to Object Pursuant to Article 21(1) of the GDPR

Where processing is based on Art. 6(1)(e) of the GDPR (performance of data processing carried out in the public interest), You are entitled to object, at any time, to the processing of any personal data relating to Your particular situation.

Governing Law

The laws of the Country, excluding its conflicts of law rules, shall govern this Terms and Your use of the Service. Your use of the Application may also be subject to other local, state, national, or international laws.

Disputes Resolution

If You have any concern or dispute about the Service, You agree to first try to resolve the dispute informally by contacting the University.

For European Union (EU) Users

If You are a European Union consumer, you will benefit from any mandatory provisions of the law of the country in which you are resident in.

Severability and Waiver


If any provision of these Terms is held to be unenforceable or invalid, such provision will be changed and interpreted to accomplish the objectives of such provision to the greatest extent possible under applicable law and the remaining provisions will continue in full force and effect.


Except as provided herein, the failure to exercise a right or to require performance of an obligation under this Terms shall not affect a party's ability to exercise such right or require such performance at any time thereafter nor shall be the waiver of a breach constitute a waiver of any subsequent breach.

Translation Interpretation

These Terms and Conditions may have been translated if We have made them available to You on Our Service. You agree that the original English text shall prevail in the case of a dispute.

Changes to These Terms and Conditions

We reserve the right, at Our sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms at any time. If a revision is material We will make reasonable efforts to provide at least 30 days' notice prior to any new terms taking effect. What constitutes a material change will be determined at Our sole discretion.

By continuing to access or use Our Service after those revisions become effective, You agree to be bound by the revised terms. If You do not agree to the new terms, in whole or in part, please stop using the website and the Service.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about these Terms and Conditions, You can contact us:

By email: topobank@imtek.uni-freiburg.de

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