Our Privacy Policy

Formula Student Germany GmbH takes the protection of personal data very seriously and complies with appropriate data protection provisions. Below are the specific details of when we collect data, what data we collect and how we use it.

1. Anonymous data collection
You can use our website without revealing your identity. We only store impersonal access data, such as the name of your Internet service provider, the page you visited us from, the name of the files requested and the access date. This information is evaluated solely for statistical purposes and cannot be used to identify individuals. We only record personal details if you have communicated these to us voluntarily in the course of visiting our website.

2. Use of cookies
We use so-called cookies on some pages to make our website appealing to visitors and to facilitate use of certain features. These are small text files that are stored on your computer. Most of the cookies we use are deleted from your hard drive once you end your browser session (“session cookies”). In contrast, the so-called “permanent cookies” remain on your computer and enable us, e.g. to highlight your read/unread articles in the Forum. It is also possible to use our website without cookies, but some features will be unavailable as a result.

The majority of browsers are set up so that you accept cookies automatically. However, you can deactivate the storage of cookies or set up your browser so that it informs you as soon as cookies are sent.

3. Collection, processing and usage of personal data
The personal details you provide are collected, processed and used exclusively to enable us to conduct competitions, to handle newsletter requests, to respond to your queries, or to facilitate use of our forum. 

Your personal details may be passed on to service providers and partner companies who are helping us to fulfil the purposes listed above. These companies are only permitted to use your personal details as so-called contract data processors to fulfil their tasks on our behalf and are obligated to comply with the appropriate data protection regulations. Aside from these circumstances, however, your personal details will not be passed to third parties.

4. Email newsletters
Email newsletters are only sent to you if you have explicitly subscribed to the corresponding newsletters on our website. If you no longer wish to receive any email newsletters you can contact us using the details below.

5. Your right to information, correction and deletion of your personal data
You have the right to request information at any time concerning what data we have stored about you and for what purpose this data was stored. Furthermore, you may report inaccurate data or have data deleted if it has been wrongfully stored or is no longer required. To exercise these rights please contact us by telephone on +49 (511) 768 468 41 or by email at privacy(at)formulastudent.de.

6. Links to other websites
Our online presence contains links that lead to third-party websites. We have no influence over the content and layout of sites provided by external suppliers. These data protection regulations do not apply in this respect.

7. Use of social plugins
Our website uses programs (so-called “plugins”) of the social networks Facebook (Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA), Google+ (Google Inc., Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA) and Twitter (Twitter Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103).

No data is sent to these companies when you simply visit our website. The actual plugin of the applicable social network is only loaded when you click on the “Like” (Facebook), “g+1” (Google) and “Tweet” (Twitter) graphics.  Your browser then makes a direct connection with the servers of the applicable social network, after which the content of the plugin is forwarded to your browser and is then integrated from this into our website that you are viewing. Simultaneously, the information that you have accessed on our website, together with your IP address and other information where applicable, is sent to the relevant social network. If you are logged in at this point to your personal user account with the applicable social network, then the applicable social network can link access to this site with your user account. You can avoid such a link by logging out of your account with the applicable social network before clicking on the graphics described above.

Please read the applicable data protection notices for information on the scope and purpose of the data collection, and on how your data is processed and used by the social network in question after you click on the graphics described above:

Facebook: de-de.facebook.com/privacy/explanation.php
Google+: www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/
Twitter: de.twitter.com/privacy

8. Use of Google Maps
Our website uses Google Maps of Google Inc., Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA to display maps. When you visit our website your browser makes a direct connection with the Google servers, which means that personal data, especially your IP address, is transmitted to Google.

Please read the applicable data protection notices for information on the scope and purpose of the data collection performed by Google: http://www.google.com/intl/de_de/policies/privacy/ 

9. Use of web analysis tools
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States .

In case IP-anonymisation is activated on this website, your IP address will be truncated within the area of Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the whole IP address will be first transfered to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. The IP-anonymisation is active on this website.

Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing them other services relating to website activity and internet usage.

The IP-address, that your Browser conveys within the scope of Google Analytics, will not be associated with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. You can also opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics with effect for the future by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Addon for your current web browser: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

10. Questions, suggestions, comments
If you have any questions, suggestions or comments about data protection then please contact us by email at privacy(at)formulastudent.de.

11. Video and photography on site
The material will be used solely for the purpose of making the event more open and understandable to the public.

In legal terms: By participating in this event, you (the visitor/participant), have given the right for the organisers to send or receive image or video media of yourself, without either party owing special compensation. The organiser is allowed to release this image or video media themselves or forward it onto a third party to release for use in audio-visual, print and online media.

12. Updating this data protection declaration
Our data protection notices have to be updated from time to time to accommodate the continual development of the internet and the associated changes in the applicable legal regulations. We will inform you here about any relevant changes.