Privacy Policy

The privacy policy of the University of Siegen applies. Supplementary points to this website:

Who we are

This website is published by the Fab Lab Siegen, Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Media (CSCW) under the direction of Prof. Dr. Volkmar Pipek at the University of Siegen.

The address of this website is

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors post comments on the website, we collect the data displayed in the comment form, as well as the visitor’s IP address and user agent string (this identifies the browser) to help detect spam.

After your comment has been approved, your profile picture is publicly visible in the context of your


If you are a registered user and upload photos to this website, you should avoid uploading photos with an EXIF GPS location. Visitors to this website could download photos stored on this website and extract their location information.

Contact Forms

If you contact us via our contact form, your name, your message incl. your email address will be saved. subject and your email address to our lab team. Responsible staff members have access to your message so that they can contact you.


When you post a comment on our website, this may constitute consent to store your name, email address and website in cookies. This is a convenience feature so that you don’t have to re-enter all this data when you post another comment. These cookies are stored for one year.

If you have an account and log in to this website, we will set a temporary cookie to determine whether your browser accepts cookies. This cookie does not contain any personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you sign up, we will set up some cookies to store your login information and viewing options. Login cookies expire after two days and cookies for display options after one year. If you select “Stay logged in” when registering, your registration will be maintained for a fortnight. When you log out of your account, the login cookies are deleted.

When you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie is stored in your browser. This cookie does not contain any personal data and only refers to the post ID of the article you have just edited. The cookie expires after one day.

Embedded content from other websites

Posts on this website may contain embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves exactly as if the visitor had visited the other website. These can be videos on, for example.

These websites may collect information about you, use cookies, embed additional third party tracking services and record your interaction with this embedded content, including your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged into this website.

Usage statistics: WPStatistics

We use the WordPress analytics plugin WPStatistics. The provider of this plugin is VeronaLabs ( Simple statistics about the use of our website are compiled from the anonymised data. For this purpose, no usage profiles are created and no cookies are set. All data used for this purpose is stored in such a way that it is not possible to draw conclusions about individual users.The provider of this plugin is VeronaLabs (


The subpage shows dates/events in the Lab. For this purpose, a so-called inline frame (iFrame) is used, which loads the content from a calendar server in the network of the University of Siegen.

Activating the calendar

The calendar is loaded by calling up the sub-page This is done, for example, by clicking on “Dates” in the menu.

Who we share your data with

We do not pass on your stored data to third parties.

How long we store your data

If you write a comment, it will be saved including metadata for an unlimited period of time. This way, we can automatically detect and approve follow-up comments instead of keeping them in a moderation queue.

For users who register on our website, we additionally store the personal information they provide in their user profiles. All users can view, change or delete their personal information at any time (the username cannot be changed). Administrators of the website can also view and modify this information.

What rights you have to your data

If you have an account on this website or have posted comments, you may request an export of your personal information from us, including any information you have provided to us. Furthermore, you can request the deletion of all personal data that we have stored about you. This does not include data that we are required to retain due to administrative, legal or security needs.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments could be examined by an automated service for spam detection.

How we protect your data

Your data is stored in databases that are secured against unauthorised access according to the current state of the art.