Open Austria is a joint initiative by the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and the official Austrian presence in Silicon Valley.


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Open Austria Privacy Statement

1. Introduction


The protection of your privacy, including your personal data, is of the greatest importance to us at Open Austria. We therefore fully comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 of the European Union.

2. Purpose of the processing operation

Open Austria uses your contact data solely for the purpose of administration and as a service provider. Your subscription data is used to keep you informed about news and events connecting Austria and Silicon Valley in business, government, research, science, and the arts. To prevent fraudulent use, Open Austria reserves the right to deny network registration or to remove faux profiles. All data management practices prior to the implementation of the GDPR have been valid and in accordance with the law.

3. Data Processing

The data processed for the purposes elaborated in point 2 are the following:


  • Personal data provided by our Open Austria community on a voluntary basis via the “Join” tab on the Open Austria website;

  • Personal data such as contact details (e.g.: name, title, email, phone number, cell phone number etc.) provided in email correspondence or business cards;

  • Photo Galleries of Open Austria events;

  • Videos of Open Austria events;

  • Featured articles;

  • Publications.


Information collected from users of this site will be stored on servers in the US, and will be used only to the extent necessary for the purposes indicated and described to you.

This Open Austria 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 usually be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. IP anonymizing is activated on this website, which means that your IP address is masked by Google within member states of the European Union or other member states of the European Economic Area prior to transmission. Only in exceptional cases the full IP address will be transmitted to a Google server in the United States and masked there. On behalf of the operator of this website Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website operator. Google will not associate your IP address 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 prevent the transmission of data (incl. your IP address) generated by the cookie on your usage of this website to Google by downloading and installing a browser plugin available under the following link: Google opt outController of the Processing Operation.

4. Controller of the Processing Operation

Controller determining the purpose and the means of the processing operation is Open Austria.

5. Recipients of the Data

Open Austria addresses a wide variety of audiences, and stakeholders, however, no personal data is provided neither to private persons or institutions, nor to governmental institutions, without your explicit consent. Open Austria will disclose private data to governmental institutions only when required by law.

6. Provision, Access, and Rectification of the Data

You have the right to access your personal data and the right to correct any inaccurate or incomplete personal data, as well as to request the removal of your personal data, which will be implemented within one month after your request will have been deemed legitimate. Where requests are complex or numerous, Open Austria will extend this deadline to three months.

If you have any queries concerning the processing of your personal data, you may address them to the data controller at the following functional mailbox: contact@open-austria.com

To expedite your request please use the following subject line “Data Request-[Insert Last Name].

7. Legal Basis for the Processing Operation

The legal basis of the processing operation at stake is General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 of the European Union.

8. Time Limit for Storing Data

Your personal data are preserved as long as needed to serve the purpose for which they have been gathered (see the list of use cases in “2. Purpose of the processing Operation”), until such time as the data subject indicates she/he wants her data to be removed. In addition, should the purpose change for which the Open Austria has collected data, re-authorization forms will be sent to all individuals affected.

9. Contact

In case you have questions related to the protection of your personal data, you can contact us at contact@open-austria.com

 10. Recourse

You have at any time the right of recourse to the European Data Protection Supervisor at edps@edps.europa.eu



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All articles published on this site—including editorials, commentaries, book reviews among others—reflect the individual views of the authors and not official points of view adopted by Open Austria or the institutions with which the authors are affiliated. This site is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Descriptions of, or references to, products or publications does not imply endorsement of that product or publication.

A Note on Gender

The language used on this site, and in the documents you can download from it, should be understood as non-gender-specific. We refrain from writing out male and female forms in full purely in the interests of readability.