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Begleitende Umfrage zur Crowdfunding-Kampagne »ecoSUP«

Dear participant,

Thank you for taking the time to answer this survey about the crowdfunding campaign »ecoSUP« - the ecological stand-up paddle board.

Thanks to our research, we have already been able to successfully complete six other campaigns. In order to design further campaigns in the best possible way, your feedback is particularly important to us. For this reason, we as the Innovation Financing Unit of the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW in Leipzig are providing scientific support for the crowdfunding campaign »ecoSUP«. In addition to the success factors of this sustainable crowdfunding campaign, we also examine your personal motivation and interest in the campaign.

The questionnaire takes about 5 minutes of your time. Support for the »ecoSUP« campaign is not a prerequisite for your participation in the survey. The survey is completely anonymous. All data will be collected without personal reference and deleted after the scientific evaluation.

Thank you very much for your support!

Innovation Financing Unit (Fraunhofer IMW)


Data protection information

Below you will find our data protection information. Please read it carefully and confirm that you agree with it before participating in the survey.

This survey is anonymous.

The record of your survey responses does not contain any identifying information about you, unless a specific survey question explicitly asked for it.

If you used an identifying token to access this survey, please rest assured that this token will not be stored together with your responses. It is managed in a separate database and will only be updated to indicate whether you did (or did not) complete this survey. There is no way of matching identification tokens with survey responses.


Data Protection Information

Online Survey       

The following data protection information will inform you about the processing of your personal data that we collect from you during your participation in the online survey accompanying the crowdfunding campaign ecoSUP. Your personal data will be processed with respect to the applicable data protection regulations.



Name and contact information of the controller and corporate data protection officer


This data protection information is applicable to data processing on the limesurvey.imw.fraunhofer.de, ls.imw.fraunhofer.de, umfragen.imw.fraunhofer.de and survey.imw.fraunhofer.de websites by the controller:

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Hansastraße 27 c,
80686 Munich

on behalf of its Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW (hereinafter referred to as »Fraunhofer IMW«)

E-Mail:              info@imw.fraunhofer.de
Telephone:        +49 341/231039-0
Fax:                  +49 341/231039-190

The Data Protection Officer at Fraunhofer may be reached at the above-mentioned address, attention of Data Protection Officer or at datenschutz@zv.fraunhofer.de. In case you have any questions about data protection law or your rights as the data subject, you may directly contact our Data Protection Officer.



Processing of your personal data and purposes of data processing

Participation in this survey is voluntary. All information will be handled confidentially.



Visiting the website

Every time you visit our web pages, our website servers save the data of your device accessing our website in a protocol file. This storage is temporary; our website server saves the following access data until their automated deletion:

  • The IP address of the requesting device
  • Access date and time
  • Name and URL of the accessed data
  • The data volume transmitted
  • The message whether the access was successful
  • The browser and operating system used
  • The name of the Internet Provider (ISP)
  • The referring website (referrer URL)

These data are processed for the following purposes:

  1. To enable the use of the website (connection setup)
  2. Administration of the network infrastructure
  3. Appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure IT systems and data security taking into account the state-of-the-art technology
  4. To offer user-friendly service
  5. To optimize the Internet offering

Legal foundations for the above processing purposes:

  • Processing in response to a website visit pursuant to numbers 1-2 the first sentence of Article 6(1), point (b) (requirement for compliance with provisions of the website user contract)
  • Processing pursuant to number 3, the first sentence of Article 6(1), point (c) GDPR (legal obligation to implement technical and organizational measures to ensure secure data processing pursuant to Article 32 GDPR) and the first sentence of Article 6(1), point (f) GDPR (legitimate interests in data processing for the network and information security) as well as
  • Data processing pursuant to numbers 4 – 5, the first sentence of Article 6(1), lit. f GDPR (legitimate interests). Our legitimate interests in the processing of data are based on our desire to offer user-friendly optimized web pages [our legitimate interests may also include the distribution of direct advertising.]

After the set period of 90 days, our web server automatically deletes the above-mentioned data. To the extent that data are processed longer for purposes pursuant to numbers 2 – 5, we will anonymize or delete the data as soon as their storage no longer serves the respective purpose.



Participating in a survey

Participation in the survey is voluntary. All information will be treated confidentially. 


Processing of responses

Insofar as the choice or formulation of the answers makes it possible to draw conclusions about the person of the participant, the data processing is carried out to protect our legitimate interests in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f DSGVO. It serves to draw conclusions about the motivation of supporters and non-supporters and success factors of the "ecoSUP" campaign. This is to be seen as legitimate interests in the sense of the above-mentioned provision.

We save the questions and answers of the survey. Furthermore, the results are evaluated and analyzed by Fraunhofer employees.

Your answers will be anonymized or deleted as soon as we have finished the evaluation. Unless there are reasons that justify longer storage (for example, if you have given your consent in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a DSGVO).

The documentation and possible publication of the survey results will only be done in an anonymous form, without mentioning your name and without giving any information that would allow an inference to your person.


Transfer of personal data to third parties

Except for the aforementioned cases, we forward your personal data to third parties only if:

  • you have given your express consent pursuant to the first sentence of point (a) of Article 6(1) GDPR,
  • it is necessary for the performance of a contract with you pursuant to the first sentence of point (b) of Article 6(1) GDPR,
  • A statutory obligation exists for transferring pursuant to the first sentence of point (c) of Article 6(1) GDPR.

Especially if you have registered for an event, it may be necessary within the scope of performance of the contract that your personal data needs to be transferred to an external organiser. In connection with an event registration, you will be informed about who the organiser is and whether it is an external organiser. This organiser will process personal data within the scope of the event and especially for the management of participants. Sending personal data to a third country (outside the EU) or an international organisation is excluded.



Rights of the data subject

You have the right:

  • pursuant to Art. 7(3) GDPR, to revoke the consent given to us at any time. This means that in future we may no longer continue to process the data as based on this consent;
  • pursuant to Article 15 GDPR, to demand information about your personal data processed by us. In particular, you may request information about the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data concerned, the categories of recipients to whom the personal data has been or will be disclosed, the envisaged period for which the data will be stored, the existence of a right to rectification, erasure, restriction of the processing or to an objection to the processing, the existence of a right to lodge a complaint, the source of your data if it was not collected by us, as well as about the existence of an automated decision-making, including profiling, and, if applicable, meaningful information about its details;
  • pursuant to Article 16 GDPR, to immediately demand the correction of incorrect data or the completion of your personal data stored with us;
  • pursuant to Article 17 GDPR, to demand the deletion of your personal data stored with us unless processing is necessary to exercise the right to freedom of expression and information, to fulfil a statutory obligation, for reasons of public interest, or to assert, exercise or defend legal rights;
  • pursuant to Article 18 GDPR, to demand the restriction of the processing of your personal data if you contest the correctness of the data, the processing is illegal but you deny its deletion and we no longer require the data while you still require it for establishing, exercising or defending legal rights or if you have filed an objection to the processing pursuant to Article 21 GDPR;
  • pursuant to Article 20 GDPR, to receive your personal data that you have provided to us, in a structured, customary and machine-readable format or to demand the transfer to another data controller and
  • pursuant to Article 77 GDPR, to complain to a supervisory authority. Generally, you may contact the supervisory authority of your habitual residence or place of work or the registered offices of our enterprise.





Data Security

All your personal data is transmitted in an encoded manner using the widely used and secure TLS (Transport Layer Security) encryption standard. TLS is a secure and proven standard that is also used in online banking, for instance. You will recognize a secure TLS connection by the additional s after http (i.e., https://..) in the address bar of your browser or from the lock icon in the lower part of your browser, among other things.

In all other regards, we use suitable technical and organizational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulations, partial or complete loss, destruction, or the unauthorized access of third parties. We continuously improve our security measures in accordance with the technological development.



We use cookies on our site. Cookies are small files that are automatically created by your browser and stored on your terminal device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when you visit our site. Cookies do not cause any damage to your terminal device and do not contain any virus, trojan or other malware. Cookies contain information resulting from connection with the specific terminal device used. However, this does not mean that we have immediate knowledge of your identity. We use cookies to capture statistical data on the use of our website and to evaluate them for optimising our offer for you (cf. clause 5). These cookies enable us to automatically recognize during a new visit to our site that you have visited our site before. These cookies are automatically deleted after a defined time. The data processed by cookies is necessary for the purposes mentioned with due regard of our legitimate interest pursuant to the first sentence of point (f) of Article 6(1) GDPR. Most browsers accept cookies automatically. However, you may configure your browser so that cookies are not stored on your computer or that you are always notified before a new cookie is created. The complete disabling of cookies, however, may lead to your not being able to use all functions of our website.


Timeliness and Amendments to this Data Protection Information

This data protection information as amended in May 2018 is currently applicable. It may become necessary to change this data protection information due to the further development of our website and its offers or on account of amended legal or official requirements. You may always access and print the latest data protection information on the website at:





Should individual provisions of this data protection declaration be or become invalid either in part or in their entirety or prove infeasible at any time, this shall not affect the remaining provisions. This shall apply accordingly to gaps in this declaration.