Privacy Policy

1. General

The Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) handles your personal data very responsibly. The following data protection declaration is intended to give you an overview of what happens to your data and what protection we offer.

If no deviating statements can be found on other webpages of the domain or its subdomains, this statement also applies to these.

As a matter of principle, this data will not be passed on to third parties. Unless this is necessary for the fulfilment of a contract or we are legally obliged to do so.

2. Information on the person responsible

The responsible party within the meaning of the European Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR”) and other national data protection laws of the member states as well as other data protection regulations is:

Austrian Institute for Economic Research
Arsenal, Objekt 20
1030 Vienna

(hereinafter referred to as "we", "us", "our" or "WIFO").

Data Protection Officer: Mag. Siegfried Gruber (O.P.P.)

3. Collection of personal data when visiting our website and use of Cookies

To ensure the proper functioning of our website, we use technically necessary cookies. The user data collected through these are not used to create user profiles.

When using our website, data is automatically stored in the server log files of the WIFO website, which our server receives from your browser during the visit (browser is for example Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Safari etc.). To ensure operation and for statistical purposes, data on each access (IP address, time, URL, referrer, browser type, amount of data transferred and transfer time) is stored in a log file.

We do not pass on this data, nor do we combine it with other data sources. We need this data to be able to analyse errors retrospectively or to pursue illegal use.

The legal basis for the processing of your personal data in the context of the provision of the website and the creation of log files is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

We also use cookies on our website that enable us to analyse the user’s interaction with our website. When accessing our website, the user is informed about the use of cookies for analysis purposes and his or her consent to the processing of the data used is obtained. In this context, a reference to this data protection declaration is also made.

The legal basis for this is Art. 6 para. 1 a GDPR.

4. Processing of data when purchasing publications

We collect and store only the information necessary for the transaction (purchase of printed and electronic publications). This information is stored in our database when you log in.

The legal basis for the aforementioned data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR.

The data we have received from you will not be passed on to third parties outside WIFO, our payment provider and the company that handles the mailing.

5. Data processed for e-services

For the e-information services sent out by WIFO (such as newsletters and invitations), your name, e-mail address and other data provided by you (e.g. areas of interest) are processed.

If you use the online registration function, the double opt-in procedure is used to ensure that you have actually called up this function yourself, i.e. we will send you an e-mail with a confirmation link and will only send you a newsletter if you have actively activated the confirmation link. When using the online form, the following data is stored to ensure proper functioning:

IP address of the requesting computer, date and time of access, name and URL of the accessed file, amount of data transferred, message as to whether the access was successful, identification data of the accessing browser as well as of the operating system, website from which the access was made. This data is deleted after 30 days. In addition, it is recorded for which service (e-service) you have registered, which information was transmitted by you in the process and whether the registration was confirmed. Within the scope of the double opt-in procedure, it may be necessary for technical reasons to store the information as to whether a confirmation was issued for longer than 30 days. In this case, however, the data will be deleted after one year at the latest.

For communication via newsletter, we use the services of "The Rocket Science Group LLC" (known as "Mailchimp"), among others. For this purpose, personal data (identity and contact data and data on the use of the newsletter) are transmitted to the USA and processed.

You can change your settings or unsubscribe at any time, for example via a link at the end of each newsletter or press release.

The legal basis for the aforementioned data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 a GDPR.

6. Picture recordings

During institute events, we often take photographs and film footage for our public relations work in online and print media, including social media channels, and in individual cases pass them on to third parties for reporting purposes. The recordings will be deleted as soon as they have fulfilled their purpose for our public relations work and documentation. If you do not wish to be photographed, please inform a member of staff on site.

This data processing serves the purpose of public relations as well as the presentation and documentation of WIFO's activities and is based on WIFO's legitimate interest in the sense of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

7. Data processed in the course of events

In the course of organising events (lecture series, workshops, conventions, conferences, press events), data provided by participants are processed for the purpose of holding the event. This includes the following data in particular: name, e-mail, postal address, telephone number, employer or affiliation, title and abstract of the presentation/paper/lecture, co-author, date and location of the event, billing and bank details as well as information on food intolerances/allergies). In order to be able to make use of third-party services (e.g. hotel bookings), information that is necessary for the performance of the service will be passed on.

Insofar as it is necessary for the preparation of the programme and the promotion of the event (e.g. on our website), data (in particular names of speakers, discussants and co-authors, title of the presentation or the submitted paper, date and time) will be published.

The data collected will be deleted as soon as they have fulfilled the purpose of organising the event and documentation or fulfilment of the legal obligations to maintain records in accordance with § 132 BAO.

The legal basis for the aforementioned data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 b GDPR or Art. 6 para. 1 f GDPR.

8. Data subject rights

Irrespective of the purpose of the processing and the type of collection, the following rights exist if the legal requirements are met:

  • The right to information.
  • The right to rectification.
  • The right to restriction.
  • The right to erasure.
  • The right to data portability.
  • If the processing is based on your consent, the right to withdraw it.
  • If you are of the opinion that the processing of personal data concerning you violates data protection regulations, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the data protection authority (

To exercise these rights and if you have any questions about the processing of your personal data, please contact

Please note that in order to fulfil your request, it may be necessary for us to ask for proof of your identity in the form of a qualified electronic signature or a copy of your identity card.

9. Changes to this privacy policy

WIFO reserves the right to change this privacy policy. In addition to compliance with changes in legal requirements, this may also occur due to new or revised services.

Version: 23 June 2023