Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Last update: 25.06.2020

AustrianStartups c/o Impact Hub Vienna is located at:

AustrianStartups c/o Impact Hub Vienna
Lindengasse 56/18-19 Vienna
1070 – Wien , Austria

respACT – austrian business council for sustainable development

Wiedner Hauptstraße 24/11
1040 – Wien , Austria

Your privacy is critically important to us. It is AustrianStartups c/o Impact Hub Vienna’s and respACT-austrian business council for sustainable development‘s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website. This Privacy Policy applies to and both organisations, AustrianStartups and respACT (hereinafter, “us”, “we”, or “”). We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting personally identifiable information you may provide us through the Website. We have adopted this privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) to explain what information may be collected on our Website and during our project, how we use this information, and under what circumstances we may disclose the information to third parties.

This Privacy Policy set forth the general rules and policies governing your use of our Website and your interaction with the circle17-team.

1 What Information we Collect

1.1. Non-Personally Identifiable

Like most website operators, we collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our Site (“Log Data”). We collect such Log Data irrespective of whether you have registered for an account on our Site.

This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our Site that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages and other statistics.

1.2. Personally Identifiable Information

Most of our services do not require any form of registration, allowing you to visit our Site without telling us who you are.

However, circle17 collects potentially personally identifiable information such as Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on blog posts.

As soon as you choose to become part of circle17 we collect following personally identifiable information: First Name, Last Name, e-mail, telephone, field of expertise, Organization details (Name, Industry) and type of involvement at circle17.

Furthermore, you can choose to sign up for our newsletter. If you sign up for our newsletter, we will collect your email address. If you no longer wish to receive these emails, you may opt out of them by making use of the unsubscribe option included at the end of each of our emails.

2 How we Collect your Data

2.1. When Accessing the Website

When accessing our Site, your Log Data will be collected automatically. Apart from that, all other information is collected on the basis on the information that you enter on our Site.

2.2. When Interacting with the circle17-Team

When interacting with the circle17-Team your contact details are collected with the service provider AgileCRM (more info see 4.2.).

2.3. When Registering for the Newsletter

In order to register for a circle17 newsletter service, we need at least your e-mail address to which the newsletter is to be sent. We use the double opt-in procedure for newsletter dispatch. This means that we will only send you newsletters if you confirm your registration after providing your e-mail address via an e-mail sent by circle17 and a link contained therein. In this way we ensure that only you yourself, as the user of the e-mail address provided, can register for the newsletter service. Until you confirm your registration, the newsletter service will not accept any further registrations under the e-mail address provided. You can unsubscribe from our newsletter service at any time. To do so, you can use the link at the end of the newsletter to cancel your subscription or contect us (contact details see below). The personal data (e-mail address and IP address) will be stored and used for sending the newsletter until you unsubscribe. Statistical data is collected for the use of our newsletters in order to optimise these services. The subscribed newsletters as well as the use of them are assigned to the customer within the newsletter engine. The data will not be passed on to third parties

3  How we Use your Information

We use the information that we collect

  • to allow us to offer and provide our services,
  • to operate and maintain our site,
  • to send you marketing communication,
  • to respond to your questions and concerns,
  • to allow us to perform contracts we have signed with our customers, suppliers or partners,
  • to allow contract management, e.g. to address our invoices to our customers,
  • to enhance our services and the use of them,
  • to perform research and analysis relating to our services,
  • to perform tracking of the use of our services,
  • to conduct market surveys.

4 How we Share your Information

4.1. When Accessing our Website

Our website uses functions of the web analysis service Google Analytics. The provider is Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Cookies are used for this purpose, which enable an analysis of the use of the website by your users. The information thus generated is transferred to the provider’s server and stored there.

We have concluded a corresponding contract with the provider for order data processing. The data processing is based on the legal provisions of § 96 para. 3 TKG and Art 6 para. 1 lit a (consent) and/or f (legitimate interest) of the DSGVO. Our concern within the meaning of the DSGVO (justified interest) is the improvement of our offer and our web presence. Since the privacy of our users is important to us, the user data is pseudonymised.

You can find more information on the handling of user data at Google Analytics in the Google data protection declaration:

From time to time, we may release aggregated non-personally-identifying information, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

We only disclose logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally identifiable information as described below.

Any personally identifiable information you elect to make publicly available on our Sites or Social Media Pages, such as posting comments on our blog page, will be available to others. If you remove information that you have made public on our site, copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages of our site or if other users saved that information

4.2. When Interacting with the circle17-Team

Due to the nature of cooperation between AustrianStartups and respACT the personal identifiable details of circle17 participants, partners, sponsors, and speakers is shared among the two organisations respACT and AustrianStartups collectively in a CRM tool. The two organisations commit to use these contact details solely for the purpose of the the project and will not share them with a third party except the organization providing us the CRM tool. We do not rent or sell your personally identifiable information to others.

The personal identifiable details are processed by the CRM Tool Agile CRM Inc., 25 First Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02141. The data processing of our CRM Tool Agile CRM is based on the legal provisions of § 96 §3 TKG and Art 6 §1 lit a (consent) and/or f (legitimate interest) of the GDPR. With its data processor located in Europe, the service provider promises full GDPR compliancy. Our concern within the meaning of the GDPR (justified interest) is the improvement of our offer and our web presence. If you do not agree with that, please let us know, we will then remove all the data we have about you from our database.

For the integration of different databases and web tools we use Zapier, a service of Zapier Inc, 548 Market St #62411, San Francisco, California 94104, USA. When using Zapier, data is transferred to the USA, which is generally considered a third country with an uncertain level of data protection in the DSGVO. We have no knowledge of the content of the transferred data or of the way in which it is used or of the duration of its storage by paper. We have concluded a contract with Zapier for order processing pursuant to Art. 28 DSGVO.

Zapier is certified under the Privacy-Shield Agreement and thus offers a guarantee to comply with European data protection law

Further information on data protection at Zapier can be found at

4.3. Cookies

To enrich and perfect your online experience, we use “Cookies”, similar technologies and services provided by others to display personalized content, appropriate advertising and store your preferences on your computer.

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. uses cookies to help us identify and track visitors, their usage of, and their website access preferences. Visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using our website, with the drawback that certain features of may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

By continuing to navigate our website without changing your cookie settings, you hereby acknowledge and agree to our use of cookies.

 Ads appearing on our website may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by us and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

4.4. Links to External Sites

We check links that leave our website editorially very carefully. Nevertheless, we assume no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the content of pages linked to from circle17.

Our Service may contain links to external sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.

We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites, products or services.

 4.5. Social Plugins

This website uses social plugins from the social network, which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins are done with a Facebook logo or the addition “Facebook Social Plugin”.

If you have a website that calls up a plugin, your browser will connect to the Facebook servers. The content of the plug-in is routed from Facebook directly to your browser via the controller and from there in the website.

By integrating the plugins, Facebook removes the information that their IP address has led our website to our website. If you are dismissed from Facebook, Facebook can assign the visit ordered to your Facebook account. If you work with the plugins, for example by pressing the “Check me” button or making a comment, the information from the owner browser will be heard and heard directly on a Facebook page.

The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further treatment and use of the data by Facebook, as well as your rights and setting conditions in this regard to protect your personal withdrawal, please refer to Facebook’s data protection information. If you have not heard that Facebook has lost data about you through our website, you must log out of Facebook before visiting your website.

5. How we Protect your Data

  • All our sites and systems that store and use data are password protected so that only authorized persons can gain access.
  • We ensure that only team members directly involved in any of the processes listed in Section 2 do have access to our data and that data cannot be read, copied, modified, or removed without authorization during processing, use and storage.
  • We make sure that we are able to track whether and by whom data has been entered, modified, or removed in our data processing system.
  • In case of a material breach of any of the controls above we will make sure that you are notified immediately.

Please remember that no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

 Austrianstartups e.V. and respACT are located in Austria. Transfers to data processors based outside of the EU, such as for example AgileCRM or Eventbrite will be protected by appropriate safeguards, namely the use of standard data protection clauses adopted or approved by the European Commission (a copy of which can be obtained from the Site of the European Union Law).

6. Your Rights

Under the applicable law, you are entitled, among other things

(i) to check whether and which personal data we have stored about you and to receive copies of such data

(ii) to request the restriction of the processing of their personal data. This will particularly help us to avoid contacting you in the future.

(iii) to demand the correction, completion or deletion of your personal data which is incorrect or not processed in accordance with the law. Your data can only be resolved once the statutory tax retention periods have expired. In addition, if your data is deleted, it is not possible to prevent us from contacting you again in the future.

(iv) You also have the right to object at any time to the processing of your data for the purposes of direct advertising/donation advertising. If processing is based on your consent, you may revoke this consent at any time.

(v) In addition, for the purposes of data transferability, you have the right to receive the data you have provided us with in a structured, common and machine-readable format or, if technically possible, to request that it be transferred to another responsible party.

(vi) You also have the right to complain to the relevant supervisory authority if you believe that your data are being processed unlawfully.

7. What Happens if Things Change

This Privacy Policy is effective as of March 2019 and will remain in effect except with respect to any changes in its provisions in the future, which will be in effect immediately after being posted on this page.

We reserve the right to update or change our Privacy Policy at any time and you should check this Privacy Policy periodically. Your continued use of the service after we post any modifications to the Privacy Policy on this page will constitute your acknowledgment of the modifications and your consent to abide and be bound by the modified Privacy Policy.

If we make any material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will notify you either through the email address you have provided us, or by placing a prominent notice on our Site.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us via email:

respACT- austrian business council for sustainable development

Wiedner Hauptstraße 24/11, 1040 Vienna

[email protected]

AustrianStartups e.V.

Lindengasse 56, 1070 Vienna

[email protected]