Data Protection Notice

Website content

The Defense AI Observatory assumes no liability for the topicality, correctness, completeness or quality of the information provided. Liability claims against the Defense AI Observatory relating to material or immaterial damage caused by the use or non-use of the information provided or by the use of incorrect or incomplete information are principally excluded, unless it can be proven that the Defense AI Observatory acted with intent or gross negligence. All contents are subject to change and non-binding. The Defense AI Observatory expressly reserves the right to change, extend or delete parts of the websites or the entire online content and to cease its publication temporarily or permanently without prior notice.


In the case of direct or indirect references to external websites ("links") which lie outside the area of responsibility of the Defense AI Observatory, a liability obligation would only come into effect if the Defense AI Observatory was aware of the content and it was technically possible and reasonable for it to prevent use in the case of illegal content. The Defense AI Observatory therefore expressly declares that at the time the links were created, the linked pages were free of illegal content. The Defense AI Observatory therefore expressly declares that at the time the links were created, the linked pages were free of illegal content. The Defense AI Observatory has no influence whatsoever on the current and future design and content of the linked pages. Therefore, the Defense AI Observatory hereby expressly distances itself from all contents of all linked pages that have been changed since the link was created. This statement applies to all links and references set within the Foundation's own website as well as to third-party entries in discussion forums, blogs and mailing lists set up by Defense AI Observatory. Liability for illegal, incorrect or incomplete content and in particular for damage arising from the use or non-use of such information rests solely with the provider of the page to which reference is made, and in any case not with the person who merely refers to the respective publication via links.

Copyright and trademark law

In all publications Defense AI Observatory seeks to observe the copyrights of the used graphics, sound documents, video sequences and texts, to use graphics, sound documents, video sequences and texts it has created itself or to make use of graphics, sound documents, video sequences and texts that are in the public domain. All brands and trademarks mentioned within the Internet presence and possibly protected by third parties are without restriction subject to the terms of the applicable trademark law and the ownership rights of the respective registered owners. The mere fact that a trademark is mentioned shall not lead to the conclusion that it is not protected by the rights of third parties. The copyright for published objects created by the Defense AI Observatory itself remains solely with the author of the pages. Any duplication or use of these illustrations, diagrams, video sequences, sounds or texts in other electronic or printed publications is not permitted without the explicit consent of the Defense AI Observatory.

Legal validity of this liability disclaimer

This disclaimer is to be regarded as part of the online presence which you were referred from. If sections or individual terms of this statement are not legal or correct or not legal or correct anymore, the content and validity of the other parts remains uninfluenced by this fact.

Privacy statement

We attach great importance to the protection of your right to informational self-determination as a user of our website and adhere strictly to the rules of data protection law. In principle, the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 - General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter referred to as GDPR) and the Federal Data Protection Act in the version of 25 May 2018 (hereinafter referred to as BDSG new) as well as sector-specific regulations (e.g. German Teleservices Act, TMG) apply to us, insofar as they do not conflict with the GDPR. Personal data is collected on this website only to the extent that is technically necessary, and is not passed on to third parties.

However, in order to actually provide our services, we may need your personal data. This applies if you instruct us to send you information material or make an individual request to us. As a matter of principle, we only store your personal data to the extent necessary for this particular case.

At this point we would like to inform you about how we handle the data which can be personally related to you, e.g. name, address, e-mail addresses, user behavior which you - knowingly or unknowingly - leave behind when you visit our website, and if applicable how long they are stored as well as about the rights which you as a data subject have towards us.

Responsible according to art. 4 no. 7 GDPR is the Defense AI Observatory, Chair of Political Science, in particular Political Theory, Helmut-Schmidt Universit├Ąt, Holstenhofweg 85, D-22043 Hamburg, Phone +49 (0)40 6541 2776, Email

You can reach our data protection officer at

When you contact us by e-mail or via our contact form, the data you provide us with (your e-mail address, possibly your name and telephone number) will be stored by us in order to answer your questions. We will delete the data that arises in this context after it is no longer required to be stored, or restrict processing if there are legal retention obligations.

If we use contracted service providers for individual functions of our services or would like to use your data for advertising purposes, we will inform you below in detail about the respective processes. We will also specify the criteria for the storage period.

Purpose, duration and legal basis of data processing

Your personal data will be processed on the basis of your consent (art. 6 para. 1 (a)) GDPR) for the purpose of registering for the newsletter. If you provide us with your personal data by e-mail when contacting us, we will process your personal data to process your enquiries and to contact you. To the extent necessary, we process your data to safeguard the following legitimate interests of ourselves or third parties: review and optimization of procedures for requirement analysis and direct addressing, advertising or market and opinion research, insofar as you have not objected to the use of your data, assertion of legal claims and defense in legal disputes, guarantee of IT security and IT operation to ensure operation of our Internet presence, use of the social media button and measures for business management and further development of services and products (art. 6 para. 1 (f)) GDPR).

As soon as the processing of your data is no longer necessary for the above-mentioned purposes, your data will be deleted. In addition, we are subject to various storage and documentation obligations and may also be required by law to disclose personal data (Art. 6 para. 1 (c)) GDPR).

Your rights

You have the following rights towards us with regard to your personal data:

  • Right of access according pursuant to art. 15 GDPR,
  • Right to rectification or erasure pursuant to art. 17 GDPR,
  • Right to restriction of processing pursuant to art. 18 GDPR,
  • Right to object to the processing pursuant art. 21 GDPR,
  • Right to data transferability pursuant to art. 20 GDPR.

According to art. 77 para. 1 GDPR, you also have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority about the processing of your personal data by us.

We do not use automatic decision-making processes (e.g. profiling).

Objection or withdrawal against the processing of your data

If you have given your consent to the processing of your data, you can withdraw it at any time in accordance with art. 7 para. 3 GDPR. Such a withdrawal influences the permissibility of the processing of your personal data after you have pronounced it towards us.

As far as we base the processing of your personal data on the weighing of interests, you can object to the processing according to art. 21 GDPR. This is the case if the processing is in particular not necessary for the fulfilment of a contract with you, which is described by us in the following description of the functions. In the event of such an objection, we ask you to explain the reasons why we should not process your personal data as we have done. In the event of your justified objection, we will examine the situation and either discontinue or adapt the data processing or point out our compelling reasons worthy of protection on the basis of which we will continue the processing.

Of course you can object to the processing of your personal data for advertising and data analysis purposes at any time. You can withdraw your consent to the use of your personal data by clicking on a link in the information letter or by sending a message to

Access data / server log files

The Defense AI Observatory collects data on each access to (so-called server log files).

This access data includes in particular:

  • IP address
  • File, date and time of request
  • Time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Contents of the request (concrete page)
  • Access status/ HTTP status code
  • Amount of data transferred in each case
  • Website from which the request originates
  • Browser
  • Operating system and its interface
  • Language and version of the browser software.

The Defense AI Observatory uses these server log files exclusively for statistical evaluations for the purpose of operation, security and optimization of the website. However, the Defense AI Observatory reserves the right to subsequently check the log data if there are concrete indications of justified concerns about illegal use.


Defense AI Observatory
Prof. Dr. Gary Schaal
Chair of Political Theory
Helmut Schmidt University
Holstenhofweg 85, 22043 Hamburg
+49 40 6541 2776

Data Protection Notice