The ARGE Foresight-on-Demand (FoD) is a consortium dedicated to provide Foresight services to the European Commission. FoD maintains various, partly automation-supported systems for the administration, storage and processing of personal data and uses them for different purposes (e.g. research activities, consulting or sending a newsletter).

FoD collects and processes personal data exclusively in accordance with the legal provisions (GDPR, DSG, TKG 2003). In this data protection information we inform you in accordance with Art 13 and Art 14 GDPR about the most important aspects regarding the collection and processing of personal data within the scope of our activities.

FoD ensures that your personal data are processed in compliance with data protection regulations. The data is processed using electronic means as well as in paper form. In doing so, we comply with security standards to protect your privacy and from the risk of access to this data by unauthorised persons. We comply with the requirements of the Austrian Information Security Manual as amended. This means that we have taken extensive technical and organisational precautions to protect the data you have made available to us from loss, manipulation, destruction and unauthorised access.

Your personal data will be deleted or locked by FoD as soon as the purpose of storage and processing no longer applies, provided that a legal obligation cannot be cited for longer storage, or legal claims still exist that can be asserted against us and require storage.

In the case of some data processing, FoD is not the sole data controller within the meaning of the GDPR. This is stated directly below with the data applications concerned.

Applying these principles, the following processing of personal data exists in detail:

Data Collection on our Website

Our website uses so-called cookies. These are small text files that are stored on your terminal device with the help of the browser. They do not cause any damage. We use cookies to make our website user-friendly. Some cookies may remain stored on your terminal device until you delete them. They enable us to recognise your browser the next time you visit our website.

If you do not wish this, you can set your browser so that it informs you about the setting of cookies and you only allow this in individual cases. If you deactivate cookies, the functionality of our website may be limited.

Data storage and data recipient

The collecting agency is FoD. We store all data necessary for our research activities in our secure IT systems. Your personal data will be stored for the duration of the research activity and beyond, as far as they are needed for the validity of the study results, to prove compliance with good scientific practice and as a basis for further scientific research.

In order to provide our contractual services, evaluated and processed datasets are passed on to our clients or project partners where appropriate. Aggregated and fully anonymised datasets may also be made available to the scientific community under a CC BY licence after completion of the contract or project. However, these do not contain any personal data and do not allow any conclusions to be drawn about your participation in our research. Any further transfer of data to third parties commissioned by us will not take place unless your express consent has been obtained.

Your rights

FoD preserves and protects your rights in accordance with the GDPR. In particular, you have the right

  • to receive information from ARGE FOD about your personal data, as well as all processing and usage purposes presented in this information, and to insist on the correction, deletion or restriction of the processing of your personal data, insofar as this does not conflict with any legal requirements.
  • request the return of your data in a structured, common and machine-readable format.

To assert your rights, please contact us in writing, stating your name and email address, at

Foresight on Demand in Science, Technology,
Research and Innovation Policy (ARGE FOD)
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien

If you believe that the processing of your personal data is in breach of the GDPR, you may lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the EU Member State of your residence, workplace or the place of the alleged infringement.

The supervisory authority responsible for us is:

Austrian Data Protection Authority
Barichgasse 40-42
1030 Vienna
Tel: +43 1 52 152-0