Data Protection

Legal Representation & Contact

The ASYMPTOTE website is hosted by the working group MATIS I of the Goethe University Frankfurt, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Education. The responsible person in terms of legal representation and data protection is:

Prof. Dr. Matthias Ludwig
Robert-Mayer-Str. 6-8
60325 Frankfurt am Main / Germany
+49 (0) 69 – 79828695

To get in contact with the ASYMPTOTE team, send an email to Prof. Dr. Matthias Ludwig or use the contact form on this website.

Below you will find our Data Protection Policy. You can find our Legal Notice here.

Data Protection Policy

Collection of general information:

  • When you access our website, information of a general nature is automatically collected. This information (server log files) includes
    • Date and time of the request
    • requested URL
    • Error message returned, if applicable
    • Size of the answer in bytes
    • URL from which the link was made, if applicable
    • Information from the client browser, if applicable.
  • This is exclusively information which does not allow any conclusions about your person. This information is technically necessary in order to correctly deliver the contents of web pages requested by you and is necessarily incurred when using the Internet. Anonymous information of this kind is statistically evaluated by us in order to optimize our Internet presence.
  • Processing is only carried out internally and on the basis of Art. 6 Para. (1) f) EU GDPR, whereby the legitimate interest lies in the detection of errors and misuse. The stored log data are automatically deleted after 14 calendar days.

Data collection on our website:

  • Cookies: The Internet pages partly use so-called cookies. Cookies do not damage your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies serve to make our offer more user-friendly, effective and safer. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognize your browser on your next visit. You can set your browser to inform you about the setting of cookies and to allow cookies only in individual cases, to exclude the acceptance of cookies for certain cases or in general, and to activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. If you deactivate cookies, the functionality of this website may be limited. Cookies that are required to carry out the electronic communication process or to provide certain functions that you have requested are stored on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. of GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies for the technically error-free and optimised provision of his services. Insofar as other cookies (e.g. cookies for analysing your surfing behaviour) are stored, these are treated separately in this data protection declaration.
  • Comment function: For the comment function on this page, in addition to your comment, information on the time of the comment’s creation, your e-mail address and, if you are not posting anonymously, the user name you have chosen are stored. Storage of the IP address: Our comment function stores the IP addresses of users who post comments. Since we do not check comments on our site before they are activated, we need this data to be able to take action against the author in case of legal violations such as insults or propaganda.
  • Storage period of the comments: The comments and the associated data (e.g. IP address) are stored and remain on our website until the commented content has been completely deleted or the comments have to be deleted for legal reasons (e.g. insulting comments). The IP address is automatically deleted after 60 days.
  • Legal basis: The storage of comments is based on your consent (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. at GDPR). You can revoke any consent you have given at any time. All you need to do is send us an informal message by e-mail. The legality of the data processing operations already carried out remains unaffected by the revocation.
  • Registration: The creation of own tasks and learning graphs in the ASYMPTOTE Web Portal requires a prior registration in the system in order to be able to assign the created objects to a user. In this context the following personal data is collected and stored on the server: User name, first name, cash on delivery, e-mail and password. These data can be viewed, edited and deleted on the Account subpage (navigation on the right). The processing of the data is done in the interest of guaranteeing the functionality of the website in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 letter of GDPR.
  • Self-created contents: Within the scope of using the ASYMPTOTE Web Portal, registered users can create their own content which is linked to their account. Among other things, the user’s name and email address are used as default values for the Author and Email fields. The reason for this procedure is that we consider the creation of own content as an honourable act and want to honour the respective authors. However, the entries can be changed at will, so no personal information will be disclosed. This makes it difficult for mathtrailers to contact each other. All self-created content can be viewed, edited or deleted in the Web Portal under “My Tasks” or “My Learning Graphs”.
  • Analysis Tool: The WordPress plugin “Slimstat” is used to collect usage statistics. The data collected is stored locally on the server (hosted by 1&1) and not passed on to third parties. The IP address is stored anonymously, so that it is not possible to draw conclusions about persons. In addition to the IP, data such as resolution, device, browser, session duration, pages visited and country are stored. The storage of statistics is based on your consent, which you give when you first visit the site (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. at GDPR).

Third-party plug-ins:

  • For an efficient realization of the ASYMPTOTE Project, which is free of charge for the user, we make use of program libraries (plugins) of third party providers. The plugins are used in the interest of a uniform and attractive presentation of our online offers as well as a competitive functionality of the Web Portal. This represents a legitimate interest in the sense of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. of GDPR. In the following you will find all the technologies used.
  • AngularJS and jQuery via Google CDN: This website, like many pages on the web, uses the Javascript libraries jQuery and AngularJS. In order to increase the loading speed of our website and thus provide you with a better user experience, we use Google’s CDN (content delivery network) to load this library. It is very likely that you have already used jQuery on another page of the Google CDN. In that case, your browser will be able to access the cached copy and you will not need to download it again. If your browser doesn’t have a cached copy, or otherwise downloads the file from Google CDN, your browser will send data from your browser to Google Inc. (“Google”). In this case you also agree that your data will be transferred to the USA.
  • Google Web Fonts: This site uses so-called web fonts, which are provided by Google, for the uniform display of fonts. When you view a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into its browser cache in order to display text and fonts correctly; to do this, the browser you use must connect to Google’s servers. Through this, Google is informed that our website has been accessed via your IP address. The use of Google Web Fonts is in the interest of a uniform and attractive presentation of our online offers. This represents a legitimate interest in the sense of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. of GDPR. If your browser does not support Web Fonts, a standard font from your computer will be used. Further information are provided here (external links to Google): Google Hosted Libraries, Google Web Fonts and Google Data Protection Declaration.
  • Bootstrap, Glyphicons, FontAwesome via MAXCDN: For design and a good user experience also on mobile devices, the above mentioned plugins are integrated via a so-called CDN (Content Delivery Network). The advantage is that many sites use these CDNs and most site visitors already have the plug-ins in their browser cache, which makes re-downloading unnecessary. To provide the service, information is transmitted as described in point 1. The privacy policy of Bootstrap and Glyphicons can be viewed at the following external link of the operator MAXCDN.

Social media:

  • Twitter plugin: Functions of the Twitter service are integrated on our pages. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc, 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and the “Re-Tweet” function, the websites you visit are linked to your Twitter account and made known to other users. Data is also transferred to Twitter. We would like to point out that we, as the provider of the sites, have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data or its use by Twitter. Further information on this can be found in the Twitter Privacy Policy (external link). Ihre Privacy settings on Twitter can be changed in the Account Settings (external link).

Information, blocking, deletion:

  • In addition to the possibilities to view and, if necessary, to delete your data listed under point 2), you have the right, within the framework of the applicable legal provisions, to receive information free of charge at any time about your stored personal data, its origin and recipients and the purpose of the data processing and, if applicable, a right to correct, block or delete this data. For this purpose, as well as for further questions regarding personal data, you can contact us at any time at the address given in the imprint.

Questions about data protection:

  • If you have any questions regarding data protection, please send an email to Prof. Dr. Matthias Ludwig or use the contact form on this website.

The Team

Technical Realization

  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Ludwig

    Project Coordinator

  • Since 2011, Matthias Ludwig has been professor for mathematics education at Goethe University Frankfurt.

  • Deng-Xin Ken Oehler

    Technical Leader

  • Ken Oehler studied bioinformatics at Goethe University Frankfurt. He is leading the technical realization of ASYMPTOTE.

  • Simon Barlovits

    Project Manager

  • Simon Barlovits studied mathematics and politics as a teacher. He leads the project development process of ASYMPTOTE.