Data Protection


Large quantities of personal and other sensitive data are collected and processed at FH JOANNEUM. The Management are committed to ensuring that this data is properly protected. In order to safeguard the personal data of employees, academic staff, students and research partners, FH JOANNEUM has established a Data Protection Committee (DPC) in addition to the position of a Data Protection and Data Security Officer (DPO).

Data Protection Committee (DPC)

This DPC acts as a trust centre when it comes to the use of personal and other sensible data at FH JOANNEUM. If needed, the DPC stipulates necessary regulations for the use of student and employee data. In particular, it is the role of the DPC to decide which employee and student data will be collected and evaluated, and to regulate access to this data in accordance with legal provisions, particularly the Austrian Data Protection Act.

The DPC is currently made up of the following members:

  • Managing Director
  • Vice-Rector
  • Data Protection Officer
  • a permanent representative of the Staff Council
  • one person from each group represented in the Teaching Board (heads of degree programmes, lecturers, students)
  • a member of the Department for Legal Services
  • a member of Central IT Services

All members of the DPC have equal voting rights. When necessary, additional persons (experts) can also be consulted.

The duties of the DPC include initiating suitable measures for enforcing data security and taking measures to prevent breaches of data protection. The DPC also draws up guidelines on the use of personal and other sensitive data (e.g. in the fields of research and development) at FH JOANNEUM.

The DPC is also a contact point for raising problems related to data protection. A particular concern is to raise awareness of the subject of data protection and security so that every employee and student will act even more responsibly when handling sensitive data.