Data Privacy Protection

It is a matter of great concern to Ars Electronica—especially in light of our thematic focus on the interplay of technology and society—to institute measures to protect your privacy and your personal data when you use our website. The following is a detailed disclosure of our position on this subject.


This website is operated by Ars Electronica GmbH & Co KG, Ars-Electronica-Straße 1, 4040 Linz, Austria, and hosted by this company’s in-house servers in Linz. As long as you move about within the Ars Electronica network (which is usually apparent from the internet address), it is possible for us to respect your privacy. Nevertheless, please keep in mind that this website also contains links to other websites subject to other data protection provisions.

Personal Data

Ars Electronica does not gather any personal data via this website unless you voluntarily furnish this information to us by entering it into a form—for instance, by subscribing to our newsletter or by submitting an entry online to the Prix Ars Electronica competition. The data that you entrust to us thereby will only be used for that particular purpose (e.g. to send you the newsletter you requested).


When you visit Ars Electronica’s website, we use so-called cookies in order to recognize your browser when you visit us again. This helps us to continually provide you with the contents of our website in the language you’ve selected. Cookies are small text files that your browser stores to your device; the information in these files can, if needed, be sent back to our server. If you don’t consent to cookies being stored to your device, then please deactivate the use of cookies in your browser. To find out how this works, please consult your browser’s “Help” menu. However, deactivating cookies may make it impossible to use some of this website’s functions to the fullest possible extent.

Piwik and Tracking

Ars Electronica uses an open source program named Piwik to analyze the use of its website. Doing so—as opposed to using services like Google Analytics—enables us to store log data on our own servers here in Austria and to prevent any further use of the data by third parties. Every time you visit our website, in addition to your IP address (which we anonymize), we automatically store the following data: access time, internet address (URL) and the name of the page accessed, screen resolution, the language to which your browser is set, browser name, the device used and the name of its operating system, clicked-on links and the approximate geographic location (land, region, city) from which you access Ars Electronica’s website. Piwik also uses so-called cookies to recognize your browser again—as long as you permit this and have not deactivated the use of cookies in your browser. We support “Do Not Track”; if you access our website via a browser in which “Do Not Track” has been activated, we will most definitely not store a record of your activities on our website. Additional information in this subject is available at You also have the option of setting an “opt-out cookie” in your browser if we are not permitted to take your activities on our website into account for the purpose of traffic analysis. To do so, please click here…

Social Networks

Ars Electronica has made a firm decision to refrain from integrating any and all so-called social plug-ins and program codes of third parties such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+ into the source code of our website. Accordingly, it’s impossible for social networks to be notified when you visit Ars Electronica’s website. You must first click on a “Share” or “Social Media” button (e.g. the one with the Facebook symbol) in order to get to the social networks that we use. Please be cognizant of the fact that, when you do share content from Ars Electronica in social networks, other data protection provisions are in force there, that social networks themselves gather and store information about who uses them and how, and that these data are also used for other purposes. Nevertheless, Ars Electronica exerts no influence on either data conveyed to social networks or how those data are subsequently used. You’re best off obtaining information directly from the respective data protection declaration (privacy statement) of the social network you use, and thinking long and hard about the extent to which you can trust these services, most of which are free of charge.

Ads Attuned to the User’s Interests

Ars Electronica’s websites do not feature advertising custom-tailored to our users’ interests. Accordingly, we do not transmit any movement profiles to third parties such as advertising agencies, companies or other service providers.

Additional Questions? Suggestions?

If you have any questions about data protection or would like to point something out to us in this regard, please contact us via e-mail to It’s a matter of utmost importance to us to provide a high level of data privacy protection to users of our website.