Data protection officer

TU Wien's Data protection officer is Mag. Christina Thirsfeld, opens an external URL in a new window.

Duties of the data protection officer

The data protection officer must perform the following duties:

  • Informing and advising the Rector’s Office and employees of TU Wien on data protection law
  • Monitoring the legal data protection regulations and the strategies within the university for protecting personal data
  • Raising awareness among and training employees who process data
  • Providing accompanying advice and monitoring the data protection impact assessment
  • Working together with the data protection authorities, e.g. as a point of contact for the data protection authorities for matters relating to processing data

To ensure that the GDPR is implemented correctly, a data protection organisation, opens a file in a new window was established at TU Wien and performs the following roles:

Roles in the data protection organisation:

Data Protection


The highest authority in the data protection organization is the Rectorate. The data protection officer is directly subordinated to the Rectorate , and reports to the Rectorate member responsible. In each faculty and in every Vizerektorat a data protection coordinator who exchanges with the data protection officer is compulsory. In  central divisions  data protection contact persons are compulsory. The appointment of data protection contact persons for institutes is at the discretion of the dean. Data protection contact persons are first contact persons in the assigned institute / department for data protection issues.

Data protection coordinator at the Rector’s Office and faculty level:

There are also data protection contact people, opens a file in a new window in the institutes and service departments (these can be nominated on a voluntary basis in the institutes but this role must be set up in the service departments). They support the data protection officer and the data protection coordinator with implementing and complying with the data protection guidelines of TU Wien and must report data protection breaches.