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Notes on using Zoom for students

The use of Zoom is currently being discussed and commented on in the press. Therefore, please note the following data protection information on the use of zoom at KIT:

  • Data Protection Notice for Zoom Use at KIT

    Within the scope of its possibilities, KIT endeavors to use solutions for online teaching that comply with data protection regulations. Due to the currently not realizable scaling of the existing services, the cloud-based online setting had to be used. Lecturers and students are free to decide whether they want to use a cloud-based service or not, knowing which data protection concerns exist on the one hand and how indefinitely possible alternatives to the use of the cloud-based service will be available on the other. The KIT ensures that the non-use of cloud-based services is not sanctioned (e.g., by ensuring that students are not charged for exceeding deadlines caused by non-use of cloud-based courses or exams), and thus also follows current resolutions of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the States in the Federal Republic of Germany.

    KIT has taken extensive measures to raise the use of cloud-based services to a level acceptable under the circumstances by Corona. For example, the use of Zoom at KIT is based on a contract data processing agreement that has been adapted to KIT requirements. In particular, KIT has succeeded in designing the passage on the possibility of passing on personal data in conformity with data protection. In addition, attitudes and recommendations for a data-saving use and for minimizing risks from an IT security point of view were elaborated and implemented. This means that students can participate in the sessions without activating their microphone or webcam and without having to give their real name. The students are informed comprehensively about data processing by means of a data protection declaration.

  • Privacy policy for students using Zoom (in German)


Zoom offers the possibility to hold lectures and seminars online. At KIT, Zoom is used for two scenarios during the corona crisis:

  • Online lectures

    In a lecture part, the lecture material is explained by the lecturer. As a student you should switch off your audio and/or video for this part. This part can optionally be recorded by the lecturer and made available in ILIAS. In a second part after finishing a potential recording you can paprticipate and ask questions via microphone and/or activate your camera if you wish.

  • Online seminars

    Online seminars are generally not recorded in order to allow more interaction between you as a student and the lecturer. You can participate in the seminar on a voluntary basis via audio or video and thus interact with your fellow students and lecturer. All participants also have the opportunity to share their screen and contribute to the seminar on a whiteboard or via the commentary function. To protect your student data, online seminars must not be recorded. 


Instructions on how to use the zoom for students can be found below. This is also intended to be passed on by teachers to their students.