Data Protection Notice
Data Protection Advice
Data Collection and Processing
We wish to make our websites as appealing and comfortable for you as possible. To this end, analysis
of statistical information relating to your utilisation of our websites and the collection of technical
details on the web browsers and computers of our online visitors is very helpful for us.
collect information on your computer and automatically forwards it to us (pseudonymised user data).
Storing and analysis of data takes place on a central Piwik server, which is operated by the Max
Planck Society. Of course, you may object to the collection of data. Objecting is very simple, it only
takes one click. Further information on which data is collected and on your options to object is
available in our Data Collection Declaration.1
Also, the integration of external services such as Google Maps for route maps, Youtube or Amazon
Cloud is always undertaken in a considerate manner and with the aim of making your visit on our
websites as pleasant as possible.
We must advise you, however, that your IP address and perhaps other data related to your person
will be transmitted to the service provider concerned (Google, Amazon etc.) and may be stored or
The data protection officer of the Max Planck Society is available for questions concerning the topic
of data protection at firstname.lastname@example.org or +49 89 2108-1554.
Personalized Services / Newsletter
Insofar as you have decided to take advantage of a personalized service such as subscribing to
newsletter services, completing contact forms or creating guestbook entries, the required personal
data are stored. As a rule, this includes your e-mail address, first and surname as well as other data –
depending on the type of offer. Your data are used only in order to provide you with the desired
offer to your satisfaction and in order to respond to any inquiries. If you no longer wish to take
advantage of a personalized service, your personal data will be deleted after you cancel your
registration – insofar as registration is required for use of the service. If you wish to cancel your
subscription to a newsletter or another personalized service, you can either send us an e-mail, or
carry out cancellation by using the respective link at the end of the newsletter.
For some particular services, your personal information will be administered and stored in the
context of commissioned data processing on systems of Infopark AG, Berlin.
Your personal data will only be transmitted to government organizations and authorities in legally
required cases and/or for prosecution in the event of attacks on our network infrastructure. Your
personal data are not provided to third parties for any other purpose.
Data Collection Declaration
For statistical data collection purposes, the Max Planck Society employs the web analytics tool Piwik.
It is used by the central website www.mpg.de, but also by most of the Max Planck Institutes and by
many project websites related to the Max Planck Society.
The following instructions and settings are relevant for all websites utilising the central Piwik server.
A notice to this effect is included in the imprint of the concerned website.
Options to Object
You have the following independent options to object to the collection of data by the central Piwik
1. Activate your browser’s Do-Not-Track setting. As long as this setting is active, our central
Piwik server will not store any data about you. Note: As a rule, the Do-Not-Track setting is
only valid for the specific computer and the specific browser in which you activate this
setting. Should you use more than one computer or browser, please make sure to activate
the Do-Not-Track setting on all of them separately.
2. You can also use our Opt-Out function. Therefore, please tick the box below to stop the
collection of data or to activate it again. As long as the box is deactivated, our central Piwik
server will not store any data about you. Note: For the Opt-Out function we need to save a
special recognition cookie to your browser. If you delete this cookie or use another computer
/ browser, please make sure to object to the collection of data again on this website.
Data Collected by Piwik
Insofar as you have not objected, the following data are being recorded by our central Piwik server
and included in the usage statistics.
- IP address, shortened for anonymity
- A cookie to distinguish different visitors
- The previously visited URL (referrer), insofar as it has been transmitted by your browser
- Name and version of your operating system
- Name, version and language settings of your browser
- URLs visited in this website
- Time stamps of visits
- Types of HTML requests
- Screen resolution and colour depth
- Technical processes and formats supported by your browser (e.g. cookies, Java, Flash, PDF, WindowsMedia, QuickTime, RealPlayer, Director, SilverLight, Google Gears)
Application log files
For technical reasons, our servers and applications save personal details upon your visit to our
websites in their log files. However, these data are only used for the immediate provision of our
services, for troubleshooting purposes or for attack prevention and will be deleted automatically
after a short period of time.
The following data are saved temporarily:
- Your IP address
- Date and time of your website visit
- The address of the website visited
- The address of the previously visited website (referrer)
- Name and version of your browser / operating system (insofar as it has been transmitted by your browser)
- Your E-mail address (e.g. when using the contact form)