Data Protection

DISCLAIMER: This is just a translation of the german privacy policy. You can find the german version of the privacy policy here.

The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (MPG) takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. We process gathered personal data when visiting our websites in compliance with applicable data protection legislation. However, the pages of are hosted on third party servers. This always presupposes that the respective provider is aware of the user's IP address, because without the IP address, they would not be able to send content to the browser of the respective user. The IP address is required to display the content.

Unfortunately, we have no control over whether the third-party provider saves the IP address, e.g. for statistical purposes. As far as we know this, we will inform the users about it.

General information

Data protection declaration for the use of GitHub Pages

This website is hosted on servers of Github Inc., 88 Colin P Kelly Jr St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. Please also note the GitHub Privacy Policy.

Github Privacy Policy

Scope of data processing

We generally only collect and use personal user data insofar as this is necessary to provide a functional website and our content and services. The collection and use of our users' personal data takes place regularly with the consent of the users. An exception applies in those cases in which the processing of the data is permitted by law.

Legal basis of data processing

To the extent that permission of the affected individual is obtained for the processing of personal data, Article 6 (1) lit. a of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) serves as the legal basis.

In the processing of personal data to fulfil a contract whose contractual party is the individual affected, Article 6 (1) lit. b GDPR serves as the legal basis. This also applies to processing required to implement pre-contractual measures.

Insofar as the processing of personal data is necessary to fulfill a legal obligation governing the MPG, Articel 6 (1) of the GDPR serves as the legal basis.

In the event that vital interests of the data subject or another natural person require the processing of personal data, Articel 6 (1) of the GDPR serves as the legal basis.

If processing is required to safeguard the justified interest of the MPG or a third party and the interests, basic rights and basic freedoms of the affected individual do not outweigh the first-mentioned interest, Article 6 (1) lit. f GDPR serves as the basis for such processing.

MailChimp - Newsletter

We offer you the opportunity to register for our free newsletter on our website.

We use MailChimp, a service of The Rocket Science Group, LLC, 512 Means Street, Suite 404, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA, hereinafter referred to as "The Rocket Science Group", to send the newsletter.

The Rocket Science Group also offers further data protection information here:

If you register to receive our newsletter, the data requested during the registration process, such as your e-mail address and, optionally, your name and address, will be processed by The Rocket Science Group. In addition, your IP address as well as the date and time of your registration are saved. As part of the further registration process, your consent for the newsletter is obtained, the content is specifically described and reference is made to this data protection declaration.

The newsletter then sent via The Rocket Science Group also contains a so-called tracking pixel, also known as a web beacon. With the help of this tracking pixel, we can evaluate whether and when you have read our newsletter and whether you have followed any further links contained in the newsletter. In addition to other technical data, such as the data of your EDP system and your IP address, the data processed is stored so that we can optimize our newsletter offer and respond to the wishes of the readers. The data are therefore used to increase the quality and attractiveness of our newsletter offer.

The legal basis for sending the newsletter and the analysis is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a.) GDPR.

You can revoke your consent to the sending of the newsletter at any time with future effect in accordance with Art. 7 Para. 3 GDPR. All you have to do is inform us of your revocation or use the unsubscribe link contained in every newsletter.

Data deletion and storage duration

The affected individual's personal data are deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose of the storage ceases to apply. Storage can also occur if provided for by European or national legislators in EU regulations, acts or other legislation to which the MPG is subject. A blocking or deletion of data then occurs only if a storage period prescribed by one of the aforementioned norms expires, unless a necessity exists in relation to the further storage of the data for the arrangement of a contract or the fulfilment of a contract.

Contact details of the individuals responsible

The entity responsible in the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation and other national data protection acts as well as other data protection legislation is the

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. (MPG)
Hofgartenstrasse 8
D-80539 Munich
Telephone: +49 (89) 2108-0
Contact form:

Data Protection Officer's contact details

The Data Protection Officer at the entity responsible is

Heidi Schuster
Hofgartenstrasse 8
D-80539 Munich
Telephone: +49 (89) 2108-1554

Contact details of the website-administrator

Paul Francis:

Provision of the website and creation of log files

Each time you visit our website, our service and applications automatically record data and information from the computer system of the visiting computer.

The following data are gathered temporarily:

These data are stored in our systems' log files. These data are not stored together with the user's other personal data.

The legal basis for the temporary saving of data and log files is Article 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. Storage occurs in log files in order to ensure the website's functionality. The data also help us optimize the websites, eliminate malfunctions and ensure our IT system security. Our justified interest in data processing pursuant to Article 6 (1) lit. f GDPR also lies in such purposes.

The data are deleted as soon as they are no longer required to achieve the purpose for which they were gathered. If data are gathered for the provision of the website, this is the case if the respective visit is ended. In the instance that data are stored in log files, this is the case after seven days at the latest. Storage above and beyond this period is possible. In this case, the users' IP addresses are deleted or removed so they can no longer be allocated to the visiting client.

The recording of data for the provision of the website and the storage of data in log files is essential to operate the website. As a consequence, users do not have an option to revoke such data recording.

Utilization of cookies

Our website utilizes cookies. Cookies are text files stored in the Internet browser or by the Internet browser on the user's computer system. If a user visits a website, a cookie can be stored on the user's operating system. This cookie contains a sequence of characters enabling the browser to be clearly identified when visiting the website again.

We deploy cookies to make our website more user-friendly. Some elements of our website also technically require the identification of the visiting browser after a change of page.

The following data are saved and transmitted in the cookies:

The legal basis for personal data processing while utilizing cookies is Article 6 (1) lit. f GDPR as well as § 25 Section 2 Nr. 2 TTDSG. The purpose of utilizing technically necessary cookies is to simplify the utilization of websites for users. Some of our website's functions cannot be offered without the utilization of cookies. For these, it is absolutely necessary that the browser can also be re-identified following a change of page.

User data gathered by technically necessary cookies are not utilized to prepare user profiles. Our justified interest in personal data processing pursuant to Article 6 (1) lit. f GDPR also lies in such purposes.

Cookies are stored on the user's computer, which transmits them to our site. For this reason, you, as the user, also have full control over the utilization of cookies. You can deactivate or restrict the transmission of cookies through changing your Internet browser settings. Cookies that have already been saved can be deleted at any time. This can also occur automatically. If cookies for our website are deactivated, you may find not all of the website's functions can continue to be utilized in full.

Reload external codes

On our website we use images, software libraries, and suchlike, which, like Google Fonts, improve, or even make possible at all, the display on our website. In order to reload the data or libraries required for display in your browser, our pages establish an Internet connection in the required cases to reload the data or libraries required for display in your browser to:

The legal basis is Article 6 (1) of the GDPR. Our legitimate interest lies in the optimization and economic operation of our website. Reloading the latest version of the libraries with every access is also an IT security requirement.

By connecting to the above mentioned providers when you access our website, the respective provider can determine from which website your request was sent and to which IP address the representation of the font is to be transmitted. In rare cases, cookies can also be transmitted. Please consult the data protection and privacy information of the respective provider (also see the URL list).

Data Transmission

Your personal data will only be conveyed to state institutions and authorities in legally essential cases or for criminal prosecution based on attacks on our network infrastructure. The data are not transmitted to third parties for other purposes.

Rights of individuals affected

As an individual whose personal data are gathered as part of the aforementioned services, you have, in principle, the following rights, to the extent that no legal exceptions are applicable in individual cases: