Data protection information
The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. (MPG)
takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. We process personal
data gathered when visiting our websites in compliance with applicable data
protection legislation. We neither publish your data nor transmit them to third
parties on an unauthorized basis. In the following section, we explain which
data we record when you visit one of our websites, and exactly how they are
A. General information
1. Scope of data processing
As a matter of principle, we gather and utilize users personal data only to
the extent required to ensure the functioning of our website and of our
contents and services. The gathering and utilization of our users personal
data normally occurs after users have granted their consent. An exception
occurs where data processing is legally permitted.
2. 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
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.
3. Data deletion and storage duration
The affected individuals 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.
4. 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)
Telephone: +49 (89) 2108-0
Contact form: www.mpg.de/kontakt/anfragen
5. Data Protection Managers contact details
The Data Protection Manager at the entity responsible is
Telephone: +49 (89) 2108-1554
B. 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:
- Your IP address
- Date and time of your access to the website
- Name and version of your browser/operating system (if transmitted)
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 websites
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.
C. Utilization of cookies
Our website utilizes cookies. Cookies are text files stored in the Internet
browser or by the Internet browser on the users computer system. If a user
visits a website, a cookie can be stored on the users 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
- Language settings (localization) of the browser: session cookie i18next
- Session data (click path, pages visited, current
language, and, where relevant, error messages for forms
The legal basis for personal data processing while utilizing cookies is
Article 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. The purpose of utilizing technically necessary
cookies is to simplify the utilization of websites for users. Some of our
websites functions cannot be offered without the utilization of cookies. For
these, it is necessary that the browser can also be re-identified following a
change of page. We require cookies for the following
- Transferring the browsers language setting: automatic
selection of the homepage and spelling
- Noting of form data entered:
terms and entries in the contact form utilized in searches within the website
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 users 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 websites functions
can continue to be utilized in full.
In addition, we also utilize cookies on our website to enable users
utilization behaviour to be analyzed. For more information on this topic,
please refer to the information provided under C.
On our websites, we generally gather your username, and email address.
The legal basis for the processing of data is the users consent pursuant to
Article 6 (1) lit. a GDPR. If registration serves to fulfil a contract whose
contractual party is the user or to implement pre-contractual measures, the
additional legal basis for the processing of data is Article 6 (1) lit. b GDPR.
Registering the user is necessary to provide certain contents and services on
our website or to fulfil a contract with the user or to implement
pre-contractual measures. The data are deleted as soon as they are no longer
required to achieve the purpose for which they were gathered. This is the case
for data gathered during the registration process if registration is cancelled
or modified on our websites. For the registration process to fulfil a contract
or to implement pre-contractual measures, this is the case if the data are no
longer required to fulfil the contract. After the contract ends, it may be
necessary to continue to store the contractual partners personal data in order
to fulfil contractual or statutory obligations.
As a user, you can cancel the registration at any time. You can have the
data saved in connection with yourself modified at any time. The procedure is
described in more detail in the specific registration procedure. If the data
are required to fulfil a contract or to implement pre-contractual measures,
early deletion of the data is possible only to the extent that no contractual
or statutory obligations prevent such deletion.
H. 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
- Information (Article 15 GDPR)
- Correction (Article 16
- Deletion (Article 17 (1) GDPR)
- Restriction of processing
(Article 18 GDPR)
- Data transmission (Article 20
- Revocation of processing (Article 21 GDPR)
- Revocation of
consent (Article 7 (3) GDPR)
- Right to complain to the regulator
(Article 77 GDPR). For the MPG, this is the Bavarian Data Protection Authority
(BayLDA), Postbox 606, 91511 Ansbach.