Privacy Policy

Data Collection and Processing

We strive to make our websites as appealing and easy-to-use as possible. To this end, analysing statistical information relating to your use of our websites and collecting technical data regarding the web browsers and computers used by our online visitors is very helpful to us.

To perform such tasks, we use the web analytics tool Matomo (formerly Piwik), which uses cookies and JavaScript to collect information on your computer and automatically forwards it to us (pseudonymised user data).

Storing and analysing data takes place on a central Matomo server, which is operated by the Max Planck Society. Of course, you are entitled to object to the collection of your data. Objecting is very simple, it only takes one click.

More information regarding the type of data that is collected and how to object to data collection is available in our Data Collection Declaration.

The integration of external services such as Google Maps for route maps, YouTube and Amazon Cloud is always undertaken in a considerate manner and with the aim of making your visit to 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 analysed there.

You can contact the Max Planck Society data protection officer if you have any questions concerning data protection at or +49 89 2108-1554.

Research Data Management

Working with data in general and working with research data at the MPI is subject to rules that every employee must follow.

These rules include:

  • Any employee who has access to data (i.e., who receives an account) must agree to the privacy policy and sign a data confidentiality agreement.
  • The creation of an account is subject to a defined procedure, which determines, among other things, for which period an account is valid and which rights are associated with it.
  • The principle of minimum data access authorisation is pursued. Additional rights to data or other resources must be requested.
  • Research data is processed in specially created storage areas (workspaces). These workspaces are created in consultation with the responsible researchers and provided with appropriate access rights. The workspaces have a fixed directory structure that has been discussed with each department, e.g. for raw measurement data or for further processed data.
  • Data in these areas is automatically backed up according to a defined schedule.
  • Research data must be archived as soon as possible. The respective research managers are responsible for this. The archiving of research data must be done with the MPI archiving system ( The archive is certified according to the "CoreTrustSeal" requirements for trustworthy data repositories.


Personalised Services / Newsletter

Insofar as you have decided to take advantage of a personalised service such as subscribing to a newsletter, 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 service. Your data are used only in order to provide you with the desired service to your satisfaction and in order to respond to any inquiries. If you no longer wish to take advantage of a personalised 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 personalised service, you can either send us an e-mail or cancel the service by clicking on the respective link at the bottom of the newsletter.

For some specific services, your personal information will be administered and stored in the context of commissioned data processing on systems of Infopark AG, Berlin.

Data Transmission

Your personal data will only be transmitted to government organisations 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.


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