Data Protection and Disclaimer
Data Processing on our Website
Who is responsible for Data Processing on our Website?
The responsible entity for data processing on this website is
Represented by the Board:
Dr. Andrea von Drygalski, Dr. Horst Goß, Dr. Paul Lerbinger, Dr. Dietmar Scheiter, Rüdiger Willems
Telephone: +49-89-230 2260-31
How do We Process Your Data?
Your data will, for one, be collected by your conferring it to us, e.g. by entering it into a contact form.
Other data are collected automatically by our IT-systems when you are visiting our website. These are mainly technical data (e.g. which browser you are using, which operating system or the time of your visit). These data are collected automatically when you are visiting our website.
Our website is using cookies to enhance and optimize our services. Some of these cookies are transmitted to recipients in countries (e.g. the United States of America) that do not provide for a standard of privacy similar to the one in the European Union. In these countries there might not be legal remedies available that enable you to enact or defend your right to privacy in a way equivalent to the legal situation in the European Union. Your consent to the setting of cookies also comprises the transfer of data to such countries. You may, at any time, revoke your consent by clicking “privacy settings” at the end of each page.
Most cookies we use are so-called session cookies. These will be deleted automatically when your session at our website terminates. For technical reasons, other cookies will be stored for a longer period of time. These cookies allow us to recognize the browser you use next time you visit our website. Yet other cookies will be stored until you delete them manually.
You can set the preferences in your browser to be informed when cookies are set, but you may also allow cookies to be set on a case-by-case basis, to deny cookies to be set on a case-by-case basis or to deny all cookies. You can also choose that cookies be deleted automatically as soon as you close your browser. If you de-activate cookies the performance of our website might be limited.
Cookies which are needed for electronic communications or for the provision of certain functions you wish to use are set in accordance with Art. 6 par. 1 lit. f DSGVO (General European Regulation Regarding Data Protection). This website’s operator has a legitimate interest in setting such cookies in order to allow a technically correct and optimized provision of his services. The use of other cookies (e.g. cookies for analytical purposes) is detailed below.
Our internet services provider automatically surveys and stores information in so-called server-log-files. These are:
- Browser and version
- Operating system
- Referrer URL
- Hostname of the accessing computer
- Time of the server query
These data are not collated with other data from other sources.
The processing of these data is done in accordance with Art. 6 par. 1 lit. f DSGVO which allows data processing for the purposes of ensuring the functionality of our website and the safety of the technical infrastructure.
Your Rights to Privacy in Detail
Information, Correction, Blocking, Deletion and Limitation of Processing
You may, at any time and without incurring costs, ask us for information on your personal data processed by us, on their source, their recipient and on the purpose of the data processing. Furthermore you have the right to demand the correction, the blocking, the deletion and the limitation of processing of your personal data. For further information please contact us at the address given in the imprint.
Right to Data Porting
You may demand that we transfer the data, which we have collected either based on your consent or by way of meeting contractual obligations, in a common, machine-readable data format either to yourself or to a third party. Should you ask for a transfer to another Responsible Party, this shall be effected only if it is technically and legally feasible.
Revocation of Your Consent to Our Data Processing
Many data processing procedures are only possible if you explicitly consent to them. You may, at any time, revoke a consent you have given before. To revoke your consent it is sufficient that you send us an informal e-mail. The legality of us processing your data until the time we receive your revocation shall remain unaffected.
Objection against Data Processing
Regardless of your right to revoke your consent, you may also, for reasons of your particular personal situation, object to the processing of your personal data which we do in accordance with Art. 6 par. 1 lit. f DSGVO.
Term of Storage
We store your personal data in connection with your visit to our website as well as in connection with your newsletter subscription (if any).
You will find details of the term of the storage below at the respective instance of the data processing.
After the term of storage expires, we delete all personal data, unless we are obliged to keep them stored for legal, in particular commercial-law and tax-law related reasons.
Right to Submit a Complaint with the Competent Supervisory Authority
In case of a violation of data protection rules the person concerned has the right to submit a complaint with the competent supervisory authority. The competent authority regarding data protection is the Data Protection Office (Landesdatenschutzbeauftragter) of the state in which our foundation has its seat (i.e. Bavaria). You may find a list of the Data Protection Offices and their respective contact data here:
Data Processing in Connection with the Handling of Donations, the Invitation to Events and/or the Information about our Projects and Activities
We process personal data which you have provided to us (e.g. by entering them into the contact form, sent us by letter or told us on the phone).
We need these data to handle your donation, in particular to issue donation receipts, if you are asking for one. Apart from that we use the data in connection with your donation and the Max-Planck-Förderstiftung, for example to keep you abreast of our activities or to invite you to events, if you have consented to it.
The processing of these data is done in accordance with Art. 6 par. 1 lit. c DSGVO in order to allow us to fulfil our legal obligations and in accordance with Art. 6 par. 1 lit. f DSGVO which allows data processing for legitimate reasons.
For safety reasons and in order to protect the transmission of confidential content (e.g. orders or inquiries you send to us), this website uses SSL-/TLS-encryption. You shall recognize an encrypted connection when your browser shows “https://” and a “lock” icon instead of “http://”.
While SSL-/TSL-encryption is active, data you are sending to us cannot be read by third parties.
If you approach us by using our contact form the information you give us there (including your contact information) will be stored in order to reply to your query and to answer any follow-up questions. We never pass this information on without your consent.
The processing of the data entered into our contact form is solely based on your consent (Art. 6 par. 1 lit. a DSGVO). You may, at any time, revoke a consent you have given before. To revoke your consent it is sufficient that you send us an informal e-mail. The legality of us processing your data until the time we receive your revocation shall remain unaffected.
We shall store the data you enter into our contact form until you ask us to delete them, revoke your consent to the storage or until the purpose of the storage is no longer valid (e.g. if we have answered your request). Mandatory regulations – in particular regarding retention periods – shall remain unaffected.
If you would like to receive our newsletter we shall need your e-mail address as well as details which will enable us to ensure that you really are the owner of this e-mail address and that you agree to receiving our newsletter. We shall not ask for further data except for such offered on a voluntary basis. We shall use this data solely for the conveyance of the requested information and will not make them available to third parties.
The processing of the data entered into our newsletter-request-form is solely based on your consent (Art. 6 par. 1 lit. a DSGVO). You may, at any time, revoke a consent you have given before. To revoke your consent it is sufficient that you send us an informal e-mail, e.g. via the de-register link in the newsletter. The legality of us processing your data until the time we receive your revocation shall remain unaffected.
We shall store the data you enter into our contact form until you ask us to delete them, revoke your consent to the storage or until the purpose of the storage is no longer valid (e.g. if we have answered your request) or after you have revoked your consent. After the data have been deleted on our servers, they shall also be deleted on the servers operated by Rapidmail. Mandatory regulations – in particular regarding retention periods – shall remain unaffected.
We shall store the data you provided us with in connection with your newsletter subscription until you unsubscribe from the newsletter. After you unsubscribe, we will delete the data. Mandatory regulations – in particular regarding retention periods – shall remain unaffected.
This website uses Rapidmail for sending newsletters. This service is provided by Rapidmail GmbH, Augustinerplatz 2, 79098 Freiburg i. Br., Deutschland/Germany.
Rapidmail offers a service to organize and analyze the distribution of newsletters. The data you enter in order to receive our newsletter will be stored on Rapidmail’s servers in Germany.
If you do not want an analysis by Rapidmail you need to cancel your newsletter subscription. You will find a link to unsubscribe in each newsletter-message.
Data Analysis by Rapidmail
For purposes of analysis, e-mails sent by Rapidmail contain a so-called „tracking-pixel“, which automatically connects to Rapidmail’s servers when the e-mail is opened. This way we can determine whether a newsletter e-mail has been opened.
Furthermore, with Rapidmail’s tools, we can identify if and what links were clicked in the newsletter. All links in the e-mail are so-called “tracking links” which can count your clicks.
You may find further details regarding the analytical functions of Rapidmail here: https://de.rapidmail.wiki/kategorien/statistiken/.
The processing of the data entered used by Rapidmail is solely based on your consent (Art. 6 par. 1 lit. a DSGVO). You may, at any time, revoke a consent you have given before. The legality of us processing your data until the time we receive your revocation shall remain unaffected.
Data Processing Agreement
We have entered into a data processing agreement with Rapidmail and have bound Rapidmail to protect our customers’ data and to not make them available to third parties. You may review this agreement here: https://de.rapidmail.wiki/files/adv/muster-auftragsdatenverarbeitung.pdf.
Plugins and Tools
Our website uses plugins of Google-operated YouTube. This tool is provided by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.
When you visit one of our pages equipped with the YouTube-plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers will be established. YouTube will be informed about which of our pages you visited.
If you are logged on to your YouTube account you enable YouTube to match your internet usage to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging off your YouTube account.
The use of YouTube allows us an attractive presentation of our online presence. This is done in accordance with Art. 6 par. 1 lit. f DSGVO. The website’s operator has a legitimate interest in optimizing his internet presentation.
Google Web Fonts
On our website we use, for purposes of consistent font-graphics, so-called web-fonts which are provided by Google. When you click our pages, your browser will automatically load the necessary web-fonts to your browser’s cache in order to correctly display text and fonts.
To this end your browser needs to connect to Google’s servers. Thus, Google shall gain information on your IP-address accessing our website.
The use of Google Web Fonts allows us an attractive presentation of our online presence. This is done in accordance with Art. 6 par. 1 lit. f DSGVO. The website’s operator has a legitimate interest in optimizing his internet presentation.
If your browser does not support WebFonts, your computer will display a generic font.
You may find further information on Google WebFonts at
Through an API our website uses the map service Google Maps which is provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
In order to use Google Maps‘ functions it is necessary to store your IP-address, This information, as a rule, will be transferred to and stored on a Google server in the USA. As the content provider for our website, we do not have any knowledge of the details of the data transferred to Twitter or of the use it makes of them.
The use of Google Maps allows us an attractive presentation of our online presence and to facilitate the user’s retrieval of locations mentioned on our website. This is done in accordance with Art. 6 par. 1 lit. f DSGVO. The website’s operator has a legitimate interest in optimizing his internet presentation.
You may find further information on the processing of user data by Google at: