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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 server:

  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.

Basic data:

  • 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

Additional data, if JavaScript is active:

  • 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)

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