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Privacy Policy

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (the German Research Foundation) is committed to making its website as user friendly as possible and to constantly improving it. Analysing statistical data on the use of web pages and recording various technical details about the users’ browser and computer helps us to do this. Each time a file is used and retrieved, data is therefore temporarily stored and processed in a log file.

In specific terms, this means that the following data is stored with each retrieval/access:

  • IP address,
  • date and time,
  • retrieved page/name of retrieved file,
  • address of the website visited previously (referrer/search term),
  • name and version of your browser/operating system/screen resolution (if this information is available),
  • your e-mail address (e.g. when using the newsletter),
  • amount of data transferred,
  • notification of whether the retrieval/access was successful.

This data is only analysed for statistical purposes and to improve the website. This information is not used in any other way nor is it forwarded to third parties.

However, we are obliged to notify you that when using integrated external services (e.g. Google Maps to pinpoint a location or give directions, YouTube for videos), your IP address and possibly other personal data are sent to the respective service provider (Google, etc.) where they may be stored and analysed. We cannot accept any liability for this.

When you access the DFG website, cookies are used to facilitate navigation. These session cookies do not contain any personal data. Components such as Java applets or ActiveX controls that trace users’ access habits are not used. If you do not want to allow cookies, or you want to allow them in individual cases or to delete them automatically when you close the browser, you can make the necessary settings in your browser. Deactivating cookies may restrict the functions of the website.

If you choose to use a personalised service, e.g. if you sign up to receive the newsletter or register for the elan portal, any first and last names, postal addresses and e-mail addresses given to receive this service are stored. The information requested will depend on the service you use. This data is used for the sole purpose of performing the requested service. If you no longer wish to use a personalised service, your personal data will be deleted once you unsubscribe from the service, either via e-mail or by clicking on a link.

Data Protection Officer

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