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Website Data Protection at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

The following information covers our data protection guidelines when users access our website. We have taken technical and organizational measures to ensure that we comply with relevant data protection laws, particularly with the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).

Collection, Processing and Use

The following data is stored each time a user accesses our Internet site:

  • Client IP address
  • Date and time of access
  • The URL of the referring website (the URL from which the user came)
  • Type of internet browser and operating system
  • Duration of the visit

The data you provide is stored on our secure servers solely for statistical purposes. Only authorized personnel concerned with managing the servers are entitled to access this data. Because personal information traceable to individuals is not recorded, the data is stored anonymously and used for statistical analysis only.
Specific personal data will be requested for accessing special services and benefits. This data may include, for example: e-mail address, name, telephone number or address. Personal data is requested when the user registers for certain services or engages in general e-mail queries. Entering this data is voluntary and the information provided will be treated confidentially.

If you provide us with personal data that is collected for publication on our websites, you consent to such publication. This is the case, for example, on our affiliate portal LOICZ. Disclosure to third parties only occurs when required by law and to the extent necessary for providing you with service, for example, if you register for activities offered by third parties.

In special cases, we may be required to provide personal data to appropriate government authorities for reasons of security, law enforcement or on other statutory grounds. No collection, processing or use of your personal data otherwise takes place.

Web Analytics

We utilise AWStats and Webalizer as tools for statistically analysing individual page views of our website. The data outlined above is evaluated for statistical purposes in AWStats and Webalizer. We do not consolidate this data with other sources. IP addresses are deleted after completion of the respective analysis.

Links to Other Web Sites

We are responsible for our own online content provided on our website. We, however, have no influence on whether external websites linked to or from our pages adhere to relevant data protection regulations. We therefore assume no liability for content posted on external websites.

Should you visit a link to an external website, your data will be transmitted to the respective site. The respective website provider is solely responsible for any damages incurred due to errors or illegal content posted on those pages.

Our internet content is not linked to any social networking plug-ins. When accessing our web pages, no data will by transferred by us to social network providers.


Users may register on our website for events and request informational materials. We must then collect the personal data necessary to process your respective request, for example, your contact details. You agree and acknowledge that this data will be forwarded to third parties so far as it is necessary to provide you with services, which include related activities, for example, for payment processing. Your data will, for example, be forwarded if the event is not organised by us, but by a third party.

Data Privacy Policy for HZG online recruiting portal


When subscribing to our newsletters, you will receive an e-mail at the address you specified containing a confirmation link. You will only receive the newsletter after clicking the confirmation link.

If you subscribe to one of our newsletters, you can cancel at any time. Please use the “unsubscribe” link included in each newsletter to do so. You will receive an email with a confirmation link, which you must click in order to complete the unsubscribe process. You could alternatively contact us via e-mail at to unsubscribe.

Your Rights

As a user of this website, you maintain the right at any time to withdraw consent concerning use of your data. You may also request, free of charge, information about your stored personal data. By express request, you may additionally exercise your right to block, delete or correct your personal data.