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The very fine print

SMC’s data protection notice

SMC takes data protection very seriously and strictly abides by German data protection laws. We only store personal data in accordance with the data protection regulations in force in Germany.

It is important to us to inform you when and how we store which kinds of data. Personal data is collected on the web server and by SMC’s firewall only to the extent that is necessary from a technical point of view. We never share any collected data with third parties.

The following declaration provides an overview of how we ensure the protection of your privacy and what kind of data is collected for which purposes.

Processing of data when using the web server

SMC collects and automatically saves information that is transmitted to us by your browser in the log files of our web server. This information comprises

  • Browser type and version
  • Operating system used
  • IP address of the accessing computer
  • Date and time of the server request
  • Website from which you are accessing our site (referrer URL)
  • Pages and files accessed by you on our site.

This data cannot be associated with concrete individuals and will not be aggregated with other data sources.

Our website uses cookies. They serve to enhance the user-friendliness, effectiveness and security of our content. Cookies are small text files saved by your browser and placed on your computer. Most of the cookies we use are session cookies, which will automatically be deleted at the end of your visit to our site. Cookies will not harm your computer and do not contain viruses.

E-mail addresses

If you provide us with your e-mail address, we will communicate with you via e-mail and send you the information or newsletters requested. We will not share your e-mail address with third parties.

We have a commissioned data processing agreement with Cleverreach, a company that handles the technical aspects of newsletter dispatch. The agreement ensures that transmitted data will be handled in accordance with data protection regulations.


If you no longer wish to receive newsletters from SMC gGmbH, you can revoke the consent you had previously given at any time.

Links to other sites

Our website may contain links to other sites. Science Media Center Germany gGmbH is not liable for the data protection provisions or contents of such external websites.

Google Maps

Our website uses the services of Google Maps to display geographic information. Please refer to the privacy policy of Google  or Google Maps to learn more about how Google Maps processes data.


Science Media Germany gGmbH owns the copyright to this website. All rights reserved. Texts, images, graphics, sound, animations and published software programmes are protected by copyright and other protective legislation. Unless stated otherwise, all brands on this website are registered trademarks of the Science Media Center Germany. The contents of this website may not be altered or used for commercial purposes. Even if tradenames used on this site are not labelled as such, the relevant protection provisions apply.


To help us make our content more user-friendly, our website collects and stores information using Matomo, an open source web analysis tool. This data allows us to create anonymised user profiles under pseudonyms. For this purpose, we may use cookies that make it possible to recognise the internet browser used. Data collected via Matomo is not used to personally identify any visitors to this website and will not be aggregated with personal data via the origin of the pseudonym.

Decide here whether a unique web analysis cookie enabling the website operator to collect and analyse various statistical data may be saved in your browser.

If you would like to opt out, click the following link to save the Matomo deactivation cookie in your browser.

Stand: 23.05.2018