MCIR - Munich Center for Internet Research

Data Protection

Any person-related data processed in the context of this website are subject to the applicable provisions of data protection laws, in particular Bayerisches Datenschutzgesetz (BayDSG) and Telemediengesetz (TMG).

In the following we will inform you about the nature, scope and purpose of the collection and use of personal data. This information can be accessed on our website at any time.


Each time a page of our website is accessed our web servers temporarily store the following information in a log file:

IP address of the computer making the request
Date and time of access
Name, URL and transferred data quantity of the retrieved file
Access status (requested file transferred, not found etc.)
Data identifying the browser software and operating system (if your web browser provides these data)
Website, from which the access was made (if your web browser provides these data)


The log entries are continuously analyzed automatically in order to reveal attacks on the web server and respond accordingly.

In particular cases, i.e. in the case of reported problems, errors and security incidents, a manual analysis is carried out. Log entries older than seven days are rendered anonymous by truncating the IP address. The anonymized logs are used to generate access statistics utilizing software locally at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

This website uses Piwik, an open-source software for statistical analysis of page visitor requests. Piwik uses so-called “cookies”, text files that are stored on your computer and that enable the analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this site is stored on the provider’s server in Germany. The IP address is anonymized immediately after processing and prior to its storage. If you do not wish to have cookies placed on your computer, you should set your browser to refuse cookies before using our website, with the drawback that certain features of the website may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Any personal data that you may provide to us via contact forms, registration forms and similar web pages on our web servers are only received with your consent. They are used exclusively for the purposes specified in the respective forms. Please note the applicable information on the forms.


Your personal data will only be transmitted to government organizations and authorities in legally required cases and/or for prosecution in the event of attacks on our network infrastructure. Your personal data are not provided to third parties for any other purpose.


You have a right to information about your personal data stored with us. You also have the right to correction of incorrect data as well as their blocking and deletion. If you would like to exercise these rights, please write to us.


Our web pages contain links to the websites of other organizations and private individuals. We have no influence on the design and contents of these websites. We also cannot control how these websites’ providers deal with your personal data.


With the use of our web server you consent to the use of your data as described above. This data collection declaration is valid immediately and replaces all previous declarations.

For the further development of our website, it may become necessary to revise this data collection declaration. We reserve the right to revise the data collection declaration at any time with effect for the future. We recommend that you read the current data collection declaration again from time to time.


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