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Data Protection Policy

Members or partner organisations of the ELSi project are committed to user privacy. Your data is covered by the policy on the „protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions“ which is based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18th December 2000.

You can browse freely through most of the ELSi website without giving any information about yourself. However, in some cases, personal information may be required in order to enable us to provide the e-services you request. In such cases, this personal information is treated according to the policy described in the above-mentioned regulation.

Any personal information you provide to ELSi will be held securely, and your personal details will not normally be disclosed to third parties. In some circumstances, however, we may need to disclose your personal details to a third party so that they can provide a service you have requested, or fulfil a request for information. Any information about you that we pass to a third party will be held securely by that party, and used only to provide the services or information you have requested.

Members or partner organisations of ELSi will not divulge your personal data to third parties for direct marketing purposes. We will disclose information we maintain when required to do so by law, for example in response to a court order. We also may disclose information in response to a legitimate request from an official law enforcement agency (e.g. the police, or an investigating magistrate).

Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorised disclosures of information, we cannot guarantee that personally identifiable information will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Notice. Inadvertent disclosure may result, for example, when third parties misrepresent their identities in asking the site for access to personally identifiable information about themselves for purposes of correcting possible factual errors in the data.

Some ELSi pages contain links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of third party websites. We have no way of influencing the practices of other providers with respect to data protection, nor do we carry out any checks to ensure that they conform with the relevant legislation.

We have put in place, and we regularly review and update, appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorised access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information we collect on-line. Agents and contractors of the European Union who have access to personally identifiable information held by members or partner organisations of ELSi are required to protect this information in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Notice.

You have the right to obtain a copy of any personal information that we hold about you, to correct or update this information. You can request to delete your registration data if there are no outstanding issues. By deleting your data, you terminate any related services and access rights. If you wish to access or correct your personal information, please contact the ELSi Administrative Contact via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

By using our website, you implicitly agree to accept the use of your personal data as specified above. This present statement of data protection conditions came into effect on 1 December 2012.

Web analyis

Personal user profiles are not created. However, Section 15 (3) of the Telemedia Act (TMG) permits the use of user profiles under a pseudonym for the purpose of advertising, market research and the structuring of offers in line with the user’s needs provided that the user does not object to this:

We also use web analysis services on our web pages from WiredMinds, which carry out the web analysis on our behalf as contract processors (see the website of www.wiredminds.de for the provider). This services have been checked by the supervisory authorities and/or experts and meet all requirements under German and European data protection laws. Using the technologies of these providers, data is collected and stored on our website. From this data, user profiles are produced under a pseudonym for marketing and optimization purposes, for which cookies may be used. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally in the cache memory of the site visitor’s web browser. The cookies enable the web browser to be recognized. Furthermore, your user behavior can be measured via a JavaScript code and data collected in this connection can be sent directly to the provider’s servers in Germany or the EU via an HTML connection. Without your express consent, the data collected using the tracking technologies will not be used to personally identify you and will not be combined with the personal data about the bearer of the pseudonym. No cross-website analysis will be carried out either.

If you wish to technically stop the tracking, you can deactivate JavaScript and cookies in your web browser. Consent for the collection and storage of data can also be refused with effect for the future at any time. Please follow this link to refuse the services provided by WiredMinds:

http://statistik.fraunhofer.de/track/optout.php?lid=dd5f86817814da995faf987490edd266

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