Data Protection

General Privacy Policy

HZB takes the protection of your personal data very seriously, and will treat your data in the strictest of confidence and in accordance with the law.

Handling of Personal Data

Personal data refers to all information relating to an identified or identifiable person. This includes, for example, name, age, address or even car licence plate number.

We will only ever collect, use or forward your personal data when this is legally permitted and/or you have given your explicit consent for us to do so.

When you visit the web pages of HZB, the following information will be automatically recorded:

  • IP address
  • Visited URLs within our web presence
  • Transmitted data volume
  • Name and version of the browser you use
  • Time spent per visit

The data stored (in a log file on our web server) will be analysed in anonymised form once a month purely for our own internal web statistics.

Certain pages on our website provide options for registering for events and requesting information material. If you make use of these options, then we will record your corresponding personal data and/or contact details as needed to carry out your request. In these cases, you agree that we may forward your data to third parties if necessary for organisational purposes within the scope of providing the requested service and the associated processes, for example payment processing. We protect this data by suitable technical and contractual means such that it may only be used for the stated purposes. This data will be automatically deleted at the latest 6 months after the end of the event.

Assertion of affected person’s rights

You are entitled at all times and free of charge to request information regarding your stored personal data. You are also entitled to correct, block or delete this data, provided it is no longer needed for the continuation of normal business and no laws require its continued storage. To do so, please refer to the HZB Data Protection Officer (


On occasion, we use "cookies" (small text files containing visiting information that are stored temporarily on your computer) in order to determine the number, frequency, and return visits of visitors to our website. The cookies we employ are anonymised and used exclusively for the purposes stated above.

If you do not wish for any cookies to be used, you can set your browser to reject them. In most cases, cookies are stored automatically, but you also have the possibility to reject them or to be notified before any cookies are stored. Please refer to the respective browser vendor’s instructions for exactly how to set these options in your browser. You can also manually delete at any time any cookies that have already been stored. You can do so either by following the appropriate menu options in your web browser or by deleting the cookies directly from the folder in which they are stored on your hard drive.

If you wish to use GATE, then you must accept cookies. If you have set your browser to reject cookies, then you will not be able to access GATE.

Google Analytics

On some platforms, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin GmbH uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ('Google'). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer to help us analyse how users use the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

You can set your browser software to block all cookies, so that they will not be stored on your computer. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. Users of the Firefox browser can control what information is transmitted to Google using the add-on CustomizeGoogle.

Contact Details Data Protection Officer

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH
Hr. Boris Krause
Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1
D-14109 Berlin

+49 30 8062-0