Privacy Policy

The Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien gGmbH (INM) takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. We process personal data collected during visits to our website, taking into consideration the applicable data protection regulations. We do not publish your data or pass them on to third parties for unjustified reasons. Below is an explanation as to the data we collect during your visit to our website and exactly how these are used:

A. General information
1. Scope of data processing

Generally, we only collect and use personal data if this is required in order to provide a functional website, as well our content and services. Our users’ personal data are regularly collected and used after obtaining the consent of users. An exception is made in cases in which the processing of the data is legally permitted.

2. Legal basis for the data processing

If we obtain the data subject’s consent for personal data processing operations, Article 6(1)(a) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) serves as the legal basis.

In the case of processing personal data required for the fulfilment of a contract, the contractual party of which is the affected person, Article 6(1)(b) of the GDPR serves as the legal basis. This also applies to processing operations required for pre-contractual measures.

If the processing is required in order to safeguard a legitimate interest of INM or a third party and the interests, fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms of the data subject do not outweigh this legitimate interest, Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR serves as the legal basis for the processing.

3. Data deletion and storage duration

The data subject’s personal data are deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose for which they were stored lapses. In addition, the data may be stored if this is stipulated by the European or national legislator in European Union regulations, laws or other provisions to which INM is subject. The data are also blocked or deleted if a storage term prescribed by the named standards expires, unless further storage of the data is required in order to conclude or fulfil a contract.

4. Controller’s contact details

The controller, for the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation and other national data protection laws, as well as other data protection regulations is

INM – Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien gGmbH
Campus D 2 2
D-66123 Saarbrücken, Germany
Telephone: +49 (681) 9300-0

5. Data protection officer’s contact details

The controller’s data protection officer is

Stefan Brück
INM – Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien gGmbH
Campus D 2 2
D-66123 Saarbrücken, Germany
Telephone: +49 (681) 9300-245

B. Provision of the website and creation of logfiles

Our servers and applications automatically collect data and information from computer systems during every visit to our website.

The following data are collected temporarily:

  • Your IP address
  • Date and time at which you accessed the site
  • Address of the site visited
  • Address of the website visited beforehand (referrer)
  • Name and version of your browser/operating system (if transmitted)

The data are stored in the log files on our system. These data are not stored together with the user’s other personal data.

Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR provides the legal basis for the temporary storage of the data and logfiles. Logfiles are stored in order to guarantee the functionality of the website. In addition, we use the data to optimise the websites, carry out troubleshooting and ensure the security of our IT systems. We also have a legitimate interest in data processing for these purposes in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR.

The data are deleted as soon as they are no longer required to achieve the purpose for which they were collected. In the event that the data are collected to provide the website, this is the case when the respective session has finished. In the case of the storage of the data in logfiles, this is the case after seven days at the latest. An extension of the storage period is possible. In this case, the users’ IP addresses are deleted or scrambled so that it is no longer possible to assign the visiting client.

Collecting the data in order to provide the website and storing the data in logfiles is absolutely vital to the operation of the website. Consequently, the user is unable to opt out.

C. Use of cookies

Our website uses cookies. Cookies are text files stored in the internet browser and/or by the internet browser on the user’s computer system. A cookie can be stored on the user’s operating system if they visit a website. This cookie contains a characteristic string that makes it possible to clearly identify the browser when it revisits the website.

We use cookies in order to make our website more user-friendly. It is a technical requirement of some elements of our website that the visiting browser can also be identified once it has moved to a different site.

Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR provides the legal basis for the processing of personal data using cookies. The purpose of using technically necessary cookies is to simplify the use of websites for users. Some functions of our website can not be offered without using cookies. A requirement of this is that the browser can also be recognised after moving to a different site. We require cookies for the following applications:

Using the browser’s language settings: automatic selection of homepage and spell check

Recalling data entered into forms: terms used to perform searches on the site.

The user data collected using technically necessary cookies are not used to create user profiles. We also have a legitimate interest in processing personal data for these purposes in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR.

Cookies are stored on the user’s computer and transmitted to our site from there. Therefore, as the user, you have complete control over the use of cookies. You can deactivate or restrict the transmission of cookies by adjusting your internet browser settings. Cookies already stored can be deleted at any time. This can also take place automatically. If cookies are deactivated for our website, it is possible that not all functions of the website will be usable to their full extent.

In addition, we use cookies on our website that facilitate an analysis of the user’s online behaviour. Please read the information under point C for more information.

D. Data transmission

Your personal data are only transmitted to state institutions and authorities when required by law or for law enforcement purposes due to attacks on our network infrastructure. The data are not passed on to their parties for any other purposes.

E. Rights of affected persons

In principle, as the data subject whose personal data are collected as part of the aforementioned services, you have the following rights insofar as there are no legal exemptions to be applied in individual cases:

  • Access (Article 15, GDPR)
  • Rectification (Article 16, GDPR)
  • Erasure (Article 17(1), GDPR)
  • Restriction of processing (Article 18, GDPR)
  • Data portability (Article 20, GDPR)
  • Objection to processing (Article 21, GDPR)
  • Revocation of consent (Article 7(3), GDPR)
  • Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority (Article 77, GDPR). For INM, this is the Saarland Independent Data Protection Centre, Fritz-Dobisch-Str. 12, 66111 Saarbrücken, Germany