Privacy Policy

Information on the Collection of Personal Data

The operators of these websites take the protection of your personal data very seriously.
Personal data are all data that can be related to you personally, such as name, address, email addresses, and user behavior (information referring to an identifiable natural person (Art. 4, No. 1 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR))).
Controllers according to Art. 4, par. 7 GDPR are the spokespersons of the Pierre Auger Observatory. Our Data Protection Commissioner can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by ordinary mail with “Die Datenschutzbeauftragte” (the data protection commissioner), KIT, Kaiserstrasse 12, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany, being indicated on the envelope.
When you contact us by electronic mail or via a contact form, the data given by you (your email address and, if applicable, your name and your phone number) will be stored by us to answer your questions. The data arising in this connection will be erased as soon as storage will no longer be required or processing will be restricted, if legal obligations to retain the data exist.
We would like you to note that internet-based data transmission (e.g. when communicating by electronic mail) may have security gaps. Absolute protection of data against access by third parties may not be guaranteed.

Collection of personal data

The operators of this website take the protection of your personal data very seriously.
Personal data is any data that can be linked to you personally, such as your name, address, e-mail address and user behaviour (information relating to an identifiable natural person (Art. 4 No. 1 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)).

If you use the website for information purposes only, i.e. if you do not register or otherwise provide us with information, we will only collect the personal data that your browser transmits to our server in accordance with the settings you have made (server log files). In order to be able to visit our website, we collect the data that are technically necessary for this and to ensure stability and security in accordance with Art. 6 par. 1 p. 1 lit. f DS-GVO:

  • Anonymized IP address
  • Date and time of the request
  • Time zone difference from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Content of the request (specific page)
  • Access status/HTTP status code
  • Amount of data transferred in each case
  • Web page from which the request comes
  • Browser

This information cannot be linked to specific individuals. It will only be evaluated in anonymous form for purposes of statistics, system administration or to improve the performance of our internet offer. We do not combine this information with other data sources. We reserve the right to review this information retrospectively if we become aware of specific indications of illegal use.
Furthermore, the data is hosted exclusively on servers of the host Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT): https://www.kit.edu and is not shared with any external companies.

SSL Encryption

For reasons of security and for the protection of the transmission of confidential contents, such as inquiries sent to us as website operator, this website uses SSL encryption. In case of an encrypted connection, the address line of the browser changes from http:// to https:// and the lock symbol is indicated in your browser line.
When SSL encryption is activated, third parties cannot read the data you transmit to us as a rule.

Your Rights

As far as your personal data stored by us are concerned, you have the following rights:

  • Right of access
  • Right to rectification or erasure
  • Right to restriction of processing
  • Right to object to data processing
  • Right to data portability

(2) In addition, you have the right to complain about the processing of your personal data by us with a supervisory authority.
(3) In the case of manifestly unfounded or excessive requests, we can charge a reasonable fee. Otherwise, information will be provided free of charge (Article 12, par. 5 GDPR).
(4) In the case of reasonable doubts concerning the identity of the natural person asserting the above rights, we may request the provision of additional information necessary to confirm the identity of the data subject (Article 12, par. 6 GDPR).


In addition to the data mentioned above, cookies are stored on your device when using our website. Cookies are small text files stored in your computer system by the browser used by you, through which we (the server of our website) obtain certain information. Cookies cannot execute any programs or transmit viruses to your computer. They serve to make internet offers more user-friendly, more effective, and quicker. It is distinguished between session cookies (transient cookies) and permanent (persistent) cookies.
Transient cookies are deleted automatically when you close the browser. They include in particular the session cookies which store a so-called session ID, through which queries of your browser can be allocated to the joint session.  Session cookies are deleted when you log out or close the browser.
We use session cookies exclusively. We do not use any persistent cookies or flash cookies.
You can set your browser such that you will be informed about the setting of cookies and you can permit cookies in individual cases only, exclude the acceptance of cookies in certain cases or in general, and activate automatic deletion of cookies when closing your browser. When deactivating cookies, functionality of this website may be limited.


Please note that data transmission over the internet (e.g. when communicating by email) may not be secure. It is not possible to provide complete protection against access by third parties.
Moreover, we refer to the website of the host Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT): https://www.kit.edu/privacypolicy.php.

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