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Privacy Policy

The internet sites under (hereinafter: "Website") are operated by Potsdam-Institute for Climate Imact Research (hereinafter: "PIK"), Telegraphenberg A31, 14473 Potsdam. The careful and legitimate handling of your data is an important concern for us. The following Privacy Policy explain which personal data are gathered on our website and how and for which purposes these are used.

Please, read the Privacy Policy completely before you transmit data to us or use our website in other manner and inform yourself about updates of these Data protection notices on a regular basis. The  following Privacy Policy is valid for the use of our website in its respective current version.

Automatic Collection of data

When you visit our website, the following data are automatically gathered exclusively for the creation of anonymous statistics as well as for the purposes of data protection monitoring, data security and to ensure the proper operation of our data processing systems:

  • The IP address of your computer
  • Date and time of the visit
  • Operating system and the browser software of your computer
  • Volume of data transmitted
  • Internet address of the website from which you have reached this website
  • Domain and Host, from which you are using the Internet

Use of Cookies

On our website, we use so-called Cookies. Cookies are small text files that are filed on your computer and that your browser stores (locally on your hard disk). Cookies serve to make our website more user-friendly, effective and secure and fundamentally contain no personal data. You can prevent the installation of the Cookies through a respective setting of your browser for data protection or Internet use for individual services / sites or altogether; however, in this case, not all functions of the website may be shown or be capable of being used to the full extent.

Other collection, processing and use of personal data

As a rule, you can visit our website without us requiring, collecting, processing or using your personal data. You will remain anonymous as an individual user or at least pseudonymous.
Personal data are only collected if you provide them to us voluntarily, in particular during registration and use of the ESGF Data Portal via our website.
Your information will not be disclosed to third parties and is used exclusively for the execution of these services and for processing your request and remain stored only up to the final processing of the matter of the case and in compliance with statutory retention periods.

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. 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 truncate/anonymize the last octet of the IP address for Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the USA. On behalf of the website provider Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website provider. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. Furthermore you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under

You can refuse the use of Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set on the computer, which prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this link: Disable Google Analytics
Further information concerning the terms and conditions of use and data privacy can be found at or at Please note that on this website, Google Analytics code is supplemented by “anonymizeIp” to ensure an anonymized collection of IP addresses (so called IP-masking).

ESGF-Data Portal: Registration and use

To be able to use ESGF, you must register as a user. On this occasion, we also collect personal data like given name (First Name), surname, e-mail address, user name as well as, optionally: the second given name (Middle Name), Organisation, City (State -) country (State), country (Country). Besides, you must select a separate password; this is stored encoded, of course. The thus collected information is stored on a server of the DKRZ.
If you want to download data from the data nodes operated by us, you must log in first with your OpenID; here, the log in with an OpenID not created with the PIK is also possible. For authentication for the ESGF data node operated by us, you must then also enter the password you chose. Then you can download climatic data and optionally carry out a group registration. On this occasion, personal data (IP- address, OpenID, downloaded data) are also collected by us.
These data will also be collected if you decide for a download with the "Wget"- script.
The thus collected data are stored only on our servers for the purpose and for the duration of the use of the ESGF- node operated by us and are not disclosed to any third party.

Withdrawal of consent for the collection, processing and use of your data

You have the option to revoke your consent for the collection, processing and use of personal data at any time with effect for the future. A revocation must be sent to:

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Telegraphenberg A31
14473 Potsdam

Fax: +49-(0)331/288-2600

Right to access, correction, blocking and deletion of your data

You are entitled to receive, free of charge, information about the personal data stored about you. On request, we will share with you in writing, in accordance with the applicable law, whether and which personal data about you are stored with us.
In addition, in accordance with the legal provisions, you have a right to correction, blocking and deletion of your personal data.

Changes to the contents of this Data protection notice

PIK reserves the right to change the contents of these Privacy Policy every now and then in accordance with the legal data protection regulations.

Last Update: March 12, 2019, 3:52 p.m. by Admin User
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