Privacy statement and safety recommendations

Dear prospective user,

It is very important to us to treat the personal data (information about personal or factual circumstances) of the users of the AcademiaNet websites with care. For this reason, you will find information about security and data protection on the AcademiaNet sites (;;;;; below ("Websites").

On some of the Websites, users can create a personal user account, subscribe to newsletters or take advantage of other offers. Registration for these services is required (to Registration). Some of the information provided by the user will be personal data.

The purpose of this privacy statement is for Spektrum to provide users with more detailed information about the use of personal data and corresponding data protection safety measures. This applies to all of the Services offered on the AcademiaNet Websites ("Services"). If you have questions or comments about this privacy statement, please contact us at You can also reach us by mail at: Spektrum der Wissenschaft Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Tiergartenstraße 15, 69121 Heidelberg, Germany.

General information about data protection

Spektrum is committed to following the legal requirements on data protection, particularly those set forth in the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the data protection provisions set forth in the Electronic Media Act (TMG).

Spektrum requests that users bear in mind the following when using the Websites:

1. General information about the use of your data

Spektrum will only collect, process and use personal data in the course of providing the Services affiliated with AcademiaNet. Spektrum will not give, sell or otherwise make available to third parties the personal data thereby collected without the express consent of the user, unless Spektrum is required to do so for legal reasons (for example, if required by law or by a legal decision, or for prosecuting illegal, in particular fraudulent, activity by the user) or is legally authorised to do so (for example, in order to fulfil a contract).

2. For the purpose of data processing

With the exception of the registration data described more fully at "General information about registering" , users can decide for themselves which personal data they would like to share within the range of possibilities available on the websites. For more detailed information, see "General information about registering"

3. Third-party websites

If a Spektrum Website contains links to a third-party website that is then visited by a User, Spektrum no longer has any influence over the collection, processing and use of User data by the third party. Accordingly, Spektrum assumes no responsibility for third-party websites.

4. Data safety / data transfer

Spektrum is committed to ensuring the safety of User data and has taken measures to protect this information. However, Spektrum does not assume any responsibility or liability for the disclosure of User information due to errors during data transfer and/or unauthorised access by a third party.

5. Cookies Your computer must be set to accept cookies to register for and use a personalised account. Cookies are small text files that are saved by your browser. You will only be able to log in to the AcademiaNet Websites if your computer accepts cookies. The cookies we have placed ensure that your user name and password are remembered on the site, because the server will request this information for each page request. When you close your browser, the cookies will automatically be deleted. If your computer does not accept cookies, you can change the settings to make it accept cookies: :

Internet Explorer: Tools – Internet options – Privacy - Settings

Mozilla Firefox: Tools – Options - Privacy

If you would prefer to only allow cookies for certain domains, be sure to allow cookies from the domain, because your personalised account with AcademiaNet is routed through this domain.

6. Disclosure of your data to third parties

We assure you that we will treat the information you have provided us confidentially and will use said data only to maintain the Services provided by AcademiaNet and within the framework of the data protection provisions cited here. Your data will only be shared with a third party if this is required in a single instance of the Robert Bosch Foundation and/or Spektrum enforcing their rights or if Spektrum is required to do so for legal reasons. In no case will your information be shared with other service providers that have no direct connection to your user account with AcademiaNet.

7. User behaviour on the Website

7.1 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. On this website IP anonymization is activated, which means 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

Further information concerning the terms and conditions of use and data privacy can be found at or at

7.2 In order to prevent your visit to our portal being comprehensively recorded and analysed by providers of social media / social sharing functions, we use the “Shariff script” developed by for our Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus functions for your protection. 
Shariff enables you to use social media without jeopardising your privacy unnecessarily. The c’t project Shariff replaces social networks’ conventional share buttons and protects your surfing behaviour from prying eyes. All the same, it just takes a single click on the button to share information with others. You do not need to take any action – the Webmaster has already dealt with everything.
 Customary social media buttons transmit user data to Facebook & Co. every time a page is viewed, and give social networking sites exact information about your surfing behaviour (user tracking). For this to occur, you do not need to be logged on or a member of the social network. In contrast, a Shariff button only establishes a direct contact between the social network and the visitor when the latter actively clicks on the share button.
In this way, Shariff prevents you from leaving behind digital traces every time you visit a site, improving data protection. You can then feel free to like, +1 or tweet to your heart’s content – this is the only information the social network gets. Thanks to Shariff, “likes” are displayed by the operator of the website with the buttons. Since Shariff is integrated by the Webmaster, as a visitor you do not have to take any action.

8. Deletion of your information

We will delete your personal data completely and in accordance with data protection standards at the time that it is no longer required for the purpose for which it was originally stored or you request it be deleted.

9. Right to information

At your request, we will gladly inform you, at no charge and in accordance with statutory provisions, whether we have saved any of your personal information and which data we have saved. You can send an informal request for this information to


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