Data Protection Notice

The Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (Wuppertal Institute) takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. When we process the personal data that is collected during your visits to our web site, we always observe the rules laid down in the applicable data protection laws. Your data will not be publicly disclosed by us, nor transferred to any third parties without your consent.

In the following sections, we explain what types of data we record when you visit our web site (at the domain, and how they are used precisely.

1. Recording and processing of data

When you visit our web site, our web server makes a temporary record of each access and stores it in a log file. The following data is recorded, and stored until an automatic deletion date:

  • IP address of the requesting processor
  • Date and time of access
  • Name and URL of the downloaded file
  • Volume of data transmitted
  • Indication whether download was successful
  • Data identifying the browser software and operating system
  • Web site from which our site was accessed

The purpose of recording this data is to allow use of the web site (connection setup), for system security, for technical administration of the network infrastructure and in order to optimise our Internet service.

The data cannot be associated with certain persons by us. We do not merge this data with other data sources. Moreover, the data is deleted after the statistical interpretation.

The same applies for the web analytics service Google Analytics, which is employed by us (

Further information on Google Analytics:

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 web site analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the web site (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will shorten your IP-address beforehand in the case of an activation of your IP-anonymization on this page, but only within member states of the European Union or in any other treaty state of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, your IP-address will be transmitted completely to a server and afterwards shortened by Google, USA. Google assures to use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the web site, compiling reports on web site activity for web site operators and providing other services relating to web site activity and internet usage. Google points out that they 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 assures not to 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 web site. Please download and install this linked browser-plugin if you want to prevent that use-related data (incl. your IP-address), acquired and recorded by cookies, are transmitted to and processed by Google. Please note that this website uses Google Analytics with the extension "anonymizeIp()" so that your IP-address will be processed only in a shortened form to rule out a direct connection to the user's personal identity. By using this web site, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Apart from the special cases cited above, we do not process personal data without first obtaining your explicit consent to do so.

2. Use and transfer of personal data

All use of your personal data is confined to the purposes stated above, and is only undertaken to the extent necessary for these purposes.

Personal data will not be transferred to government bodies or public authorities except in order to comply with mandatory national legislation or if the transfer of such data should be necessary in order to take legal action in cases of fraudulent access to our network infrastructure.

3. Consent to use data in other contexts

The use of certain services on our web site, such as newsletters, requires prior registration and involves more substantial processing of personal data, such as longer-term storage of e-mail addresses, user IDs and passwords. We only use such data insofar as it has been sent to us by you in person and you have given us your prior consent for this use.

In order to register for a newsletter service provided by the Wuppertal Institute, we need at least your e-mail address so that we know where to send the newsletter. All other information you supply is on a voluntary basis, and will be used in order to contact you directly or clear up questions concerning your e-mail address. If you request delivery by post, we need your postal address. If you ask to be included on a press distribution list, we need to know which publication you work for, to allow us to check whether specific publications are actually receiving our press material.

As a general rule, we employ the double opt-in method when sending out newsletters. In other words, after you have registered for the service and informed us of your e-mail address, you will receive an e-mail with the request to confirm.

You can cancel subscriptions to our newsletters at any time. To do so, either send us an e-mail or follow the link at the end of the newsletter.

When you order information material, the address data you supply is used exclusively to process the order. We do not transfer such data to third parties.

4. Security

The Wuppertal Institute implements technical and organisational security measures to safeguard stored personal data against inadvertent or deliberate manipulation, loss or destruction and against access by unauthorised persons. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological progress.

5. Cookies

The web sites often use so called cookies (cf. 1). Cookies are small files which are stored on your hard drive. They ease navigation, and increase the user-friendliness of a web site. Of course, it is perfectly possible to consult our web site without the use of cookies. Please note, however, that most browsers are programmed to accept cookies in their default configuration. You can prevent this by changing the appropriate setting in the browser options. If you set the browser to refuse all cookies, this may restrict your use of certain functions on our web site.

6. Links to web sites operated by other providers

Our web pages may contain links to other providers' web pages. We would like to point out that this statement of data protection conditions applies exclusively to the web pages managed by the Wuppertal Institute. We have no way of influencing the practices of other providers with respect to data protection, nor do we carry out any checks to ensure that they conform with the relevant legislation.

7. Right to information and contact data

You have a legal right to inspect any stored data concerning your person, and also the right to demand their correction or deletion, and to withdraw your consent for their further use.

 In some cases, if you are a registered user of certain services provided by the Wuppertal Institute, we offer you the possibility of inspecting these data online and even of deleting or modifying the data yourself.

If you wish to obtain information on your personal data, or want us to correct or erase such data, or if you have any other questions concerning the use of personal data held by us, please contact:

Christian Radtke
Phone: +49 202 2492-307

If you communicate with us by e-mail, please take note that the content of unencrypted e-mails can be intercepted and openly read by unintended parties. For this reason, we recommend that confidential information should be transmitted in encrypted form or sent by post in the traditional way.

8. Acceptance, validity and modification of data protection conditions

By using our web site, you implicitly agree to accept the use of your personal data as specified above. This present statement of data protection conditions came into effect on 20 February 2013.

As our web site evolves, and new technologies come into use, it may become necessary to amend the statement of data protection conditions. The Wuppertal Institute reserves the right to modify its data protection conditions at any time, with effect as of a future date. We recommend that you re-read the latest version from time to time.