Privacy policy of the website

This privacy policy serves to inform users about the nature, scope and purposes of the collection and use of personal data by the responsible provider.

1. name and contact details of the person responsible for data protection

Dr. Joachim Benz
Am Entenbusch 108
D-34346 Hann. M√ľnden

phone: +49 (0)5541 904898

2. purpose of data storage and processing

The purpose of data storage and processing is to provide scientific information in the field of mathematical modeling and simulation in ecology and environmental sciences. The website is free of advertising and no commercial interests are pursued.

3. what data are collected when you visit and use our website

3.1 Access data/ Server log files when visiting the website

When you access our website, information is automatically sent to the server of our website by the browser used on your end device. This information is temporarily stored in a so-called log files. The following information is collected without your intervention and stored until automated deletion: These data are processed by us for the following purposes: The legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 lit. f DSGVO (*). Our legitimate interest follows from the purposes for data collection listed above. In no case we use the collected data for the purpose of drawing conclusions about your person.

3.2 Cookies

Cookies are small text files that enable specific information to be stored on the user's access device (PC, tablet, smartphone or similar).
The website does not use cookies.

3.3 Analysis tools

The website does not use any tracking tools.

3.4 Social media plug-ins

The website does not contain any social media plug-ins.

3.5 Links

If you use external links that are offered within the framework of our Internet pages, this data protection declaration does not extend to these links. If we offer links, we make every effort to ensure that they also comply with our data protection and security standards. However, we have no influence on other providers' compliance with data protection and security regulations. Therefore, please also inform yourself on the websites of the other providers about the data protection declarations provided there.

4. processing and storage of directly collected or publicly accessible personal data.

For the purpose of data processing mentioned in 2. above, we collect and use personal data (in the sense of the DVGO), which we have received either directly from the data subject or collected via publicly accessible sources. These are: The data we collect does not fall under the category of special personal data (Art. 9 DSGVO). To get in contact with model developer, this is important information. Insofar as email addresses are provided on our websites, these are presented in a non-machine readable form. If this personal data has not been provided to us directly by the data subject and therefore no consent has been given, we will comply with the duty to inform according to Art. 14 DSGVO, except authors of scientific articles or books.
In all cases, the data subject may request the updating/correction or deletion of this data at any time (see 4.2).

4.1 Disclosure of data

The publication of this data takes place exclusively for the purpose stated under 2. and exclusively via the websites of We do not transfer these data to any thirdparty.
Otherwise, the data will only be passed on to third parties in the event that there is a legal obligation to do so in accordance with Art. 6 (1) p. 1 lit. c DSGVO.
The commercial use, of the personal data published by us is expressly prohibited (see imprint: 6. legal notice & disclaimer, 4. paragraph 3).

4.2 Your rights as a data subject

4.2.1 Data subject's right to information

You can request information from us about whether we are processing personal data about you. The right to information is excluded if the data is only stored because it may not be deleted due to legal retention periods, or exclusively serve the purposes of data security or data protection control or the provision of information would require a disproportionately high effort.
If in your case the right to information is not excluded and your personal data is processed by us, our duty to provide information includes: The controller shall provide a copy of the personal data that is the subject of the processing. For any further copies requested by the data subject, the controller may charge a reasonable fee based on the administrative costs. If the data subject makes the request electronically, the information shall be provided in a commonly used electronic format, unless otherwise specified by the data subject.
The right to receive a copy under paragraph 2 shall not affect the rights and freedoms of other persons.

4.2.2 Right to rectification and completion

If you discover that we are storing or processing inaccurate personal data relating to you, you may request that we correct such inaccurate data without undue delay. In the case of incomplete personal data concerning you, you may request that it be completed.

4.2.3 Right to erasure (Art. 17 DSGVO).

You have a right to erasure ("right to be forgotten"), provided that the processing is not for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression, the right to information, or for compliance with a legal obligation, or necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest and one of the following reasons applies: The personal data are no longer necessary for the purposes for which they were processed. The justification basis for the processing was solely your consent, which you have revoked. You have objected to the processing of your personal data which we have made public. You have objected to the processing of personal data that we have not made public and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing. Your personal data has been processed unlawfully. The erasure of the personal data is necessary to comply with a legal obligation to which we are subject. There is no right to erasure if, in the case of lawful non-automated data processing, erasure is not possible or only possible with disproportionate effort due to the special nature of the storage and your interest in erasure is low. In this case, the restriction of processing shall take the place of deletion.

4.2.4 Right to restriction of processing (Art. 18 DSGVO)

The data subject has the right to obtain from the controller the restriction of processing if one of the following conditions is met: the accuracy of the personal data is contested by the data subject for a period enabling the controller to verify the accuracy of the personal data, the processing is unlawful and the data subject objects to the erasure of the personal data and instead requests the restriction of the use of the personal data; the controller no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of processing, but the data subject needs them for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims; or the data subject has objected to the processing pursuant to Article 21 GDPR paragraph 1, as long as it has not yet been determined whether the legitimate grounds of the controller override those of the data subject. Where processing has been restricted in accordance with paragraph 1, such personal data may be processed - apart from being stored - only with the consent of the data subject or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims or for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of important public interest of the Union or a Member State. A data subject who has obtained a restriction of processing pursuant to paragraph 1 shall be informed by the controller before the restriction is lifted.

4.2.5 Right to data portability (Article 20 GDPR).

You have the right to data portability provided that the processing is based on consent pursuant to Art. 6 DSGVO paragraph 1 lit. a or pursuant to Art. 9 DSGVO paragraph 2 lit. a or is based on a contract pursuant to Art. 6(1)(b), to which you are a party, and the processing is carried out with the help of automated procedures. The right to data portability in this case includes the following rights, provided that this does not affect the rights and freedoms of other persons: You may request us to provide you with the personal data you have provided to us in a structured, common and machine-readable format. You have the right to transfer this data to another controller without hindrance on our part. To the extent technically feasible, you may request that we transfer your personal data directly to another controller.

4.2.6 Right to object (Art. 21 GDPR).

Insofar as the processing is based on Art. 6 GDPR, para. 1 sentence 1 lit. e (performance of a task in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority) or Is based on Art. 6 GDPR, para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f (legitimate interest of the controller or a third party), you have the right to object at any time, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to the processing of personal data concerning you. After you have exercised your right to object, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.
You can inform us of your objection informally by telephone, e-mail, fax or in writing. (Contact see 1.)

4.2.7 Right to revoke consent

The data subject has the right to revoke his/her consent at any time. The revocation of consent shall not affect the lawfulness of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent until the revocation. The data subject will be informed of this before giving consent.

4.2.8 Right of complaint

If you believe that the processing of personal data concerning you is unlawful, you may lodge a complaint with a data protection supervisory authority competent for the place where you reside or work or for the place of the alleged infringement.
Germany: Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information.
Addresses and links:

5. up-to-dateness and change of this privacy policy

This data protection declaration is currently valid and has the status May 2018. Due to the further development of our website or due to changed legal or official requirements, it may become necessary to change this data protection declaration. You can access and print out the current data protection declaration at any time on the website at

(*) General Data Protection Regulation GDPR