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Information on the Host of this Internet Web Site:
The following provides mandatory data concerning the provider of this Website, obligations with regard to data protection, as well as other important legal references involving the Website of GRB 2012, hosted at Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Garching as required by German law.

The provider of this Website within the legal meaning of the term is the registered association Max-Planck Society for the Advancement of Science.

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V.
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munich
Phone: +49 (0)89/2108-0

Register of Societies and Associations:
The Max-Planck Society is registered in the Official Register of Societies and Associations at Berlin-Charlottenburg Local Court under the register number VR 13378 B.

Legal Representation:
The Max-Planck Society is officially represented by its Board of Directors, which, in turn, is represented by the President of the Society, Professor Peter Gruss, and by the Secretary General, Dr. Ludwig Kronthaler.

Value added tax identification number:
The value added tax identification number of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. is DE 129517720.

Jochen Greiner (Webmaster)
Axel Ehnert (Technical Implementation, Database Design, Implementation, User Interfaces, Support)

Legal responsibility for the content of the internet pages of the Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik lies with its managing director, Prof. Dr. Ralf Bender.

Legal Structure:
The Max-Planck Society is a non-profit research facility which is organized as a registered association. All of the institutes and facilities of the Max-Planck Society are largely autonomous in terms of organization and research, but as a rule have no legal capacity of their own.

Foreign Language Pages
To the extent that parts of this Website are offered in languages other than German, this represents a service exclusively for staff and guests of the Max-Planck Society who are not proficient in German.

Data Protection

Data Collection and Processing
Visits to this Website are logged. The anonymized IP address currently used by your computer, as well as further technical data pertaining to the data call is recorded. Data is evaluated only for statistical purposes in anonymized form. No personal user profiles are created.

The data protection officer of the Max-Planck Society is available for questions concerning the topic of data protection at mail

Data Transmission
Your personal data will only be transmitted to government organizations and authorities in legally required cases and/or for prosecution in the event of attacks on our network infrastructure. Your personal data are not provided to third parties for any other purpose.

Liability for Contents of Online Information
In accordance with Section 7 Paragraph 1 of the Tele-Media Law, the Max-Planck Society shall be responsible for its own contents according to general legal provisions. The Max-Planck Society makes every effort to provide timely and accurate information on this Website. Nevertheless, errors and inaccuracies cannot be completely ruled out. Therefore, the Max-Planck Society does not assume any liability for the information provided being up-to-date as well as its accuracy, completeness or quality. The Max-Planck Society shall not be liable for damage of a tangible or intangible nature caused directly or indirectly through the use or failure to use the information offered and/or through the use of faulty or incomplete information unless it is verifiably culpable of intent or gross negligence. The same shall apply to any software downloads available free of charge. The Max-Planck Society reserves the right to modify, supplement, or delete any or all of the information offered on its Website, or to temporarily or permanently cease publication thereof without prior and separate notification.

Links to Websites of Third Parties
This Website includes links to other external websites. The respective provider shall be responsible for the contents of any linked external pages. In establishing the initial link, the Max-Planck Society has reviewed the respective external content in order to determine whether such link entailed possible civil or criminal responsibility. However, a constant review of linked external pages is unreasonable without concrete indication of a violation of rights. If the Max-Planck Society discovers or is pointed out by others that an external offer linked to by the Max-Planck Society causes civil or criminal responsibility, the Max-Planck Society will immediately eliminate any link to this offer. The Max-Planck Society expressly dissociates itself from such contents.

The layout, graphics and other contents of this website as well as the program code are protected by copyright law. The reproduction or usage without the explicit permission of the owners, e. g. the Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Garching, or the Max-Planck Society, even in parts, is forbidden.

Image Sources

Münchner Künstlerhaus; NASA/CXC/CfA/ ; Fremdenverkehrsamt München. All images used with permission.
Updated 4 August 2020
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