Privacy Policy


When using this site personal data is collected and stored in databases, log files, or other systems. We adhere strictly to data protection regulations for storing and processing of this data.

How we use and disclose your information

The data we collect will be used exclusively for the purposes listed. We will not share data with third parties without authorization. External service providers who have been contracted by us to process data do not count as third parties as defined by data protection regulations; they are contractually obliged to adhere to data protection regulations and are subject to our supervision. We will disclose data to state agencies only in compliance with legislation or in order to aid criminal proceedings should our systems be attacked. Data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer required.


A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another. This website uses cookies to enhance the browsing experience.

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.

Server Data

The following data that the your internet browser transmits to our web space provider (server log files) is collected: type and version of the browser you are using, operating system, websites that linked you to our site (referrer URL), websites that you visit, date and time of your visit, and your IP address. This anonymous data is stored separately from any personal information you may have provided, thereby making it impossible to connect it to any particular person. The data is used for statistical purposes in order to improve our website and services.

Hyperlinks to other providers

This privacy policy applies to all online services provided by the Zoologische Staatssammlung München. When we refer to or link to external content on third-party websites, the ZSM can neither be held liable for the accuracy or completeness of such linked content, nor for the data security of such websites. Linked content is checked for obvious legal infringement at the time it is linked. Continual monitoring of the content of linked sites, however, is not feasible. We will, however, study any specific indications of legal infringement that is brought to our attention. Please notify us of any linked content that violates existing laws or is inappropriate in any other way. The ZSM has no control over the extent to which external providers comply with data protection laws. Please check the privacy policy of any linked website you visit.

Validity and changes

This privacy policy was last updated on 6. February 2017 and is currently valid. Technological developments and changing legal requirements may necessitate changes to the privacy policy at any time. Please check this privacy policy regularly for future updates.