Privacy Policy & data protection

Legal Requirements on the privacy policy declaration are set out in the Bundesdatenschutzgesetz (BDSG) and the Telemediengesetz (TMG).

The content of this website is provided by the Europäische Meteorologische Gesellschaft e.V.  The Webhosting Provider is 1&1.

Responsible body in terms of data protection laws is:

European Meteorological Society e.V.

Collecting general information: Server Log-files – automatically created records

When accessing this website a record is created automatically by the provider (or the wehosting provider) that contains information of a general nature such as date and time, pages accessed, number of visits, size of data transferred, type of browser including version number, operating system used, referrer URL, IP address and accessing provider. The provider uses these records of anonymous information only for statistical analyses in order to monitor the use of this website and improve services.

Use of Matomo (formerly Piwik)

This website uses the open source software Matomo to statistically analyse visitor access. Matomo  uses so-called “cookies”, text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website is stored on a server in Germany. The information stored on the use of our website is not disclosed to third parties.

The IP address is anonymised immediately after processing and prior to its storage. You have the option to prevent any storing of cookies on your device by changing the settings of your browser software. However, note, that this may prevent the use of some functions on our website. You can decide whether a unique web analytics cookie may be stored in your browser in order to allow the operator of the website to collect and analyse various statistical data.

If you do not agree with the storage and use of your data, you can disable the storage and use below. In this case, an opt-out cookie will be deposited in your browser that prevents Matomo from saving usage data. Deleting your cookies will result in deletion of the Matomo opt-out cookie as well. The opt-out must be reactivated when visiting our site again.

Matomo Tracking


Like many other websites, we also use so-called “cookies”. Cookies are small text files that are transferred from a website server to your hard drive. This automatically provides us with data, such as IP address, browser used, operating system from your computer and your connection to the Internet.

Cookies can not be used to launch programs or to transfer viruses to a computer. Based on the information contained in cookies, we can facilitate navigation and enable the correct display of our websites.

Data collected by us will not be passed on to third parties without your consent.

Of course, you can also view our website without cookies. Internet browsers are regularly set to accept cookies. You can deactivate the use of cookies at any time via the settings of your browser. Please use the help features of your internet browser to find out how to change these settings. Please note that some features of our website may not work if you have disabled the use of cookies.

Embedded YouTube videos

On some of our websites we embed YouTube videos. The corresponding plug-ins are operated by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit a page with the YouTube plug-in, it will connect to YouTube’s servers. YouTube will be informed which pages you visit. If you are logged into your Youtube account, YouTube can assign your surfing behaviour to you personally. This can be prevented by logging out of your YouTube account beforehand.
If a YouTube video is started, the provider uses cookies that collect information about user behaviour.
Anyone who has disabled the storage of cookies for the Google Ad program will not have to expect such cookies when watching YouTube videos. YouTube also stores non-personal usage information in other cookies. If you want to prevent this, you must block the storage of cookies in the browser.
For more information on data protection at “YouTube”, see the privacy policy of the provider at:

SSL encryption

To protect the security of your data during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption techniques (such as SSL) over HTTPS.

Personal Data

Personal data (e.g. names, addresses and e-mail addresses) is only collected with the prior consent of the website user, for example when registering for a photo competition or subscribing to the newsletter.

We currently use the US-based newsletter tool of mailchimp to distribute the ems-message to all subscribers, and therefore store all subscriber e-mails plus first and last name as provided by the subscriber in the mailchimp data base.

No data will be forwarded to third parties without the express permission of the user.

Links to other websites

This statement applies to the EMS Website and further emetsoc-domains that are accessible via this portal. The websites in these domains may provide links to other websites and providers which are not controlled by EMS. A link from the EMS website is not an EMS endorsement for any organisation and EMS is not responsible for the accuracy, copyright compliance or legality of material contained on any other website; this privacy policy declaration does not apply to these other websites.

Future Changes of our Privacy Policy

EMS reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time time to ensure that it complies with current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services or introduce new services. If we make material changes to our Privacy Policy, these changes will be posted on this page. Your new visit will be subject to the new Privacy Policy.

How to contact us

If you would like to know which personal information we hold about you, to request a correction or deletion, or have any questions about how we may use it, please contact the EMS Secretariat at