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.

Use of YouTube videos

You may encounter YouTube videos on our website. YouTube, LLC 901 Cherry Ave., 94066 San Bruno, CA, USA, is a company belonging to Google Inc., Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

To this end, we use the “enhanced data protection mode” option provided by YouTube. When you display a page that has an embedded video, a connection will be made to the YouTube server and the content will appear on the website via a communication to your browser. According to the information provided by YouTube, in “enhanced data protection mode”, data is only transferred to the YouTube server, in particular which of our websites you have visited, if you watch the video. If you are logged onto YouTube at the same time, this information will be matched to your YouTube member account. You can prevent this from happening by logging out of your member account before visiting our website. For further information about data protection by Google see

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 15. January 2016 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.