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Privacy Statement


Thank you for your interest in the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Web site. The issue of data protection and confidentiality is a topic we take very seriously by us, and we follow the applicable national and European data protection regulations. With this statement on data protection measures, we would therefore like to provide you with information on the kind of data which we – that is, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and its subsidiaries – may wish to save and how we use such data.

Storage and use of data

As a visitor to our Web site, you will remain anonymous. The data we save and analyze is used for statistical purposes only, for instance to ensure the continuous improvement of our services. The data we save to our servers comprises the name of your internet service provider, the Web site from which you have visited us, the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Web pages you have looked up, your IP address and the date and duration of your visit.

Collection, processing and use of personal data

We only collect and process personal data if you make use of specific services and if you have voluntarily given us your express consent. You may do so, for instance, as part of a registration procedure, by completing a form or by sending an e-mail, ordering products or services, sending us a query or requesting materials. Unless we are subject to other legal commitments, we only use your personal data for the purposes for which you have given your consent.

Your personal data will not be shared by us with third parties unless you have given your consent (e.g. permission for use by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany subsidiaries) or unless we are instructed to do so by the authorities. If you have given permission for use by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany subsidiaries, then these subsidiaries are obliged to treat your personal data as specified in this Data Protection Statement. The same commitment is given by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany on behalf of other third parties, to ensure that they process your personal data as specified for their original recording purpose. This concerns, for instance, deliveries, analyses and technical services.

If data has been released for use by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany subsidiaries and if such permission involves data transfer to other countries, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will ensure that the data importer is placed under a suitable level of data protection commitment. 

Data storage

We only store data for the period of time that is required to conduct the service you have requested.

Right of access, correction and objection

You are entitled to review and correct any of your personal data we have saved, and you may withdraw your consent to the use of your data at any time, affecting all future use. All you need to do is send a message by e-mail, telephone or letter to the Corporate Privacy Officer (postal and e-mail addresses see below).

Use of Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are stored in the visitor's local browser cache. Using such cookies it is possible to recognize the visitor's browser in order to optimize the website and simplify its use. Data collected via cookies will not be used to determine the personal identity of the website visitor.

Most browsers are set-up to accept these Cookies automatically. In addition, you can deactivate the storing of cookies or adjust your browser to inform you before the Cookie is stored on your computer.

Cookies used on this website

Name of Cookie 1st or 3rd party Cookie? If 3rd party: Who is setting it?Purpose of the Cookie?What data holds the Cookie?Is it a session or persistent Cookie?If persistent, how long is its lifespan?
JSESSIONID 1st partySession ID needed for e.g. RegistrationSESSION IDsession
WT_FPC3rd party WebtrendsUsed to distinguish usersdifferent valuespersistent2 years
merck_survey_...3rd party mafo1.myaudience.dedifferent valuespersistent1 year
ACOOKIE3rd party - sdc01.merck.depersistent10 years
TAFSessionId 1st partySESSION IDsession
TAFTrackingId 1st partypersistent_utma90 years
_ga3rd party - google-analytics.comUsed to distinguish usersdifferent valuessession, persistent2 years
_utma3rd party - google-analytics.comUsed to distinguish users and sessionsdifferent valuespersistent2 years
_utmb3rd party - google-analytics.comUsed to determine new sessions/ visits.different valuespersistent30 mins from set/update
_utmz3rd party - google-analytics.comUsed to determine new sessions/ visits.different valuespersistent6 months from set/update
_utmv3rd party - google-analytics.comStores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached this site.different valuespersistent2 years from set/update
Data protection and security

All our staff and all third parties involved in data processing are subject to commitments under the Bundesdatenschutzgesetz (German Data Protection Act) and are obliged to confidentiality in the use of personal data. Our data protection measures are continually updated, reflecting technical developments.


If you have any problems, questions or suggestions, please feel to contact our Corporate Privacy Officer.

Corporate Privacy Officer at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Norbert Moeren 

Frankfurter Strasse 250 

64293 Darmstadt 


Phone: +49(0)6151-72-5167 

Fax: +49(0)6151-72-915167

E-mail: privacy@emdgroup.com