Privacy Policy

The Global Ocean Data Analysis Project (GLODAP) takes the protection and handling of personal data seriously and provides the following information on what data is recorded or collected, when and for what purpose and on what legal basis, how you can contact the controller or the person responsible for data protection and what rights you have with regard to the processing of personal data.
Personal data means any information that relates to or can be directly or indirectly related to an identified or an identifiable natural person.
A natural person is identifiable in particular by the specification or assignment of a name, an identification number, location data, online identifiers or characteristics that express a physical, physiological, genetic, psychological, economic, cultural, intellectual or social identity of this natural person and enable identification (Article 4, number 1 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)).

Responsible person and data protection officer

Responsible for the processing of personal data in relation to this GLODAP website is the
Global Ocean Data Analysis Project (GLODAP)
c/o Team Research Data Management Infrastructure & Development
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research
24148 Kiel
Phone: +49 (0)431 600-2294

If you have any specific questions about the protection and handling of your data in relation to this GLODAP website, please contact the Data Protection Officer at GEOMAR reachable under:
Phone: +49 (0)431 600-2549
Email: datenschutz(at)

Data processing related to visiting this website

Each time a user accesses or retrieves a file from this GLODAP website, data on this activity is temporarily stored and processed in a log file.

Specifically, the following data is stored each time content is accessed:
– date and time of the access (time stamp), IP address of the device, proxy or server which is requesting access,
– details of the inquiry and destination address (protocol version, HTTP method, referrer, user agent string),
– name of the file accessed or downloaded and amount of data transferred (requested URL including query string, volume in bytes)
– the code on whether access and information transfer was successful (HTTP status code).

On the basis of Article 6 (1) and (3) of the GDPR in conjunction with Section 5 of the Act on the Federal Office for Information Security, GEOMAR as hosting data center stores the above personal data in order to provide basic information for the purpose of detection of and protection against attacks on the internet infrastructure of GEOMAR beyond just the point in time of your visit. Data is analysed and, in the event of an attack on our communications technology, essentially needed to initiate further legal and criminal proceedings. The data is deleted as soon as it is no longer needed for these purposes.

Data logged when you use the GLODAP website hosted at GEOMAR is only shared with third parties if we are obliged to do so by law or if it is necessary in the case of attacks on our communications technology for the purpose of illegal or criminal proceedings. Data is not shared under any other circumstances or joined with other data sources or information.

Data collected when you contact GLODAP per email

When contacting the Global Ocean Data Analysis Project (GLODAP) any personal and technical data, at least the email address which you provide by means of email are processed and stored for the purpose of contacting you or replying to your request on the basis of Article 6 Paragraph 1 of the GDPR. Contact per email is unencrypted and thus completely unprotected during the transmission process regarding any personal data in your email.

In case you are using email addresses of third parties provided by the GLODAP website, the processing of your personal data is not in the responsibility of the Global Ocean Data Analysis Project. Please contact the addressee directly for inquiries regarding their handling of personal data.

Your rights

Regarding the processing of your personal data related to visiting this GLODAP website you have in particular the following rights with respect to the data protection officer:

  • Right of access – Article 15 of the GDPR:
    This right gives you comprehensive access to data and information whether data concerning you and other related categories is being processed at all, such as the purpose of processing or the duration of storage.
  • Right to rectification – Article 16 of the GDPR:
    This right enables you to have inaccurate personal data concerning you to be corrected without undue delay.
  • Right to erasure (‘right to be forgotten’) – Article 17 of the GDPR:
    This right enables you to have the controller delete personal data concerning you. However, such data may be deleted only if it is no longer needed, if it was processed unlawfully or if consent covering its processing has been withdrawn.
  • Right to restriction of processing – Article 18 of the GDPR:
    This right enables you to temporarily prevent further processing of personal data concerning you. Such a restriction occurs first and foremost while the accuracy of personal data is contested, processing is unlawful, or you are examining whether to claim other rights.
  • Right to data portability – Article 20 of the GDPR:
    This right enables you to receive the personal data concerning you in a commonly used and machine-readable format from the controller and, if necessary, to transmit those data to another controller. According to Article 20 (3) this right does not apply if the data processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.
  • Right to object to collecting, processing and/or use – Article 21 of the GDPR:
    This right enables you to object in a special situation to further processing of your personal data if such processing is justified by the performance of public tasks or by public or private interests.
  • Right to lodge a complaint – Article 21 of the GDPR:
    According to Article 77 (1) of the GDPR, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority if you consider that the processing of personal data related to you infringes the GDPR. The first level supervisory authority responsible for GEOMAR as hosting site is the “Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz Schleswig-Holstein”.
You can contact the supervising commissioner at:

Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz Schleswig-Holstein
Phone: +49 431 988-12 00
Fax: +49 431 988-12 23