Data Privacy Declaration

The issue of data protection and confidentiality is a topic we take very seriously and we follow the applicable national and European data protection regulations.


General information

We take data protection and privacy issues very seriously and comply with the applicable national and European data protection regulations. Therefore, we would like to inform you with this declaration about data protection measures and which data we may store and how we use this data.

Storage and use of data

Storage and use of data

As a visitor to our website, you will remain anonymous. The data we store and analyze is used for statistical purposes only, for instance to ensure the continuous improvement of our services. The data we store on our servers comprises the name of your internet service provider, the website from which you 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

Collection, processing and use of personal data

We only collect and process personal data if you make use of specific services and we therefore require your data or 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 only be shared by us with third parties if that is required in order to provide a service you have requested or if you have given your consent. If data has been released for use by our 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 retention

Data retention

We store data as required by legal obligation or for the period of time that is required to provide a service you have requested or as agreed in applicable consent.

Right to review, correct and object

Right to review, correct and object

You are entitled to review and correct any of your personal data we have stored, 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 to send an e-mail to: privacy@emdgroup.com

Data protection and security

Data protection and security

Our employees involved in data processing are obliged to confidentiality in the use of personal data. Our data protection measures are continually updated, reflecting technical developments.

Data Privacy Disclaimer for Social Plugins

Data Privacy Disclaimer for Social Plugins

Social plugins are integrated on certain webpages of our website, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and/or Youtube. The social plugins are identified with the companies’ logo, comment fields or what are known as a »Like« or »+1« button. When you visit a page that displays such a plugin your browser will create a direct connection to the respective social media provider server. At the same time Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and/or Google will know that the respective page on our website has been visited. If you are registered and have logged in with the provider concerned, your visit can also be assigned to your user account. Social media provider such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Youtube do not provide specific information about which data is transmitted in the use of their social plugins. We therefore have no knowledge regarding the content and scope of the transmitted data or its use by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Youtube. Please refer to the further information about this in the data protection regulations of the social media services which are found here: FacebookTwitter, LinkedInGoogle+ and Youtube. If you do not wish a provider to collect data on you through our website, please deactivate the plugins in your web browser. If you wish to avoid a link to any existing user account, you must log out before your visit to our website.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. In case IP-anonymisation is activated on this website, your IP address will be truncated within the area of Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the whole IP address will be first transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. The IP-anonymisation is active on this website. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing them other services relating to website activity and internet usage. The IP-address, that your Browser conveys within the scope of Google Analytics, will not be associated with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. You can also opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics with effect for the future by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Addon for your current web browser: "http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en".

Google AdWords

Google AdWords

This website may use Google AdWords Remarketing to advertise specific informational content, exclusively for recruiting purposes, across the Internet, in particular on the Google Display Network of websites. AdWords remarketing may be used to display ads to you only in the case of career-related pages which you have viewed by placing a cookie on your web browser. This cookie does not identify you personally and is only used to serve you with limited-time ads based on the specific career-related page that you have visited. Google AdWords Remarketing allows us to tailor our marketing to better suit your needs and only display ads that are relevant to you. If you do not wish to see remarketing ads from this website, you can opt out by either visiting Google's Ads Settings or by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.

Which cookies are used?

We use cookies on our website. If you do not want to take advantage of our cookies, you can find out in the help function of your browser how to set your browser to prevent it from accepting new cookies or deleting existing cookies. There you will also learn how to block your browser for all new cookies or which settings you should make to receive a notification of new cookies.

The legal basis for processing is Art. 6 para. 1 f GDPR, whereby Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany's authorization arises from the fact that, on the one hand, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, has an interest in evaluating the website data for purposes of website optimization and, on the other hand, a concerned person can reasonably foresee at the time when the personal data is collected and in view of the circumstances under which it is carried out (in particular the above-mentioned measures) that it will possibly be processed for this purpose.

Please see the following table for cookies that we currently use on our 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?
___utmvc 3rd party - mwfs.merckgroup.com     persistent 23 seconds
__sharethis_cookie_test__ 1st party     session  
__stid 3rd party - .sharethis.com Used to monitor “click-stream” activity, e.g. web pages viewed, navigation from page to page, time spent on each page etc.   persistent 1 year
__unam 1st party Used to monitor “click-stream” activity, e.g. web pages viewed, navigation from page to page, time spent on each page etc.   persistent 9 months
_ga 3rd party - google-analytics.com Used to distinguish users. different values persistent 2 years
_gat 3rd party - google-analytics.com Used to throttle request rate. different values persistent 10 minutes
_gid 3rd party - google-analytics.com Used to throttle request rate against Google Analytics. Stores the number of requests against Google Analytics. persistent 1 minute
_pk_id... 1st party     persistent 1 year
_pk_ses... 1st party     persistent 30 minutes
_utma 3rd party - google-analytics.com Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. different values persistent 2 years from set/update
_utmb 3rd party - google-analytics.com Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. different values persistent 30 mins from set/update
_utmt 3rd party - google-analytics.com Used to throttle request rate. different values persistent 10 minutes
_utmv 3rd party - google-analytics.com Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVarmethod. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. different values persistent 2 years from set/update
_utmz 3rd party - google-analytics.com Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. different values persistent 6 months from set/update
ACOOKIE 3rd party - sdc01.merck.de     persistent 10 years
ADRUM_BT 3rd party - pub.s7.exacttarget.com Used to give real-time insight into application performance.   persistent 32 seconds
AKA_A2 1st party     persistent 1 hour
AMCV S_... 1st party     session  
AMCV_... 1st party Used to identify a unique visitor.   persistent 2 years
AMP_TOKEN 3rd party - google-analytics.com Contains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. different values persistent 30 seconds to 1 year
ASP.NET_SessionId 3rd party - sitetours.merckgroup.com Used to keep the user's status for all page requests.   session  
AWSALB 3rd party - qfx.tools.investis.com Used to deliver the provider´s service seamlessly from multiple services using a load balancer, so the cookie simply records which server cluster is serving you.   persistent 7 days
AWSELB 3rd party - irs.tools.investis.com Used to map the session to the instance.   session  
demdex 3rd party - .demdex.net Used to assign a unique ID to a site visitor.   persistent 6 months
dpm 3rd party - .dpm.demdex.net     persistent 6 months
eid 3rd party - criteo.com
This cookie keeps information such as which pages you viewed and certain other parameters in order to provide more relevant advertisements to our users.
  persistent 6 months
everest_g_v2 3rd party - .everesttech.net Used to map clicks to other events on the client's website.   persistent 2 years
everest_session_v2 3rd party - .everesttech.net     session  
FORMASSEMBLY 3rd party - advenio.tfaforms.net Used to provide our users with online forms. User´s session will be stored within a cookie.   persistent 25 years
fr 3rd party - .facebook.com Used to display a range of advertising products, such as real-time bids from third party advertisers.   persistent 3 months
gac_<property-id> 3rd party - google-analytics.com Contains campaign related information for the user. If you have linked your Google Analytics and AdWords accounts, AdWords website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out. different values persistent 90 days
GPS 3rd party - .youtube.com Used to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location (mobile devices).   persistent 30 minutes
has_js 1st party Used to indicate whether or not the visitor´s browser has JavaScript enabled.   session  
IDE 3rd party - .doubleclick.net Used to register and report the user's actions on the website after viewing or clicking on one of the provider's ads.   persistent 1 year
igodigitalst 3rd party - .igodigital.com Used to capture customer behavior to improve the quality of the experience of our online customers, including enhanced browsing experiences.   session  
igodigitaltc2 3rd party - .igodigital.com Used to capture customer behavior to improve the quality of the experience of our online customers, including enhanced browsing experiences.   persistent 10 years
incap_ses_... 3rd party - .tools.investis.com  Used for visitor recognition.   session  
JSESSIONID 1st party Session ID needed for e.g. Registration SESSION ID session  
loglevel 1st party     session  
m_survey… 3rd party - .myaudience.de      persistent 1 year
merck_survey... 3rd party - mafo1.myaudience.de   different values persistent 1 year
nlbi_... 3rd party - .tools.investis.com Used for visitor recognition.   session  
OldSearchTerm 1st party     session  
personalization_id
3rd party - twitter.com
This cookie is set due to Twitter integration and sharing capabilities for the social media.
  persistent 2 years
PHPSESSID 1st party Identify the current browser session SESSION ID session The cookie is deleted when the browser is closed
PREF 3rd party - .youtube.com Used to keep statistics on how visitors use YouTube videos on various websites.   persistent 8 months
s_cc 1st party Set and read by the JavaScript code to determine if cookies are enabled.   session  
s_getNewRepeat 1st party     persistent 1 year
search 1st party     session  
st_shares_... 1st party     session  
TAFSessionId 1st party   SESSION ID session  
TAFTrackingId 1st party     persistent 90 years
UID 3rd party - .scorecardresearch.com Used to monitor “click-stream” activity, e.g. web pages viewed, navigation from page to page, time spent on each page etc.   persistent 2 years
uid 3rd party - criteo.com
This cookie keeps information such as which pages you viewed and certain other parameters in order to provide more relevant advertisements to our users.
  persistent 3 months
visid_incap_... 3rd party - .tools.investis.com Used for visitor recognition.   persistent 1 year
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE 3rd party - .youtube.com Used to estimate user bandwidth on pages with built-in YouTube videos.   persistent 6 months
WT_FPC 3rd party - Webtrends Used to distinguish users different values persistent 2 years
YSC 3rd party - .youtube.com Used to register a unique ID to keep statistics of YouTube videos that the user has seen.   session  

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