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.

What kind of data is collected and how is it used?

What kind of data is collected and how is it used?

Chatbot

Chatbot

Use of Google Analytics

Use of Google Analytics

Social media plugins

Social media plugins

Is other personal data collected and processed?

Is other personal data collected and processed?

Will my data be transferred to third parties, e. g. authorities?

Will my data be transferred to third parties, e. g. authorities?

How long will my data be stored?

How long will my data be stored?

Do I have a right to information and rectification of my stored data?

Do I have a right to information and rectification of my stored data?

Can I withdraw my consent to the use of my data?

Can I withdraw my consent to the use of my data?

Who is my contact person if I have questions about data protection?

Who is my contact person if I have questions about data protection?

How long is this data privacy declaration valid?

How long is this data privacy declaration valid?

California Consumer Privacy Act

California Consumer Privacy Act

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 our 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:

Cookie List (03/2019)

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
_fbp 3rd party - .facebook.com Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products on Facebook.   persistent 3 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
dtCookie 1st party Tracks a visit across multiple requests.   session  
dtLatC 1st party Measures server latency for performance monitoring.   session  
dtPC 1st party Required to identify proper endpoints for beacon transmission; includes session ID for correlation.   session  
dtSa 1st party Intermediate store for page-spanning actions.   session  
ev_sync_dd 3rd party - .everesttech.net Used to record the date when synchronization will be performed.   persistent 1 month
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
mbox 1st party Used to collect user identification information and individual browser settings.   persistent 2 years
merck_survey... 3rd party - mafo1.myaudience.de   different values persistent 1 year
muser 1st party Used to detect if the user is a Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, employee based on their IP address different values persistent 30 days
nlbi_... 3rd party - .tools.investis.com Used for visitor recognition.   session  
OldSearchTerm 1st party     session  
personalization_id 3rd party - .twitter.com Allows users to share posts.   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
RT 1st party Used to interface with LinkedIn.   persistent 7 days
rxVisitor 1st party Used to monitor site performance, analyze website usage and to track user behavior. Visitor ID session  
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
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
water-webgl-open-ids 1st party Used for animated pages.   session  
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  

Group Data Protection Officer

at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

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