BREATH (Biomedical Research in Endstage and Obstructive Lung Disease Hannover), Hannover site of the German Center for Lung Research (DZL) at Hannover Medical School (MHH)

Tel.: +49 511-532 5193
Corporate Name: Research Network


Privacy Statement

As a user of our website, this privacy statement will provide you with all necessary information about how, to what extent and for what purposes we or third parties collect and use your data. The collection and use of your data rigorously follow the guidelines of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (TMG). We feel particularly committed to protecting the confidentiality of your personal data and are therefore working strictly within the bounds set by statutory requirements. The collection of these personal data is carried out on a voluntary basis, wherever possible, and only transmitted to third parties with your express permission. When dealing with particularly confidential data, such as in payment transactions or regarding your enquiries directed to us, SSL encryption is used to ensure the highest level of security. We would, however, at this point not want to omit to point out the general dangers of using the internet, on which we have no influence. In email transactions in particular, your data are, without further precautionary measures, not secure and can possibly be collected by third parties.

Information, Deletion, Blocking

You may at any time obtain, free of charge, information on the personal data retained by us regarding yourself and the origin, the recipient and the purpose of the data collection and data processing. In addition, you have the right to demand the correction, blocking or deletion of your data. An exception to this are those data that are legally required to be stored or are necessary for correct business transactions. In order that data blocking can be implemented at any time, data are retained in a locked file for control purposes. If the data are not collected to comply with legal archiving obligations, we will delete your data upon your request. If the archiving obligations apply, we will block your data. If you have any queries with regard to correction, blocking or deletion of personal data, please contact our data protection officers using the contact information in this Privacy Statement or in the address given in the Impressum.


We use cookies on our website. These small text files are stored on your computer from our server. They improve the website’s performance and help you to navigate through our website. 
Cookies gather data about your IP address, your browser, your operating system and your internet connection. We do not connect this information with personal data and do not pass it on to third parties. We never use cookies to install damaging programs or spyware on your computer.
You can use our website without using cookies, although some of the presentations and functions offered may possibly be limited. If you wish to deactivate the cookies, you can do this using special settings in your browser. Please use the Help function to make the relevant changes. 
Online advertising cookies can be managed using the following links for the USA for Europe

Collection of Access Data

The delivery and presentation of the content on our website technically involves the collection of certain data. When you use our website, these so-called server log files are created by us or the webspace provider. These log files cannot be traced back to you or your person.
The relevant information is made up of the name of the website, the data file, the current date, the amount of data, the name and version of the web browser, the operating system, the name of the domain of your internet provider, the referrer URL as the page from which you moved to our page, as well as the relevant IP address. 
We use these data for the presentation and delivery of our content as well as for statistical purposes. The information assists the provision and constant improvement of the services we offer. We also reserve the right to subsequently examine the aforementioned data, should any illegal use of our services be suspected.

Content and Services of Third Parties

The services offered on our website may possibly also include content, services and benefits from other suppliers who supplement our offer. Examples of this are GoogleMaps, YouTube videos or third-party graphic presentations. Calling up these third-party services regularly requires the transfer of your IP address. This allows these third parties to recognize your user IP address and also to store it. 
We go to great lengths to only include those third parties who use the IP addresses simply to deliver the content. However, we have no influence on which third parties possibly store the IP address. This storage may, for example, be done for statistical purposes. Should we learn that third parties are storing the information, we inform our users immediately of this fact. 
In this regard, please note as well the special data protection information on individual third parties and service providers, whose services we use on our website. These are also included in this Privacy Statement.

Personal Data

We collect personal data within the framework of data avoidance and data economy only to the extent that and so long as it is necessary to use our website or it is legally allowed. We take the protection of your personal data very seriously and strictly follow the relevant legal guidelines and the points set out in this Privacy Statement when collecting and processing personal data. When the reason for data collection is no longer relevant or the legal storage term has expired, the collected data will be blocked or deleted. 
Our website can be used regularly without the disclosure of personal data. If we collect personal data – for example, your name, your address or your email address – this data collection is voluntary. Without expressly granting your agreement, these data will not be brought to the attention of third parties. Please note that data on the internet are not generally transmitted securely. Particularly in the case of emails, protection cannot be guaranteed whilst data are being transferred.

Server Log Files

Server log files are anonymized data collected when you access our website. This information does not allow conclusions to be drawn about you personally but, for technical reasons, it is essential for the delivery and presentation of the content of the website. Further, the data aid our statistics and the continuous optimization of the content of the website. Typical log files are the date and time of access, the amount of data, the browser and its version used for access, the operating system used, the name of the domain of the assigned provider, the site from which you accessed our services (referrer URL) and your IP address. Log files also allow a detailed examination to be carried out if illegal use of our website is suspected.

Facebook Plugin

On our website, you will find plugins for the social network Facebook. The provider is Facebook Inc., based in the USA, at 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025. The Facebook logo or the Like button on our website identify the Facebook plugins for you. Please also note the overview of Facebook plugins at
When you visit our website, a direct link to the Facebook server can be established via the plugin. You are then connected to it via your browser. Facebook thus receives the information that you have visited our website with your IP address. With one click on the Facebook Like button you will link the content of our website with your Facebook profile. For Facebook, your visit to our website will be assignable to your user account. We have, however, no knowledge of the type of content that is transmitted to Facebook and how Facebook uses it. 
You will find further information on data collection and data use in the Facebook privacy policy under
You can prevent the assignment of your visit to our website to your Facebook profile simply by logging out of your Facebook account beforehand. 

Use of Google Analytics

On our website, we use the Google Inc. web analysis service: Google Analytics, which uses cookies. These are text files that, through storage on your computer, allow an analysis of your user behavior on our website. The cookies generate information that is transmitted to a Google server. These servers are mostly located in the USA, but follow agreements for use in the European Economic Area, shortening your IP address before transmission to the USA. Only in exceptional cases will the IP address be shortened after transmission to the USA. Google evaluates the computed information and provides further services for website operators. In this way, the transmitted IP address will not be amalgamated with other Google services.
By changing your browser settings, you can prevent cookies being stored on your computer. This means, however, that presentation and functional limitations may be linked with the use of our website. 
Moreover, a browser plugin prevents the collection and use of the data generated by the cookies. You can download it using the following link:
Learn more about the data protection terms for Google and Google Analytics under: or

Twitter Plugin

On our website we also use functions of the microblogging service Twitter. The operator of Twitter is Twitter Inc. The US American company is based in the USA at 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103.
The main function of Twitter is the Tweet function. If you use this from our website, there is a link to your Twitter account. Data exchange with other users may occur and transmission of data to Twitter. We do not receive any information on the content of the data sent to Twitter, nor its use. You can find information on these questions under together with the detailed privacy policy. The platform also offers the possibility to create your own data protection settings under

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