Registering as a Study Participant: Data Protection 

With this privacy policy, we would like to inform you about the personal data we collect when you register for our participant pool and for what purposes we process this data. In addition, we would like to inform you about your rights with regard to the processing of personal data.

Purposes of Processing

We store and process your data only for the purpose of initiating communication with you and for planning studies at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics (MPIEA). Your data will never be shared with third parties. 

Which Data Are Stored

In addition to your contact details and the data requested in the form, we also store the date and time when you made the entry. In addition, we save the date and time when you verified your email address. If we invite you to participate in a study, we will store the date and time of this communication. If you agree to participate and choose a date, we also will store the date and time of your communication of this choice.
Of course, before you participate in a study, you will be informed in detail about the procedure of the study and the collection of data during the study. Your consent to participate in a study will be obtained separately for each study you participate in. 

Duration of Data Storage

Your data will be stored in the contact database for as long as the purpose of such storage, i.e., to contact you about participating in a study, remains in effect. You may request the deletion of your data at any time. To do so, send an e-mail with the subject “Delete” to Your personal data will then be deleted immediately.


The data entered in the form you fill out are transferred in encrypted form from the web server to the contact database of the MPIEA and then deleted from the server. We will then send you an e-mail with a confirmation link to verify your e-mail address. 
We take all necessary technical and organizational security measures to protect your personal data from loss and abuse. Your data are stored in a secure operating environment that is not accessible to the public. All connections between your computer and the web server are encrypted.

Data Protection: Rights of Data Subjects

In order to ensure transparency with regard to the processing of personal data, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union provides information about the rights of data subjects. As a data subject whose personal data are processed with regard to your participation in our studies, you have the following rights in principle and insofar as no legal exceptions apply in individual cases: 

  • Access (Art. 15 GDPR) 
  • Rectification (Art. 16 GDPR) 
  • Erasure (Art. 17, para. 1 GDPR) 
  • Restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR) 
  • Data portability (Art. 20 GDPR) 
  • Withdrawal of consent (Art. 7, para. 3 GDPR) 
  • Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority (Art. 77 GDPR). For the Max Planck Society, this is the Data Protection Authority of Bavaria, Postfach 1349, 91504 Ansbach, Germany. Website:


You may address your inquiries direcly to the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics:

Mi Anh Duong
Grüneburgweg 14
60322 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69 8300479-620 or -520

If you have further questions regarding the General Data Protection Regulation in the context of personal data being processed in our studies, please contact the Data Protection Officer of the Max Planck Society

Heidi Schuster
Hofgartenstraße 8
80539 München 
Phone: +49 89 2108-1554