Legal notice and privacy protection statement
Center for Predictive Analysis of Viral Evolution (Previr)

Coordinated by:
Prof. Dr. Michael Lässig
Insitute for Biological Physics
University of Cologne
Zülpicher Str. 77a
50937 Köln
+49 221 470 4309

Responsible for content:
Denis Ruchnewitz
Insitute for Biological Physics
University of Cologne
Zülpicher Str. 77a
50937 Köln
+49 221 470 5203

The Previr websites and are part of the University of Cologne's websites.

This Legal Notice complies with the German laws under § 5 TMG and § 55 RStV.

Liability for content

The contents of our website have been created with the greatest possible care. However, we cannot guarantee accuracy, completeness, or topicality of its content. In particular, this website contains scientific analysis and inference, which is based on data provided by others and is intended for scientists. We do not assume legal responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or topicality of these data and of our inference.

According to Section 7, paragraph 1 of the TMG (Telemediengesetz - German Telemedia Act), we as service providers are liable for our content on these pages by general laws. However, according to Sections 8 to 10 of the TMG, service providers are not obliged to monitor external information transmitted or stored or investigate circumstances pointing to illegal activity. Obligations to remove or block the use of information under general laws remain unaffected. However, a liability in this regard is only possible from the moment of knowledge of a specific infringement. Upon notification of such violations, we will remove the content immediately.

Privacy protection statement

Web protocols of the central web server
Previr as part of the University of Cologne collects and automatically stores information your browser sends in the protocol files of the web server. This includes:

  • browser type and version
  • computer name or IP address of the accessing computer
  • time of the request to the server
  • requested website

The temporary storage of the IP address by the system is necessary to enable the website to be delivered to your computer. To do this, the IP address of your computer must remain stored for the duration of the session.

In addition, the data helps us to ensure the security of our information technology systems and to optimize our website. An evaluation of the data for marketing purposes does not take place in this context.

Of the above data, the IP address is considered to be personal. Your IP address will be stored for a maximum of 7 days and then completely anonymized (deleted or alienated). After that time, the above data is no longer personal. It shall be deleted as soon as it is no longer necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was collected.

The legal basis for the temporary storage of data and log files is Chapter 6 Art. 1 (f) of the GDPR, because Previr and the University of Cologne has a legitimate interest in identifying and eliminating malfunctions and in optimizing its website.


Cookies in general
We use so-called cookies in various places on the website. Cookies are small text files that your browser stores on your computer and sends to our server when you visit our pages. Cookies do not cause any damage to your computer and do not contain any viruses. They make our website more user-friendly, effective, and secure. The cookies we use are so-called session cookies, which are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. You have full control over the use of cookies: By changing the settings in your Internet browser, you can deactivate or restrict the use of cookies. Cookies that have already been saved can be deleted at any time. This can also be done automatically. If cookies are deactivated for our website, it may no longer be possible to use all functions in full.

Legal basis
The legal basis for processing the personal data of users in connection with the use of cookies is Chapter 6 Art. 1 (f) of the GDPR, because the University has a legitimate interest in understanding how and how often our websites are accessed as well as in placing advertisement on our pages.

Your rights

Every person affected by the processing of personal data has the right, in accordance with the legal provisions, to request free information or confirmation from us regarding the personal data stored about him or her.

In addition, you have the right to the immediate correction or deletion of incorrect personal data concerning you, or to the restriction of the processing, or to object to the processing. (However, the collection of data for the provision of the website and the storage of data in log files is necessary for the operation of the website. Consequently, there is no possibility of objection in this respect.)

You can revoke your consent to the processing of personal data at any time. This does not affect the legality of the processing of your data on the basis of your consent until your revocation. Data subjects have the right to request information regarding their personal data in a structured, common and machine-readable format and to transmit it to other persons responsible.

We are happy to answer your questions regarding the processing of your personal data at any time. If you would like to know which personal data we store about you or your pseudonym, or if you have questions that this data protection statement could not answer, or if you would like more detailed information on a particular point, please contact us, preferably using our contact address: contact(at) If you communicate by email, we cannot guarantee the complete confidentiality of the provided information. If your information is confidential, please send it to us by post.

Last updated: 25. October 2023