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Privacy Policy


Thank you for your interest in our WebApp. The protection of your privacy is very important to us. Below we inform you in detail about the handling of your data.


Collection, Processing and Use of Personal Data

You can use our WebApp without providing any personal information. We only store access data, such as the name of your Internet service provider, the page from which you are visiting us or the name of the requested file. These data are evaluated exclusively for the improvement of our offer and do not allow any conclusion on your person.

We use the data provided by you exclusively for the purpose intended by you and, if applicable, for technical administration.

No Data Transmission to Third Parties
Your data will not be passed on to third parties unless we are legally obliged to do so or you explicitly consent to it. Where external service providers come into contact with your personal data, we have taken legal, technical and organisational measures and carried out regular checks to ensure that they comply with the provisions of the data protection laws.

Legal basis for the collection and processing of personal data
As far as we obtain your consent for the processing of personal data, Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a GDPR serves as the legal basis for the processing of your personal data.
When processing your personal data to fulfil a contract between you and Shimadzu Europe GmbH, Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b GDPR serves as the legal basis. This also applies to processing operations that are necessary to carry out pre-contractual measures.
As far as the processing of personal data is necessary for the fulfilment of a legal obligation to which our company is subject, Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. c GDPR serves as legal basis.
If processing is necessary to protect a legitimate interest of our company or a third party and if the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject do not outweigh the former interest, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR serves as the legal basis for processing.

Data Deletion and Storage Duration
Your personal data will be deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose of storage is no longer applicable. Beyond this, data may be stored if this has been provided for by the European or national legislator in EU regulations, laws or other provisions to which the person responsible is subject. The data will also be blocked or deleted if a storage period prescribed by the aforementioned standards expires, unless there is a need for further storage of the data for the conclusion or fulfilment of a contract.


Use of Cookies

We use cookies on various pages to make your visit to our WebApp attractive and to enable the use of certain functions. These are small text files that are stored on your computer. The cookies we use are deleted from your hard disk after the end of the browser session (so-called session cookies). You can deactivate the use of cookies in the settings of your browser. However, this may lead to restrictions in the use of our WebApp.

There are different types of cookies:

  • Session cookies are temporary cookies that are stored in the user’s Internet browser until the browser window is closed and the session cookies are deleted.
  • Persistent cookies are used for repeated visits and stored in the user’s browser for a predefined time.
  • First-party cookies are set by the WebApp the user visits. Only this WebApp may read information from cookies.
  • Third-party cookies are set by organizations that are not operators of the WebApp that the user visits. These cookies are used by marketing companies, for example.

The cookies used on this WebApp are:

Name Purpose Legal Basis Storage Period
pll_language First-party cookie set for language selection, with a retention period of 1 year. Art. 6 Para.1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR 1 year

Purposes of the Processing
We use cookies to operate the WebApp properly, to provide basic functionality and to tailor our WebApp to your preferred areas of interest.

Legitimate Interests
Our legitimate interest in data processing within the meaning of Art. 6 Para.1 lit.f GDPR also lies in the aforementioned purposes.

Legal Basis
The legal basis for the use of cookies is Art. 6 Para.1 lit.a GDPR and Art. 6 Para.1 lit.f GDPR.

Rights of the Parties concerned
You can delete cookies already stored on your terminal device at any time. If you wish to prevent the use of cookies, you can refuse the acceptance of cookies in your browser. Please refer to your browser manufacturer’s instructions to find out how this works in detail.


Google Analytics

If you have given your consent, this website uses Google Analytics 4, a web analytics service provided by Google LLC. The responsible party for users in the EU/EEA and Switzerland is Google Ireland Limited, Google Building Gordon House, 4 Barrow St, Dublin, D04 E5W5, Ireland (“Google”).

Scope of processing
Google Analytics uses cookies that enable an analysis of your use of our websites. The information collected by means of the cookies about your use of this website is generally transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

Google Analytics 4 has IP address anonymization enabled by default. Due to IP anonymization, your IP address will be shortened by Google within member states of the European Union or in other states party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. According to Google, the IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data.

During your website visit, your user behavior is recorded in the form of “events”. Events can be:

  • Page views
  • First visit to the website
  • Start of session
  • Your “click path”, interaction with the website
  • Scrolls (whenever a user scrolls to the bottom of the page (90%))
  • clicks on external links 
  • internal search queries
  • interaction with videos
  • file downloads
  • seen / clicked ads
  • language settings

Also recorded:

  • Your approximate location (region)
  • your IP address (in shortened form)
  • technical information about your browser and the end devices you use (e.g. language setting, screen resolution)
  • your internet service provider
  • the referrer URL (via which website/advertising medium you came to this website)

Purposes of processing
On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your pseudonymous use of the website and to compile reports on website activity. The reports provided by Google Analytics serve to analyse the performance of our website

Recipients of the data are/may be:

  • Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland (as processor under Art. 28 DSGVO).
  • Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA
  • Alphabet Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

It cannot be ruled out that US authorities may access the data stored by Google.

Third country transfer
Insofar as data is processed outside the EU/EEA and there is no level of data protection corresponding to the European standard, we have concluded EU standard contractual clauses with the service provider to establish an appropriate level of data protection. The parent company of Google Ireland, Google LLC, is based in California, USA. A transfer of data to the USA and access by US authorities to the data stored by Google cannot be ruled out. The USA is currently considered a third country from a data protection perspective. You do not have the same rights there as within the EU/EEA. You may not be entitled to any legal remedies against access by authorities.

Duration of storage
The data sent by us and linked to cookies are automatically deleted after 14 months. The deletion of data whose retention period has been reached occurs automatically once a month.

Legal basis
The legal basis for this data processing is your consent pursuant to Art.6 para.1 p.1 lit. a GDPR.

You can revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future by accessing the cookie settings and changing your selection there. The lawfulness of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent until the revocation remains unaffected.

You can also prevent the storage of cookies from the outset by setting your browser software accordingly. However, if you configure your browser to reject all cookies, this may result in a restriction of functionalities on this and other websites. In addition, you can prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) to Google and the processing of this data by Google, by

a. not giving your consent to the setting of the cookie or
b. downloading and installing the browser add-on to disable Google Analytics HERE

For more information on Google Analytics’ terms of use and Google’s privacy policy, please visit and at


WP Statistics

We use the analytics plugin WP Statistics on our website. This plugin was developed by Veronalabs (5460 W Main St, Verona, NY 13478, United States), an American software company. This plugin provides us with simple statistics on how you, as a user, use our website. In this privacy policy, we go into more detail about the analysis tool and show you what data is stored where and for how long.

This plugin is an analytics software developed specifically for websites that use the WordPress content management system. WordPress helps us to easily edit our website even without programming skills. WP Statistics can collect data about how long you stay on our website, which subpages you visit, how many visitors are on the website or from which website you came to us. No cookies are set by WP Statistics and you cannot be identified as an individual by the data collected.

Why do we use WP Statistics?
WP Statistics provides us with simple statistics that help us make our website more interesting and better for you. Our website and the content, products and/or services offered on it should meet your requirements and wishes as well as possible. In order to achieve this goal, we naturally need to find out where we should make improvements and changes. The statistics we receive, help us to get one step closer to this goal.

What data is stored by WP Statistics?
WP Statistics does not set any cookies and the data collected only creates anonymous statistics about the use of our website. WP Statistics also anonymizes your IP address. You as a person cannot be identified.

Through WP Statistics, visitor data (called Visitos’Data) is collected when your web browser connects to our web server. This data is stored in our database on our server. This includes for example:

  • the address (URL) of the web page accessed
  • browser and browser version
  • the operating system used
  • the address (URL) of the previously visited page (referrer URL)
  • the host name and IP address of the device from which access is made
  • date and time
  • information about country/city
  • number of visitors coming from a search engine
  • duration of the website visit
  • Clicks on the website

The data will not be shared or sold.

How long and where is the data stored?
All data is stored locally on our web server. The data is stored on our web server until it is no longer needed for the purposes listed above.

How can I delete my data or prevent data storage?
You have the right to information, correction or deletion and restriction of the processing of your personal data at any time. You can also revoke your consent to the processing of data at any time.

Legal basis
The use of WP Statistics is based on our legitimate interest as stated in Art. 6 Para 1 lit.f GDPR. Our legitimate interest lies in the purposes outlined; in particular, tracking which content of our website is of most interest to our visitors. The legitimate interests of our visitors are taken into account through privacy-friendly settings. For example, no cookies are stored on the visitor’s terminal device for collection for statistical purposes. Also, the visitors IP-adress are only stored in shortened form for evaluation purposes, so that no personal reference is possible.  

We would like to point out that according to the opinion of the European Court of Justice, there is currently no adequate level of protection for data transfer to the USA. The data processing is essentially carried out by WP Statistics. This may result in data not being processed and stored anonymously. Furthermore, US government authorities may have access to individual data. It may also happen that this data is linked to data from other possible WP Statistics services where you have a user account.

We have now provided you with the most important information regarding data processing by WP Analytics. Due to the fact that the plugin does not use cookies and the data for statistical analysis is stored locally in the web server, your data is handled very carefully here. If you want to learn more about WP Analytics, you should take a look at their privacy policy at


Your Rights

Instruction for revocation in case of consent
You have the right to revoke your data protection consent at any time. The revocation of consent shall not affect the legality of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent until revocation.

Instruction on the rights of those affected
We will be happy to provide you with information as to whether and which of your personal data is stored by us. In addition, you have the right to correction (Art. 16 GDPR), the right to limitation of processing (Art. 18 GDPR), the right to cancellation (Art. 17 GDPR), the right of objection (Art. 21 GDPR) and the right to data transferability (Art. 20 GDPR).

Instructions on the right of complaint
Without prejudice to these rights and the possibility of recourse to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you may at any time exercise your right of appeal to a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State where you are staying, working or suspected of infringing, if you believe that the processing of personal data concerning you is contrary to data protection legislation (Art. 77 GDPR).


Identity and Contact Details of the Controller

The person responsible within the meaning of The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is

Shimadzu Europe GmbH
Albert-Hahn Str. 6-10
47269 Duisburg, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)203 – 76 87-0
Fax: +49 (0)203 – 71 17 34

Data Protection Officer(s)
For these concerns, please contact our data protection officer(s), who can be contacted at the above address or the following e-mail address:


Links to websites of other providers

Our websites or WebApp may contain links to websites of other providers to which this data protection declaration does not apply. If the use of other providers’ websites involves the collection, processing or use of personal data, please observe the data protection information of the respective providers.


Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to amend this data protection declaration at any time in compliance with the applicable data protection regulations. Current status is January 2022.