§ 1. Protection of Your Information
All data we collect from you on our websites is protected against unauthorized access by third parties. We do our utmost to protect your privacy through the appropriate use of security technologies and physical safeguards.
§ 2. Website Usage Information
While you use our websites, your visits to individual pages will be tracked and recorded in web server log files (“Log Data”). Log Data may be used by MDPI for statistical purposes, to recognize patterns of usage of the websites, and to improve the structure and content presentation. The usage information we collect (using HTTP Cookies) includes referring URLs, browser and device characteristics, IP address, operating system, as well as dates and times of website visits.
When visiting our website, your browser may produce pop-up advertisements. These advertisements are produced by other websites you have previously visited or by third party software installed on your computer. MDPI does not authorize, endorse, or recommend products or services contained in such pop-ups advertisements.
Our websites may use Google Analytics to help us collect information about how visitors use our sites. We use this information to compile reports and to help us improve the sites. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to a site, where visitors have navigated to a site from and the pages they visit whilst on a site.
You can configure your browser to opt out of providing data to Google Analytics by using the browser add-on provided by Google here.
§ 3. User Accounts, Registration and Personalized Services
To make use of personalised services, you will have to register a user account with our websites. During registration we will ask you to provide some personal information, including, but not limited to, your name, valid e-mail address, affiliation, postal address, phone number, password, academic degree, position within your institution or organization, and your research interests. Some of this information is required to properly set up the user account for you to use all of MDPI’s services. MDPI may use this information to fulfil our contract with you (e.g. the publication of your article). Furthermore, MDPI may also use this information internally, e.g., to evaluate and improve our business, respond to any questions, requests or comments you make, for targeted marketing purposes, or to identify and prevent fraud, claims or other liabilities. MDPI may contact you by e-mail to draw your attention to content that might be of interest to you (e.g. new services, products or publications) and for other advertising. If the personal information was provided to us by a third party, MDPI may still use this information in the same manner as described above. You will have the chance to opt out of receiving such e-mails by unsubscribing or contacting MDPI Support via our Contact Form.
§ 4. International Transfer of Personal Data
As an international company, MDPI may transfer your personal information outside of your country of residence to be stored on our servers. MDPI takes steps to ensure your personal information is continued to be protected wherever it is stored and/or processed.
§ 5. Your Rights
As a registered user, you can access your account at any time and make corrections or updates. In accordance with existing data privacy law, you may request the information that MDPI holds or processes about you. On request, we will also provide you with a copy of all personal information that we possess about you. We will delete this personal information when you request to deactivate your account. However, some personal information may remain in storage for a certain period of time in order to comply with our (legal) obligations and to resolve disputes.
§ 6. Linked Websites
MDPI may link to other websites not controlled by MDPI. Please take note that MDPI cannot be held responsible or liable for privacy practices of other websites, nor their services or content.
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