Privacy policy on the HighNESS Website

This Privacy Policy explains what personal data are collected by the HighNESS website, and by the services we use that you access via the website. It tells you why we collect your data, how they are processed, and how we keep them secure. It also provides contact details you need if you have any queries, requests or complaints concerning our use of your data.

The public website (

If you browse the public HighNESS website the following information is logged by our server: your browser, operating system, IP address, the date and time of your visit, the pages visited, and the amount of data transferred. This information is used to monitor for suspicious activities (e.g. attempts to hack the site), to diagnose technical problems on the site, and to create anonymous usage statistics. We do not attempt to identify or profile users based on these data. Processing these data is necessary for keeping the website secure and robust. We do not store any access logs.

Use of cookies

In order to optimise the visitors’ experience, cookies are optionally used. Cookies are small text files stored locally in the cache memory of the internet browser of the visitors’ computer. Visitors have the right to prevent or limit the use of cookies by adjusting their browser settings to deactivate cookies, or to warn them before accepting any cookies.

Google analytics

The HighNESS website uses Google analytics. This online service monitors the interaction of  visitors with the website as well as the overall traffic. This takes place through the use of cookies. These facilitate the analysis of how users interact with the website. IP addresses are stored in Google servers and the data collected by Google analytics is never transferred to other servers or provided to any third parties. It used solely in anonymised form to assist in improving the HighNESS’s website services. The recorded data can be further processed to extract additional information such as the network a request was made from, but not from which computer. All data and extracted information are anonymous and can not be used to identify any personal information of the visitors.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of the data collected about your visit by Google analytics in the manner and for the purpose described above.

Links to other websites

Our website contains links to other websites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. When you access other websites via links from the HighNESS website, we advise you to be aware of their privacy policies.

Embedded content from other websites

The recordings of the past HighNESS webinars and videos about HighNESS success stories are available on the HighNESS website as embedded YouTube videos. For embedding the YouTube videos, the expanded data protection mode was used, so that the videos are loaded from the domain instead of By this, no cookies are installed in your browser by YouTube to capture information about your user behaviour. However, with each visit of one of our subpages containing an embedded video (even if the video is not played), your browser still communicates with YouTube and Google servers, which means that YouTube and Google gain knowledge of which subpage of our website was visited.

If you are logged in to YouTube, YouTube recognises with each visit of a subpage containing an embedded video (even if the video is not played), which specific page was visited, collects this information and assigns it to the respective YouTube account. Thus, YouTube and Google receive information that you have visited our website. If you do not want the transmission of this information you can prevent it by logging off from your YouTube account before visiting our website.

Google’s Privacy Policy is available here.

Registration for HighNESS webinars and other events

We use the Indico service to conduct the HighNESS webinars. The registration form asks for your name, e-mail address, country, employment information, and your interest in HighNESS. The registration system requires limited processing of your personal data in order to function. Each event will have its own Privacy Statement on the Indico page, and by registering you are agreeing to this. Because other HighNESS events are organised by different partners, different registration systems are used and the data that are collected depend on the event. Please read the privacy policy pages of the respective websites.

Your rights concerning your personal data

According to the GDPR, you have the right to obtain information about your stored data free of charge (Article 15 GDPR), to demand the correction (Article 16 GDPR) or deletion of your stored data (Article 17 GDPR) and the blocking or limitation of the processing of data (Article 18 GDPR).


Within the HighNESS consortium, the maintenance of the HighNESS website is located at the European Spallation Source ERIC (ESS) in Sweden.  

If you would like to contact us with any questions concerning the use of your personal data or if you wish to object to the processing of your data according to Article 21 GDPR, please contact us by e-mail to

Cookies policy



HighNESS (“us”, “we”, “our”) uses cookies on (the “Website”). By using the Website, you consent to the use of cookies.

Our Cookies Policy explains what cookies are, how we use cookies, your choices regarding cookies and further information about cookies.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of text sent by your web browser by a website you visit. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows the Website or a third-party to recognise you and make your next visit easier and the Website more useful to you.

We use “essential”, “session”, and “first-party” cookies.

  • Essential cookies are used to authenticate users and prevent fraudulent use of user accounts. These expire at logout or after a maximum of 24 days.
  • Session cookies do not collect information from your computer and are not retained after the browser is closed.
  • First-party cookies remember when you return to a previously visited site, are created by the Website, and saved on the device from which you have accessed the website.

Third-party affiliates

In addition to our own cookies, we also allow third-party affiliates, including Google Analytics, to use first-party cookies in order to report usage statistics and to distinguish one website visitor from another.

We use Google Analytics to measure how users interact with our website content. As you navigate between web pages, Google Analytics provides us with JavaScript tags (libraries) to record information about the page you have seen (for example, the URL of the page). The Google Analytics JavaScript libraries use HTTP Cookies to “remember” what a user has done on previous pages / interactions with the website. These first-party cookies are used to distinguish users, determine which domain to measure, throttle the request rate, remember traffic source information, determine the start and end of a session, and remember the value of visitor-level custom variables. For further details, please see Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites by clicking on this link and Google’s privacy policy by clicking on this link.

We also use Hotjar to ensure a user-friendly website and to better understand our users’ needs. Hotjar is a technology service that helps us better understand our users’ experience (e.g. how much time they spend on which pages, which links they choose to click, what users do and do not like, etc.) and this enables us to build and maintain our service with anonymous user feedback. Hotjar uses cookies and other technologies to collect data on our users’ behaviour when navigating our website. This includes data collected about our users’ devices (in particular, a device’s IP address (captured and stored only in anonymised form), device screen size, device type (unique device identifiers), browser information, geographic location (country only), preferred language used to display our website). Hotjar stores this information in a pseudonymised user profile. Neither Hotjar nor we will ever use this information to identify individual users or to match it with further data on an individual user. For further details, please see Hotjar’s privacy policy by clicking on this link.

How long are cookies stored?

You may delete cookies at any time via your device’s web browser. Automatic expiration periods are:

  • Google Analytics cookies expire after two years and 24 hours.
  • Hotjar cookies expire after 365 days.

What are your choices regarding cookies?

If you’d like to delete cookies or instruct your web browser to delete or refuse cookies, please visit the help pages of your web browser.

To opt-out of Google Analytics, please visit this opt-out link.

To opt-out of Hotjar, please visit this opt-out link.

Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.

Where can you find more information about cookies?

You can learn more about cookies and the following third-party websites:


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