Our notice regarding data protection

Our notice regarding data protection

The Fritz Thyssen Stiftung takes the protection of your personal data very seri-ously. We would therefore like to inform you about whether and which data we collect, process and use. Our obligation to do this emanates from the German Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz – TMG) and the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – BDSG). We provide our information at www.fritz-thyssen-stiftung.de.

1. Personal data
Personal data means all information that relates to an identified or identifiable natural person; an identifiable persons is deemed to mean a natural person who can be identified directly or indirectly, in particular by means of association with a form of identification such as a name, an identification number, location-related data, online identification or one or more special features that manifest the physical, physiological, genetic, psychological, economic, cultural or social identity of this natural person.
Personal data therefore includes, for example, your name, the address where you reside, your gender, your date of birth, your age, your tele-phone number, your e-mail address or your IP address. This list is not complete and is merely intended to show you what the term personal data may designate.

2. Name and contact data of the instance in charge
The Fritz-Thyssen Foundation is the instance in charge of processing your personal data. You can contact us at this address:

Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
Apostelnkloster 13-15
50672 Köln

3. Data Protection Officer
The contact information of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation’s Data Protection Officer is as follows:

Dr. Thomas Suermann
Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
Apostelnkloster 13-15
50672 Köln
Telefax: +49.221.277 496-196
E-mail: datenschutz@fritz-thyssen-stiftung.de

4. What data from you that we collect, process or use
In the following we inform you whether and what data we collect, process or use when you use one of our information services:

a) General principle
We do not collect, process or use any personal data on you in principle when you use our information services.

b) Enquiries by e-mail
If you contact us by e-mail, it may be the case that we require personal data from you. We only collect, process or use your personal data to the extent and as long as we need such in order to render our information services to you. We store your personal data on a permanent basis.

c) Data collection for technical reasons
Each time you visit www.fritz-thyssen-stiftung.de, we automatically collect and store your data that your browser sends to our server. This involves the following information:

  • Type and version of the browser used by you
  • What operating system you use
  • The URL of the site being requested
  • Date and time of day when the site is called up
  • Your IP address

We do not have any possibility to assign this data to you individually, nor do we place this data together with other data sources. Our webserver stores the IP address of 90 visitors. As soon as another visitor calls up our webside, their IP address is stored and at the same time the oldest IP address that has been stored is deleted. We shall only assess data which is recorded on a protocol on our website or have it assessed if

  • we are obligated to do such by law or a court decision or
  • we need the protocolled data in order to be able to take legal action under penal and/or civil law against attacks on our infrastructure.

d) Receipt of newsletter
The Fritz Thyssen Foundation’s headquarters are located in the middle of Cologne near Neumarkt. With several events rooms, the building is a centre for scholarly dialogue and exchange of opinion as well as a location for the staging of scholarly and cultural events.

We shall be glad to inform you about Foundation events open to the public by e-mail. If you would like us to let you know about these with our newsletter, we would ask you to provide us your e-mail address on our website. We shall only use your e-mail address for the purpose of informing you about Foundation events open to the public. When we send out our e-mail newsletter, we make use of the services of a third provider. You can cancel the newsletter at any time. In this case, we will delete your e-mail address. To do this, send an e-mail to the Foundation’s event manager, Ms. Schwerdtfeger, at: Lene.Schwerdtfeger@fritz-thyssen-stiftung.de“

e) Downloading of files
On our website we offer you the possibility to download files. In order to make this possible, we automatically collect data which your browser transmits to our server. This involves the following information:

  • Type and version of the browser used by you
  • What operating system you are using
  • The URL of the site being requested
  • Date and time of day when the site is called up
  • Your IP address

Our webserver stores the IP address of 90 visitors. As soon as another visitor calls up our webside, their IP address is stored and at the same time the oldest IP address that has been stored is deleted. In order to foster reasonably transparent actions in the interest of the public weal, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation publishes annual reports in printed form, within the framework of which we report on the names of recipients of support, their institutions and their research projects. You can download these annual reports from our website. The Foundation reserves the right to also report on its website about projects for which support has been approved. These forms of publication are not associated with any assessments or evaluations.

f) No use of cookies
We do not use any “cookies” (text files that are saved on the web browser on your computer that make it possible to analyse use of the website).

g) No use of data traffic analysis services
We do not use any data traffic analysis services such as, for example, Google Analytics, the web analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google”) on our website.

5. Data security
We have taken technical and organisational security precautions in order to protect your data, in particular against loss, manipulation or unauthorised access. We modify our security precautions on a regular basis in order to stay abreast with ongoing technological developments.

6. Regular updating of this data protection note
The underlying legal framework conditions for ourselves in our capacity as providers of information services are of course subject to change and modification. These changes and modifications make it necessary to update this data protection note from time to time. We therefore notify you about any changes.