Data privacy policy: welcome.ruhr website

1. Accessing our web pages at welcome.ruhr

Simply by visiting the website using the above URL, your identity will remain unknown to the website operator, Regionalverband Ruhr (RVR). The provider hosting these web pages will record user data including the following: browser type and version, operating system used, referrer URL (the website previously visited), pages you have visited on the website, computer host name (abbreviated IP address) and time of server request. This data will be collected automatically by the web server hosting the website, and automatically stored in log files for a period of six weeks, after which the log files will be fully erased. This data will not be combined with any other data.

This website uses cookies in several places. A cookie is a small text file stored on your PC by your browser, and its purpose is to make the website more user-friendly, effective and secure. Most of the cookies we use are session cookies, which are automatically erased when you leave the website. We also use a long-term cookie to collect anonymous statistical data on repeat website visits; no personal data is stored in this cookie. Deleting cookies will not have any effect on the content or function of the website. Cookies will not cause any damage on your PC – they do not contain any viruses, and do not allow other websites to read information such as your internet service provider’s name, the page that you visited ours from, or the name of the file accessed.

2. Registration for contact

Our website allows you to contact us – especially with our Welcome Guides. You may contact us using your own name, or using a “nick” or pseudonym. In this case, we will use the data you have supplied us – including information on your person – to manage your enquiry.

We will only collect data you have submitted voluntarily in the course of your enquiry, such as information you have given in contacting us. We do not intend to, nor will we use your data for any other reason. We will not divulge your personal data to any third party.

3. Tracking

This website uses Piwik open-source software to collect and store anonymised data for marketing and optimisation. We may use cookies for this purpose. These cookies will enable the website to recognise your web browser; your IP address will only be stored in abbreviated form. You may prevent data collection and storage with immediate effect and for the future by deleting the cookies from your browser.

4. Rights to disclosure and withdrawal of consent

You may at any time request disclosure of any data we have stored about you; you do not need to give a reason, and we will provide this information free of charge. You may also at any time withdraw your consent for us to store your data; again, you do not need to quote a reason. We will then place a block on your data and delete it after an appropriate period.

Please contact the person named as your contact under “Contact.”

5. Note

Clicking links on our website will take you to other websites. Note that other privacy statements and policies will apply on other websites, which you will be able to find in their respective data privacy policies.