v. Bodelschwinghsche Stiftungen Bethel

Data protection

Legal notice in accordance with Section 5 Telemedia Act (TMG) and Section 55 State Treaty on Broadcasting and Telemedia (RStV) Privacy Policy

Scope of application:

This Privacy Policy informs users about the type, scope and purposes of the collection and use of personal data by the provider responsible , Bethel Foundation, Königsweg 1, 33617 Bielefeld, Telephone: +49 521 144-3512, Email: presse[at]bethel.de on this website (hereinafter “Website”). As a church organisation, the provider responsible is subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act of the Evangelical Church in Germany (DSG-EKD).

Access data/server log files:

The provider (or its web space provider) shall collect data upon every instance of access to the website (so-called server log files). Access data includes:

Name of the website accessed, file, date and time of access, amount of data transferred, notification of successful access, browser type and version, operating system of the user, referring URL (the page visited previously), IP address and the requesting provider.

The provider shall use the log data only for statistical evaluations for the purpose of operation, security and optimisation of the website. However, the provider shall reserve the right to subsequently check the log data if there is just cause to suspect illegal use based on definite indications.

Establishing contact:

When contacting the provider (for example via contact form or email), the user’s details shall be stored for the purpose of processing the enquiry and in the event that follow-up questions arise.

Comments and contributions:

If users leave comments in the guest book or make other contributions, their IP address shall be saved. This occurs for the security of the provider, in case someone submits illegal content in comments and contributions (insults, forbidden political propaganda, etc.). In this case, the provider itself can be prosecuted for the comment or contribution and shall therefore be interested in the identity of the author.


When a user opens the website, one or more cookies shall be stored on their computer. A cookie is a small file that contains a specific string of characters and uniquely identifies your browser. By using cookies, the provider improves the user-friendliness and quality of the service, for example by storing user settings. Cookies do not cause any damage to the user’s computer and do not contain viruses.

The website may also be used without cookies. Users are able to deactivate cookie storage in their browser, restrict them to certain websites or set up their browser so that it informs them before a cookie is stored. You can delete cookies from your computer’s hard drive at any time using the data protection functions of your browser. This may limit the functions and user-friendliness of the website.

Handling of user data:

When collecting, processing and using the user’s data, the provider shall always endeavour to implement the provisions of the statutory data protection regulations in the best possible way. For this reason, processing is checked by the company data protection officer before it is carried out for the first time. The persons working for the provider must maintain data confidentiality.

Involvement of service providers:

Should the provider entrust service providers with conducting work for the company, the service providers shall be contractually obligated to comply with data protection standards.

Disclosure of data:

Personal data that the user has made available to the provider shall not be transmitted to other companies. However, the provider may be required by law or court order to disclose personal data to government authorities. In this case, the user can be sure that the permissibility of the transmission shall be verified.

Revocation, alterations, corrections and updates:

The user shall have the right, upon request and free of charge, to receive information about the personal data stored about them. In addition, the user shall have the right to correct any incorrect data, restrict and delete their personal data, insofar as there is no legal obligation to retain such data.

Analytics services:

Our website uses Piwik, a “web analytics service”. Piwik uses so-called “cookies”, which are text files that are saved on your computer and enable us to analyse the use of the website. For this purpose, the usage information generated through the cookie (including your shortened IP address) is transmitted to our server and saved for usage analysis purposes, which assists us in optimising the website. Your IP address is anonymised during this process, so that you, as a user, remain anonymous to us. Information about your use of the website which is generated through the cookie is not shared with third parties. You can prevent the use of cookies through the relevant settings of your browser software. However, please note that if you prevent the use of cookies you may not then be able to use all of the functions of this website in full.

If you disagree with the storage and analysis of this data from your visit, you can object to the storage and use at any time by clicking below. In this case, an “Opt-Out cookie” will be set in your browser, which means that Piwik will not collect any session data. Please note that if you delete your cookies, the Opt-Out cookie will also be deleted and, if applicable, you will need to reactivate it. (Source: www.datenschutzbeauftragter-info.de)

Suggestions for improvement, complaints:

Should the person concerned or user have suggestions for improvement or wish to complain, please contact the company data protection officer:

Data Protection Officer of the v. Bodelschwinghschen Stiftungen
Bethel Königsweg 1, 33617 Bielefeld, Fax: 0521-144-4250, Telephone: 0521-144-3069, Email: christian.bake[at]bethel.de