Data Protection

Privacy policy


Information on the collection of personal data and legal notice according to § 5 Telemediengesetz (TMG) and § 18 Medienstaatsvertrag (MStV)


This privacy policy informs users about the nature, scope and purpose of the collection and use of personal data by the responsible provider Bethel Foundation, Königsweg 1, 33617 Bielefeld, Germany, phone: +49 521 144-3512, e-mail: presse[at] on this website (hereinafter "Offer"). As an ecclesiastical body, the responsible provider is subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act of the Protestant Church in Germany (DSG-EKD).


Access data/ Server log files

The provider (or its web space provider) collects data about each access to the offer (so-called server log files). The access data includes:

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

The provider uses the log data only for statistical analysis for the purpose of operation, security and optimization of the offer. However, the provider reserves the right to subsequently check the log data if there is a justified suspicion of unlawful use based on concrete indications.



When contacting the provider (for example, via contact form or e-mail), the user's details are stored for the purpose of processing the request and in the event that follow-up questions arise.


Comments and contributions

When users leave comments in the guestbook or other contributions, their IP addresses are stored. This is done for the security of the provider, in case someone writes illegal content in comments and posts (insults, prohibited political propaganda, etc.). In this case, the provider itself may be prosecuted for the comment or post and is therefore interested in the identity of the author.


Purposes for which personal data are processed

In connection with the visit of our homepage, data about the person of the visitor of the homepage, may be collected, recorded, stored, processed, queried, used, transmitted.

All in all, this is referred to as the "processing" of personal data. This term "processing" is the generic term over all these activities. For data protection reasons, the processing of user data is only possible if a legal basis prescribes or permits this or if the user in question has given his or her consent to this.

In the context of the use of our homepage by the user, the following data processing may come into consideration:

When calling up our homepage, information is automatically sent to the server of our website by the browser used on the user's terminal device. This information is temporarily stored in a so-called log file. The following information is collected without any action on the part of the user and stored until it is automatically deleted: iP address of the requesting computer, date and time of access, name and URL of the accessed file, website from which the access is made (referrer URL), browser used and the operating system of your computer as well as the name of your access provider.

The aforementioned data is processed by us for the following purposes: Ensuring a smooth connection setup of the website, ensuring a comfortable use of our website, evaluating system security and stability as well as for other administrative purposes.

The legal basis for the data processing is § 6 No. 4 DSG-EKD. Our legitimate interest follows from the purposes for data collection listed above. In no case do we use the collected data for the purpose of drawing conclusions about the person of the user.

In addition, we use cookies and analysis services when you visit our website. You will find more detailed explanations in the following paragraph "Analysis/Tracking Tools".

Persons under the age of 18 should not transmit any personal data to us without the consent of their parents or legal guardians. We do not request personal data from children and young people, do not collect it and do not pass it on to third parties.


Who has access to the data?

The persons entrusted with the public relations work of the v. Bodelschwinghschen Stiftungen Bethel, and in the case of maintenance, if necessary, employees of our IT service center (DLZ IT) have access to stored data.

The data user data is processed by specialist personnel of the public relations department or under their responsibility. This specialist personnel is subject to the obligation of secrecy and has been correspondingly obligated to data secrecy in accordance with § 26 DSG-EKD.

The confidential handling of user data is guaranteed.


Legal basis for the processing of personal data

In particular, the so-called EKD Data Protection Act (DSG-EKD) should be mentioned here, e.g. § 6 DSG-EKD, according to which, in accordance with No. 4, processing is necessary for the perception, e.g. for the public, as it is in the interest of the institution as the body of processing.

In addition, processing is also permitted in cases where users have given us separate consent.


Possible recipients of collected data

The user data is collected within the scope of the intended purpose in compliance with the respective data protection regulations or any existing declarations of consent and, if necessary, transmitted to third parties. Such third parties are in particular external data processors (so-called order processors), such as web hosts, i.e. companies that support our homepage and thus the Internet presence as service providers.



We have taken technical and organizational security measures to protect your personal data from loss, destruction, manipulation and unauthorized access. All our employees and all third parties involved in data processing are bound by DSG-EKD and the confidential handling of personal data.

In the case of collection and processing of personal data, the information is transmitted in encrypted form to prevent misuse of the data by third parties. Our security measures are continuously revised in accordance with technological developments.


Comments and contributions

When users leave comments in the guestbook or other contributions, their IP addresses are stored. This is done for the provider's security in case someone writes illegal content in comments and posts (insults, forbidden political propaganda, etc.). In this case, the provider itself can be prosecuted for the comment or post and is therefore interested in the identity of the author.



When users access the offer, one or more cookies are stored on his computer. A cookie is a small file that contains a certain string of characters and uniquely identifies your browser. With the help of cookies, the provider improves the comfort and quality of its service, for example, by storing user settings. Cookies do not cause any damage to the user's computer and do not contain viruses.

It is also possible to use the service without cookies. Users can deactivate the storage of cookies in their browser, limit them to certain websites or set their browser to notify them before a cookie is stored. You can delete cookies from your computer's hard drive at any time using the privacy functions of your browser. In this case, the functions and user-friendliness of the offer could be limited.


Analysis/tracking tools

The tracking measures listed below and used by us are carried out on the basis of § 6 DSG-EKD. With the tracking measures used, we want to ensure a needs-based design and continuous optimization of our website. On the other hand, we use the tracking measures to statistically record the use of our website and to evaluate it for the purpose of optimizing our offer for you. These interests are to be regarded as legitimate within the meaning of the aforementioned provision.

The respective data processing purposes and data categories can be found in the corresponding tracking tools.



Our website uses Piwik, which is a so-called web analysis service. Piwik uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. For this purpose, the usage information generated by the cookie (including your shortened IP address) is transmitted to our server and stored for usage analysis purposes, which serves to optimize the website on our part. Your IP address is immediately anonymized during this process, so that you as a user remain anonymous to us. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website will not be passed on to third parties. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

If you do not agree to the storage and analysis of this data from your visit, then you can object to the storage and use at any time by clicking on the mouse below. In this case, a so-called opt-out cookie will be placed in your browser, which means that Piwik will not collect any session data. Please note: If you delete your cookies, this will also delete the opt-out cookie and you may have to reactivate it. (Source:

Linking to social media platforms

The v. Bodelschwingsche Stiftungen Bethel does not use so-called social plugins for all websites managed by the Press & Communications department. The links to Bethel's central Facebook presence are established exclusively via an image link element that does not pass on any personal data such as IP addresses to this or other networks.

However, if you are logged into Facebook with your personal user account while visiting any website - for example, ours - information may be forwarded to Facebook and stored there. To prevent this, you must first log out of your Facebook account. The same applies to numerous other web services (Google, etc.).


Online donation

For the secure execution of online donations, we use the fundraisingbox of our technical service provider:

Wikando GmbH Schießgrabenstr. 32 86150 Augsburg, Germany.


E-mail newsletter

Episerver GmbH Wallstraße 16 10179 Berlin, Germany


Google Adwords Conversion Tracking

In order to statistically record the use of our website and to evaluate it for the purpose of optimizing our website for you, we also use Google Conversion Tracking. In this process, Google Adwords sets a cookie (see section 4) on your computer if you have accessed our website via a Google ad.

These cookies lose their validity after 30 days and are not used for personal identification. If the user visits certain pages of the Adwords customer's website and the cookie has not yet expired, Google and the customer can recognize that the user clicked on the ad and was redirected to this page.

Each Adwords customer receives a different cookie. Cookies can therefore not be tracked across Adwords customers' websites. The information obtained using the conversion cookie is used to create conversion statistics for Adwords customers who have opted for conversion tracking. The Adwords customers learn the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were redirected to a page tagged with a conversion tracking tag. However, they do not receive any information that can be used to personally identify users.

If you do not wish to participate in the tracking process, you can also refuse the setting of a cookie required for this - for example, via a browser setting that generally disables the automatic setting of cookies. You can also disable cookies for conversion tracking by setting your browser to block cookies from the""domain. Google's privacy policy on conversion tracking can be found here(


Right to information, correction, deletion, etc.

The user of our offer is entitled to so-called data subject rights, i.e. rights that the user can exercise as a person affected in the individual case. The user can assert these rights against the controller. They result from the DSG-EKD:

Right to information, § 19 DSG-EKD the user has the right to information about the personal data stored concerning him.

Right to rectification, Section 20 DSG-EKD If a user discovers that incorrect data relating to him or her is being processed, he or she may request rectification. Incomplete data must be completed, taking into account the purpose of the processing.

Right to deletion, Section 21 DSG-EKD the user has the right to request deletion of his or her data if certain grounds for deletion exist. This is the case, in particular, if they are no longer necessary for the purpose for which they were originally collected or processed.

Right to restriction of processing, Section 22 DSG-EKD a user has the right to restrict the processing of his data. This means that, although his or her data will not be deleted, it will be marked to restrict its further processing or use.

Right to object to unreasonable data processing, Section 25 DSG-EKD The user has a general right to object in principle also to lawful data processing that is in the public interest, is carried out in the exercise of official authority or on the basis of the legitimate interest of a body.


Revocation of consent given

The user of our offer has the right to revoke consent to data processing at any time. This declaration can be made in writing to the responsible office (see address below). A statement of reasons is not required for this. However, a revocation is only valid from the time at which it is expressed. It has no retroactive effect. The processing of personal data up to this point remains lawful.

If necessary or if there are any questions, the data subject may contact the local data protection officer, co. Stabsstelle Recht/Versicherungen der v. Bodelschwinghschen Stiftungen Bethel, Königsweg 1, 33617 Bielefeld, Germany, Tel. 0521-144-3069.


Complaining to the supervisory authority about data protection violations

Independently of this, there is the right to complain to a supervisory authority if data subjects are of the opinion that the processing of their data is not permissible under data protection law. This results from Section 17 (2) No. 3 DSG-EKD. The complaint to the supervisory authority can be made informally.

The competent data protection supervisory authority for our institutions is the Data Protection Officer of the Protestant Church in Germany, Dortmund Branch Office, Friedhof 4, 44135 Dortmund, e-mail: mitte-west(at), tel. 0231-533827-0.


The office responsible for data processing

is the Bethel Foundation, an ecclesiastical foundation under private law, in the v. Bodelschwinghschen Stiftungen Bethel Königsweg 1 33617 Bielefeld, Germany

represented by the Executive Board of the v. Bodelschwinghschen Stiftungen Bethel, Tel. 0521-144-0.


Data Protection Officer of the Responsible Entity

The responsible body has appointed a local data protection officer. His contact details are as follows:

The local data protection officer co. Legal/Insurance Department of the v. Bodelschwinghschen Stiftungen Bethel, Bethel Foundation Königsweg 1 33617 Bielefeld Tel. 0521-144-3069