Data Protection Policy

1. Information about the collection of personal data

a) In the following, we provide you with information about the collection of personal data when using our website.

Personal data means all data that relate to you personally, such as name, address, email addresses, and user behaviour.

b) The controller within the meaning of Article 4(7) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is Stiftung Industriedenkmalpflege und Geschichtskultur, a registered foundation located at Emscherallee 11, in 44369 Dortmund, (see our Imprint).

c) When you contact us by email or using the contact form, we store the data that you provide to us (your email address, possibly your name and phone number) in order to answer your questions.

We delete these data once storage is no longer necessary, or if we are subject to statutory duties to retain them, we restrict their processing.

d) If we make use of outside service providers for individual features of our website, or if we would like to use your data for advertising purposes, we will provide you with detailed information about the respective processes, as described below.

This also includes the criteria that have been established concerning the period of storage.


2. Collection and storage of personal data, as well as the nature and purpose of their use

a) When visiting our website, information is automatically sent by your end device’s browser to our website’s server.

This information is temporarily stored in a log file.

In the process, the following information is collected without any action on your part and then stored until it is automatically deleted: IP address; date and time of day of the request; time zone difference from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT); content of the request (specific page); access status/HTTP status code; amount of data transferred; website from which the request came; browser; operating system and its interface; and language and version of the browser software.

These data are processed by us for the following purposes: ensuring that a connection to the website can be established smoothly; ensuring that use of our website is convenient; evaluating system security and stability; and for other administrative purposes.

The legal basis for processing the data is Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest results from the above-listed purposes for data collection.

In no event do we use the collected data for the purpose of drawing inferences about your identity.

In addition, we use cookies and analysis services when our website is visited.

For further explanations about this, please see Sections 4 and 5 of this Data Protection Policy.

b) If you have any questions, you can contact us by email at

In doing so, you must provide a valid email address so that we know who is making the enquiry and can respond to it.

Additional information may be provided voluntarily.

The processing of data for the purpose of contacting us takes places in accordance with Article 6(1)(a) GDPR on the basis of your voluntarily provided consent.

The personal data transmitted to us by email are automatically erased after your query has been handled.


3. Disclosure of data

  • Your personal data are not transmitted to third parties for purposes other than those listed in the following.
  • We disclose your personal data to third parties only if:
  • you have expressly given your consent to do so in accordance with Article 6(1)(a) GDPR,
  • disclosure in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR is necessary for the establishment, exercise, or defence of legal claims and there is no reason to believe that you have an overriding legitimate interest in the non-disclosure of your data,
  • in the event that a legal obligation exists for the disclosure in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR, or
  • this is legally permissible and, in accordance with Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, is necessary for performing contractual relationships with you.


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5. Analysis tools

a) The tracking measures described in the following and used by us are carried out on the basis of Article 6(1)(f) GDPR.

We use these tracking measures in order to ensure that our website is designed to meet user requirements and is continually optimised.

We also use tracking measures in order to compile statistics about the use of our website and to optimise our offering for you.

These interests are to be considered legitimate within the meaning of the aforementioned provision.

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


b) In order to ensure that our website is designed to meet user requirements and is continually optimised, we use Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter, “Google”).

Google Analytics uses what are known as “cookies”, i.e. text files that are stored on your computer and facilitate an analysis of your use of the website.

The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is normally transferred to a Google server in the U.S. and stored there.

In the event of activation of IP anonymisation on this website, however, your IP address is first shortened by Google within the Member States of the European Union or in other Contracting States of the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address transferred to a Google server in the U.S. and shortened there.

Google uses this information on behalf of the operator of this website in order to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports about website activities, and to provide other services to the website operator associated with website use and internet use.

aa) The IP address transferred from your browser in connection with Google Analytics is not combined with other Google data.

bb) You can prevent the storage of cookies by configuring your browser software accordingly. However, please be aware that in such case you may not be able to use all features of this website to their full extent.

In addition, you can prevent the capture and processing by Google of the data generated by the cookie relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link:

cc) This website uses Google Analytics with the extension “_anonymizeIp()”.

As a result, IP addresses are shortened before processing, meaning that it is not possible to draw a reference to a person.

If reference to a person is associated with the data collected about you, the reference is immediately excluded, and the personal data are promptly erased.

dd) We use Google Analytics in order to be able to analyse and regularly improve the use of our website.

The generated statistics enable us to improve our website and to design it in a way that is more interesting for you as user.

To cover exceptional cases in which personal data are transferred to the U.S., Google has submitted itself to the terms of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (

The legal basis for the use of Google Analytics is Article 6(1)(f) GDPR.

ee) Information about the third-party provider: Google Dublin, Google Ireland Ltd., Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, Fax: +353 (1) 436 1001.

Terms of service:,

Overview of data protection:,

and the privacy policy:


6. Social media plug-ins

We currently do not use any social media plug-ins on our website.


7. Rights of the data subject

a) You have the following rights with respect to the personal data concerning you:

  • Right to obtain information,
  • Right to rectification or erasure,
  • Right to restriction of processing,
  • Right to object to processing,
  • Right to data portability.

b) You also have the right to lodge a complaint with a data protection supervisory authority concerning our processing of your personal data.


8. Right to object

If your personal data are processed on the basis of legitimate interests pursuant to Article 6(1)(f) GDPR, then pursuant to Article 21 GDPR, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data on grounds relating to your particular situation or where the objection relates to direct marketing.

In the latter case, you have a general right to object, which we must implement without a particular situation needing to be specified.

If you would like to make use of your right to withdraw your consent or your right to object, please send an email


9. Data security

During website visits, we use the widespread SSL (secure socket layer) procedure in conjunction with the highest level of encryption that your browser supports.

Normally, this is 256-bit encryption. If your browser does not support 256-bit encryption, we instead employ 128-bit v3 technology.

You can tell whether individual pages on our website are being transmitted in encrypted form by the locked depiction of the key or lock symbol in the bottom status bar of your browser.

In addition, we make use of appropriate technical and organisational security measures in order to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, total or partial loss or destruction, and unauthorised access by third parties.

Our security measures are continuously improved in keeping with technological developments.


10. Version and amendment of this Data Protection Policy

This Data Protection Policy is currently valid in the version of May 2018.

If our website or offers on it are enhanced, or if statutory or regulatory requirements should change, it may become necessary to amend this Data Protection Policy.

The current version of this Data Protection Policy can be viewed and printed out by you at any time by visiting


11. General information:

Videos and photographs may be taken for documentation and publication purposes in connection with events, exhibits, and tours.

Separate information will be provided about the precise use of these recordings.