Data Privacy

1. Scope

1.1. The Regional Association Ruhr, Kronprinzenstraße 35, 45128 Essen (“RVR“ or ”we“), takes data privacy and all legal obligations that serve to protect data privacy very seriously. This data privacy statement will provide you with information about what data RVR collects, processes and uses (”data usage“ or ”use of data“) when you visit the website, (“website“), and how RVR ensures that your data is protected when you use the site. Please contact us if you have any questions that have not been answered by this data privacy statement; our address and other contact information is available at

1.2. When using our website, you should be aware that you can use links on the site to access other websites that are not operated by RVR but by third parties. These links will either be clearly labeled by us or they can be identified by a change in the address line shown in your browser. RVR assumes no responsibility for compliance with data privacy provisions or for the safe handling of your data on websites operated by third parties.

2. Personal Data

2.1. Personal data provide the means to ascertain the identity of a natural person. This data includes, among other things, name, date of birth, address and email address. It is possible in principle to use the website without needing to disclose any or all of your identity to RVR or a third party.

2.2. Disclosing your identity is required if you wish to contact us through the website, for example to obtain information about the services we offer, to comment on the website or to have an event listed on the site. Without disclosing your identity, it is impossible for us to respond to your inquiry. It is up to you whether you wish to contact RVR through the website and whether you will, where necessary, provide personal information for this purpose.

Handling of Data Through the Use of This Site 

The web server where this website is stored automatically collects and stores to its log files information transmitted by your browser.

Information transmitted

  • type and version of browser,
  • operating system used,
  • referring URL (the website previously visited),
  • (sub)pages of the website viewed,
  • hostname of the accessing computer (abbreviated IP address) and
  • time the server was queried

This data cannot be associated with any particular person and will not be merged with data from any other data source. The log files will be deleted completely after no more than 6 weeks.

4. Cookies

So-called cookies are employed at several points on this website. Cookies serve to make the site more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are sent to your computer and stored by your browser. Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session-cookies“ and are automatically deleted after you leave the website. A long-term cookie is used anonymously to statistically analyze return visits to the site; personal data are not stored by this cookie. Deleting cookies has no effect on the content or functioning of this website. Cookies will not harm your computer, contain no viruses and cannot be read by other websites.

5. Use of Personal Data on the Website 

5.1. The RVR uses your personal data solely for the purpose of processing your query. This also applies to your email address, which, subject to the specific conditions described in No. 7 (consent, statutory authorization), we use solely for providing additional, concrete information relating to your query.

6. Disclosure of Personal Information to Third Parties

6.1. The RVR does not disclose your personal information to third parties insofar as it is not required to respond or otherwise reply to your query or is otherwise permitted by statutory authority.

6.2. Where personal information is disclosed to a third party, this occurs only in accordance with the provisions of law. The extent of the information disclosed is limited to the minimum amount necessary to fulfil the purpose intended by the transfer of data.

7. Piwik

7.1. This website employs Piwik, an open-source software used for the statistical evaluation and analysis of user interaction with this website ( To analyze your user interaction, Piwik uses so-called cookies (see No. 4). RVR does not transmit the information about user interactions generated by these cookies to third parties; this information is stored exclusively on our server. The IP address is anonymized immediately after being collected and prior to being stored.

7.2. If you wish to disallow the use of your personal information by Piwik, the simplest way for you to do this is by making use of the following option. In such instance, any cookie that may have been previously placed on your computer will be replaced by a new cookie that contains instructions directing Piwik not to collect any data on you. If you delete all cookies from your browser, you may need to carry out this procedure again to disallow the use of your personal information by Piwik.

Piwik Settings

8. Right to Access and Delete Personal Information

In accordance with the provisions of law, RVR will promptly provide access at no cost to information about your personal data that has been used by RVR. This information can be provided electronically at your request. Likewise, we will report, block or delete your personal data entirely on in part, assuming the statutory conditions for such have been met. In this regard, please contact the relevant RVR contact specified in the Site Notice:

9. Modifications to this Data Privacy Statement

RVR retains the right to modify this data privacy statement in the future in order to bring it into conformity with new statutory provisions or with other changes in factual or statutory circumstances. Therefore, prior to using the website please consult the data privacy statement in effect at that time.