Data protection policy


The following data protection policy describes the type and extent of personal information collected and used by the responsible provider of this website. 

Name and address of the website operator

In accordance with general data protection regulations, the national data protection acts of the members states and other related data policy provisions, the responsible operator of this website is:

Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Universitätsstraße 14–16
48143 Münster
Tel.: +49 251 83 22 710
Fax: +49 251 83 22 725

We strongly value your trust. For this reason, we are committed to protecting your privacy and informing you about our data collection and storage policies.

Access data / Server log files

The provider (or its webspace provider) creates server log files, containing data on every access query to content on the website. Each file contains so-called access data, specifically:

Name of the accessed website, file, date and time of the query, transmitted amount of data, report on whether the query was successful, the browser type and version, the user's operating system, referrer URL (i.e. previously visited page). Temporarily the IP adress might be stored for debugging purpose.

The provider uses the recorded data for the sole purpose of statistical analysis in order to improve the operation, security and optimisation of the website. The provider reserves the right to subsequently review the log files if there are justifiable reasons to suspect violations of usage.

Contact queries

When the user contacts the provider (e.g. via contact form or email), the data provided by the user is stored onto the server in order to process the query and facilitate subsequent communication on the matter, if necessary. 

Third-party services and content

We occasionally incorporate content provided by third parties on our website, e.g. YouTube videos, Google Maps, RSS feeds and graphic elements from other websites. In order to take advantage of these, the  third-party providers require the user's IP address. Without it, they cannot transmit the content to the user's browser. The IP address is required to render this content. We strive to only incorporate content from third-party providers which use IP address solely for the purpose of delivering content to the users' browsers. However, we have no way of preventing third-party providers from saving this data, e.g.  for statistical purposes. If we are aware of such practices, we inform the users accordingly.


Cookies are small files saved on your internet device (PC, smartphone, tablet etc.) containing specific information about your device and website usage. Their purpose is to improve user friendliness and the user's interaction with the website, i.e. by saving login data. They also serve to collect and analyse statistical data on website usage in order to optimise online content. Users can influence the usage of cookies. Most browsers allow users to restrict or even prevent cookies from collecting and storing data on their devices. However, opting out of cookies may limit the usage and user friendliness of the website.

Withdrawing consent, making changes, corrections and updates

The user has the right to be obtain information upon request and at no charge about all personally-related data saved on the provider's server. Furthermore, the user has the right to correct erroneous data, as well as block and delete personal data at his/her discretion, provided this does not conflict with the provider's legal obligations on data storage.