Version 2.0 from March 16, 2021


This privacy policy describes the processing of personal data when using the central web offer of the Digital University NRW, connected to the FernUniversität in Hagen. Where personal data is collected by input beyond the retrieval of web pages as well as the navigation and search in the web pages, information about their processing is provided directly at the corresponding forms or web services.

With this data protection declaration, the Digital University NRW, affiliated with the FernUniversität in Hagen, fulfills its duty to inform according to Article 13 of the EU Data Protection Regulation (EU-DSGVO). With regard to the terms used in the following, e.g. "personal data", "processing", "responsible party", etc., reference is made to the definitions in Article 4 of the EU-DSGVO.

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Information on the processed personal data 

Legal basis

Data transfers

Contact details

Your rights as affected person

Validity of this privacy policy



Storage of browser data

When you call up a web page, your browser basically transmits data of your retrieving device to the web server, e.g. the IP address to which the web page is to be returned.

The following data is stored in secure log files by the Digital University NRW, connected to the FernUniversität in Hagen, for the purpose of identifying and tracking unauthorized access attempts and accesses to the web offer:

  •     accessed website/address
  •   date and time of access
  •  IP address of the user
  •   HTTP status code
  •    retrieved amount of data
  •    browser type and version / operating system used by the user

The data will not be compared with other data or passed on to third parties. The data is stored for a maximum of 7 days and then deleted. Data whose further storage is required for evidentiary purposes is exempt from deletion until the respective incident has been finally clarified.

Forms and web-based services

The web offer of the Digital University NRW, connected to the FernUniversität in Hagen, contains forms and services in which it is possible to enter data. For example, information can be requested via web forms or newsletters can be subscribed to by entering e-mail addresses.

The use of these additional options and the associated entry of personal data are exclusively on a voluntary basis. Information on which data is collected and processed in detail is provided on the corresponding forms or web services.

The data will be processed for the purpose stated there. If data is passed on to third parties, this is only done on the basis of legal permission or is explicitly legitimized by informed consent.


Cookies are files that can be stored by the provider of a website in the directory of the browser program on the user's computer. These files contain text information and can be read again by the provider when the page is called up again. The provider can use these cookies, for example, to always deliver pages in the language selected by the user.

Cookies can be provided with an expiration time. For example, cookies that are only used in one session or whose expiration time has expired are automatically deleted when the browser is closed. You can disable the storage of cookies in the browser settings, but then the functions controlled by the cookies can no longer be used. You can view the cookies stored in the browser and also delete individual cookies at any time.

The website of the Digital University NRW, connected to the FernUniversität in Hagen uses cookies for the following purposes:

  •     Recognition of a user during a session, in order to be able to assign language selection and other personally made settings, for example with the session cookie "fe_typo_user".

In addition, individual web applications linked via the web pages (search in the University Library catalog, forums, blogs, etc.) may set further cookies. These are described in the privacy statements belonging to the respective services.

Searching using Google Search Engine

The search in the web offer of the Digital University NRW, connected to the FernUniversität in Hagen is carried out by means of the service Google Custom Search Engine.

The search is not an offer in the area of responsibility of the Digital University NRW, connected to the FernUniversität in Hagen. When calling up websites of the Digital University NRW, connected to the FernUniversität in Hagen, no data is transmitted to Google.

Only during the search, i.e. after acknowledging a search query (in the input field marked "Search (Google)"), the input is sent to the US company Google Inc. by clicking on the magnifying glass symbol or by pressing the return key. The search terms, your IP address and browser information are transmitted. A cookie is set when you call up the Google page.

Further information can be found in Google's privacy policy.

Social Plugins

The University's website does not directly integrate social plugins (e.g. like buttons) from social networks such as Facebook or Twitter. Thus, no data is transmitted to external social networks when you call up the web pages.

Only when you click on icons/symbols/links of the social networks on the websites of the University and call up the pages linked via them do you leave the websites that are the responsibility of the University of Paderborn, and calls to external websites are made in accordance with the conditions of the respective provider/social network.





The Digital University NRW, connected to the FernUniversität in Hagen, collects and processes the above-mentioned data required for technical operation, log files to maintain the technical security of the systems, as well as the data within the scope of web analysis to safeguard the legitimate interests of the university pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. EU-DSGVO. The data is required for the delivery of web pages, for the secure operation of the web servers as well as for the improvement of the web offer and will only be used for the purposes stated in each case.

The collection of further data in forms and web-based services is based on the consent of the data subjects pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a. EU-DSGVO or is necessary for the fulfillment of tasks of the university according to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e. EU-DSGVO in conjunction with the Higher Education Act of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (HG NRW) and, if applicable, other legal bases. Information on which legal basis applies in each case is provided directly on the corresponding forms or web services.



Personal data that is processed in the context of using the web offer of the Digital University NRW, connected to the FernUniversität in Hagen, is generally not transferred to third parties. In individual cases, this may be done on the basis of legal permission, for example, a transfer to law enforcement authorities for the investigation of criminal offenses under the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure (StPO) or for the purpose of asserting claims for damages in the event of copyright infringement. If technical service providers are given access to personal data, this is done on the basis of a contract in accordance with Art. 28 DSGVO.

In principle, no personal data is transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area and associated countries (no "third country transfer"). If this should be necessary, we will inform you separately.



The Digital University NRW, affiliated with the FernUniversität in Hagen, is responsible for the website. The FernUniversität Hagen is a public corporation with legal capacity, funded by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is represented by the rector.

Contact details of the responsible person

FernUniversität in Hagen

Universitätsstraße 47

58097 Hagen

Phone: +49 2331 987-2400


Contact details of the data protection officer

You can reach the data protection officer of FernUniversität Hagen by mail at the address given above or as follows:

Postal address:

Datenschutzbeauftragter der FernUniversität in Hagen

58084 Hagen


Street address:

Universitätsstraße 27

58097 Hagen


Phone: +49 2331 987-2511




As an affected person, you may at any time assert the rights granted to you by the EU GDPR, insofar as they apply to the processing:

  •     the right to be informed whether and which of your data is being processed (Art. 15 GDPR);
  •  the right to request that the data concerning you be corrected or completed (Art. 16 DSGVO);
  •  the right to have the data concerning you deleted in accordance with Art. 17 DSGVO
  •  the right to request restriction of the processing of the data in accordance with Art. 18 DSGVO;
  •  the right to object to future processing of the data concerning you in accordance with Art. 21 DSGVO.

The collection of data for the provision of the web offer and the storage of the data in log files is mandatory for the operation of the websites. Consequently, there is no possibility for the user to object. Although IP addresses are considered personal data, they are not assigned to individuals by the university, so they cannot be assigned to users requesting information, and thus cannot be used to obtain information.

In addition to the aforementioned rights, you have the right to file a complaint with the supervisory authority for data protection (Art. 77 DSGVO), for example with the competent authority for the university.

North Rhine-Westphalia State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information:

Kavalleriestr. 2-4

40213 Düsseldorf

Phone: 0211/38424-0

E-mail: poststelle(at)



We reserve the right to amend this privacy policy in order to adapt it to changes in relevant laws or regulations or to better meet your needs. Therefore, please note the current version number of the privacy policy.


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