Data protection

The Archdiocese of Cologne is pleased you have visited a website and about the interest shown in our organisations and services. We take the protection of your personal data very seriously and we want you to feel comfortable and safe when you visit one of our internet sites. The Archdiocese of Cologne with its institutions and organisations is subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act. It is ensured that the regulations relating to data protection are also respected by external service providers involved.

Capturing and processing of personal data

If the website provides the possibility of entering personal or business data (for example as part of personal registration, ordering, requesting for communication), the input of this data takes place expressly on a voluntary basis on the part of the visitor. Your data shall be treated confidentially and shall not be forwarded to third parties.

Visitors have the right to find out about personal data that has been stored and may request this information free of charge. They additionally have a right, under statutory provisions, to the correction, blockage and deletion of this personal data. Personal data shall only be collected by information providers if you communicate this yourself, for example as part of registration or via an email form.


Visitor statistics and web analysis

All access to our website and all accesses to files stored on this website are logged. The storage is solely for internal, system-related and statistical purposes. The following are logged:

  • Name of the page accessed
  • Date and time of the access
  • Volume of data transferred
  • Duration of visit
  • Report on successful access
  • Links accessed
  • Requesting domain
  • IP address
  • Browser used
  • Operating system used

We use Piwik and Google Analytics for the web analysis with the anonymization function switched on in compliance with the data protection regulations. Piwik and Google-Analytics use "Cookies”: text files which are stored and read on your end device and which provide information about your usage behaviour on the Internet. The information generated by the cookie (including your truncated IP address) is securely stored. The IP address is anonymized in the process. You can disable cookies by adjusting your browser software accordingly. In this case, however, it may not be possible to make full use of all functions on this website.

You are able to visit the Archdiocese of Cologne web pages without us requiring personal data from you. Visitor behaviour is analysed on the server for statistical purposes. The individual user remains anonymous in these visitor statistics.


Information regarding the use of Piwik

If the web analysis program Piwik is used on our web pages, you can opt out from the storage and analysis of data regarding your visit at any time. If Piwik is used, the function for deactivating the web analysis on this page is available below.

Information regarding the use of Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a web analysis service of Google Inc (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “Cookies”: text files which are stored on your computer and which allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie relating to your use of this website (including your IP address) will be passed on to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to produce reports on website activities for the website providers, and to provide other services related to the use of the website and of the Internet.

The information evaluated is available to the information providers on this server. Information is not forwarded to third parties for commercial purposes.

Google may transfer the data and information collected to third parties if this is legally required or if third parties process this data on behalf of Google. The IP address transmitted from your browser as part of Google Analytics is not merged together with other data from Google. You can prevent the installation of cookies by adjusting your browser software accordingly; we would point out that, in this case, you might not be able to make full use of all the functions on this website. Through the use of this website, you express your consent for data collected by Google about you to be processed in the manner described above and for the purposes previously mentioned.

However, because the Archdiocese of Cologne has activated IP anonymization on this website, your IP address will be truncated beforehand within member states of the European Union or in other states which are signatories to Agreement on the European Economic Area. It may only be necessary in exceptional circumstances, for example technical failure in Europe, for the full IP address to be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and truncated there.

If you do not wish your visit to our website to be evaluated by Google Analytics, you can prevent the recording of data generated by the cookie and related to use of our website (including your IP address) as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the "Browser-Add-on for deactivation of Google Analytics" which is available under the following link:

Use of social plug-ins

We provide users of this website with the opportunity to recommend and discuss content. The relevant social media buttons for Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus are integrated for this purpose. We have set up a two-step solution for the Recommend (Facebook), Tweet (Twitter) and +1-Buttons (Google) – which can be found on many pages. In order for you to be able to press Recommend or Tweet or +1 on a page, you first have to click on the button and activate this; only then will a connection to Facebook, Twitter or Google service be established and with a second click you can share this post with friends. See also c´t Article: 2 clicks for more data protection. If you do not wish the relevant social media provider named to collect information about you via our website, you must log out from the provider before your visit to our website.

Please observe in each case the current data protection regulations of the relevant social media.

Separate information about Facebook

This website uses social plug-ins of the social network, which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA ("Facebook"). The plug-ins are indicated using a Facebook logo or with the added description “Facebook social plug-in”.

By integrating the plug-in, Facebook receives the information that you have accessed the relevant page of our website. If you are logged on to Facebook, Facebook can allocate the visit to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plug-ins, for example if you use the "Like" button or by entering a comment, the corresponding information will be transmitted directly from your browser to Facebook and saved there.

For information on the purpose and extent of data capture and the further processing and use of data by Facebook, as well your rights regarding this and turn-off options for the protection of your personal privacy, please refer to the Facebook data protection information.
It is possible to block Facebook social plug-ins using add-ons for your browser, for example using the Facebook Blocker.

Please observe in each case the current data protection regulations of Facebook.


It is possible for you to leave comments about specific posts on our website. For this purpose, we use the interactive comment system DISQUS which is provided by DISQUS, Inc., 301 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94105, USA. More detailed information about Disqus and its functions is available at

You are able to leave comments either as a guest without the registration (by entering a valid email address and a username of your choice). Or you can set up an account with DISQUS by providing a valid email address, a username of your choice and a password and leave comments as a registered user. Alternatively, you can also log in with existing Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google and OpenID (Social Log-in) accounts and leave comments.

DISQUS captures and processes personal data in the process of making a comment. For example, the IP address, the operating system used, the browser type/ version and the referrer URL are captured and processed by DISQUS. DISQUS also stores your username, the email address the time the comment was made and profile information (provided you have logged in using a social login) The text contained in the comment is also stored for the purpose of publishing the comment. DISQUS has published a separate data protection declaration for the processing of this data which can be viewed here.

When logging in to DISQUS via a social login, the email address stored and the IP address is communicated to the relevant provider. Depending on the service, further information such as “likes” or “follows” is transmitted. Details relating to this are available in the data protection regulations of the relevant provider.

DISQUS transmits the email address and the IP address used while entering the comment to the Archdiocese of Cologne. We require this information solely for the purposes of making contact in connection with your use of DISQUS, for example if we have queries regarding your user comment or in order to prevent misuse. There is, of course, no unauthorised disclosure to third parties.



Our website uses session cookies. Session cookies store information which is being used during your current visit to the website. These cookies are automatically deleted when you leave our website. By using these cookies, we ensure, for example, that you are able to order products or services by placing these in a shopping basket and then are able to leave our website to visit other web pages without losing the orders previously recorded in your shopping basket. The same applies if you register for an event or complete an email form.

We do not use cookies to target visitors to our web pages with advertising. It is possible for you to prevent the use of cookies. To do this you need to change the relevant settings in your Internet browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera oder Safari).


Sending information via email

Risks are associated with the unsecured sending of confidential information using email via the Internet. Please understand that for your own security we are not able to accept any orders or declarations relating to legal transactions via email. In your own interests, please therefore use the usual methods of transmission in these matters, in particular also if the communication is intended to adhere to a deadline as this is not possible by email. The address and fax number for this purpose is available in the legal notice of the relevant information provider.


The Archdiocese of Cologne implements technical and organisational security measures in order to protect the data you make available from intentional or unintentional manipulation, loss, destruction or access by unauthorised persons. Our security measures are updated continuously in line with technological development.

Right of information

We are happy to provide you, upon written request, with information stored about you as an individual. Requests for information, correction, deletion or blocking of data stored about an individual are processed on the basis of the legally applicable provisions. Please contact the relevant office

Archdioceses of Cologne
General Vicariate
Operational Data Protection Officer
50606 Köln

For issues relating to the technical processing of your personal data please contact our Internet administrator directly.

Archdioceses of Cologne
General Vicariate
DP Service Unit
50606 Cologne

For questions concerning the church’s data protection supervision based on the church-related data protection regulations applicable to the Archdiocese of Cologne, in particular the current version of the instruction regarding church-related data protection for the Archdiocese of Cologne

Diocesan Data Protection Officer of the (Arch) Dioceses of Cologne, Paderborn, Aachen, Essen, and Münster (North-Rhein Westphalian section)
Mr Steffen Pau
Catholic Data Protection Centre (KDSZ)
Brackeler Hellweg 144
44291 Dortmund
Telephone: 0231/138985-0
Telefax: 0231/138985-22


Wählen Sie Zustimmen, um alle Funktionen dieser Webseite unter Verwendung spezieller Cookies zu aktiveren. Damit aktivieren Sie Cookies zur Darstellung von Karten und Besuchermessung.

Wählen Sie Ablehnen, wenn Sie nur die Grundfunktionen dieser Webseite nutzen wollen. Technisch nicht notwendige Cookies werden deaktiviert.