Data Protection

Note on data protection & disclaimer

Content of the website

Köln-Düsseldorfer Deutsche Rheinschiffahrt AG (hereinafter "KD") gives no guarantee as to the currency, correctness, completeness or quality of the information provided. As a service provider as defined by the Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz), KD is responsible for its own content on these websites, in accordance with general legislation. Liability claims against KD which refer to immaterial or material damages caused by the use or non-use of the information provided or by the use of incorrect or incomplete information are categorically excluded, unless KD is proven to have acted with intent or gross negligence.

As a service provider as defined by the Telemedia Act, however, KD is not obliged to monitor third-party information transmitted or stored, or to research circumstances that suggest illegal activity. Obligations to remove or block the use of information, in accordance with general legislation, shall remain unaffected.

All offers are subject to change and non-binding. KD expressly reserves the right to change, supplement or delete parts of the website or the entire website without separate notification, or to cease publication temporarily or permanently. 

References and links
If KD refers directly or indirectly to other websites outside of KD's area of responsibility ("links"), KD shall only accept liability for the content of such websites if it has exact knowledge of the content and it is technically possible and feasible to prevent usage in the event of illegal content.

KD expressly declares that the linked websites did not contain any illegal content at the time the link was created. KD has no influence whatsoever on the current and future design, content or authorship of linked websites. KD therefore expressly disassociates itself from all content on all linked websites which is changed after the creation of the link. This applies to all links created within KD's own website as well as entries by third parties in guest books, forums and mailing lists set up by KD. Any illegal, incorrect or incomplete content and any damage resulting from the use or non-use of such information provided on the linked websites is the sole responsibility of the provider of the linked website and not the party who merely made the link to the publication in question.

Copyright law and trademark law

In all publications, KD endeavours to observe the copyrights and ancillary copyrights regarding the content used, to use content it has created itself (in particular graphics, sound documents, video sequences and texts) or to use licence-free content (in particular graphics, sound documents, video sequences and texts).

All trade names and trademarks protected by third parties and copyrighted works named on the website are subject without limitation to the provisions of applicable copyright/ancillary copyright law or trademark law, as well as the property rights of the registered owner in question. The mere use of a trade name, trademark or content should not lead to the assumption that it is not protected by third-party rights! 

The copyright/ancillary copyright for published content created by KD itself shall remain with KD alone. Duplication, processing, distribution, translation, storage, manipulation, passing on or other use of such content, in particular graphics, sound documents, video sequences and texts, is not permitted without the express consent of KD.  

Data protection

If there is a possibility to enter personal or business data (e-mail addresses, names, addresses) on the website, the disclosure of such data is done on an expressly voluntary basis on the part of the user. Using and paying for all services offered is – in as far as this is technically possible and feasible – also permitted without entering such data and/or entering data anonymously or using an alias. 

Legal validity of this disclaimer

This disclaimer is to be regarded as part of the website. Should parts of this text or the individual wording of this text not, no longer or not fully represent the current legal situation, the remaining parts of the document shall remain unaffected in terms of content and validity. 

The disclaimer above is based on the free service from

Privacy Policy

The protection of personal data is of the utmost importance to KD. We process the personal data we collect when you visit our websites in compliance with applicable data protection laws. In particular, the North Rhine-Westphalia Data Protection Act (Datenschutzgesetz NRW) and Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz) apply.

When you visit our websites, please keep the following principles in mind:

Each time you access our websites and retrieve a file, the following data is logged for statistical purposes and analysed in order to ensure an undisturbed service:

Requested URL

IP number

Date and time of request

Any error message returned

Size of the response in bytes

This data is not analysed to create individual user profiles.

KD accepts no responsibility for external websites, even if it provides a link to these from the KD websites.

Use of cookies

On the homepage and some other university websites, advertising banners may be activated, where so-called cookies are used. These are only session cookies (valid for 20 minutes) and temporary cookies (valid for up to 30 days), which are used for the purpose of measuring the number of readers/visitors and to limit the number of advertising materials delivered to the university. No user-related data is collected via these cookies. Via the web server, traffic data regarding the transmission shall only be saved in the log files of the web server if the collection of such may take place without the express consent of the user. 

When you visit a website requiring registration, a session cookie will be transferred to your computer and deleted again at the end of the browser session. In this process, it is not possible to establish a link to the person/user profile. The login process when accessing protected areas is not logged, which means that no data is stored from which profiles could be created regarding the duration and frequency of use of the KD websites.

Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", text files that are stored on your computer and allow an analysis of the way in which you use this website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is generally transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports on website activity and provide other services related to the use of the website and the internet for the website operator.

Protection of your personal data
IP anonymity for Google Analytics is activated on this website to protect your personal data. If IP anonymity is activated, your IP address will be shortened by Google within the member states of the European Union or in other signatory states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, before it is transmitted to a server. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. The IP address that your browser transmits within the scope of Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by Google.

If we should have further personal data relating to our website users, we will not combine this data with website tracking data or other non-personal data.

Deactivating website tracking by the website user
You can change the appropriate settings of your browser software to prevent cookies from being stored. We must point out, however, that if you exercise this right you may be unable to use all the features of this and other websites. Furthermore, you may prevent the transfer of the data generated by the cookie relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) to Google and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link:

Use of the Google Analytics advertising features In addition to the standard Google Analytics configuration, this website uses Google Analytics features that support interest-based advertising and advertising based on the surfing behaviour of the user. In this process, Google Analytics uses a third-party cookie from DoubleClick to analyse data about the surfing behaviour of users on various websites. Using this data, statistical statements can be made about the demographic data and fields of interest of website users.

We expressly point out that we cannot view any data about individual users and that the statistical data we use cannot be traced back to any particular user.

After visiting our website, some of our visitors will be shown our advertisements on other websites. This form of advertisement placement is called remarketing or retargeting. If you wish to object to the placement of these advertisements, we recommend using one of the possibilities for website users to deactivate website tracking listed above. Google also offers you the option of controlling cookies for ad preferences yourself:

E-mail advertising (with newsletter registration)

If you have specifically registered to receive our newsletter, your e-mail address will be used for our own advertising purposes until you unsubscribe from the newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time and will not be charged any costs other than the transmission costs in accordance with the basic rates.

Right to information

You are entitled to information regarding the personal data we have stored about you, as well as to the correction of incorrect data, blocking and deletion.


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