Privacy Policy

Personal data demands special protection: AWA FOREIGN TRADE ACADEMY, Königsstraße 46, 48143 Münster attaches great importance to the protection of personal data, not least because it ensures the degree of transparency required by Art. 13 and 14 GDPR. This applies to all of AWA’s business processes.

The purpose of this document is to inform you what data we save when you visit our website and how we use it. 

Technical data that we collect

When you visit our website, access data is automatically saved and evaluated by AWA's web servers. However, because it cannot be attributed to a specific person, the user remains anonymous. With the exception of the information you enter on our website (in registration forms etc.), we only save the data that your browser automatically transmits to us, such as:

  • time and date of user access 
  • browser type
  • browser settings
  • user operating system 
  • last page visited
  • data volume and access status (file transferred, file not found, etc.)
  • user IP address

We use this data to facilitate the use of our website, improve the user experience and collect statistical information. We do not use data to identify users. 

Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are installed on your device when you access our website. Some of these files are immediately deleted when you close your browser (session cookies), others remain installed so your device is recognised when your next visit the website. You can adjust your browser settings to be notified of cookies and confirm or reject their installation. However, refusing cookies may restrict your use of the website.

We use this access data to continuously improve the attractiveness and usability of our website and to detect any technical problems.

Matomo (analysis software)

This website uses Matomo, open-source software that complies with data protection standards. We use it to analyse statistical information on the number of visitors to our website and user behaviour. The results help us to optimise the website, ensure it meets users’ needs and carry out market research.
 
To do this, Matomo uses “cookies”. These are text files which are saved on your device and analyse the way you use the website. Some data may be personal in nature. However, we neither link data to your identity nor pass it on to third parties. You can prevent the installation of cookies by means of your browser security settings. However, this may compromise the website’s functionality.
 
If you do not want us to save and analyse your data, you can withhold consent by clicking the box below. Your browser will then create an “opt-out” cookie which ensures that Matomo will not collect any data relating to your session. Please note that deleting cookies will also result in the deletion of the opt-out cookie. In this case, you will have to re-activate it.

You can decide here whether a unique web analysis cookie may be stored in your browser to enable the operator of the website to collect and analyze various statistical data.

If you choose not to, click the following link to place the Matomo opt-out cookie in your browser.

Personal Information

We only process the personal data you send us or which is generally available. This includes data from public directories (e.g. exhibitor directories at trade fairs) or the public directories of industrial sectors related to foreign trade.

The personal data in question mainly consists of contact information, passwords for online registrations, contractual data and seminar organisation (e.g. information on food allergies), which you send yourself. By informing us of food allergies, we are able to organise your lunch accordingly.

Contact form

You can contact us using the form on our website. If you do so, the information you enter will be sent to us and saved.
  
By sending this contact form you consent to data processing. We save the personal data you send by e-mail but do not forward it to third parties. We will only use the data to process your enquiry.

We process personal data entered in online forms for contact purposes only. We process other personal data collected during the transmission process to prevent any abuse of the contact and ensure the security of our IT systems.

The legal basis for data processing is provided by Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR together with the user’s consent. The legal basis for processing data sent by email is Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR. If contact is made by email with the aim of concluding a contract then Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR provides an additional legal basis for data processing.

You can withdraw your consent at any time using the email address provided.

Use of personal data for information and other purposes

AWA processes and uses the personal data collected when you visit our website in accordance with the applicable laws and solely for the purposes stated in this data protection policy. If you register for a course or request information on AWA’s offers, we will use the data to deliver and bill for our services. If you are already a customer, we will also inform you about similar services that we and our partner companies offer by post and email. We only collect and use personal data if it is necessary to protect AWA’s legitimate business interests.
 
If you have registered for our newsletter online or by email, we will save and use this data to inform you of similar services that we or our partner companies offer. AWA will not pass on your personal data to third parties without your consent.

We retain control over the personal data you send us and assume responsibility for its use. You can object to its use at any time with immediate effect by notifying us or the Data Protection Officer by email (see imprint for details). 

Google Services

Within our online offer we place offers of Google Inc. "("Google") to make our online presence, in particular our information offer, as attractive as possible for you. We do this in accordance with the requirements of the Basic Data Protection Regulation. The legal basis for the processing of personal data described here is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) DSGVO.

From Google we use the video platform "YouTube" and the map service "Google Maps". When integrating the YouTube videos on our website, we rely on the data protection-compliant "Shariff Wrapper Plugin". This plugin establishes direct contact between "YouTube" and users only when the user actively clicks on a YouTube video and not as soon as the user is on the website.

Use of Facebook, XING, Twitter and LinkedIn Social Buttons

On our website you will find so-called social media buttons, which you can use to access the AWA profile on Facebook, XING, Twitter and LinkedIn. Also in this case we use the "Shariff Wrapper Plugin" (see "YouTube" in the above text section). If you simply visit our website without clicking on the social media buttons, no data transfer to the third party provider takes place. Only when you click on the corresponding icon, you will be redirected to the website of the provider.

Data security

The data you send to AWA is covered by appropriate technical and organisational measures designed to protect your data against accidental or deliberate manipulation, loss, destruction, access by unauthorised persons or unauthorised disclosure to third parties. We continuously monitor and improve our security measures in accordance with technological and organisational developments.

Withdrawal of consent and further information

You can withdraw your consent to the saving and use of your personal data at any time with immediate effect.

You have the right to obtain information about the data we collect about you. Under certain circumstances, you also entitled to have your data corrected, locked or deleted. We delete data as soon as soon as it has served its purpose.

If you would like further information on how your data is collected or used or if you wish to withdraw your consent, please contact our data protection officer:

E-mail: info@ra-wessel.de

(Last update: 26.05.2018)