Silhouette Universität Witten/Herdecke



Whenever you access a website, your computer must identify to the server which is asked to provide the requested site. The server must "know" to whom to send the answer. So when calling up a website, your pc sends a sender address to the server. This "sender" is the IP address assigned to each single computer in the worldwide web. It is a number combination and may look like this:

The university server also has an IP address:

When you enter a destination in your browser, such as as a combination of letters, this is internally converted into the respective IP address, since computers communicate better via numbers . 

On each access to a UW/H website, the IP address assigned to your pc is registered and saved in a logging file. 

These data help us to improve our web services and identify system errors. IP addresses are counted for statistical purposes (e.g. analysis of frequency and distribution). 

No inference is made about your person. The IP address is an anonymous code figure and does not permit to determine your identity. 

As a matter of principle we do not collect personal data (like names or e-mail addresses) via UW/H websites, unless you make such data available to us by choice (e.g. in applications) or give your consent, or legal privacy regulations explicitly permit to do so. 

In no case are IP addresses linked to other data you may have entered, e.g. on forms on UW/H websites.

Facebook privacy notice

Our website uses so-called social plugins (in the following called plugins) of the social network operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (in the following called Facebook). Facebook marks plugins with a facebook logo and/or the addition "Facebook Social Plugin".

Various pages on our website contain such plugins which directly connect to the Facebook servers on access. If a user interacts with one of these plugins ("like", "recommendation", "comment" etc.) Facebook is able to record and analyse access to certain websites. Your IP address for example and - if you are registered with and logged in - your user name may be transmitted to Facebook. Ths means Facebook can link access to a website with your personal data and thus identify you, which may also mean collection of personal data.

See the Facebook privacy notice (Datenschutzhinweisen von Facebook) to determine the exact purpose and scope of data collection via Facebook, handling and use of such data, and your rights and setting options to ensure privacy. If you are registered with Facebook and do not want Facebook to collect data related to you via plugins, you must log out on facebook. com prior to accessing UW/H websites. 

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. In case of activation of the IP anonymization, Google will truncate/anonymize the last octet of the IP address for Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the USA. On behalf of the website provider Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website provider. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. Furthermore you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under

You can refuse the use of Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set on the computer, which prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this website:
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Further information concerning the terms and conditions of use and data privacy can be found at or at Please note that on this website, Google Analytics code is supplemented by “anonymizeIp” to ensure an anonymized collection of IP addresses (so called IP-masking).