The protection of personal data is a matter of considerable concern to Trier University. We collect and process personal information from visitors to our web pages in accordance with the stipulations of the German Telemedia Act (TMG) and the Federal and State Data Protection Acts (BDSG/LDSG).

We will not make public or release your personal information to third parties without appropriate authorization.

Collection and processing of information from Internet users

When you visit one of our web pages, our web server temporarily stores the information related to your visit in a log file. This log file contains your name, e-mail-adress and ZIMK-status (ZIMK = Zentrum für Informations-, Medien- und Kommunikationstechnologie).

We process this data to enable our site to function (connection set-up), to maintain our system security, to facilitate the technical administration of our network infrastructure, and to enhance our Internet services.

No personal user profiles are generated.

Except in the form cited, we will not process your personal data unless you specifically consent to the additional processing. You retain the right to withdraw such consent at any future point in time.

Tracking Information

Use and disclosure of personal data

In certain cases, you may need to provide personal data, such as your name, address, or other contact details, in order to access and use our Internet services. Where this is the case, the form, extent, and purpose of the collection and processing of such data will be explained in the appropriate context.

Your personal data will only be disclosed to state institutions and authorities when mandatory under national legislation or required for litigation purposes and/or prosecution following attacks on our Internet infrastructure. Your data will not be disclosed to third parties under any other circumstances.

Consent to additional use of information

In order to use certain services provided through our websites, such as the press release distribution service and our newsletter subscription service, you will be required to provide supplementary personal data that we will additionally process (e.g. in the form of longer-term storage of e-mail and/or postal addresses). When you enter and send the requested data, you automatically consent to its use in this form. However, you retain the right to withdraw this consent at any point of time in the future.


Trier University uses technical and administrative security systems to protect any personal information in our care against accidental or deliberate manipulation, loss or erasure, and attempts by unauthorized third parties to access it. Our security systems are constantly upgraded to conform to technological developments in this sector.

Cookie Policy

So-called temporary cookies are used on some of our web pages. These session cookies do not collect personal information and are automatically deleted when you end your visit and close your browser.

You can, of course, access our web pages without using cookies, although most browsers automatically accept cookies. Simply adjust your browser settings accordingly if you do not want it to save cookies. However, you may not be able to use certain features of our services if you disable cookies in your browser.

Links to external websites

This privacy policy applies to the websites under the domain. Any external websites to which links are provided from our websites may not apply the same principles with regard to information collection and processing outlined here. Links of this kind within the domain are generally identified by means of the tooltip “External Link” and/or the corresponding symbol  for an external link.

You will find information relating to the responsibility for the content of a website in the corresponding legal notice.

Right to information and contact details

You have the right to be informed about the personal information that we hold on you and also the right to require the amendment of incorrect information, and the blocking of access to and deletion of your information.

If you want your information to be corrected or deleted, or have additional questions concerning the use of your information, please contact the site operator (editor) specified in the legal notice of the website in question. If you are uncertain who you should contact, please contact the Center of Data Processing at Trier University, which will inform you of the personal data on you that we hold.

Version and validity of this data privacy policy

When you use our Internet services, you automatically consent to the use of your data as specified above. This data protection declaration is the currently valid version dated September 1, 2014.

It may be necessary to revise this privacy policy as a result of the developments in our websites or the introduction of new technologies. Trier University reserves the right to revise this privacy policy at any future point in time. We would recommend that you view our privacy policy from time to time to ensure that you are aware of the currently valid version.