Privacy Policy

General Information

1. Name and contact data of the data controller

This privacy information applies for data processing services carried out by:

Controller: Internationale Beethovenfeste Bonn gGmbH (hereinafter referred to as: gGmbH), Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn, Germany; email:; phone: +49 (0)228 – 20 10 30; fax: +49 (0)228 – 20 10 333

gGmbH’s data protection officer is available through dhpg IT-Services GmbH, Bunsenstr. 10a, 51647 Gummersbach, Germany; email:; phone: +49 2261-8195-0.   


2. Rights of data subjects

You have the right:

  • pursuant to Art. 15 GDPR, to obtain information about your personal data processed by us. Insofar as we process your data you may request information especially about the processing purpose, the categories of personal data, the recipients of your disclosed personal data, especially recipients in third countries, the planned storage period or the criteria of determination, the existence of a right to rectification, erasure, restriction of processing or objection, the existence of a right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, the origin of your data, if it was not collected by us as well as the existence of an automated decision-making including profiling and, if applicable, meaningful detailed information.

  • • pursuant to Art. 16 GDPR, to obtain the immediate rectification of incorrect or incomplete of your personal data stored with us;

  • • pursuant to Art. 17 GDPR, to obtain the erasure of the personal data stored with us, unless the processing is required to exercise the right to freedom of expression and information, to fulfil a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or to assert, exercise or defend legal claims;

  • • pursuant to Art. 18 GDPR, to obtain the restriction of processing of your personal data, if the correctness of data is disputable, the processing is unlawful, but you refuse its erasure and we do not need the data anymore. On the other hand, you might need it to assert, exercise or defend legal claims or you have lodged an objection against the processing pursuant to art. 21 GDPR and it is not yet clear whether our legitimate reasons prevail your interests.

  • • pursuant to Art. 20 GDPR, to obtain your personal data which you provided us, in a structured, common and machine-readable format or to demand the transfer to any other responsible person, insofar as the processing is based on your consent or a contract and the processing is made by means of automated procedures;

  • • pursuant to Art. 7 seq. 3 GDPR, to revoke your uniquely given consent at any time. This entails that a continued processing of your personal data is prohibited and

  • • pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR, to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority. As a rule, you can address to the supervisory authority at your usual place of residence or workplace or at our company headquarter.


3. Right of objection

If your personal data are processed on the basis of legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. e or f GDPR, you have the right, pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR, to appeal against processing your personal data insofar as there are reasons resulting from your particular situation or which are directed against direct advertising.

In the first case, we will no longer process your data unless we can prove compelling reasons that prevail your interests, liberties and rights or our processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

In the latter case you have a general right of objection which is realized by us without indicating a particular situation. If you want to make use of your right of revocation or objection, an email to will be sufficient.


4. Data transfer

Your personal data will not be transferred to third parties for purposes other than those listed below. We will only pass on your personal data to third parties if:

  • • you have expressly given your consent pursuant to Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. a GDPR

  • • the transfer pursuant to Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. f GDPR is required for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims and there is no reason to assume that you have a prevailing legitimate interest in not transferring your data,

  • • in the event that there is a legal obligation to transfer data pursuant to Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. c GDPR, and

  • • this is required by law and pursuant to Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. b GDPR for the execution of contractual relationships with you.

  • In addition, your personal data are processed by our order processors in compliance with instructions, insofar as this is necessary for the fulfilment of the order. Our contract processors do not have an own right to use your data.


5. Data security

We use the common SSL (Secure Socket Layer) method in connection with the highest level of encryption supported by your browser. As a rule, this is a 256-bit encryption. If your browser does not support 256-bit encryption, we use 128-bit v3 technology instead. You can see whether an individual page of our website is transmitted in encrypted form by the representation of the closed bowl or lock symbol or by the use of "https" in front of the address of our (sub)website. We also use suitable technical and organizational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or against unauthorized access by third parties. Our security measures are continuously improved in accordance with technological development.


6. Third countries

Data will be transmitted by us to third countries exclusively in accordance with the statutory regulations.

Insofar as we fulfil our contract with you, data are made available to third parties. Appropriate safeguards pursuant to Art. 46 GDPR or an adequacy decision pursuant to Art. 45 GDPR are not necessary.

If you have not consented to the data transfer, if the data transfer does not serve the fulfilment of the contract or if the transfer is necessary for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims, the data are only transferred by us if there are suitable safeguards or an adequacy decision.

A suitable safeguard exists, for example, if the EU standard contractual clauses issued by the EU Commission have been concluded or if certification by means of a "Privacy Shield" has been obtained.

The legal basis is Art. 45 and 46 GDPR.


Specific privacy information for data processing operations on the website


1. When visiting the website

When visiting our website, the browser used on your terminal device automatically sends information to the server of our website. This information is temporarily stored in a so-called log file. The following information is collected without your intervention and stored until it is automatically deleted:

  • IP address of the requesting computer,

  • • date and time of access,

  • • name and URL of the retrieved file

  • • website allowing the access (referrer-URL),

  • • used browser and the operating system of the computer as well as the name of your access provider.


The mentioned data are processed by us for the following purposes:

  • • to ensure a smooth connection to our website,

  • • to ensure a comfortable use of our website,

  • • assessment of the system security and stability as well as

  • • for further administrative purposes.

The legal basis for data processing is laid down in Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. f GDPR. Our legitimate interest lies in the operation of our website and the related presentation of our company.

Your data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer required for the stated purposes, after 6 months at the latest.


2. When registering for our newsletter

If you have expressly consented in accordance with Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. a GDPR, we will use your email address to send you our newsletter regularly.

To receive the newsletter, it is sufficient to provide an email address. You can enter your name voluntarily so that we can address you personally in the newsletter. Cancellation is possible at any time, for example via a link at the end of each newsletter. Alternatively, you can also send your cancellation to by email at any time.

We store your data until revocation of your data.


3. Cookies, analysis tools, plugins and other elements of third parties

We use cookies on our site. These are small files which your browser automatically creates, and which are stored on your terminal device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.). Cookies do not harm your terminal device and do not contain viruses, trojans or other malware. The cookie is used to store information that arises in connection with the specific terminal device used. However, this does not mean that we will immediately become aware of your identity.

Analysis tools are used to evaluate the behaviour of the website visitors and enable the provider to optimize the website and adapt marketing measures.

Plugins and other elements from third parties are used to integrate the content of these providers into the website.

a) Required first-party cookies

The use of our necessary first-party cookies serves on the one hand to make the use of our range more pleasant for you. For example, we use so-called session cookies to recognize that you have already visited individual pages on our website. These are automatically erased after leaving our site.

In addition, we also use temporary cookies to optimize user-friendliness, which are stored on your terminal device for a certain period of time. If you visit our site again in order to use our services, it automatically recognizes that you have already visited us and which entries and settings you have made so that you do not have to enter them again.

These data will be erased after 6 months at the latest.

We process your data on the basis of our legitimate interest in the external presentation of our company via the website you have called up and to promote user friendliness. The legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. f GDPR.

Most browsers automatically accept these cookies. However, you can configure your browser so that no cookies are stored on your computer or a message always appears before such a cookie is generated. However, if cookies are completely deactivated, the website may not be displayed correctly, or you may not be able to use all the functions of our website.

b) Third-Party-Cookies, analysis tools, plugins and other third-party elements

The following indicated and used third-party cookies, analysis tools, plugins and elements of third parties are used only after receipt of your expressly given consent based on Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. a) GDPR. You can withdraw your given consents at any time for the future. The withdraw of your consent or not giving your consent may lead to an incorrect display of the website or the website does not allow to use all functions.

With the Third-Party-Cookies analysis tools, plugins and other elements of third parties we want to ensure a need-based design, marketing measures and the continuous optimization of our website. In addition, we use the tracking measures in order to statistically record the use of our website and evaluate it for the purpose of optimizing our services for you.

The respective functional descriptions, possible recipients of the data, information on possible transfers to a third country, and the storage duration can be found in the following notes on the individual processing steps with third-party cookies, analysis tools, plug-ins, and other third-party elements.

(1) Google Analytics

For the purpose of designing our pages to meet your needs and continuously optimizing them, we use Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google LLC (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; hereinafter "Google"). In this context, pseudonymised user profiles are created and cookies (see section 4) are used. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website such as

- Browser type/version,

- the operating system used,

- Referrer URL (the previously visited page),

- Host name of the accessing computer (IP address),

- Time of the server request,

are transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The information is used to evaluate the use of the website, to compile reports on the website activities and to provide further services associated with the use of the website and the Internet for the purposes of market research and the design of these Internet pages in line with requirements. Under no circumstances will your IP address be merged with other Google data. The IP addresses are made anonymous, so that an assignment is not possible (IP masking).

Further information on data protection in connection with Google Analytics can be found in the Google Analytics Help (

Google LLC is certified according to the Privacy Shield Agreement:


(2) Google Ads Remarketing

We have integrated services from Google Remarketing on this website. Google Remarketing is a function of Google AdWords that enables a company to display advertising to Internet users who have previously visited the company's website. The integration of Google Remarketing thus allows a company to create user-related advertising and thus to display interest-relevant advertisements to the Internet user.

The operating company of the services of Google Remarketing is Google LLC (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; hereinafter "Google"). The purpose of Google Remarketing is the display of interest-relevant advertising. Google Remarketing enables us to display advertisements via the Google advertising network or to have them displayed on other Internet sites which are tailored to the individual needs and interests of Internet users.

By means of a cookie, personal information, for example the internet pages visited by the person concerned, is stored. Each time our website is visited, personal data, including the IP address of the Internet connection used by the person concerned, is transmitted to Google in the USA.

Further information and the applicable data protection regulations of Google can be found at

Google LLC is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement:


(3) Google Maps

This site uses the maps service Google Maps through API. Providers of the maps service is Google LLC., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, U.S.A.

The implementation of this plug-in is made through the so-called two-click method in order to protect visitors of our website in the best possible way. This means that your personal data (in particular, your IP address) will not be transmitted to Google when you visit the website. First, you have to activate the integrated map by clicking on it. With this click, you give your consent for loading the map with our company location and transferring the data to Google.

Your information is generally not anonymized before it is transferred to a Google server in the U.S.A. and stored there.

Please find more information about the use of user data in the privacy policy of Google:

Google LLC is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement:


(4) Facebook pixel

We use the Facebook pixel of Facebook, Inc. (1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA). This allows us to track conversions, retarget website visitors, and gather additional information about members who view ads. We use your personal information to display advertisements that are of interest to you and to help us make our site more interesting to you.

The Facebook pixel allows us to collect information about visits to this website, including URL, referrer URL, IP address, device and browser properties (user agent) and timestamps.

Facebook does not share any personally identifiable information with us, but only provides aggregated reports about website audience and ad performance. Facebook also provides retargeting for website visitors so that we can use this data to display targeted advertising outside of our website without identifying the member.

For your privacy, please refer to Facebook's privacy policy (

Facebook Inc. is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement:


(5) YouTube

We use social plugins from YouTube LLC (901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA) a subsidiary of Google LLC on our website. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA) to make our company better known.

The plug-ins are marked with a YouTube logo, for example in the form of a "YouTube camera" or a "Play" button.

The integration of these plug-ins by us takes place by means of the so-called two-click method in order to protect visitors to our website in the best possible way. This means that your personal data (in particular your IP address) is not already transmitted to YouTube when you access the website. Rather, you must first activate the integrated "buttons" and videos by clicking them. With this click, you give your consent for a connection to the YouTube servers to be established.

Through this integration, YouTube receives the information that your browser has called up the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a YouTube profile or are not currently logged in to YouTube.

This information (including your IP address) is transmitted by your browser directly to a YouTube server in the USA and stored there. If you are logged in to YouTube, YouTube is able to directly attribute your visit to our website to your YouTube account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking the "YouTube" button, this information is also transmitted directly to a YouTube server and stored there. The information is also published to your YouTube account and displayed to your contacts.

If you do not want YouTube to associate the information collected via our website directly with your YouTube account, you must log out of YouTube before activating the plugins.

For more information, please see the YouTube Privacy Policy (

Google LLC as the parent company of YouTube LLC is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement:


4. Currency and amendment of the data protection declaration

This data protection declaration is currently valid as of December 2019. Due to the further development of our website and offers on it or due to changed legal or official requirements, it may be necessary to amend this data protection declaration. You can call up and print out the current data protection declaration at any time on the website at