Privacy Policy

Personal data and appropriate use

Personal data are information about you, such as name, address, birthday, telephone number, or email address. In certain cases, we do need your name, email address and further information that allows us to provide the requested services to you (e.g. mailing the newsletter). If we ask you for additional information, then this information will be provided by you on a strictly voluntary basis.

The personal data is processed exclusively to be able to render the requested service (e.g. contact form). The personal data provided by you will be collected, processed and used exclusively for the purposes communicated. Your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties without your prior consent. External service providers who are processing data on our behalf are obligated to comply with all applicable data protection regulations, and are not deemed third parties in data protection terms.

You are entitled to revoke a consent already given at any time. The purposes of the data processing are indicated at respective locations on our websites, and are not subject to any subsequent changes.

Obligation to inform according to Article 13 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission e.V. (German Commission for UNESCO)
Colmantstraße 15
53115 Bonn
The data protection officer can be contacted under:

For a simply informational visit to our website, meaning, if no registration or any other transmission of information is required, we will collect the following personal data required for technical purposes to allow you to use our website, and to ensure reliability and security (legal basis is Article 6 paragraph 1 sentence 1 lit. (f) of the GDPR):

  • IP address used
  • time of server request
  • date and time of access
  • time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • visited website
  • access status/http status code
  • data volume transferred
  • referrer-URL/source (previously visited web page)
  • browser type/version, language
  • operating system used

The data collected will be used solely for statistical analyses and improvements on our website. Your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties, nor will it be linked with other information. We reserve the right to subsequently review the server log files, if there are concrete indications that suggest an illegal activity.

Use of cookies

Our websites use so-called cookies in several places. The cookies are used to design our website to be more user-friendly, and effective. Cookies are small text files which are stored on your hard drive and assigned to your browser, and via which information is provided to the entity that places the cookie (in this case: to us).

Most of the cookies we use are so-called "session cookies". A randomly generated, unique ID number, a so-called session IP, is stored in a session cookie. A cookie also contains data about its origin and retention period. These cookies cannot store any further types of data. They are deleted automatically after you leave the site. You can also visit our web pages without cookies. If you do not want us to recognise your computer, you can prevent cookies from being stored on your hard disk by choosing "Accept no cookies" in your browser settings. To find out details of how to proceed, please refer to your browser manual. If, however, you choose not to accept cookies, this can limit the functions available to you on our websites.

Use of Matomo

On this website, data are collected and stored by using the Matomo ( web analysing service software, a service provided by InnoCraftLtd.,150 Willis St, 6011 Wellington, New Zealand (“Matomo”) based on our legitimate interest in the statistical analysis of user behaviour for the purpose of optimisation and marketing in accordance with Article 6, paragraph 1 lit. (f) of the GDPR. For the same purpose, pseudonymised user profiles can be created and analysed from these data. Cookies can be used here. The data collected (including your pseudonymised IP address) by using the Matomo technology are processed on our servers.

The information in the pseudonymised user profile generated by the cookie will not be used to identify the visitor(s) of our website, and will also not be combined with the personal information of the bearer of the pseudonym.

If you disapprove with the retention and analysis of these data from your visit, you can object to the retention and use of the data at any time below with a simple mouse click. In this case, a so-called opt-out cookie is set in your browser which means that Matomo does not collect any data from your visit. Please note that, if you choose to delete your cookies, the opt-out cookie is deleted too as a consequence, and therefore must be reactivated by you.

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Use of Google Analytics

(1) This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. "("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to analyze how users use the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

(2) We have activated IP anonymisation "gat._anonymizeIp();" on this website so that your IP address is previously reduced by Google within member states of the European Union or in other signatory states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there.

(3) On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide the website operator with other services relating to website and Internet use.

(4) The IP address transmitted by your browser in the context of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data.

(5) 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. You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) and from processing this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link:
Alternatively, you can place an opt-out cookie in your browser to prevent your visit from being recorded. If you delete your cookies in this browser, you must click this link again.

(6) Third Party Information: Google Dublin, Google Ireland Ltd, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, Fax: +353 (1) 436 1001.
User conditions:
Overview of data protection:
Privacy Policy:

Use of Youtube videos

On this website, YouTube videos are embedded into the page in "Advanced Privacy Mode". When you visit this page, you will be connected to YouTube and the DoubleClick network. A click on the video can trigger further data processing operations, on which the website operator of this website has no control.

Use of Twitter streams

On this website, Twitter streams are embedded into the page. In order to prevent the transmission of data to Twitter when visiting the page, the Twitter stream must be activated by the user. Only then will data be transmitted to Twitter. Unlocking the streams can trigger further data processing operations, on which the website operator of this website has no control.

Your rights towards us

With regard to your personal data, you have the following rights towards us:

  • Right of access
  • Right to rectification or erasure
  • Right to restriction of processing
  • Right to objection to such processing
  • Right to data portability.

Furthermore, you are entitled to submit a complaint regarding our processing of your personal data to a data protection regulatory authority. The regulatory authority in charge for you is based on your place of residence. There is a regulatory authority for each federal state. For a list with all regulatory authorities, please refer to

Supplementary privacy policy for third parties whose personal data are processed as part of image, audio and video recordings

We at the German Commission for UNESCO e. V., keep a register in accordance with UNESCO's Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. To do this, we make the information submitted to us available to the public (through an online database at and by submitting regular reports to UNESCO's Secretariat in Paris. The legal basis for processing for these purposes is Article 6 (1) (f) and Article 6 (1) (c) & (2) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in conjunction with Article 12 & 16 of UNESCO's Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Our legitimate interest in processing personal data, in particular, image, sound and video recordings, is to bring Germany's intangible cultural heritage into the public domain and to present it online. We receive personal data, in particular, image, sound and video recordings, from groups, communities and individuals who have applied to be included in the Federal Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage. We will continue processing the data as long as the requirements for inclusion in the Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage are met. You have the right of access (Article 15 GDPR), revocation (Article 7 GDPR), rectification (Article 16 GDPR), erasure (Article 17 GDPR), restriction of processing (Article 18 GDPR), objection (Article 21 GDPR) and the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority (Article 77 GDPR). Please direct any queries concerning the rights of data subjects to datenschutz(at) Other information pursuant to Article 13 and Article 14 of the GDPR is not required because the respective conditions set out in the provisions do not apply.