Privacy Policy


We take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the legal data protection regulations as stipulated in the General Data Protection Regulation as well as in this Privacy Policy.

1. Responsible body

The Controller of data processing is:

Kompetenznetz Vorhofflimmern e.V. / Atrial Fibrillation NETwork (alias: AFNET)
Mendelstraße 11
48149 Muenster, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 251 9801330
Fax: +49 (0) 251 9801349

Data Protection Officer is:

Kompetenznetz Vorhofflimmern e.V. / Atrial Fibrillation NETwork (alias: AFNET)
Arndt Sachs
Mendelstraße 11
48149 Muenster, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 251 9801342
Fax: +49 (0) 251 9801349

Website Provider is:

Wüllnerstraße 3
48149 Muenster, Germany


2. Rights of the Persons concerned

Natural persons have legal rights to personal data concerning them. To exercise your rights and other questions about personal data, you can always contact the data protection officer or the responsible body.

These rights are subject to conflicting statutory provisions.


Right to revoke your consent to data processing

Many data processing operations are only possible with your explicit consent. You can revoke an existing consent at any time. An informal message by e-mail to us is sufficient. The legality of the data processing carried out until the revocation remains unaffected by the revocation.

Data processing operations for the purpose of fulfilling the business purpose on the basis of a contract and in connection with a professional cooperation may be excluded from this revocation.

Right to information, transparency, blocking, deletion

You may receive information about your stored personal data and the underlying procedures at any time without giving reasons. You can request your data collected by us to be blocked, rectified or deleted provided this is (technically) feasible.

Right to appeal

Furthermore, you have a right of appeal to the competent Data Protection authority. The competent Data Protection authority is:

Representative for Data Protection and Freedom of Information North Rhine-Westphalia

Helga Block
Kavalleriestraße 2-4
40213 Düsseldorf

Phone: +49 (0) 211 - 384 24-0
Telefax: +49 (0) 211 - 384 24-10

Right to data portability

You have the right to have the data we have processed based on your consent or in fulfillment of a contract delivered to you or to a third party in a standard machine-readable format. If you request the direct transfer of the data to another controller, this will only be done if it is (technically) feasible.


3. Data processing

AFNET processes personal data in accordance with specified and documented procedures with a stated purpose. Only the minimal necessary data are collected to fulfill the purpose. If necessary, disclosure of this data to third parties will be made exclusively to the processor in order to support the fulfillment of the purpose. These processors are contractually bound to comply with data protection regulations.

There is no off-purpose processing of personal data or data retention/storage.

AFNET only operates systems secured by appropriate technical and organizational measures for the processing of personal data.


4. Data collection on our website


Your personal data is collected by your submission of these data to us, e.g. by entering data in a contact form, ordering informational materials, registering for the newsletter or registering for the internal area of a trial.

Other personal data of technical nature will be collected automatically through our IT system once you visit our website.

a) Technical data collected

The provider of the webpages automatically collects and stores information which your browser automatically transmits to us. These are:

  • Browser type and browser version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL (website from which you came to our site)
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • Time of server request
  • IP address

This data will not be merged with other data sources.

The basis for data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR, which allows the processing of data for the performance of a contract or pre-contractual measures.

b) Contact form

If you send us inquiries via the contact form, your details from the inquiry form, including the contact details you provide there, will be stored in order to process the request and for follow-up questions. We will not share this information without your consent.

The processing of the data entered into the contact form is therefore exclusively based on your consent (Art. 6 (1) lit. GDPR). You can revoke this consent at any time. An informal message by e-mail to us is sufficient. The legality of the data processing operations carried out until the revocation remains unaffected by the revocation.

The information you provide in the contact form will remain with us until you request deletion, revocation of your consent to storage, termination of the process or the purpose of the data storage (for example, after your request has been processed following a specified cancellation period). Mandatory statutory provisions - especially retention periods - remain unaffected.

This also applies to the ordering of information material, such as the patient brochure "Herz aus dem Takt", the newsletter, etc.

c) Job advertisements / Online job applications

Your application data will be collected electronically and processed by us for the purpose of the application process. In case your application results in a contract of employment, your transmitted data may be stored in your personnel file for the purpose of the usual organizational and administrative process in compliance with the relevant legal requirements. In the case of rejection of your job application the data transmitted by you will be deleted two months after announcement of the rejection. This does not apply if, due to legal requirements (for example, the burden of proof according to the General Equal Treatment Act), a longer storage is necessary or if you have expressly consented to a longer storage in our prospect database.


5. Analysis tools and advertising

When you visit our website, your surfing behavior may be evaluated statistically. This is mainly done with cookies and with so-called analysis programs. The analysis of your surfing behavior is done anonymously. The surfing behavior usually cannot be traced back to you.

a) Google Analytics

This website uses features of the web analytics service Google Analytics. Provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA ("Google"). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies". These are text files stored on your computer which allow to analyze the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google Analytics cookies are stored on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior in order to optimize both its website and its advertising.

IP anonymization

We have activated the function IP anonymization on this website. As a result, your IP address will be truncated by Google within member states of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to the USA. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the US and truncated there. 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 activities and to provide other services related to website activity and internet usage to the website operator. The IP address provided by Google Analytics as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data.

For information about how IP anonymization works, visit:

Browser plugin

You can prevent the storage of cookies by the respective setting in your browser software; however, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use all of the features of this website to the fullest extent possible. In addition, you may prevent Google from collecting data generated by cookies and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) and processing this data by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link:

Objection to data collection

You can prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link: Deaktivate Google Analytics. An opt-out cookie will be saved which prevents the collection of your data during future visits of this website.

Demographics in Google Analytics

This website uses the demographics feature of Google Analytics. As a result, reports can be generated which contain statements on age, gender and interests of the site visitors. These data come from interest-based advertising by Google as well as from third-party visitor data. The information cannot be assigned to a specific person. You can disable this feature any time through the ad settings in your Google Account, or you can generally prohibit the collection of your data by Google Analytics as outlined in the section "Objection to Data Collection". There is no evaluation of demographic characteristics by us.

b) Google AdWords and Google Conversion Tracking

This website uses Google AdWords. AdWords is an online advertising program of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States ("Google").

As part of Google AdWords, we use the so-called conversion tracking. When you click on an ad provided by Google, a conversion tracking cookie is saved. Cookies are small text files that the web browser stores on the user's computer. These cookies lose their validity after 30 days and are not used for the personal identification of the users. If the user visits certain pages of this website and the cookie has not expired yet, Google and we can recognize that the user clicked on the ad and was redirected to this page.

Each Google AdWords customer receives a different cookie. The cookies cannot be tracked through the websites of AdWords advertisers. The information gathered using the conversion cookie is used to generate conversion statistics for AdWords advertisers who have opted for conversion tracking. Customers are informed on the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were redirected to a conversion tracking tag page. However, they do not receive information that personally identifies users. If you do not want to participate in tracking, you can opt-out of this by easily disabling the Google Conversion Tracking cookie through its Internet browser under User Preferences. Thus you will not be included in the conversion tracking statistics.

The storage of "conversion cookies" is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior in order to optimize both its website and its advertising.

For more information about Google AdWords and Google Conversion Tracking, see the Google Privacy Policy:

You can adjust your browser settings in the way that you are informed about the saving of cookies and only allow certain cookies to be saved, exclude the acceptance of cookies for certain cases or generally and activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.


6. Plugins und Tools


Our website uses plugins from the Google-operated YouTube page. Site operator is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.

When you visit one of our YouTube plug-in-enabled sites, you will be connected to the servers of YouTube. This tells the YouTube server which of our pages you have visited. If you are logged into your YouTube account, YouTube will allow you to associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

The use of YouTube is in the interest of providing study-specific information. This constitutes a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

For more information on how user data are handled, please refer to the YouTube Privacy Policy at:

Google Web Fonts

This site uses so-called web fonts, provided by Google, for the uniform representation of fonts. When you open a webpage, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache to display texts and fonts correctly.

In order to do this, your browser must connect to Google's servers. As a result, Google learns that our website has been accessed via your IP address. The use of Google Web Fonts is in the interest of a consistent and attractive presentation of our online services. This constitutes a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

If your browser does not support web fonts, a default font will be used by your computer.

More information about Google Web Fonts can be found at: and in Google's Privacy Policy:

Google Maps Plugin

We use a plugin by the internet service Google Maps on our website. Google Maps is operated by Google Inc., located in the US, CA 94043, 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View. By using Google Maps on our website, information about the use of this website and your IP address will be transmitted to and stored on a Google server in the United States. We have no knowledge of the exact content of the submitted data, nor about their use by Google. The company denies in this context the connection of the data with information from other Google services and the collection of personal data. However, Google may transmit the information to third parties. If you disable Java-script in your browser, you will prevent the execution of Google Maps. However, you will not be able to use a map display on our website. By using our website you consent to the described collection and processing of information by Google. For more information on the privacy policy and terms of use for Google Maps can be found here:


7. Data security

SSL or TLS encryption

For security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as requests via the contact form, which you send to us as a site operator, this site uses an SSL or TLS encryption. You can recognize an encrypted connection by the change in the address line of the browser from "http: //" to "https: //" and the lock symbol in your browser line.

If SSL or TLS encryption is enabled, the data you submit to us via the contact form cannot be read by third parties.


8. Updating and changing this privacy policy

This Privacy Policy is as of May 22, 2019.