Website data protection information
The following information shows how we handle your data:
1. Data controller:
Phone: +49 (0)6431 2124980
Fax: +49 (0) 6431 2124 9819
If you have any questions about data protection, please contact us at any time using the contact details provided above.
2. Data processing on our website
2.1 General collection of data
When you access our website or view a file, data about this process is stored in a log file on our web server. The following data can be stored:
- IP address (this is stored anonymously where possible)
- Domain name of the website you came from
- Names of the files you viewed
- Date and time of the request for data
- Name of your Internet Service Provider
- and, if applicable, the operating system and browser version of your device
We collect this data on the basis of our legitimate interest pursuant to art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR to ensure the proper functioning of our websites and to uncover any potential attack scenarios. We reserve the right to check this data retrospectively if we become aware of specific indications of unlawful use.
The data will be deleted after a maximum of 2 weeks. We reserve the right to the statistical evaluation of anonymised data records.
Most of the cookies we use are session cookies. These are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognise your browser on your next visit.
You can adjust your browser settings to make sure that you are informed about the setting of cookies and only allow cookies in individual cases, block the acceptance of cookies in certain cases or in general, and activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. Disabling cookies may restrict the functionality of this website.
Cookies that are necessary for electronic communications or to provide certain functions that you have requested are stored in compliance with art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in storing cookies to ensure the smooth operation and optimised provision of its services. If other cookies (e.g. cookies to analyse your internet usage) are stored, these are dealt with separately in this data protection policy.
2.3 Contact form
If you send us enquiries via the contact form, the information you provide in the form, including the contact details you enter, will be stored by us for the purposes of processing the enquiry and in case there are any subsequent questions.
The processing of the data entered in the contact form is based on our legitimate interests (art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR) or for carrying out measures prior to entering into a contract (art. 6 para. 1 (b) GDPR). If you do not provide any data, it will be impossible to process your request.
The data you enter in the contact form shall remain with us until you ask us to delete it or the purpose for storing the data no longer applies (e.g. after we have completed processing your enquiry). Mandatory legal provisions, in particular storage periods, shall remain unaffected.
We only send newsletters containing advertising information with the consent of the recipients in compliance with art. 6 para, 1 (a) GDPR.
You can subscribe to our newsletter via a double opt-in procedure: after signing up, you will receive an email asking you to confirm your subscription.
This confirmation is necessary to verify you as the owner of the email address. Subscriptions to the newsletter are logged so that we can prove that these have taken place in accordance with legal requirements.
This includes storing the time of subscription and confirmation as well as your IP address. Other data that you have provided when subscribing to the newsletter will also be stored. Apart from your email address, other information is only used to personalise the newsletter, including your name, for example.
You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. You will find a link to unsubscribe in every newsletter email.
2.5 Use of advertising and analysis services
On our website, we use the following services of Google Ireland Limited, based in Ireland, for the purposes of analysing and improving our website and to incorporate content such as videos and images:
- Google Analytics
- Google Video
- Google Photos
- Google Fonts
- Google Tag Manager
These tools can be used to recognise repeat visitors to our website and assign user behaviour and link it with other information.
Possibilities of objecting to data collection
You can prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be created to prevent the collection of your data during future visits to this website: Deactivate Google Analytics.
If you have a Google account, you can object to personalised advertising using the following link:
For further information on how to object to the advertisements displayed by Google, please see the following links:
We have activated the IP anonymisation function on this website. This means that, if you are in an EU member state or another country that is a contracting party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, your IP address will be shortened by Google before being transmitted to the USA. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened once there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information for the purposes of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data.
Demographic data in Google Analytics
This website uses the Google Analytics “Demographics” function. This allows reports to be created that contain statements about the age, gender and interests of visitors to the website. This data comes from Google’s interest-based advertising and from visitor data from third-party providers. This data cannot be assigned to a specific person. You can deactivate this function at any time via the ad settings in your Google account or prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics as explained in the section on “Objecting to data collection”.
When using these systems, cookies may be used and data connections to Google servers in the USA may be established. The level of data protection in the US is not sufficient to comply with European legislation. There is a risk that your data may be processed by US authorities without redress.
These tools are used in compliance with art. 6 para. 1 (a) GDPR. This consent is voluntary and can be revoked at any time.
Data stored by Google at user and event level and linked to cookies, user identifiers (e.g. UserID) or advertising IDs (e.g. DoubleClick cookies, Android advertising ID) is anonymised or deleted after 14 months. Click on the following link for more details:
For embedding videos we use YouTube, a service of Google Ireland Ltd, Gordon House, 4 Barrow St, Dublin, D04 E5W5, Ireland. The legal basis for embedding the videos is your consent in accordance with art. 6 para. 1 (a) GDPR. Accordingly, a connection to YouTube is only established after clicking on ‘View video.’ The next time you visit the website, you will be asked for your consent again.
Please note that we have no influence on the further processing of data by YouTube and that your data may be transmitted to the USA, where there is no adequate level of data protection. There is a risk that your data may be processed by US authorities without redress.
2.7 Use of third-party media content
We use the services of the following third-party providers on our website to load content from their servers:
Cloudflare Inc., 101 Townsend St., San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
Cloudflare offers a globally distributed content delivery network. Technically, the transfer of information between your browser and our website is routed via the Cloudflare network. This enables Cloudflare to analyse the traffic between your browser and our website and to act as a filter between our servers and potentially malicious traffic from the Internet.
In order to legitimise data transfers, we have entered into a data processing agreement with Cloudflare.
3. Direct advertising and objection
For advertising purposes, we inform customers (on the basis of our legitimate interests for direct advertising in accordance with art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR) about new products and offers via various channels of communication (e.g.: emails, letters).
You have the right to object to data processing for direct marketing purposes at any time.
The data required for direct advertising will be stored until any objection to direct advertising is raised.
4. Recipients of personal data
We only pass on your data to third parties if this should become necessary for the fulfilment of a specific purpose. Furthermore, data may be disclosed to the authorities in accordance with the legal provisions outlined in art. 6 para. 1 (c) and 1 (e) GDPR.
We also use processors in various cases in accordance with art. 28 GDPR, and they may receive data from us or have access to your data in connection with their services. In this context, data may also be transferred outside the EU. If this is the case, we shall ensure that either there is an EU adequacy decision in accordance with art. 45 GDPR for the target country in question, or that we have entered into a contract with the service providers concerned on the basis of the standard data protection clauses in accordance with art. 46 para. 2 (c) GDPR.
5. Data protection for our Instagram page
We maintain an online presence on Instagram (service provider: Meta Platforms Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland).
Users’ data is processed outside the European Union. This could make it difficult to enforce user rights. The user data processed in connection with this online presence is processed by Instagram for analysis and advertising purposes. We have no influence over the processing of data by Instagram.
For more information on data processing by Instagram, please visit: https://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy.
6. Data protection for our LinkedIn page
We maintain an online presence on LinkedIn (service provider: LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland).
Users’ data is processed outside the European Union. EU standard contractual clauses are concluded with LinkedIn in order to guarantee the level of data protection: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/l/dpa
For more information on data processing by LinkedIn, please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy
7. Data protection for our YouTube channel
We operate a channel on YouTube (service provider: Google Ireland Ltd., Gordon House, 4 Barrow St, Dublin, D04 E5W5, Ireland).
Users’ data is processed outside the European Union. This could make it difficult to enforce user rights. The user data processed in connection with this online presence is processed by Youtube for analysis and advertising purposes. We have no influence over the processing of data by YouTube.
8. Data protection for our Facebook page
For this page, we use the technical platform and services of Meta Platforms Ireland Ltd, 4 Grand Canal Square Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland.
We and Meta Platforms Ireland Ltd. are jointly responsible for the processing of Insights Data based on the following agreement:
We inform you that when you visit Facebook pages, your IP address and other information is stored. This information is used to provide the operator of the Facebook pages with statistical information about the use of the Facebook page.
For more information, please visit the Facebook pages:
The data that customers, interested parties and users pass on to us on this page may also be processed by us in accordance with the provisions of our data protection information. This processing is based on our legitimate interests (art. 6 para 1 (f) GDPR) to provide targeted information about us and our products.
Information about this data processing is the responsibility of Meta Platforms Ireland Ltd. in accordance with our agreement. Facebook is also responsible for handling requests on user rights, such as the right of access, the right to rectification or erasure, the right to restriction of processing, the right to object to and withdraw processing and the right to data portability.
You can find the settings for data protection and privacy for your Facebook account here:
Facebook does not currently communicate whether and how Meta Platforms Ireland Ltd. uses the data concerning the use of Facebook pages for its own purposes and to what extent an assignment to individual user profiles takes place. It is also not known if the data is passed on to third parties and whether and when it will be deleted.
When you access a Facebook page, the IP address assigned to your device or internet connection is transmitted to Meta Platforms Ireland Ltd. According to Facebook, this IP address is anonymised (for “German” IP addresses) and deleted after 90 days. Meta Platforms Ireland Ltd. also stores information about users’ devices (e.g. as part of the “login alert” function); this may enable Facebook to assign IP addresses to individual users.
If you want to avoid this, you should log out of Facebook or deactivate the “stay logged in” function, delete the cookies on your device and shut down and restart your browser. This will ensure any Facebook information allowing you to be identified is deleted,
so you can use this Facebook page without revealing your Facebook ID. When you access interactive features on the page (Like, Comment, Share, Message, etc.), a Facebook login screen will appear. If you log in, you will once again be identifiable to Facebook as a specific user.
9. Your rights
You have the following rights with regards to any personal data relating to you:
- Right of access (art. 15 GDPR)
- Right to rectification (art. 16 GDPR)
- Right to erasure (art. 17 GDPR)
- Right to restriction of processing (art. 18 GDPR)
- Right to data portability (art. 20 GDPR)
- Right to object to processing (art. 21 GDPR)
- Right to withdraw consent (art. 7 para. 3 GDPR)
- Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority (art. 77 GDPR)
10. Data protection officer
We have appointed an external data protection officer:
Can be contacted at:
Pietsch IT GmbH
Wilhelmshöher Straße 1
11. Validity and amendments to this data protection information
This data protection information is currently valid (see heading for current status). It may become necessary to change this data protection information to allow for the further development of our offers or changes to legal or official requirements.