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Privacy policy

Thank you for your interest in using our website. The protection of personal data is our top priority. Below you will find information about the processing of your personal data and about your rights in the context of the use of our web offer.

1. Responsible person

Responsible for data processing is:

Produktion NRW
Cluster Mechanical Engineering / Production Technology
c/o VDMA e. V.
Grafenberger Allee 125
40237 Düsseldorf
Telefon + 49 211 6877480

2. Data protection officer

You can reach our data protection officer as follows:

Scheja und Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB
Adenauerallee 136
53113 Bonn
Phone +49 228 227 226-0
E-Mail or

3. Subject of data protection

The data protection information includes personal data. This personal data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (so-called data subject). This includes, for example, details such as name, postal address, e-mail address or telephone number, but also information that necessarily arises during association membership and/or the business relationship, such as details about the start, end and scope of use of membership, products and services.

4. Purposes and legal bases of data processing the provision of our website.

Below you will find an overview of the purposes and legal bases of data processing in the context of your visit to our website.

4.1 Logfiles

When you visit and use our website, we process certain log information in a log file. The log data includes the following information:
URL accessed, IP address of the user, in anonymized form, time and date of access, website from which the user came to the requested page (so-called “referrer”), information about the browser type and version used, operating system of the user, Internet service provider of the user.

We process this data for statistical purposes, to improve the website, for system security (e.g. prevention of misuse) and for error diagnostics. As a legal basis, we rely on Article 6, paragraph 1, (f) DSGVO.

We store this data for a period of 7 days after creation.

4.2 Cookies

We use cookies on our website in order to offer a comprehensive range of functions, to make use more comfortable and to be able to optimize our offers. Cookies are small text files that are generated by a web server and stored on your computer by means of the web browser used during the online visit.

On the one hand, we use so-called “session cookies”. These are automatically deleted after the end of your browser session.

Furthermore, in connection with the integration of certain third-party services (see above), additional cookies may be set by their providers (so-called “third-party cookies”).

4.3 Contact option

You have the option of contacting us via e-mail addresses provided on our website. In this case, we process your name, e-mail address and the data you provide, in particular your question. The purpose of the processing is the receipt and handling of inquiries, complaints or other feedback. As a legal basis, we rely on Article 6(1)(f) DSGVO.

We store your personal data only as long as necessary to achieve the above purposes or as required by the storage periods specified by law. After the purpose has ceased to exist or the periods have expired, the corresponding data will be routinely blocked or deleted in accordance with the statutory provisions.

4.4 Newsletter registration

You have the option to register for our newsletter on our website. In this case, we process the following of your personal data:

Name, first name, function, company, street, postcode/city, telephone, e-mail address.

We store your data as long as you subscribe to the newsletter.

If you have given us consent to process your data, you can revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future. The legality of the processing of your data until the revocation remains unaffected. If you no longer wish to receive the newsletter, you can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. To do so, simply click on the unsubscribe link provided in each of our newsletters.

4.5 Links to other websites

Our website contains links to other websites. Websites as well as services of other providers that our website links to are designed and provided by third parties. We have no influence on the design, content and functions of these services. Please note that the third-party services linked from our website may install their own cookies on your terminal device outside our sphere of influence and/or collect personal data. We have no influence on this. In this respect, please obtain information directly from the providers of these linked third-party services, in particular with regard to the type, scope, legal basis and storage period.

5. Recipients of personal data

5.1 Internal recipients

Only those persons have access who need it for the purposes stated under point 3.

5.2 External recipients

We only pass on your personal data to external recipients if this is necessary for processing or handling your request, if there is another legal permission or if we have your consent for this. External recipients may be:

a) Order processors

External service providers that we use to provide services, for example in the areas of technical infrastructure and maintenance or the provision of content relevant to agreements and contracts. These processors are carefully selected and regularly reviewed by us to ensure that the protection of your personal data is maintained. The service providers may only use the data for the purposes specified by us.

b) Public authorities

Authorities and state institutions, such as ministries, public prosecutors, state administrations, courts or tax authorities, to which we must transfer personal data for legally compelling reasons.

c) Other bodies

Cooperation partners to whom data is transferred on the basis of consent or a legal basis, for example trade fair companies, standardization and research institutions, congress and event organizations, national and international association organizations.

6. Data processing in third countries

In some cases, your data will be transferred to another entity whose registered office or place of data processing is not located in a member state of the European Union or in another state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

If there is no adequacy decision of the European Commission for the third country, we work towards an adequate level of data protection for the transfer of personal data outside the EEA by concluding appropriate agreements with the recipients, which are regularly based on the EU standard contractual clauses, before the data is transferred.

7. Storage period

Please refer to the respective chapter on data processing for the storage period of personal data.

In addition, the following generally applies: we store your personal data only for as long as is necessary to fulfill the purposes or – in the case of consent – as long as you have not revoked your consent. In the event of an objection, we will delete your personal data unless its further processing is permitted under the relevant legal provisions.

We will also delete your personal data if we are obliged to do so for legal reasons.

8. Your data subject rights

As a data subject, you have the following rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), provided that their respective legal requirements are met:

  • Right of objection:
  • Individual right of objection

    You have the right to object at any time, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to the processing of your personal data which is carried out on the basis of Article 6 (1) sentence 1 e) DSGVO or Article 6 (1) sentence 1 f) DSGVO. We will then no longer process this personal data for these purposes unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing that override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.
  • Right to object to processing of data for direct marketing purposes.

    In individual cases, we process your data in order to conduct direct advertising. You have the right to object at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you for the purposes of such advertising. This also applies to profiling, insofar as it is associated with such direct advertising. If you object to processing for direct marketing purposes, your personal data will no longer be processed for these purposes.
  • Information:
    You have the right to obtain information about the data we have processed about you.
  • Correction:
    You can request the correction of incorrect data concerning your person. In addition, you can request the completion of incomplete data.
  • Deletion:
    In certain cases, you may request the deletion of your personal data.
  • Restriction of processing:
    In certain cases, you can request that we restrict the processing of your data.
  • Data portability:
    If you have provided us with data on the basis of a contract or consent, you may request that you receive the data you have provided in a structured, common and machine-readable format or that we transfer it to another controller.
  • Withdrawal of consent:
    If you have given us consent to process your data, you can revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future. The lawfulness of the processing of your data until the revocation remains unaffected. You can also declare a revocation in addition to the ways mentioned under “Assertion of your rights” in accordance with the respective instructions on “Exercising the revocation” in the section “Services & Cookies”.
  • Right to complain to the supervisory authority:
    You have the right to lodge a complaint with a data protection supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement, if you consider that the processing of personal data concerning you is unlawful.

    You can contact us free of charge if you have any questions about the processing of your personal data, your data subject rights and any consent you may have given. To exercise any of your aforementioned rights, please contact us at or at the offices indicated in section 1 above. In doing so, please ensure that we are able to clearly identify you.

9. Status

The current version of this data protection information applies, version dated 22.09.2022.