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1. An overview of data protection


The following gives a simple overview of what happens to your personal information when you visit our website. Personal information is any data with which you could be personally identified. Detailed information on the subject of data protection can be found in our privacy policy found below.

Data collection on our website

Who is responsible for the data collection on this website?
The data collected on this website are processed by the website operator. The operator’s contact details can be found in the website’s required legal notice.

How do we collect your data?
Some data are collected when you provide it to us. This could, for example, be data you enter on a contact form.

Other data are collected automatically by our IT systems when you visit the website. These data are primarily technical data such as the browser and operating system you are using or when you accessed the page. These data are collected automatically as soon as you enter our website.

What do we use your data for?
Part of the data is collected to ensure the proper functioning of the website. Other data can be used to analyze how visitors use the site.

What rights do you have regarding your data?
You always have the right to request information about your stored data, its origin, its recipients, and the purpose of its collection at no charge. You also have the right to request that it be corrected, blocked, or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in the legal notice if you have further questions about the issue of privacy and data protection. You may also, of course, file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities.

Analytics and third-party tools

When visiting our website, statistical analyses may be made of your surfing behavior. This happens primarily using cookies and analytics. The analysis of your surfing behavior is usually anonymous, i.e. we will not be able to identify you from this data. You can object to this analysis or prevent it by not using certain tools. Detailed information can be found in the following privacy policy.

You can object to this analysis. We will inform you below about how to exercise your options in this regard.

2. General information and mandatory information

Data protection

The operators of this website take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data as confidential and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy.

If you use this website, various pieces of personal data will be collected. Personal information is any data with which you could be personally identified. This privacy policy explains what information we collect and what we use it for. It also explains how and for what purpose this happens.

Please note that data transmitted via the internet (e.g. via email communication) may be subject to security breaches. Complete protection of your data from third-party access is not possible.

Notice concerning the party responsible for this website

The party responsible for processing data on this website is:

Werkzeuge-Maschinen-Systeme GmbH
Jahnstraße 1
79771 Klettgau-Grießen

Vertreten durch
Stephan von Schneyder Dipl.-Ing. (FH, EWE)
Ralf Dietsche Eng. & Management

Telephone: +49 (0) 7742 85 757-0

The responsible party is the natural or legal person who alone or jointly with others decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data (names, email addresses, etc.).

Revocation of your consent to the processing of your data

Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

Right to file complaints with regulatory authorities

If there has been a breach of data protection legislation, the person affected may file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities. The competent regulatory authority for matters related to data protection legislation is the data protection officer of the German state in which our company is headquartered. A list of data protection officers and their contact details can be found at the following link:

Right to data portability

You have the right to have data which we process based on your consent or in fulfillment of a contract automatically delivered to yourself or to a third party in a standard, machine-readable format. If you require the direct transfer of data to another responsible party, this will only be done to the extent technically feasible.

SSL or TLS encryption

This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser’s address line when it changes from „http://“ to „https://“ and the lock icon is displayed in your browser’s address bar.

If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.

Information, blocking, deletion

As permitted by law, you have the right to be provided at any time with information free of charge about any of your personal data that is stored as well as its origin, the recipient and the purpose for which it has been processed. You also have the right to have this data corrected, blocked or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in our legal notice if you have further questions on the topic of personal data.

Opposition to promotional emails

We hereby expressly prohibit the use of contact data published in the context of website legal notice requirements with regard to sending promotional and informational materials not expressly requested. The website operator reserves the right to take specific legal action if unsolicited advertising material, such as email spam, is received.

3. Data protection officer

Statutory data protection officer

We have appointed a data protection officer for our company.

Gerhard Kwasnik
Fahrstraße 12b
75181 Pforzheim

Phone: 07231 979 764


4. Data collection on our website


Some of our web pages use cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain any viruses. Cookies help make our website more user-friendly, efficient, and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called „session cookies.“ They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain in your device’s memory until you delete them. These cookies make it possible to recognize your browser when you next visit the site.

You can configure your browser to inform you about the use of cookies so that you can decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept or reject a cookie. Alternatively, your browser can be configured to automatically accept cookies under certain conditions or to always reject them, or to automatically delete cookies when closing your browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

Cookies which are necessary to allow electronic communications or to provide certain functions you wish to use (such as the shopping cart) are stored pursuant to Art. 6 paragraph 1, letter f of DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies to ensure an optimized service provided free of technical errors. If other cookies (such as those used to analyze your surfing behavior) are also stored, they will be treated separately in this privacy policy.

Consent with Borlabs Cookie

Our website uses the Borlabs consent technology to obtain your consent to the storage of certain cookies in your browser or for the use of certain technologies and for their data privacy protection compliant documentation. The provider of this technology is Borlabs GmbH, Rübenkamp 32, 22305 Hamburg, Germany (hereinafter referred to as Borlabs).

Whenever you visit our website, a Borlabs cookie will be stored in your browser, which archives any declarations or revocations of consent you have entered. These data are not shared with the provider of the Borlabs technology.

The recorded data shall remain archived until you ask us to eradicate them, delete the Borlabs cookie on your own or the purpose of storing the data no longer exists. This shall be without prejudice to any retention obligations mandated by law. To review the details of Borlabs’ data processing policies, please visit

We use the Borlabs cookie consent technology to obtain the declarations of consent mandated by law for the use of cookies. The legal basis for the use of such cookies is Art. 6(1)(c) GDPR.

Server log files

The website provider automatically collects and stores information that your browser automatically transmits to us in „server log files“. These are:

  • Browser type and browser version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server request
  • IP address

These data will not be combined with data from other sources.

The basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract.

Contact form

Should you send us questions via the contact form, we will collect the data entered on the form, including the contact details you provide, to answer your question and any follow-up questions. We do not share this information without your permission.

We will, therefore, process any data you enter onto the contact form only with your consent per Art. 6 (1)(a) DSGVO. You may revoke your consent at any time. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

We will retain the data you provide on the contact form until you request its deletion, revoke your consent for its storage, or the purpose for its storage no longer pertains (e.g. after fulfilling your request). Any mandatory statutory provisions, especially those regarding mandatory data retention periods, remain unaffected by this provision.


5. Analytics and advertising

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service. It is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses so-called „cookies“. These are text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of 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 based on Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior to optimize both its website and its advertising.

IP anonymization
We have activated the IP anonymization feature on this website. Your IP address will be shortened by Google within the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to the United States. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity, and to provide other services regarding website activity and Internet usage for the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with any other data held by Google.

Browser plugin
You can prevent these cookies being stored by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. However, we wish to point out that doing so may mean you will not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent the data generated by cookies about your use of the website (incl. your IP address) from being passed to Google, and the processing of these data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link:

For more information about how Google Analytics handles user data, see Google’s privacy policy:

Outsourced data processing
We have entered into an agreement with Google for the outsourcing of our data processing and fully implement the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities when using Google Analytics.


6. Newsletter

Newsletter data

If you would like to receive our newsletter, we require a valid email address as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the specified email address and that you agree to receive this newsletter. No additional data is collected or is only collected on a voluntary basis. We only use this data to send the requested information and do not pass it on to third parties.

We will, therefore, process any data you enter onto the contact form only with your consent per Art. 6 (1) (a) DSGVO. You can revoke consent to the storage of your data and email address as well as their use for sending the newsletter at any time, e.g. through the „unsubscribe“ link in the newsletter. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data will be deleted. Data we have stored for other purposes (e.g. email addresses for the members area) remain unaffected.

Content of the newsletter

We send newsletters, e-mails and other electronic notifications with advertising information (hereinafter „newsletter“) only with the consent of the recipient or a legal permission. Insofar as the contents of a newsletter are concretely described, they are authoritative for the consent of the users. Incidentally, our newsletters contain the following information: Our services, trade fair dates, promotions and contributions via WordPress.

Double opt-in and logging

The registration for our newsletter takes place in a so-called double opt-in procedure. That After registration, you will receive an e-mail asking you to confirm your registration. This confirmation is necessary so that nobody can register with external e-mail addresses. The registration for the newsletter will be logged in order to prove the registration process according to the legal requirements. This includes the storage of the login and the confirmation time, as well as the IP address. Likewise, changes to your data stored with the shipping service provider will be logged.

Shipping service

We use the provider MailPoet (hereinafter referred to as „shipping service provider“) to send our newsletter. The privacy policy of the shipping service provider can be viewed here: MailPoet Privacy Policy.
Credentials: To subscribe to the newsletter, it is sufficient to provide your e-mail address. Optionally, please provide the following information: First name for the purpose of personalizing the newsletter. These data are used only for sending the newsletter and will not be given to third parties. By registering for the newsletter, we save your IP address and the date of registration. The sole purpose of this storage is to prove that a third party misuses an e-mail address and registers for newsletter reception without the knowledge of the person entitled.

7. Plugins and tools


Our website uses plugins from YouTube, which is operated by Google. The operator of the pages is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.

If you visit one of our pages featuring a YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. Here the YouTube server is informed about which of our pages you have visited.

If you’re logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube allows you to associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

YouTube is used to help make our website appealing. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.

Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of YouTube under

Google Maps

This website uses the mapping service Google Maps. The provider is Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.

To enable the use of the Google Maps features, your IP address must be stored. As a rule, this information is transferred to one of Google’s servers in the United States, where it is archived. The operator of this website has no control over the data transfer. In case Google Maps has been activated, Google has the option to use Google Fonts for the purpose of the uniform depiction of fonts. When you access Google Maps, your browser will load the required web fonts into your browser cache, to correctly display text and fonts.

We use Google Maps to present our online content in an appealing manner and to make the locations disclosed on our website easy to find. This constitutes a legitimate interest as defined in Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR. If appropriate consent has been obtained, the processing is carried out exclusively on the basis of Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR and § 25 (1) TTDSG, insofar the consent includes the storage of cookies or the access to information in the user’s end device (e.g., device fingerprinting) within the meaning of the TTDSG. This consent can be revoked at any time.

Data transmission to the US is based on the Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) of the European Commission. Details can be found here: and

For more information on the handling of user data, please review Google’s Data Privacy Declaration under:

8. Internal services

Job applications

We offer you the opportunity to send us a job application (e.g. by email, post or using the online application form). The following provides you with details of the scope, purpose and use of the personal data pertaining to you collected within the scope of the application process. We hereby confirm that the collection, processing and use of your data is in compliance with applicable data protection law and all other pertinent statutory provisions and that your data is handled in strict confidence.

Scope and purpose of data collection

Upon submitting your application to us, we process your associated personal data (e.g. contact and communication data, job application documentation, notes taken during job interviews etc.) insofar as is necessary to make a decision regarding the establishment of an employment relationship. The commensurate legal basis is provided under Section 26 of the new German Data Protection Act (BDSG-neu) in accordance with German law (initiation of an employment relationship), Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR (general contract initiation) and – insofar as you have granted commensurate consent – Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR. The respective consent may be withdrawn at any time. Your personal data will be disclosed solely to persons within our company who are involved with processing your application.

Where your job application is successful, the data provided by you will be stored in our data processing system pursuant to Section 26 BDSG-neu and Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR for the purposes of effecting the employment.

Data retention period

Should we not offer you a position or where you decline a job offer, withdraw your application, withdraw your consent for data processing or request that we erase the data, the respective data provided by you, including any residual hard-copy application documentation, will be stored and retained for a maximum period of 6 months following conclusion of the application process (retention period) for the purposes of clarifying details of the application process in the event of discrepancies (Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR).


The data will be erased following expiry of the retention period provided no other statutory retention period or other legal grounds for further storage apply. Should it become evident that retention of your data is necessary following expiry of the retention period (e.g. owing to an impending or pending legal dispute), erasure will only first occur once the data have become redundant. All other statutory retention obligations remain without prejudice.


7. Audio- und Videokonferenzen


Für die Kommunikation mit unseren Kunden setzen wir unter anderen Online-Konferenz-Tools ein. Die im Einzelnen von uns genutzten Tools sind unten aufgelistet. Wenn Sie mit uns per Video- oder Audiokonferenz via Internet kommunizieren, werden Ihre personenbezogenen Daten von uns und dem Anbieter des jeweiligen Konferenz-Tools erfasst und verarbeitet.

Die Konferenz-Tools erfassen dabei alle Daten, die Sie zur Nutzung der Tools bereitstellen/einsetzen (E-Mail- Adresse und/oder Ihre Telefonnummer). Ferner verarbeiten die Konferenz-Tools die Dauer der Konferenz, Beginn und Ende (Zeit) der Teilnahme an der Konferenz, Anzahl der Teilnehmer und sonstige „Kontextinformationen“ im Zusammenhang mit dem Kommunikationsvorgang (Metadaten).

Des Weiteren verarbeitet der Anbieter des Tools alle technischen Daten, die zur Abwicklung der Online- Kommunikation erforderlich sind. Dies umfasst insbesondere IP-Adressen, MAC-Adressen, Geräte-IDs, Gerätetyp, Betriebssystemtyp und -version, Client-Version, Kameratyp, Mikrofon oder Lautsprecher sowie die Art der Verbindung.

Sofern innerhalb des Tools Inhalte ausgetauscht, hochgeladen oder in sonstiger Weise bereitgestellt werden, werden diese ebenfalls auf den Servern der Tool-Anbieter gespeichert. Zu solchen Inhalten zählen insbesondere Cloud-Aufzeichnungen, Chat-/ Sofortnachrichten, Voicemails hochgeladene Fotos und Videos, Dateien, Whiteboards und andere Informationen, die während der Nutzung des Dienstes geteilt werden.

Bitte beachten Sie, dass wir nicht vollumfänglich Einfluss auf die Datenverarbeitungsvorgänge der verwendeten Tools haben. Unsere Möglichkeiten richten sich maßgeblich nach der Unternehmenspolitik des jeweiligen Anbieters. Weitere Hinweise zur Datenverarbeitung durch die Konferenztools entnehmen Sie den Datenschutzerklärungen der jeweils eingesetzten Tools, die wir unter diesem Text aufgeführt haben.

Zweck und Rechtsgrundlagen

Die Konferenz-Tools werden genutzt, um mit angehenden oder bestehenden Vertragspartnern zu

kommunizieren oder bestimmte Leistungen gegenüber unseren Kunden anzubieten (Art. 6 Abs. 1 S. 1 lit. b DSGVO). Des Weiteren dient der Einsatz der Tools der allgemeinen Vereinfachung und Beschleunigung der Kommunikation mit uns bzw. unserem Unternehmen (berechtigtes Interesse im Sinne von Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. f DSGVO). Soweit eine Einwilligung abgefragt wurde, erfolgt der Einsatz der betreffenden Tools auf Grundlage dieser Einwilligung; die Einwilligung ist jederzeit mit Wirkung für die Zukunft widerrufbar.


Die unmittelbar von uns über die Video- und Konferenz-Tools erfassten Daten werden von unseren Systemen gelöscht, sobald Sie uns zur Löschung auffordern, Ihre Einwilligung zur Speicherung widerrufen oder der Zweck für die Datenspeicherung entfällt. Gespeicherte Cookies verbleiben auf Ihrem Endgerät, bis Sie sie löschen. Zwingende gesetzliche Aufbewahrungsfristen bleiben unberührt.

Auf die Speicherdauer Ihrer Daten, die von den Betreibern der Konferenz-Tools zu eigenen Zwecken gespeichert werden, haben wir keinen Einfluss. Für Einzelheiten dazu informieren Sie sich bitte direkt bei den Betreibern der Konferenz-Tools.

Eingesetzte Konferenz-Tools

Wir setzen folgende Konferenz-Tools ein:

Microsoft Teams

Wir nutzen Microsoft Teams. Anbieter ist die Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, USA. Details zur Datenverarbeitung entnehmen Sie der Datenschutzerklärung von Microsoft Teams: