Privacy Policy

Data privacy statement

Thank you for your interest in our website. Protecting your personal data is important to us, VDI/VDE-IT (further details can be found in the Imprint) as provider of this website within the meaning of the German Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz – TMG) and as the responsible body within the meaning of the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – BDSG). Naturally, we comply with the legal provisions of the BDSG, the TMG, the GDPR and other data protection regulations.

This Privacy Policy provides an indication of the types of data we gather when you use the site, the purposes of the collection, processing and use of the data and your rights with respect to the data.

1. Automatic data collection and data handling

Generally, for access and use of the website of VDI/VDE-IT for informational purposes only, you are not required to provide any personal data.
As is standard practice with many websites, we automatically gather and process the following data when accessing any page belonging to our website:

  • Abbreviated IP address
  • Name and URL of any files accessed,
  • Date, time and duration of access,
  • Data volume transferred,
  • Message indicating whether the retrieval of the web pages was successful,
  • Identification data (type, version and language) of the browser and operating system of the computer used,
  • Referring URL when access was made by a link, or search criteria if access was made via a search engine, and
  • Name of your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

These data cannot be assigned to a particular person. These data are not merged with any other data, forwarded or used to compile a user profile.

Data is processed solely for the purpose of facilitating the use of the website (establishing a connection), for internal system-related purposes that affect technical administration and system security, and for statistical purposes, such as to be able to adapt the website better to meet your needs by anonymously evaluating general user behavior (see 2 and 3 below). (Art. 6 Sentence. 1 Paragraph 1 lit. f GDPR)

2. Cookies

When you visit our website, our web servers automatically store cookies.

Cookies are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. Cookies cannot run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. They serve to make our website more user-friendly and effective.

We use so-called session cookies on our websites, for technical session control in order to identify your browser for the duration of you visit at the website. Session cookies facilitate navigation through our website and allow us to optimize the website to meet your needs, an anonymous evaluation of the general user behavior based on the number of visitors. These data are automatically deleted after 15 minutes inactivity, when terminating your session or when closing our browser.

We use persistent cookies to identify your browser during subsequent visits to our website and thereby to automatically provide you with the same functions or settings you selected on the previous visit. These persistent cookies are automatically deleted 30 days after your latest visit to our website.

Our website can also be viewed without cookies. Most browsers, however, automatically accept cookies. You can prevent the storage of cookies or be warned before a cookie is saved from your browser by setting your browser settings accordingly. For more information on these features, see the Help menu of your browser. Disabling cookies may, however, impair the functionality of our website offerings.

Provider Name Type of cookie Function Duration MATOMO_SESSID Analytics Cookie Store the matomo  session id Session _icl_current_language Strictly Necessary Cookie Stores the current language 24 Stunden disclaimer_accepted Strictly Necessary Cookie Saving cookie preference 30 Days wpml_referer_url Strictly Necessary Cookie Stores the last requested URL on the front-end 24 Hours

3. Statistical analysis with Matomo

4. Collection, processing and use of personal data

Personal data such as your name, mailing address or e-mail address are only collected when you send these data to us or enter them on our website. The data will only be processed and used to the extent permitted by law or allowed by your consent.

The use of certain services on our website such as contact forms, the B2B portal, direct inquiries by e-mail, our storage system calculation tool or the training registration form as well as the applicant portal requires the collection, processing and use of your data. We need this information to be able to forward and evaluate your inquiries and details to the specific department responsible for processing the request.

By entering your data in our storage system calculation tool and submitting your request, a simulation of your system requirements is created. Our sales staff will receive your calculation results and will contact you personally. Our storage system calculation tool is operated by an external service provider, and we have the relevant data-privacy contracts in place for the processing of orders. Your data will be treated confidentially at all times and used only for the purpose of contacting you.

If you register for one of our training events via our online form, we will collect your data for the purpose of the registration process. For example, we may send you a registration confirmation. Furthermore we will forward your data in individual cases to our external trainers who will need it for organizing and planning the training sessions.

If certain data collection, processing or usage, such as for subscription to a newsletter, requires your prior consent, we will ask for your consent when you sign up. This declaration of consent is recorded by us and can be accessed by you at any time. We recommend that you print the consent form for your records. You are entitled to withdraw your consent at any time, in whole or in part with future effect.


We include videos from the platform “YouTube” from the provider Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, and Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street Dublin 4, Ireland, on our website. If you watch one of our YouTube Videos on our website, a connection to the YouTube server will be established. Within this process the YouTube-Server receives information about which of our pages you’ve visited. If you’re logged in into your YouTube Account, YouTube is able to connect your browsing activity directly to your personal YouTube profile. To prevent this, don’t log in into your YouTube Account (Based on Art. 6 Sentence 1 Paragraph 1 lit. f) GDPR).


You can withdraw your consent to the collection of your data by Google if you follow this link and opt-out:

Google Tag Manager
This website uses the Google Tag Manager. This service allows to manage website tags via an interface. The Google Tag Manager only implements tags. This means: no cookies are used and no personal data are recorded. The Google Tag Manager triggers other tags, which may collect data. However, the Google Tag Manager does not access this data. If a deactivation has been carried out at the domain or cookie level, it will remain in effect for all tracking tags, as they are implemented with the Google Tag Manager..

Google Maps
This website uses the mapping services from Google Maps. Provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. To be able to use this service, Google Maps stores your IP address. This information will be normally transferred to the Google Server in the USA and will be stored there. The Provider of this website has no influence on this data transfer (based on Art. 6 Sentence 1 Paragraph 1 lit. f) GDPR).
If you do not consent to the transfer of your data as part of the usage of Google Maps in future, you may deactivate the Google Maps service completely. This requires that you deactivate this application in the JavaScript of your browser. In doing so the services provided by Google Maps can no longer be used on this website. Please note that if you deactivate JavaScript from your Browser, also other services which we offer on this website cannot be used. More information about Google’s data policy can be found here: Google: .

5. Data transfer to third parties

Personal data gathered in the course of using our website is generally neither forwarded to third parties nor transferred in any other way without your prior approval. Exceptions include the transfer of personal data to government institutions and authorities and private rights holders if legally required or upon judicial or governmental decisions and in legal or criminal proceedings as required by law.

To the extent legally permissible or upon your prior consent, certain personal data may be forwarded to subsidiaries of VDI/VDE-IT or to external service providers for purposes previously described. Such external service providers we may engage to operate our website or to process certain services on our website process personal data solely on our behalf and are contractually obliged to comply with legal provisions regarding data protection and data security. These service providers shall not be deemed third parties within the meaning of data protection law.

We will not transmit your data to unsecure countries outside the EU.

6. Data Security

Data gathered and stored are handled confidentially and protected from loss, modification and unauthorised third-party access by implementing appropriate technical and organisational measures. Data transferred between your computer and us via our website is SSL encrypted.

7. Your rights

You are entitled to inquire at any time about your personal data, data source and recipient, as well as the purpose of the storage. For this purpose you may contact us by using any of the contact details set forth in the imprint. If you have any questions regarding data protection, or if you would like to receive further information on a specific issue, you may also contact us at any of the listed addresses.

You have the right at any time to request the correction, freezing or deletion of your personal data stored on our servers. If deletion of the data violates statutory, contractual, commercial or fiscal regulations, in particular data retention laws, the data will be frozen instead of deleted.

If you wish to make use of your right to correct, freeze or delete data, or if you wish to revoke your consent to process and use your personal data, either in whole or in part, please contact us by using any of the contact details set forth in the imprint.

If you wish to write us an email, please note that the content of unencrypted emails may possibly be read by third parties. We would therefore recommend you sending confidential information in encrypted form or via regular mail.

8. Deleting your data

We comply with all legal requirements when storing your data.

If you have approved a longer storage period than required by law, we will keep your data until this period has expired or until you withdraw your consent.

9. Your right to complain

You have the right to complain about the processing of your personal data by us to the data protection supervisory authority. The responsible supervisory authority for us is Berlin.

10. Amendment of the Privacy Policy

It might become necessary from time to time to adapt this privacy policy, in particular to further develop this website or to comply with changing legal requirements. Therefore, VDI/VDE-IT reserves the right to change the privacy policy at any time with effect for the future. We therefore recommend that you read this Privacy Policy periodically.

11. Disclaimer for links to other websites

We cannot accept responsibility for the data privacy practices or contents of websites not operated by VDI/VDE-IT, which are linked from our website.

12. Contact details

If you have any further questions regarding the processing of your personal data, you are welcome to contact us.

Data protection officer:

VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH
Steinplatz 1
10623 Berlin
Tel.: 0303100780