1. Preamble

The Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG (hereinafter referred to as “Weidmüller”; information on Weidmüller is available at here), is happy to welcome you to our website. Data protection and data security while using our website are very important to us. We would therefore like to inform you about the data we collect during your visit to our website, and the purpose for which it is used.

As legislative amendments or changes to our internal company processes may make it necessary to amend this privacy statement, please read through this privacy statement regularly.

2. Scope of application

This privacy statement applies to the Weidmüller website accessible under the domain www.weidmueller.com and the various sub-domains (hereinafter referred to as “our website”).

3. Name and address of responsible organisation

The provider within the meaning of the German Telecommunications and Digital Services Data Protection Act (hereinafter: TDDDG) and responsible within the meaning of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter: GDPR) is Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG, Klingenbergstraße 26, D-32758 Detmold (hereinafter referred to as "Weidmüller").

4. Name and address of data protection officer

Our data protection officer is Dr Karsten Kinast, LL.M, KINAST Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Hohenzollernring 54, 50672 Cologne. If you have any questions regarding data protection, please do not hesitate to contact our data protection officer at any time, preferably via e-mail at: datenschutz@weidmueller.de

5. General information on data processing

We collect and use our users’ personal data only where this is required for the provision of a functional website, as well as our content and services.

5.1. Personal data

Personal data is information that can be individually attributed to you. This includes, for example, your name, e-mail address, home address, gender, date of birth, telephone number and age. Non-personal data is information such as the number of users of a website.

5.2. Processing of personal data

Processing is defined as any operation or series of operations, with or without the aid of automated processes, that involves personal data, such as collection, entry, organisation, sorting, storage, adaptation or alteration, reading, querying, use, disclosure through transmission, dissemination or another form of provision, matching or linking, restriction, deletion or destruction.

Personal data is collected via this website if you voluntarily provide it to us, e.g. during a registration process, by completing forms, by sending e-mails or by uploading your application documents. We use this data for the specified purposes or for the purposes arising from the enquiry, such as the specification of your postal address for the dispatch of goods. Data is only transmitted to third parties if explicitly permitted by law or if you have consented to this within the scope of your registration or in the course of an active business relationship. You can use the general information on www.weidmueller.com without disclosing your personal data.

5.3 Legal basis for the processing of personal data

Personal data is regularly collected and used only with the user’s consent. Provided we obtain consent from the relevant person for the processing of their personal data, Art. 6 (1) (a) of the GDPR serves as the legal basis for processing personal data.

An exception is made for cases in which prior consent cannot be obtained for practical reasons and if processing of the data is permitted by law. In cases where the processing of personal data is required to fulfil a contract for which the person concerned is the contractual party, Art. 6 (1) (b) of the GDPR serves as the legal basis. This also applies for processing operations required for the implementation of precontractual measures.

As far as the processing of personal data is required to comply with a legal obligation to which we are subject, Art. 6 (1) (c) of the GDPR serves as the legal basis.

f the processing is required to safeguard a legitimate interest of our company or a third party, and the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject do not override the aforementioned interest, Art. 6 (1) (f) of the GDPR serves as the legal basis for processing.

5.4 Storage period

Your personal data will generally be deleted as soon as the respective purpose of the processing has been fulfilled or no longer applies

.In order to fulfill contractual obligations, data collected from you may be stored for as long as the contract exists and, depending on the scope of the contract, for 6 or 10 years beyond that in order to comply with statutory retention obligations and to clarify any inquiries or claims that may arise after the contract has expired. If a contract is not concluded, we will delete your data after 3 years at the end of the statutory limitation period.

If, at our discretion, data is necessary to check or defend against claims against us or to initiate criminal prosecution or bring claims against you, us or third parties, we may retain this data for as long as such proceedings could be brought.

For customer service purposes, the data collected from you may be stored for 3 to 10 years after collection, unless you request the deletion of this data and there are no contractual or statutory retention obligations that conflict with this request for deletion. Relevant verification and retention obligations arise, among other things, from the German Commercial Code and the German Fiscal Code. In this case, the legal basis for processing is the respective statutory regulations in conjunction with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c) GDPR.

6. Use of our website for information purposes

a. Type and scope of data processing

When you access and use our website, we collect the personal data that your browser automatically transmits to our server to enable you to visit the website. For the purpose of the technical provision of our website, it is necessary for us to process certain automatically transmitted information from you so that your browser can display our website and you can use the website. This information is automatically collected each time you visit our website and stored in our server log files.

When you use our website, we collect the following data, which is technically necessary for us to display our website to you and to ensure stability and security:

  • IP address of the user
  • Name (if applicable)
  • Date and time of access
  • Method of access (Get/Post)
  • request
  • Protocol (e.g. https)
  • Status (e.g. error messages)
  • Amount of data retrieved
  • Referrer
  • Browser and operating system of the user

As part of processing on our behalf, our hosting service provider "OEDIV" (OEDIV Oetker Daten- und Informationsverarbeitung KG, Bechterdisser Straße 10, 33719 Bielefeld, Germany) provides us with the services for hosting and displaying the website. All data collected as part of the use of this website or in the forms provided for this purpose in the online store as described below are processed on its servers. Processing on other servers only takes place within the framework explained in this declaration. To ensure that the security of your data can also be guaranteed when it is processed by OEDIV, we have concluded an order processing contract with OEDIV in accordance with Art. 28 GDPR.

b. Legal basis

Section 25 (2) no. 2 TDDDG serves as the legal basis for the aforementioned data processing for reading stored information on your terminal device. The subsequent processing of your personal data is based on our legitimate interest in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. The processing of the aforementioned data is necessary for the provision of a website and thus serves to safeguard a legitimate interest of our company.

c. Storage period

As soon as the aforementioned data is no longer required to display the website, it is deleted. The collection of data for the provision of the website and the (temporary) storage of data in log files is absolutely necessary for the operation of the website. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

7. Active use of our website

Apart from using our website purely for information purposes, you can also actively use our website if, for example, you wish to contact us. If you do, then in addition to the above-mentioned processing, we also process the following personal data about you:

7.1 Contact form

a. Type and scope of processing

If you use our contact form to ask us general questions, we will process your title, your surname, your e-mail address and your company. You can also voluntarily provide your first name and enter your individual message in the message field.

You are free to decide whether to provide us with this data. However, we cannot fulfill your contact request without this information. Providing your e-mail address helps us to categorize and answer your request. When using the contact form, your personal data will not be passed on to third parties.

b. Legal basis

This data is processed on the basis of Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR if your request is related to the performance of a contract or is necessary for the implementation of pre-contractual measures. In all other cases, the processing is based on our legitimate interest in the effective processing of the inquiries addressed to us (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR).

c. Storage period

As soon as the request you have made has been dealt with and the matter in question has been finally clarified, the personal data processed via the contact form will be deleted. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

7.2 Contact form for consulting and support

a. Type and scope of processing

If you make use of the option to send us inquiries using our contact forms, for example to arrange a consultation appointment with a contact person, we will process your title, surname, email address, company and address. You can also voluntarily provide your first name, telephone number and customer number. You can also enter your individual message to us in the message field.

You are free to decide whether you wish to provide us with this data. However, we cannot fulfill your contact request without this information. Providing your e-mail address helps us to categorize and respond to your request. We use your address to identify your local contact person. When using the contact form, your personal data will not be passed on to third parties.

b. Legal basis

This data is processed on the basis of Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR if your request is related to the performance of a contract or is necessary for the implementation of pre-contractual measures. In all other cases, the processing is based on our legitimate interest in the effective processing of the inquiries addressed to us (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR).

c. Storage period

As soon as the request you have made has been dealt with and the matter in question has been finally clarified, the personal data processed via the contact form will be deleted. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

7.3 Contact by e-mail

a. Type and scope of processing

If you would like to contact us, you can send an email to the relevant contact person or to our general email address weidmueller@weidmueller.de at any time. If you make use of this option to contact us by e-mail, we will process your e-mail address and all the information you provide, such as your first and last name and your company. We assure you that we will only use your e-mail address to reply to your contact request.

No data will be passed on to third parties in this context.

b. Legal basis

The legal basis for the processing of the data transmitted in the course of contacting us is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. If you contact us, the necessary legitimate interest in processing the data lies in processing your request.

If the e-mail contact is aimed at the conclusion of a contract, the legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR.

c. Storage period

As soon as the request you have made has been dealt with and the matter in question has been finally clarified, the personal data processed via the contact form will be deleted. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

7.4 Contact by phone

a. Type and scope of processing

To clarify your concerns, you can also contact us by telephone at the telephone number provided on our website for the respective contact person or at the general telephone number +49 5231 1428 0. We process the personal data that you provide to us during the conversation.

No data will be passed on to third parties in this context. The data is used exclusively for processing the conversation.

b. Legal basis

The legal basis for the processing of the data transmitted in the course of contacting us is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. If you contact us, the necessary legitimate interest in processing the data lies in processing your request. If the contact is aimed at the conclusion of a contract, the legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR.

For your own protection of your personal data, please refrain from providing us with special categories of personal data within the meaning of Art. 9 para. 1 GDPR (for example: health data).

c. Storage period

The data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required to achieve the purpose for which it was collected. The conversation is ended when it can be inferred from the circumstances that the matter in question has been conclusively clarified. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

7.5 Callback service

a. Type and scope of processing

If you would like us to call you back as part of our support service, we will process your title, your surname, your e-mail address, your telephone number, your company and your country. You can also voluntarily provide your first name and, if applicable, your customer number. You can also enter your individual message to us in the message field. If you register for the callback service, an e-mail will be sent to the employee responsible, who can then call you back on the number provided.

You are free to decide whether to provide us with this data. Without this information, however, we will not be able to fulfill your contact request, or not in full.

When using the callback service, your personal data will not be passed on to third parties.

b. Legal basis

The legal basis for the processing of the data transmitted in the course of contacting us is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. If you contact us, the necessary legitimate interest in processing the data lies in processing your request. If the contact is aimed at the conclusion of a contract, the legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR.

c. Storage period

As soon as the request you have made has been dealt with and the matter in question has been conclusively clarified, your processed personal data will be deleted. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

7.6 Newsletter registration

a. Type and scope of processing

We would like to regularly send interested parties information about our products, promotions, competitions and news by email. We also occasionally use the service for surveys to increase customer satisfaction. In order to be able to register for our e-mail newsletter, in addition to your consent we require at least your e-mail address to which the newsletter is to be sent and your choice of topics. You are free to decide whether to provide us with this data. Without this information, however, we will not be able to send you our newsletter, or not in full.

Your e-mail address is identified using the double opt-in procedure. This means that you will receive a separate confirmation e-mail after your data has been processed. You will only receive advertising e-mails after clicking on the link contained in the e-mail. In addition, we store your IP address and the time of registration and confirmation. The purpose of this procedure is to be able to prove your registration and, if necessary, to clarify any possible misuse of your personal data.

We use the services of ELAINE to send newsletters. This service is provided by ELAINE Technologies, Zanderstrasse 7, 53177 Bonn, Germany. ELAINE is a service that organizes and evaluates the sending of newsletters. To ensure that the security of your data can also be guaranteed when it is processed by ELAINE, we have concluded an order processing contract with ELAINE in accordance with Art. 28 GDPR.

We also use ELAINE to analyze our newsletter campaigns. The newsletters contain so-called tracking pixels. A tracking pixel is a miniature graphic that is embedded in emails that are sent in HTML format to enable log file recording and log file analysis. This allows a statistical evaluation of the success or failure of online marketing campaigns to be carried out. Based on the embedded tracking pixel, we as the controller can recognize whether and when an email was opened by a data subject. Customized links can also be used to record which links in the email were accessed by the data subject. In addition, technical information is collected (e.g. time of access, IP address, browser type and operating system). This information cannot be assigned to a specific recipient.

As the responsible party, we use this data exclusively for the statistical evaluation of our newsletter campaigns in order to optimize the newsletter dispatch and to better tailor future newsletters to your interests.

ELAINE may use the data of the recipients in pseudonymous form, i.e. without allocation to a user, to optimize or improve its own services, e.g. for the technical optimization of the dispatch and presentation of the newsletter or for statistical purposes. However, ELAINE does not use the data of our newsletter recipients to write to them itself or to pass the data on to third parties. If you unsubscribe from the newsletter, your data will be deleted from ELAINE's servers.

You can find out more about how artegic handles data protection at https://www.elaine.io/en/company/data-protection-and-data-security/ (artegic privacy policy).

b. Legal basis

The legal basis for this processing is your consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) GDPR. You have the right to revoke your consent to this data processing at any time and without giving reasons with effect for the future. In this case, we will no longer process your personal data in the future. You can send your revocation by e-mail to datenschutz@weidmueller.de or by post to Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG, Klingenbergstraße 26, D-32758 Detmold. Each e-mail also contains an unsubscribe link, which is considered a revocation upon confirmation.

c. Storage period

Your data will be stored until you revoke this consent and then deleted, unless statutory retention obligations prevent deletion.

7.7 Registration process for the eShop

a. Type and scope of processing

On our website, we offer users the option of registering to use the eShop. To do this, you can enter your data in an input mask to request your login data. For this purpose, we process your surname, your e-mail address and your company. You can also voluntarily enter your first name and an individual message. You are free to decide whether to provide us with this data. Without this information, however, we cannot provide our service or cannot provide it in full. On the other hand, you can contact your local customer service, who will send you your personal access data. In this case, no data processing will take place on this website.

We use your data to create a customizable user account for you, with which you can use certain content and services such as ordering, displaying product availability, pricing and order tracking on our website. We process your e-mail address in the course of this so that we can send you new access data if you forget it. The data will not be passed on to third parties.

b. Legal basis

The processing of the personal data described serves the fulfillment of a contract or the implementation of pre-contractual measures between you and Weidmüller and is therefore carried out in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR.

c. Storage duration

As soon as the registration for our eShop is canceled or changed, your data will be deleted. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

7.8 Product inquiry

a. Type and scope of processing

You can request products on our website. We process your name, your e-mail address, your telephone number, your address and your company. You can also voluntarily state the title of the inquiry or questions, requests or suggestions. You are free to decide whether to provide us with this data. Without this information, however, we will not be able to fulfill your product request in full or at all.

b. Legal basis

The data processing described above for the purpose of processing your product inquiry is carried out in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR.

c. Storage period

Your data will be deleted after your product inquiry has been fully processed. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

7.9 Catalog request

a. Type and scope of processing

To request our catalog with information about our products, we require your consent as well as your name, company and address so that we can send you the catalog. The provision of your e-mail address is voluntary. You are free to decide whether to provide us with this data. Without this information, however, we may not be able to send you our catalog.

Your data will be passed on to the shipping company commissioned with the delivery, insofar as this is necessary for the delivery of the goods (see processing procedure 7.10).

b. Legal basis

You have the right to revoke your consent to this data processing at any time and without giving reasons in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) GDPR. In this case, we will no longer process your personal data. You can send your revocation by e-mail to datenschutz@weidmueller.de or by post to Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG, Klingenbergstraße 26, D-32758 Detmold, Germany.

c. Storage period

Your data will be stored until you withdraw your consent.

7.10. Sample order / 72h- Sample service

a. Type and scope of processing

You can request products on our website. We offer you the opportunity to order your design-in samples quickly and easily in just four steps. Once you have selected the desired sample from the product catalog and clicked on the "Order sample product" option, you must enter your contact details in the next step. Here we process your first and last name, your e-mail address, your telephone number, your address and your company. You can also voluntarily enter the title of the inquiry or questions, requests or suggestions. You are free to decide whether to provide us with this data. Without this information, however, we will not be able to fulfill your sample order in full or at all.

You will then receive a confirmation e-mail with the information you have provided.

We process the data provided by you for the sample order exclusively for the fulfillment and processing of your order. Your data will be passed on to the shipping company commissioned with the delivery, insofar as this is necessary for the delivery of the goods (see processing procedure 7.10).

b. Legal basis

The data processing described above for the purpose of processing your product request is carried out in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR.

c. Storage period

Your data will be deleted once your sample order has been fully processed. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

7.11. Registration for the Fast Delivery Service

a. Type and scope of processing

In order to use the Fast Delivery service, you must register on our website and send us a non-binding registration request. We process your title, your surname, your e-mail address and your company. You can also voluntarily enter an individual message. You are free to decide whether to provide us with this data. Without this information, however, we cannot provide our service or cannot provide it in full.

We use your data to create a customizable user account for you, with which you can use certain content and services. We process your e-mail address in the course of this so that we can send you new access data if you forget it.

b. Legal basis

The processing of the personal data described serves the fulfillment of a contract or the implementation of pre-contractual measures between you and Weidmüller and is therefore carried out in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b) GDPR.

c. Storage period

As soon as the registration for the Fast Delivery Service is canceled or modified, your data will be deleted. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

7.12. Whitepaper or request for other downloads

a. Type and scope of processing

If you would like to request our white paper with information about our products or another download (e.g. for our component libraries) on our website, we process your e-mail address as mandatory information. You can also voluntarily enter your title, your first and last name and your company.

Your e-mail address is identified using the double opt-in procedure. This means that you will receive a separate confirmation e-mail after your data has been processed. You will only receive the white paper / the requested download link after clicking on the link contained in the e-mail. We also store your IP address and the time of registration and confirmation. The purpose of this procedure is to be able to prove your registration and, if necessary, to clarify any possible misuse of your personal data. The data will not be passed on to third parties.

b. Legal basis

The processing of the above-mentioned data is necessary for the provision of the white paper with more detailed information on the product and thus for the implementation of pre-contractual measures of Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG is required. The legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR. In individual cases, requests and downloads of the whitepapers may also be based on your consent within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) GDPR.

c. Storage duration

When you order the whitepaper or request another download, your e-mail address will be used to send the whitepaper / download of your choice once, after which your data will be deleted. Further handling of your personal data provided in this context may take place in individual cases on the basis of your consent.

7.13. Advertising for own similar goods or services

a. Type and scope of processing

Even without your consent, you may receive information and advertising from us if we have received your e-mail address in connection with the sale of a product or service provided by us. The prerequisite for this is that we have clearly informed you, both when collecting the e-mail address and each time it is used, that you can object to its use at any time free of charge.

In this case, we reserve the right to inform you about our own similar goods or services. You have the right to object to this advertising approach at any time and without giving reasons. To do so, you can either send your objection by e-mail to datenschutz@weidmueller.de or use the unsubscribe link at the end of each e-mail. We assure you that your data will not be passed on to third parties. We only reserve the right to pass on the e-mail address internally to companies of the Weidmüller Group for the same purpose.

b. Legal basis

The legal basis for the processing of your e-mail address is our legitimate interest in direct advertising to existing customers in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR in conjunction with Section 7 para. 3 UWG.

c. Storage period

Your data will be stored until you submit your objection or use the unsubscribe link at the end of each email. In this case, it will be deleted unless statutory retention obligations prevent deletion.

7.14. Trade fair ticket

a. Type and scope of processing

You have the option of ordering a free trade fair ticket on our website and registering to receive trade fair-related news. In order to be able to contact you in this regard, we require your title, your surname, your e-mail address and your company. You can also voluntarily provide us with your first name. You can also enter your individual message to us in the message field. You are free to decide whether to provide us with this data. However, we cannot fulfill your contact request without this information. Providing your e-mail address helps us to classify and answer your request and enables us to send you the free trade fair ticket. When using this form, your personal data will not be passed on to third parties.

Your e-mail address is identified using the double opt-in procedure. This means that you will receive a separate confirmation e-mail after your data has been collected for the first time. You will only receive the ticket after clicking on the link contained in the e-mail. We also store your IP address and the time of registration and confirmation. The purpose of this procedure is to be able to prove your registration and, if necessary, to clarify any possible misuse of your personal data. The data will not be passed on to third parties.

b. Legal basis

The data processing for the provision of a trade fair ticket is necessary for the implementation of (pre-)contractual measures and is therefore based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR. You can withdraw your request for a trade fair ticket at any time and object to the processing of your data at any time by e-mail to datenschutz@weidmueller.de or by post to Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG, Klingenbergstraße 26, D-32758 Detmold, Germany. Please note that it will not be possible to send you the trade fair ticket if you object.

c. Storage period

We delete the data collected in this context after storage is no longer necessary or you have withdrawn your registration. If statutory retention obligations apply, we will restrict the processing during the retention period.
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7.15. Virtual Fairs

7.15.1 Registration for virtual trade fairs and for the media library

a. Type and scope of processing

In order to participate in a virtual trade fair or, if you have missed our virtual trade fair, to access all the content of the virtual trade fair in our media library, you must first register on our website using the input mask provided for this purpose. Registration is necessary for setting up and running the respective virtual trade fair or for accessing the media library. To register, we generally require the following information from you: Title, first and last name, e-mail address, company, address and telephone number. This information is required for the proper implementation of the virtual trade fair/access to the media library.

Following your entry, user authentication takes place by confirming your e-mail address using a double opt-in procedure. This means that you will receive a separate confirmation e-mail after entering your data for security reasons. You will only be fully registered for the virtual Industrial Connectivity trade fair / media library once you have clicked on the link contained in the e-mail. We also store your IP address and the time of registration and confirmation. The purpose of this procedure is to be able to prove your registration and, if necessary, to clarify any possible misuse of your personal data. The data will not be passed on to third parties.

b. Legal basis

The data processing described above regarding your participation and for the purpose of holding the virtual trade fair on industrial connectivity / for the purpose of accessing the media library is necessary for the implementation of pre-contractual measures and is carried out in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR.

c. Storage duration

We delete the data collected in this context after storage is no longer required or if you withdraw your registration. If statutory retention obligations apply, we restrict processing during the retention period.

7.15.2 Contact for news about the course of the trade fair and for sales purposes following the virtual trade fairs on industrial connectivity

a. Type and scope of processing

Following the virtual trade fair, we would like to ask you for feedback and about your further interest in our industrial connectivity products and services presented at the actual trade fair. For this purpose, we store your aforementioned data in our customer relationship management system (SAP) in order to be able to contact you, in particular by e-mail. You have the right to object to this subsequent contact or communication at any time and without giving reasons. To do so, you can send your objection by e-mail to datenschutz@weidmueller.de or use the unsubscribe link at the end of each e-mail. The data will not be passed on to external third parties. We reserve the right to pass on your data internally to companies in the Weidmüller Group for the purpose of a more targeted approach. You can find an overview of the companies in the Weidmüller Group here.

b. Legal basis

The data processing described above for the purpose of establishing sales contact is carried out in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR in conjunction with Section 7 para. 3 UWG. Our legitimate interest in processing your personal data for the purposes of the aforementioned measures is to attract you to our products and services, which we have presented to you at the specific trade fair, and to establish a lasting customer relationship with you. These measures are limited to the specific trade fair, so that these measures do not relate to the advertising of products and services outside the specific trade fair. The only exception to this is in the context of section 6.11 of this privacy policy.

c. Storage duration

We delete the data collected in this context after storage is no longer required or you have objected to data processing. If statutory retention obligations apply, we restrict the processing during the retention period.

7.16. Applicant management

a. Type and scope of processingIf you are interested in one of the vacancies, apprenticeships or study places listed on our website, you can submit your application on our website. You can also send your application at any time to the e-mail address given in the job offer or by post to the following address: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG, Klingenbergstraße 26, 32758 Detmold.

We use the applicant management tool "rexx systems" from the provider rexx systems GmbH, Süderstrasse 75-79, 20097 Hamburg. To ensure that the security of your data can also be guaranteed when it is processed by rexx systems, we have concluded an order processing contract with rexxsystems in accordance with Art. 28 GDPR.

If you would like to apply to us via our website, we need your first and last name, your e-mail address, your address, your country, your date of birth, where you heard about us and your application documents, which you can upload. You can also voluntarily provide your telephone number and your preferred language of communication. Providing this data is voluntary, but we may not be able to consider your application without this information. The data will not be passed on to third parties. This data is collected solely for the purpose of processing your application documents for the application process.

b. Legal basis

The legal basis for the processing of the personal data presented is Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. b) GDPR in conjunction with § 26 para. 1 sentence 1 BDSG.

c. Storage period

The storage period is 6 months after completion of the application process (acceptance or rejection) for the defense against any claims arising from the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG).

In the event that your application cannot be considered at the moment, you also have the option of agreeing that we may store the documents you submit as part of this application and other data you provide in our applicant database in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) GDPR in order to be able to contact you in the future if a position matching your application profile is available. You must explicitly consent to the corresponding use of your application details again when submitting an application. You can revoke your consent to the storage of your application data in this regard for a maximum period of 12 months at any time with effect for the future.

7.17. Registration process for easyConnect

a. Type and scope of processing

On our website, we offer users the opportunity to register for the use of our new digital platform easyConnect. It bundles Weidmüller's digital services in one place in the cloud and connects them with numerous Weidmüller devices. To do this, you can register in three simple steps to request your login details. We will process your e-mail address and your country. You are free to decide whether to provide us with this data. Without this information, however, we will not be able to provide our service in full or at all.

If you click on the "Request account" button, you will receive an e-mail from us with a confirmation link, which you must click on to confirm your e-mail address. In the third step, you must select the appropriate license.

We will use your data to create a customizable user account for you. We will process your e-mail address during this process so that we can send you new access data if you forget it.

b. Legal basis

The processing of the personal data described serves to fulfill a contract between you and Weidmüller and is therefore carried out in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR

c. Storage period

As soon as the registration for our easyConnect is canceled or changed, your data will be deleted. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

7.18. Registration for and holding of webinars

a. Type and scope of processing

We also offer webinars on our website. To use the webinars, you must first register. When you register and during the webinar, we process your title, your name and your e-mail address. You can also voluntarily enter your title, your company, your address and your work telephone number. You are free to decide whether to provide us with this data. However, we cannot offer you a webinar without this information.

We use the processed data to create a customizable user account for you, with which you can use the content and services of the webinar.

b. Legal basis

The data processing described above for the purpose of conducting a webinar serves the implementation of pre-contractual measures or the fulfillment of a contract and is carried out in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR.

c. Storage duration

If you no longer wish to participate in the webinars, you can unsubscribe at any time. As soon as the registration is canceled or changed, your data will be deleted. Your data will also be deleted once the webinar has been completed. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

7.19. Online event

a. Type and scope of processing

In order to participate in an online event, you must register for it. We process your last name, your e-mail address and your company when you register and during the online event. We process your address in order to send you a small package, the contents of which are required for the event. You can also voluntarily enter your first name. You are free to decide whether to provide us with this data. Without this information, however, we will not be able to complete your registration for the online event, or at least not in full.

b. Legal basis

The data processing described above for the purpose of holding an online event serves the implementation of pre-contractual measures or the fulfillment of a contract and is carried out in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR.

c. Storage duration

If you no longer wish to participate in the online events, you can deregister at any time. As soon as the registration is canceled or changed, your data will be deleted. Your data will also be deleted once the online event has been completed. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

8. easyConnect

8.1 General

To access our easyConnect digital platform, you must first decide on one or more license packages on the corresponding website and then request your offer using the input mask provided for this purpose.

8.2 Registration

After purchasing the license package(s), you will receive an e-mail as the first user of your company, which you must use to register by defining a password. By assigning a valid password and clicking "Finish", you are fully registered as a user on our easyConnect platform. You will automatically be assigned an admin role. All other users can be assigned a user role or an admin role. Registration is required to access our easyConnect digital platform.

To register as a user, we require the following information from you: Your email address and a password. For registration as an admin, we also require your telephone number so that we can reach you quickly in the event of technical difficulties.

In the course of using easyConnect, you can voluntarily and optionally enter the following additional information: Your company name, your first and last name in the case of a user registration, your telephone number in the case of a user registration and a profile picture.

Following your entry, a user authentication takes place in which you have to confirm your e-mail address by means of a double opt-in procedure. This means that you will receive a separate confirmation e-mail after entering your data. Only after clicking on the link contained in the email you are fully registered for access to our easyConnect digital platform. In addition, we store your IP address and the time of registration and confirmation in each case. The purpose of this procedure is to be able to prove your registration and, if necessary, to clarify any possible misuse of your personal data. The data will not be passed on to third parties.

As soon as your registration is cancelled or modified, your data will be deleted. Further storage may take place in individual cases if required by law.

When storing your data, we work together with the service provider Microsoft Ireland Operations Limited, One Microsoft Place, South County Business Park, Leopardstown, Dublin 18, Ireland, which processes your data on our behalf. In this context, personal data may be transferred to countries outside the EU/EEA. In order to be able to ensure adequate protection of your personal data in the event of the transfer of personal data to such so-called third countries, we have concluded so-called EU-US standard contractual clauses with the service provider. Your data will not be passed on to third parties beyond this.

Once the contract has been fully processed, your data will be blocked for further use and deleted after expiry of the retention periods required by tax and commercial law. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.
The data processing described above is carried out in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b GDPR for the purpose of providing our easyConnect digital platform or for the performance of the contract.

You have the option to make the easyConnect platform available to your contractual partners and to create additional users (admin and user) according to the aforementioned procedure. In this case, we act as a further processor pursuant to Art. 28 (4) GDPR.

8.4 Provision and use of the Weidmüller Configurator

8.4.1 Provision

To provide the Weidmüller Configurator (WMC) as part of the easyConnect digital platform, we collect the personal data that your browser automatically transmits to our server. This information is temporarily stored in a so-called log file. When you use our WMC, we collect the following data, which is technically necessary for us to display our WMC to you and to ensure stability and security:

  • date and time of transmission,
  • your IP address,
  • the name of the transmitting system and
  • the country in which the transmitting system is located, as well as other possible information in connection with the analytical data.

Your personal data is processed on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR and serves the purpose of the technical and functional provision of our WMC. This is our legitimate interest.

As soon as the aforementioned data is no longer required to display the WMC, it will be deleted. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

8.4.2 Use of the WMC

When using the WMC, we mainly process statistical data that is generated when using the WMC. This includes the following data:

  • information about starting and stopping the WMC and the selection of the product finder,
  • the version of the WMC used,
  • information about the hardware and the operating system and
  • if errors occur, a technical error report.

In the course of the internet-based transmission of this information, the following information is also processed:

  • date and time of transmission / of your access,
  • your IP address,
  • the name of your transmitting system and
  • the country in which the transmitting system is located.

Your personal data is processed based on Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR and serves the purpose of continuously improving our WMC based on statistical data. This is our legitimate interest.As soon as the data aforementioned is no longer required to display the WMC, it is deleted. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.In addition, we use Application Insights, a service of Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, USA ("Microsoft "). This service processes the following (personal) data:

  • your operating system used,
  • your browser used and its version,
  • your screen resolution,
  • your approximate location and
  • your IP address.

Your personal data is processed based on Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR and serves the purpose of continuous improvement, optimisation and economic operation of our WMC. This is our legitimate interest.In the context of the use of Application Insights, a cookie is placed in your browser that enables an analysis of your use of the WMC. The information generated by the cookie about the use of our WMC is usually transmitted to a Microsoft server in the USA and stored there. This data is anonymous statistical data. It is not possible to establish a personal reference based on this data. The IP address used by the user is shortened and thus anonymised. We then receive reports in anonymised data about the activities regarding the use of the WMC (e.g. frequently used areas of the WMC, etc.). You can refuse the necessary placement of a cookie - e.g. by a setting in your browser that generally deactivates the automatic placement of cookies or by setting your browser to block cookies. In this case, however, it may be that not all functions of our WMC are fully available to you.Your data in this regard will be deleted after 90 days.On the following page, Microsoft describes in detail what Application Insights does and which data is processed and for how long: https://docs.microsoft.com/de-de/azure/application-insights/app-insights-data-retention-privacy.When using Microsoft Application Insights, personal data may be transferred to countries outside the EU/EEA, in particular to the USA. In order to be able to ensure adequate protection of your personal data in the event of the transfer of personal data to such so-called third countries, we have concluded so-called EU-US standard contractual clauses with Microsoft. The USA is assessed by the European Court of Justice as a country with an inadequate level of data protection according to EU standards. Due to the lack of an adequacy decision and without appropriate safeguards, there is a particular risk that your data may be processed by US authorities for control and monitoring purposes, possibly also without any legal remedy. Furthermore, we are in constant exchange with Microsoft to ensure the protection of your personal data with any additional measures that may be necessary.

8.4.2 Enquiries and orders

Within the framework of our WMC, you have the possibility to make enquiries or place an order. In doing so, we process the following of your personal data:

  • your first and last name,
  • your e-mail address (mainly business e-mail address),
  • your address (mainly business address),
  • your telephone number (mainly business telephone number) and
  • company name.

Your personal data is processed based on Art. 6 (1) lit. b of the GDPR and serves the purpose of performing pre-contractual measures or fulfilling a contract. However, we cannot process your enquiry or order without this information. Your personal data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer required for the purposes aforementioned. If no contract is concluded, your personal data is subject to a deletion routine, which is usually 3 years. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

9. Cookies and web analysis

Cookies are small files that make it possible to store specific information relating to the device on the user's access device (PC, smartphone, etc.). They serve the user-friendliness of websites and thus the users. Some functions of our website cannot be offered without the use of technically necessary cookies. In addition, they can be used to collect statistical data on website usage and analyze it for the purpose of improving the website. Users can influence the use of cookies. For more information on the use of cookies on our website and for individual cookie settings, click here.

9.1 Integration of social plug-ins

Our websites contain social plug-ins from the social networks Facebook (Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA), Google+ (Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California 94043, USA) and Twitter (Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, California 94103, USA). These services are offered by the respective companies ("providers"). On our websites, the social plug-ins are identified by the respective buttons belonging to the service. Based on the data transmitted to the respective service via the social plug-ins, the service may be able to assign you to your account with it. In order to increase the protection of your data on our website, the social plug-ins are integrated into our website using the so-called "2-click solution". This ensures that no automatic connection to the servers of the respective providers is established when a page of our website containing such social plug-ins is accessed.

The activation of the function of the respective social plug-in takes place in two stages. To activate a social plug-in, you must first click on the link on our website. This first activates the social plug-in and your browser establishes a connection to the servers of the respective provider. With a second click, you can now interact with the social plug-in and, for example, submit your recommendation. If you are already logged in to one of the providers' social networks, the providers can directly associate your visit to this website with your profile. If you interact with the social plug-ins by clicking on them, the corresponding information is also transmitted directly to a server of the provider and stored there. The information may also be published on the social network and displayed there among your contacts. If you wish to prevent such direct assignment of your data collected via our website to your profile, you must log out of your account with the respective provider before visiting our websites. If you do not click on any of the graphics, no data transfer will take place between you and the respective provider of the social plugin.

Please note that Weidmüller has no influence on whether and to what extent the respective service providers collect personal data. We are not aware of the scope, purpose and storage periods of the respective data collection. However, we would like to point out that it must be assumed that at least the IP address and device-related information is used and recorded via social plugins. It is also possible that the respective service providers use cookies.

With the help of social plugins, personal data may be transferred to countries outside the EU/EEA, in particular to the USA. In order to be able to guarantee adequate protection of your personal data in the event that personal data is transferred to such third countries, we have concluded so-called EU-US standard contractual clauses with the providers. The USA is considered by the European Court of Justice to be a country with an inadequate level of data protection according to EU standards. Due to the lack of an adequacy decision and without suitable guarantees, there is a particular risk that your data may be processed by US authorities for control and monitoring purposes, possibly without the possibility of legal recourse. In addition, where possible, we are in contact with the providers to ensure the protection of your personal data with any necessary additional measures.

b. Legal basis

The legal basis for the use of social plugins for the associated storage of information on your end device and its subsequent reading is your expressly granted consent in accordance with Section 25 (1) sentence 1 TDDDG. You can revoke this consent for the future at any time by deactivating cookies in your browser settings or in our data protection preference center. The subsequent processing of your personal data is based on your express consent in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) GDPR. You can revoke this consent for the future at any time by deactivating cookies in your browser settings or in our Data Protection Preference Center.

For the scope and purpose of data collection by the respective service and the further processing and use of your data there, please refer to the data protection information directly from the service's website. There you will also find further information about your corresponding data protection rights and setting options to protect your privacy.

a) Facebook Inc., 1601 S California Ave, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA
https://www.facebook.com/policy.php
https://www.facebook.com/help/186325668085084

b) Google Inc. mit Sitz in 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, Kalifornien 94043, USA
https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites?hl=en-GB

c) Twitter Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, Kalifornien 94103, USA
https://twitter.com/en/privacy

9.2 Use of YouTube videos

a. Type and scope of processing

We use the "YouTube" platform of the provider Google Ireland Limited (Gordon House, Barrow Street Dublin 4) to post videos there and make them publicly accessible.

We embed videos stored on YouTube directly on our website. During this integration, content from the YouTube website is displayed in parts of a browser window. However, the YouTube videos are only called up by clicking on them separately. This technique is also known as "framing". When you call up a (sub)page of our website on which YouTube videos are integrated in this form, a connection to the YouTube servers is established and the content is displayed on the website by notifying your browser.

The integration of YouTube content only takes place in "extended data protection mode". This is provided by YouTube itself and ensures that YouTube does not initially store any cookies on your device. However, when the relevant pages are accessed, the IP address and the following data are transmitted and thus, in particular, which of our Internet pages you have visited: Date and time of the request, time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), content of the request (specific Internet page), access status/HTTP status code, amount of data transferred in bytes in each case, website from which the request comes (link), browser used, operating system and its interface, language and version of the browser software. However, this information cannot be assigned to you unless you have logged in to YouTube or another Google service (e.g. Google+) before accessing the page or are permanently logged in. As soon as you start playing an embedded video by clicking on it, YouTube only stores cookies on your device through the extended data protection mode, which do not contain any personally identifiable data, unless you are currently logged in to a Google service.

In the context of use, personal data may be transferred to countries outside the EU/EEA, in particular to the USA. In order to be able to guarantee adequate protection of your personal data in the event that personal data is transferred to such so-called third countries, we have concluded so-called EU-US standard contractual clauses with Google. The USA is considered by the European Court of Justice to be a country with an inadequate level of data protection according to EU standards. Due to the lack of an adequacy decision and without suitable guarantees, there is a particular risk that your data may be processed by US authorities for control and monitoring purposes, possibly without the possibility of legal recourse. Where possible, we therefore communicate with the service provider to ensure the protection of your personal data with any additional measures that may be necessary.

For more information on how Google handles your data, please refer to Google's privacy policy at the following link: https://policies.google.com/privacy

b. Legal basis

The legal basis for the use of the YouTube cookie for the associated storage of information on your end device and its subsequent reading is your expressly granted consent in accordance with Section 25 (1) sentence 1 of the TDDDG. The subsequent processing of your personal data is based on your express consent in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) GDPR.

You can revoke this consent for the future at any time by deactivating cookies in your browser settings or in our Privacy Preference Center.

c. Storage duration

The cookies set are valid for 30 days. The personal data collected with the help of the cookie will be deleted if there is no other legal obligation to retain it.

10. Fan pages on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, XING, YouTube, Twitter, Thingiverse

We operate fan pages on the social networks Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, XING, YouTube, Twitter and Thingiverse. As the operator of these fan pages, we are jointly responsible with the operators of these networks within the meaning of Art. 4 No. 7 GDPR. When you visit one of our fan pages, personal data is processed by the controllers. As the controller of the fan pages, we have entered into agreements with the social networks which, among other things, regulate the conditions for using these pages. We have integrated this privacy policy into the corresponding fan pages, from which you can obtain further information.

11. Security measures to protect the data we store

We are committed to protecting your privacy and treating your personal data confidentially. In order to prevent the loss or misuse of the data stored by us, we take extensive technical and organizational security precautions, which are regularly reviewed and adapted to technological progress. However, we would like to point out that due to the structure of the Internet, it is possible that the rules of data protection and the above-mentioned security measures may be disregarded by other persons or organizations not under our control. In particular, unencrypted data - e.g. when transmitted by e-mail - can be read by third parties. We have no technical influence over this. It is the responsibility of the user to protect the data provided by him/her against misuse through encryption or in any other way.

12. Hyperlinks

Our website contains so-called hyperlinks to websites of other providers. If you activate these hyperlinks, you will be forwarded directly from our website to the website of the other provider. These may also be the company websites of Weidmüller's partners. You can recognize this by the change of URL. We cannot accept any responsibility for the confidential handling of your data on other websites. For information on the handling of your personal data on other websites, please refer directly to the respective websites.

13. Disclosure of data to third parties

Your personal data will only be passed on or otherwise transmitted to third parties if

  • we are legally obliged to do so by official or court order
  • we are entitled to do so, e.g. because this is necessary to prosecute criminal offenses or to exercise and enforce our rights or,
  • you have given your prior consent.
  • we have concluded an order processing contract and the necessary legal requirements are met.

Third parties within the meaning of this section may also be affiliated companies within the Weidmüller Group. The legal requirements for the sharing and transfer of data within the group of companies are met by the necessary data protection agreements.

We use service providers to provide services and process your data relating to our services. The service providers process the data exclusively in accordance with our instructions and are obliged to comply with the applicable data protection regulations. All processors have been carefully selected and only receive access to your data to the extent and for the period required to provide the services or to the extent to which you have consented to the data processing and use.

In this context, personal data may be transferred to countries outside the EU/EEA, in particular to the USA. In order to be able to guarantee adequate protection of your personal data in the event of the transfer of personal data to such so-called third countries, we have concluded so-called EU-US standard contractual clauses with our service providers. The USA is assessed by the European Court of Justice as a country with an inadequate level of data protection according to EU standards. Due to the lack of an adequacy decision and without appropriate guarantees, there is a particular risk that your data may be processed by US authorities for control and surveillance purposes, possibly without any legal remedy. In addition, where possible, we are in constant communication with service providers to ensure the protection of your personal data with additional measures if necessary.

14. Rights of individuals affected

1.1. Right to information

You have the right to demand information from us at any time about what data we have stored about you, its origin, and the recipients or categories of recipients to whom this data is passed on and the purpose of storage

1.2. Right of revocation

If you have given your consent to the use of data, you can revoke it at any time without giving reasons with future effect. To do this, send an email to datenschutz@weidmueller.de or a written notification to Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG, Klingenbergstraße 26, D-32758 Detmold.

1.3. Right of rectification

You can request the correction of incorrect data or the completion of your data stored by us.

1.4. Right of deletion and blocking

You have the right to block and delete your personal data stored by us. Deletion of your personal data usually takes place within two working days of exercising this right as an individual affected. Should deletion conflict with legal, contractual, fiscal or commercial retention periods or other legal causes, your data may be blocked instead. Following deletion of your data, the provision of information is no longer possible.

1.5. Right to data transmission

Should you demand the return of personal data provided to us, we will issue or transmit the data to you or to another responsible person if you wish, in a structured, common and machine-readable format. However, the latter option is only performed if technically possible.

1.6. Right of objection

You have the right to object to the processing of personal data concerning you at any time for reasons arising from your particular situation within the framework of the requirements of Art. 21 GDPR, provided that the data processing is based on our legitimate interests in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR takes place.

1.7. Contact for assertion of the rights of individuals affected

When contacting us by e-mail at datenschutz@weidmueller.de or by post at Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG, Klingenbergstrasse 26, D-32758 Detmold, the data you provide (your e-mail address and possibly your name and telephone number) is stored by us in order to answer your questions or to address your concern. We delete the data arising in this context once storage is no longer required, or restrict processing if statutory retention obligations apply.

15. Right of appeal to supervisory authorities

You have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority against the processing of your personal data if you consider your rights under the GDPR to be violated.

16. Automated decision making/profiling

We do not use automated decision-making or profiling (an automated analysis of your personal circumstances).

17. Data transfer to the following companies of the Weidmüller Group

We may transfer your personal data to other companies of the Weidmüller Group if this is necessary in connection with the initiation, implementation or settlement of the business relationship. Specialised divisions of our corporate group also perform certain data processing tasks centrally for the companies affiliated in the group. Insofar as a contract or a pre-contractual relationship exists between you and one or more companies of our group, your data may be processed centrally by a company of the group, for example for the central administration of address data, for customer service by telephone, for contract processing or for joint mail processing. You can find out which Weidmüller Group companies are involved within the context of clause 13 here.