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Data Protection Policy

  1. Data protection

For the management of Bergische Struktur- und Wirtschafts-Förderungs-Gesellschaft, data protection has a particularly high priority. The use of the website of Bergische Struktur- und Wirtschafts-Förderungs-Gesellschaft is principally possible without providing personal data. However, if a data subject wishes to utilise special services of our company via our website, it may be necessary to process personal data. If the processing of personal data is required and there is no legal basis for such processing, we generally seek the consent of the data subject.

As the party responsible for the processing of the data, Bergische Struktur- und Wirtschafts- Förderungs-Gesellschaft has implemented numerous technical and organisational measures to ensure that the personal data processed via this website is protected as consistently as possible. Nevertheless, internet-based data transmissions can, in principle, have security gaps, which means that absolute protection cannot be guaranteed. For this reason, every person is free to transmit personal data to us by alternative means, such as telephone.



Note concerning the responsible body:
The responsible data processing company on this website is:
Bergische Struktur- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH

Kölner Str. 8
42651 Solingen
Phone.: +49 (0)212 88 16 06 0
Contact person for editorial issues:


c/o Bergische Struktur- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH
Phone: +49 (0)212 / 88 16 06 – 79
Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You can revoke an already given consent at any time. An informal message sent to us by email is sufficient. The legality of the data processing carried out up to the revocation remains unaffected by the revocation.
In the event of breaches of data protection law, the data subject shall have the right to appeal to the responsible supervisory authority. The responsible supervisory authority for data protection issues is the Data Protection Officer of the federal state in which our company is based.
Landesbeauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit (State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information)
Postfach 20 04 44
40102 Düsseldorf

2. Rights of the data subject

You have the right to obtain your personal data in a commonly used, machine-readable format. We shall provide this data to you, or a third party you have chosen. This right applies to automated information which you provided consent for us to use or where we used the information in order to perform a contract with you. If you request the direct transfer of the data to another responsible person, this will only be done as far as it is technically feasible.
Information, blocking, deletion and correction
Within the framework of the applicable legal provisions, you have the right to obtain the following data from us: the personal data we have stored on you, including its origin, its recipient, the purpose of the data processing. You have a right to correction, blocking or deletion of this data. You have the right to obtain this data at any time and free-of-charge. You can contact us at any time at the address given in the Legal Notice if you have more questions about this issue or other issues regarding personal data.
Right to restrict the processing of your data
You have the right to request the restriction of the processing of your personal data. Regarding this issue, you can contact us at any time at the address given in the Legal Notice. The right to restrict the processing is granted in the following cases:

  • If you dispute the accuracy of your personal data stored with us, we need time to verify this. For the duration of the verification process, you have the right to request the restriction of the processing of your personal data.
  • If the processing of your personal data has taken place unlawfully, you can demand the restriction of the data processing instead of deletion.
  • If we no longer need your personal data, but you need it for the pursuance, defence or assertion of legal claims, you have the right to demand the restriction of the processing of your personal data instead of deletion.
  • If you have raised an objection pursuant to Article 21(1) GDPR, your rights and our rights will have to be weighed against each other. As long as it is not clear whose interests predominate, you have the right to request that the processing of your personal data be restricted.

If you have restricted the processing of your personal data, such data may – apart from its storage – only be processed with your consent or for the purpose of asserting, pursuing or defending legal rights or protecting the rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of an important public interest of the European Union or a member state.


Objection to advertising emails
We hereby object to the use of contact data, which has been published in accordance with the requirements regarding the Legal Notice, for the purpose of sending advertising and information materials that have not been explicitly requested. The operators of the website expressly reserve the right to take legal action against unsolicited sending of advertising materials, for example in the form of spam emails.

3. Data Protection Officer

Statutory Data Protection Officer
We have appointed a Data Protection Officer who you can contact as follows.

Bernhard Pickert-Goldenbogen
Bechtle GmbH
Piepersberg 42
42653 Solingen
Tel.: +49 (0)212 8816 060 E-Mail:

4. Data collection on our website

SSL or TLS encryption

This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as orders or requests that you send to us in our function as the operator of the website. You can recognise an encrypted connection by the fact that the address line of the browser changes from “http://” to “https://” and by the lock symbol in your browser line.

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



The websites sometimes use so-called cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies are used to make our website more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer by your browser.


Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted after your visit to our website. Other cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies allow us to recognise your browser on your next visit.


You can set your browser so that you are informed when cookies are created. You can then only allow cookies in individual cases, accept cookies for specific cases, or generally exclude them and activate automatic deletion of cookies when the browser is closed. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.


Cookies that are necessary for the execution of the electronic communication process or for the provision of certain functions you wish to use (e.g. the shopping basket function) are stored on the basis of Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies for the technically error-free and optimised provision of its services. If other cookies (e.g. cookies for the analysis of your surfing behaviour) are stored, they are treated separately in this Data Protection Policy.



Server log files
The provider of the pages automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transmits to us. These are:

  • Browser type and version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL
  • Host name of the accessing device
  • Host name of the accessing device
  • IP adress


This data will not be merged with other data sources.


The basis for data processing is Article 6(1)(b) of the GDPR, which permits the processing of data for the fulfilment of a contract or pre-contractual measures.


Contact Form
If you send us enquiries via the contact form, your details from the enquiry form, including the contact data you provided, will be stored by us for the purpose of processing the enquiry and in case there are follow-up questions. We will not share this data without your consent.


The processing of the data entered in the contact form is therefore carried out exclusively on the basis of your consent (Article 6(1)(a) of the GDPR). You can revoke this consent at any time. An informal message sent to us by email is sufficient. The legality of the data processing operations carried out up to the revocation remain unaffected by the revocation.


We will keep the data you have entered in the contact form until you request us to delete it or until you revoke your consent to its storage or until the purpose for the storage of the data no longer applies (e.g. after your request has been processed). Mandatory legal provisions – especially periods of retention – remain unaffected by this clause.

5. Plug-ins and tools

Google Analytics (with anonymisation function)
The data controller has integrated the Google Analytics component (with anonymisation function) into this website. Google Analytics is a web analytics service. Web analytics is the collection, gathering, and analysis of data about the behaviour of visitors to websites. A web analysis service collects, among other things, data about the website from which a person has come (the so-called referrer), which sub-sites were visited, or how often and for what duration a sub-site was viewed.  Web analytics is mainly used for the optimisation of a website and to carry out cost-benefit analyses of internet advertising.


The operator of the Google Analytics component is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, United States.


The controller uses the application “_gat. _anonymizeIp” for web analytics through Google Analytics. By means of this application, the IP address of the internet connection of the data subject is abridged by Google and anonymised when accessing our websites from a member state of the European Union or another Contracting State to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.


The purpose of the Google Analytics component is to analyse the traffic on our website.  Google uses the data and information obtained, among other things, to evaluate the use of our website, to compile online reports for us that show the activities on our website, and to provide other services related to the use of our website.


Google Analytics generates a cookie on the information-technology system of the data subject.  The definition of cookies is explained above. The generation of cookies enables Google to analyse the use of our website.  With each call-up to one of the individual pages of this website, which is operated by the person responsible for the processing and into which the Google Analytics component has been integrated, the internet browser on the information-technology system of the data subject automatically submits data via the Google Analytics component to Google for the purpose of online analysis.  During the course of this technical procedure, the enterprise Google gains knowledge of personal information, such as the IP address of the data subject, which serves Google, among other things, to understand the origin of visitors and clicks, and subsequently create commission settlements.


The cookie is used to store personal information, such as the access time, the location from which the access was made, and the frequency of visits to our website by the data subject. With each visit to our website, such personal data, including the IP address of the internet access used by the data subject, will be transmitted to Google in the United States of America.  This personal data is stored by Google in the United States of America.  Google may pass this personal data collected via the technical procedure to third parties.


We have concluded an agreement with Google for the processing of data and fully implement the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities regarding the use of Google Analytics.


The data subject may, as stated above, prevent the generation of cookies through our website at any time by means of a corresponding setting of the web browser used, and thus permanently deny the generation of cookies. Such a setting in the web browser also prevents Google Analytics from generating a cookie on the information-technology system of the data subject. In addition, cookies already in use by Google Analytics may be deleted at any time via the web browser or another software program.


Furthermore, it is possible for the data subject to object to and prevent the collection of data generated by Google Analytics relating to the use of this website, and to object to the processing of this data by Google.  For this purpose, the data subject must download a browser add-on under the link install it.  This browser add-on tells Google Analytics through a JavaScript that no data and information about the visits of internet pages may be transmitted to Google Analytics. The installation of the browser add-on is considered by Google as an objection. If the information-technology system of the data subject is deleted, formatted, or newly installed at a later time, then the data subject must reinstall the browser add-on to disable Google Analytics. If the browser add-on has been uninstalled or disabled by the data subject or any other person attributable to their sphere of competence, it is possible to reinstall or reactivate the browser add-on.


Further information and the applicable data protection provisions of Google may be retrieved under and under This link explains Google Analytics in more detail.


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*A Cookie is set to deactivate Google Analytics on this Website.

The English version has been translated analogically to the German texts, the German versions of the data policy and the imprint are legally binding.