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German Centre for Industry and Trade GmbH, Beteiligungsgesellschaft
Am Hauptbahnhof 2
70173 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 711 127-79183

Managing Directors: Gabriele Greiner, Michael Maurer

Registry court: Stuttgart District Court, HRB 16063
VAT ID no.: DE172164550
Trade registration: Amt für öffentliche Ordnung, Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart


Privacy statement.

Data protection information.

1. Basic information.

Being responsible for processing your personal data, for German Centre for Industry and Trade GmbH, Beteiligungsgesellschaft, Stuttgart and the affiliated German Centres in Beijing, Mexico, Moscow and Sin­ga­pore data protection of your personal data and the protection of your private sphere when processing your data is a very important matter. For this reason, we take the protection of your personal data very seriously

2. What are personal data? What are anonymized and pseudonymized data?

Personal data is all (personal and objective) information that relate to a known or identifiable natural person (data subject). They include, for example, you name, your address, your e-mail address and your telephone number.

Personal data - and also your data - can be anonymized. Your data is anonymized if personal identity can no longer be recovered by anyone on a permanent basis or if the personal identity can be recovered only by a considerable investment of time, cost and labor.

In the pseudonymization process your personal data are changed in a way that without adding additional information your data can no longer be attributed to you. The additional information is stored separately and technical and organizational measures are taken to prevent the identity of a natural person from being identified.

3. What personal data do we process?

In our business relationship with you, we process all relevant personal data. These are personal details (name, address and other contact details like e-mail address). In some instances , we also process your job position. Your personal data is collected from you directly (for instance, when exchanging business cards) and through research in public sources such as newspaper articles, the Internet, and commercial registers. Furthermore, we process data on your use of our telemedia (e.g. time you uploaded our websites, apps, or newsletter, clicked pages of ours or entries) as well as data comparable with the named categories.

4. Why do we process and save your personal data?

We process your personal data for transacting, maintaining or establishing a customer or business relationship and for maintaining (other) business contacts. The legal basis for processing is either consent given by you in accordance with Article 6(1)(1a) of the GDPR or a legitimate interest of ours in accordance with Article 6(1)(1f) of the GDPR. Furthermore, we process your personal data to the extent you have provided us consent for specific purposes, for instance for purposes of advertising or, market research. We also use your data to ask you questions about our products and services so that we can improve our products on an ongoing basis.

5. Do we forward your personal data?

We use your personal data only for internal purposes and for our business relationship with you. In addition, processors the German Centres use for orders (Article 28 GDPR) can also receive data for the above purposes.

We may only forward data if legal regulations require this or you have consented. All our employees and service providers must adhere to the data protection provisions and to our guidelines.

6. What are your data protection rights?

You have the right to receive information under Article 15 GDPR, the right to rectification under Article 16 GDPR, the right to erasure under Article 17 GDPR, the right to restriction of processing under Article 18 GDPR and the right to data portability under Article 20 GDPR. In the case of the right to access of data and the request for deletion, the limitations set out in Sections 34 and 35 of GDPR apply. In addition, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a data protection supervisory authority in line with Article 77 GDPR in conjunction with Section 19 FDPA.

7. Consent and right of revocation.

At any time, you have the right to revoke consent granted with effect for the future. This means that your personal data will no longer be processed for this purpose and will also be deleted. For example, you will then no longer receive our newsletters. Please note that that the revocation does not impact the legality of processing for which consent has been granted up to the revocation.

Please note that data you need for your business with us will still be processed.

8. Right to object

You have the right to object on grounds relating to your particular situation at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you which is based on Article 6 (1) letter f GDPR (including profiling based on those provisions).

If you object, we will no longer process your personal data unless we demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms or the processing is used for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

No specific formalities need to be followed when making an objection, which should be addressed to:

German Centre for Industry and Trade GmbH, Beteiligungsgesellschaft
Am Hauptbahnhof 2
70173 Stuttgart
Gabriele Greiner
Managing Director
T +49 711 127-77420
F +49 711 127-6677420

9. Questions, suggestions, and comments.

Do you have any questions with regard to the handling of your personal data or data protection? Do you have any suggestions or a matter you want to discuss? Please speak to our Data Protection Officer about this. She is also your contact if you want to assert your rights about information, deletion and data portability.

German Centre for Industry and Trade GmbH, Beteiligungsgesellschaft
Am Hauptbahnhof 2
70173 Stuttgart
Gabriele Greiner Managing Director
T +49 711 127-77420
F +49 711 127-6677420

Notes on visiting and using our web pages.  

1. Basic information.

It is important to us to know that you feel safe when visiting and using our website. For this reason, we take the protection of your personal data very seriously. The protection of your privacy during the processing of personal data is one of our key concerns.

Please note that German Centres' web pages contain links to other websites of interest. Our Privacy Policy does not cover these sites. We have no influence on the content and adherence to data protection provisions by the providers of such sites. If you visit another website, please look at the privacy statement applicable to that website.

2. Handling of protocoll data, IP addresses and cookies.

Protocoll data:
When you visit our website our web servers store various data, for example:

  • the IP address of your PC (individual "address" of a PC in a computer network),
  • the pages you visit on our website,
  • the browser (for example, Internet Explorer) and operating system you use, and
  • the date and time of your visit.

We use the data on an anonymized basis for statistical purposes and in order to improve our website. This data cannot be traced back to you. We store the evaluated data on secure systems. This ensures that your privacy is protected at all times.

Cookies are small text files that the web server sends to your PC and are usually stored on your hard disk. They are not programs that can enter your system and cause damage. Although cookies are able to identify your PC, cookies themselves do not store personal data.

We use cookies in interaction with your Internet browser in order to improve all our web pages at We do not use any technology that links up information in the cookies with your personal data.

Most browsers are set to accept cookies automatically. You can set your browser to disable cookies. Or you can set it to notify you when you receive a cookie. Please note, however, that many functions require cookies. If you disable cookies, some applications may cease to function properly.

IP addresses:

If you visit our website we will store the so-called IP address of your computer for a short period; this is what allows the computer to be clearly identified and accessible. The IP address is a PC's individual "address" in a computer network. It allows you to use our website at any time without having to disclose your data.

3. Use of our offerings on the Internet.

We will store your personal data only if you provide the information yourself. This is the case, for example, if

  • you register (for example, for a newsletter),
  • you participate in a survey or a competition,
  • you send a query or suggestions using a contact form or via e-mail, or
  • you send us an order.

In these cases you communicate your data to us voluntarily. In so doing, you yourself make the decision to give us your name and other personal information (such as address, e-mail address or telephone number). You are not obliged to communicate this information to us. But please be aware that we can supply the requested products, services and information only if we know your details.

We will only send you a copy of our newsletter if you have granted us permission to do so. To verify your acceptance, we will send you a link to confirm that you wish to receive the newsletter. Once you have done so, you can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. Information on how to unsubscribe from the newsletter can be found at the end of the newsletter.

4. E-Mail/contact forms/Newsletter.

We will store and use your data if you send us an e-mail or a message via a contact form. This data includes, for example, your name, address, e-mail address and telephone number. But we will use your data only for our services and for communicating with you.

Please note that if you send us personal data in an e-mail, data transmitted in this way via the Internet is not secure. In theory, it is possible for unauthorized persons to read or falsify this information. We will only send you a copy of our newsletter if you have granted us permission to do so. To verify your acceptance, we will send you a link to confirm that you wish to receive the newsletter. Once you have done so, you can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. Information on how to unsubscribe from the newsletter can be found at the end of the newsletter.

5. Security in the processing of personal data.

We always ensure a high degree of security in the collection or processing of your data. We use effective technical and organizational measures to ensure the security of your data. These measures protect your data against manipulation, loss, destruction and access by unauthorized persons. We are constantly seeking to improve our measures for your security and always adapt them to new technological trends.

6. Utilities, active content.

We use Java applets, Active X controls and Java script on our website. If you do not wish to use these utilities or active content for security reasons, you can disable the setting in your browser.

7. Web analytics.

We store and analyze general data in connection with the use of our website. This data is called statistical data. It includes, for example, the number of visits to our website, information on which pages were visited and on session length. This allows us to find out how our offerings are used and how we can improve individual pages. We evaluate the data on an anonymized basis and use it for statistical purposes and for our market research.

We use Google Analytics, an Open Source software, for the statistical evaluation of visitor accesses, to collect the data. Google Analytics uses so-called cookies, text files stored on your computer, which allow an analysis of the way in which you use the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the web offerings is stored on our web servers in Germany. The IP address is anonymized immediately after processing, before it is stored. You can prevent the installation of cookies by setting your browser software to block cookies or you can disable the collection of data by Google Analytics here:

You may choose not to have a unique web analytics cookie identification number assigned to your computer to avoid the aggregation and analysis of data collected on this website. To make that choice, please click below to receive an opt-out cookie.

You are currently opted in. Click here to opt out.

8. User of YouTube-videos.

Some of our web pages have embedded videos uploaded to YouTube. YouTube is a service of US company Google Inc. For this reason, the so-called "enhanced data protection mode" has been activated for all YouTube videos on our web pages. This enhanced data protection mode makes YouTube available and thus guarantees that YouTube does not store cookies with personal data on your computer so long as no video has been clicked and played using the YouTube video player. The IP address is transferred when the web pages are called up and to embed the videos. The IP address cannot be allocated unless you have logged onto YouTube or another Google service before calling up the web page or unless you are logged on permanently.

As soon as you start replaying an embedded YouTube video by clicking on it, YouTube via the enhanced data protection mode will store on your computer only cookies that include no personally identifiable data. These cookies can be blocked by use of the corresponding browser settings and extensions.

Further information on the embedding of YouTube videos can be found in the privacy notices of YouTube.

9. Use of Like-buttons, Social Plugins.

Our links to social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus) use Social Plugins, which make it easier to share or call up content on social networks. We use technical solutions designed to ensure that no contact with the servers of social network operators is established unless the Social Plugin is activated. By activating the deactivated Social Plugin you grant your consent to the transmission of data to the social network. On activation, data are transmitted to third parties.

Without activation no data transfer takes place to the operators of the social networks.

You can find information on the data privacy provisions of the social networks e.g. here:




10. New develop­ments.

The rapid development of the Internet makes it necessary for us to amend our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will inform you of any amendments on this page. We recommend that you check our pages regularly for amendments. You can be certain of being always correctly informed. All amendments to the Privacy Policy apply only to future applications. We will not change the guidelines retroactively, unless the legislator demands it.

Data protection notice for contacts. 

German Centres process your personal data for transacting, maintaining or establishing a customer or business relationship and for maintaining (other) business contacts.

Data protection notice for downloading

Exclusion of liability.

1. Liability for content.

The content of our website has been drawn up taking the greatest degree of care possible and is correct to the best of our knowledge. Despite our best endeavors the data may change over time. For this reason, we accept no liability and offer no guarantee for the up-to-dateness, accuracy and completeness of the information made available. As provider of this website, according to Section 7 (1) of the German Telemedia Act (TMG) we are responsible for our own content and information made available in accordance with the general laws. However, according to Section 8 to 10 TMG, we as provider are not obliged to monitor transmitted or stored third-party information. Any such content shall be removed or blocked as soon as a specific violation of the law becomes known. Liability applies only after we gained such knowledge. Moreover, we reserve the right to amend or supplement the information made available.

2. Liability for links.

Our website includes links to third-party websites over whose content we have no influence. For this reason we cannot accept any liablity for such content. The providers or operators of such websites are always responsible for the content and accuracy of the linked sites. At the time the links were embedded we were not aware of any content contrary to law. If violations of the law become known we will remove the links in question immediately.

Copyright and trademarks.

All texts, images, charts, animations, videos, sounds, and other content of this website and its structre and layout are protected by copyright. No part of the said content may be copied, processed, disseminated, stored, or reproduced in any way in other electronic or printed publications without the prior consent of German Centre for Industry and Trade GmbH, Beteiligungsgesellschaft. Unauthorized copying or storage of the information made available on this website is not permitted and liable to prosecution. Where content on this website was not created by us, third-party copyrights must be respected.