Privacy Policy

1. General information


1.1 What are personal data
Personal data is information that reveals or can reveal the identity of the user. We adhere to the principle of data avoidance. As far as possible, we refrain from collecting personal data.

1.2 Handling of personal data
Personal data is used exclusively to establish the contract, formulating its content, implementing or handling the contractual relationship (Art. 6 I S. 1 b GDPR).

In addition, personal data will only be processed if we have received your consent to do so (Art. 6 I S. 1 a GDPR) or if the processing of such data is necessary for our legitimate interests and provided that it is not contrary to any overriding interests, fundamental rights or fundamental freedoms on your part (Art. 6 I S. 1 f GDPR).

We may use contract processors to process your personal data, but will not pass on your personal data to third parties.

Your personal data will be processed exclusively within the EU, unless otherwise stated below.

1.3 Usage data
General technical information is collected when visiting the website. These are the IP address used, time, duration of the visit, browser type and, if applicable, the originating page. This usage data is registered in a log file for technical reasons and can be used and stored for statistical evaluation of this website. There is no link between this usage data and your other personal data.

1.4 Registration data
Registration is required for the full use of the functions of our website. The registration data is collected through your corresponding entries and used for the explicitly stated purpose according to your consent (Art. 6 I S. 1 a GDPR).

1.5 Duration of storage
We store your personal data after the end of the purpose for which the data was collected, only as long as this is necessary due to legal (especially tax) regulations.

2. Your rights

2.1 Information
You can demand information from us as to whether we are processing personal data about you and, if this is the case, you have the right to be informed about this personal data and to the further information mentioned in Art. 15 GDPR.

2.2 Right of rectification
You have the right to have incorrect personal data concerning you corrected and, by Art. 16 of the GDPR, you may request the completion of incomplete personal data.

2.3 Right of cancellation
You have the right to demand from us that the personal data concerning you be deleted immediately. We are obliged to delete them immediately, especially if one of the following reasons applies:

  • your personal data is no longer necessary for the purposes for which it was collected or otherwise processed,
  • you revoke your consent on which the processing of your data was based and there is no other legal basis for the processing,
  • your data have been processed unlawfully.

The right to deletion does not exist insofar as your personal data is necessary for the assertion, exercise or defense of our legal claims.


2.4 Right to limit processing
You have the right to ask us to limit the processing of your personal data if

  • you dispute the accuracy of the data and we therefore check the accuracy,
  • the processing is unlawful and you refuse to delete it and instead request the restriction of use,
  • we no longer need the data, but you need the data to assert, exercise or defend legal claims,
  • you have objected to the processing of your data and it is not yet clear whether our legitimate reasons outweigh your reasons.


2.5 Right to data transferability
You have the right to receive the personal data concerning you that you have provided us within a structured, common and machine-readable format and you have the right to transfer this data to another person in charge without hindrance by us, provided that the processing is based on consent or a contract and that the processing is carried out by us using automated procedures.

2.6 Right of withdrawal
If the processing of your personal data is based on consent, you have the right to revoke this consent at any time.

2.7 General and right of complaint
The exercise of your aforementioned rights is free of charge for you. You have the right to contact the supervisory authority responsible for us, the State Data Protection Commissioner, directly in the event of complaints.

3. Data security

3.1 Data security
Technical and organizational measures protect all data on our website against loss, destruction, access, modification and distribution.

3.2 Sessions and cookies
For the operation of our website we use cookies or server-side sessions in which data can be stored. We ensure that no personal data is taken over from sessions or through cookies without your express consent and that cookies are only used if this is technically necessary for the website (e.g. spam protection for contact form, shopping basket function) and thus the weighing shows that no predominant interests on your part are opposed (Art. 6 I S. 1 f GDPR) or an express consent on your part is present.

With your express consent, we use cookies to personalize content and advertisements, to offer social media functions and to analyze the access to our website. With your consent, we can pass on the information on your use of our website to our partners for social media, advertising and analysis. Our partners may be able to merge this information with other data that the partners already have about you.

Below you will find the domain, name and duration of the cookies used only with your consent:

First-party cookies (domain, name, term):, __Host-SessionID, Session, seen_cookie_warning, Session, consent, Session

Third-party cookies (domain, name, term):, _pk_ses.1.cf45, Session, _pk_id.1.cf45, Stored


4. Presence on social media platforms
We use the following social media platforms for company presentation and communication (we expressly refer to the following linked data protection declarations and opt-out options).

Facebook (Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland) Privacy Policy: Opt-Out: alternatively

Twitter (Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA) Privacy policy: Opt-out:

LinkedIn (LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland) Privacy policy Opt-Out:

Xing (XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany) Privacy policy and opt-out:

YouTube (Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland) Privacy policy:


These social media platforms may process personal data outside the EU; we refer to the above privacy policy of the social media platforms.
The respective social media platforms may create user profiles from your usage behavior and the resulting interests and actions on your part and save cookies on your computer in which your usage behavior is stored. If you have an account on the respective social media platform and are logged in, your usage behavior can even be stored independently of the device. Your user profile can be used, for example, to place advertisements that presumably correspond to your interests.

We process the personal data exclusively for communication with you via the social media platform you have chosen and for the optimization of our online presence and ensure that no interests of yours are affected which outweigh this legitimate interest on our part (Art. 6 I S. 1 f GDPR). As far as you have already given the respective operator of the social media platform a valid consent to the corresponding data processing, the processing of your personal data is also based on this consent (Art. 6 I S. 1 a GDPR).

5. Third-party services

5.1 Social media links and social sharing
We have our own social media pages at the third-party providers that can be reached via links from this website. By using these links you can access the respective websites of the third-party providers (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) and can also share our content. No data transfer takes place when you access our website. To avoid unnecessary data transfer, we recommend that you log out from the respective third-party provider before using a link, so that the use of the link does not lead to the creation of user profiles by the third-party provider.

5.2 Use of Matomo
This website uses Matomo, which is a web analysis service. Matomo uses so-called cookies, text files which are stored on your computer and which enable an analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website (including your abbreviated IP address) is transferred to our server and stored for usage analysis purposes, which serves to optimize our website. Your IP address is immediately made anonymous during this process, so that you as a user remain unknown to us. Thus the consideration results in the fact that no predominant interests on your part oppose (Art. 6 I S. 1 f GDPR). The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is not passed on to third parties. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. If you disagree with the storage and evaluation of this data from your visit, you can object to the storage and use of this data at any time. In this case a so-called opt-out cookie will be stored in your browser, which means that Matomo does not collect any session data. Attention: If you delete your cookies, the opt-out cookie will also be deleted and may have to be reactivated by you. Here you find the link to deactivate Matomo:


5.3 Use of Google Maps
This website uses Google Maps, a Google map service operated by Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland (Google). When using Google Maps, data on the use of the Maps functions by visitors to the website is also collected, processed and used. No user interests are affected here which outweigh this technical necessity of integrating the interactive map material (Art. 6 I S. 1 f). The data protection information from Google can be viewed at The additional usage instructions for Google Maps can be viewed at

5.4 Use of BatchGeo
We use maps from the provider BatchGeo LCC on our website. You can view information on data protection for BatchGeo at

5.5 Use of Youtube
This website and the integrated offers contain so-called embeddings of videos on YouTube. These enable the connection to YouTube and the videos stored there. YouTube is an offer of Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland (Google). No interests of the users are affected here, which outweigh the technical necessity of the integration of the videos (Art. 6 I S. 1 f GDPR). For the purpose and scope of data collection and data use by Google as well as your rights and setting options for protection as a YouTube customer, please refer to the YouTube privacy policy. You can find this at:

6. Contact
To contact us regarding data protection, please use the following contact options. Responsible in terms of the GDPR:

QS Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH
Schedestr. 1-3
53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 (0) 228 35068-0

Our data protection officer will also be happy to assist you:

Dr. Iris Rudat-Schwarz
QS Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH
Schedestraße 1-3
53113 Bonn


Dr. Iris Rudat-Schwarz

Data Protection Officer
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