Privacy policy

Privacy Statement

VDI Wissensforum GmbH, VDI-Platz 1, 40468 Düsseldorf (hereinafter, “VDI”), collects and uses your personal data solely in connection within the scope of the law of the Federal Republic of Germany concerning data protection. The following describes the type, scope, and purposes of the collection and use of personal data. You can view this policy at any time at, under “Datenschutzbestimmungen”. 

Collection and Storage of Data for System and Statistical Purposes 

Each time you visit our website, your Internet browser automatically transmits the following data to our server for technical reasons: 

  • The current IP address of the Internet connection that you are using
  • If you visit our website by clicking on a link, the page that you came from
  • The webpage that you visit from our website
  • Date and time of your visit
  • Your operating system, browser type (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.), and browser version

These data are stored anonymously and are used solely for statistical purposes (e.g. how often the individual pages on our website are visited) or for technical network and system monitoring in order to be able to identify server malfunctioning (logfiles). 

Other data processing

VDI collects and processes your address data for its own advertising purposes and enables renowned companies and institutions to send you promotional information and offers. We sometimes use external service providers for the technical processing of data. If in the future you would no longer like to receive information and offers, you may at any time inform us that you object to the use of your data by us or third parties for advertising purposes. Please send the objection to

If you send us a message using the contact form available on our website, we store and use the data contained in it (name, email address, phone number, etc.). You may at any time object to any further use of your personal data with future effect. Please send the objection to

Please be aware that corresponding by email or using the contact form does not constitute a secure form of communication and that the content is not protected against unauthorised access by third parties. For confidential communications, we recommend using ordinary mail. 

Disclosure of personal data to third Parties

We use your personal data solely for our own purposes, as well as those mentioned above. We do not disclose them to third parties. 

If we engage third parties to handle data processing for the purposes of supporting our business dealings/transactions, they must commit to comply with our data protection standards and grant us the right to review the compliance with these standards and with the statutory requirements. In this case as well, VDI remains legally responsible for complying with statutory data protection rules. 

Security Measures

VDI has put specific security measures in their organisational and technical areas in place in order to protect your personal data. The security measures reflect the state of the art and are continuously modified to meet new developments. All of our employees who may come into contact with personal data are obligated to comply with data protection rules and have been instructed about the legal requirements. 


So-called “cookies” may sometimes be used on our websites. They are small text files that are transferred from our server to your computer. Cookies make it possible to recognise the computer used at the time of the next visit and to notify the server when you last visited pages on our website. Cookies do not contain personal data, nor are they linked with other personal data stored by us. Cookies can identify only the computer, not the user. 

However, if you do not wish to allow cookies, you can find out how to deactivate the cookie function in the help area of your browser. This is not associated with a limitation of the usability of our website. 

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a tool offered by Google Inc. (“Google”) that helps website owners understand how visitors engage with their website. Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, which are text files stored on your computer that enable analysis of the way you interact with the website. Information generated by the cookie on your interaction with this website is normally transferred to a Google server in the U.S. and stored there. 

If IP anonymization on this website is enabled, your IP address will first be shortened by Google inside the Member States of the European Union or inside other Contracting States of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the U.S. and shortened there. On our behalf, Google uses this information to analyse your interaction with the website, to generate reports on website activities, and to provide other services to us in connection with website and internet use. The IP address transmitted from your browser in connection with Google Analytics is not linked by Google with other data. 

You can prevent the storage of cookies by adjusting your browser software correspondingly. However, please note that in such case, you may not be able to use all functions of this website to the full extent. In addition, by downloading and installing the add-on for your current browser at you can opt out from having data about your interaction with the website (including your IP address), which is generated by the cookie, collected and processed by Google. In view of the discussion surrounding the use of analytical tools with full IP addresses, please note that this website uses Google Analytics as expanded by the code “_anonymizeIp()”, meaning that addresses are processed only in shortened form in order to prevent them being directly linked to a particular individual.

On this website, interest-related advertising and advertising based on the surfing behaviour of users is supported in addition to the standard configuration of Google Analytics, including functions used by Google Analytics. Google Analytics uses a third-party cookie from DoubleClick here to evaluate data on the surfing behaviour of users on various websites. Statistical information about demographics and interests of the website users can be made using this data. We expressly point out that we cannot see any data on individual users and the statistical data that we use cannot be traced back to specific users. Some of our website visitors will see our advertisements displayed on other websites after their visit. This form of advertising is called remarketing or retargeting. If you want to object to these ads, we recommend you use one of the options listed above to disable the site-tracking by website users. Google also offers you the option of controlling advertising cookies:


We use the software Hotjar (, 3 Lyons Range, 20 Bisazza Street, Sliema SLM 1640, Malta, Europe) to improve the user experience on our websites. Using Hotjar, we can measure and evaluate user behaviour (mouse movements, clicks, scroll heights, etc.) on our website. For this purpose, Hotjar uses cookies on the end devices of users and can store data from users such as browser information, operating system, time spent on the page, etc. in anonymised form. You can prevent this data processing by Hotjar by deactivating the use of cookies and deleting already active cookies in your web browser settings. You find more about the data processing by Hotjar here.

Contact Person, Right to information and correction

Should you have any other questions or comments about our data protection principles, you may contact our company Data Protection Officer at any time. 

You are at all times entitled to information about whether we have stored any personal data about you and, if so, what type of data. At your request, information can be provided electronically. You have the right to the deletion/blocking of unauthorised data and to the correction of inaccurate data. Upon request, our Data Protection Officer would also be happy to provide you with information at any time. 

The contact details for our company Data Protection Officer are as follows: 

Name: Dieter Anders
VDI Wissensforum GmbH
VDI-Platz 1
40468 Düsseldorf

Updating of this Privacy Statement

VDI reserves the right to update this Privacy Statement where required in order to adapt it to technical developments or in connection with the offering of new services or products. You can always view the current version at, under “Datenschutzbestimmungen”.