Data protection statement of ifm electronic gmbh


  1. Scope, controller, data protection officer, definitions

1.1   The present data protection statement informs about how and what kinds of personal data of the user (in the following “you”) are processed by us, ifm electronic gmbh, when you visit our websites.

1.2   The
ifm electronic gmbh
Friedrichstr. 1
45128 Essen
Phone: 02 01 / 24 22-0
Fax: 02 01 / 24 22-1200

is the controller pursuant to Article 4 no. 7 EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for the processing of personal data on our websites according to this Data Protection Regulation (cf. our Legal notice).

You can also directly contact our Data Protection Officer:
ifm electronic gmbh
Data Protection Officer

Friedrichstraße 1
45128 Essen

1.3    Personal data means any data relating to you personally such as name, address, email addresses, the information about your use of our websites (see under number 2).
Processing means any operation performed on personal data such as collection, recording, organisation, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction of personal data.


  1. Processing of personal data when visiting our websites or contact via email; purpose and basis

2.1    Informatory use of our websites
If the websites are used for information only, i.e. if you do not register or transmit information in any way, we only collect the personal data your browser transmits to our server. If you want to look at our websites, we collect the following data:

  • IP address,
  • date and time of the request,
  • time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT),
  • content of the request (specific site),
  • access status/HTTP status code,
  • transferred amount of data,
  • website from which the request is sent,
  • browser,
  • operating system and its user interface,
  • language and version of the browser software and
  • your approximate location data which we derive from the abovementioned data.

Purpose and basis
The purpose of the processing of this data is to show you our websites and to ensure stability and protection. Basis is Article 6 paragraph (1) sentence 1 (point f) GDPR. According to this paragraph the processing of personal data for the purposes of our legitimate interests is lawful except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject.

2.2    Contact by email or use of the contact form our websites
If you contact us by email or use a contact form, we process

  • your advised request,
  • the company you work for,
  • your sex (title),
  • your first and last names,
  • your business contact data (email address, address and telephone number, the indication of your customer number is optional).

The purpose of the processing of this data is to answer your questions. We will delete the data collected in this context when storage is no longer necessary or restrict the processing if there is a legal obligation to retain data. The basis for the processing is Article 6 paragraph (1) sentence 1 point f GDPR except where there are legal obligations to retain data. In this case the basis for storage is Article 6 paragraph (1) sentence 1 point (c) GDPR; according to this the processing is lawful for compliance with a legal obligation.
Furthermore you have the possibility to receive regular information from us (newsletter, see below number 2.6 point (c)) irrespective of filling in the contact form and the reply to your request.

2.3    Cookies
a)    In addition to the previously mentioned data cookies are stored on your PC when you use our websites. Cookies are small text files which are stored on your hard disk assigned to the browser you use and by means of which the person setting the cookie (here: us) receives certain information. Cookies cannot execute any programs or transfer viruses to your computer. Their purpose is to make the websites more userfriendly and effective. The basis is your explicit consent you give when you start visiting our website and which can be revoked at any time pursuant to Article 6 paragraph (1) sentence 1 point (a) GDPR or Article 6 paragraph (1) sentence 1 point (f) GDPR.

b)    These websites use the following types of cookies the scope and function of which are explained below:

  • transient cookies (see aa)
  • persistent cookies (see bb).

aa)    Transient cookies are automatically deleted when you close the browser. They are in particular session cookies. They store a session ID by means of which several requests from your browser can be assigned to the common session. This allows your computer to be recognised when you return to our websites. The session cookies are deleted when you log out or close the browser.

bb)    Persistent cookies are automatically deleted after a time defined by us. This time may vary according to the cookies. You can delete the cookies in the security settings of your browser at any time. With this deletion you also withdraw your consent to process the respective cookie.

c)    You can configure the browser according to your wishes and for example reject the acceptance of thirdparty coolies or all cookies. Please note, that in such a case you may not be able to use all functions of our websites.

To edit your cookie settings, please click here.


2.4.    Google Analytics

a)     This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”).  Google Analytics uses socalled “cookies”, text files stored on your computer making it possible to analyse the way you use the websites. As a rule, the information about your use of these websites generated by means of cookies is transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. If IP anonymisation is activated on these websites, your IP address is shortened beforehand by Google in countries in the European Union and other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area.  Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On behalf of the website owner, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the wesites, create reports about website activities and provide further services related to website and internet use to the website owner.
The IP address transferred by your browser in the context of Google Analytics will not be combined with other Google data.
You can prevent the storage of cookies by adjusting your browser settings accordingly; however, we point out that if you do so, you might not be able to use all functions of this Websites. Besides, you can prevent the transmission of data about your use of the websites generated by cookies (incl. your IP address) to Google and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at:
You can prevent recording by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. When this link is clicked on, an opt-out cookie is set which will prevent future collection of your data when visit these websites:

d)    These websites use Google Analytics with the extension “_anonymizeIp()”. IP addresses are then processed in a shortened form; reference to a person can thus be excluded. If a reference to a person is possible by means of the data collected for you, this reference is excluded at once and the personal data is deleted immediately.

e)    We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our websites and to be able to improve them regularly. By means of the statistics we can improve our websites and make them more interesting for you, the user. For exceptional cases in which personal data is transmitted to the USA, Google has submitted to comply with the EU-US Privacy Shield, The basis for the use of Google Analytics is Article 6 paragraph 1 sentence 1 point (f) GDPR.

f)    Information of the third party: Google Dublin, Google Ireland Ltd., Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, Fax: +353 (1) 436 1001. User conditions:, overview of data protection:, and the data protection statement:

g)    These websites use Google Analytics also for an analysis of the streams of visitor across all devices made via a user ID. You can deactivate the analysis across all devices in your customer account at “My account”, “Personal data”.

2.5    Integration of YouTube videos
a) We have integrated YouTube videos in our online service which are stored at and can be played directly from our websites.

b) When you visit the websites, YouTube gets the information that you have accessed the respective subsite of our websites. In addition, the data indicated under section 2.1 of this statement is transmitted. This happens irrespective of the fact if YouTube provides a user account via which you are logged in or if a user account does not exist. If you are logged in with Google, your data is directly assigned to your account. If you do not agree to this assignment to your profile at YouTube, you have to log out before the button is activated. YouTube stores your data as usage profiles and uses them for advertising and market research purposes and/or for a design tailored to suit the needs. Such an evaluation is made in particular (even for users who are not logged in) to enable advertising tailored to the needs and to inform other users of the social network about your activities on our websites. You have the right to object creation of these user profiles. In this case you have to address this right to object to YouTube.

c) Any other information for the purpose and scope of data collection and their processing by YouTube are given in the Data Protection Statement. There you also get further information about your rights and setting options to protect your privacy: Google processes your personal data also in the USA and has submitted to comply with the EU-US-Privacy-Shield,


3. Transfer and communication of your data to a third party

We never transfer your data to a third party without your consent.
We partly use the support of a third party for electronic data processing. This is a reliable service provider we have selected very carefully so that they process your data according to our order. The basis is Article 28 GDPR. Our service providers are, of course, committed to handle the data carefully and only according to our instructions and the applicable dataprotection regulations, in particular neither to use the data for their own purposes nor to transfer them to a third party.
Moreover, there may be individual cases in which we are legally obliged to forward your data by order from an official authority if this is required for the purpose of law enforcement or danger prevention by police or other authorities. The basis for transmission in such cases is Article 6 section (1) paragraph (1) point (c).
Finally there may be cases in which your data is transmitted to companies associated with ifm-electronic gmbH (subsidiaries or affiliates) for one of the purposes mentioned in number 2 due to the work distribution within the ifm group of companies.
The purpose of this transmission is to structurally fulfil the tasks arising in the course of pursuit of corporate goals within a group of companies within our group of companies according to our work distribution; the basis for this is Article 6 paragraph (1) sentence 1 point (f) GDPR.
If in this context personal data is processed outside the states of the European Economic Area (“EEA”), we protect your personal data by transmitting and processing your personal data within our group of companies only according to the standard contractual clauses defined by the EU Commission following Article 46 paragraph (2) point (c). The standard contractual clauses can be viewed and downloaded at


4. Your rights

4.1    You have the following rights against us with regard to the personal data concerning you:

  • the right of information if and which of your personal data is processed by us,
  • right to rectification or erasure of your data,
  • right to restriction of processing,
  • right to object processing if the basis for this processing is Article 6 paragraph (1) sentence 1 point (f) GDPR and
  • right to data portability.

4.2    You also have the right to file a complaint with the data protection supervisory authorities about the processing of your personal data by us.


5. Amendment of this data protection statement

We reserve the right to amend this data protection statement at any time with future effect. The current version can be accessed on our websites. Please visit our websites regularly and inform yourself about the data protection regulations in effect.

Date: 24 May 2018