Privacy - Overview


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Our information on data protection explains the handling of personal data that (may) result from visiting this website. At the same time, we also use this information to provide general information about the processing of personal data in our company. Please note that this general data protection information cannot, of course, cover every individual case in practice. If other, additional data processing takes place in such situations, we will provide you with additional information in the specific individual case. Your rights explained here will of course still apply without restriction.

Your rights

Every data subject has the right of access under Art. 15 GDPR, the right to rectification under Art. 16 GDPR, the right to erasure ("right to be forgotten") under Art. 17 GDPR, the right to restriction of processing (blocking) under Art. 18 GDPR, the right to object under Art. 21 GDPR and the right to data portability under Art. 20 GDPR if you have consented to data processing or have concluded a contract with us. The restrictions under Sections 34 and 35 BDSG apply to the right to information and the right to erasure. Finally, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority in accordance with Art. 77 GDPR in conjunction with Section 19 BDSG.

If you have given us your consent to a specific processing of your personal data, you can revoke this consent at any time for the future. Whenever we process your data on the basis of a legitimate interest or a balancing of interests, you can object to such processing at any time for the future.

Difference between revocation and objection

The revocation is to be pronounced if processing is based on consent. This is always the case if you were expressly asked to give your consent before the data was collected (in particular by signing or clicking in the checkbox).

An objection is indicated if data processing is carried out on the basis of a balancing of interests. In this case, you do not have to sign anything and usually do not have to give your consent. However, the GDPR obliges every 'data processor' to inform the data subjects about the processing and to state the legal basis; this should enable you to know whether you can formally object to the data processing. We also use this data protection notice in particular to inform you about the processing activities that we carry out on the basis of a balancing of interests.

If you are not comfortable with data processing, please simply contact the addresses listed in the imprint. We will then explain to you whether the processing can be stopped or at least restricted - you do not need to mention the word revocation or objection.

If it is not possible to stop the processing because otherwise, for example, tax laws would be violated or a concluded contract can no longer be fulfilled, we will explain this to you. If the processing is based on a legitimate interest, we will ask you for a reason why the processing should be stopped. We will then carefully weigh your interests against ours and inform you of the result.

If we contact you for sales reasons and you do not wish us to do so, a simple and clear indication is sufficient for a stop; a justification for your wish to stop it is then not required.

If, despite all explanations or due to our behavior, you have the impression that your rights are being denied, then a complaint to a data protection supervisory authority is a logical next step. The GDPR gives you the right to contact these authorities at any time.

Competent supervisory authority

The competent supervisory authority for us is

The Hessian Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HBDI)

P.O. Box 3163

65021 Wiesbaden

Phone: +49-611-1408-0

Name and address of the person responsible

The controller within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation and other national data protection laws of the EU member states as well as other data protection regulations is


Gervinusstraße 17

60322 Frankfurt am Main

Represented by its managing directors

·      Henning Vollbehr

·      Dr. Timo Reinschmidt

Data Protection Management and Data Protection Officer (DPO)

You can reach our data protection management via the contact details above or by e-mail:

We have appointed an external data protection officer (DPO):

Joerg Weiß

esquilin GmbH

Max-Beckmann-Weg 65

65428 Rüsselsheim am Main

Phone: +49-6142-7082727

Types of processing / legal bases

According to the requirements of the GDPR, all processing activities must be assigned to a legal basis from the catalog in Art. 6 (1) GDPR. We will cite the exact legal basis here once if you wish to read it there. Otherwise, we only refer to the colloquial 'legal basis' in italics and underlined in our data protection information without always mentioning the reference in the law.

The GDPR offers a total of six variants or legal bases, of which only four are relevant to us:

  • Processing of data on the basis of consent; Art. 6 (1) a.
  • Processing necessary for the preparation or performance of a contract; Art. 6 (1) b.
  • Processing necessary to comply with a mandatory law or regulation; Art. 6 (1) c.
  • Processing necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued; Art. 6 (1) f; also referred to as balancing of interests.

Recipients of your data

Third party

If we pass on your data to third parties, we will explain this in the context of the respective processing or in the following here in the data protection information in each case and tell you the reason / purpose, the recipient and the legal basis for the transfer. If data is transferred to third parties, they are then responsible to you for the processing that takes place there.


Processors are service providers who assist us with data processing on our behalf. Such processors may not process the data for their own purposes, i.e. only and exclusively in accordance with our instructions. Processors may not evaluate the data on their own authority or even transfer it to third parties. Processors are closely bound to us by contracts, are carefully selected and monitored by us accordingly. As we retain sovereignty over your data in the case of processors, we remain the controller in accordance with the rules of the GDPR and therefore also your point of contact. For this reason, we do not publish a complete list of processors here.

Processing outside the EU and EWR

Some of the service providers we use provide their services from countries outside the EU or the EEA. In the case of the USA, we prefer partners who are certified in accordance with the rules of the Data Privacy Framework (DPF) and for whom an adequacy decision by the EU Commission therefore applies. Irrespective of this, we generally regulate the transfer of data to so-called third countries with the help of the binding agreement of the EU standard contractual clauses for third countries with our partners. We also apply this procedure if data is processed in the EU, but maintenance work may be carried out from outside the EU/EEA.

Visit our website

When you access our website, some technical data is always automatically collected and processed - otherwise our web server would not be able to present you with a page on your smartphone or PC. This information includes, for example, the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your internet service provider and your IP address (your personal address on the internet, so to speak). This means that all this information is personally identifiable (to you). However, this data processing is necessary because without the IP address, the web server would not know where to deliver the requested website.

In addition to the actual page structure, the data from the page request is also processed for the following purposes and is required for this:

  • Ensuring a smooth connection to the website,
  • Ensuring the smooth use of our website,
  • Evaluating system security and stability and
  • to optimize our website.

Important: We do not use your data from the page view to draw conclusions about your person. We do not have a cookie banner because we do not set cookies.

All of the processing activities mentioned are carried out in the legitimate interest of operating the website securely and efficiently.

The IP addresses and thus the personal reference of the above data are anonymized or deleted after seven days at the latest, unless they are the subject of an investigation into misuse.

Access to administrative access, protection against misuse

Attempts to log in to our administration accesses are not logged anonymously. We store and process data from such and other attempts at misuse in order to prevent a possible attack, for example by blocking access, or to assist law enforcement authorities in investigating the matter, as hacking websites is illegal (even attempts to do so).

We generally store such log files for at least four months, as cyber attacks are often long-term in nature. We base the maximum storage period on the requirements that the BDSG prescribes for operators of state web servers in Germany (the BDSG and the GDPR do not provide any specific requirements for private web servers). § Section 76 (4) BDSG: "The log data shall be deleted at the end of the year following its generation."

All of the aforementioned processing activities are carried out on the basis of a balancing of interests, i.e. the legitimate interest in operating a secure website and in the legal prosecution of persons who wish to harm our customers or us.

Contact form

We occasionally activate a contact form on our website. If you send us inquiries via the contact form, your details from the inquiry form, including the contact details you provide there, will be forwarded to our employees by e-mail and stored for the purpose of answering / processing. In addition, the data is created as with every visit to a website, as we have already explained above.

In principle, sending e-mails always involves the risk of third parties gaining knowledge of the communication (confidentiality), the message being falsified (integrity) or the message being delivered with a delay or lost completely (availability) due to faults in an integrated technical component. The contact form is therefore only suitable for time-critical, binding and/or confidential messages to a very limited extent and is not recommended. For such matters, we recommend direct contact or a phone call.

The presentation of the legal basis for data processing and explanation of the storage periods required by the GDPR is somewhat complicated for a contact form. To keep it short: We want to make it as easy as possible for interested parties to contact us and are certainly pursuing a legitimate interest for both sides. If individuals use the contact form to conclude a contract with us, we would base the data required for this on the legal basis of a contract. In the case of individuals who do not wish to conclude a contract with us themselves, but do so for their employer, for example, the legitimate interest remains. In detail, this results in different rules for asserting your data protection rights, but this should not play a role for you and us in everyday life. As I said: If you are not comfortable with us processing your data, please contact us (regardless of the underlying 'legal basis').

The details on processing the data of interested parties and contractual partners apply regardless of the form of communication; we therefore present this in detail in a separate section below.

Handling the data of our customers, interested parties, suppliers, authorities and associations

We process data because we have to or because we want to. A compulsion arises if contracts or laws cannot be fulfilled without the processing. In all other cases, processing takes place because it is necessary to fulfill legitimate interests. As a rule, SWIAT GmbH does not process data on the basis of consent. Should we deviate from this principle, we will explain this on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and contractual necessity

The services of SWIAT GmbH are aimed exclusively at commercial customers. Business correspondence is subject to a retention obligation due to tax and commercial law regulations. This retention obligation is based in particular on § 257 HGB, § 147 AO and § 14b UstG and is calculated for six or ten years. It begins at the end of the year in which the transaction was completed or a contract was fulfilled, the content of which was shaped by the message (i.e. the message was effectively part of the contract). Deletion takes place at the end of the retention period. The storage of data during the statutory retention period and the necessary disclosure to authorities (e.g. tax office auditors) is therefore carried out in order to comply with the law.

Without listing further laws that apply to us here, we will always transfer data to third parties (here in particular government agencies) if compliance with mandatory laws is not otherwise possible.

In addition to the fulfillment of legal requirements, we will also transfer data in our care to third parties if this is necessary for the fulfillment / execution of contracts. If the personal data of a contractual partner is directly affected in this case, the transfer is made to fulfill contractual obligations. If it concerns personal data, e.g. of our customers' employees (the data subject within the meaning of the GDPR is not our contractual partner), we process this data if it is necessary to fulfill our contracts and / or to safeguard the legitimate interests of the parties involved (example: entry of sender data into a shipping system of a courier system; without the transfer of data, the shipping commissioned by the customer's employee cannot take place).

Legitimate interests

We want to fulfill contracts as well/efficiently as possible. So, for example, we make a note of the names of contact persons or take notes of conversations during the initiation or execution of a contract. This data processing is in the (legitimate / justifiedinterest of all parties involved; surely nobody wants to start from the beginning again and again when continuing conversations, even if the contact person changes internally.

This means that we are already processing personal data beyond the legal basis of contract fulfillment or legal requirements. This demarcation is important because it results in different storage rules and data subject rights.

We must process the name of a contractual partner and store it within the scope of the statutory retention obligation. We may store the names and circumstances of our contact persons if this is necessary for legitimate purposes and does not outweigh the rights of the data subjects that require protection. The processing (collection, use, storage) is then formally carried out on the basis of legitimate interest.

Other specific processing purposes

In addition to the more efficient conduct of discussions and negotiations and the execution of contracts, contact data is also processed in order to proactively approach interested companies, suppliers or existing and former customers for new or extended cooperation. In the case of existing customers, we also process data on our contacts as part of the collection and handling of feedback and criticism as part of quality management. In the case of our suppliers, the purpose for processing personal data is also the efficient control (audits) from our information security management.

In the event of legal disputes, we also use the data to assert, exercise or defend legal claims. Irrespective of this, in individual cases we involve experts for legal and tax issues in the assessment or processing of contracts, invoices etc.. These third parties are regularly bound to confidentiality due to their professional position and/or by specific contracts. Furthermore, they do not receive data processed on behalf of the customer, but only the information that arises directly from contracts and invoices etc. (in particular contact details of the contact persons named there and information on the process).

All of the above processing activities are carried out in the legitimate or justified interest of fulfilling a contract in the interests of our customers. We therefore pursue legitimate interests on our part, but in many cases also in the interests of our customers and their employees. The processing of personal data from contacts with authorities and associations is also based on a balancing of interests. Here, too, we make a note of contact persons and the content of discussions in order to make the processing of transactions or technical contacts (e.g. with regulatory authorities) more efficient.

Origin of the data

Information on individuals at interested parties, customers, suppliers, authorities or associations usually originates from direct contact or related documents (general correspondence, tender or contract documents; advertising letters from potential suppliers). Data from interested parties also comes from our contact form on our website or from e-mails or letters sent to us. If we take the initial sales initiative ourselves, we also take the contact data from publicly accessible sources (e.g. websites) or simply ask the company directly for a suitable contact person for us.

Storage period and deletion

As mentioned above, the storage and deletion period depends largely on the legal basis for processing. If the data is stored because this is required by commercial or tax laws, for example, we have no room for maneuver and consistently follow the legal requirements: In the case of tax-relevant data, this is ten years starting from the end of the year in which the transaction was completed. This period may be extended due to ongoing tax audits or requirements by the authorities.

In the case of data that we process on the basis of legitimate interest, the law does not give us any fixed requirements. Here we have to define a pragmatic solution that is appropriate to the circumstances ourselves. At this point, 'appropriate' means that we again include the legitimate interests of the data subjects in the consideration. For us, 'pragmatic' here means that we want to delete with easy-to-handle, flat-rate deadlines wherever possible. If we were to carry out complex (case-by-case) checks before our deletion runs, this would mean a renewed examination of the personal data - and that would be the opposite of the data-saving processing required by the GDPR.

We are therefore generally guided by the general statutory limitation period. After this three-year period has expired, the processing purpose "Storage and use of data for the assertion, exercise or defense of legal claims" is no longer applicable. This period therefore also applies to data from sales activities that have not resulted in a contract. Such inactive contacts are deleted or blocked after three years. We consider a contact to be inactive if there has been no further communication between the two parties during the three-year period. A block is indicated if we are not yet permitted to delete the data due to other retention obligations, but no longer wish to use it for sales purposes.

Applicants for an open position

Data security

When sending application documents, we offer the option of agreeing a password to encrypt the documents.

The application documents are stored in an area to which only the employees dealing with applications have access, in addition to technical administrators who are under a special obligation to maintain confidentiality.

Storage duration

During the application process:

An application can only be processed in a fair and structured manner if the decision-makers have access to the necessary information. The information is ultimately stored with the aim of concluding an employment contract. In addition to the legal basis from the GDPR, Section 26 of the BDSG is also relevant here.

An employment relationship is established:

The documents provided will become part of the personnel file; we will provide information on the scope, purpose and legal basis of further processing as well as on the possible disclosure of data to third parties in connection with the conclusion of the employment contract.

No employment relationship is established:

As we occasionally receive inquiries after applications as to why a rejection was made, we do not delete the information immediately after the application process has been completed; otherwise we would not be able to respond to the inquiries. Factual statements against the background of the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) are also not possible without retaining the documents from the application process. By being able to provide information, we are pursuing our own legitimate interests and, where applicable, the interests of the person concerned (applicant).

As there is a time limit for responding to inquiries, we delete the application as soon as the legal deadlines justify this: six months after completion of the application process.

Which data is affected?

All data that is the subject of the application and arises from the communication (interview content, emails) is affected by the storage.

We encourage all applicants to only provide us with information in the course of their application that is necessary for an objective selection. These are professionally relevant qualifications and experience. Information on ideological beliefs or religious affiliation may play a role in the course of payroll accounting (church tax), but is not relevant to the application. Information on political positions or the (non-)existence of a trade union affiliation may also not be the subject of a recruitment decision - and should therefore not be included in an application.

Convince us with a professional application in which only the personal information that is or may be relevant for a hiring decision is disclosed.

Data Protection Provisions about the SWIAT GmbH Talent Pool

We offer job applicants to be registered within our Talent Pool.

The SWIAT GmbH Talent Pool is a candidate management system that is used to recruit talent. The purpose of the Talent Pool is to maintain contact with talented candidates and, if necessary, to recruit them for future employment at SWIAT GmbH. To this end, candidates are informed about open positions 

that might fit to their skills and interests. Agreeing to be registered within the talent pool does not cause any costs to be paid at SWIAT GmbH. 

Though this offer is free of charge for the applicants we consider the agreement using the talent pool as a contract which is then the legal basis for processing the data. The contract can be cancelled by both parties at any time without giving a reason.

The processing of these personal data is required in order to fulfil the above mentioned purpose:

First name, Last name, Date of birth, e-mail, address for studies: course of study, focus of study, (expected) end of studies, degree for career entry: date of planned career entry, preferred entry area, preferred location CV upload

Only selected authorized employees of the HR department have access to this personal data stored in the talent pools. They may only use the data for the purposes specified above. The personal data is treated as strictly confidential.

Becoming part of our talent pool is an optional offer and not a prerequisite for an application. A person registered in a talent pool can have their data stored there updated or deleted at any time without giving reasons. To do so, they must send a short message to stating the personal information to be updated or cancel the agreement to remain in the talent pool. The data stored about the person concerned in the talent pool will then - depending on the request - be deleted or updated immediately. Data will also be deleted after a period of inactivity about 6 months.

No disclosure of data to third parties

Information from application procedures is not passed on to third parties. If, in the course of an application, the expected individual net remuneration of the applicant is to be calculated, we transfer only the relevant data to a specialized service (e.g. tax consultant). This is done in the (legitimateinterest of being able to provide the most accurate information possible.

Changes to our privacy policy

We reserve the right to adapt this privacy policy so that it always complies with current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services in the privacy policy, e.g. when introducing new services. The new privacy policy will then apply to your next visit.

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