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Data Privacy

Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 October 2020 15:45



As the data controller we have prepared this privacy notice to inform you in accordance with the requirements of the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation- GDPR) about the nature, scope and purpose of the processing of personal data in relation to the services we offer on our web site. 

  1. Definitions

„Personal data“ means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person;


„Processing“ means any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data or on sets of personal data, whether or not by automated means, 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;


„Controller“ means the natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data; where the purposes and means of such processing are determined by Union or Member State law, the controller or the specific criteria for its nomination may be provided for by Union or Member State law;


„Recipient“ means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or another body, to which the personal data are disclosed, whether a third party or not. However, public authorities which may receive personal data in the framework of a particular inquiry in accordance with Union or Member State law shall not be regarded as recipients; the processing of those data by those public authorities shall be in compliance with the applicable data protection rules according to the purposes of the processing;

  1. General information
  2. The data controller

Global Standard gemeinnützige GmbH

Rotebühlstr. 102

70178 Stuttgart




  1. Contact details of the data protection officer


Königstr. 40

70173 Stuttgart



Website: https://www.obsecom.de


  1. Legal basis

We process personal data based on at least one of the following legal basis:


  • The data subject has given consent to the processing of his or her personal data for one or more specific purposes (Art.  6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR);
  • Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract (Art.  6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR);
  • Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject (Art.  6 para. 1 lit. c GDPR);
  • Processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party (Art.  6 Abs. 1 lit. f GDPR)


In this privacy policy we refer to the respective legal basis of the individual data processing operations.


  1. Onward transfer of personal data

We forward personal data to recipients (data processors or other third parties) only to the extent required and only if one of the subsequent conditions are met:


  • the data subject has consented to the data transfer;
  • the onward transfer is required to fulfil a contractual obligation or pre-contractual measure on the request of the data subject;
  • we are obliged by law to make such a transfer;
  • The onward transfer is made on the basis of our legitimate interest or on those of a third party.


  1. Third countries

The transfer of personal data to a third country or an international organisation outside the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) is subject to legal or contractual permission only in accordance with the provisions under Art. 44 et seq. GDPR. It means that pursuant to Art. 45 GDPR an adequacy decision of the EU commission must be present for the respective country, appropriate safeguards for data privacy under Art. 46 GDPR, or Binding Corporate Rules under Art. 47 GDPR do exist.


  1. Rights of data subjects

As a data subject you have the following rights:


  • Pursuant to Art. 15 GDPR to request information about your personal data processed by us. You may also request information regarding the purposes of the processing; the categories of personal data concerned; the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed; the envisaged period for which the personal data will be stored, or the criteria used to determine that period; where the personal data are not collected from you, the data source; the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, and meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and the envisaged consequences of such processing; the existence of the right to request rectification or erasure of data concerning you, the right to restrict processing or to object to such processing, the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. Finally, you have a right to know whether personal data has been transferred to a third country or to an international organisation, and, if so, the appropriate safeguards relating to this transfer;


  • Pursuant to Art. 16 GDPR to demand the immediate rectification of inaccurate personal data and to have incomplete personal data that are stored with us to be completed;


  • Pursuant to Art. 17 GDPR to demand the erasure of your personal data stored with us , unless the processing is necessary for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information , for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest, or for the establishment, exercise or defence of a legal claim;


  • Pursuant to Art. 18 GDPR to request the restriction of the processing of your personal data if the accuracy of the personal data is contested by you; the processing is unlawful but you oppose the erasure of the personal data and request the restriction of their use instead; we no longer need the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but they are required by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; you have objected to processing pursuant to Art. 21(1) GDPR pending the verification whether our legitimate grounds override your interests;


  • Pursuant to Art. 20 GDPR to receive your personal data, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit those data to another controller;
  • Pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR to object to the processing of your personal data on grounds relating to your particular situation, or if you object to processing for direct marketing purposes and the legal basis for the processing are our legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR;
  • Pursuant to Art. 7 para. 3 GDPR to withdraw your consent given to us at any time. As a result we are no longer allowed to continue the data processing that was based on this consent in the future;
  • Pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement.


If you wish to assert the data subject rights mentioned above, you can contact us or our data protection officer at any time using the contact details above.


  1. Erasure and restriction of personal data

Unless otherwise provided for in this privacy notice, personal data will be deleted, if these data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed and the deletion does not conflict with statutory retention requirements. In addition, we will erase the personal data processed by us in accordance with Art. 17 GDPR on your request, if the conditions provided therein are met. If personal data are required for other lawful purposes, they will not be erased, but their processing will be restricted in accordance with Art. 18 GDPR.

In case of restriction, the data will not be processed for other purposes. This applies, for example, to personal data that must be retained by us for commercial or tax law reasons. For example, data must be kept for 6 years pursuant to Section 257 (1) Nos. 2 and 3 German Commercial Code (HGB) and Section 147 (1) Nos. 2, 3, 5 German Tax Code (AO); data must be kept for 10 years pursuant to Section 257 (1) Nos. 1 and 4 HGB and Section 147 Abs. 1 No. 1, 4, 4a AO.


  1. Cookies

Our website uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that your browser automatically creates and stores on your device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, PC, etc.) when you visit our website. Cookies do no harm to your device, nor do they contain any viruses or other malicious software. The cookie stores information which is created in relation to the specific device you are using. However, this does not mean that we become immediately aware of your identity. Cookies are mainly used to make the website more user-friendly, effective and secure.


We use session cookies to recognize that you have already visited individual pages of our website. These cookies also support certain features and functionalities on our website. Session cookies are deleted after you have left our website.


In order to optimize our website, to statistically evaluate the use of our website, and to enhance usability, we use temporary cookies that are stored on your device for a specific period of time. If you visit our site again to use our services, we will automatically recognize that you have visited us earlier, and what inputs and settings you made so that you do not need to enter them again. These cookies will be deleted or lose their validity after max. PERIOD.


The data processed by cookies are required for the purposes mentioned above in order to protect our legitimate interests which result thereof, as well as those of third parties according to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.


Most browsers accept cookies automatically. However, if you do not wish to accept cookies, you can configure your browser so that no cookies are stored on your device or a message is displayed before new cookies are created. A general objection to the use of cookies used for online marketing purposes can be made for a variety of services, such as explained at http://www.youronlinechoices.com/or the opt-out page of the Network Advertising Initiative http://optout.networkadvertising.org. However, disabling cookies may mean that you may not be able to use all the features of our website.

  • Individual processing operations
  1. Hosting

In order to make available our website, we use services provided by hosting companies, such as: Provision of web servers, disk space, database services, and security or maintenance services. Here we, or our hosting providers, process personal data of the website visitors on the basis of our legitimate interests in providing efficient and secure access to our website in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.


  1. Access data and log files

By visiting our website or its individual pages, your device’s internet browsers automatically sends information to the server of our website. This information is stored in so-called log files by us or our hosting provider and will be deleted after 6 months at the latest.


The following information is stored:


  • IP address of the requesting computer;
  • Date and time of access;
  • Name and URL of the requested file;
  • Website from which our site was accessed (Referrer-URL);
  • The browser used and your computer’s operating system;
  • Status codes and the transferred amount of data;
  • Name of your access provider.


This data will be used for the following purposes:


  • The provision of our website, including all of its features and contents;
  • To ensure a smooth connection to our website;
  • To ensure the comfortable use of our website;
  • To ensure system security and stability;
  • For anonymised statistical evaluation of website access;
  • To optimise our website;
  • For disclosure to law enforcement authorities in the event of unlawful interference / attacks on our systems;
  • For further administrative purposes.


The legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. Our legitimate interest follows from the data collection purposes mentioned above. Under no circumstance will we use the personal data collected for the purpose of drawing conclusions about a person.


  1. Contact form

If you use the contact form, you will be asked to provide your name and your e-mail address and any other contact details, so that we can get in personal contact with you. Further information can be provided voluntarily. The data processing for the purpose of contacting us and answering your request takes place in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR on the basis of your voluntary consent. All personal data collected in connection with the contact form will be deleted after your request has been processed, unless further storage is required for the documentation of other transactions (for example, subsequent conclusion of a contract).


If you contact us using the contact details published in our web site (for example, by e-mail) and in this context provide us with personal data, we will use this data to process your request on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR, if your request is related to the performance of a contract or is required to perform pre-contractual action. In all other cases, processing is based on your consent in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR and / or our legitimate interest in the effective processing of requests addressed to us pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. We will store your personal data until you ask us for deletion, revoke your consent to the storage, or the data are no longer necessary for the purpose for which they were collected (for example, after completion of your request). Mandatory statutory provisions - especially retention periods - remain thereof unaffected.


  1. Newsletter

If you would like to receive our newsletter, we need your e-mail address. The data processing for the purpose of sending the newsletter takes place in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR on the basis of your voluntary consent by means of the so-called double-opt-in procedure. The e-mail address will be used and stored for this purpose until you withdraw your consent or unsubscribe from receiving the newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time, for example by using the link at the bottom of each newsletter. You can also send your withdrawal/unsubscribe request at any time to the e-mail address given under Clause II.


5. GOTS Monitor

To activate the software license and register for the use of the GOTS Monitor Water / Energy, we will forward your license number, name, telephone number, address, e-mail and website to the manufacturer of the software. The recipient of the data is Systainable Solutions Ltd., Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 9BB, United Kingdom. The data transfer is required for entering into the contract which is to be concluded at your request. Objecting or refusing to the data transfer has the consequence that the license will not be released or will be deleted. The legal basis for the data transfer is ours, and Systainable's legitimate interest under Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR in the documentation of licensing and license-compliant use of the application. For more information on how Systainable handles your personal data please refer to the privacy policy at: .https://systainable.eu/en/


6. GOTS Database

We will store your first name, last name, telephone number and e-mail address in the GOTS database for the purpose of publishing this information as commercial contact details representing a certified company on this website. The legal basis for processing is your voluntary consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a GDPR. Your personal data will be deleted after the company profile has been removed from the database or you withdraw your consent for publishing the information.


  1. Statistics and Analysis
  2. Piwik)

Our website uses Piwik, a so-called website analysis service. Piwik collects data about user visits to our website. These data are used to ensure that our website is well designed and continuously optimised to meet the needs of our website visitors, to measure the success of marketing activities, and to create statistical evaluations. The legal basis is our legitimate interests under Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. The information will not be disclosed to third parties and under no circumstance will the IP address be associated with other user data. IP addresses are anonymized, so that any assignment is impossible.


If you do not want Piwik to process visitor data from you, you can prevent this by setting an opt-out cookie from Piwik. This cookie will prevent Piwik from collecting and storing any future visitor data from your browser when you visit this website:


Attention: If you delete your cookies, this will also result in the opt-out cookie being deleted. You must then reactivate the Piwik opt-out cookie.

  1. Media content

In the context of our website services we partially use third party content, which is loaded directly from servers of the content providers, as named below. The purpose of integrating this content is to make our website more attractive. The purpose of making our website more attractive is also our legitimate interest in using such external content. The legal basis is for the use of such plugins are our legitimate interests under Art. 6 para. 1 lit f GDPR.


  1. Bootstrap Fonts

This website uses external fonts provided by Bootstrap, so-called “fonts”. Provider is StackPath, LLC, 2021 McKinney Avenue, Suite 1100 Dallas, Texas 75201, USA (hereinafter “StackPath”). In order to do this, your browser loads the required fonts into the browser cache when you access our web page. If your browser does not support this function, your computer will use a standard font instead to display the website. This service collects your IP address, which of our web pages you have visited and, if necessary, other data required for the provision of the fonts. The information collected about your use of this website is stored on a server in the USA. StackPath has entered the EU/U.S. Privacy Shield and therefore complies with the requirements of the European Union to legitimize the transfer of personal data to the United States. You will find Information about the guarantees provided by the EU/U.S. Privacy Shield on: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000CbahAAC&status=Active.

For more information on how StackPath handles your personal data, see the privacy policy on: https://www.bootstrapcdn.com/privacy-policy/.