Privacy Policy

The intention of the BVDW with this declaration on data protection is to clearly explain the data processing procedures of the website. The BVDW undertakes to protect the data belonging to visitors to this website. The stored data will only be made available to third parties in the manner described in this declaration. Furthermore, no personal data will be passed on to members, cooperation partners or advertising companies.

Any changes to our data protection declaration in line with changing legislation or judicial decisions will be published in this privacy policy.

What data is stored?

Personal data as described in Germany's Federal Data Protection Act is stored in the service provider database and the expert database and kept for transmission to third parties.

Who edits and maintains this data?

The BVDW members (executive members of the corporate members) as well as the employees of the member companies are authorised to enter the data. They can correct and update their information related to the BVDW membership after entering their individual password. You can also have your data corrected by the office staff on request. Executive members can assign specific rights for employees of their company; these rights are explained at the relevant locations. This data is not transmitted to third parties; it is used exclusively for the purpose of internal communication. The employees of the member companies are also authorised to enter data in the consultant database. Third parties can publicly search this database for keywords, but will not receive any personal data. The experts' contact data is only available to the BVDW members after entry of the login data. Executive members of the member companies who enter their employees in the consultant database are obliged to obtain the consent of the employees in question.

Are these databases compatible with data protection?

The Federal Data Protection Act protects personal data that relates to natural persons. Data belonging to legal persons is not included in this protection. Section 28, Paragraph 3, Clause 3 of the Federal Data Protection Act permits the publication of data summarised in lists, for example about members of an association, provided the data refers to certain information and the publication does not conflict with any interests of a member that warrant protection.

Section 10 of the Federal Data Protection Act permits the establishment of an automated procedure facilitating the transmission of personal data on demand, provided this procedure is appropriate to the tasks or business objectives of the offices involved and does not conflict with any interests that warrant protection.

All of the data reproduced in the databases on the website can be independently edited by the members in accordance with the "right to informational self-determination". The members are required to share their contact data on the basis of promoting networking between the BVDW members.

Section 16 of the Federal Data Protection Act also permits data transmission, provided the transmission is necessary and there is a legitimate interest.


The website contains links to other websites. The BVDW cannot accept any responsibility for the data protection practices of these other websites. The privacy policy of the BVDW applies exclusively to data recorded on this website.


A cookie is a small data package that is stored on the user's hard drive and contains information about the user.

The BVDW only uses cookies for the protected member area to save the user's identity and access authorisation and to maintain the user session during a visit from page view to page view. The users control the establishment of a cookie by actively logging in and out.

This personal data is deleted after each session is ended.

Log files

We use IP addresses to manage the website, to track a user's browsing history on the site, and to record general demographic data for collective evaluation. IP addresses are not linked with information that can lead to the identification of individual people. The IP addresses in the user data are not saved during either the registration process or the login process.


The BVDW carries out surveys from time to time and can ask for information from the users as part of that. Participation is completely voluntary, therefore the user has the choice whether or not to reveal the necessary information.