Data privacy statement

Data protection declaration

We, the Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS), welcome you to our website and appreciate your interest. We take the data protection of our online offer very seriously. Below you will find all the information you need on this topic.

The processing of personal data is always carried out in accordance with the applicable data protection regulations, in particular the General Data Protection Regulation. However, if you wish to make use of special services provided by our company via our website, it may be necessary to process personal data. As far as personal data (e.g. name, address, telephone number or e-mail address) is collected, this is, as far as possible, always on a voluntary basis.  If the processing of personal data is necessary and there is no legal basis for such processing, we generally obtain the consent of the data subject.

We will store this data for as long as you wish to use the corresponding service, after which it will be deleted. We will of course treat your personal data confidentially and will not pass them on to third parties under any circumstances. You can request information about your data at any time (more on this in the section "User rights").

As data controller, PTS has implemented numerous technical and organizational measures to ensure the most complete possible protection of personal data processed via this website. Nevertheless, Internet-based data transmissions can have security gaps, so that absolute protection cannot be guaranteed. For this reason, every person concerned is free to transmit personal data to us by alternative means, for example by telephone.

1. The name and address of the controller

The person responsible within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation, other data protection laws in force in the Member States of the European Union and other provisions of a data protection nature is:

Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS)
Pirnaer Straße 37
01809 Heidenau

Authorized representative of the board:
Dr. Thorsten Voß

Phone: +49 3529 / 55160
Fax: + 49 3529 / 551899

2. Cookies

We use cookies on our website. Cookies are small text files which are stored on a computer system via an Internet browser.

By means of a cookie, the information and offers on our website can be optimized for the user. Cookies enable us to recognize the users of our website. The purpose of this recognition is to make it easier for users to use our website. Some cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them.

You can prevent the setting of cookies by our website at any time by means of an appropriate setting of the Internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. Furthermore, cookies that have already been set can be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all common internet browsers. If you deactivate the setting of cookies in the Internet browser used, not all functions of our website may be fully usable.

Further (external) links:

3. Acquisition of general data and information (protocol data)

Your browser sends a series of technical data when you access our website, which is logged. This general data and information is stored in the log files of the server. Your IP address, your browser identification, your operating system, the domain name of your Internet provider, the name of the file accessed, the date and time of access, the amount of data transferred, the so-called referrer URL (the page from which you accessed our offer) and the successful access are recorded in a log file.

The server log files are anonymous data that are collected when you access our website. This information does not allow any personal conclusions to be drawn about you, but for technical reasons it is indispensable for the delivery and presentation of our contents. We register your accesses for reasons of data security in order to ensure the stability and operational security of our systems and to ward off unauthorized attacks as well as for reasons of statistics and the constant optimization of our contents. The log data is used exclusively for internal purposes and will not be passed on to third parties under any circumstances.

4. Registration on our website

You can register on our website by entering your personal data. Which personal data is transmitted to us is determined by the respective input mask used for registration. The personal data entered by you will be collected and stored exclusively for internal use by us and for our own purposes. We may arrange for the transfer to one or more processors, who will also use the personal data exclusively for internal use attributable to the controller. Upon request, we will of course inform you which personal data has been collected and stored.

5. Possibility to contact us via the website

Due to legal regulations, our website contains information that enables quick electronic contact with our company and direct communication with us, which also includes the e-mail address. If you contact us by e-mail or via a contact form, the personal data transmitted by you will be stored automatically. Such personal data transmitted on a voluntary basis will be stored for the purpose of processing or contacting you. This personal data is not passed on to third parties.

You can of course revoke your declarations of consent at any time in the future. Please contact our data protection officer, whose contact details you will find below.

6. Routine deletion and blocking of personal data

We process and store your personal data only for the period of time necessary to achieve the intended purpose or insofar as this has been provided for by the European Directive and Regulation Giver or another legislator in laws or regulations to which the controller is subject.

If the purpose of use no longer applies or if a storage period prescribed by the European Directive and Regulation Giver or another competent legislator expires, the personal data is routinely blocked or deleted in accordance with the statutory provisions.

7. User rights

You have the right to receive information about your personal data stored by us free of charge upon request. In addition, you have the right to object to the correction, blocking, deletion, restriction of processing, revocation of your consent under data protection law and to the processing of personal data relating to you at any time in accordance with legal provisions.

Please contact our data protection officer in writing at

To be able to consider a data lock at any time, it is necessary to keep the data in a lock file for control purposes. If there is no legal archiving obligation, you can also request the deletion of the data. Otherwise we block the data, if you wish.

In addition, you have the right of appeal to the competent supervisory authority.

8. Third-party content and services

The offer on our website may also include content, services and performances of other providers that supplement our offer. Examples of such offers are maps from Google Maps, YouTube videos as well as videos and graphics from third parties. Calling these services from a third party regularly requires the transmission of your IP address. This enables these providers to perceive your user IP address and to store it. Further information on data processing can be found in the data protection information of the respective provider.

We make every effort to include only those third party providers who use IP addresses solely for the delivery of the content. However, we have no influence on which third party provider may store the IP address. This storage can be used for statistical purposes, for example. Should we become aware of storage processes by third parties, we will immediately inform our users of this fact.

9. YouTube Privacy Policy

We embed YouTube videos on some of our websites. YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA is the operator of the corresponding plug-ins. When you visit a page with the YouTube plugin, a connection to YouTube servers is established. YouTube is informed which pages you visit. If you are logged into your YouTube account, YouTube can associate your surfing habits with you personally. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account beforehand.

When a YouTube video is started, the provider uses cookies that collect information about user behavior.

If you have deactivated the storage of cookies for the Google ad program, you will not have to reckon with such cookies when watching YouTube videos either. YouTube also stores non-personal usage information in other cookies. If you want to prevent this, you must block the saving of cookies in your browser.

Further information on data protection at "YouTube" can be found in the provider's data protection declaration at:

10. Links to other websites

The online offer contains links to other websites (so-called external links). We have no influence on whether the operators of other websites comply with data protection regulations. Please note that by clicking on a link on another website you are subject to different data protection regulations. We have no influence on the data processing there.

11. Privacy policy for the use of Google Analytics

This website uses functions of the web analysis service Google Analytics. The provider is Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses cookies. The text files are stored on your computer and allow an analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, if IP anonymization is activated on this website, Google will reduce your IP address within Member States of the European Union or in other states party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area beforehand. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there.

On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide the website operator with other services relating to website and Internet use. The IP address transmitted by your browser in the context of Google Analytics is not merged with other Google data.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) and from processing this data by Google by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie is set to prevent your information from being collected on future visits to this website:

12.   legal basis of the processing

Art. 6 I lit. a GDPR serves our company as a legal basis for processing operations for which we obtain consent for a specific processing purpose. If the processing of personal data is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party, the processing is based on Art. 6 I lit. b GDPR. The same applies to such processing processes that are necessary to carry out pre-contractual measures, for example in cases of enquiries about our services. If our company is subject to a legal obligation which requires the processing of personal data, for example to fulfil tax obligations, the processing is based on Art. 6 I lit. c GDPR.

Ultimately, processing operations could be based on Art. 6 I lit. f GDPR. Processing operations which are not covered by any of the aforementioned legal bases are based on this legal basis if processing is necessary to safeguard a legitimate interest of our company or a third party, provided that the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject do not prevail.

If the processing of personal data is based on Art. 6 I lit. f GDPR, the legitimate interest lies in carrying out our business activities, operating the website and maintaining legal capacity.

13. Data protection provisions on the use and application of "zoom"

We use "Zoom" to conduct our online events, online meetings, video conferences and especially webinars (hereinafter: "Online Meetings"). "Zoom" is a service of Zoom Video Communications, Inc, which is based in the USA. Insofar as you call up the Internet page of "Zoom", the provider of "Zoom" is responsible for data processing. However, calling up the website is only necessary for using "Zoom" in order to download the software for using "Zoom".

When using "Zoom", we process various types of data. The scope of the data also depends on the data you provide before or during participation in an "online meeting". Categories of data types concerned may be: User details (first name, last name, phone, email address, etc.), meeting metadata (e.g. topic, description, participant IP addresses, device/hardware information, access times), content data (e.g. text, audio and video data including screen shares and document uploads). To join an "online meeting" or enter the "meeting room", you must at least provide information about your name. To enable the display of video and the playback of audio, data from the microphone of your terminal device as well as from any video camera of the terminal device will be processed accordingly for the duration of the meeting. You can turn off or mute the camera or microphone yourself at any time via the "Zoom" applications. We process these categories of data for the purpose of conducting our online meetings. You also have the option of using the chat function in the "Online Meetings". In this respect, the text entries you make are processed in order to display them in the "online meetings", to discuss questions if necessary and to answer follow-up questions or to process comments. If it is necessary for the purposes of logging the results of an online meeting, we will log the chat content. However, this will generally not be the case. We may record our "online meetings" in some circumstances. If recordings are made, this will be transparently communicated in advance. Recording will only take place with the express consent of all participants concerned. Automated decision-making within the meaning of Art. 22 DSGVO is not used.

We process your data within the framework of the execution of the contract in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. b) DS-GVO. If no contractual relationship exists in connection with the use of "Zoom", but the execution is nevertheless necessary for the above-mentioned purposes, we process your data on the basis of Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. f) DS-GVO. Our legitimate interest is the effective implementation of our "online meetings". Insofar as a recording of the "online meeting" is made, we base this on the consent of the participants concerned in accordance with Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. a) DS-GVO. Insofar as personal data of our employees is processed, this is done in accordance with Art. 88 (1) DS-GVO in conjunction with Section 26 (1) BDSG.

Personal data processed in connection with participation in "online meetings" will not be disclosed to third parties as a matter of principle, unless it is specifically intended for disclosure. The provider of "Zoom" necessarily obtains knowledge of the above-mentioned data to the extent provided for under our order processing agreement with Zoom Video Communications, Inc.

"Zoom" is a service provided by a provider from the USA. A processing of personal data thus also takes place in a third country. We have concluded an order processing agreement with the provider of "Zoom". An adequate level of data protection is guaranteed by the conclusion of the so-called EU standard contractual clauses pursuant to Art. 46 (2) lit. c) DS-GVO.

We process and store your data as long as it is necessary for the fulfillment of the above-mentioned purposes, in particular contractual and legal obligations. If the data is no longer required for the fulfillment of the purposes, it is regularly deleted, unless its temporary further processing is necessary (intervention of legal retention periods).       If you are registered as a user with "Zoom", then reports of "online meetings" (meeting metadata, questions and answers in webinars, etc.) may be stored by "Zoom" for up to one month.