Privacy PolicyDepositphotos 27088923 L 2015











1. General Information

Thank you for your interest in the website(s) of Cosel Europe GmbH, hereinafter referred to as "COSEL". We take data protection and privacy issues very seriously and comply with the applicable national and European data protection regulations. Therefore, we would like to inform you with this declaration about data protection measures and which data we may store and how we use this data.

Cosel Europe GmbH, Lurgiallee 6-8, 60439 Frankfurt am Main, is responsible for the data collection on this website.

SSL or TSL encryption

This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser’s address line when it changes from http:// to https:// and the lock icon is displayed in your browser’s address bar.

Analytics and third-party tools

When visiting our website, statistical analyses may be made of your surfing behavior. This happens primarily using cookies and analytics. The analysis of your surfing behavior is usually anonymous, i.e. we will not be able to identify you from this data. You can object to this analysis or prevent it by not using certain tools. Detailed information can be found in the following privacy policy.

Your rights regarding your data

You may at any time and free of charge request information about the scope, origin and recipients of the stored data as well as the purpose of the storage; in addition, you have the right to rectification, erasure or restriction of the processing of your data in accordance with data protection regulations, a right to objection by Art. 21 GDPR to the processing as well as a right to data portability. You can contact as at any time using the address given in the legal notice of you have further questions about the issue of privacy and data protection.

2. What kind of data is collected and how is it used?

a) Data collection by our website

Whenever a user accesses the website, the user's internet browser automatically transfers the following data to COSEL's web server for technical reasons:

  • IP address of the requesting computer
  • date and time of access
  • name and URL of the retrieved file
  • transferred data volume
  • access status (file transferred, file not found etc.)
  • identification data of the browser and operating system used
  • name of the provider of user's internet access
  • website from which access is made

This data is collected, processed and used for the purpose of enabling the use of the website (connection setup), system security and technical administration of the network infrastructure. A comparison with other databases or a transfer to third parties, also in excerpts, does not take place.
The legal basis for processing is Art. 6 para. 1 b GDPR.

The data collected as part of the voluntary entries under "Contracts & Service" will be used and processed exclusively for the purpose of processing the enquiry and to carry out the services you may have requested. 

b) Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. 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 you activate the IP anonymization on this website, your IP address will be shortened previously by Google within Member States of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the full IP address is transferred 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 further services related to website and internet use. The IP address transmitted by your browser within the scope of Google Analytics will not be aggregated 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 downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de
You can prevent Google Analytics from collecting data by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie is set that prevents future collection of your data when you visit this website: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

For more information on terms of use and privacy, please visit http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html or https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/
Please note that on the website Google Analytics has been extended by the code "anonymizeIp" in order to guarantee an anonymous registration of IP addresses (so-called IP masking).

3. Legal basis of data processing

The legal basis for processing is Art. 6 para. 1 f GDPR, whereby COSEL's authorization arises from the fact that, on the one hand, COSEL has an interest in evaluating the website data for purposes of website optimization and, on the other hand, a concerned person can reasonably foresee at the time when the personal data is collected and in view of the circumstances under which it is carried out (in particular the above-mentioned measures) that it will possibly be processed for this purpose.

4. Which cookies are used?

We use cookies on our website. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain any viruses. Cookies help make our website more user friendly, efficient and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser. If you do not want to take advantage of our cookies, you can find out in the help function of your browser how to set your browser to prevent it from accepting new cookies or deleting existing cookies. There you will also learn how to block your browser for all new cookies or which settings you have to make in order to receive a notification of new cookies.

The cookies that we currently use on this website are listed in the cookie list that is available here: www.coseleurope.eu/cookies

The legal basis for processing is Art. 6 para. 1 f GDPR, whereby COSEL's authorization arises from the fact that, on the one hand, COSEL has an interest in evaluating the website data for purposes of website optimization and, on the other hand, a concerned person can reasonably foresee at the time when the personal data is collected and in view of the circumstances under which it is carried out (in particular the above-mentioned measures) that it will possibly be processed for this purpose.

5. Analytics and Advertising

Google reCAPTCHA

We use “Google reCAPTCHA” (hereinafter “reCAPTCHA”) on our websites. This service is provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”).

reCAPTCHA is used to check whether the data entered on our website (such as on a contact form) has been entered by a human or by an automated program. To do this, reCAPTCHA analyzes the behavior of the website visitor based on various characteristics. This analysis starts automatically as soon as the website visitor enters the website. For the analysis, reCAPTCHA evaluates various information (e.g. IP address, how long the visitor has been on the website, or mouse movements made by the user). The data collected during the analysis will be forwarded to Google.

The reCAPTCHA analyses take place completely in the background. Website visitors are not advised that such an analysis is taking place.

Data processing is based on Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in protecting its site from abusive automated crawling and spam.

For more information about Google reCAPTCHA and Google’s privacy policy, please visit the following links:
https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/ and

6. Plugins and Tools

a) Google Web Fonts

For uniform representation of fonts, this page uses web fonts provided by Google. When you open a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache to display texts and fonts correctly.

For this purpose, your browser has to establish a direct connection to Google servers. Google thus becomes aware that our web page was accessed via your IP address. The use of Google Web fonts is done in the interest of a uniform and attractive presentation of our website. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR.

If your browser does not support web fonts, a standard font is used by your computer.

Further information about handling user data, can be found at
https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq and in Google’s privacy policy at

b) Social Media Plugins

We use social media buttons as social profile buttons. By clicking on the button, you access the corresponding social media website.

To secure your data we use the double-click method. Frist time you activate the social media buttons your consent for data processing is requested (first click). The double-click method only allows a data transfer after expressed consent (second click). By entering our website no data will be processed to the social media operators.

c) YouTube

You may watch YouTube videos, which integrated into our website. Your data is only processed to YouTube after your express consent (double-click method). Only after your expression the video will be displayed. Without your consent no data will be processed to YouTube.

7. Is other personal data collected and processed? 

We collect and process your personal data only if you request certain services and we need your data for this purpose or if you have voluntarily given us your express consent. The legal basis for processing is Art. 6 Para. 1 b GDPR and Art. 6 Para. 1 a GDPR.

You can do this, for example, by completing a registration form or sending us an email, ordering products or services, submitting inquiries to us, requesting materials or registering. Unless otherwise required by law, we will only use your personal data for the purposes for which you have given your consent.

For special services such as newsletters, sweepstakes, etc. the respective special data protection provisions apply.


8. Will my data be transferred to third parties, E.g. authorities?

At COSEL, those bodies within COSEL receive your data that are required to fulfill our contractual and legal obligations. Some data must be disclosed under strict contractual and legal requirements:

  • Due to legal obligation:

In certain cases, we are required by law to transfer data to a requesting public authority.

Upon submission of a court order, we are obliged pursuant to § 101 of the German Copyright Act to provide owners of copyright and ancillary copyrights with information about customers who are alleged to have offered copyright-protected works on internet file-sharing sites. In these cases, our information contains the user ID of an IP address allocated at the time requested and, if known, the name and address of the customer.

In other respects, personal data will only be transferred to state institutions and public authorities within the framework of mandatory national legal provisions or if disclosure is necessary in the event of attacks on the network infrastructure for legal or criminal prosecution. The legal basis for processing is Art. 6 Para. 1 c GDPR or § 24 Para. 2 No. 1 German Federal Data Protection Act.

  • To external service providers for data processing:

When service providers get access to our customers' personal data, this usually takes place in the course of so-called order processing of personal data. This is expressly provided for by law. In this case, COSEL remains responsible for the protection of your data – in addition, the processor may also be responsible. The service provider works strictly in accordance with our instructions, which we ensure by means of strict contractual regulations, technical and organizational measures and supplementary controls.

COSEL works with service suppliers as processors. These are COSEL Group companies and service providers for IT services (e. g. for technical-administrative tasks and for usage analysis), telecommunications, consulting and advisory services as well as sales and marketing.

The data protection regulations for instruction-bound order processing of personal data are complied with.

  • To COSEL Group companies:

COSEL may transfer your personal data to COSEL Group companies in order to carry out a business relationship with you or for the purposes of legitimate interests.

If data are transferred abroad, they are based within the EU or the EEA or in a country which, according to the decision of the EU Commission, has an appropriate level of data protection. In the case of data transfers to COSEL Group companies domiciled in other countries, COSEL ensures by way of guarantees that the data-importing COSEL Group company has been obligated to an appropriate level of data protection.

Beyond this, we do not transfer data to third parties unless you have given your express consent, the transfer is obviously necessary for the provision of an offer or service requested by you or this is provided for by law. We also do not intend to transfer your data beyond this to a third country or international organization.

9. How long will my data be stored?

We store data for as long as it is legally necessary or necessary for the provision of the service requested by you, or as long as it has been agreed upon in a declaration of consent.

10. Right to file complaints with regulatory authorities

Please note that there is a right of appeal to a supervisory authority for data subjects, if there has been a breach of data protection legislation. The competent regulatory authority for matters related to data protection legislation is the data protection officer of the German state in which our company is headquartered. A list of data protection officers and their contact details can be found at the following link: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.


11. Can I withdraw my consent to the use of my data?

Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal E-mail to privacy@coseleurope.eu or a letter to this address:

Cosel Europe GmbH

Lurgiallee, 6-8 D-60439,

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

making this request is sufficient.

The data processed before we receive you request may still be legally processed.  

12. Who is my contact person if I have questions about data protection?

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the Group Data Protection Officer of COSEL at any time:

As-con untermehmer-beratung

Stefan Auer

Nordostpark 102

90411, Nürnberg, Germany

Telefon: 0911 / 37 67 70 90

Telefax: 0911 / 37 67 90 99

 E-Mail: datenschutz at as-con.biz


13. How long is this data privacy declaration valid?

This data privacy declaration is up-to-date and dates from 24.05.2018. We reserve the right to amend the data privacy declaration at any time with effect for the future, in particular to adapt it to a further development of the website or the implementation of new technologies.