1. General

As a company owned by the Federal State of Saxony, the Saxony Trade & Invest Corporation (WFS - Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH) shall be subject to the provisions of Saxony’s Data Protection Act (SächsDSG), the European General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) as well as the relevant statutory provisions and regulations concerning the protection of the right of self-determination with regard to personal information.

We are pleased that you are interested in our website and the services provided therein. The protection of your personal data (hereinafter briefly referred to as “data”) is of utmost importance to us. That is why we would like to inform you in detail in the following section what data will be collected if you visit our website and/or use the services provided therein and how these data will subsequently be processed and/or used by us.

In order to protect your rights, we have taken the requisite technical and organizational measures that the appropriate provisions and regulations on data protection shall be observed at all times both by the WFS and its staff members and by any and all external service providers insofar as these service providers contribute to the services available on this website.

Please be aware that most of the data which are transmitted particularly by email, via the internet, are currently still unsecured. It can, therefore, not be ruled out that the transmitted data are accessed and/or possibly even be falsified or erased by any unauthorized persons.

If you have reason to believe that the data protection provisions mentioned herein are not observed, or that the WFS misuses any personal data, then please send an email to: info@wfs.saxony.de.

2. Declaration of Consent

By registering for our newsletter, for one of our events or by using our contact forms, you accept the following declaration of consent:

I hereby consent to WFS using the contact details I have provided to inform me about activities, services, events and other news and to send me a Christmas greeting.

Furthermore, I agree that my first name and surname in connection with my e-mail address and, if applicable, my gender, my title, my position and my telephone number may be processed by WFS in order to be able to address me personally in e-mails and telephone calls. For this purpose, WFS may also use the following information that I will provide on WFS forms (e.g. responses, surveys) or that may already be stored in a WFS database, e.g. through a previous business contact or previous attendance at a WFS event: 

  • Other personal contact details (e.g. role / function, country)
  • Information about the company where I am employed (e.g. address, industry and any other publicly available information)
  • WFS events I have attended and requested
  • Specified areas of interest (e.g. countries, sectors)

I can revoke my consent to the processing at any time with effect for the future by sending an e-mail to info@wfs.saxony.de or by sending an informal message to Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH (WFS), Bertolt-Brecht-Allee 22, 01309 Dresden, Tel.: 0351 2138 0. My data will be processed in accordance with the WFS privacy policy.

3. Information on the Collection of Personal Data

3.1 Name and Contact Details of the Body Responsible for Data Processing

The body responsible for data processing is the Saxony Trade & Invest Corp. (WFS - Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH ): 

Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH (WFS)
Bertolt-Brecht-Allee 22
01309 Dresden
Dresden, Germany

Phone: +49-351-2138 0
E-Mail: info@wfs.saxony.de

Website: www.wfs.saxony.de

3.2 Contact Details of the Data Protection Officer

The data protection officer of the controller is:

Data Protection Officer of Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH

Bertolt-Brecht-Allee 22

01309 Dresden

Dresden, Germany

Phone: 0351/2138-180

E-Mail: info@wfs.saxony.de

Website: www.wfs.saxony.de

3.3 Purposes for Which the Personal Data Are Processed and Legal Basis for the Processing

We will inform you about activities, services, events and other news from Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH and, if applicable, send you a Christmas greeting on the legal basis of Article 6(1)(f) GDPR.

  • Newsletter

The WFS newsletter is only sent with the consent of the data subject. When registering for the newsletter, you will receive an email with a confirmation link (double opt-in) after submitting the completed form. If you open this link, your consent will be confirmed and the registration completed. This confirmation is necessary so that no one can register for the newsletter with someone else's e-mail address. If consent is not confirmed promptly via the confirmation link, the data entered and stored in connection with the granting of unconfirmed consent will be deleted in full. 

For the purpose of verifying a valid declaration of consent, the following data will be stored after successful registration:

  • E-mail address,
  • Time of registration,time of confirmation,
  • Subscriber fields and lists requested in the form and
  • Subscriber ID as soon as the registration has been confirmed.

This data is stored in a user profile for the entire duration of the existing consent so that, if necessary, consent in accordance with data protection regulations can be verified.If you unsubscribe, this data will be deleted after 14 days.

The server-side reaction of your e-mail provider is evaluated and stored in the system to prevent incorrect mailings. This always applies if a newsletter could not be sent to the specified e-mail address for temporary reasons (soft bounce; e.g. if the mailbox is full) or permanently (hard bounce; specified e-mail address does not exist).

ou can revoke your consent to receive a newsletter at any time via the link in the newsletter ("Unsubscribe") or by sending an informal email to info@wfs.saxony.de. You will then no longer receive the newsletter and all your personal data will be deleted from the system immediately. The legality of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent until the revocation is not affected by the revocation.

  • Registration for Events

When registering for an event, you may be given the opportunity to download the completed form as a pdf file. An automatic confirmation of receipt will not be sent.Registration is only binding once it has been confirmed in writing (by e-mail) by the responsible (WFS) project manager (see also our General Terms and Conditions for Participation in Events).

  • Miscellaneous

Updates / entries in our company database and other contact / interaction offers will only be made with the consent of the person concerned. If necessary, a double opt-in process is also used for this in order to prevent the unlawful entry / use of third-party e-mail addresses.

3.4 Legitimate Interests of the Body Responsible for the Processing of Personal Data Pursuant to Article 6(1)(F) GDPR

The legitimate interest of WFS includes the tasks associated with meaningful and targeted business development - and thus the necessary direct communication with contact persons of companies. Furthermore, there is a legitimate interest within the meaning of recital (47) sentence 2 GDPR, as there is a relevant and appropriate relationship between WFS and the data subjects, as these companies and all other potential interested parties in Saxony as a business location, project partners, stakeholders and multipliers are considered customers of WFS.

3.5 Recipients of the Personal Data

The data processing described under point 3.3 is carried out on behalf of WFS by 

  • mailingwork GmbH, Schönherrstraße 8, 09113 Chemnitz and / or the
  • GEFAK Gesellschaft für angewandte Kommunalforschung mbH, Ockershäuser Allee 40b, D 35037 Marburg

For this purpose, there is an order data processing contract between the aforementioned parties in accordance with Art. 28, 29 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. This is a contract in which the above-mentioned contractors undertake to protect user data, to process it in accordance with the data protection regulations on behalf of Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH and, in particular, not to pass it on to third parties. The data stored as part of the data processing described above is located exclusively on servers within the Federal Republic of Germany, which are protected against access by unauthorized third parties.

Note: The TYPO3 content management system on which this website is based and XIMA MEDIA GmbH, Sudhausweg 9, 01099 Dresden, Germany, which is responsible for maintaining our website, does not (temporarily) store or process any personal data, e.g. from completed registration / contact forms.

3.6 Transmission to Other Countries

Personal data may be transferred to other countries than Germany, e.g. in the context of delegation trips, but only with the consent of the data subject.

3.7 Duration of Storage of Personal Data

The personal data of the data subject will be deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose of storage no longer applies. Data may also be stored if this has been provided for by the European or national legislator in EU regulations, laws or other provisions to which the controller is subject. The data will also be blocked or erased if a storage period prescribed by the aforementioned standards expires, unless there is a need for further storage of the data for the conclusion or fulfillment of a contract.

3.8 Your Rights as a Data Subject

You have the following rights if the legal requirements are met:

  • Right of access to personal data concerning you (Art. 15 GDPR)
  • Right to rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning you (Art. 16 GDPR)
  • Right to erasure of personal data (Art. 17 GDPR)
  • Right to restriction of processing of personal data (Art. 18 GDPR)
  • Right to object to the processing of personal data (Art. 21 GDPR)

In accordance with Art. 77 GDPR, you also have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority if you believe that the processing of personal data concerning you is not lawful.

  • The supervisory authority is

Saxony's Data Protection Officer

Devrientstraße 5

01067 Dresden.

3.9 Source of Personal Data Not Collected Directly from the Data Subject

The WFS also uses data that is publicly accessible for the purposes mentioned in section 3.3.

4. Data Protection while visiting our Web Pages

For any and all informative use of our website, it is generally not necessary for you to provide any personal data. We actually collect and/or use only those data of yours which your internet browser automatically transmits to us, such as, for example:

  • Date and time of the accessing and/or loading of any one of our web pages
  • Your browser type
  • The browser settings
  • The operating system in use
  • The last web page visited by you
  • The data volume transmitted and the access status (file transmitted, file not found, etc.)
  • Your IP address

During an informative visit, we will only collect and/or use these data in a non-personal form. This is done in order to generally enable the use of any and all web pages accessed and/or loaded by you, for statistical purposes as well as for improving our internet services. We will store your IP address only for the duration of your visit; there shall be no personal evaluation.

5. Using Cookies

In order to facilitate the use of our website, we use “cookies.” Cookies are small text files which may be stored by your browser on the hard drive of your computer and which are helpful when it comes to using our website.

We only use the so-called session cookies (also referred to as temporary cookies), i.e. those cookies which are temporarily stored only for the duration you use any one of our web pages. The purpose of these cookies is to continuously identify your computer during a visit to our website when changing from one of our web pages to another and to be able to ascertain the end of your visit. Such cookies will be deleted as soon as you end your browsing session. Please note in this context that we neither collect nor store any of your personal data in any one of these cookies. Furthermore, we do not use any technologies which link any information generated by cookies to any user data.

You can alter the settings of your internet browser in such a way that the storage of any and all cookies on your hard drive is prevented and/or that you are asked every time whether you agree to the placement of cookies or not. Once the cookies have been set, you can delete them again at any time. To find out how this works in detail, please refer to your browser’s help pages. When visiting our web pages for the first time, a message on the web portal points out to any and all visitors that cookies will be stored.

6. Using Google reCAPTCHA

The WFS uses the reCAPTCHA service provided by Google, Inc. (Google) to protect the queries and requests you submit via our internet contact form.

This inquiry is used to determine whether the entry was carried out by a human being or fraudulently by an automated, machine-based agent. The inquiry includes the transmission of the IP address to Google as well as any additional data which Google needs for reCAPTCHA if that proves to be necessary. That is why your entry will be sent to Google for further processing.

By using reCAPTCHA, you have agreed that the identification provided by you will be entered into the digitalization of older data, information, and items. If the IP anonymization is activated for this website, then your IP address will be abbreviated beforehand by Google within the member states of the European Union or within other states that signed the Agreement on the European Economic Area. The full IP address will only be transferred to a Google server in the USA in exceptional cases and then abbreviated there. The IP address which is transmitted within the scope of reCAPTCHA will not be combined with any other data from Google.

You can find further information on Google’s data protection policy here.

7. Using Matomo

We use the web analysis program "Matomo" on our website. This program enables us to record the use of our website and, if necessary, to optimize our website. For this purpose, the "Matomo" program uses so-called cookies. The usage information obtained in this way is forwarded to our server together with your IP address and stored for the analysis of usage behavior. During this process, your IP address is immediately anonymized so that we cannot draw any conclusions about you as a user. The software is set so that the IP addresses are not stored in full, but 2 bytes of the IP address are masked (e.g. 192.168.xxx.xxx). In this way, it is no longer possible to assign the shortened IP address to the calling computer. The software runs exclusively on the servers of our website. The user's personal data is only stored there. The data is not passed on to third parties.

You can change the settings of your browser software to prevent cookies from being used.
In this case, you may not be able to use all the functions of our website to their full extent.The legal basis for the processing of users' personal data is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

You can object to the storage and use of this data at any time during your visit to our website.To do so, go to the cookie settings on the website and change your settings as desired.

Change Cookie Settings

8. Additional Information for using our Newsletter / Info Service

In order to subscribe to our email newsletter and/or our info service, we need in addition to your declaration of consent under data protection laws at least your email address to which the newsletter is to be sent. The supply of any additional information is completely voluntary and will only be used to personally address you as well as to better individualize the contents of the newsletter and clarify potential queries about the email address.

In order to dispatch our newsletter, we normally use the so-called double-opt-in process, i.e. we will send the newsletter to you only if and when you have confirmed your subscription beforehand via a confirmation email sent to you for this purpose by clicking the link contained therein. This way, we want to ensure that only you yourself are able to subscribe to the newsletter as the owner of the indicated email address. Your requisite confirmation must be made in a timely manner upon receipt of the confirmation email because otherwise your subscription to our newsletter will be automatically deleted from our database.

You may cancel your subscription to any one of our newsletters at all times. To do so, you may either send us an informal email to: info@wfs.saxony.de or cancel your subscription via the link at the end of the newsletter.

For the aforementioned purpose, your data will be forwarded to a specific service provider supporting us. We have, of course, carefully selected this service provider beforehand. It is a service provider who assists us with the dispatch of bulk mailings.

9. Repetition of Declarations of Consent, Right of Withdrawal

You may have expressly given us the following consents and we have recorded your consent. According to the GDPR, we are obliged to document the content of consents at all times.You can revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future.

  • Consent to receive event-related information about activities, services, events and other news and to receive a Christmas greeting 

"With the following consent, I declare my agreement that Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH (WFS) may inform me about activities, services, events and other news as well as send me a Christmas greeting using the contact details I have provided."

  • Processing of data for updating / inclusion in a company database

"Furthermore, I agree that my first name and surname in connection with my e-mail address and, if applicable, my gender, title, position and telephone number may be processed by WFS in order to be able to address me personally in e-mails and telephone calls.For this purpose, WFS may also use the following information that I will provide on WFS forms (e.g. responses, surveys) or that may already be stored in a WFS database, e.g. through a previous business contact or previous attendance at a WFS event:

  • Other personal contact details (e.g. role / function, country)
  • Information about the company where I am employed (e.g. address, industry and any other publicly available information)
  • Events of the WFS that I have attended and inquired about, and areas of interest (e.g. countries, sectors)"

10. Using YouTube

When activating the videos embedded in our web pages on the basis of our YouTube channels “Wirtschaftsstandort Sachsen” and “Business Location Saxony,” we would like to advise you that you herewith access the scope of application of the Google Data Usage Guidelines at: www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/.

Please pay attention to the information that you reveal on these channels via comments. This information is visible to other visitors of the website as well as to the administrators. Since the respective pages are generally accessible, the information you share with any of the web pages are deemed to be public data. This means that any comment may be used also outside of YouTube. Please be aware that this information could probably be indexed by search engines which also include Google.

The administrators of our YouTube channels will neither evaluate nor collect these data anywhere else either currently or at some future time. The statistics which YouTube makes available to the administrators are issued in an aggregated form and do not permit any conclusions to be drawn by the administrators on any personal data.


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