2. Contact details of data protection officer
3. Data collection on our website
5. Applied technologies and providers
6. Contact requests and enquiries, forwarding to third parties
8. Social plugins
9. Use of various social networks
10. Data subject rights
11. Further information
As the owner of the website, Melos GmbH (hereinafter: “We”) is the Controller for the processing of personal data pertaining to users of the website. Our contact information is provided below, in the “Controller” section.
The Controller for the processing of data on this website is:
49324 Melle, Germany
Telephone: +49 54 22 94 47-0
The Controller is the natural or legal person that, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data (names, email addresses, etc.).
We have appointed a data protection officer for our company.
pco GmbH & Co. KG
Telephone: +49 541 605 1500
Nature and purpose of the processing: When you access our website, general information will be collected automatically. This information (which is stored in server log files) includes details such as the kind of browser and operating system you are using, your browser type and the version used, the domain name of your internet service provider, the host name of the computer you are using to access the website, your IP address, the website from which you were directed to our website, websites accessed from our website, the date and time of your visit, details of whether you were able to load the website successfully, and the amount of data transmitted.
In particular, this data shall be processed for the following purposes:
• To ensure proper connection to the website
• To ensure a smooth user experience on our website
• To analyse the security and stability of our systems
• Other administrative purposes
These purposes represent a legitimate interest on our part in processing this data. We will not use your data to determine any details relating to you as a person. Where necessary, we shall statistically analyse this type of information to optimise our website and the technology we use to provide it.
Legal basis: This processing is conducted in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR on the basis of our legitimate interest in improving the stability and functionality of our website.
Recipients: The recipients of this data are technical service providers who, in their role as Processors, are responsible for the operation and maintenance of our website.
Retention period: The data shall be erased as soon as it is no longer required for the purpose for which it was originally collected. For data used to provide the website, this generally occurs once the session in question ends.
Legal grounds or requirements for providing your data: You are neither legally nor contractually obliged to provide us with the aforementioned personal data. However, if you do not provide us with your IP address, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to use our website and enjoy the full range of its functions. Furthermore, certain services may not be available or may be restricted. As such, it is not possible for you to object to the collection of this data.
General information on cookies:
Just like many other websites, we also use “cookies”. Cookies are small text files saved on your end device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when you visit our website to make the user experience more efficient.
We may save cookies on your device if this is absolutely necessary for operation of this website. We require your consent for all other cookie types.
This website uses different cookie types. Some cookies are placed by third parties that appear on our website. You can find out here what cookies are used for which purposes and how long they are saved on your device.
Here you can change or withdraw your consent from the Cookie Declaration on our website at any time.
You can also delete individual cookies or all the cookies from your browser. Furthermore, you can receive information and instructions on how these cookies are deleted, or how the saving of the cookies can be blocked in advance. Depending on which browser you use, you can find the necessary information at the following links:
• Mozilla Firefox: support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/clear-cookies-and-site-data-firefox
• Internet Explorer: support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/delete-and-manage-cookies-168dab11-0753-043d-7c16-ede5947fc64d
• Google Chrome: support.google.com/accounts/answer/61416
• Opera: www.opera.com/help
• Safari: support.apple.com/guide/safari/manage-cookies-and-website-data-sfri11471/mac
Information on technically required cookies:
Legal basis: This processing is conducted in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR on the basis of our legitimate interest in ensuring that our website is user-friendly.
Recipients: The recipients of this data are technical service providers, who in their role as Processors are responsible for the operation and maintenance of our website.
Legal grounds or requirements for providing your data: You are neither legally nor contractually obliged to provide us with the aforementioned personal data. However, if you do not provide us with this data, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to use our website and enjoy the full range of its functions. Furthermore, certain services may not be available or may be restricted.
Objecting: See the information on your right to object in accordance with Article 21 of the GDPR, below.
Information on cookies not technically required
Legal basis: In each case, the legal basis for these data processing activities is your consent, Article 6(1)(a) of the GDPR.
Recipients: The recipients of this data may be technical service providers, who in their role as Processors are responsible for the operation and maintenance of our website. You can find out here what cookies are used by which providers for the display, tracking, remarketing and web analytics technologies used.
Third country transfers: You can find information on this from the listings of individual providers of display, tracking, remarketing and web analytics technologies.
Withdrawal of consent:
You can withdraw your consent at any time via our Cookie Consent Tool here.
For our analysis of the behaviour of visitors to the website with pseudonymised user profiles, please refer to the information listed below on the display, tracking, remarketing and web analytics technologies used.
You can also revoke your cookie settings and your consent here.
Nature and purpose of the processing: This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service of Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Irland (hereinafter: “Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files saved on your computer to facilitate an analysis of how you use the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is generally transmitted to and stored by Google on a server in the USA. Since IP anonymisation has been activated on these websites, your IP address will, however, first be shortened by Google within Member States of the European Union or in other states party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted by Google to a server in the USA, and shortened there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to analyse your use of the website, compile reports on website activities and to render additional services associated with website use and internet use for the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics is not combined with other data by Google. The data is processed to analyse the use of the website and to compile reports about activities on the website. Further related services are then to be provided based on use of the website and the internet.
Legal basis: The data is processed based on consent by the user (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR).
Recipients: Google is the recipient of the data.
Retention period: The data is erased as soon as it is no longer required for the purposes of our records, generally after six months.
Withdrawal of consent: You can change your consent to the use of Google Analytics in our cookie settings here. Furthermore, you can prevent the capture of data (including your IP address) generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website by Google as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link: Browser add-on to deactivate Google Analytics.
Profiling: By using the Google Analytics tracking tool the behaviour of visitors to the website can be assessed and their interests analysed. To this end we generate a pseudonymised user profile.
Nature and purpose of the processing: On our website we use the “Facebook pixel” of Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Using the Facebook pixel, Facebook is able to define the visitors to our website as a target group for the display of advertisements (Facebook Ads). Accordingly, we use the Facebook pixel to display the Facebook ads we place only to Facebook users that have also shown an interest in our website, or who exhibit certain characteristics (e.g. interest in certain topics or products determined based on the visited website) that we transmit to Facebook (“custom audiences”). By using the Facebook pixel we can also track the efficiency of Facebook ads for statistical and market research purposes, by seeing whether website visitors were directed to our website after clicking on a Facebook ad (“conversion”). The Facebook pixel is integrated directly by Facebook upon accessing our websites, and saves a cookie on your device. When you then log into Facebook, or visit Facebook while logged in, the visit to our website will be noted in your profile. We can draw no conclusions about the identity of website visitors based on the captured data. However, the data is saved and processed by Facebook so that it can be linked to the given user profile and used by Facebook for its own market research and advertising purposes.
Legal basis: The data is processed based on consent by the user (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR).
Data recipients or categories of data recipients: The recipient of the data is Facebook. You can find further information on data processing by Facebook at:
Withdrawal of consent: You can object to the use of the Facebook pixel at any time by changing your cookie settings here.
LinkedIn Insight Tag
Nature and purpose of the processing: On this website we use the Insight Tag of the social network LinkedIn. This is provided by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter: “LinkedIn”). The LinkedIn Insight Tag facilitates the collection of data on visits to our website, including the URL, referrer URL, IP address, device and browser properties, time stamp and page views.
With the help of this technology, visitors to this website can be played personalised ads on LinkedIn. It is also possible to generate anonymous reports on the performance of the ads and information on website interaction. The LinkedIn Insight Tag is integrated into this website for this purpose, creating a link to the LinkedIn server if you visit this website and are also logged into your LinkedIn account.
Legal basis: We process your data because you have given your consent, Article 6(1)(a) GDPR.
Retention period: We store your data for as long we need it for the given purpose (campaign assessment) or until you object to the storing of your data or withdraw your consent. The collected data is encrypted.
We use Vimeo components on our website to embed videos on our web pages. This video website is run by Vimeo LLC, 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011, USA. If you access a page on our website that has an embedded Vimeo video, your browser will connect to the servers of Vimeo. This will trigger a data transfer. Regardless of whether you have a Vimeo account or not, Vimeo will collect data on you. This includes your IP address, technical information about your browser type, your operating system, or very basic device information. Furthermore, Vimeo stores information about the websites you use the Vimeo service on, and what actions (web activities) you carry out on our website. More information: https://vimeo.com/privacy.
Legal basis: Your consent is required to use Vimeo, which you can give via our consent banner or two-click solution. Your consent forms the legal basis for processing in accordance with Article 6 (1) 1 a) of the GDPR. Please note that in the opinion of the European Court of Justice, the level of protection for data transfer to the USA is currently inadequate. Data is largely processed by Vimeo. This can mean that data might not be processed and stored anonymously. Moreover, US government authorities may gain access to individual data. Furthermore, this data might be linked to other services of Vimeo for which you have a user account.
Retention period: The data is stored at Vimeo until the company no longer has any economic reason to do so. Then the data shall be erased or anonymised.
Withdrawal of consent: You can change your consent to the use of Google Analytics in our cookie settings here. If you are a registered member of Vimeo, you can also manage cookies in your Vimeo settings.
Nature and purpose of the processing: We use Google Maps on this website. Google Maps is operated by Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Irland (hereinafter: “Google”). This enables us to display interactive maps directly on the website, and enables you to use the maps function comfortably.
Legal basis: The legal basis for integrating Google Maps and the associated data transfer to Google is your consent (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). This only happens when you start Google Maps with a “click”.
Recipients: By visiting the website, Google receives information that you have accessed the given page on our website. This takes place regardless of whether Google has provided a user account through which you logged in, or whether there is no user account. If you are logged into Google, your data is assigned directly to your account.
If you do not want this link to your Google profile, you have to log out from Google before activating the button. Google stores your data as a user profile, and uses it for purposes of advertising, market research and/or tailoring its website to user needs. Such an analysis takes place in particular (even for users not logged in) to provide tailored advertisements and to inform other users of the social network about your activities on our website. You can object to the creation of this user profile, but you must contact Google in order to do so.
Retention period: We do not capture any data by integrating Google Maps.
Legal grounds or requirements for providing your data: The decision on whether to provide us with your personal data is voluntary, based entirely on your consent. If you prevent access, this may restrict certain functions on the website.
Nature and purpose of the processing: The data you enter shall be stored for the purpose of allowing us to communicate with you individually. In order for us to be able to do this, you will need to provide us with your name, country of origin and a valid email address. This data enables us to determine where the enquiry has come from and subsequently respond to it. Depending on the nature of your enquiry, you can also provide us with additional, optional information on a voluntary basis.
Legal basis: The data entered in the contact form is processed on the basis of a legitimate interest (Article 6(1)(f) GDPR). We have provided the contact form with the aim of making it easy for you to contact us. The information you provide will be stored for the purpose of processing your enquiry and dealing with any follow-up questions. If you contact us in order to request a quotation or enter into a contract with us, the data entered in the contact form will be processed for the purpose of taking the necessary steps prior to entering into a contract (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR).
Recipients: The recipients of the data can be IT service providers. In some cases, our IT service providers may be based in third countries outside the EU for which there is no adequacy decision from the European Commission. Where necessary, we shall enter into agreements with these service providers based on standard contractual clauses provided by the European Commission, and adopt additional guarantees to protect your data, and comply with the level ensured in the European Union by ECJ Decision C-311/18 (Schrems II Decision). If you wish to view the applicable documents, please contact our Data Protection Officer. This data will not be forwarded to third parties.
Retention period: We shall store the data you have provided until the purpose of the data retention no longer applies. If you enter into a contractual relationship with us, we will be subject to the statutory retention periods as defined in the German Commercial Code (Handelsgesetzbuch; HGB), and will erase your data once said retention periods expire.
Legal grounds or requirements for providing your data: The decision as to whether to provide us with your personal data is entirely voluntary. However, we can only process your enquiry if you provide us with your name, your email address and the reason for your enquiry.
Nature and purpose of the processing: When you subscribe to our newsletter, your email address will be used for our advertising purposes until you unsubscribe. You will receive regular information by email on current topics as well as emails about particular events, such as special offers. Based on our information about you, these emails can be personalised and tailored. You need to provide your email address to receive the newsletter. Unless you have given us your consent in writing, to subscribe to our newsletter we apply the “double opt-in” procedure, which means we will only send you a newsletter by email if you have previously confirmed to us expressly in writing that we should activate the sending of the newsletters. We will then send you a notification email, and ask you to click on a link in the email to confirm that you want to receive our newsletter. If you do not confirm your subscription within 24 hours, your information will be blocked and after one month automatically erased.
Legal basis: Based on your express consent (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR), we regularly send you our newsletter and comparable information by email to the email address you provided.
Recipients: The recipients of the data are processors, in this case Sendinblue GmbH (Newsletter2Go).
Retention period: The data is only processed in this context as long as the corresponding consent is available. Thereafter it is erased. Evaluations of newsletter statistics are erased after one month.
Legal grounds or requirements for providing your data: The decision on whether to provide us with your personal data is voluntary, based entirely on your consent. Without consent, we regrettably cannot send you our newsletters.
We have integrated the social media buttons of the following companies on our website:
Facebook, LinkedIn, Xing, YouTube
General note on the processing of your data: We maintain company profiles on a variety of social media sites and similar platforms, i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn and XING. These pages are used to market the company and establish contact with potential and existing customers. We regularly insert links to these pages on our website.
If you use our profiles on social media to contact us (e.g. by creating your own posts, reacting to our posts or sending us direct messages), we shall use the data you provide to us in these contexts exclusively for the purpose of contacting you in order to handle your enquiry.
However, please note that when you visit our profiles on the aforementioned networks, your personal data will also be collected, used and stored by the owners of the particular social network. This will happen even if you do not have a profile of your own in the social network in question. The individual data processing activities and their scope will vary depending on the owner of the given social media site, and are not necessarily known to us. As such, we cannot rule out the possibility of your data being processed for market research and marketing purposes by the providers of the platforms in question. For example, your user behaviour and the interests it indicates may be used to create usage profiles. Such usage profiles can in turn be used, for example, to display advertising both on and off the platforms in question that presumably correspond to users’ interests. Furthermore, usage profiles may also contain data on the devices used by users, location data, and what is known as metadata. To this end, cookies and similar files are often saved on users’ computers in order to log their user behaviour and interests. In addition to this, most such platforms also use “tracking pixels”.
For a more detailed breakdown of how social media sites process your data and the options available to you for opting out of this, follow the linked information from the respective providers below.
More details on our Facebook fan page: As the owner of a Facebook fan page, we can only see the information saved in your public Facebook profile, and only if you actually have such a profile and are logged into it while viewing our fan page. In addition to this, Facebook provides us with anonymous usage statistics that we can use to improve the user experience for visitors to our fan page. However, we do not have access to the individual user data on the visitor that is used by Facebook to produce these statistics. Likewise, we do not make any decisions with regard to the processing of Insights data or any other form of information obtained in accordance with Article 13 of the GDPR, including legal basis, Controller identity, or retention periods for cookies placed on user devices. Facebook has agreed to assume the primary responsibility for the processing of this data in accordance with the GDPR, to fulfil all the obligations pertaining to this data in accordance with the GDPR, and to make the essence of this arrangement available to the Data Subjects (see www.facebook.com/legal/terms/page_controller_addendum).
Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland)
Information on Insights data:
Instagram (Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA)
LinkedIn (LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland)
XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany
Communication data: Depending on which phase we are in with regard to our contact with you, the following legal bases for the processing of your data may apply:
• Fulfilment of a contract or taking the necessary steps prior to entering into a contract (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR)
• Fulfilment of legal obligations to which we are subject (Article 6(1)(c) GDPR)
• Safeguarding our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) GDPR)
• Consent given by you to the processing of your personal data (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR)
Other processing activities: The data processing activities we utilise on our social media pages serve our legitimate interests and those of the providers in question with regard to improving the user experience for visitors to our company profiles in order to tailor these profiles to suit our target audience. As such, the legal basis for these data processing activities is Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR. In cases where the users are asked by the providers of the platforms in question to consent to the aforementioned data processing activities, the legal basis for the processing is Article 6(1)(a) of the GDPR.
Retention period: We erase stored data as soon as you ask us to do so or our need to retain it ceases to exist; where statutory retention periods apply (usually six or ten years), we shall restrict the processing of the stored data accordingly, except in cases where a longer retention period is required in order to defend against potential legal claims.
Recipients: We do not forward the data collected from you to third parties. However, we cannot rule out the forwarding of this data to third parties (e.g. business partners, advertising companies) by the owners of the social media websites in question, nor do we have any influence over whether or to what extent they do so.
Third country transfers: We hereby notify you that data collected on visitors to social media websites may also be processed outside of the European Union. This can result in risks for users, as it could, for example, make it more difficult for them to assert their rights.
You can use the contact information provided for our data protection officer at any time to assert the following rights with regard to all the data processing activities detailed above:
• The right to access the personal data we have stored on you and to learn how this data has been processed (Article 15 GDPR)
• The right to the rectification of incorrect personal data (Article 16 GDPR)
• The right to the erasure of the personal data we have stored on you (Article 17 GDPR)
• The right to the restriction of processing for data that we are not yet permitted to erase due to legal obligations (Article 18 GDPR)
• The right to object to the processing of your data by us (Article 21 GDPR), and
• The right to data portability if you have consented to the processing of your data or entered into a contract with us (Article 20 GDPR)
Any consent you give us can be revoked at any time with effect for the future. You can lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority at any time, e.g. with the state supervisory authority for your place of residence or the supervisory authority responsible for us in our role as a Controller. You can find a list of supervisory authorities (for the German non-public sector) and their addresses here:
Opt-out for advertising emails
We hereby object to the use of the contact information published as part of our obligation under German law to provide a “Legal Notice” (legal information for our company) to deliver any advertising or information materials that we have not expressly requested. The owners of the webpages expressly reserve the right to take legal action in response to the receipt of any unsolicited advertising information, e.g. in the form of spam emails.
For security reasons and in order to ensure that confidential information, such as orders or enquiries sent by you to us as the owner of this website, is protected when it is being transmitted, we use SSL and TLS encryption. When a connection is encrypted, the “http://” in the address bar in your browser will change to “https://”, and a padlock symbol will appear next to it.
When SSL or TLS encryption is active, third parties will not be able to read the data you send to us.
No automated decision-making will take place based on the personal data you provide in conjunction with your use of our website.