Data protection

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We take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We therefore only process personal data to the extent necessary. With this data protection information, we would therefore like to give you an overview of how the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy (MWIKE NRW) guarantees the protection of your data, what type of data is collected for what purpose and how it is used. This depends largely on the type of service you use or the task for which we need it. In the course of the further development of the website and the implementation of new technologies to improve our services, changes to this data protection information may become necessary. We therefore recommend that you re-read the privacy policy from time to time.
Use of the offer is not intended for persons under the age of 16.
Personal data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data or an online identifier.

1. responsibility for data processing:

Responsible according to Art. 4 No. 7 GDPR is the
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Action and Energy
of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Berger Allee 25
40213 Düsseldorf
Phone: (0211) 61772 0

2. data protection officer:

You can contact the Data Protection Officer of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia by email at or via the address:
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Action and Energy
of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
- Data Protection Officer -
Berger Allee 25
40213 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 (0) 211-61772-0

3. information on data protection:

This website is maintained on behalf of MWIKE by Heimrich & Hannot GmbH, Lindenstraße 20, 50674 Cologne and hosted on the servers of Hetzner Online GmbH, Industriestr. 25, 91710 Gunzenhausen.

a) Data processing when visiting this website
Every time you visit a website, data is collected and exchanged that is required to provide the website. These are

• IP address
• Type and version of your Internet browser
• Operating system used
• the page called up
• the previously visited page (referrer URL)
• Time of the server request.

This data is stored in log files beyond the time of the visit on an external server at Hetzner Online GmbH.
When using these general data and information, the Heimrich & Hannot GmbH does not draw any conclusions about the data subject. Rather, this information is required to (1) correctly deliver the content of our website, (2) optimise the content of our website for you, (3) ensure the long-term functionality of our information technology systems and the technology of our website and (4) provide law enforcement authorities with the information necessary for criminal prosecution in the event of a cyber attack. Therefore, the Heimrich & Hannot GmbH analyses anonymously collected data and information statistically, with the aim of increasing the data protection and data security of our enterprise, and to ensure an optimal level of protection for the personal data we process. The data of the server log files are stored separately from all personal data provided by a data subject. The legal basis for this processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e GDPR in conjunction with.  Section 3 of the Data Protection Act (NRW).

b) Use of the web analysis software ‘Matomo’
This website uses ‘Matomo’, a free web analysis software that is available at under the GPL (GNU General Public License) and enables us to analyse the use of the website. Information generated by log files is transferred to our hosting service provider's own server and analysed exclusively in-house. This information cannot be linked to individuals. We only use the data obtained to analyse and improve our website. The information is not used for advertising purposes or sold.
Your IP address is anonymised before it is saved. If you have set your browser so that your visit is generally not recorded by statistics software, ‘Matomo’ respects this default setting. The legal basis for processing your data to analyse your user behaviour is your voluntary and informed consent in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a GDPR. You can revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future by clicking here. The withdrawal of consent does not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

4. collection of personal data in the context of establishing contact:

This website enables you to contact MWIKE NRW quickly and electronically. If you contact us via the contact form, the personal data transmitted will be automatically stored by Heimrich & Hannot GmbH to process your request and your request will be transmitted directly to MWIKE NRW and the data will be processed there. The following personal data is transmitted when you use the contact form: Name, e-mail address and - if entered - the name of the institution or company. If you contact us by e-mail (), your request and the personal data you provide will be sent directly to MWIKE NRW.

The personal data you enter will only be used for the purpose you have requested. In addition, this data will only be stored for as long as is necessary to process your request and in accordance with legal and contractual requirements.
The legal basis for this processing of your personal data is Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 DSG NRW.
Persons under the age of 16 should not transmit any personal data to us unless the consent of their parents or legal guardians (holders of parental responsibility) has been given (Art. 8 para. 1 GDPR). The consent must then be expressly noted in the message (Art. 8 para. 2 GDPR). We do not request personal data from children and young people. We do not knowingly collect such data.

5. social media:

Social media are sometimes integrated on If these are offered via plug-ins (also known as ‘widgets’), your data can only be transferred after your consent by means of a so-called ‘two-click solution’. As part of the two-click solution, you are asked to expressly and knowingly decide whether you wish to use social media plug-ins on You can only access the social media on once you have given your consent (legal basis: Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) GDPR).

If you use social media, the data protection provisions of the respective service always apply to these applications. We therefore expressly ask you to observe the relevant data protection regulations before activating them, because in case of doubt, data is transferred directly from your computer to the operator of the social media each time you access it.

Which data is collected and how it is processed in individual cases is not fully known by any of the services. It is highly likely that at least the following data is collected, even if you are not logged in:

• IP address
• Time at which the website was accessed
• URL of the website on which the plug-in is used
• Location-based information (for mobile devices)
• Device-related information (e.g. the operating system used and browser information)
• Previously visited websites for advertising purposes
• Data of uninvolved third parties (e.g. e-mail addresses for referrals)

Unless otherwise stated, it can be assumed for all services that the following technologies are used in plug-ins to collect data:

• Cookies (e.g. permanent storage of your login data), this can also be done by third-party providers such as advertisers
• Log files (storage of cookie data on the servers of the service)
• Analysis scripts (e.g. recording click behaviour on a page)
• Forwarding of posted links (primarily on Facebook and Twitter)
• Local file storage (e.g. permanent temporary storage of images)

All services pass on personal data to contracted third-party providers for the provision of outsourced services and

• to authorities if you are legally obliged to do so or if there is a suspicion of a violation of the law, and
• to new business owners in the event of a company takeover or insolvency.

Below you will find data protection information on social media:

• Data usage guidelines:
• Why is my data collected?
• User authentication
• Localisation
• Targeted advertising (primarily on the pages of the service)
• Analysis and research of user behaviour
• Statistics
• Disclosure to third parties: In addition to the legal obligation to pass on data to authorities, personal data is also passed on to advertisers in anonymised form.

You can customise your ‘privacy settings’ in your user account.

X (formerly Twitter):
• Privacy Policy:
• What is the data collected for?
• User authentication
• Localisation
• Targeted advertising (primarily on the pages of the service)
• Statistics
• Disclosure to third parties: X is authorised to disclose personal data to third parties in anonymised form.

You can customise your ‘data protection settings’ in your user account.

• Privacy Policy:
• What is the data collected for?
• User authentication
• Targeted advertising
• Analysis and research of user behaviour
• Disclosure to third parties: LinkedIn is authorised to disclose personal data in anonymised form to affiliated companies.
You can customise your ‘data protection settings’ in your user account.

Further information on the purpose and scope of data collection and its processing by the plug-in provider can be found in the privacy policies of these providers. There you will also find further information on your rights in this regard and setting options to protect your privacy.

Addresses of the respective social media providers and URL with their data protection notices:

Facebook Inc, 1601 S California Ave, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA;; further information on data collection:, and Facebook has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield,

Twitter, Inc, 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, California 94103, USA; Twitter has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield,

LinkedIn Corporation, Attn: Legal Dept (Privacy Policy and User Agreement), 1000 W. Maude Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, USA. Authorised for service in Europe: Attn: Legal Dept (Privacy Policy and User Agreement), Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland. Privacy Policy:


6. data security:

The security of your personal data is important to us. A comprehensive data protection agreement has been concluded with the service provider used for the website. This site uses TLS encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as via the contact form. You can recognise an encrypted connection by the fact that the address line of the browser changes from ‘http://’ to ‘https://’ and by the lock symbol in your browser line. If TLS encryption is activated, the data you transmit to us cannot be read by third parties.

7. disclosure to third parties:

We treat personal data confidentially. Apart from the constellations already mentioned in the data protection information: We do not make your personal data available to third parties unless you have given your consent or we are legally obliged to pass on the data. Data that has been logged when accessing the website or collected for a special service will only be transmitted to third parties if we are obliged to do so by law or by order of a court or public prosecutor or if disclosure is necessary for legal or criminal prosecution in the event of attacks on the Internet infrastructure.

8. no liability for third party websites:

Certain third-party offers are accessible via links on our site. We refer to the data protection declarations and data protection guidelines on these websites. We assume neither liability nor responsibility for this content that is not related to our website.

9. your rights as a data subject:

Under the GDPR, you have the following rights vis-à-vis the controller with regard to your personal data:

• Right to information,
• Right to rectification,
• Right to cancellation,
• Right to restriction of processing,
• Right to object to the collection, processing and/or use,
• Right to data portability,
• Right to revoke a given consent

The lawfulness of the processing based on your consent remains unaffected until we receive your cancellation.
You can assert the aforementioned rights at
You also have the right to lodge a complaint with a data protection supervisory authority. In North Rhine-Westphalia there is the State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information North Rhine-Westphalia
Kavalleriestrasse 2-4
40213 Düsseldorf
Telephone: (0211) 38424-0
Fax: (0211) 38424-999

You can also contact the MWIKE NRW data protection officer at with any questions or complaints.

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