Privacy Policy

Welcome to FOERSTER and thank you very much for your interest in our company and website.

We greatly value the protection of your personal data and your privacy. To ensure that you are completely aware of our privacy practices regarding the collection and use of your data, kindly note the following information:

Foerster Holding GmbH is responsible for collecting, processing and using your personal data within the meaning of the German Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz - BDSG). If you wish to object to the collection, processing and use of your data by Foerster Holding GmbH in accordance with this data protection declaration, in full or part thereof, please send your objection per e-mail, fax or letter to the following address:


In Laisen 70
72766 Reutlingen, Germany
f +49 7121-140-488
E-Mail: privacy(at)foerstergroup.de

2.1 Personal data

In accordance with the German Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz - BDSG), personal data is any information on factual or personal circumstances of a specific or traceable natural person. This includes your name, phone number, address, and all other information that you provide in our registration form. Anonymized or pseudonymized data recorded during your visit to our website is not included. This type of data only serves to improve our website and cannot be linked directly to your person.

2.2 Collection, processing and use of your personal data

We take data protection very seriously. We collect, process and use your personal data in strictly compliance with the legal provisions of the German Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz - BDSG) and the German Teleservices Act (Telemediengesetz - TMG).

Only personally identifiable information voluntarily provided via our contact form will be collected.  Entered data like company, last name, first name, department, address, zip code, city, country, phone number, fax number and email address are solely stored and used for direct contact with you.

Unless legal storage requirements prohibit the deletion of your data, it shall be deleted as follows:

  • if you have requested for your data to be deleted,
  • if the purpose for the storage of your data ceases to exist, or
  • if storage is prohibited for any other legal reasons.

2.3 Use of data for advertising purposes

We may also use the personal data transferred to us by you for advertising purposes.

You may object to the use of your personal data for advertising purposes, in general or for individual measures, at any time without incurring any charges other than transfer fees in accordance with the basic tariffs. Please send a written notification to this effect to the address (e-mail, fax or letter) stated in Section 1 for this purpose.

You do not have to accept cookies to visit our website.

Our web site uses „Cookies“, which serve as tools to make it more user friendly, more effective and more secure – for example to speed up the navigation on our platform. Cookies are small text files which are stored on your computer system. We herewith notify you that some of these Cookies are transferred from our server to your computer system, mostly „Session Cookies“.  Session Cookies are automatically deleted off your hard drive as soon as the browser session is terminated.  Other Cookies remain on your computer system and enable us to recognize your computer system as a repeat visitor (Permanent Cookies).  Of course, you may always block cookies as long as your browser permits this action.

What information is saved in cookies?

The cookies used by Foerster Holding GmbH do not save any personal data. The cookies used by us can therefore not be traced to any particular person or user. All active cookies have an identification number. Your personal data can never be allocated to this identification number.

Third-party cookies

Foerster Holding GmbH uses certain partners for increasing the appeal of its online presence and website. As a result, cookies by our partner companies may also be stored on your hard drive when visiting our website. The average service life of these cookies ranges from just a few days to several years. The cookies by our partner companies also do not contain any personal data.

By permitting Foerster Holding GmbH to use cookies I agree for cookies to be used for collecting, storing and using my usage data. I further agree for my data to be stored in cookies once the browser session has expired to be called back up again at a later date, such as during my next visit to the website. I may revoke this consent at any time with future effect by setting my browser to reject cookies.

During every access to the website of Foerster Holding, usage data is transferred by the respective internet browser and stored in server log files. The data sets stored contain the following data: date and time of access, name of page accessed, IP address, referrer URL (original URL from which you accessed the website), data volume transferred, and product and version information of the browser used.

We use tracking tools on our website. We use the services of Google Analytics for this purpose.

5.1 Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies, in other words text files, that are stored on your computer to facilitate an analysis of the use of our website by Google. The information recorded by cookies on the use of our website (including IP address) is usually transferred to and stored on a Google server located in the USA. Please be advised that on our website, Google Analytics has been expanded with the code "gat_anonymizelp()," to ensure the anonymized recording of IP addresses (IP masking). As per our request, Google only records a shortened version of your IP address to ensure anonymization so as to make your identity untraceable. If IP anonymization is activated on our website, Google abbreviates your IP address within the member countries of the European Union and in other countries within the European Economic Area. The full IP address is only transferred to a Google server located in the USA in exceptional circumstances, where it is abbreviated.

Google also complies with the data protection regulations of the "US Privacy Shield" treaty and is a registered member of the "Privacy Shield" program of the US Department of Commerce. Google uses the information stated above for analyzing your use of our website, prepare reports on website activities for us, and provide additional services to us related to the use of websites and the internet. The IP address transferred by your browser within the scope of Google Analytics is not linked to other Google data. Google only transfers the collected data to third parties if this is required by law or within the scope of contract data processing. Google will never link your data to other data recorded by Google.

By using this website you agree for Google to process your personal data in the manner and for the purpose described above.
You may prevent your browser software from storing cookies at any time. However, this may result in you not being able to fully access all of the functions on our website. You may also prevent the data created by the cookie that is related to your visit to our website (including IP address) from being transferred to and processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available from the following link.

For further information on Google Analytics and data protection please go to https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

Our website uses social plugins by various social networks.

The. embedded plugins alerts the social network that you have accessed the respective page on our website. If you are logged in to a social network, it can allocate your visit to your account.

The purpose and scope of data collection and further processing and use of the data by social networks and your rights in this respect and setting to protect your privacy are described in the respective data protection notices of the respective social networks or websites. Please find the related links below.

We use the following plugins on our website: LinkedIn, Xing

6.1 LinkedIn

We use plugins by the social network LinkedIn by the LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter referred to as "LinkedIn"). This is the link to the LinkedIn data protection declaration: LinkedIn data protection notice https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy

6.2 Xing

This website uses the XING "Share button". As a result, a link to the servers of XING AG, Gänsemarkt 43, 20354 Hamburg, Germany, is created when you access our website through your browser. This is the link to the XING data protection declaration: https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection

6.3 Youtube

We use plugins by YouTube, part of Google Inc., registered in San Bruno, California, USA. This is the link to the YouTube data protection declaration: data protection notice https://www.google.de/intl/policies/policies/privacy/

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We transfer your personal data securely in encrypted form. This applies to your orders and customer login. We use the SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encoding system for this purpose. Despite it being impossible to guarantee absolute protection, we secure our website and other systems against loss, destruction, access, modifications, and distribution of your data by unauthorized third parties by implementing technical and organizational measures.

Right to obtain information

In accordance with the German Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz - BDSG), you have the right to obtain free-of-charge information on your data stored and may also be entitled to request the correction, blocking or deletion of such data.

To ensure that personal data is not transferred to unauthorized third parties, please send your inquiries per e-mail or letter, including clear identification of your person, to the following address:

Foerster Holding GmbH

In Laisen 70
72766 Reutlingen, Germany
Fax: +49 7121-140-488
E-mail: privacy(at)foerstergroup.de

Should you have any further concerns regarding Data Protection, kindly contact us directly. For questions about Collection, Processing and Use of your personal information, to access, correction, block or delete data or to revoke consent please contact:

Herrn Matthias Walliser, Dipl.-Ing.(BA) (outside data protection officer)

Phone: +49 7121 630321

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12.1. We reserve the right to change the privacy policy in order to adapt it to changed legal situations or to changes in the service and data processing. However, this only applies to declarations of data processing.
If users' consent is required or elements of the privacy policy contain provisions of the contractual relationship with the users, the changes will only be made with the consent of the users.

12.2. Users are requested to be up-to-date about the content of this privacy policy, as changes will soon be expected in the course of the implementation of the EU-GDPR, the new GDPR, the area and country-specific regulations and the ECJ jurisprudence.

Data protection information for customers and suppliers