Data Protection Policy

We appreciate your interest in our website. The protection of your privacy is very important to us. Our aim is therefore to collect and store as few data as possible and always observe the existing laws and guidelines of the EU Regulation GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). However, as we can not provide our services without your data, we will inform you in detail below about how to handle them.

1. Provider and controller

Vereinigung Deutsche Sanitärwirtschaft e.V. (VDS)

Rheinweg 24

D-53113 Bonn

Tel +49 228 923999-30

Fax +49 228 923999-33

2. Assigned data use

We adhere to the principle of assigned use of personal data. We collect, process and store your personal data only for the purposes for which you have communicated to us and/or to which you have agreed. 


We will not disclose your personal data to third parties without your express consent, unless this is necessary to provide the service or fulfil the agreement. Any disclosure of information to government institutions or authorities entitled to receive this information is only done within the scope of our statutory obligations or if we are required to provide this information as per court ruling. 

3. Collection, processing and use of personal data

You may visit our Website without providing information about you. Generally, we collect, process and use personal data only insofar as the GDPR or other legal regulation allows or requires this to be done, or if you have consented to this as a user or visitor to our website. 


For technical reasons, it should be noted that communication via the Internet requires certain data to always be transmitted from your computer or smartphone to us. This includes the date and time you accessed our web pages, your browser type, browser settings and operating system, the last page you visited, and the volume of data transferred. 


Data are also processed by a third-party provider that we have engaged to render hosting and website presentation services on our behalf. This provider processes on its servers all data that are collected in the manner specified below when you visit our website or fill in forms made available for this purpose. Data are processed on other servers only in the scope described herein. 


Our service provider is based an EU member state. 

4. Use of cookies

On several of our pages we use so-called cookies in order to make the visit to our Website attractive and enable the use of certain functions. Cookies are small text files which are stored on your computer when visiting our Website and which give us information about your current settings and use of the Website. Most of the cookies are only used to be able to use our Website and will be deleted on your hard disk after the end of the browser-session, i.e. closing your browser (so-called session cookies). Other cookies will remain on your hard disk and will enable us to recognize your browser during your next visit (so-called persistent cookies). You may delete any and all cookies stored on your computer at any time. 


You may set your browser to notify you before you receive a cookie and decide to accept these on a case-by-case or to reject cookies either in certain situations or in general. If cookies are rejected, the functionality of our Website may be restricted. 

5. Google Analytics

This website is using functions of the web analytics service Google Analytics. Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, is the provider of this service. Google Analytics is using so-called »cookies« (see above 4.). The information about your use of this website created by the cookie is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA where it is stored. Google Ana »IP Masking«, i.e. your IP address will be shortened within member countries of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area before it is transmitted to the USA. The full IP address will only be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there in exceptional cases. On behalf of the provider of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the webpage in order to compile a report about the website activities and to provide further services to the website provider in connection with the website use and internet use. The IP address transmitted from your browser within the scope of Google Analytics will not be merged with other data from Google. 


You may prevent the storing of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings of your browser software; however, we would like to point out that if you do so you may not be able to make full use of all functions on this website. Further, you may prevent the collection of the data about your use of the website (incl. your IP address) which is generated by the cookie to Google as well as the processing of such data by Google by downloading and installing the available browser Plugin under the following link: 


For further information about Google Analytics go to and

6. Your rights

At any time, you can request information from the controller, as responsible entity, concerning which personal data has been stored, the purpose of storing this data and where it originated. In addition, in accordance with statutory provisions, you have the right to rectify, restrict or erase your personal data. Please send any such requests via email to the above-mentioned email address.