Data protection

Data protection

The responsible body under data protection laws is:

SYNNECTA GmbH | Auf der Ruhr 27 | D-50999 Köln
phone +49 221 390 9339-0 | fax +49 221 390 9339-9

Data protection declaration

In accordance with the applicable provisions of the new data protection regulations which will come into force on 25 May 2018, German companies in Germany are generally obliged to appoint a data protection officer, who is a point of contact and responsible person for all matters of the Group in relation to the electronic handling of personal data of customers or clients. However, the new data protection law does not place a corresponding obligation on a company if its permanent number of fixed employees does not exceed the threshold of ten persons.

Even though these requirements permanently apply at SYNNECTA, for purely precautionary reasons and in the interests of the comprehensive protection of customers and clients of SYNNECTA, a data protection officer was appointed on 25 May 2018 in the person of the proxy, Mr Thomas Meilinger. You can find his contact details at the end of our data protection declaration.

Recording of general information
Should you access our website, information of a general nature is automatically recorded. This information (server log files) contain the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your Internet service provider and similar information as examples. This is purely information, which cannot be traced back to your person. This information is technically necessary in order to correctly deliver the content of websites, which you are requesting, and is required when using the Internet. We will statistically evaluate such anonymous information, in order to optimise our Internet presence and the underlying technology.

As is the case with many other websites, we also use so-called »cookies«. Cookies are small text files, which are transferred to your hard drive by a website server. By means of this, we automatically receive certain data, such as IP address, browser used, operating system of your computer and your Internet connection. Cookies cannot be used in order to start programs or transfer viruses to a computer. On the basis of the information contained in the cookies, we can make navigation easier and enable the correct display of our websites. Under no circumstances will the data recorded by us be passed on to third parties and no connection to personal data will be established without your consent. It does without saying that you can generally visit our website without cookies also..; Internet browsers are generally set in such a way that they accept cookies. You can de-activate the use of cookies at any time via the settings of your browser. Please use the assistance functions of your Internet browser in order to find out how you can alter these settings. Please bear in mind that individual functions of our website may not work if you have de-activated the use of cookies.

SSL encryption
In order to protect the security of your data during transfer, we use encryption procedures (for example SSL) via HTTPS, which correspond to the current state of technology.

Commentary function
Should users leave comments in the blog, the time of their creation and the user name selected by the website visitor in advance are saved in addition to this information. This serves the purpose of our security, as we are responsible for unlawful content on our website, even if this was created by users.

When registering for our newsletter, the data provided by you will only be used for this purpose. Subscribers can also be informed by email of situations, which are relevant to the service, or the registration (for example changes to the newsletter service or technical matters). For an effective registration to take place, we require a valid email address. In order to check that the registration is actually being made by the owner of an email address, we use the »double opt in« procedure. In this respect, we record the ordering of the newsletter, the sending of a confirmation email and the receipt of the requested response to this. No further data is gathered. The data is only used for the sending of the newsletter and is not passed on to third parties. You can revoke your consent to the saving of your personal data and its use for sending the newsletter at any time. You can find a corresponding link in each newsletter. In addition, you can also de-register at any time via the contact details at the end of this data protection notice.

Contact form
Should you get in touch with us by email or via the contact form, the information provided by you will be saved in order to process the query, as well as for possible follow up questions.

Deletion and blocking of the data
We comply the principles of data avoidance and data efficiency. Therefore, we only save your personal data for as long as is necessary to attain the purposes stated here or for as long as required by the numerous retention periods mandated by the legislator. Once the respective purpose has been completed or once these periods have expired, the corresponding data will be routinely blocked or deleted in accordance with the statutory regulations.

Incorporated YouTube videos
We incorporate YouTube videos into some of our websites. The operator of the corresponding plugins is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. Should you visit a page with the YouTube plugin, a connection is established to the servers of YouTube. In such a case, YouTube is informed of which pages you are visiting. Should you be logged into your YouTube account, YouTube can assign your surfing behaviour to you personally. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account first. Should a YouTube video be started, the provider uses cookies, which collect information concerning the user behaviour. Should you have de-activated the saving of cookies for the Google Ad program, you do not need to be concerned about such cookies when viewing YouTube videos either. However, YouTube also deposits non-personal use information in other cookies. Should you wish to prevent this, you need to block the saving of cookies in the browser. Further information relating to data protection at YouTube can be found in the data protection declaration of the provider at

Social Media plugins and widgets
On our website, the provide the option of using so-called »social media buttons«. In order to protect your data, we use the solution »Shariff« during the implementation. By means of this, these buttons are only included on the website as a graphic which contains a link to the corresponding website of the button provider. By clicking the graphic, you will then be redirected to the services of the respective providers. Only then will your data be sent to the respective providers. Should you not click the graphic, no exchange takes place between yourself and the providers of the social media buttons. You can find information concerning the gathering and use of your data in the social networks in the respective terms and conditions of use of the corresponding providers. You can find more information about the Shariff solution here:

We have included the social media buttons of the following companies on our website:
Facebook Inc. (1601 S. California Ave – Palo Alto – CA 94304 – USA)
Twitter Inc. (795 Folsom St. – Suite 600 – San Francisco – CA 94107 – USA)
Google Plus/Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway – Mountain View – CA 94043 – USA)
XING AG (Gänsemarkt 43 – 20354 Hamburg – Deutschland)
LinkedIn Corporation (2029 Stierlin Court – Mountain View – CA 94043 – USA)

Our German speaking Website is embedding a social media widget which is provided by When loading these widgets, your IP-address and cookie information is transferred to is operated by »Die Sozialisten« Social Software Development GmbH, based in Vienna, Austria.

Use of Matomo (Piwik)
This website uses Matomo (formerly Piwik), an open source software for statistical analysis of visitor access. Matomo uses »cookies«, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website is stored on a server in Germany. The IP address is anonymized immediately after processing and before it is stored.

Your rights of information, correction, blocking, deletion and objection
You have the right to receive information at any time concerning your personal data, which is saved by us. You also have the right to correction, blocking or, apart from the required saving of data in order to process the transaction, the deletion of your personal data. Please contact our data protection officer in this respect. You can find the contact information below. So that a blocking of data can take place at any time, this needs to be held in a blocking file for checking purposes. You can also request the deletion of the data, unless a statutory archiving obligation exists. Should such an obligation exist, we will block your data on request. You can carry out changes or revoke your consent with effect for the future by means of a corresponding notification to us.

Changes to our data protection provisions
We reserve the right to adjust this data protection declaration, so that it always corresponds to the current legal requirements or in order to implement changes to our services in the data protection declaration, for example should we introduce new services. The new data protection declaration will then apply next time you visit.

Questions relating to data protection
Should you have any questions relating to data protection, please send us an email or get in touch directly with the person at our company who is responsible for data protection:

Thomas Meilinger
phone +49 221 390 9339-0

The data protection declaration was created with the data protection declaration generator of activemind AG. .