We take protecting your data seriously
We are delighted at your interest in our company and our products and services and we would also like you to feel secure with respect to the protection of your personal data when visiting our website, because we take the protection of your personal data very seriously. Adherence to the regulations of the German Data Protection Act is for us a matter of course.
We would like you to know which data we collect, when we collect it and how we use it. We have taken technical and organisational measures to ensure that the data protection regulations are observed not only by us, but also by external service providers commissioned by us.
Personal data is information about your identity. It includes, for example, data such as name, address, telephone number and email address. It is not necessary for you to divulge your personal data in order to use our website. In certain cases, however, we require your name and address as well as further data so that we can render the desired services.
This applies, for example, to the sending of information material and goods that you have ordered, or for answering individual questions. We will inform you accordingly where this is necessary. Beyond that we store and process only data that you voluntarily place at our disposal and, where applicable, data that we automatically collect when our website is visited (see: ‘Data collected automatically when visiting our website’).
In cases where you use our services, we generally only collect such data as is necessary in order to render these services. Any further data that we ask for is supplied by you voluntarily. Personal data is processed exclusively for the fulfilment of the requested service and for the protection of our own justified business interests.
Purpose of the personal data
In general, we use the personal data supplied by you in order to answer your enquiries, to process your orders or to provide you with access to certain information or offers. For the maintenance of customer relations it may also be necessary for us or a service provider commissioned by us to use this personal data in order to inform you about product offers or to conduct online surveys in order to improve our handling of the customers’ tasks and requirements.
Naturally we will respect your decision, should you not want to provide us with your personal data for the support of our customer relations (in particular for direct marketing or for market research purposes). We will neither sell your personal data to third parties nor market it in any other way.
Neither will any personal data be passed on to any countries outside the EU or EEA.
Use for a specific purpose
We will collect, process and use the personal data supplied by you online only for the purposes that you have been informed about. Your personal data will not be passed on to third parties without your express consent.
The collection of personal data and its transmission to state institutions and authorities entitled to receive information take place only in the context of the relevant laws or in the case that we are legally obliged to do so. Our employees and the service providers commissioned by us are committed by us to discretion and to adherence to the regulations of the German Data Protection Act.
Data collected automatically when visiting our website
For organisational and technical reasons, the following data are stored when using our webpages: the names of the pages you visit, the browser and operating system used by you, the date and time of access, the search engines used, the names of downloaded files and your IP address.
We evaluate these technical data anonymously and only for statistical purposes in order to continuously optimise our website and to make our Internet offers even more attractive. These data are stored separately from other personal information on secured systems. Individual persons are not identified through this data.
If you visit one of our websites, we may store information on your computer in the form of cookies. Cookies are small text files sent by a web server to your browser and stored on the hard disk of your computer.
Apart from the IP address, none of the user’s personal data is stored. The purpose of this information is to recognise you automatically when you next visit our websites and to facilitate navigation for you. Cookies permit us, for example, to adapt a website to your interests or to store your password, so that you do not have to enter it again each time.
Of course, you can also view our websites without cookies. If you do not wish us to recognise your computer, you can prevent the saving of cookies on your hard disk by selecting ‘do not accept cookies’ in your browser settings. Please refer to your browser manufacturer’s instructions of for details of how to do this. Please note, however, that if you do not accept cookies this can lead to restrictions in the function of our offers.
Registration function in the dealer area – possible for MHZ customers only
Data entered in the course of registration is used for the purposes of utilising the services offered. Users can obtain by e-mail information of relevance to the services or registration, such as changes to the services on offer or any technical circumstances. The data collected can be seen on the input screen in the course of the registration process. This includes company, customer no., surname, first name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone and fax.
When a user makes contact with our company (for instance, via contact form or e-mail), their details are saved for the purpose of processing their enquiry and in case any follow-up questions arise.
Publishing job advertisements / Online job applications
Your application details are electronically captured and processed by us for the purpose of handling the application procedure. If your application is followed by you entering into an employment contract, the data you have provided may be saved by us in your personnel file for the purpose of normal organisational and administrative processes. If so, this is done in adherence with the relevant statutory regulations.
If your application is unsuccessful, the data that you provided is automatically deleted two months after you are notified of this. This does not apply if due to legal requirements (e.g. the burden of proof pursuant to the General Equality Act) the data needs to be stored for longer or if you have specifically agreed to it being stored for longer in our database of people interested in the company.
We have taken technical and organisational security measures to protect your personal data against loss, destruction, manipulation and unauthorised access.
All of our employees and all persons involved in the processing of the data are obligated to adhere to the provisions of the German Data Protection Act and other laws relevant to data protection and to treat personal data confidentially.
Our security measures are revised on a continual basis in accordance with technological developments.
Changes to our data protection regulations
We reserve the right to change our security and data protection measures if technical developments make this necessary. In such cases we will also adapt our data protection information accordingly. Therefore, please always observe the current version of our data protection declaration.
If you use external links offered on our webpages, this data protection declaration does not extend to these links. If we offer links, we assure you that there were no recognisable breaches of applicable laws on the webpages linked to at the time of setting the links. However, we have no influence on the adherence of other providers to the data protection and security regulations. Therefore, please refer to the data protection declarations provided on the webpages of the other providers.
Online presence on social media
We maintain an online presence on social networks and platforms in order to be able to communicate with customers, prospects and users who are active there and to be able to inform them there about our services.
Please note that this may involve users' data being processed outside of the European Union. This can result in certain risks for users, as, for example, the enforcement of users' rights could become more difficult. In respect of US providers certified under the Privacy Shield, please be advised that they undertake to adhere to EU data protection standards.
Furthermore, the users' data generally gets processed for market research and advertising purposes. It is possible, for example, that usage profiles may be created from usage patterns and the users' interests that they suggest. The usage profiles can in turn be used in order, for example, to show advertisements on and outside of the platforms that are presumed to correspond to the users' interests. For these purposes cookies are generally placed on the users' computers to store the users' interests and usage behaviour. Furthermore it is possible for the data that gets saved in the usage profiles to include data independent of the devices used by the user (especially if the users are members of the respective platforms and are logged in to them).
The processing of the users' personal data takes place on the basis of our legitimate interest in effective provision of information to and communication with users as per GDPR Article 6.1.f. If the users are asked by the respective provider to give their consent for the data processing (i.e. to declare their agreement by checking a checkbox or clicking a button), the processing's legal basis is Article 6.1.a and Article 7 of the GDPR.
For a detailed account of how the data is processed in each case and how you can opt out, please refer to the providers' information linked to below.
Please note too that requesting information or asserting user rights can be done most effectively by contacting the providers. In each instance only the providers have access to the user data and can immediately take appropriate action and provide information. If you do nevertheless need help, you can also contact us.
Link buttons to social networks and mail programmes
External links on our website enable you to share content by mail or on social networks. If you utilise this option, you are forwarded by clicking the button to the site of the respective provider. Corresponding user information gets passed on in the process.
If while using our site you are logged in with your account on one of these social networks and want to share our content, this information gets linked to your account for that network. We as the operator of our site have no influence over the data that gets relayed by link buttons to corresponding servers. Generally the IP address gets transferred.
For more information on how your data is handled please refer to the respective provider's data protection declaration:
Our website uses Google Maps to display our location and to provide directions. This is a service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 (hereinafter: Google).
Through certification according to the EU-US Privacy Shield Google guarantees that it will follow the EU's data protection regulations when processing data in the United States.
To enable the display of certain fonts on our website, a connection to the Google server in the USA is established whenever our website is accessed.
If you access the Google Maps components integrated into our website, Google will store a cookie on your device via your browser. Your user settings and data are processed to display our location and create a route description. We cannot prevent Google from using servers in the USA.
The legal basis is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest lies in optimizing the functionality of our website.
By connecting to Google in this way, Google can determine from which website your request has been sent and to which IP address the directions are transmitted.
If you do not agree to this processing, you have the option of preventing the installation of cookies by making the appropriate settings in your browser. Further details can be found in the section about cookies above.
Google also offers further information at
We use YouTube on our website. This is a video portal operated by YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave, 94066 San Bruno, CA, USA, hereinafter referred to as "YouTube".
YouTube is a subsidiary of Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, hereinafter referred to as "Google".
Through certification according to the EU-US Privacy Shield Google and its subsidiary YouTube guarantee that they will follow the EU's data protection regulations when processing data in the United States.
We use YouTube in its advanced privacy mode to show you videos. The legal basis is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest lies in improving the quality of our website. According to YouTube, the advanced privacy mode means that the data specified below will only be transmitted to the YouTube server if you actually start a video.
Without this mode, a connection to the YouTube server in the USA will be established as soon as you access any of our webpages on which a YouTube video is embedded.
This connection is required in order to be able to display the respective video on our website within your browser. YouTube will record and process at a minimum your IP address, the date and time the video was displayed, as well as the website you visited. In addition, a connection to the DoubleClick advertising network of Google is established.
If you are logged in to YouTube when you access our site, YouTube will assign the connection information to your YouTube account. To prevent this, you must either log out of YouTube before visiting our site or make the appropriate settings in your YouTube account.
For the purpose of functionality and analysis of usage behavior, YouTube permanently stores cookies on your device via your browser. If you do not agree to this processing, you have the option of preventing the installation of cookies by making the appropriate settings in your browser. Further details can be found in the section about cookies above.
Right to be informed and to object
You can obtain information at any time about the personal data related to you which we hold (right to information).
You also have the right to correction, the right to deletion / to be forgotten, the right to restriction of the processing, the right to data transferability and the right of complaint to a supervisory authority.
Furthermore, you can at any time rescind your agreement to the collection, processing and use of your personal data by us. If necessary, please write to our data protection officer Ms Sybille Lehmann, Sindelfinger Str. 21, 70771 Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany +49 (0)711 9751-1071, datenschutz(at)mhz.de.
Questions, suggestions, complaints
If you have any questions about our data protection information or about the processing of your personal data, you can also contact our data protection officer directly. She is also at your disposal as a contact in case of requests for information, suggestions or complaints.