Data Privacy Statement
This data privacy statement / policy explains the nature, scope and purpose of the processing of personal data (hereinafter referred to as „data“) within our online offering and the websites, features and content associated with it. (collectively referred to as „online offer“). With regard to the terminology used, e.g. „Processing“ or „Responsible“, we refer to the definitions in Article 4 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
General information and mandatory information
We appreciate your interest in our company and the information offered on the websites. The use of our websites is basically possible without giving of personal data.
Please note that data transmission over the Internet (for example, when communicating via e-mail) may have security vulnerabilities. A complete protection of the data from access by third parties is not possible.
Ringler Consulting and Research GmbH
Schwalbacher Str. 14
65307 Bad Schwalbach / Germany
Voluntary Data Protection Officer / Company Owner and Managing Director: Carsten Ringler
Types of processed data
– Inventory data (e.g., names, addresses).
– Contact information (e.g., e-mail, phone numbers).
– Content data (e.g., text input, photographs, videos).
– Usage data (e.g., websites visited, interest in content, access times).
Categories of affected persons
Visitors and users of the online offer are referred to below as the affected persons as „users“)
Purpose of data processing
– Making our online services / offers available, its functions and contents.
– Answering contact requests and communicating with users.
– Safety measures.
– As part of inquiries and business cooperation purposes e.g. web site sponsorship contracts or general press inquiries
– Marketing and advertising for own purposes
Legitimate interest: The legitimate interest is the interest of the company in establishing a business and intensifying the business relationship with existing and potential customers.
„Personal data“ means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter referred to as „affected person“); a natural person is considered as identifiable, which can be identified directly or indirectly, in particular by means of assignment to an identifier such as a name, to an identification number, to location data, to an online identifier (e.g. cookie) or to one or more special features, that express the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of this natural person.
„Processing“ means any process performed with or without the aid of automated procedures or any such process associated with personal data. The term goes far and includes virtually every handling of data.
„Responsible person“ means the natural or legal person, public authority, body or body that decides, alone or in concert with others, on the purposes and means of processing personal data.
Relevant legal bases / Relevant statutory foundations
The data processing takes place on the basis of the legal regulations of the
Section 96 (3) TKG and of the
Article 6 (1) (a) (consent),
Article 6 (1) (b) (necessary for performance of the contract),
Art 6 para 1 lit c (statutory obligations under the BAO and the UGB), as well as
Article 6 (1) (d) (legitimate interests of the person responsible) of the GDPR.
In accordance with Art. 13 GDPR, we inform you about the legal basis of our data processing. Unless the legal basis in the data protection declaration is mentioned, the following applies: The legal basis for obtaining consent is Article 6 (1) lit. a and Art. 7 GDPR, the legal basis for the processing for the performance of our services and the execution of contractual measures as well as the response to inquiries is Art. 6 (1) lit. b GDPR, the legal basis for processing in order to fulfill our legal obligations is Art. 6 (1) lit. c GDPR, and the legal basis for processing in order to safeguard our legitimate interests is Article 6 (1) lit. f GDPR.
In the event that vital interests of the ‘affected person’ or another natural person require the processing of personal data, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. d GDPR as legal basis.
Collaboration with order data processors (Auftragsverarbeitern) and third parties
If, in the context of our processing, we disclose data to other persons and companies (contract processors or third parties), transmit them to them or otherwise grant them access to the data, this will only be done on the basis of a legal permit, pursuant to Art. Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR is required to fulfill the contract), you have consented to a legal obligation to do so or based on our legitimate interests (for example, in the use of agents, web host companies, etc.).
If we commission third parties to process data on the basis of a so-called „order data processing contract“ (Auftragsverarbeitungsvertrag), this is done on the basis of Art. 28 GDPR. We have e.g. completed an order data processing agreement (Auftragsverarbeitungsvertrag) with our web provider / hoster Strato AG, Pascalstraße 10, 10587 Berlin.
STRATO AG stores IP addresses of your website visitors in so-called log files for detecting and defense off attacks. This storage is valid for a maximum of seven days.
Data collection when visiting our website
The website partly use so-called cookies, so that the services can be used more user-friendly, more effectively and more safely. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies serve to make our offer more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and stored by your browser.
Most of the cookies we use are so-called „session cookies“. They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies allow us to recognize your browser the next time you visit.
You can set your browser so that you are informed about the setting of cookies and allow cookies only in individual cases, the acceptance of cookies for certain cases or generally exclude and enable the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.
When you visit our website www.mining-research.com, the browser used on your device automatically sends information to the server of our website. This information is temporarily stored in a so-called log file. The following information will be collected without your intervention and stored until automated deletion:
The host provider of the pages automatically collects and stores information / visitor data in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transmits to us. These are e.g.
- IP address in anonymous form (alienated)
- Date and time of the server request
- Time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
- Content of the request (concrete specific page)
- Access Status / HTTP status code
- Browser type / browser version
- Referrer URL
- Operating system used and its interface
- Language and version of the browser software
The data mentioned are processed by us for the following purposes:
- Ensuring a smooth connection of the website,
- Ensuring comfortable use of our website,
- Evaluation of system security and stability as well
- For further administrative purposes.
These data cannot be assigned to specific persons. A merge of this data with other data sources will not be done. The basis for data processing is Art. 6 section 1 lit. b GDPR, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or pre-contractual measures. Storage in log files is done to ensure the functionality of the website. In addition, the data is used to optimize the website and to ensure the security of our information technology systems. An evaluation of the data for marketing purposes does not take place in this context.
We reserve the right to check this data retrospectively, if we become aware of specific indications for illegal use. The data will be deleted as soon as it is no longer necessary for the purpose of its collection. In the case of collecting the data for providing the website, this is the case when the respective session is completed.
Opposition and disposal possibility: The collection of data for the provision of the website and the storage of data in log files is imperative for the operation of the website. There is consequently no contradiction on the part of the user.
The legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 section 1 p. 1 lit. f GDPR. Our legitimate interest follows from the data collection purposes listed above. In no case we use the collected data for the purpose of drawing conclusions about you.
We use the popular SSL (Secure Socket Layer) method within the site visit, in conjunction with the highest level of encryption supported by your browser. In general, this is a 256-bit encryption. If your browser does not support 256-bit encryption, we’ll use 128-bit v3 technology instead. Whether a single page of our website is encrypted is shown by the closed representation of the key or lock icon in the lower status bar of your browser.
Transfers to third countries
If we process data in a third country (i.e. outside the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA)) or in the context of the use of third party services or disclosure or transmission of data to third parties, this will only be done if it is to fulfill our (pre) contractual obligations, on the basis of your express consent, on the basis of a legal obligation or on the basis of our legitimate interests. Subject to legal or contractual permissions, we process or have the data processed in a third country only in the presence of the special conditions of Art. 44 et seq. GDPR. That the processing is e.g. on the basis of specific guarantees, such as the officially recognized level of data protection (eg for the US through the Privacy Shield) or compliance with officially recognized special contractual obligations (so-called „standard contractual clauses“).
Rights of ‘affected persons’
You have the right to ask for confirmation as to whether the data in question is being processed and for information about this data as well as for further information and a copy of the data in accordance with Art. 15 GDPR.
You have according to Art. 16 GDPR the right to demand the completion of the data concerning you or the correction of the incorrect data concerning you.
In accordance with Art. 17 GDPR, they have the right to demand that the relevant data be deleted immediately or, alternatively, to require a restriction of the processing of data in accordance with Art. 18 GDPR.
You have the right to demand that the data relating to you, which you have provided to us, be obtained in accordance with Art. 20 GDPR and request their transmission to other persons responsible.
You have according to Art. 77 GDPR the right to file a complaint with the competent supervisory authority.
Right of withdrawal (revocation) of consent
You have the right to revoke your consent in accordance with Art. 7 section 3 GDPR with effect for the future. You can object to the future processing of your data in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR at any time. The withdrawal of consent may in particular be made against processing for direct marketing purposes.
Deletion of data
According to legal requirements in Germany, the storage takes place in particular for 6 years pursuant to § 257 paragraph 1 HGB (trading books, inventories, opening balance sheets, annual accounts, trade letters, accounting documents, etc.) and for 10 years in accordance with § 147 Abs. 1 AO (books, records , Management reports, accounting documents, commercial and business letters, documents relevant for taxation, etc.).
When contacting us (for example, by e-mail, telephone or via social media), the information provided by the user will be processed according to Art. 6 section 1 lit. b) GDPR. User information can be stored in a Customer Relationship Management System („CRM System“).
The transmitted personal data of the user are stored. In this context, there is no disclosure of the data to third parties. The data are used exclusively for the processing of the conversation and are used solely to process your request.
We delete the requests, if they are no longer required. We check the necessity every two years; Furthermore, the legal archiving obligations apply.
Opposition and removal possibility
The user has the possibility at any time to revoke his consent to the processing of the personal data. If the user contacts us by e-mail, he may object to the storage of his personal data at any time. In such a case, the conversation cannot continue. The revocation can be submitted by mail or e-mail.
For this purpose you send us a message to the contact person named in the imprint.
All personal data stored in the course of contacting will be deleted in this case.
Online presence in social media
We maintain online presence within social networks and platforms in order to communicate with customers, interested people and users of our content active there and to inform them about our services. When calling the respective networks and platforms, the terms and conditions and the data processing guidelines apply to their respective operators.
Integration of services and contents of third parties
Based on our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of our online offer within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) lit. GDPR), we make use of content or services offered by third-party providers in order to provide their content and services, such as Include videos or fonts (collectively referred to as „content“).
This always presupposes that the third-party providers of this content perceive the IP address of the users, since they could not send the content to their browser without the IP address. The IP address is therefore required for the presentation of this content. We do our best to use only content whose respective providers use the IP address solely for the delivery of the content.
Third parties may also use so-called pixel tags (invisible graphics, also referred to as „web beacons“) for statistical or marketing purposes. The „pixel tags“ can be used to evaluate information such as visitor traffic on the pages of this website. The pseudonymous information may also be stored in cookies on the user’s device and may include, but is not limited to, technical information about the browser and operating system, referring web sites, visit time, and other information regarding the use of our online offer.
Within our online offer functions and contents of the service LinkedIn can be integrated, offered by the LinkedIn AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. For this, e.g. content such as images, videos, or text and buttons that users use to promote their content, subscribe to content creators, or subscribe to our posts. If the users are members of the platform LinkedIn, LinkedIn can allocate / call the above-mentioned contents and functions to the profiles of the users there. LinkedIn privacy statement: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy?_l=en_US. LinkedIn is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement, which provides a guarantee to comply with European privacy legislation (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000L0UZAA0&status=Active). Opt-Out: https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/guest-controls/retargeting-opt-out.
We use Google Fonts from Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheater Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA) on our website. Google Fonts are used without authentication and no cookies are sent to the Google Fonts API. If you have an account with Google, none of your Google Account information will be transmitted to Google while using Google Fonts. Google only records the use of CSS and the fonts used and stores this data securely. More about these and other questions can be found at https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq . What data Google collects and how it uses this information can be found at https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/ .
Other integration of services and content of third parties
This always presupposes that the providers of this content (hereinafter referred to as „third party provider“) perceive the IP address of the users. Because without the IP address, they could not send the content to the browser of each user. The IP address is therefore required for the presentation of this content.
We try to use only content whose respective providers use the IP address solely for the delivery of the content. However, we do not have any influence on this if the third parties provide the IP address e.g. save for statistical purposes. As far as we know, we will inform users about it.
We use Google Analytics from Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94.043 USA. This is a tool that can be used to analyze the use of web pages. For this purpose, Google uses various techniques, including cookies stored on your computer. These store information about the use of our site, which we use to improve our service offerings.
The data collected by Google may be transmitted by Google to countries outside the EU, in particular the United States. However, Google has submitted to the Privacy Shield Framework, for more information about your rights, see
However, in line with the data protection authority’s instructions, we have taken steps to ensure adequate protection of your data wherever possible. So we have made sure that your IP address is anonymized before being transferred to Google. This was done by activating the Anonymizelp () function within the Google Analytics tracking code. We’ve also entered into a contract data processing agreement with Google that will prevent Google from merging your information with other data collected by Google to determine your identity.
If that’s not enough for you, you can also download and install Google’s Google Browser Blocking plug-in at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en. This plug-in blocks the collection and disclosure of your personal information by Google. Likewise, you can prevent the collection by Google Analytics by using the following link: Disable Google Analytics set an opt-out cookie, which also prevents the collection of their data.
Rights of users and deletion of data
If personal data is processed, you are an affected person within the meaning of GDPR and you are entitled to the following rights under Art. 15 to 20 GDPR if the legal requirements apply:
Right to obtain information free of cost on the origin, recipient and purpose of your personal data stored, for rectification, deletion, restriction of processing, data portability. In addition, according to Art. 21 (1) GDPR, you are entitled to a right of revoking the consent to the processing based on Art. 6 (1) of the GDPR and to processing for the purpose of direct advertising. If the processing is based on the consent, you have the right to revoke the consent at any time; the revocation does not affect the legality of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent until the revocation.
In addition, users have the right to withdraw consent, that personal data will be blocked and/or deleted, as well as the right to file a complaint with the competent regulatory authority in the event of unlawful processing.
Right to data portability
You have the right to have data that we process on the basis of your consent or in fulfillment of a contract, in itself or to a third party in a standard, machine-readable format. If you require the direct transfer of data to another person in charge, this will only be done to the extent technically feasible.
In doing so, you must identify yourself and contribute to the identification so as to ensure that, in response to the exercise of the right, the person concerned is actually addressed.
For all questions regarding personal data, you can always contact us in writing, electronically verbally or in person at the following address:
Ringler Consulting and Research GmbH
Schwalbacher Str. 14
65307 Bad Schwalbach / Germany
Telephone: +49 172 6918274
Right to complain to a supervisory authority
Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you shall have the right to complain to a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of its residence, place of work or place of alleged infringement, if you believe that the processing of the personal data concerning you is against the GDPR violates. The competent supervisory authority for data protection issues is the state data protection officer of the federal state in which our company is based.
A list of the data protection officers as well as their contact data can be taken from the following link: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.
The supervisory authority to which the complaint has been submitted shall inform the complainant of the status and results of the complaint, including the possibility of a judicial remedy pursuant to Article 78 of the GDPR.
We endeavor to store your personal data by taking all technical and organizational possibilities so that they are not accessible to third parties. When communicating by e-mail, complete data security cannot be guaranteed, so we recommend that you send confidential information by post.
The employees are obliged by us to secrecy and to comply with the provisions of the Federal Data Protection Act and other professional data protection provisions.
Interactions in / with / through our website
As far as on our sides personal data of the users (for example name, address or E-Mail addresses) are raised, this takes place always on a non-obligatory basis. We will use the information you provide for the purpose for which we collected it. Entering a name and email address on the http://mining-research.de/research-reports is required to get to the bottom. Data storage does not take place.