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Data Protection Declaration

We are glad about your interest in our website and our company

The safety of the personal data collected, processed or used during your visit to our website is of the highest priority for us. For this reason, we conduct all of our web-based services in accordance with current privacy and data protection regulations. The following information explains which data we collect and how it is used when you access our website.

GDIC refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the cooperation partner firms of Global DiVision GmbH, each of which is a separate legal entity and is not liable for the actions and omissions of the other cooperation partner companies.

The data controller collecting and processing the personal information provided by a visitor to (“Our Site”) is the GDIC cooperation partner firm in the visitor’s country or another GDIC cooperation company to which the visitor has submitted their personal information.

This statement, set forth below, is our privacy statement for the global organization of GDIC cooperation firms and other entities within GDIC. Here we describe the practices we follow to respect the privacy of all visitors to Our Site.

In this statement, personal information means data which relates to an individual and which identifies that individual, either directly or indirectly, such as your name or your contact information.

If you have any questions regarding the processing of your personal information, please contact us or your usual GDIC representative.

Here we describe how we consider the privacy of all visitors to this site. GDIC values the implementation of lawful data processing that protects your personal information. We believe that everyone benefits from a free flow of information when the data is collected and used in a responsible manner.

If you have questions or concerns that you do not find covered in our privacy policy, feel free to contact us.

1. Collection, use, disclosure, choice

Registration is not required for you to use Our Site. If you are merely a visitor to, we do not collect any personal information about you, except to the limited extent through the use of cookies, which are described below.

However, there may be circumstances in which you choose to register and receive ongoing updates from GDIC. In these cases, GDIC may contact registrants to invite them to special events, provide them with information about our services, publications and products, or for other marketing purposes. For example, you may choose to register for:

a. Email alerts

GDIC offers an email alert service to site visitors, in which we send subscribers email updates when new information is added to Our Site. If you decide to subscribe, we will collect basic contact information about you, such as your name and email address.

b. Expressing an interest in working for or partnering with GDIC

Our Site enables you to register your interest in working for us or applying for an advertised vacancy or a cooperational partnership. For more detail about the qualification process and the information required, visit the “Become a Partner” section of Our Site.

c. Vision Webcasts

To view an GDIC Vision Webcast (live or archived), registration is required. When you register, you may be asked for personal information as name, contact information, country, brand, firm, position and phone number. The type of information collected will vary. At the time of registration, you are also asked whether or not you are a client of GDIC, and whether or not you would like to be informed of upcoming webcasts via Vision Webcast email alerts.

Your information is required in order to view any webcast. At the time of registration, you can check a box to automate the log-in process, which allows you to be automatically logged on upon your return to the GDIC Vision Webcast section when using the same computer. We use registration information for internal research and analysis purposes to help us understand who is viewing our webcasts, and become better equipped to serve your needs.

If you are interested in Vision Webcasts, but you do not wish to provide any personally identifiable information, you can read the executive summaries (“webcast recaps”) posted on, which require no registration.

d. Surveys

GDIC may conduct surveys via Our Site. Survey participants may be asked for personal information (name, contact information, etc.) in addition to opinions or feedback. The type of information collected in surveys will vary.

e. Vision Leadership registration

GDIC occasionally requires registration in exchange for our Vision Leadership: white papers, articles, studies, reports, survey analyses, booklets, etc. Your personal information may be requested in registration forms and the type of information collected from you will vary. GDIC reserves the right to distribute certain Vision Leadership materials only to those who supply the requested information.

f. Event registration

GDIC facilitates event registration via Our Site or, at times, via third party web sites. Personal information may be collected via event registration forms and the type of information collected will vary. GDIC may share registrant information with third parties in association with the event.

Examples of “third parties” include hotels, sponsors or co-sponsors, promoters, event organizers (including via third party web sites), speakers, panelists, etc. Please check the details provided at individual events to understand fully how your information will be used and retained.

g. GDIC Alumni Network

Any personal information that an alumnus submits to GDIC will only be used to maintain contact with that alumnus, and will not be disclosed to any third party without the individual’s express permission.

h. GDIC Client Portal

If you have been given access rights to GDIC Client Portal by your GDIC contact, we would recommend you take note of the full privacy notice associated with this service. You will have access to the notice once you log onto GDIC Client Portal.

Information collected at registration is protected using industry-standard encryption technology as it is sent over the Internet.

If you register on Our Site, your personal information will be stored in our customer relationship management (CRM) system. Data of registrants who have been out of active use for 18 months will be deleted from our CRM system.

Please refer to the specific privacy statements on the partner site of Our Site, the event registration sites, the GDIC Alumni portal as well as the GDIC Client Portal for the applicable retention periods for these initiatives.

If you have opted out for receiving future GDIC publications, your contact details will remain on our opt-out list to prevent that you receive any further publications from GDIC.

2. Special categories of personal data

GDIC does not intentionally collect any special categories of personal data (sensitive personal information) via Our Site unless in a specific country we are legally required to do so, for example, for recruitment purposes. Sensitive personal information includes: information revealing racial or ethnic origin; political opinions; religious or philosophical beliefs; trade-union membership; the processing of genetic or biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person; information concerning health; information concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation; and in some cases, social security numbers or financial information.

3. Security, SSL or TLS encryption

GDIC works to protect the confidentiality and security of information it obtains in the course of its business. Access to such information is limited and policies and procedures are in place, designed to safeguard the information from loss, misuse and improper disclosure.

This site uses, for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as orders or requests that you send to us as a site operator, an SSL or. TLS encryption. You can recognize an encrypted connection by the change of the browser’s address line from “http: //” to “https: //” and the lock symbol in your browser line. If SSL or TLS encryption is enabled, the data you submit to us can not be read by third parties.

4. Disclosure

GDIC may only disclose your personal information outside of GDIC:

  • Where the disclosure is necessary to fulfill your request and involves a third party organization with which GDIC has a relationship (see “Third Party Links” below); or
  • to address a request that concerns more than one GDIC cooperation partner company; or
  • when explicitly requested by you, the site visitor; or
  • as required by a court order or any other legal or regulatory requirement; or
  • where the disclosure is reasonably related to the sale or other disposition of all or part of our business.

GDIC may use external service providers to assist with, for example, information technology and other administrative support services to operate Our Site.

5. Right to object to the processing of personal data for direct marketing purposes

In individual cases we process your data for direct marketing purposes. You have the right to object at any time to the processing of your personal data for the purpose of such marketing activities. The same applies to profiling insofar as it is connected to direct marketing. If you object to the data processing for direct marketing purposes, then your personal data will no longer be processed for that purpose.

Withdrawal of consent: If you have given us consent to the processing of your data, you can withdraw them at any time with effect for the future. The lawfulness of the processing of your data until the revocation remains unaffected. To exercise all of your aforementioned rights, please contact or by mail to the address indicated in 14 above. Please make sure that we can clearly identify you.

Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority: You have the right to lodge a complaint with a data protection supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your usual place of residence, employment or the place of the alleged infringement, if you consider that the processing of your personal data is unlawful.

6. Third-party links

Please be aware that sometimes contains links to other sites that are not governed by this privacy statement. Visitors to Our Site may be directed to third-party sites for more information, such as about our Vision Leadership, events, content sponsorships, vendor services, government entities, non-profits, and social networks. GDIC makes no representations or warranties regarding how your information is stored or used on third-party servers. We recommend that you review the privacy statement of each third-party site linked from Our Site to determine their use of your personal information.

Cookies and Web Beacons

Our Site uses cookies, Web Beacons and other web technologies such as CAPTCHA’s to improve Our Site’s performance and to enhance your browsing experience. Certain areas of Our Site also use cookies to understand more about you, so we can offer you a more personalized browsing experience.

What is a cookie?

A “cookie” is technology that allows Our Site to store tokens of information (an ‘identifier’) in your browser used only by Our Site while you are on Our Site. Cookies are not used to determine the personal identity of anyone who is merely visiting Our Site. They serve to help us track traffic patterns to determine a user’s preferred location and language so that we can direct them to the correct country home page when they visit Our Site.

Cookies have other uses as well. For example, in the Partner + Client-Log-in section, they are used to provide entry for subscribers who have chosen the automatic log-on feature during registration. Cookies are also used to prevent online poll participants from voting more than once.

On certain pages of Our Site, cookies are used to help us track your interests while you browse the internet, so we can tailor more relevant advertising to you, and to understand what is important to you.

How do I disable cookies?

If you do not want to receive a cookie from Our Site, you have the option of setting your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, so that you may determine whether to accept it or not. If you do not know how to do this, search your browser for help or ask your browser provider. However, please be aware that if you do turn off ‘cookies’ in your browser, you will not be able to fully experience all functions of Our Site. For example, you will not be able to benefit from automatic log-on and other personalization features of the Log-in sections.

What cookies do we use?

The cookies used by Our Site perform four functions, as classified below:

a. Essential/Strictly Necessary Cookies

Some cookies we use are essential to the functioning of Our Site. For example, remembering your log-in details to certain parts of Our Site.

b. Performance Cookies

Some cookies help us with the performance and design of Our Site. This allows us to measure how many times a page has been visited, whether a page has been visited on Our Site through an advertisement or by other means.

c. Functionality Cookies

Some cookies help us to remember your settings which you may have selected, or assist with other functionality when you browse and use Our Site. This helps us to remember what you have selected, so on your return visit we remember your preferences.

d. Targeting and Tracking Cookies

On certain pages of Our Site, we use cookies to help us understand your interests as you browse the internet, so we can tailor and deliver to you a more personalized service in the future. This assists us in delivering relevant advertising to you during various advertising campaigns we may run from time to time through participating third party sites. These cookies collect information relating to the origin of your visit, where you were exposed to GDIC advertising, what advertising feature you saw, whether you arrived directly or indirectly to Our Site, the device you used to visit Our Site and which downloads you performed.

This information is collected on an anonymous basis via third party suppliers. In addition, we also utilize cookies on certain pages of Our Site to communicate with third party data suppliers in order to extrapolate your digital behavior. This helps us to understand and target more relevant advertising in the future. The information we receive is all aggregate and anonymous, but will include statistics such as demographics, online behavior, product interests and lifestyle. Targeting and tracking cookies are provided via trusted third party suppliers. Should you require more information regarding our suppliers and how these cookies operate please contact us.

What are Web Beacons?

GDIC occasionally advertises on third party web sites. As part of our effort to track the success of our advertising campaigns, we may at times use a visitor identification technology such as “web beacons,” or “action tags,” which count visitors who have come to Our Site after being exposed to a GDIC banner ad on a third party site.

We do not use this technology to access your personal information and it is only used to compile aggregated statistics about visitors who come to Our Site to gauge the effectiveness of our ads.

By navigating on Our Site, you agree that we can place cookie and web beacons on your computer or device. If you prefer not to receive cookies or web beacons, then you should stop using Our Site, or consult your browsing settings.

8. Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; here: “Google”).

Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. This website uses Google Analytics only in combination with the “anonymizeIP()” extension which ensures that your IP address will be truncated for Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the USA. On behalf of the website provider, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website provider. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser.

However, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent the use of the data created by the cookie and relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) by Google and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link:

You can opt out from the use of Google Analytics by clicking the link above. This installs an opt-out cookie that prevents the recording of your data upon future visits to this website.

9. Google Maps

This site uses the mapping service Google Maps via an API. Provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

To use the features of Google Maps, it is necessary to save your IP address. This information is usually transmitted to and stored on a Google server in the United States. The provider of this site has no influence on this data transfer. The use of Google Maps is in the interest of an attractive presentation of our online offers and an easy findability of the places we have indicated on the website. This constitutes a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) lit. f DSGVO. For more information on how to handle user data, please refer to the Google Privacy Policy:

10. Social Media Platforms

You may wish to participate in the various blogs, forums, wikis and other social media platforms hosted by GDIC (“Social Media Platforms”) which we make available to you. The main aim of these Social Media Platforms is to facilitate and allow you to share content. However, GDIC cannot be held responsible if you share personal information on Social Media Platforms that is subsequently used, misused or otherwise appropriated by another user.

GDIC may also provide links to other social media platforms maintained on separate servers by individuals or organizations over which GDIC has no control. GDIC makes no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy or any other aspect of the information located on such servers. A link to a third party’s website should not be construed as an endorsement by either GDIC or that third party of the other or its products and services.

GDIC makes no representations or warranties regarding how user data is stored or used on third-party servers. We recommend reviewing the privacy statement of each third-party site linked from Our Site to determine their use of your personal information.

Social Media Link / Share-Buttons

Our website uses links to selected social networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Xing. These (deactivated) “social media buttons” are integrated in such a way that no direct contact to the social networks is established without specifically activating the links. When you use the social media button and activate the underlying link, a new window will be opened to allow you to log onto network in question, e.g. to recommend (like) or share the page with your contacts. Without activating the links in this manner, no data about you will be passed on to the social networks.

11. Children

This website (Our Site) is not intended for use by children. We understand the importance of protecting children’s information, especially in an online environment, and we do not knowingly collect or maintain information about children.

12. Changes to this privacy statement

GDIC may change this privacy statement as needed. If changes to the statement are made, please note that it may take up to 30 business days before new privacy practices are implemented. Check this page periodically if you would like to monitor changes.

13. Unsubscribe

GDIC gives you choices regarding the collection and usage of your personal information. If you have registered for any GDIC related updates through, and do not wish to receive future e-mails, please visit our unsubscribe page within the application you registered.

14. Complaints

If you are concerned about an alleged breach of privacy law or any other regulation by GDIC, you can contact your usual local GDIC representative or GDIC’s Global Privacy Officer, Global DiVision GmbH, Glockengiesserwall 26, 20095 Hamburg, Deutschland, phone: +49-40-18 00 83 83. A GDIC Privacy Officer will be made available to investigate your complaint and give you information about how it will be handled.

If you are not satisfied with the way in which GDIC has resolved your complaint, you have the right to complain to the data protection authority in your country. You may also refer the matter to a court of competent jurisdiction. If you have questions or you do not feel that your concerns have been addressed in this privacy statement, please contact us or via your usual GDIC representative.