Privacy statement

Thank you for visiting our website.

The protection of your personal data is very important to us and we want you to feel safe when visiting our website. In the following we would like to explain to which extent which data are stored during your visit to our website and for what purpose.

1. Who is responsible for processing your data?

The controller for the lawful processing of your personal data is Tractebel Engineering GmbH, Friedberger Straße 173, 61118 Bad Vilbel, Germany.

2. Processing of usage data

Whenever you access our website usage data are stored in a log file on the server of our provider (Mittwald CM Service GmbH & Co. KG, Königsberger Straße 4-6, 32339 Espelkamp, Germany). This dataset comprises the IP address, which web pages were accessed, from which website the access was made, date and time the website was accessed, and a description of the web browser and operating system used. These data are collected in order to make our webpages accessible, to identify and remedy possible technical issues and to prevent and, if need be, prosecute any misuse of the website. They are only analysed in anonymised form for statistical purposes. The legal basis for processing personal usage data is Article 6(1) subpara. 1 (f) Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation – in the following “GDPR”).

3. Data transferred in the course of making contact

On our website you have the opportunity to voluntarily share personal data with us, for example as by sending us an e-mail. These data (e.g. name, e-mail address, content of your query) will only be processed and/or used to handle your queries.

Where they are necessary to answer your queries, your data may also be transferred to companies within the Tractebel Group in Germany and abroad. Your data is only transferred to countries outside the European Union or the European Economic Area with your explicit consent.

The legal basis for processing the data outlined above is, depending on the content of the respective contact-making, Article 6(1) subpara. 1 (b) or, respectively, (f) GDPR.

4. Use of cookies

When you access individual web pages, temporary cookies are stored to facilitate navigation. These cookies expire once the session has ended. Cookies are small text files that are stored on a user’s hard driver and exchange certain settings and data with our system via the browser. A cookie normally contains the name of the domain from which the cookie data were sent and information on the age of the cookie and an alphanumerical identifier. Cookies allow us to improve your website experience and also facilitate usage by, for example, storing certain input such that it does not have to be repeatedly entered. The information stored in the cookies is not used to identify you and is not combined with other personal data of yours that we have stored. The legal basis for processing personal data with the help of cookies is Article 6(1) subpara. 1 (f) GDPR.

You can configure your web browser to block cookies or to warn you when cookies are sent. However, this may mean that you will not be able to access certain pages or features if you opt-out from receiving cookies.

Application Name Period of validility Availability
Cookieconsent: Set when the cookie message gets closed. cookieconsent_status 1 year internal
Download Manager: Used for correct counting of downloads (double counting is avoided). wp_dlm_downloading One-time cookie which is deleted when the page has been reloaded. internal


5. Newsletter

When you subscribe to our newsletter, your e-mail-address will be used for our own marketing purposes until you unsubscribe. Where you additionally enter title, first name and surname, the respective data serve to address you in the newsletter.

If you have subscribed to our newsletter you will regularly receive information on the chosen topics per e-mail. The e-mails may be personalized and individualized based on our information on you, e.g. your name and the topics of interest chosen by you in the subscription form. Only subscribe to the newsletter if you agree with the described analysis and creation of profiles. The withdrawal of your consent automatically results in you not receiving newsletters any more.

Where you have not given your consent to us in writing, we will use, for the purposes of newsletter subscription, the so-called double-opt-in process, i.e. we will only send you a newsletter via e-mail if you have prior to that expressly confirmed to us that we are to activate the newsletter service. We will then send you a notification e-mail and ask you to confirm that you want to receive our newsletter by clicking on a link in this e-mail.

The legal basis for the processing of your data is your consent according to Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR if you have expressly subscribed to the newsletter.
If you do not wish to receive the newsletter from us any more, you may withdraw your consent at any time with future effect. To this end, simply use the unsubscribe link contained in each newsletter or send a message in text form to us or our data protection officer (e.g. e-mail, fax, letter).


In order to comment on this blog, you need to enter a name and a valid e-mail-address. As a name, you may also use a pseudonym. The e-mail-address will not be published.

Please note: the comments as well as the blog entries themselves are visible to the public and can be found via search engines. However, we reserve the right to assess the entered comments prior to publication and, in certain cases, refrain from publication. Where comments or other entries are entered and published, we store the IP-address, the username, the e-mail-address and the point in time of entry. These data are only processed for security reasons, as the provider of illegal content (prohibited propaganda, insults etc.) may possibly be held liable even if it was created by a third party. In such a case, the information serves to ascertain the identity of the creator.

The legal basis of this processing is Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR.

7. Sharing data with third parties

We rely on support from external service providers for certain technical data analysis, processing or storage processes or the implementation of our newsletter (e.g. to obtain aggregated, non-personal statistics from data bases or for the storage of backup copies or the provision of requested information materials). These service providers are carefully selected and meet high standards of data protection and security. They are obligated to maintain strict confidentiality and process your personal data only when commissioned to do so by us and according to our instructions. The legal basis for the involvement of such service providers is Article 28 GDPR.

We cooperate with companies and other entities which provide specialized expertise with regard to special areas (e.g. tax consultants, legal counsel, accounting firms, logistics companies). These entities are either legally or contractually obliged to maintain confidentiality. If a transmission of personal data to these entities is necessary, the legal basis is, depending on the respective kind of cooperation, Article 6(1)(b) or (f) GDPR.

With the exception of the cases outlined in this privacy statement, we will only transfer your personal data to third parties without your explicit consent if we are required to do so by law or by administrative or judicial directive.

8. Storage period

The access data described under section 2 above will be stored for a period of 60 days. The data outlined above will otherwise be erased once it is no longer required for the described purposes, provided statutory provisions do not stipulate a longer retention period.

9. Users’ rights

Should you require access to or detailed information on the processing of your personal data, you may contact us at any time. You may also ask to receive in structured, commonly used and machine-readable form the data which you have provided to us or for such data to be transferred to a third party. Should you establish that your personal data is incorrect or incomplete, you may at any time require the immediate rectification or completion of such data. Subject to the preconditions set out in Articles 17 and 18 GDPR, you may also require the erasure or restriction of processing of personal data. You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority.

Where your personal data is processed on the basis of a weighing of interests within the meaning of Article 6(1)(f) GDPR, you have the right to object to this processing.

10. Contact information

You may contact us at any time regarding all questions concerning our processing of personal data and the exercise of rights to which you are entitled against such processing.
Notification to Tractebel Engineering GmbH, Friedberger Straße 173, 61118 Bad Vilbel, Germany, is sufficient for this purpose.

You can contact our data protection officer at: