General Data Protection Regulation

Information about the processing of personal data in the context of business relationships with customers, suppliers and other business contacts

1. What information does this document contain for you?
The thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH ("We") is in a business relationship with you or your employer/client, e.g. the initiation or execution of a contractual relationship as part of our business activities (maritime defence industry).
We make sure that we comply with the requirements of the applicable Data Protection Acts. Below is a detailed overview of how we handle your data and your rights.

2. Who is responsible for the processing and who is the data protection officer (DPO)?
  Controller for the processing is
    thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH
    Werftstraße 112-114
    24143 Kiel, Germany
    P.O. Box 6309
    24124 Kiel, Germany
    Telephone: +49 431 700 0
    Fax: +49 431 700 2312

  Our data protection officer can be reached at
    Data protection officer
    thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH
    Werftstraße 112-114
    24143 Kiel, Germany
    P.O. Box 6309
    24124 Kiel, Germany

3. Which data categories do we process and where do they come from?
We process personal data that you provide to us as part of the business relationship. If our business relationship is with your employer or client, we also collect the personal data from you or your employer or client. This includes the following data or categories of data:

  • Master data (e.g. name and salutation, title, job title/description)
  • Contact details (e.g. telephone number, fax number, email address, address)
  • Communication data (e.g. content of personal, telephone or written communication)
  • Bank and payment data, if applicable

Moreover, we process the following categories of personal data that we generate independently or receive from third parties (e. g. Internet, trade register, credit reports):

  • Master data (e.g. customer number)
  • Contract data (e.g. contract ID, contract history)
  • Communication data (e.g. consulting protocols)
  • credit rating

4. For what purposes and on what legal basis is data processed?
We process your data in compliance with the provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and all other applicable laws.
We primarily process personal data for the fulfillment of contractual obligations (Article 6 paragraph 1 lit. b GDPR), more precisely for the purpose of initiating, executing or fulfilling a contract. This includes, for example, placing orders, internal sales, shipping and payment of merchandise or contract negotiations.
Unless you are not yourself a contracting party (for example, you are an employee of a business partner), processing for the same purposes takes place as a legitimate interest in accordance with Article 6 paragraph 1 lit. f GDPR. With your employer/client, we are in the initiation or execution phase of a contractual relationship as part of our business activities. We are processing your personal data due to your activity for your employer/client.
If necessary, we also process personal data to fulfill statutory requirements (Article 6 paragraph 1 lit. c GDPR) for the following purposes:

  • Preservation of statutory storage requirements
  • Preservation of legal reporting obligations
  • Preservation of information requirements of government agencies

Furthermore, we process personal data in order to safeguard the following legitimate interests (Article 6 paragraph 1 lit. f GDPR):

  • Maintenance of the business relationship with existing customers
  • Organization of events (for example, admission control)
  • Asserting legal claims and defense in legal disputes
  • Inclusion in our contact database, human relations after business contact (e.g. after leaving your business card)
  • Direct marketing to customers or employees of customers (e.g. information about products and events, newsletters)
  • Performance of duty of business law or taxation law

In addition, we potentially process personal data for which we received consent (Article 6 paragraph 1 lit. a GDPR). We will collect them separately and in the following cases:

  • Direct marketing to interested parties/other business contacts (e.g. information about products and events, newsletters)
  • Activities for IT-security
  • Activities to guarantee proper business operations

5. Who receives your data?
Your data will be processed within the thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH by the employees involved in the initiation/implementation of the business relationship and the execution of the respective business processes.
Within our group of companies your data will be transmitted to certain companies when they perform centralized data processing tasks for the group's affiliated companies (e.g. centralized contact data management, centralized contract management, file disposal, vendor rating).
In addition, to fulfill our contractual and legal obligations, we sometimes use different external service providers who are required by data processing agreements to observe data protection laws, Article 4 No. 8 GDPR. These are service providers in the following areas

  • IT services
  • Logistics
  • Supply chain management

In addition, we transmit your data to other recipients outside the company who process your data at their own responsibility, Article 4 No. 7 GDPR. For example, this may include the following categories of responsible persons:

  • Public institutions due to statutory provisions (e.g. tax authorities)
  • Third parties such as credit institutions, credit bureaus - if a transfer of legitimate interest is permissible
  • Further companies of thyssenkrupp AG

6. How long will your data be stored?
We process your personal data as long as it is necessary for the above referenced purposes. After completion of the business relationship your data will be stored as long as we are legally obligated to do so. This is regularly the result of legal proof and retention obligations, which are regulated in the commercial code or the general tax code amongst others. According to these laws, the storage periods are up to ten years. In addition, it may be necessary to retain personal data for the time during which claims can be asserted against us (statutory limitation period up to thirty years).

7. Are you required to provide your data?
There is no contractual or legal obligation to provide personal data. However, without processing your personal data, we are not in a position to carry out the necessary pre-contractual measures or execute the contractual relationship with you or your employer/client.

8. Is your data transmitted to a third country?
To the extent necessary for the above purposes, we also transmit data to group companies or service providers outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
This is done in compliance with data protection requirements, in particular the assurance of an adequate level of data protection. The assurance is provided by a suitable guarantee (e.g. in the form of a standard data protection clause according to Article 46 paragraph 2 lit. c GDPR, which is agreed with the respective recipient). You may request additional information, in particular copies of these appropriate guarantees, by using the contact details mentioned in section 2 below.]

9. Which data protection rights can you claim as the person affected?
You have the right to request information about the data stored about you, Art. 15 GDPR. In addition, you may request the rectification or erasure of your data, Art. 16, 17 GDPR. You may also be entitled to restrict the processing of your data and a right to release the data you provided in a structured, common, machine-readable format, provided this does not affect the rights and freedoms of others, Art. 18, 20 GDPR.
If you have given us consent to the processing of your personal data, you can revoke this consent at any time. The legality of the processing carried out based on the consent until the revocation remains unaffected.
To exercise your rights, please contact the responsible body or data protection officer listed under section 2.
In addition, you have a right of objection, which is explained in more detail at the end of this privacy policy.
You also have the option to file a complaint with a data protection authority, Art. 77 GDPR. The right of appeal is without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy. The data protection authority responsible for us is:

Das Unabhängige Landeszentrum für Datenschutz Schleswig-Holstein
Holstenstraße 98
24103 Kiel

Der Hamburgische Beauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit
Kurt-Schumacher-Allee 4
20097 Hamburg

Die Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Prinzenstraße 5
30159 Hannover

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