Privacy Notice

Compliance with data protection regulations is very important to BODE Chemie GmbH (hereinafter referred to as "BODE", "we" or "us"). We would therefore like to inform you in the following about the processing of your personal data, in particular about the purposes of the respective data processing and the data categories processed, subdivided according to individual services or forms of use and about the rights to which you are entitled. With regard to the related terms, such as "personal data" or "processing", we refer to the relevant definitions in Art. 4 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

If you are a shareholder, customer, supplier of or applicant at BODE, you will find information on processing your personal data in the form of a PDF here:

Customers can find more information here

Suppliers can find more information here

Applicants can find more information here

We kindly ask you to inform yourself regularly about the content of our data protection declaration. We will adapt the data protection declaration as soon as changes in the data processing carried out by us make this necessary. We will inform you as soon as the changes require a cooperative action on your part (e.g. consent) or other individual notification.

Status: 19.06.2020

1. Responsible party and contact information

Responsible party:

BODE Chemie GmbH
Melanchthonstraße 27
22525 Hamburg
Phone: +49-40-540 06-0
Fax: +49-40-540 200

Contact Data Protection:

Department CFO-DPM / DPO
Paul-Hartmann-Straße 12
89522 Heidenheim

Do you have general questions or comments about this data protection declaration or specific questions about the processing of your data? We will gladly answer them. On request we will also correct, supplement or delete your personal data and we will comply with your further data subject rights.
2. Legal bases and purposes of data processing

In accordance with Art. 13, 14 GDPR, we inform you of the legal basis of our data processing. If the legal basis is not expressly mentioned in this data protection declaration, the following applies:

The legal basis for obtaining consent is Article 6 (1) a and Article 7 GDPR as well as Article 9 (2) a and Article 7 GDPR (e.g. delivery of user-specific offers and information about our products and services, surveys on our websites, analysis of the use of our products, services and websites, personalisation of offers on the Internet, by e-mail, fax and other channels, advertising or market and opinion research), the legal basis for processing for the purpose of fulfilling our services and carrying out contractual measures and responding to enquiries is Art. 6 (1) b GDPR (e.g. execution of contract and/or service, processing of payments for purchases and other services, processing due to a complaint, communication via telephone, e-mail, fax, live chat, video call and other channels, supply advice), the legal basis for processing for the fulfilment of our legal obligations is Art. 6 (1) c GDPR (e.g. compliance with the statutory retention periods) and the legal basis for processing to safeguard our legitimate interests is Art. 6 (1) f GDPR (e.g. Analysis and clarification of misuse or attacks on communication systems, legitimation and authentication; protection against or investigation of possible fraudulent transactions, communication via telephone, e-mail, fax, live chat, video call and other channels; sending samples, premiums, products and information, providing user-specific offers and information about our products and services, surveys on our websites, personalisation of offers on the Internet, by e-mail, fax and other channels, determining the effectiveness of our advertising). In the event that vital interests of the data subject or another natural person require the processing of personal data, Art. 6 (1) d GDPR serves as the legal basis.

3. Security measures

In accordance with Articles 24, 32 GDPR, we take appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure a level of protection appropriate to the risk, taking into account the state of the art, the implementation costs and the nature, scope, circumstances and purposes of the processing as well as the varying probability of occurrence and severity of the risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons. Such measures shall include, in particular, safeguarding the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data by controlling physical access to personal data, as well as access, input, disclosure, safeguarding of availability and segregation thereof. Furthermore, we have established procedures to ensure the exercise of data subject rights, deletion of personal data and response to threats to personal data. Furthermore, we take the protection of personal data into account as early as the development and selection of hardware, software and procedures, in accordance with the principle of data protection by means of technological design and by means of data protection-friendly presettings (Art. 25 GDPR).

The security measures include in particular the encrypted transmission of data between your browser and our server. Third party security measures include in particular IP masking (pseudonymization of your IP address).

4. Cooperation with third parties and data processors

If, in the course of our processing, we disclose (third parties) personal data to other persons and companies - including Group companies -, transmit it to them or otherwise grant them access to the data, this is only done on the basis of a legal authorisation (e.g. if a transfer of the data to third parties, such as to payment service providers, is necessary for the performance of the contract in accordance with Art. 6 (1) b GDPR), if you have consented to this, if a legal obligation provides for this or on the basis of our legitimate interests (e.g. when using agents, web hosters, etc.).

Insofar as we commission so-called contract processors with the processing of personal data on the basis of a so-called "data processing agreement" and thereby secure for ourselves, among other things, the necessary powers of influence or control with regard to the processing and use of personal data, this is done on the basis of Art. 28 GDPR. However, we remain responsible to you for the legality of the data processing.

5. Data transfers to third countries
If we process personal data in a third country (i.e. outside the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA)) or if this is done in the context of using the services of third parties or if personal data is disclosed or transferred to third parties, this will only take place if it is done to fulfil our (pre-)contractual obligations, on the basis of your 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 transfer personal data in a third country only if the special prerequisites of Art. 44 ff. GDPR. This means that processing is carried out, for example, on the basis of special guarantees, such as the officially recognised establishment of a data protection level equivalent to that of the EU or compliance with officially recognised special contractual obligations (so-called "standard contractual clauses").
6. Additional information for website users

This information informs you about the type, scope and purpose of the processing of personal data within our online offer and the associated websites, functions and contents as well as external online presences, such as our social media profiles (hereinafter jointly referred to as "online offer“). You can find further information in our “Privacy Notice Customers”.

6.1 Cookies, analysis, tracking, optimisation

We do not use cookies on our BODE Chemie website. Thus, no cookies are stored on your computer when you visit the following domains and subdomains:,,, For our HARTMANN SCIENCE CENTER and our Sterillum website and thus for the domains (or, (or and (or as well as, however, the following applies: Information on the cookies we use is mainly found in our cookie policy. Information on technologies from us or from third parties, which are not only used to provide a function within our online offer, but also exclusively or additionally serve the analysis of user behaviour, tracking, the optimisation of our marketing activities or other purposes, is made available to you in this data protection declaration and in our cookie policy.

6.2 Purposes of data processing

We process your personal data in particular for the following purposes:

Provision of the online offer, its contents and functions; marketing, advertising, public relations and market research; security measures; tracking (e.g. interest/behavioural profiling, use of cookies); remarketing; visitor action evaluation, interest-based and behaviour-based marketing, profiling (creation of user profiles); version measurement (measurement of the effectiveness of marketing measures); target group formation (determination of target groups relevant for marketing purposes or other output of content); cross-device tracking (cross-device processing of user data for marketing purposes).

6.3 Categories of data

We process in particular the following data categories:

Usage data (e.g. websites visited, services used, interest in content, access times); meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses, browser type); location data (data indicating the location of an end user's end device).

6.4 Collection of access data and log files

On the basis of our legitimate interests within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) f GDPR, we collect data on every access to the server on which this service is located (so-called server log files). The access data includes the path of the website accessed, files linked to it, date and time of access, amount of data transferred, notification of successful access, browser type and version, the user's operating system, referrer URL (the previously visited page), IP address and the requesting provider as well as other browser header data. In particular, the processing of your IP address as personal data is necessary for communication between your browser and our server.

Log file information is stored for a period of 6 months for security reasons (e.g. for the clarification of abuse or fraud) and then deleted. Data whose further storage is required for evidential purposes is excluded from deletion until final clarification of the respective incident. This data will not be passed on to third parties unless it is necessary to pursue our claims or there is a legal obligation to do so in accordance with Art. 6 (1) c GDPR.

6.5 Online presence in social media

We only actively maintain online presences within social networks and platforms via our HARTMANN SCIENCE CENTER in order to be able to communicate with the customers, interested parties and users active there and to inform them about our services. When accessing social networks and platforms, the terms and conditions and data processing guidelines of the respective operator apply.

We process your personal data if you communicate them within social networks and platforms, e.g. by writing articles on our online presences or sending us messages. In addition, Facebook, among other things, may provide statistics and insights (e.g., total number of page views, "Like" information, page activity, post interactions, video views, post reach, comments, shared content, responses, etc.) that help us understand the types of actions you take on our sites. This enables us to better understand your interests and preferences and can, for example, increase the attractiveness of articles or our performance presentation or choose the right time for publication.

We point out that your personal data may be processed by the respective operator outside the European Union or the European Economic Area. As a result, risks may arise for you, in particular the enforcement of rights may become more difficult.

If you click on the button of the respective operator, you will be redirected to our respective online presence in a separate browser window and can - if you are logged in to your user account - share or subscribe to our news, among other things. Clicking the button will establish a direct connection between your browser and the server of the respective operator. The respective operator receives the information that you have visited our website with your IP address. The respective operator may collect further personal data as soon as you use their offers. In addition, it is then possible for the respective operator to assign your visit to our website to you and your user account, provided you are logged in to your user account.

In addition, your personal data may be further processed for the purposes of market research and advertising. This means that profiles can be created from your usage behaviour and the preferences and interests derived from it. Such profiles can be used, for example, to place suitable advertisements within our online presence or on other online presences or websites based on the interests determined. Cookies are placed and stored on your end device, with the help of which personal data on usage behaviour can be collected and bundled for further processing - to determine your interests. The collection and bundling of this personal data can - especially if you are logged in to your user account - also be realised across several end devices used by you.

The processing of your personal data is based on our legitimate interest in effective information and performance presentation and direct communication with you in relation to our online offer in accordance with Art. 6 (1) f GDPR.

Should you request information or wish to exercise other rights to which you are entitled, please contact the respective operator directly. The background to this is that only the respective operators have access to your personal data and can provide you with the relevant information and take further measures if necessary. Should you require assistance in exercising the rights to which you are entitled, you can also contact us at any time.

A description of the data processing carried out by the respective operator as well as the requirements for the implementation of an objection (opt-out) can be found in the information provided by the respective operator:

Provider: YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA

7. Contact

When you contact us (by contact form, telephone, fax, post or e-mail), your personal data will be processed for the purpose of handling your enquiry and its processing in accordance with Article 6 (1) b and f GDPR. The information marked as mandatory in the contact form is required for the processing of your enquiry.

As a rule, we delete inquiries 3 months after their receipt, at the latest, however, if they have been answered. In the event of statutory storage obligations to be observed, the deletion shall take place after their expiry.

8. Comments and reports

We maintain blogs with the possibility of commentary in our online offer. For the comment function, in addition to your comment, information on the time of the creation of your comment, your e-mail address and, if you are not anonymous, the user name you have chosen are stored. Comments remain in the blog as long as it is operated or you request its deletion.

If you write a comment, your IP address will be stored for 6 months on the basis of our legitimate interests in the sense of Art. 6 (1) f GDPR in addition to the time of creation, and then deleted. This is done for our security, as far as in individual cases illegal contents are left behind in comments (e.g. insulting contents, forbidden political propa-ganda, etc.) which require clarification, in particular the determination of the identity of the author. We will delete comments with the aforementioned content immediately. Should the further storage of your IP address and the time of creation of the respective comment be necessary for evidence purposes, these (personal) data are excluded from deletion until the final clarification of the respective incident. This (personal) data will not be passed on to third parties unless it is necessary to pursue our claims or there is a legal obligation to do so in accordance with Art. 6 (1) c GDPR.

9. Newsletter

We currently do not offer any newsletter services on our BODE Chemie and Sterillium websites. This concerns the following domains and subdomains:,,,, However, the following applies to our HARTMANN SCIENCE CENTER website and thus to the domains (or and (or With the following notes we inform you about the contents of our newsletter as well as the registration, dispatch and statistical evaluation procedure and your right of objection. By subscribing to our newsletter, you agree to receive it and to the procedures described.

Content of the newsletter: We send e-mails and other (electronic) notifications with advertising information (hereinafter "newsletter") only with your consent or on the basis of a legal permission. If the contents of the newsletter are specifically rewritten within the scope of a registration for the newsletter, they are decisive for the consent. Furthermore, our newsletters contain information about our products, offers, promotions and our company.

Newsletters are sent by us or by a service provider where required.

Logging double opt-in and changes: The registration to our newsletter is done in a so-called Double-Opt-In-Procedure. This means that you will receive an e-mail after registration asking you to confirm your registration. This confirmation is necessary so that nobody can register with foreign e-mail addresses. The newsletter registrations are logged in order to be able to prove the registration process according to the legal requirements. This includes the storage of the registration and confirmation time as well as the IP address. Changes to your (personal) data stored by the shipping service provider are also logged.

According to its own information, the delivery service provider may use your (personal) data in pseu-dononymous form, i.e. without allocation to a user, to optimise and improve its own services, e.g. for technical optimisation of the delivery and presentation of newsletters or for statistical purposes to determine from which countries the recipients come. However, the dispatch service provider does not use your (personal) data to write to you itself or to pass on your (personal) data to third parties.

Registration data: To subscribe to the newsletter, you only need to enter your e-mail address. Optionally we ask you - for personal contact - to enter your first and last name.

Performance measurement: The newsletters contain a so-called "web beacon". This is a pixel-sized file that is retrieved from the server of the mailing service provider when the newsletter is opened. Within the scope of this retrieval, technical information such as information on the browser and your system, as well as your IP address and the time of retrieval are initially collected. This information is used in particular for the technical improvement of the services and to determine your reading habits. Statistical surveys also include determining whether the newsletters are opened, when they are opened and which links are clicked. This information can be assigned to you for technical reasons.

The dispatch of the newsletter and the measurement of success are based on your consent in accordance with Art. 6 (1) a, Art. 7 GDPR in conjunction with § 7 (2) No. 3 of the German Act against Unfair Competition (UWG). The registration procedure is recorded on the basis of our legitimate interests in accordance with Art. 6 (1) f GDPR and serves as proof of your consent to receive the newsletter.

Withdrawal: You can withdraw the receipt of our newsletter at any time. You will find a link to withdraw the receipt of our newsletter at the end of each newsletter. Your (personal) data will be deleted in case of a withdrawal.

10. Integration of third-party services and content

On our BODE Chemie website and thus on the domains and as well as on the subdomains,, we currently do not integrate any third-party services and content. However, the following applies to our HARTMANN SCIENCE CENTER and Sterillium websites with the corresponding domains (or, (or and (or as well as Within our online offering, we use content or service offerings from third parties. This happens based on our legitimate interests (interest in the analysis, optimisation and economic operation of our online offering within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) f GDPR) or based on your consent according to Art. 6 (1) a GDPR. This means that we integrate third-party content and services, such as videos or fonts (hereinafter referred to uniformly as "content"). This requires the third party providers to be aware of your IP address, as without the IP address they would not be able to send the Content to your browser. The IP address is therefore required for the display of content. Third parties may also use so-called pixel tags (invisible graphics, also known as "web beacons") for statistical or marketing purposes. Pixel tags" can be used to evaluate information such as visitor traffic on the website. The pseudonymous information can also be stored in cookies on your device and may contain technical information about the browser and operating system, referring websites, visiting time and other details about the use of our online offer, as well as being linked to such information from other sources.

In the following presentation we have compiled an overview of third party providers together with their offered contents as well as links to their data protection declarations, which may contain further information on the processing of data as well as information on objection. Please note that we have listed further third-party providers in our cookie policy.

Provider: (Youtube) Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

Privacy policy:


We have integrated YouTube components within our online offers. YouTube allows the free posting of video clips and their free viewing, rating and commenting. By calling up one of the individual pages of our online offers on which YouTube content has been integrated, a connection to YouTube is established in order to download the necessary elements for displaying the corresponding video. In the process, YouTube or the operating company Google receives information about which sub-page within our online offers has been called up by the respective user. In addition, further information such as the IP address, the browser used, the operating system and technical device information, date and duration of the visit are forwarded. If the user is logged into YouTube on the same device at the same time as visiting our online services, YouTube recognises the user when a single page containing a YouTube video is called up. This takes place regardless of whether the data subject clicks on a YouTube video or not. This information can be collected by YouTube or Google and assigned to the profile of the respective user, unless the elements have been included in "Privacy Mode". We always use the "Privacy Mode" if this is possible.

Provider: Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043 United States of America

Privacy policy:


Within our online offers we use Google Universal Analytics. Google Universal Analytics' cookies are used to collect visitor sessions and behavioral data for analysis reports. This enables us to obtain information about the use of our offers on different devices ("cross device") and to improve the user-friendliness of our offers with the results obtained. For this purpose, pseudonymised user profiles are used, which do not receive any personal data such as names or e-mail addresses, and these are not transmitted to Google. Google uses this information to evaluate the use of our online offers, to create reports on the activities within our online offers and to provide us with further services associated with the use of our online offers. The processed data can be used to create pseudonymous user profiles of the users. We use Google Universal Analytics with activated IP anonymization (i. e. using the function anonymizeIP). This means that the IP address of the user is shortened by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. The IP address transmitted by the user's browser is not merged with other Google data. We would like to point out that the use of IP anonymisation does not result in any fundamental anonymisation, as further usage data is nevertheless collected (e. g. such as identification features that also allow a link to an existing Google account). The cookies have a validity of 14 months.

11. Deletion, anonymization and storage

The personal data processed by us will be deleted in accordance with Art. 17 GDPR. Unless expressly stated within the scope of this data protection declaration, the personal data stored by us will be deleted as soon as they are no longer required for their intended purpose and, in particular, there are no legal storage obligations to prevent deletion. If the personal data are not deleted because their processing is necessary for other and legally permissible purposes, the processing is restricted. This means that the personal data is blocked and not processed for other purposes.

Instead of deleting your personal data, we will, if necessary, make it anonymous in such a way that it is irreversibly impossible to retrieve it in the future.

In accordance with the legal requirements, storage takes place in particular for 6 years in accordance with § 257 (1) of the German Commerical Code (HGB) (commercial books, inventories, opening balance sheets, annual financial statements, commercial letters, accounting vouchers, etc.) and for 10 years in accordance with § 147 (1) of the German Tax Code (AO) (books, records, management reports, accounting vouchers, commercial and business letters, documents relevant for taxation, etc.).

12. Your rights

You have the right to withdraw your consent to the processing of your personal data in accordance with Art. 7 (3) GDPR at any time with effect for the future. Processing that has taken place before the revocation therefore remains lawful.

In accordance with Art. 15 GDPR, you can request information about your personal data processed by us.

In accordance with Art. 16 GDPR, you can demand the immediate correction of incorrect or incomplete personal data stored by us.

In accordance with Art. 17 GDPR, you can request the deletion of your personal data stored with us in accordance with the conditions stated there, unless legally prescribed retention periods prevent immediate deletion (cf. Art. 17 (3) GDPR) and/or another case of Art. 17 (3) GDPR exists and/or a new purpose justifies further processing.

In accordance with Art. 18 (1) GDPR, you can demand the restriction of data processing if one or more conditions in accordance with Art. 18 (1) GDPR lit. a to d apply.

In accordance with Art. 20 (1) GDPR, you can receive the personal data processed by us in a structured, common and machine-readable format and transfer this data to another responsible person without hindrance by us.

In addition, you can lodge an objection to the processing of your personal data in accordance with Art. 21 (1) GDPR. In the event of an objection, we will stop processing your personal data. However, the right of objection only applies if special circumstances arise from your personal situation. In addition, compelling reasons worthy of protection that speak in favour of processing may prevail. Furthermore, certain processing purposes may conflict with your right of objection.

Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you also have the right to appeal to the competent supervisory authority (cf. Art. 77 GDPR) if you believe that the processing of your data violates data protection regulations. In this context, however, we would ask you to address a possible complaint to us first. We will then attempt to remedy the situation as quickly and effectively as possible.