Privacy Policy

50Hertz Transmission GmbH is a legal person with limited liability according to German law. It exercises the association coordination of WindNODE. WindNODE and 50Hertz Transmission GmbH are glad about your visit on our website and your interest. We take protecting your private data seriously and want you to feel safe and at ease on our Internet sites. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the legal requirements stipulated under the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz) as well as this Privacy Policy.

1 – Who is in charge for data processing and who can I contact?

The contact point in charge is:

WindNODE Office
Project Leader: Markus Graebig (responsible according to the press law)
c/o 50Hertz Transmission GmbH
Heidestraße 2
10557 Berlin
T +49 30 5150 2805

You can reach our external privacy officer by:

Dipl.-Inform. Udo Wenzel
Agentia Wirtschaftsdienst
Budapester Str. 31
10787 Berlin
Telefon: +49 30 2196 4390
Telefax: +49 30 2196 4392


2 – To whom does this private policy apply?

This private policy applies to all visitors of this website.


3 – Which data do we use?

You can generally visit our webpages without telling us your identity, unless

  • You send us an E-Mail or a message using a contact form,
  • Or you give your consent to receiving information materials.

For that matter, we only process data which is required for replying to your request or for providing you with our information materials. It is stated in the respective fill-in forms which data is processed. The required data is marked as obligatory. If we ask you for further information in a field, it will be on the basis of voluntary disclosure. We employ this information for individualising our offers.


4 – For which purposes and based on which legal foundation do we employ your data?

We process your private data in accordance with the legal requirements stipulated under the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, BDSG). Please also consider our information about your right to object as stipulated in Article 21 GDPR (


a)    For fulfilling our contractual obligations (Article 6 paragraph 1b GDPR)

Processing private data is conducted to perform a contract as well as for taking steps necessary prior to entering into a contract at your request.

  • When making contact


b)    In the framework of balancing interests (Article 6 paragraph 1f GDPR)

We process your data encompassing the actual performance of the contract to the extent that is is necessary in order to protect legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party.

  • Asserting legal claims and defence in legal disputes
  • Ensuring IT security
  • Responding to your request
  • Web analysis

c)    Based on your consent (Article 6 paragraph 1f GDPR)

To the extent to which you have given us consent to process private data for specific purposes there are legitimate interests for the processing based on your consent. A given consent can be revoked at any moment. Please consider that the revocation only applies to the future. Processing which has been conducted prior to the revocation is not affected.

  • Dispatch of information material or press releases
  • Providing newsletters: for dispatching newsletters we employ the so-called double opt-in procedure. This means that we only send you an e-mail newsletter once you have explicitly confirmed your consent with receiving the newsletter. With each newsletter you have the opportunity to immediately cancel your subscription.


d)    Based on legal requirements (Article 6 paragraph 1c GDPR) or the public interest (Article 6 paragraph 1e GDPR)

Additionally we as a company are subject to a variety of legal obligations (e.g. Federal German Commercial Code, tax laws).

5 – Who receives my data?

Within 50Hertz Transmission GmbH your data is accessed by the respective points which need your data to fulfil our contractual and legal obligations or in the framework of balancing interests. Service providers and auxiliary persons employed by us may also receive data to these purposes if they adhere to confidentiality and our privacy policy.  A transfer to third parties takes only place in accordance with the framework of the regulations set by GDPR and BDSG. Responding to requests may require forwarding to other companies which are party to WindNODE, associated partners or subcontractors in the association. You can find a complete list here:


6 – Is data transferred to a third Country?

There is no data transfer to countries outside of the European Union i.e. the European Economic Area (so-called third countries).


7 – How long is my data recorded?

We process and record your personal data as long as it is necessary for fulfilling our contractual and legal obligations or required in the framework of balancing interests. If the data is no longer needed for fulfilling these purposes, it is regularly deleted, unless their – limited – processing is necessary to comply with storage periods prescribed by commercial and tax law, e.g. German Commercial Code and General Fiscal Law. The periods for storage i.e. record keeping stipulated in these legal texts are six to ten years.

If you exercise your right to object in the newsletter, your personal data will be completely deleted from our mailing list. 


8 – Which rights do I derive from the privacy policy?

You have the right of access to information in accordance with Article 15 GDPR, the right to rectification in Article 16 GDPR, the right to erasure in Article 17 GDPR, the right to restriction of processing in Article 18 GDPR, the right to object in Article 21 GDPR and the right to data portability in Article 20 GDPR. Moreover, there is a right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority (Article 77 GDPR in conjunction with paragraph 19 BDSG). A list with the supervisory authorities and their contact details can be found here:

A given consent to processing personal data can be revoked by you to us at any time. Please consider that the revocation only applies to the future. Processing which has been conducted prior to the revocation is not affected. Consider also our information about your right to object in accordance with Article 21 GDPR (

In order to exercise your rights please use the contacts stated above to our external data protection officer.


9 – Is there a duty to provide data?

In the framework of our business relationship or of ordering information materials, you must provide the respective personal data which are necessary for performing it (marked mandatory fields). Without this data we cannot respond to your request nor provide the information requested by you.


10 – Is there an automatic decision-making including profiling?

As a matter of principle, we do not employ automatic decision-making including profiling in accordance with Article 22 GDPR.


11 – Information about your right to object in accordance with Article 21 GDPR

a)    Individual right to object

You have the right to object to the processing of your private data for reasons which are founded in your personal situation. It is a precondition that the data processing is conducted based on public interest or a balancing of interest. This also applies to profiling. In case of an objection we will no longer process your private data, unless we can establish compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms. Or if your private data serves the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims.


b)    Objection to processing your data for direct marketing

In isolated cases we use your personal data for our direct marketing. You have the right to object to this at any time; this includes profiling if it is connected to direct marketing. In the case of an objection we do no longer process your private data for these purposes. The objection can be exercised without following any particular form and should, ideally, be transmitted to our external data protection officer whose contact details are stated above.


12 – Which data is processed during the retrieval of the website?

a) User-related data

We receive user-data when our Internet sites are retrieved. This includes indications such as e.g. used monitor resolution, browser edition, internet access, operating system, language, plugins installed, origin by country/region and to search engines. The data saved is only processed for statistic purposes and for optimising our websites. A transfer to third parties and a user-related analysis does not take place. Moreover, we save connection data to our websites (IP addresses) for a short period of a few days in order to guarantee IT security.


b) Application of Cookies

By retrieving single pages so-called session cookies are applied in order to facilitate navigation. These temporary cookies expire after the session ends and do not contain any private data i.e. the content of the cookies are not evaluated user-related. You can change the settings of your browser to allow cookies only in particular cases or not at all.

Cookies which are required to conduct the electronic communication process or to provide particular functions are saved on the basis of Article 6 paragraph 1f GDPR. In this case cookies are saved for the purpose of providing our services without technical errors and in an optimised manner. If you deactivate cookies, this may lead to restrictions in the functions of this website.

13 – How secure is my data?

50Hertz Transmission GmbH protects your data by technical and organisational measures from unauthorised access, loss and destruction. On principle, a transfer of personal data by 50Hertz Transmission GmbH does only take place in encrypted form.


14 – Which plugins and tools are employed on our website?

a) Social Plugins

Our Internet sites can contain so-called Social Plugins (“plugins”) from social networks,,,,,, and Their usage is based on Article 6 paragraph 1f GDPR. In order to increase the protection of your data during a visit on our website, plugins are integrated by means of so-called “two click” or “shariff” solutions into the site. . This integration ensures that retrieving a website which contains those plugins does not establish access to the servers of Facebook, Twitter, Xing, linkedin, pinterest, addthis, reddit and Google +. Only if you activate the plugins and, thus, consent with the data transfer, your browser establishes a direct connection to the servers of Facebook, Twitter, Xing, Linkedin, pinterest, addthis, reddit and Google +. The content of the respective plugin is directly transmitted to your browser and integrated into the page. The plugin then transfers data (including your IP address) to the operator of the social networks stated. We have no influence on the data volume which social networks gather using plugins. To the best of our knowledge Facebook, Twitter, Xing, linkedin, pinterest, addthis, reddit and Google+ receive information on the websites which you have retrieved before and during your visit. By retrieving plugins Facebook, Twitter, Xing, linkedin, pinterest, addthis, reddit and Google+ receive the information that your browser is retrieving the respective page on our website even if you do not have a profile with the respective social network or if you are not currently logged in. This information (including your IP address) are directly transferred from your browser to the operating servers of Facebook, Twitter, Xing, linkedin, pinterest, addthis, reddit and Google+ in the US and stored there. With Xing data is stored in Germany. The information is possibly published in the respective social networks and will be shown to your contacts.

For purpose and volume of the data collection and the further processing and usage of data by the social networks stated as well as your rights ensuing from this and adjustment options for protecting your privacy please consider the data privacy notes available on,, .

If you are a member to one of the social networks and wish to restrict the collection of data through our website as well as the merger of your user data with the personal data saved on the respective social networks, you should log off from these sites before visiting our website.


b) Use of Matomo

Data are collected and saved on this website by means of the web analysis service software Matomo (, a service by provider InnoCraft Ltd., 150 Willis St, 6011 Wellington, New Zealand (“Matomo”), based on our legitimate interest in the statistical analysis of user behaviour for optimisation and marketing purposes in application of art. 6 section 1 letter f of the GDPR. From these data, pseudonymised user profiles will be generated and analysed for the same purpose. Cookies may be used to this end. Cookies are small text files which are locally saved in the buffer store of the internet browser of the visitor to the site. The cookies make it possible to identify the internet browser. The data gathered with the Matomo technology (including their pseudonymised IP addresses) are processed on our server.

The information in the pseudonym user profile generated by the cookie is not used to personally identify the visitor to this website and is not merged with personal data about the user with this pseudonym.

If you do not agree to the storage and analysis of these data during your visit, you can refuse the storage and use in the following step with a single mouse click at any time. In this case, a so-called opt-out cookie is saved in your browser so that Matomo does not register any data from your session. Please note that the complete removal of your cookies will also delete this opt-out cookie and that you may need to reactivate it.


c) YouTube

Our website uses plugins by YouTube which is operated by google. Operator of these pages is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. If you visit one of our pages carrying YouTube-plugins a connection to the servers of YouTube will be generated. Thus, the YouTube server is told which 50Hertz page you have visited. If you are logged in with your YouTube-Account, you enable YouTube to directly attribute your surfing conduct to your personal profile. You can avoid this by logging out from your YouTube Account. More information on dealing with user data can be found in the privacy policy of YouTube:


d) Instagram

Our website may use functions of the service Instagram. These are provided by Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA. The application is based on Article 6 paragraph 1f GDPR. 

If you visit one of our sites with an Instagram-Plugin, a connection to the server of Instagram is established. Thus, the Instagram server is told which of our sites you have visited. If you are logged in your Instagram account, you allow Instagram to directly attribute your surf conduct with your personal profile. You can avoid this you logging out from your Instagram account. More information on this can be found in the privacy policy of Instagram:


15 – Links to the Websites of other providers

For providing more information our website can contain links to websites of other providers on which we have no influence regarding their compliance with privacy policy and IT security. Therefore, our privacy policy does not extend to these websites.

Effective 05-2019


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