Data Protection Declaration

1. Introduction

The following information is designed to provide you, as a “data subject”, an overview of how we process your personal data, as well as your rights under data privacy laws. In general, it is possible to use our website without providing any personal data. If you would like to use special services of our association through our website, however, it may be necessary to process personal data. If it is necessary to process personal data, and if there is no statutory basis for such processing, then we will generally obtain your consent to do so.

Your personal data, such as your name, your address or e-mail address, are always processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and in accordance with the specific national data privacy provisions applicable for the Single Pair Ethernet System Alliance e.V. The purpose of this Data Privacy Declaration is to inform you of the scope of personal data that we collect, use, and process, as well as the purpose of processing.

As the controller responsible for processing, we have taken a large number of technical and organizational measures to ensure seamless protection for your personal information processed via this website whenever possible. However, web-based data transmission may still have gaps in security, and there is no way to guarantee absolute protection. Because of this, you are free to transmit your personal data to us through alternative methods, for instance by phone or mail.

2. Controller

The controller in the sense of the GDPR is:

Single Pair Ethernet System Alliance e.V.
De-Saint-Exupéry-Strasse 10
60549 Frankfurt am Main
+49 (0)6950 60 28 100
District court: VR 16764

Executive board:

  • Simon Seereiner
  • Tim Kindermann
  • Thomas Keller

3. Contact / Data Protection Officer

If you have any questions regarding data protection or regarding your rights as a data subject, please contact the association’s board members. Contact information is provided in clause 2.

4. Technology

4.1 SSL/TLS encryption

This page uses SSL and TLS encryption in order to ensure the security of data processing and to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as order data, login data, or contact inquiries which you sent to us as an operator. You can recognise an encrypted connection because the address line of the browser will change from “http://” to“https://” and because you will see a lock symbol in your browser line.

We use this technology to protect the data you transmit to us.

4.2 Data recording when visiting our website

If you use our website only for informational purposes, if you do not register or transmit information to us in any other manner, we will only collect the data which your browser transmits to our server (in so-called “server log files”).

Each time you or an automated system accesses a page, our website collects a variety of general data and information. This general data and information is stored in the server log files. The following may be collected:

  • browser type and version,
  • the operating system used by the accessing system,
  • the website from which an accessing system reached our website (called the referrer),
  • the sub-pages which are directed to our website via an accessing system,
  • the date and time of access to the website,
  • a truncated internet protocol address (anonymised IP address),
  • the internet service provider of the accessing system.

We do not draw any conclusions about you personally when using this general data and information. Instead, this information is required to:

  • deliver the content of our website correctly,
  • optimise the content of this website and advertisements for it,
  • ensure the ongoing functionality of our IT systems and the technology used in our website, and
  • to provide necessary information to prosecution authorities to prosecute a crime, in case of a cyber attack.

Therefore, we analyse this collected data and information both statistically and with the goal of improving data protection and data security within our company, to ultimately ensure an optimal level of protection for the personal data we process. The anonymous data in server log files is stored separately from all personal data provided by a data subject.

The legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. f GDPR. Our legitimate interest follows from the data collection purposes listed above.

5. Cookies

5.1 General information on cookies

We use cookies on our website. These are small files that your browser automatically creates and that are stored on your IT system (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when you visit our page.

Information associated with the specific device used is stored in the cookie. However, this does not mean that we receive direct information on your identity from this data.
We use cookies firstly to make our website more convenient to use. We use so-called session cookies to detect that you have already visited individual pages of our website.
These are deleted automatically after you leave our page.

In addition, we also use temporary cookies to optimise the user-friendliness of our website; these are stored on your device for a fixed length of time. If you visit our website once again to take advantage of our services, the page automatically detects that you have been there before, and what entries and settings you made, so that you do not have to make these again.

In addition, we use cookies to record statistics on the use of our website and to optimise our site for you. These cookies allow us to detect automatically when you visit our website that you have been here before. These cookies are deleted automatically after the respective defined time period.

5.2 Legal basis for the use of cookies

The data processed by cookies which is needed for the proper function of the website is therefore necessary to safeguard our legitimate interests or those of third parties in accordance with Art. 6 (1) clause 1 lit. f GDPR.

You provide your consent for all other cookies through our opt-in cookie banner in the sense of Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR.

6. Contents of our website

6.1 Contact / contact form

If you contact us, personal data is collected in the process. This data is stored and used exclusively for the purpose of answering your inquiry or contacting you, and for associated technical administration. The legal basis for processing this data is our legitimate interest in answering your inquiry in accordance with Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. If you contact us for the purpose of concluding a contract, then Art. 6 (1) lit. b GDPR also serves as the legal basis for processing. Your data is deleted after we have completed processing your inquiry. This is the case if circumstances indicate that the matter at hand has been fully clarified, and as long as there are no statutory retention periods to the contrary.

7. Web analysis

7.1 Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service of Google LLC. To do so, Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, text files which are stored on your computer. We use Google Analytics to analyse and regularly improve the use of our website. We can use the statistics we obtain to improve our site and make it more appealing to you as a user.

The following data is processed when you use this site:

  • IP address
  • Date and time of access
  • Usage data
  • Click on path
  • App updates
  • Browser information
  • Device information
  • JavaScript support
  • Pages visited
  • Referrer URL
  • Downloads
  • Flash version
  • Location information
  • Purchasing activity
  • Widget interactions

The legal basis for processing is Art. 6 (1) lit. a) GDPR (consent). You can manage your consents via the cookie banner on the GMH group page. You are free to agree to processing or revoke your consent based on this banner.

The processing company is “Google Ireland Limited, Google Building Gordon House, 4 Barrow St, Dublin, D04 E5W5, Ireland”. Data is processed in the European Union.

The data recipients are:

  • Alphabet Inc.,
  • Google LLC,
  • Google Ireland Limited.

The processed data is subject to a certain retention period. The retention period is the time for which the collected data is stored for processing. The data must be deleted once it is no longer necessary to achieve the purpose of processing indicated. The retention period depends on the type of stored data.

Some services forward the collected data to a third country. This may be the case for various purposes, such as for storage or processing.

Click here to read the data processor’s Data Privacy Provisions

Click here to revoke your consent to all domains of the processing company

Click here to read the cookie guidelines of the data processor

8. Advertisement

8.1 Google Ads (previously AdWords)

Our website uses the functions of Google Ads. Through this service, we advertise for this website in Google search results, as well as on third party websites. The provider is Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland (“Google”). For this purpose, Google saves a cookie on the browser of your device, which makes it possible to display interest-based advertising to you automatically based on the pages you visit, using a pseudonymous cookie ID.

This processing is carried out only if you grant your express consent to it in accordance with Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR.

Any further data processing is carried out only if you have provided your consent to Google that your web and app browser history can be linked by Google to your Google account, and that information from your Google account can be used to personalise ads you view online. If you are logged in to Google when you visit our website in this case, then Google will use your data alongside Google Analytics data to create and define lists of target audiences for cross-device remarketing. Google will temporarily link your personal data to Google Analytics data for this purpose, in order to form target audiences.

You can permanently deactivate saving cookies for advertising purposes by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link:

Alternatively, you can read more about saving cookies and change your cookie settings at the Digital Advertising Alliance, at Finally, you can change your browser settings so that you are informed when cookies are saved and can decide individually whether to accept them, or to exclude storage of cookies in general. If you do not accept cookies, the functionality of our website may be restricted.

Further information and data protection provisions for Google and advertising are available here?

8.2 Google Ads with Conversion-Tracking

We have integrated Google Ads on this website. Google Ads is a web advertising service which makes it possible for website operators to place ads in Google search engine results as well as in the Google advertising network. Google Ads makes it possible for website operators to define previously specified keywords in order to display an ad in Google search engine results when the user accesses a search result that is relevant to the keyword using the search engine. The ads are distributed to websites relevant to the topic within the Google advertising network, via an automatic algorithm and based on the previously defined keywords.

Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland is the company responsible for operating the service Google Ads.

The purpose of Google Ads is to advertise for our website by showing advertisements relevant to the user’s interests on the websites of third-party companies, and in the search engine results for the Google search engine, as well as to display third-party advertisements on our website.

If you access our website through a Google ad, then Google will store a so-called conversion cookie on your IT system. A conversion cookie ceases to be valid after thirty days, and is not used to identify you. If the cookie has not yet expired, the conversion cookie can track whether you access certain sub-pages, such as the shopping basket of an online shop system, on our website. Both we and Google are able to use the conversion cookie to track whether a any revenue is generated through a user who reached our page through an AdWords advertisement – i.e., whether the user made a purchase or cancelled it.

The data and information collected through using the conversion cookie is used by Google to prepare visitor statistics for our website. We, in turn, use these visitor statistics to determine the total number of users who accessed our page through Google Ads advertisements, i.e., the success or lack of success of the individual Google Ads advertisement, and to optimise our Google Ads in the future. Neither our association nor other advertising customers of Google Ads receive information from Google that could be used to identify you.

The conversion cookie is used to store personal data, such as the websites you visited. Each time you visit our website, accordingly, personal data, including the IP address of the internet connection you use, is transmitted to Google in the USA. Google stores this personal data in the United States. Google transmits this personal data, collected through the technical process, to third parties in some cases.

You can permanently object to cookies being saved by our website at any time by changing the settings in the web browser you are using accordingly. If you do change the settings in the web browser you are using, this will also prevent Google from saving a conversion cookie on your IT system. In addition, a cookie which Google Ads has previously saved can be deleted at any time via your web browser or using other software programs.

Furthermore, you can also object to interest-based advertising by Google. To do so, use your browser to access the link and change the desired settings there.

This processing is carried out only if you grant your express consent to it in accordance with Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR.

Further information and applicable data privacy provisions of Google are available at

9. Sending Newsletter

On our website, you are given the option to subscribe to our company’s newsletter. The personal data transmitted to us during the subscription to the newsletter can be determined from the data entry screen used for this purpose. We use our newsletter to inform our customers and business partners at regular intervals about the products we offer.

Generally speaking, you can only receive our company’s newsletter if:

  1. You have a valid email address
  2. You have also subscribed to the newsletter

For legal reasons, we use the double opt-in process for subscriptions to our newsletter. This means that we will send a confirmation email to the email address you entered initially in order to receive the newsletter. This confirmation email is used to verify whether you, the owner of the email address, have authorized receipt of the newsletter.

If you subscribe to the newsletter, we shall also store the IP address assigned to your system by your Internet service provider (ISP), as well as the date and time of your registration. The collection of this data is required in order to trace any (potential) misuse of your email address at a later point in time, and is therefore necessary for our legal protection. Any personal data collected as part of a registration process shall be used exclusively for the purpose of delivering the newsletter.

In addition to this, subscribers to the newsletter may be sent information via email if this is necessary for the operation of the newsletter service or if registration is required, as may be the case in the event of changes to the newsletter or a change to the technical circumstances. The personal data collected as part of the newsletter service is not disclosed to third parties. You can cancel your subscription to our newsletter at any time. Your consent to the storage of your personal data, which you provided to us so that we can send you the newsletter, can be revoked at any time. Every newsletter contains a link enabling you to cancel the newsletter subscription. Furthermore, you also have the option of canceling the newsletter subscription directly via our website or informing us of your cancellation in another way.

The legal basis for data processing for the purpose of sending out newsletters is Art. 6, Para. 1(a) of the GDPR.

10. Plugins and other services

10.1 Google Tag Manager

The Google Tag Manager is a tag management system (TMS) that can be used to manage tags, including tracking codes and associated code fragments, on our website. The Google Tag Manager makes it possible to integrate Google services into a website.

When Google Tag Manager is used, a connection is made to Google’s servers. This causes the IP address of the browser on the device which the visitor is using to access the page to be stored by Google. It is possible that data may be transmitted to Google in the USA in this context, and that US security authorities may gain access to the data in some circumstances. However, no cookies are saved in conjunction with the use of the Google Tag Manager.

Further information on the Google Tag Manager and on data processing by Google is available here:

Our legal basis for using the Google Tag Manager is our legitimate interest in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest is in managing the tracking codes on our website, which we use to analyse use of the website and to improve and personalise our services.
Location of processing: United States of America

Storage term: the data is deleted once it is no longer needed for the purposes of processing.

Data recipient:

  • Alphabet Inc.
  • Google LLC
  • Google Ireland Limited

10.2 YouTube (Videos)

We have integrated components of YouTube on this website. YouTube is an online video portal which allows video publishers to upload video clips free of charge, and allows other viewers to view, comment on, and rate these clips free of charge. YouTube allows for the publication of all kinds of videos, and complete films and television shows, music videos, trailers, or videos produced by users themselves are available through the web portal.

The company responsible for operating YouTube is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. YouTube, LLC is a subsidiary company of Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Each time you access a page on this website which is operated by us and on which a YouTube component (YouTube video) is integrated, the YouTube component automatically directs your IT system to download a representation of the relevant YouTube components from YouTube. Further information on YouTube is available at During this technical process, YouTube and Google receive information on which specific pages of our website you visit.

If the data subject is logged in at YouTube at the same time, then when you access a sub-page containing a YouTube video, YouTube receives information on which specific sub-page of our website you visit. This information is collected by YouTube and Google and associated with your YouTube account.

YouTube and Google are, then, always informed via the YouTube component that you visited our website when you are logged in to YouTube at the same time as you visit our website; this occurs regardless of whether you click a YouTube video or not. If you do not want this information to be transmitted to YouTube and Google, you can prevent the transmission by logging out of your YouTube account before you access our website.

This processing is carried out only if you grant your express consent to it in accordance with Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR. YouTube’s published data privacy policy, available at, provides information on the collection, processing, and use of personal data by YouTube and Google.

11. Your rights as a data subject

11.1 Right to confirmation

You have the right to request a confirmation from us as to whether we process your personal information.

11.2 Right of access, Article 15 of the GDPR

You have the right to request a confirmation from us as to whether we process your personal information.You have the right to receive information from us free of charge at any time regarding the personal data we have saved on you, as well as to receive a copy of this data in accordance with the law.

11.3 Right to rectification, Article 16 of the GDPR

You have the right to request that any incorrect personal data on you be corrected. Furthermore, you have the right to request the completion of any incomplete personal data, in consideration of the purposes of processing.

11.4 Deletion according to Art. 17 GDPR

You have the right to request that we delete your personal data promptly if one of the reasons indicated under the law applies, and if the processing or storage is not necessary.

11.5 Right to restriction of processing, Article 18 of the GDPR

You have the right to request that our processing be restricted if one of the requirements under the law is fulfilled.

11.6 Data portability according to Art. 20 GDPR

You have the right to receive your personal data that you have provided to us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. You also have the right to transmit this data to another controller without being prevented from doing so by us, if the processing is carried out based on your consent under Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR or Art. 9 (2) lit. a GDPR, or based on a contract according to Art. 6 (1) lit. b GDPR, and if the processing is carried out via automated processes, as long as the processing is not necessary to carry out a task.

Furthermore, when exercising your right to data portability according to Art. 20 (1) GDPR, you have the right to have the personal data transferred directly by one controller to another controller, if this is technically feasible and as long as this does not interfere with the rights and freedoms of other individuals.

11.7 Objection according to Art. 21 GDPR

You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data for reasons governed by Article 6 (1) lit. e (data processing in the public interest) or f (data processing based on a balancing of interests) GDPR at any time for reasons related to your individual situation.

This also applies to any profiling based on these provisions in the sense of Art. 4 (4) GDPR.

If you do object, we will no longer process your personal data, unless we can verify that we have mandatory legitimate grounds for the processing that outweigh your interests, rights, and freedoms, or if data is processed to assert, exercise, or defend against legal claims.

We process personal data for the purposes of direct advertising in individual cases. You can object to the processing of personal data for the purpose of such advertisements at any time. This also applies to profiling, insofar as it is associated with direct advertisement. If you do object to processing for the purposes of direct advertisement, we will no longer process the personal data for these purposes.

In addition, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data which we carry out for scientific or historical research purposes or for statistical purposes according to Art. 89 (1) GDPR for reasons related to your individual situation, unless such processing is necessary to fulfil a task which is in the public interest.

You are free to exercise your right to object via an automated process in which technical specifications are used in conjunction with the use of information society services, regardless of directive 2002/58/EC.

11.8 Revocation of consent under data privacy law

You have the right to revoke any consent you have provided to process personal data at any time, with future effect.

11.9 Complaints with a supervisory authority

You have the right to submit complaints regarding our processing of personal data to a supervisory authority responsible for data protection.

12. Routine storage, deletion, and blockage of personal data

We process and store your personal data only for as long as necessary to achieve the purpose of storage, of if such storage is provided for by the laws to which our association is subject.

If the purpose for which the data was stored is no longer applicable, or if a specified storage term expires, personal data is routinely blocked or deleted in accordance with the law.

This data privacy declaration is currently valid, and was last updated in November 2021.

This data privacy declaration was created with the help of the data protection software audatis MANAGER.