Data protection

Protection of data privacy: Your right—our obligation

You can count on us to protect the privacy of your personal data. For Evonik Industries AG, protecting your privacy when we process your data is a matter of importance that is taken into consideration in all of our business processes. We’d therefore like to take this opportunity to explain to you the guidelines that we apply to the processing of personal data. The present declaration and any further information that may be pertinent to the collection, processing, and use of your personal data will always be provided at any location on this site where we ask you to supply such data.

Data that we collect

You can use almost the entirety of the Evonik Industries AG website without ever having to supply us with personal data. Only a few of the information and services located on our website require you to enter personal data in order to use them. Whenever you use the Evonik Industries AG website, the Evonik Industries AG Internet server (Web server) automatically records and evaluates technical access data. However, this data cannot be associated with a specific person; this means that the individual user remains anonymous.

Compilation of technical access data

This technical access data includes, for example, the name of your Internet service provider, the IP address, information about the Internet browser and the operating system that are in use, the domain name of the website that acts as a platform for a visit to our own website, the average duration of a visit to our website, and the pages that are called up from our website. This data is sent to our Web server whenever individual Internet pages are accessed by your Internet browser.


We also add cookies at some areas of our website. Cookies are small data elements that an Internet server can send to your computer, thereby allowing it to be identified during your visit to our website and making it easier for you to use our website. Cookies do not cause any damage on your computer and do not contain viruses. We do not use cookies to gather personal data. You can set your Internet browser to tell you when cookies are being accepted or refused. For more information on cookies, consult the help files in your Internet browser. Deactivating cookies may limit the functionality of this website. We use this technical access data to continually enhance the appeal, usability and contents of our website, and to detect any technical problems with the site.

Personal data

We collect, process, and utilize your personal data only if you provide us with it voluntarily. This can occur in connection with, for example, a query, an opinion survey, or a desire on your part to contact us. As a rule, this also occurs when an order is placed with us. We also require your personal data when you wish to make use of particular online services (insofar as such services may be offered) on the Evonik Industries AG website. Such services include, for example, newsletters or forums. Should you decide to use such a service, you will find extensive information and pointers about the type and scope of the data that is required in order to use the service in question.

Protecting the privacy of children who use the Internet

Evonik Industries AG does not knowingly gather or use in any way personal data pertaining to children. As a rule, we are not aware of the age of our website users. However, we have taken no specific steps to give special protection to such data. Protecting children who use the Internet is a matter of great importance to Evonik Industries AG. Therefore, Evonik Industries AG advises all parents and all persons acting in loco parentis to ensure that children are aware of how to deal responsibly and safely with personal data on the Internet. Children should not send any personal data to Evonik Industries AG without the express permission of parents or a person acting in loco parentis.

How we use your data

Evonik Industries AG collects, processes, and utilizes all personal data resulting from your visit to the Evonik Industries AG website strictly in accordance with the applicable legal regulations. We use this personal data only for the purposes specified in the present declaration (e.g. to process a query or in connection with the use of Internet services). In addition, we only gather, process or use personal data if we need to do so in order to protect the legitimate business interests of Evonik Industries AG. Evonik Industries AG will not provide third parties with any personal data that you may have sent without first obtaining your express permission. You can withdraw your consent to the use of your personal data at any time with future effect by sending an e-mail to the e-mail address provided in the Company Information section or to the data protection officer. We retain control over, and take responsibility for, the use of the personal data that you send to us. It is possible that some or all of this data is stored or processed in other countries (for example in the USA). These countries may have different data protection laws than those in your country of residence. In this case, we ensure that the company commissioned to process the data has taken appropriate steps to protect your personal data in accordance with the requirements applicable in your country of residence.

Information about, changes to, and deletion of your data

In accordance with the applicable legal regulations, you are entitled to inquire at any time, in writing, as to which of your personal data (if any) are currently being archived by us. We will then send you a corresponding communication. Please address your inquiry to our data protection officer. You may also arrange in this way to have your data altered or deleted.

Storage of your data

Wir speichern personenbezogene Daten so lange, wie es nötig ist, um eine Dienstleistung auszuführen, die Sie gewünscht oder zu der Sie Ihre Einwilligung erteilt haben, sofern keine anderslautenden gesetzlichen Verpflichtungen bestehen wie zum Beispiel handels- und steuerrechtliche Aufbewahrungsfristen oder Fristen bei laufenden Gerichtsverfahren.

Protecting your data

Any data provided by you to Evonik Industries AG are protected by suitable technical and organizational mechanisms against adventitious or intentional manipulation, loss or destruction, access by unauthorized persons, and unauthorized disclosure to third parties. To this end, our security measures are continually monitored and enhanced in accordance with technological advances and organizational resources.

Use of social plugins

Our website does not use any plugins for social networks. When incorporating the icons of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, XING, and LinkedIn, we only direct users to these networks by means of an external link. In some cases, the link connects to a share function of the network in question. This means that our website can be directly shared with other users via the page of the social network to which the sharing button is linked.


On this website, technology provided by etracker GmbH ( is used to gather and store data for marketing purposes and to enhance the website experience. These data can be used to compile a user profile under a pseudonym. Cookies may be used for this purpose. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally in the cache of the Internet browser being used by the person visiting the website. Cookies enable recognition of the Internet browser. Data gathered by means of etracker technology will not be used to personally identify website visitors without the explicitly granted permission of the person concerned, nor will it be combined with personal data pertaining to the bearer of the pseudonym. Consent to collection and storage of personal data can be revoked at any time with future effect.

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The Evonik Industries AG data protection officer

Should you have any questions regarding the processing of your personal data, please do not hesitate to contact our data protection officer. Along with his team, he will be more than happy to help you if you need any further information or have any complaints or suggestions.

Evonik Industries AG
Data Protection Officer
Dr. Eduard Wessel
Rellinghauser Straße 1—11
45128 Essen, Germany
+49 201 177-2151

Please note that this data protection declaration is subject to an ongoing updating process in order to meet current requirements.

© Evonik Industries AG; latest update: November 1, 2016