IMS Gear looks forward to your visit to our website as well as your interest in our company and our products. We take the protection of your personal data very seriously and would you to feel comfortable when visiting our pages on the Internet.

Privacy Policy

IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA takes your legitimate concerns of data protection very seriously and observes the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), of the German Telemedia Act (TMG) and the provisions of any other data protection regulations, if applicable.

IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA handles the data transmitted by you carefully and diligently. If data of any type are collected, processed or used, this is always subject to legal regulations or based on your explicit consent.

Protection of data privacy is decisive for the future of web-based business models and for the development of a web-based economy. IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA underlines its commitment to the protection of privacy by means of this Privacy Policy. In the following, you learn how IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA handles personal data on this Website.

This Privacy Policy applies to this and all other websites that link to this Privacy Policy. If need be, other privacy policies apply to individual companies of IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA. Please carefully read the privacy policies of all websites you visit.

Controller pursuant to Article 4 (7) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR):

IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA registered in the trade register of the Local Court of Freiburg under HRB 714815,
Heinrich-Hertz-Straße 16
78166 Donaueschingen, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)771 8507 0
Fax: +49 (0)771 8507- 444

You can contact our data protection officer of IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA:

Thomas Fletschinger
Heinrich-Hertz-Straße 16
78166 Donaueschingen, Germany

Global data protection standards

We handle personal data based on global principles and standards with regard to a transparent use of personal data, observation and granting of rights to choose, access rules, rules on data integrity, data security, data disclosure and monitoring of the lawfulness of processing. IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA complies, in particular, with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


By using this website, you consent to the electronic storage and use of your data as described in the following. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will always be published on this website so that you are always aware which data IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA stores and how they are used.

If required by applicable data protection law, we will expressly ask for your consent to further processing of your personal data collected on this website or provided by you.

Collecting and processing personal data

IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA would like to better understand your wishes and interests and offer you optimum service. Therefore, IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA collects and uses personal data in the manner described below and in compliance with the applicable data protection law.

If you visit our website, we record your IP address and use cookies as well as other internet technologies (hereinafter referred to as “automated tools” and “integrated weblinks”). They are used to collect general information about visitors of our website and their interests. In the following, we explain which technologies are used and which type of information is collected.

Furthermore, we collect and process data you provide voluntarily, for example, to register for events, to subscribe to newsletters, to participate in online surveys, to join discussion groups or forums or to make purchases.

What data do we collect and why?

Based on the collected data, IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA wants to offer you a consistent personal service. IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA uses your data only as described in this policy. Any subsequent change in the purpose is subject to your explicit consent, unless the change is otherwise legitimized by applicable legal provisions.

We process your personal data for the following purposes:

  • to maintain our relationship with you, for example, using our databases, in which we summarize your data from different sources to get an overview of our relationship. In addition, we want to learn your preferences and improve and personalize our communication with you;
  • to process orders and deliver ordered services and products;
  • to prepare and execute contracts;
  • to keep record of business transactions;
  • to provide you with suitable and up-to-date information about research and our products and services;
  • to improve the quality of our products and services by adapting our offer to your specific needs;
  • to answer your requests and to offer you efficient support;
  • to manage the communication and relationship with you;
  • to track our activities (e.g. evaluation of relationship or sales, number of scheduled visits/meetings, treated topics, presented documents); 
  • to invite you to events sponsored by us or used by us (e.g. presentations, conferences);
  • to grant you access to our specified IT systems so that you can use certain services offered by IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA;
  • to manage our IT resources, including infrastructure management and business continuity;
  • to protect the economic interests of the company and to ensure compliance and reporting (e.g. compliance with our directives and local laws, taxes and deductions, compliance with internally fixed gratuity limits, management of alleged cases of misconduct or fraud, conducting audits and defense in legal disputes);
  • for archiving and logging;
  • to process job applications;
  • for invoicing and accounting, and
  • for other purposes prescribed by law and authorities.
  • In certain cases, we are obliged by law to transfer data to a requesting public body (institution or authority). The legal basis for processing is Article 6, paragraph 1 (c) of the GDPR and/or § 24 paragraph 2 no. 1 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).
  • In some cases, business partners need personal data of our customers. Normally, this is done when fulfilling the order (e.g. for complaints) and is explicitly defined by law. In this case, IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA is also responsible for protection of your data – together with the processor, if required. The respective business partner works according to our instructions, which IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA ensures through strict contractual regulations.
  • to fulfill legal obligations regarding collection, documentation and notification of competent authorities.

IP addresses

IP addresses are used to analyze impaired function, to administer the website and to collect demographic information. We also use IP addresses and other information you have provided to us on this website, if required, to learn which pages of our website are visited and which topics the users are interested in. We use this knowledge to offer you optimized information about our products and services. IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA generally collects such data in anonymized form and will not link them to a profile of a registered user without his consent.

IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA only collects data in connection with your visit of the website of IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA. We do not collect personal data during your visits to the websites of other companies and organizations which are not part of IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA.


a) We use cookies on our website(s). Cookies are small text files which are automatically created by your browser and which are stored on your terminal device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when you access our websites. Cookies do not harm your computer in any way, do not contain any viruses, trojans or other malicious software. The cookie is used to store information specifically resulting from the terminal device used. However, this does not signify that we learn directly about your identity. Cookies allow a more convenient use of our services by you.

b) In addition to that, for improving the ease of use we also use temporary cookies which will be stored on your terminal device for a specific period of time. If you access our website again to make use of our services, it will be automatically identified that you had already visited our websites and which entries and settings you made so you do not have to make them again.

c) On the other hand, we use cookies to statistically analyze the use of our website and to optimize our services for you. Such cookies enable us to identify automatically that you have already visited our website should you access it again in the future. Such cookies will be deleted automatically upon expiry of an individually defined period of time.

d) The cookies process data and are necessary to safeguard our legitimate interests and those of any third parties in accordance with Article 6, paragraph 1(1) (f) of the GDPR.

e) Most browsers accept cookies automatically. However, you can configure your browser so no cookies will be stored on your computer or a notice will be displayed before a new cookies is placed. However, if you disable cookies completely, you might not use all the functions of our Website.

E-mail addresses

When contacting us by e-mail or our contact form (under Job exchange), we will retain the data you provide to us (your e-mail address, possibly your name and your phone number) to respond to your requests. The data collected in this context will be erased by us as soon as there is no need to retain them anymore, or we will restrict the processing provided a legal retention period applies.

We will not forward your e-mail address to third parties. You may decide any time to not longer receive e-mails sent by IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA.

Contracting external service providers

We work with service providers who process certain data on our behalf. This is only done in compliance with the applicable data protection law. In particular, we concluded agreements with our service providers regarding data processing on our behalf; these agreements comply with the requirements of Article 28 of the GDPR.

Sharing data, transferring data to a third country

Your personal data will not be transferred to third parties other than for the following purposes: We only transfer your data to third parties if:

a) You have given your explicit consent in accordance with Article 6, paragraph 1 (1) (a) of the GDPR and/or § 26 paragraph 2 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz);

b) The transfer is necessary pursuant to Article 6, paragraph 1 (1) (f) of the GDPR for the assertion, exercise or defense of legal claims and there is no reason to believe that you have an overriding legitimate interest in the non-transfer of your data.

c) The transfer is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation pursuant to Article 6, paragraph 1 (1) (c) of the GDPR; and

d) The same is permitted by law and is necessary pursuant to Article 6, paragraph 1 (1) (b) of the GDPR and/or § 26 paragraph 1 of the German Federal Data Protection Act for concluding a contractual relationship with you or for pre-contractual measures at your instigation.

No transfer to a third country or an international organization is intended, and there will neither be any automatic decision-making, unless otherwise provided for hereinafter in this Privacy Policy.

If required, information of IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA is also shared with business partners, service providers ,third parties or subcontractors. This might be required to render a service or transaction you wish, such as handling purchase orders, to offer customer service or to inform you about products and Services.

Your personal data are not shared for marketing purposes, sold or made available to third parties in any other way without your previous consent.

IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA might be obliged to disclose your data and belonging information upon court or administrative order. We also reserve the right to use your data to assert or defend against legal claims.

In case of acquisition or merger with another company, a disclosure or transfer of personal data to potential or actual purchasers might be required. In such a case, IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA will strive for the highest possible protection of your data.

In accordance with applicable law, IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA reserves the right to store and disclose personal and other data to detect and combat illegal activities and attempted fraud or a violation of our conditions of use.

Analytics tools

The tracking measures listed in the following and used by us will be made on the basis of Article 6, paragraph 1 (1) (f) of the GDPR. Tracking measures are used to ensure a need-based design and the continuous improvement of our website. On the other hand, we use the tracking measures to statistically analyze the use of our website and to optimize our services for you. These interests shall be regarded as legitimate within the meaning of the aforementioned provision. The respective data processing purposes and data categories shall be taken from the tracking tools which are specified in the following.

Privacy Policy for the use of Google Analytics

a) Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”; these are text files which are stored on your computer to allow an analysis of your use of the website. Any information about your usage of this website generated by the cookies will generally be transferred to a Google server in the US and will be stored there. However, should you access this website from a member state of the European Union or from another country that is party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, and in case IP anonymization is activated on this website, Google will truncate your IP address before transmission. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the US and be truncated there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information for the purpose of analyzing your use of the website, compiling reports on the website activities and providing the website operator with other services relating to website and internet usage.

b) You can prevent the cookies from being stored by selecting the applicable settings. Please note, however, that in this case you may not be able to use all functions of this website to their full extent. Moreover, you can prevent the transmission of data generated by the cookies and relating to your use of our websites (including your IP address) to and the processing of the same by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available on the following link:

c) This website uses Google Analytics with the suffix “_anonymizeIp()”. Thus, IP addresses are truncated before being processed; it is then no longer possible to link them to a certain person. If the data collected allow for a direct reference to a person, this is immediately made impossible, and the personal data are immediately deleted.

d) We use Google Analytics to analyze the use of our website and to regularly improve it. With the statistics obtained, we can improve our offer and make it more interesting for you as a user. In exceptional cases in which data are transferred to the USA, Google is subject to the EU-US Privacy Shield The legal basis for the use of Google Analytics is Article 6, paragraph 1 (1) (f) of the GDPR.

e) Information of third-party provider: Google Dublin, Google Ireland Ltd., Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, Fax: +353 (1) 436 1001. Terms and conditions of use:, Data protection overview: and privacy policy:

Privacy Policy for the use of YouTube plug-ins

Our website uses plug-ins from the YouTube site operated by Google. Operator of this site: Google Dublin, Google Ireland Ltd., Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, Fax: +353 (1) 436 1001.

When accessing one of our pages that contain a YouTube plug-in, a connection to the servers of YouTube is established. This communicates to the YouTube server which of our pages you have visited. Once you have logged into your YouTube account, you enable YouTube to assign your surfing behavior directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

We use YouTube to present our online offers in a visually appealing manner. This constitutes a legitimate interest in accordance with Article 6, paragraph 1 (f) of the GDPR.

If you do not want to participate in the tracking process, you may generally disable automatic cookies in your browser settings. You can also block only specific cookies for conversion tracking by modifying your browser settings accordingly so that cookies of the “” domain are not allowed.

For more information on the handling of user data, please refer to the YouTube privacy Policy.

Address and link to the data protection statement of YouTube:

Google/YouTube: Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland Privacy Policy:, Opt-Out:, Privacy Shield:

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to third-party websites. IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA is not responsible for data protection provisions, the contents of websites or the contents of third-party websites which do not belong to IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA or affiliated companies.

Data storage

IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA only stores personal data as long as required for the purpose for which they were collected or required by law.

Data protection in the application procedure

(1) We process applicant data only for the purpose and in connection with the application procedure in line with legal requirements. Applicant data are processed to fulfill our (pre)contractual obligations in the context of the application procedure in the sense of Article 6, paragraph 1 (b) of the GDPR if data processing becomes necessary for us, e.g. in the context of legal proceedings (in Germany, § 26 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) applies in addition).

(2) To start the application procedure, applicants must provide us with their data. Required applicant data are personal data, post and other contact addresses and the documents required for the application, such as cover letter, curriculum vitae and certificates/diplomas. In addition, applicants may voluntarily provide us with additional Information.

(3) By sending their application to IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA, the applicants agree to the processing of their data for the purpose of the application procedure in the way and extent described in this Privacy Policy.

(4) Insofar as special categories of personal data in the sense of Article 9 (1) of the GDPR are voluntarily provided during the application procedure, their processing is additionally carried out pursuant to Article 9 (2) (b) of the GDPR (e.g. health data, such as severe disability, or ethnic origin). Insofar as special categories of personal data in the sense of Article 9 (1) of the GDPR are requested from applicants during the application procedure, their processing is additionally carried out pursuant to Article 9 (2) (a) of the GDPR (e.g. health data) if this information is required to fulfill the job requirements.

(5) Applicants can send us their applications by post, by e-mail or upload them to our Job exchange. Please note that e-mails are generally sent unencrypted, and the applicants themselves must ensure that they are encrypted. Therefore, we cannot assume any liability for the application during transmission from the moment it is sent until it is received on our server. If the applicant is concerned about data security when application documents are sent by e-mail, we recommend sending the application documents by post.

(6) The data provided by applicants may be further processed by us for the purposes of the employment in case the application is successful. Otherwise, if an application for a job is not successful, the applicant’s data will be deleted. The applicant’s data are also deleted if an application is withdrawn, which the applicants are entitled to do at any time.

(7) Data will be deleted after the end of the application procedure, which lasts six months, subject to a justified revocation by the applicants, so that we can answer any follow-up questions regarding the application and meet our obligations to provide evidence under the German Equal Treatment Act (AGG).

In case you have consented to further storage of your personal data, we add your data to our candidate pool. In this case, data will be deleted after two years.

Should your application for a job be successful, data from the application procedure system will be transferred to our human resources system and deleted 10 years after the employment Ends.

When registering at the Job exchange of IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA, the following details provided by you will be collected and stored: Name, first name, e-mail address, category, professional field and country for which or in which you are looking for a job. In addition, your consent to the storage of the data if you have agreed to this in the form for the job search. 

We will use the data only to contact you if we have a vacancy that meets your expectations or if we would like to offer you an adequate position. Such data will not be used for any other purposes. You can deregister from the Job exchange at any time. In order to do so, please send an email to

As soon as you have deregistered as explained above, your data will be deleted unless statutory retention period applies or any storing is required in order to assert or ward off any claims. If you are then still interested, we would like to ask you to register again using the contact form. Invoices for any reimbursement of travel expenses shall be archived according to tax regulations.

Rights of data subjects

You have the right,

a) pursuant to Article 15 of the GDPR, to request information about personal data processed by us. In particular, you can request information about the purposes of the processing, the category of personal data, the categories of recipients your personal data was or is disclosed to, the estimated storage period, the existence of a right to rectification, erasure, restriction of processing or to object, the existence of a right to lodge a complaint, about the origin of your data to the extent they have not been collected by us, and about the existence of any automatic decision-making and meaningful information on their details, if any;

b) pursuant to Article 16 of the GDPR, to have incorrect personal data stored by us rectified or incomplete personal data stored by us completed without undue delay;

c) pursuant to Article 17 of the GDPR, to have the personal data stored by us be erased when the processing is not required to exercise the right to freedom of expression and information, to comply with a legal obligation for reasons of public interest or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims;

d) pursuant to Article 18 of the GDPR, to have processing of your personal data restricted when you contest the accuracy of the data, the processing is unlawful, but you oppose their erasure and we do not need the data anymore, but you need them for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims or you have objected the processing pursuant to Article 21 of the GDPR;

e) pursuant to Article 20 of the GDPR, to receive your personal data which you have provided to us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and to have those data transmitted to another controller;

f) pursuant to Article 7 (3) of the GDPR, to withdraw the consent you have once given at any time. This would mean that we are no longer allowed to carry out the data processing which is based on such consent.

g) pursuant to Article 77 of the GDPR, to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. Usually, you can contact the supervisory authority of your habitual residence, place of work or the headquarters of our company for this purpose.

The competent supervisory authority for data protection of IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA is:

Baden-Württemberg Aufsichtsbehörde Der Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Baden-Württemberg
Postfach 10 29 32, 70025 Stuttgart
Urbanstr. 32, 70182 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 711 615541 - 0
Fax: +49 711 615541 - 15

To exercise the afore-mentioned rights and if you have any question regarding privacy, please contact the controller or send an e-mail to

Right to object

If your personal data are processed on the basis of legitimate interests pursuant to Article 6, paragraph 1 (1) (f) of the GDPR, you have the right pursuant to Article 21 of the GDPR to object to the processing of your personal data when there are reasons for this arising out of your particular situation or when the objection concerns direct marketing. In the latter case, you have a general right to object, which is fulfilled by us without a particular situation having to be stated. If you want to exercise your right to withdraw or your right to object, please just send an email to

Data security

a) When you visit our website, we use the common SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) method in conjunction with the highest level of encryption supported by your browser. Usually, this is a 256-bit encryption. If your browser does not support 256-bit encryption, we use 128-bit v3 technology instead. Whether a single page of our website is transmitted in encrypted form is indicated by the closed display of the key or the lock symbol in the lower status bar of your browser.

b) Besides, we employ suitable technical and organizational safety measures to protect your data against any accidental or deliberate manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or unauthorized access by third parties. Our safety measures are continuously improved in line with the technological evolution.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy will be updated, if needed, to meet current requirements, e.g. a change to the relevant data protection regulations.

Issued: 2/1/2020