Effective Date: January 30, 2023
1. Privacy at a glance
Data collection on our website
Who is responsible for the data collection on this website (i.e., the “controller”)?
The data collected on this website are processed by Caterpillar Energy Solutions GmbH (referred to as the “controller” in the GDPR). The operator’s contact details can be found in the website’s imprint.
How do we collect your data?
Some data are collected when you provide it to us. This could, for example, be data you enter on a contact form.
Other data are collected automatically by our IT systems when you visit the website. These data are primarily technical data such as the browser and operating system you are using or when you accessed the page. These data are collected automatically as soon as you enter our website.
What do we use your data for?
How long is the data stored for and who has access to it?
Your personal data will be deleted following the expiry of the purpose of the processing, unless a longer storage period is required by law or if you prematurely object to the processing.
We guarantee to you that we shall fundamentally not forward your personal data to third parties, unless you are expressly informed of this, or we are obliged to do so by laws, regulations and provisions as well as official or judicial orders. If service providers are acting on our behalf to fulfill the aforementioned purposes, they shall be contractually obliged to observe the regulations in accordance with the EU GDPR. Provisions on the use of social media applications can be found further down in the text.
Security of your data
We wish to assure you that your data will be protected by standard technical and organisational security measures using state-of-the-art technology.
What rights do you have regarding your data?
You always have the right to request information about your stored data, its origin, its recipients, and the purpose of its collection at no charge. You also have the right to request that it be corrected, blocked, or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in the required legal notice if you have further questions about the issue of privacy and data protection.
You may also, of course, file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities.
2. General information and mandatory information
Please note that data transmitted via the internet (e.g. via email communication) may be subject to security breaches. Complete protection of your data from third-party access is not possible.
Notice concerning the party responsible for this website (referred to as the “controller” in the GDPR)
The party responsible for processing data on this website is:
Caterpillar Energy Solutions GmbH
Tel: +49 6 21/3 84 – 0
The responsible party is the natural or legal person who alone or jointly with others decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data (names, email addresses, etc.).
Revocation of your consent to the processing of your data
Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email to us making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.
Right to object to the collection of data in special cases; right to object to direct advertising
(Art. 21 GDPR)
In the event that data are processed on the basis of Art. 6 Sect. 1 Lit. e or f GDPR, you have the right to at any time object to the processing of your personal data based on grounds arising from your unique situation. This also applies to any profiling based on these provisions. To determine the legal basics, on which any processing of data is based, please consult this data protection declaration. If you log an objection, we will no longer process your affected personal data, unless we are in a position to present compelling protection worthy grounds for the processing of your data, that outweigh your interests, rights and freedoms or if the purpose of the processing is the claiming, exercising or defence of legal entitlements (objection pursuant to Art. 21 Sect. 1 GDPR).
If your personal data is being processed in order to engage in direct advertising, you have the right to at any time object to the processing of your affected personal data for the purposes of such advertising. This also applies to profiling to the extent that it is affiliated with such direct advertising. If you object, your personal data will subsequently no longer be used for direct advertising purposes (objection pursuant to Art. 21 Sect. 1 GDPR).
Right to log a complaint with the competent supervisory agency
In the event of violations of the GDPR, data subjects are entitled to log a complaint with a supervisory agency, in particular in the member state where they usually maintain their domicile, place of work or at the place where the alleged violation occurred. The right to log a complaint is in effect regardless of any other administrative or court proceedings available as legal recourses.
Right to data portability
You have the right to have data which we automatically process based on your consent or in fulfillment of a contract delivered to yourself or to a third party in a standard, machine-readable format. If you require the direct transfer of data to another responsible party, this will only be performed to the extent technically feasible.
SSL or TLs encryption
This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you send to the website. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser’s address line when it changes from “http://” to “https://” and the lock icon is displayed in your browser’s address bar.
If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transfer to the website be read by third parties.
Information about, rectification and eradication of data
Within the scope of the applicable statutory provisions, you have the right to at any time demand information about your archived personal data, their source and recipients as well as the purpose of the processing of your data. You may also have a right to have your data rectified or eradicated. You can contact us at any time using the address given in our imprint if you have further questions about the topic of personal data.
Right to demand processing restrictions
You have the right to demand the imposition of restrictions as far as the processing of your personal data is concerned. To do so, you may contact us at any time at the address provided in section “Information Required by Law.” The right to demand restriction of processing applies in the following cases:
- In the event that you should dispute the correctness of your data archived by us, we will usually need some time to verify this claim. During the time that this investigation is ongoing, you have the right to demand that we restrict the processing of your personal data.
- If the processing of your personal data was/is conducted in an unlawful manner, you have the option to demand the restriction of the processing of your data in lieu of demanding the eradication of this data.
- If we do not need your personal data any longer and you need it to exercise, defend or claim legal entitlements, you have the right to demand the restriction of the processing of your personal data instead of its eradication.
- If you have raised an objection pursuant to Art. 21 Sect. 1 GDPR, your rights and our rights will have to be weighed against each other. As long as it has not been determined whose interests prevail, you have the right to demand a restriction of the processing of your personal data.
If you have restricted the processing of your personal data, these data – with the exception of their archiving – may be processed only subject to your consent or to claim, exercise or defend legal entitlements or to protect the rights of other natural persons or legal entities or for important public interest reasons cited by the European Union or a member state of the EU.
Transfer of data to third parties, data transfer to non-EU countries
Basically, we only use your personal data within our company.
If and insofar as we engage third parties in the performance of contracts (such as logistics service providers), they shall only recveive personal data to the extent that the transmission is required for the corresponding performance. In the event that we outsource certain parts of the data processing (“order processing”), we shall contractually obligate processors to only use personal data in accordance with the requirements of the data protection legislation and to ensure the protection of the data subject’s rights.
As you explore our website, you may encounter linkages to other Caterpillar and non-Caterpillar websites. Please be advised that as you select links, you may encounter different features and experiences that may have different privacy notices and processes not associated with this website.
Our offer is solely intended for adults. People under the age of 18 should not send any personal data to us without the consent of the parents or the legal guardians.
Opposition to promotional emails
We hereby expressly prohibit the use of the contact data published as part of our duty to publish legal information for the purpose of sending us any advertising or informational materials not expressly requested. The website operator expressly reserves the right to take legal action if unsolicited advertising, such as email spam, is received.
3. Data protection officer
Statutory data protection officer
We have appointed a data protection officer for our company.
Caterpillar Energy Solutions GmbH
Data Privacy Officer
Tel: +49 6 21/3 84–0
You have a request for personal data (in accordance with the EU Data Protection Regulation)?
Then please fill out this form: Contact Privacy.
4. Data collection on our website
Server log files
The website provider automatically collects and stores information that your browser automatically transmits to us in “server log files”. These data are technically required for us to present our website to you and to ensure stability and security. These are:
- IP address of your computer
- Date and time of the request
- Time zone difference with Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
- Content of the request (specific webpage accessed)
- Referrer URL: Website from which the request comes
- Access status/ HTTP- Status code.
- data quantity respectively transferred
- Operating system used and its interface
- Browser type, including the language and version of the browser software.
This data will not be merged with other sources of data.
The basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract.
Should you send us questions via the contact form, we will collect the data entered on the form, including the contact details you provide, to answer your query and any follow-up questions. We do not forward this information without your permission.
We will, therefore, only process any data you enter in the contact form with your consent per Art. 6 (1)(a) GDPR. You may revoke your consent at any time. An informal email to us making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.
We will retain the data you provide on the contact form until you request its deletion, revoke your consent for its storage, or the purpose for its storage no longer pertains (e.g. after fulfilling your request). Any mandatory statutory provisions, especially those regarding mandatory data retention periods, remain unaffected by this provision.
If you would like to receive our newsletter, we require a valid email address as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the specified email address and that you agree to receive this newsletter. In addition, we need to know the language you want to receive the newsletter in. Further details as your name, company and country can be given on a voluntary basis. These data help us to make a better and more specific newsletter. We only use this data to send the requested information and do not pass it on to third parties.
We will, therefore, process any data you enter onto the contact form only with your consent per Art. 6 (1) (a) DSGVO. You can revoke consent to the storage of your data and email address as well as their use for sending the newsletter at any time, e.g. through the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.
The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data will be deleted. Data we have stored for other purposes remain unaffected.
This website uses Rapidmail to send newsletters. This service is provided by rapidmail GmbH, Augustinerplatz 2, 79098 Freiburg, Germany.
Rapidmail is a service which organizes and analyzes the distribution of newsletters. The data you provide to subscribe to our newsletter will be stored on Rapidmail servers in Germany.
If you do not want your usage of the newsletter to be analyzed by Rapidmail, you will have to unsubscribe from the newsletter. For this purpose, we provide a link in every newsletter we send. You can also unsubscribe from the newsletter directly on the website.
Data analysis by Rapidmail
For analysis purposes, emails sent with Rapidmail contain a tracking pixel which connects to Rapidmail servers when the email is opened. This allows us to determine if a newsletter message has been opened.
It also helps us determine which links have been clicked on. All links in the email are tracking links that allow us to count your clicks.
For more information about the analysis functions of Rapidmail, please refer to the following link: https://de.rapidmail.wiki/kategorien/statistiken/.
Data processing is based on Art. 6 (1) (a) DSGVO. You may revoke your consent at any time. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.
The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data will be deleted from our servers and those of Rapidmail. Data we have stored for other purposes remains unaffected.
Completion of an outsourced data processing contract
We have entered into a data processing agreement with Rapidmail, in which we require Rapidmail to protect the data of our customers and not to disclose said data to third parties. It can be downloaded here: https://de.rapidmail.wiki/files/adv/muster-auftragsdatenverarbeitung.pdf.
5. Links, social networks and plugins
In some places on our website you can access links to websites of other operators or social networks. If you visit these websites, the privacy policies of the respective website operator shall apply.
In order to “follow” us on social media, it is necessary for you to be identified by creating an account on the respective platform. Through creating such an account and your associated registration, your data will be collected directly by the respective website operator. In this case the privacy policies of the respective website operator shall apply.
YouTube with expanded data protection integration
Our website embeds videos of the website YouTube. The website operator is Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.
We use YouTube in the expanded data protection mode. According to YouTube, this mode ensures that YouTube does not store any information about visitors to this website before they watch the video.
Nevertheless, this does not necessarily mean that the sharing of data with YouTube partners can be ruled out as a result of the expanded data protection mode. For instance, regardless of whether you are watching a video, YouTube will always establish a connection with the Google DoubleClick network.
For this reason, we use an additional tool to prevent YouTube from establishing a connection to YouTube’s servers if you simply move on one of our pages without playing a film. Therefore, a connection to the YouTube servers is only established when you start a YouTube video on this website. As a result, the YouTube server will be notified, which of our pages you have visited. If you are logged into your YouTube account while you visit our site, you enable YouTube to directly allocate your browsing patterns to your personal profile. You have the option to prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.
Furthermore, after you have started to play a video, YouTube will be able to place various cookies on your device or comparable technologies for recognition (e.g. device fingerprinting). In this way YouTube will be able to obtain information about this website’s visitors. Among other things, this information will be used to generate video statistics with the aim of improving the user friendliness of the site and to prevent attempts to commit fraud.
Under certain circumstances, additional data processing transactions may be triggered after you have started to play a YouTube video, which are beyond our control.
The use of YouTube is based on our interest in presenting our online content in an appealing manner. Pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR, this is a legitimate interest. If a corresponding agreement has been requested, the processing takes place exclusively on the basis of Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR; the agreement can be revoked at any time.
This website also links the electronic publishing platform Issuu to present brochures in a visually appealing and technically simple manner. The operator of this website is Issuu, Inc., 131 Lytton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA.
We deliberately do not use the default plugin, as cookies from this provider would thus be immediately transmitted. Instead, we link only provide a static link to the brochure on Issuu.
We use Issuu in order to ensure the attractive presentation of our online offers. This represents a justified interest as defined by Article 6 (1) (f) of the GDPR.
6. Our social media appearances
Data processing through social networks
We maintain publicly available profiles in social networks. The individual social networks we use can be found below.
Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. can generally analyze your user behavior comprehensively if you visit their website or a website with integrated social media content (e.g. like buttons or banner ads). When you visit our social media pages, numerous data protection-relevant processing operations are triggered. In detail:
If you are logged in to your social media account and visit our social media page, the operator of the social media portal can assign this visit to your user account. Under certain circumstances, your personal data may also be recorded if you are not logged in or do not have an account with the respective social media portal. In this case, this data is collected, for example, via cookies stored on your device or by recording your IP address.
Using the data collected in this way, the operators of the social media portals can create user profiles in which their preferences and interests are stored. This way you can see interest-based advertising inside and outside of your social media presence. If you have an account with the social network, interest-based advertising can be displayed on any device you are logged in to or have logged in to.
Our social media appearances should ensure the widest possible presence on the Internet. This is a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. The analysis processes initiated by the social networks may be based on divergent legal bases to be specified by the operators of the social networks (e.g. consent within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR).
Responsibility and assertion of rights
If you visit one of our social media sites (e.g., Facebook), we, together with the operator of the social media platform, are responsible for the data processing operations triggered during this visit. You can in principle protect your rights (information, correction, deletion, limitation of processing, data portability and complaint) vis-à-vis us as well as vis-à-vis the operator of the respective social media portal (e.g. Facebook).
Please note that despite the shared responsibility with the social media portal operators, we do not have full influence on the data processing operations of the social media portals. Our options are determined by the company policy of the respective provider.
The data collected directly from us via the social media presence will be deleted from our systems as soon as the purpose for their storage lapses, you ask us to delete it, you revoke your consent to the storage or the purpose for the data storage lapses. Stored cookies remain on your device until you delete them. Mandatory statutory provisions – in particular, retention periods – remain unaffected.
Individual social networks
We have a profile on Facebook. The provider of this service is Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland. According to Facebook’s statement the collected data will also be transferred to the USA and to other third-party countries.
We have signed an agreement with Facebook on shared responsibility for the processing of data (Controller Addendum). This agreement determines which data processing operations we or Facebook are responsible for when you visit our Facebook Fanpage. This agreement can be viewed at the following link:
You can customize your advertising settings independently in your user account. Click on the following link and log in:
Data transmission to the US is based on the Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) of the European Commission. Details can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/legal/EU_data_transfer_addendum and https://de-de.facebook.com/help/566994660333381.
We have a LinkedIn profile. The provider is the LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Wilton Plaza, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland. LinkedIn uses advertising cookies.
If you want to disable LinkedIn advertising cookies, please use the following link:
7. Final notices
This webpage describes the use of personal data relating to this website and connected services. This information may change if we redesign features or add services.
Caterpillar Energy Solutions GmbH
Data Privacy Officer
T +49 6 21/3 84 – 0