Data Protection Declaration

A. Data Controller

We are pleased that you are visiting a website of Volkswagen AG, Berliner Ring 2, 38440 Wolfsburg, Germany, vw@volkswagen.de, registered in the Commercial Register of the Municipal Court Braunschweig (Braunschweig District Court) under No. HRB 100484 (Commercial Register, Section B) ("Volkswagen AG"). The following paragraphs provide information on the processing of your personal data by Volkswagen AG in connection with your visit to the website.

B. Processing of your personal data

Processing of protocol data

When you visit our website, we process the following log files from you, which do not allow any inference to your person:

  • An anonymous cookie ID which does not make it possible to infer your IP address,
  • The operating system you are using, the web browser you are using and the screen resolution settings which you are using,
  • The date and time of day of your visit,
  • The web sites which you have visited of us and
  • The web site from which you are visiting our web site.

The legal basis for processing this personal data is our legitimate interest of being able to provide the website properly (Article 6 paragraph 1 letter f GDPR). This personal data is only being processed as long as you access our website.

We use the data processor nexxar (nexxar GmbH, Vienna) to host this website.

C. Use of Cookies and Tracking Tools

This website uses the software of the web analysis provider Matomo to evaluate user access to the Volkswagen Annual Report. With every page view your IP address is forwarded to a server with the Matomo web analysis software. The server is operated by the IT service provider nexxar GmbH, Vienna, on behalf of Volkswagen AG. On the server with the web analysis software your IP address is anonymized immediately after transmission. For this purpose your IP address is shortened by the last 16 bits or 2 octets when using the Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) or by 80 bits or 10 octets when using the Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6). A personal identification of the anonymized IP address is therefore impossible. The web analysis software then processes the anonymized IP address for statistical evaluation of the access. The anonymization of your IP address for the purpose of statistical evaluation of the accesses is based on the legal basis of our legitimate interest (Article 6, paragraph 1, letter f GDPR).

The legitimate interest of Volkswagen AG consists in evaluating the media use of the website users in order to optimize and further develop the content such as texts, photos and videos and the navigation in accordance with the requirements of the website users. 

Objection to the anonymisation of your IP address for the purpose of statistical evaluation

At this point you can object to the anonymization of your IP address for the purpose of statistical evaluation. Deactivate this checkbox if you do not agree to your IP address being made anonymous for the purpose of statistical analysis.

In order to ensure that your objection remains stored during future visits to this website, a so-called ‘opt-out cookie’ is set.This assumes that the setting in your browser does not prevent the storage of cookies for this website or delete the cookie. After deleting the opt-out cookie, you will have to activate the checkbox again.

The following cookies are used on this website:

Cookie name:

PHPSESSID

Purpose:

Identify the current browser session

Lifespan: 

Duration of the session: the cookie is deleted when the browser is closed.

Cookie name:

piwik_ignore

Purpose:

The cookie shows whether a visitor has deactivated the Matomo tracking feature.

Lifespan: 

2 years

Cookie name:

MATOMO_SESSID

Purpose:

Matomo statistics opt-out (https://matomo.org/faq/general/faq_146/)

Lifespan: 

Duration of the session: the cookie is deleted when the browser is closed.

 

D. Your rights

You may assert your rights below against Volkswagen AG at any time upon a free-of-charge basis. For further information concerning the exercise of your rights, please see also below section "Your Contact Person".

Right of Access by the Data Subject: You shall have the right to receive information from us regarding the processing of your personal data.

Right to Rectification: You shall have the right to demand that we correct your personal data which are incorrect and/or incomplete.

Right to Erasure: You shall have the right, in the event that the requirements specified in Art. 17 of the GDPR have been met, to demand the deletion of your data. Thus, in accordance with this Article 17, for example, you may demand the deletion of your data insofar as these data are no longer required for the purposes for which they were collected. Furthermore, you may demand the deletion of these data if we process your data based upon the consent which you have granted and you then withdraw this consent.

Right to Restriction of Processing: You shall have the right to demand the restriction of the processing of your data if the requirements specified in Art. 18 of the GDPR have been fulfilled. This is, for example, the case if you dispute the correctness of your data. For the duration of the verification of the correctness of the data, you may demand the restriction of the processing.

Right to Object:  Insofar as the processing is [undertaken] based upon an overriding interest or your data are used for the purposes of direct advertising, you shall have the right to object to the processing of your data. An objection shall be permissible (sic!) if the processing either is carried out in the public interest or in the exercising of official authority or owing to a justified interest of Volkswagen AG or of a third party. In the event that you object, we request that you state your reasons to us regarding why you are objecting to the data processing. In addition, you shall have the right to object to the data processing for the purposes of direct advertising. This shall also be valid for profiling insofar as this is undertaken in conjunction with the direct advertising.

Right to Data Portability: Insofar as the data processing is undertaken based upon a consent or a fulfilment of a contractual agreement and this is also undertaken while using an automated processing system, you shall have the right to receive your data in a structured, commonplace and machine-readable format and to transfer these data to another data processing service provider.

Right of Revocation: Insofar as the data processing is undertaken based upon a consent, you shall have the right to withdraw your consent for the data processing, with effectiveness for the future, at any time and upon a free-of-charge basis.

Right to Complain: You shall also have the right to complain to a government supervisory authority (e.g. to the State Data Protection Officer for Lower Saxony, Germany) regarding our processing of your data.

E. Your contacts

Contact Person for Exercise of Your Rights

For further information concerning the exercise of your rights, please see https://datenschutz.volkswagen.de.

Data Protection Officer

Our Data Protection Officer shall support you as your contact person on all data protection-related matters:

Data Protection Officer of Volkswagen AG
Berliner Ring 2, 38440 Wolfsburg
datenschutz@volkswagen.de