1. Responsible entity

The responsible entity is WCO - World Corrosion Organization. Contact by mail is at
The following is a privacy notice to inform you about the processing of personal data of individuals who use this website.

Personal data is any data by which a user can be identified. This includes, for example:

  • Name
  • Contact details, such as telephone number, address and e-mail address
  • Network address (IP address)

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation is abbreviated as DSGVO (German: Datenschutz-GVO) in this privacy policy.

2. What data is collected on this website?

2.1 Access data and log files

When using this website, only such data is collected that the user's browser transmits to the website for technical reasons. These are in particular the following data:

  • IP address
  • Address of the website from which the user came
  • URL of the retrieved files
  • Date and time of a retrieval
  • Operating system and browser version of the user's terminal device

IP addresses are stored only for the purposes of securing the operation of the website. This includes defense against malicious attacks or excessive use of the web offer. Other purposes are:

  • Ensuring a smooth connection establishment of the website
  • Ensuring comfortable use
  • Ensuring system security and stability
  • Other administrative purposes

We reserve the right to statistically evaluate anonymized data records.

2.2 Cookies

This website stores a technically necessary session cookie to ensure the functionality of the website. This cookie only ensures that optimized loading is possible when the website is accessed multiple times. The cookie contains a random string of characters that does not allow the user to be identified. This cookie becomes invalid after leaving the website.

The use of cookies serves the predominantly legitimate interest in an optimized presentation of the web offer according to Art. 6 para. 1 f DSGVO.

2.3 Communication by e-mail

Should a website user have contacted us by e-mail, the collection of the e-mail address takes place for technically necessary reasons.

The e-mail address and the content of the e-mail will not be disclosed to third parties.

3. Duration of data storage?

The processed data are processed, deleted or their processing is restricted in accordance with Art. 17 and Art. 18 DSGVO. The personal data that arise during the use of this website are generally only stored as long as this is necessary for the above-mentioned purposes. However, if the deletion conflicts with legal retention obligations, the processing of the data will only be restricted, i.e. it will be blocked for further use and cannot be processed for other purposes.

The following record and retention obligations are particularly relevant: 6 years in accordance with Section 257 (1) HGB (for commercial books, inventories, opening balances, annual financial statements, commercial letters, accounting vouchers, etc.), 10 years in accordance with Section 147 (1) AO (books, records, accounting vouchers, commercial and business letters, documents relevant for taxation, etc.). In addition, personal data may be retained for the period during which claims may be asserted (statutory limitation period of three or up to thirty years).

4. Purpose of data processing

The data generated by visiting this website or using the contact options offered are processed in accordance with the provisions of the DSGVO and the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).

Art. 6 para. 1 a DSGVO serves as the legal basis for processing operations in which consent is obtained for a specific processing purpose. Consent given can be revoked at any time. If the processing of personal data is necessary for the performance of a contract, the processing is based on Art. 6 (1) b DSGVO. If there is a legal obligation by which the processing of personal data becomes necessary, such as for compliance with tax obligations, the processing is based on Art. 6 (1) c DSGVO. Finally, processing operations could be based on Art. 6 (1) f DSGVO. Processing operations that are not covered by any of the aforementioned legal bases are based on this legal basis if the processing is necessary to protect the legitimate interest or a third party, provided that the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject are not overridden.

5. Disclosure of personal data to third parties

IP addresses are automatically transmitted when visiting a website to the server where the website is operated. These IP addresses are not passed on to third parties.

Personal data is not transmitted to third parties for purposes other than those listed below. The personal data will only be forwarded to third parties if:

  • there has been explicit consent in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 a DSGVO,
  • the disclosure is necessary for the assertion, exercise or defense of legal claims pursuant to Art. 6 (1) f DSGVO and there is no reason to assume that there is an overriding interest worthy of protection in not disclosing the data,
  • in the event that there is a legal obligation for the disclosure pursuant to Art. 6 (1) c DSGVO, as well as
  • this is legally permissible and necessary for the processing of contractual relationships according to Art. 6 para. 1 b DSGVO.

6. Data protection rights

A user of the website has the right

  • pursuant to Art. 15 DSGVO to request information about his or her processed personal data, in particular information about the processing purposes, the category of personal data, the categories of recipients to whom the data have been or will be disclosed, the planned storage period, the existence of a right to rectification, erasure, restriction of processing or objection, the existence of a right of complaint, the origin of the data, if not collected here, as well as the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling and, if applicable, meaningful information about its details;
  • pursuant to Art. 16 DSGVO, to demand the correction of incorrect or incomplete personal data stored without undue delay;
  • pursuant to Art. 17 DSGVO, to request the erasure of the stored personal data, unless the processing is necessary for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims;
  • in accordance with Art. 18 DSGVO, to request the restriction of the processing of personal data, insofar as the accuracy of the data is disputed, the processing is unlawful, but its erasure is refused and the data are no longer needed, but the user requires them for the assertion, exercise or defense of legal claims or has objected to the processing in accordance with Art. 21 DSGVO;
  • pursuant to Art. 20 DSGVO, to receive the personal data that has been provided in a structured, common and machine-readable format or to request that it be transferred to another controller;
  • in accordance with Art. 7 (3) DSGVO, to revoke the consent once given at any time. This has the consequence that the data processing which was based on this consent will no longer be continued;
  • complain to a supervisory authority in accordance with Art. 77 DSGVO.

7. Changes to the privacy policy

The right is reserved to change this privacy policy if the legal situation or this online offer or the type of data collection changes. However, this only applies with regard to statements on data processing. If the user's consent is required or components of the data protection information contain a regulation of the contractual relationship with users, the data protection information will only be changed with the user's consent.

This privacy policy was created with the help of the website https://dr-dsgvo.de.




Upcoming events

EUROCORR 2024
01.09.2024 - 05.09.2024 / Paris, France
CII International Corrosion Technology & Management Summit (CORTEM 2024)
28.02.2024 - 29.02.2024 / Colaba, Mumbai, India


Contact

World Corrosion Organization
P.O. Box 2544
New York, NY 10116-2544
U.S.A.
Prof. Willi Meier