Privacy Policy

As the provider of the website and responsible party, shortways communications takes the obligation to protect data very seriously and designs its website in such a way that only as little personal data as necessary is collected, processed and used. Under no circumstances will personal data be rented or sold to third parties for advertising purposes. No personal data will be used for advertising or marketing purposes without the express consent of the visitor.

At shortways communications, access to personal data is only granted to those persons who need such data to perform their duties within the responsible body, who are informed about the legal provisions on data protection and who have undertaken to comply with them in accordance with the applicable legal provisions (Art. 5 of the EU Data Protection Basic Regulation (EU-DSGVO)). The collection, processing, use and transmission of the personal data collected shall, in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 b) EU-DSGVO, only take place to the extent required for the execution of a contractual relationship between shortways communications as the responsible party and the visitor as the data subject or to the extent that we have a legitimate interest in the data processing in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 f) EU-DSGVO.

Changes to the purpose of processing and data use

As technical progress and organisational changes in the processing methods used may change/further develop, we reserve the right to further develop this data protection declaration in accordance with the new technical framework. We therefore ask you to check the shortways communications data protection statement from time to time. If you do not agree with the further developments that occur over time, you may request in writing, in accordance with Art 17 EU-DSGVO, that any data not stored on the basis of other legal requirements, such as commercial or tax law retention obligations, be deleted.

Anonymous data collection

As a matter of principle, you can visit the websites of the responsible party without informing us who you are. We only learn the name of your internet service provider, the website from which you visit us and the web pages you visit on our website. The legal basis for this data collection is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO. This information is evaluated for statistical purposes. As an individual user, you remain anonymous.

Collection and processing of personal data

Incidentally, personal data is only collected if you provide us with it voluntarily, for example when using our contact form. The legal basis for data processing in this context is your consent (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a DSGVO) or Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO, if you provide us with your data in connection with or in the initiation of a contractual relationship. In doing so, the responsible body adheres to the requirements of Art. 5 and 6 EU-DSGVO. Within the scope of the personalised services of the responsible body, your registration data will be processed, subject to your consent, for the purpose of tailoring the electronic services offered or for the purpose of processing your contact request. You have the opportunity to object to the storage of your personal data at any time. To do so, please send an e-mail to with the subject “Unsubscribe data” and please indicate the website. Please note that in the event of an objection or revocation, the provision of the respective service or the processing of your contact request may no longer be possible.

Your personal data will be processed and used in accordance with the EU-DSGVO.

Storage duration

We store your personal data only as long as we need them to provide the web offer you use or to fulfil contractual relationships with you, or as long as we have your consent or we have another legitimate interest in data processing. Any storage beyond this period will only take place on the basis of legal regulations.

Rights of the persons concerned

If we process your personal data, you are entitled to the following rights:

Right to withdraw a given permission

If the processing of personal data is based on a granted permission, you have the right to revoke this permission. The revocation is valid for the future.

Right of information

You may request confirmation from us as to whether we process personal data concerning you. If this is the case, you can request the following information:

• the purposes of the processing;
• which personal data are processed;
• the recipients of the data in the case of data transmission to third parties, and the name and country of residence of the third party;
• the storage period of the data;
• the existence of a right of appeal to the competent supervisory authority;
• if the data has not been collected directly from you, all available information about the origin of the data.

You will be provided with the requested information at the latest within one month of receipt of the written request for information. Please note that information can only be provided if the identity of the petitioner can be clearly established.

Right of rectification

You have the right to ask us to correct your personal data immediately if they are incorrect.

Right to erase data (“right to be forgotten”)

You have the right to demand that we delete your personal data if one of the following reasons applies:

• The personal data is no longer necessary for the purposes for which it was collected or processed.
• There is no legal obligation for us to store the data.
• You revoke your consent on which the processing was based and there is no other legal basis for the storage.
• You object to the processing and there is no legal basis for further storage.
• The personal data were collected and processed unlawfully from the outset.

Right to restrict processing

You have the right to ask us to limit the processing of your personal data if one of the following conditions is met:

• You disagree with the accuracy of the processing of your personal data for a period which allows us to verify the accuracy of the personal data;
• the processing of your personal data is in fact unlawful and you request instead of deletion the restriction of the use of the personal data;
• we no longer need the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but you need them to assert your legal rights, or
• You have lodged an objection to the processing, but it is not yet clear whether our legitimate interests outweigh your legitimate interests.

Right to data transferability

You have the right to receive the personal data concerning you stored by us in a common and machine-readable format, and you have the right to transfer this data to another responsible person without hindrance by us.

Right of Disagreement

You have the right to refuse at any time the processing of your personal data, which is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 paragraph 1 letter e) or f) DSGVO. We will then no longer process this data unless we can prove that the reasons for processing are worthy of protection and outweigh your interests.

Right to appeal to a supervisory authority

They have the right to complain to the data protection supervisory authority responsible for the responsible body.

Export and processing of data in countries outside the European Economic Area

Your personal data will not be exported to countries outside the European Economic Area (hereinafter referred to as EEA).

Nevertheless, if you are logged in to Facebook or have a Twitter account or LinkedIn account, personal data may be exported to the USA. For further explanations and possibilities to prevent this data export, please read the section “Use of LinkedIn plugins”, or “Use of Twitter” or “Use of Xing plugins” of this privacy policy.

The service providers engaged by the data controller are domiciled and operate their IT infrastructure exclusively within the EEA. This also applies to any use of cloud-based services. Contracts are in place with the service providers which comply with the data protection and data security requirements of the EU-DSGVO. Even if external service providers are used, shortways communications remains the responsible party for processing. Should you have any questions about which external service providers we commission, please contact us by e-mail at

Use and disclosure of personal data

The personal data collected within the scope of the responsible party’s web pages will only be used without your consent for contract processing and handling of your enquiries. Furthermore, your data will only be used for the purposes of advertising and market research by the responsible body if you have given your prior consent. You can of course revoke your respective consent at any time with effect for the future.

Apart from that, no data will be passed on to other third parties.

External links

For your information, you will find links on our pages that refer to the pages of third parties. As far as this is not obviously recognizable, we point out that this is an external link. The responsible body has no influence whatsoever on the content and design of these pages of other providers. The guarantees of this data protection declaration therefore do not apply to external providers.

Use of cookies

The responsible party uses so-called “cookies” to individually design and optimize the online experience and online time of the customer. A cookie is a text file that is either temporarily stored in the main memory of the computer (“session cookie”) or stored on the hard disk (“permanent” cookie). Cookies contain, for example, information about the user’s previous accesses to the corresponding server or information about which offers have been accessed so far. Cookies are not used to execute programs or load viruses onto your computer. Rather, the main purpose of cookies is to provide an offer specially tailored to the customer and to make the use of the service as convenient as possible.

The responsible party uses session cookies and permanent cookies.

Session cookies

The responsible party mainly uses “session cookies”, which are not stored on the customer’s hard disk and which are deleted when the customer leaves the browser. Session cookies are used for login authentication and load balancing (balancing the system load). These cookies are mandatory for the provision of our website (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO).

Permanent cookies

In addition, the social media services used by the responsible party use “permanent cookies” to store the personal user settings that a customer enters when using the services of the responsible party, in order to be able to personalise and improve the service, or to analyse your user behaviour and provide advertising tailored to your needs. Shortways Communications itself uses permanent cookies only if you give your consent (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a DSGVO). Permanent cookies ensure that the customer will be able to find his/her personal settings again or receive tailored advertising when he/she revisits the websites of the responsible party, etc. Further information on the cookies used by the responsible party or its service providers can be found under the following points of this data protection information:

• Use of Social Media Buttons
• Online offers on social media platforms
• Use of Twitter plugins
• Using Xing plugins
• Using LinkedIn plugins

Avoidance of cookies

The visitor has the option of rejecting the setting of cookies at any time. This is usually done by selecting the appropriate option in the browser settings or by additional programs. Further details can be found in the help function of the browser used by the customer. If the customer decides to switch off cookies, this may reduce the scope of the service and have a negative effect on the use of the services of the responsible party.

Use of social media buttons

We offer so-called social media buttons for sharing the content of our online offers via social networks. For this purpose we have developed the social media buttons developed by Heise Medien GmbH & Co. KG, a solution developed by Heise Medien GmbH & Co. KG, which provides social media buttons that comply with data protection regulations.

The buttons offered directly by the operators of social networks illegally transmit personal data, such as the IP address or entire cookies, as soon as you load a website on which they are integrated, thus providing the social services with precise information about your surfing behavior without being asked. You do not need to be logged in or a member of the respective network to do this. A Shariff button, on the other hand, only establishes direct contact between the social network and the visitor when the latter actively clicks on the Share button. In this way, Shariff prevents you from leaving a digital trail on every page you visit and improves data protection. By using Shariff, we can protect your personal data and still integrate buttons for social sharing. You can find further information about c’t Shariff at:

Plugin providers generally save the data collected so far as user profiles, which are used for the purposes of advertising, market research and/or demand-oriented design of their website. Such an evaluation is carried out in particular (also for users who are not logged in) for the purpose of presenting needs-based advertising and to inform other users of the social network about their activities on our website. You have the right to object to the creation of these user profiles, whereby you must contact the respective plugin provider to exercise this right. Through the plugins we offer you the possibility to interact with the social networks and other users, so that we can improve our offer and make it more interesting for you as a user. The legal basis for the use of the plugins is Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 lit. f DSGVO.

Online offers on social media platforms

We offer online services on the social media platforms Twitter, LinkedIn and Xing in order to provide information there and to be able to contact you. Here we are together with the operator of the platform responsible iSv. Art. 26 DSGVO.

We have no influence on the processing of personal data by the respective platform operator. As a rule, when you visit our social media offers, the platform operator will store cookies in your browser, in which your usage behaviour or interests are stored for market research and advertising purposes. The user profiles obtained in this way – usually across different devices – are used by the platform operators, among other things, to display personalised advertising to you. Under certain circumstances, you may also have given your consent to a platform operator for data processing, in which case Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a DSGVO is the legal basis. Persons who are not registered as users on the respective social media platform may also be affected by the data processing. Under certain circumstances, your data may be processed outside the area of the European Union, in particular on Twitter and LinkedIn, which may make it difficult to enforce your rights. When selecting such social media platforms, however, we make sure that the operators are committed to complying with EU data protection standards.

shortways communications also processes your personal data when you visit our website on one of the social media services we provide. The processing of your personal data when you visit one of our social media offerings is based on our legitimate interest in a diverse external presentation of our company and the use of an effective information opportunity and communication with you. The legal basis for this is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f DSGVO, insofar as we do not process your data for initiation or within the framework of a contract. In this case the legal basis would be Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO. Detailed information on data processing in connection with the use of our social media offers, opt-out options and the assertion of information rights can be obtained from the data protection declaration of the respective platform operator. The links to the data protection declarations of the platform operators can be found below.

If we are jointly responsible with another body, you can also exercise your rights as described above vis-à-vis their data protection officers and complain to the supervisory authority responsible for this party.

Use of Twitter plugins

The responsible body uses functions of the Twitter service on its website. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc, Twitter, Inc. 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and the “Re-Tweet” function, the websites you visit are linked to your Twitter account and made known to other users. Data is also transferred to Twitter.

We would like to point out that we, as the provider of the sites, have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data or its use by Twitter. Further information on this can be found in the Twitter privacy policy at

Possibility of objection with effect for the future at:

You can change your privacy settings on Twitter in the account settings at

Widerspruchsmöglichkeit mit Wirkung für die Zukunft unter:

Die geltenden Datenschutzbestimmungen von LinkedIn sind unter abrufbar. Die Cookie-Richtlinie von LinkedIn ist unter abrufbar.

Use of LinkedIn plug-ins

The data controller has integrated components of LinkedIn Corporation on this website. LinkedIn is an Internet-based social network that allows users to connect with existing business contacts and to make new business contacts. Over 400 million registered users use LinkedIn in more than 200 countries. This makes LinkedIn currently the largest platform for business contacts and one of the most visited websites in the world.

LinkedIn is operated by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. For data protection matters outside the USA, LinkedIn Ireland, Privacy Policy Issues, Wilton Plaza, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland, is responsible.

LinkedIn provides email, SMS, and targeted advertising unsubscribe and manage ad settings at LinkedIn also uses partners such as Quantcast, Google Analytics, BlueKai, DoubleClick, Nielsen, Comscore, Eloqua and Lotame who may set cookies.

Opt-out with future effect is available at:

LinkedIn’s current privacy policy is available at LinkedIn’s cookie policy is available at

Use of Xing plug-ins

The data controller has implemented Xing components on this website. New Work SE is responsible for the Xing platform. The contact details are as follows Dammtorstraße 30, 20354 Hamburg, Germany, Phone: +49 40 419 131-0, Fax: +49 40 419 131-11, E-Mail: Currently, the responsible data protection officer is Ms Anja Engler, Dammtorstraße 30, 20354 Hamburg, Germany, e-mail:

Please note that you use our XING site and its functions on your own responsibility. This applies in particular to the use of the interactive functions (e.g. commenting, sharing, rating).

For more information on the tracking and objection options used by Xing with effect for the future, please visit

Xing’s current data protection regulations are available at

Further information and contacts

If you have any further questions on the subject of “data protection at the responsible office”, please contact our company’s data protection officer. You can inquire which of your data are stored with us. In addition, you can send information, requests for deletion and correction of your data and also suggestions at any time by letter or e-mail to the following address:

shortways communications
Belfortstr. 3
81667 Munich