The International Society of Steel Institutes (ISSI) was formed in 2006 to promote collaboration between national institutes and societies which are engaged in promoting knowledge in the field of iron and steelmaking, steel usage and properties.

Data protection:

Thank you for your interest in our website.
Protecting your privacy is important to us. On the following pages, we would like to provide you with an overview of the processing of your personal data when using our website, and inform you about your rights – derived from the GDPR.

  1. The contact data of those responsible for processing, and the in-house Data Protection Officer

This information on data protection applies for data processed by:

Responsible: Steel Institute VDEh, Sohnstrasse 65, D-40237 Düsseldorf, Germany.

Tel.: +49 (0)211 6707-0
Fax: +49 (0)211 6707-310

The in-house Data Protection Officer Steel Institute VDEh can be contacted by post using the above-mentioned address (to the Data Protection Officer) or by e-mail to


  1. The collection and storage of personal data and its use
  2. a) On visiting the website

When you access our website the browser used on your end-device automatically sends information to our website’s server. This information is temporarily stored in a so-called log file. The following information is collected without any action on your part and stored until it is automatically deleted:

  • the IP address of the accessing computer,
  • the data and time of access,
  • the name and URL of the requested file,
  • the website from which access has taken place (the referrer URL), and
  • the browser used and, if relevant, your computer’s operating system, as well as the name of your access provider.

We process these data for the following reasons:

  • to ensure smooth initiation of the connection to the website,
  • to ensure user-friendly use of our website,
  • to evaluate system security and stability, and
  • for further administrative purposes.

The legal basis for this data processing is Art. 6 Para. 1(f) GDPR.

  1. The transmission of data

There is no transmission of your personal data to third parties except for the purposes listed below. We only pass on your personal data to third parties if:

  • you have provided your express consent for this in accordance with Art. 6 Para 1(a) GDPR,
  • such transmission is necessary according to Art. 6 Para. 1(f) GDPR to enforce, exercise or protect legal rights and there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding legitimate interest in the non-transmission of your data,
  • there is a legal obligation for transmission according to Art. 6 Para 1 (c) GDPR, and
  • it is legally permissible and necessary for processing contractual relationships with you according to Art. 6 Para 1 (b) GDPR.

Our legitimate interest is based on the purposes for data collection listed above. In no case will we use the data collected for the purpose of drawing conclusions about you. We also use cookies and analysis services when you visit our website. You will find more detailed explanations about these in Sections 8 and 9 of this Data Protection Declaration.

  1. The rights of the data subject

You have the right:

  • according to Art. 15 GDPR, to demand information on your personal data that we process. In particular, you can demand information on the purpose of such processing; the categories of personal data; the categories of recipients who have or will obtain your data; the planned storage duration; the existence of a right to correction, deletion, restriction of the processing, or the withdrawal of consent; the existence of a right to complain; the origin of your data (insofar that we did not collect them); and the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling and, if necessary, meaningful information about its details;
  • according to Art. 16 GDPR, to demand the immediate correction of incorrect data, or the completion of incomplete personal data that we store;
  • according to Art. 17 GDPR, to demand the deletion of your personal data that we store if processing is not necessary in order to exercise the right to freedom of expression and information; to comply with a legal requirement; for reasons of public interest; or to assert, exercise or defend legal rights;
  • according to Art. 18 GDPR, to demand the restriction of the processing of your personal data if you dispute the correctness of the data, if the processing is unlawful but you decline to demand its deletion, if and we no longer need the data but require them to assert, exercise or defend legal rights, or if you have lodged an objection to its processing in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR;
  • according to Art. 20 GDPR, to demand that you receive the personal data that you provided for us in a structured, common and machine-readable format or its transmission to another responsible party;
  • according to Art. 7 Para. 3 GDPR, to withdraw your previously granted consent at any time. This results in us no longer being permitted to continue processing the personal data that was the subject of such consent; and
  • according to Art. 77 GDPR, to complain to a supervisory authority. In general, you can turn to the supervisory authority in your usual place of domicile or workplace, or to the particular site of the organisation.
  1. Your right to object

Insofar that your personal data are being processed on the basis of legitimate interests according to Art. 6 Para. 1(f) GDPR you have the right, according to Art. 21 GDPR, to object to the processing of your personal data if there are reasons resulting from your special situation or the objection is against direct advertising. In the latter case you have a general right to object, that we will implement without your having to disclose a special situation. If you would like to make use of your right to object, or revoke your consent, you only need to send an e-mail to

  1. Validity and changes to the Data Protection Declaration

This Data Protection Declaration of 24 May 2018 is currently valid. As a result of the further development of our website and offerings, or because of changed legal or official requirements, it may become necessary to amend this Data Protection Declaration. The currently valid Data Protection Declaration can be called up at the website and printed at any time at

Aggregated overview

We may use data to obtain an aggregated overview. Such an overview does not enable any personal identification. Such use could serve to create user statistics. Potential consolidated data could include the user’s occupation or sector, the number of clicks, or demographic information.

  1. Cookies

We use cookies on our website. These are small files that your browser automatically produces and that are stored on your end-device (laptop, tablet, smart phone, etc.) when you visit our website. Cookies do not damage your end-device and do not contain any viruses, Trojans or other damaging software. Information is laid down in the cookie depending on the specific end-device used. This does not, however, mean that we obtain direct knowledge of your identity. On the one hand, the use of cookies helps us make your website visit more user-friendly. We therefore use so-called session cookies to find out whether you have already visited individual pages of our website. These are automatically deleted when you leave our website. We also use temporary cookies that are stored on your end-device for a particular duration to further optimise the user-friendliness of our website. When you re-visit our website to make use of our services, your previous visit as well as the inputs and settings you made are automatically detected so that you do not have to repeat them.

On the other hand, we use cookies to create statistics about the use of our website and to evaluate the optimisation of our offerings for you. When you re-visit our website these cookies enable us to automatically recognise that you have already visited us. These cookies are automatically deleted after a particular defined time.

The data processed by cookies are necessary for the stated purpose to safeguard our legitimate interests, as well as those of third parties, according to Art. 6 Para. 1(f) GDPR.

Most browsers accept cookies automatically. You can, however, configure your browser so that no cookies are stored on your computer or so that a message always appears before a new cookie is laid down. The complete deactivation of cookies may, however, lead to you not being able to use all the functions of our website.