Open Industry 4.0


Open Industry 4.0 Alliance

The protection of your personal data is very important to us.  As an association based in Switzerland, we are also committed to the high standards of the European Data Protection Basic Regulation.

In the following we inform you about the collection of personal data when using this website. Personal data is all data that can be related to you personally, e.g. name, address, e-mail addresses, user behaviour.

The person responsible pursuant to Art. 4 No. 7 EU Data Protection Basic Regulation (DSGVO) is:

Open Industry 4.0 Alliance
c/o Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG,
Christoph Merian-Ring 12, 4153 Reinach, Switzerland


Dr. Christian Liedtke - President

Hans-Jürgen Huber - Vice-President

Dr. Marius Grathwohl - Vice-President

You can reach our data protection officer at


The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance website is protected by technical and organizational security measures to prevent the loss, manipulation, destruction or access by unauthorized persons to your personal data. Despite the use of the industry standard SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) to encrypt the data transmitted between you and our website, complete protection against all incidents is not possible.

Disclosure of personal data

No personal data will be transmitted to third parties without your express consent. A transfer to public authorities, law enforcement authorities and courts only takes place within the scope of a legal obligation. In addition, our employees are obliged to secrecy and the confidential handling of your provided personal data.

In this context, the member companies organized in the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance Group in the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance, as well as service providers contractually bound to us for order data processing, are not deemed to be third parties.

Collection, processing and use of personal data

If you use our website for information purposes only, i.e. if you do not register or otherwise provide us with information, we only collect the personal data that your browser transmits to our server. This data is technically necessary for us to display our website to you and to guarantee stability and security. This data also enables us to improve our services in a targeted manner. The legal basis in each case is Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f GDPR (justified interest).

These include

  • Date and visit of the URL on which the visitor is located
  • URL that the visitor has visited immediately before
  • IP address and domain from which the access takes place
  • Browser used
  • Operating system used
  • Technical information about the visit (http method, http version, http status code, length of transferred data)


If you register for an event on the following website, you agree that we may contact you by email regarding the event. If you do not wish to be contacted, please send an email to with your request. 

We would like to point out that film and photo recordings will be made as part of the "Digitize your Food" event on October 06th / 07th, 2021 at MULTIVAC in Wolfertschwenden. The recordings will be used as part of the public relations work of MULTIVAC and the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance, primarily for their social media areas. If you do not wish to be filmed or photographed but would still like to participate in the event, please contact the organization team at the check-in desk. We will then assign you a place that is not affected by the recordings.

Use of Cookies

The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance uses cookies to make its website attractive and user-friendly. The legal basis for this is Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f GDPR. Cookies are small text files which are stored on your terminal device but do not contain any viruses or cause any damage. On the one hand, our website uses "session cookies". These cookies track your movements between the various pages of our website during a session, so that you are not asked for the same information that you have already provided on our website. When you close and reopen your browser, a new user session starts with a new cookie ID. On the other hand, so-called "global cookies" are used, which measure the traffic of the website and identify the visitors and the session. These cookies are not deleted during the session, but replaced after one year.
You may prevent cookies from being saved by making the appropriate browser settings. However, we do not recommend this in order to be able to use our website with full functionality.

Embedded Content

On our website we may eventually use videos of the company YouTube, LLC 901 Cherry Ave, 94066 San Bruno, CA, USA, a company of Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. We may have included YouTube videos in our online offering that are stored at and can be played directly from our website. The integration of YouTube videos increases the attractiveness of our website. The legal basis for this is Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f GDPR.
When you visit the website, YouTube receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding subpage of our website. In addition, the data specified in the section "Collection, processing and use of personal data" are transmitted. This is done regardless of whether YouTube provides a user account that you are logged in to or whether there is no user account. If you are logged in to Google, your data will be assigned directly to your account. If you do not want your profile to be associated with YouTube, you should log out before activating the button. YouTube stores your data in user profiles and uses them for the purposes of advertising, market research and/or tailoring its website to suit your needs. Such evaluation is carried out in particular (even for users who are not logged in) to provide demand-oriented advertising and to inform other users of the social network about your activities on our website. You have the right to object to the creation of these user profiles, whereby you must contact YouTube to exercise this right.

Further information on the purpose and scope of data collection and processing by YouTube can be found in the Privacy Policy. There you will also find further information on your rights and setting options to protect your privacy: Google also processes your personal data in the USA and has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield,

Website analysis

 a) We may use Google Analytics on our website.

Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will generally be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. If IP anonymization is activated on this website, however, Google will shorten your IP address beforehand within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On our behalf, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website and to compile reports on website activity.

You may prevent the storage of cookies by making the appropriate settings in your browser software. You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) and Google from processing this data by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link:

We use Google Analytics with the extension "_anonymizeIp()". This shortens the processing of IP addresses, thus excluding the possibility of personal references.

We use Google Analytics to analyze and regularly improve the use of our website. We can use the statistics obtained to improve our offer and make it more interesting for you as a user. The legal basis for the use of Google Analytics is Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f GDPR.

For the exceptional cases in which personal data is transferred to the USA, Google has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield,

Third-party information: Google Dublin, Google Ireland Ltd., Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, Fax: +353 (1) 436 1001. Terms of use:, Privacy policy overview:, and privacy statement:

b) We may use cookies from the open-source web analytics software Matomo on our website. When you visit our site, information about your use of the website (including your IP address) is stored in cookies. We use this information to evaluate your use of our website, to compile reports on website activities for us and for research purposes, and to provide other services related to website usage and internet usage.

The legal basis for data processing is your consent according to Art. 6 (1) a) GDPR.

Please note that our website use Matomo with the "anonymizeIp()" extension. This means that IP addresses are shortened before being transmitted. As a result, a direct personal reference in connection with the stored data is generally excluded. We may transfer the stored information to third parties if required by law or if it is used for research purposes.

You may prevent the storage of cookies by making the appropriate settings in your browser software.


Contact us

E-Mail and Forms

As soon as you fill out a form on our website or contact us by e-mail, the data transmitted by you will only be used to process your enquiry and will always be treated confidentially.

If you contact us via our contact form, you must always state your first and last name, e-mail address, title and industry. For the processing of these personal data for the purpose of processing your inquiry, you give us your express consent. The legal basis is Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. a GDPR. You can revoke this consent at any time.

The data collected for the purpose of establishing contact will be deleted after storage is no longer required, or processing will be restricted if there are legal storage obligations.

Links to websites of other providers

Our website may contain links to external websites. The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance was convinced at the time the links were set up that the linked pages did not represent any illegal content. However, the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance cannot guarantee continuous monitoring and has no influence whatsoever on the content of the linked sites. Therefore, no liability is assumed for the contents after the link has been established.

Your rights

You have the following rights with regard to personal data concerning you:

  • Right to information,
  • Right to rectification or deletion,
  • Right to limit the processing,
  • Right to object to the processing,
  • Right to data transferability.

To assert these rights, you can contact our data protection officer at free of charge.  

You also have the right to contact a data protection supervisory authority regarding the processing of your personal data by us.

Deletion periods

We delete all personal data as soon as it is no longer required for the purpose for which it was collected or you have exercised your right to deletion. If there are legal storage obligations or one of the other exceptions from Art. 17 GDPR exists, we will delete the data concerned as quickly as possible.

Contact person

If you have any questions about the design and functioning of the website, please contact:

Subject to change

The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance Privacy Statement may be stored or printed at any time. However, the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance reserves the right to adapt the data protection declaration at any time in compliance with data protection regulations in order to do justice to the continuous further development of the website.