Privacy Policy

WÜSTHOF GmbH takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance both with the statutory data protection regulations and the provisions of this Privacy Policy. The use of our website is usually possible without providing personal information. Where personal data is collected on our website (e.g. names, addresses or e-mail addresses), we use these only to the extent necessary for the performance of the contractual relationship. We use your personal information exclusively for the internal purposes described above. We do not share your information with third parties. Please note that e-mails are not a secure form of communication and their contents are not protected against unauthorised access by third parties. We therefore recommend sending confidential messages by post.

Contact details of the responsible party in accordance with the Basic Data Protection Ordinance
Kronprinzenstr. 49
D-42655 Solingen
Telefon +49 212 20 67-0

Contact details of the Data Protection Officer
Herr Kai Viehmeier
Kai Viehmeier Consulting GmbH
An der Straßenbahn 12
31157 Sarstedt
Telefon: +49 5066 69 56 082

Rights of the data subject under Chapter 3 GDPR
If we process your personal data, you have the rights set out below. If you wish to exercise any of these rights, you can contact our data protection officer at any time.

1.) Right to confirmation
You have the right to be informed at any time free of charge whether we may process your personal data.

2.) Right to information
You have the right to be provided with information about your personal data processed by us at any time and free of charge.

3.) Right to correction
You have the right to request that incorrect personal data concerning you be corrected or completed without delay.

4.) Right to cancellation (right to be forgotten)
You have the right to have your personal data deleted immediately.

5.) Right to limitation of processing
You have the right to request a restriction on the processing of your personal data at any time.

6.) Right to data transferability
You have the right to receive the personal data concerning you, which you have made available to us, available in a structured, current and machine-readable format.

7.) Right of objection
You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data at any time.

8.) Right to revoke consent under data protection law
You have the right to revoke your consent to the processing of your personal data at any time.

Transfers to third countries
Data transfers to third countries only occur within the framework of the administration of IT systems and only to the extent that
(a) the transfer is permitted in principle, and
(b) the special conditions for transfer to a third country are fulfilled,
in particular the data importer shall ensure an adequate level of data protection in accordance with the EU standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to processors in third countries. The basis are the provisions of the Federal Data Protection Act, the Basic Data Protection Ordinance and the Telemedia Act.

SSL encryption
This website uses SSL encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of sensitive content, such as the search queries you send to us in our capacity as the site operator. An encrypted connection can be identified by the appearance of “https://” (rather than “http://”) as well as a padlock symbol in your browser’s address bar. If SSL encryption is enabled, the data you submit to us cannot be read by third parties.

Some of our web pages use so-called “cookies”. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain viruses. Their purpose is to make our services more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are saved by your browser and stored on your computer. Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session cookies”, which are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies allow us to identify your browser the next time you visit. You can configure your browser so that you are informed about the storing of cookies. You also have the option to enable cookies only in individual or specific cases, or to generally disable their use and activate the automatic deletion of cookies whenever your browser is closed. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

Online presence in social media
We maintain online presences within social networks and platforms in order to communicate with active customers, interested parties and users and to inform them about our services. When accessing the respective networks and platforms, the terms and conditions and the data processing guidelines of their respective operators apply.
Unless otherwise stated in our privacy policy, we process the data of users who communicate with us within social networks and platforms, e.g. write articles on our websites or send us messages.

Google Analytics
We use the function “Activate IP anonymization” on this website. As a result, your IP address will be shortened by Google within member states of the European Union or in other states that are signatories to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will your complete IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On behalf of the website operator, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports about website activity and to provide other services related to website activity and internet usage for the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser within the scope of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data. You can prevent the storage of cookies by configuring your browser software accordingly; however please note that by doing so, you may not be able to use all the features of this website. You can also prevent the collection of the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the WÜSTHOF website (including your IP address) by Google, as well as the processing of this data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in that is available via the following link ( Alternatively, you can prevent the collection of your information by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be stored on your computer which prevents the future collection of your data when you visit this website: Click here to opt out of Google Analytics. More information about Google Analytics and privacy is available at

Facebook plug-ins
We use so-called social plug-ins provided by the network, such as the “Like” button. These plug-ins are provided and operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA, and clearly marked with the Facebook logo. When you visit a page that contains such a plug-in, your browser will connect to Facebook’s servers. The content of the plug-in is then transmitted by Facebook directly to your browser and displayed in our online environment accordingly — we do not have any control over the plug-in’s content. Two-click solution for embedded content: by default, WÜSTHOF embeds deactivated buttons that do not make contact with the servers of Facebook et al. The buttons only become active and establish the relevant connection when users activate them and thus give their consent to the communication with Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+. Users can then submit their recommendation via a second click. If they are already logged into their chosen social network, this will be submitted to Facebook and Google+ without another window opening. Please note that if you are registered with Facebook or have recently visited a Facebook page or accessed Facebook content, Facebook may be able to track your visit to our web pages and associate it with your Facebook account. If you actively use plug-ins (e.g. by clicking the “Like” button), the corresponding information will also be transmitted from your browser directly to Facebook — again, we have no control over this process. For more detailed information about the nature, purpose, scope and further processing and use of your data by Facebook, please refer to Facebook’s privacy policy, which also contains additional information about your rights and options with regard to protection of your privacy. If you do not wish Facebook to associate your visit to our web pages with your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.

Features of the Instagram service are also integrated into our web pages. These features are provided by Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, United States. If you are logged in to your Instagram account, you can link the contents of our web pages to your Instagram profile by clicking the Instagram button. This allows Instagram to associate your visit to our web pages with your user account. We wish to point out that, as the provider of the web pages, we have no knowledge about the contents of the transmitted data or its use by Instagram. For more information, refer to Instagram’s privacy policy: .

Our website uses plug-ins from the YouTube website, which is operated by Google. The site operator is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. By visiting one of our web pages on which YouTube plug-ins are enabled, you will be connected to YouTube's servers. The respective YouTube server will receive information about which of our web pages you visited. If you are simultaneously logged in to your YouTube account, it will be possible for YouTube to associate your browsing behaviour directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account. For more information about how YouTube handles user data, please refer to the YouTube privacy policy at: .

This website uses the web service provided by Issuu, Inc., 131 Lytton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA. Issuu uses so-called “cookies”, text files which are stored on your computer and make it possible to analyse your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is generally transmitted to, and stored by, an Issuu server in the USA. This transmission takes place if you have enabled JavaScript in your browser. You can prevent the use of cookies by configuring your browser software accordingly or installing a JavaScript blocker (e.g. For more information about how, and for what purposes, Issuu uses the collected information is available on the web site of Issuu Inc. at .

Updates to this Privacy Policy
WÜSTHOF reserves the right to update this Privacy Policy as necessary due to new technical developments and for the purpose of offering new services or products.