Data Protection

esco – european salt company GmbH & Co. KG welcomes you to our website Thank you for your interest in our company, its products and services.  The protection of your privacy in the processing of personal data is an important concern for us which we respect in all of our business relationships. Our data processing is based on the principles of lawfulness, purpose linkage, accuracy, data minimization and storage limitation, transparency and the protection of confidentiality and integrity.

This data privacy statement explains which of your personal data we record and store on this website as well as the purposes for which we do this and the legal basis.

This website may include links not covered by this data privacy statement.

Logging of access to the website


What happens when you use our website?

If you use this website for informational purposes only, i.e. you do not register yourself on it or otherwise transfer information, we only collect the personal data your browser transfers to our server. When you choose to visit our website, we collect the following data: :
• the IP address;

  • Date and time you retrieve it
  • The region (not the address) from which the IP address accesses the website;
    • Browser language, browser type (e. g. Chrome, Firefox, Safari) and version
  • Operating system;
  • Device type (e.g. mobile device, desktop computer, tablet);
  • Browsing behavior on the website (e.g. when was the website visited, which parts of the website were clicked, how much time was spent on the website);
  • The website from which the request came.


We process and store this data to ensure the site works properly, to improve its content and to create statistical analyses, based on the aggregated data on surfing. We also process and store this data in order to analyze the technical operation of the site and ensure that our information technology systems are secure.
Our legitimate interest in data processing pursuant to Article 6(1) letter f GDPR is thus the necessity to display this website to you and ensure that it is stable and secure.


Use of cookies

In addition to the aforementioned data cookies, our website also stores data cookies. Cookies are small files that are placed on your computer when you use the device to visit a website. Cookies enable a website to identify a user’s device and are used by website operators to operate their websites more efficiently. Furthermore, they can provide analytical information. Cookies cannot run programs or deliver viruses to your device. Their purpose is to make the Internet offering overall more user-friendly and effective.

If you have not already granted your consent pursuant to Article 6(1) letter a GDPR and personal data is also processed by individual cookies that we have implemented, the legal basis for this is, pursuant to Article 6(1) letter f GDPR, the pursuit of our legitimate interests in the best possible functioning of the website and user-friendly design of your visit to the site.

Cookies are only stored for as long as is needed for their respective purpose.


Types of cookies we use

Our website uses “technical cookies” Their purpose is to transfer a communication via our electronic communications network or to provide the service that you have explicitly requested.
They are not used for any other purposes and include:
• Navigation or session cookies which ensure normal navigation and use of the site;
• Analysis cookies which are used directly by us to collect information in aggregated form about the number of users and their visits to the site;
• Functional cookies which enable you to conduct a search on the basis of a set of selected criteria (e.g. the language), in order to improve the service. A cookie of this type is also used to store your decision regarding the use of cookies on the website.


Cookies from third parties on our website

We may use external cookies (third-party cookies) to provide targeted services or advertising content. Cookies of this type are not managed directly by us but by third-party companies which carry out online profiling.  They are, however, installed via our website.


Cookies from YouTube

Videos stored on YouTube are downloadable on our website. They are embedded in our website in “enhanced data protection mode”. This means that YouTube will not insert cookies until you start one of those videos. YouTube uses those cookies to, for example, record video statistics, avoid fraud and improve user friendliness. You can prevent such cookies from being installed by adjusting your browser software. If you start such a video, a connection with the Google DoubleClick network will also be established. This could trigger more data processing operations over which we have no influence. Further information on YouTube data protection is available at:


Google AdWords conversion tracking

This website uses the online advertising program “Google AdWords” and its conversion tracking feature. When a user clicks on an advertisement placed by Google, a conversion tracking cookie is set on the device. These cookies expire after 30 days and are not used for personal identification. When you visit certain pages of this website and the cookie has not yet expired, Google and we can tell that you clicked on the advertisement and were redirected to that page. Each Google AdWords advertiser has a different cookie. Thus, cookies cannot be tracked using the websites of Adwords advertisers. The information obtained using the conversion cookie is used to create conversion statistics for the Adwords advertisers who have opted for conversion tracking. The advertisers can find out the total number of users who have clicked on their advertisement and were directed to the page with a conversion tracking tag. The advertisers do not, however, obtain any information that can be used to identify users personally. If you do not wish to participate in tracking, you can refuse by simply deactivating the Google conversion tracking cookie via your internet browser settings. By doing so, you will not be included in the conversion tracking statistics.

For more information about Google’s privacy policy, please see Google’s privacy policy at:


Cookies from Google Maps

Maps stored on Google Maps are downloadable on our website. Google will set a cookie on your device as soon as you view the detailed map of one of our locations. For more information about Google’s privacy policy, please see Google’s privacy policy at:


How you can control the setting of cookies


We may use external cookies (third-party cookies) to provide targeted services or advertising content. Cookies of this type are not managed directly by us but by third-parties.


Variante “Opt out”:

You can switch your browser settings so that you are informed about the setting of cookies and individually decide on their acceptance or can exclude the acceptance of cookies for specific cases or in general.


Variant “Opt in:”

The use of such cookies requires your consent. You grant your consent using a check box with which you can activate or deactivate cookies for each individual third party. You can revoke this consent at any time by deactivating cookies in the aforementioned way.


You can also deactivate cookies using the methods described in the “Help” function of your browser and deleted cookies that were set in the past.


You can find more information about Google Analytics in the section “Analysis of use of our website”.


If you do not know the type and version of the browser you are using, click on “Help” at the top of the browser window to find the information you need.

Please note that if you deactivate cookies you may not be able to use the full functionality of our website.

The different browsers differ in how cookie settings are managed. Click on the following links to receive the information needed and decide whether you wish to authorize the installation and use of third-party cookies.


Internet Explorer:



Contact form

Our website includes email addresses and contact forms enabling you to contact our company quickly by electronic means and to communicate with us directly. If you contact us by email or using a contact form, the personal data you transfer to us is automatically stored. Such personal data transferred by you to us on a voluntary basis is used for the purposes of processing your enquiry or contacting you. You can see from the respective contact form which data is collected for that form. We also store the IP address issued by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) of the computer system you are using when you register, as well as the time and data of registration. It is necessary to collect this data in order to be able to check the (possible) misuse of your email address at a later point in time and thus protect ourselves in law.

We do not pass these data on to third parties.

The legal basis for the processing of data is your consent pursuant to Article 6(1) letter a GDPR. If you contact us with the aim of concluding a contract, Article 6(1) letter b GDPR is an additional legal basis for the processing. Once your enquiry has been processed, your data is deleted. This is the case when it can be seen from the circumstances that the matter in hand has been fully dealt with, unless deletion of the data conflicts with statutory obligations to retain data.


Comments function in the blog

In our blog, we offer you the opportunity to leave individual comments on individual contributions to the blog. If you leave a comment in our blog, your comments are stored and published, as are the time the comment was entered and the user name (pseudonym) you chose. The IP address issued by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is also logged. Your IP address is stored for security reasons and in case a submitted comment infringes the rights of third parties or illegal content is posted. This personal data is thus stored in our own interest, so that, where appropriate, we can exculpate ourselves in the event of an infringement. This collected personal data is not passed onto third parties unless this is required by law or is required for our own legal defense.

Subscription to comments in the blog

Third parties can subscribe to the comments submitted to our blog. Particularly, it is possible for a commenter to subscribe to the comments following his comment on a particular blog contribution.

If you decide to opt to subscribe to comments, we automatically send a confirmation mail in order to check, in the double opt-in procedure, whether the owner of the email address stated has in fact decided to opt for this. The option to subscribe to comments can be cancelled at any time.


Other third-party plugins (Google Maps, Web Fonts, …)

Use of Google Maps

This website uses Google Maps API, a map service of Google Inc. (“Google”), to display an interactive map and to create route maps. Google Maps is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.


When you use Google Maps, information about your use of this website (including your IP address) may be sent to a Google server in the United States and stored there.

We have no influence and cannot therefore assume any responsibility for the further processing and use of the data by Google.

The Google privacy policy and additional terms of use or Google Maps can be found at

If you do not want Google to collect, process or use data concerning you via our website, you can deactivate JavaScript in your browser settings. You will not then be able to display the maps, however.


Use of Google reCAPTCHA

This website uses Google reCAPTCHA, (hereinafter “reCAPTCHA”) Google reCAPTCHA is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

reCAPTCHA is intended to check whether the data entered on our websites (e.g. in a contact form) is entered by a person or an automated program. reCAPTCHA does so by analyzing your behavior on the basis of various features. The analysis begins automatically as soon as you retrieve the website. For the analysis, reCAPTCHA analyzes different pieces of information (e.g. IP address, how long the website visitor remains on the website or the mouse movements made by the user). The data recorded is transferred to Google.

The data is processed on the basis of Article 6(1) letter f GDPR. Our legitimate interest is in protecting our website against abusive automated espionage and spam.



Analysis of use of our website

Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies, which are text files stored on your computer that make it possible to analyze how the website is used by you.

The information generated by a cookie on your usage of the website (including your IP address) is sent to and stored on a Google server in the United States. Google uses this information to analyze your usage of the website, compile reports on website activity for us and provide other services connected to the use of the website and the Internet. Google may also transfer this information to third parties if this is required by law or in so far as third parties process this data on behalf of Google. The IP address your browser supplies to Google Analytics is never combined with any other data held by Google.

You can prevent the installation of cookies using the relevant setting in your browser software. However, we would like to point out that you may not be able to fully use all the functions of this website. By using this website, you agree the data collected about you being processed by Google in the aforementioned manner and for the aforementioned purpose.

At any time, you can refuse the collection and use of your IP address by Google Analytics with effect for the future. More detailed information on this is available at We would like to point out that on this website Google Analytics was expanded by the code “gat._anonymizeIp();” to ensure the anonymized recording of IP addresses.

Links to websites and third-party content

Our website includes links to other pages on the Internet. We have no influence on the form of the pages linked to from our website and are not responsible for their content.

We recommend you read the data privacy policies of such third-party websites carefully.


Length of time for which your data is stored

We only store your data for as long as is necessary for the respective purposes, specifically either as described in the data privacy statement or required by law. After it has fulfilled the purpose, the data concerned is deleted in accordance with the applicable provisions of data protection law.


Measures for the security of your data

We implement technical and organizational security measures to protect your data managed by us against accidental or intentional manipulation, loss, destruction or against access by unauthorized persons. Our security measures are constantly being improved as technology develops.

Contact details of the controller for data processing and of the data protection officer

esco – european salt company GmbH & Co. KG, Landschaftstraße 1, 30159 Hannover, Tel.: +49 511 85030-0, E-Mail: is the controller for data processing.

K+S Aktiengesellschaft, Bertha-von-Suttner-Str. 7, 34131 Kassel, Germany, website, email processes data on our behalf. This is done for the purposes of the services commissioned by you, to process your enquiries and to improve the functioning and content of our website.


You can contract the data protection office of esco – european salt company GmbH & Co. KG at

Tel.: +49 511 85030-0



Your rights with regard to the processing of your data

In respect of the processing of your personal data, the applicable data protection legislation grants you vis-à-vis us extensive rights of access and intervention. These are:

  • Right to access: You have a right to access information about your personal data processed by us.
  • Right to rectification: You have a right to rectification without undue delay of inaccurate data concerning you and/or completion of your incomplete data stored by us.
  • Right to erasure: You have the right to demand your personal data be deleted if the prerequisites of Article 17(1) GDPR are fulfilled.
  • Right to restriction of processing: You have the right to demand the restriction of processing of your personal data if the prerequisites of Article 18(1) GDPR are fulfilled.
  • Right to notification: If you have asserted the right to rectification, erasure or restriction of processing vis-à-vis us, we are obliged to inform all recipients to whom the relevant personal data was disclosed of this rectification, erasure or restriction of processing unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort. You have the right to be notified about these recipients.
  • Right to data portability: You have the right to receive in a structured, standard and machine-readable format your personal data, which you have provided to us, or demand it be transmitted to another controller insofar as that is technically feasible.
  • Right to withdrawal of consent granted: At any time you have the right to withdraw consent that was once granted to the processing of data with effect for the future. If such consent is withdrawn, the data concerned is deleted without undue delay. The withdrawal of consent does not affect the lawfulness of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent before the withdrawal.
  • Right to complain: You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, for example with the Data Protection Officer of the Federal State of Hesse, regarding our processing of your data.
  • Right to object: if as part of the weighing of interests your personal data is processed on the basis of our overriding legitimate interest, you have the right at any time, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to object to this processing with effect for the future.
  1. Amendments of the data privacy directive
    We reserve the right to amend this data privacy statement at any time. We therefore recommend that you review the data privacy statement regularly.
    Status: May 2018