Data Privacy Policy

We take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We therefore process your personal data (“data” for short) exclusively on the basis of statutory provisions. This Data Privacy Policy provides information about the processing of your data in our company and covers extensively the data protection entitlements and rights granted to you within the meaning of the European General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR).


  1. Who is responsible for data processing and who can I contact in this regard?

The responsible party is

VISTA Geowissenschaftliche Fernerkundung GmbH, Gabelsbergerstr. 51, D – 80333 Munich

E-Mail: / , Tel: +49 89 45 21 614 0.

The external Data Protection Officer at VISTA GmbH can be reached at the above address or by email at


  1. What type of data is processed and from which sources does this data come?

We process data that we receive from you during our initial business contact and business relationship. In addition, we duly process data that we receive from credit agencies, creditor protection associations, publicly accessible sources (e.g. company register, register of associations, land register, media), and other companies with which we maintain long-standing business relations.

Personal data includes:

Your master/contact data such as:

  • as a private customer: first and last name, address, contact details (email address, telephone number, fax), date of birth, details from proof of identity provided (copy of ID), bank details;
  • as a corporate client or supplier: name of legal representative, company, commercial register number, VAT ID number, company number, address, contact details for point of contact (email address, telephone number, fax), bank details.

Furthermore, we also process the following additional personal data:

  • information about the nature and content of our business relationship such as contractual data, order data, sales and document data, customer and supplier history, consultation documents, vehicle data,
  • information about your financial status (e.g. credit rating data),
  • advertising and sales data,
  • documentation data (e.g. code of conduct), image data,
  • information from your electronic communications with FS-TEP/VISTA (e.g. IP address, login data),
  • other data that we receive from you as part of our business relationship (e.g. in customer talks),
  • data that we generate ourselves from master/contact data and other data, e.g. through customer requirement and customer potential analyses,
  • documentation of your declaration of consent for the receipt of e.g. newsletters,
  • photos taken at public events.


  1. For which purposes and on what legal basis is the data processed?

We process your data in accordance with the latest provisions contained in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Federal Data Protection Act of 2018 (BDSG 2018):


• to fulfil (pre-)contractual obligations (Art. 6 Sec. 1 letter b of the GDPR):

Your data are processed for the sale and distribution of our goods and services, for procurement and logistics purposes, and for supplier and customer management and analysis. In particular, the data are processed when initiating business contact and when executing contracts with you, for example, in the following cases:

  • creation and management of customer accounts or supplier accounts,
  • delivery of orders,
  • participation in competitions,
  • sending of information, e.g. catalogue request.


• to fulfil legal obligations (Art. 6 Sec. 1 letter c of the GDPR):

Your data must be processed in order to fulfil various legal obligations, e.g. from the commercial code or tax code, anti-money laundering legislation, product-specific regulations such as the Ordinance on Hazardous Substances.


• to safeguard legitimate interests (Art. 6 Sec. 1 letter f of the GDPR):

With respect to a balancing of interests, we can process data beyond the actual fulfilment of the contract in order to safeguard legitimate interests of ourselves or of third parties. Data are processed for the safeguarding of legitimate interests in the following cases, for example:

  • consultation of and exchange of data with credit agencies and creditor protection associations so as to determine credit rating data and manage a group-wide credit rating database in order to identify financial default risks in common customers;
  • advertising or marketing;
  • measures to control business processes and develop services and products;
  • management of a customer database to improve customer service;
  • measures to protect FS-TEP/VISTA locations from conduct that is unlawful or in breach of contract, e.g. access controls, video monitoring;
  • in the pursuit of legal prosecution.


• in terms of your consent (Art. 6 Sec. 1 letter a of the GDPR):

If you grant us your consent to the processing of your data, this shall only be done according to the purposes specified in the declaration of consent and to the extent agreed therein. Informed consent can be revoked at any time with future effect, e.g. newsletter subscription.


  1.  Processing personal data for promotional purposes

We also use your personal data in order to communicate with you about your orders, specific products, or marketing campaigns, and to recommend products or services that might be of interest to you.

You can object to the use of your personal data for promotional purposes at any time, either entirely or in certain cases, without any costs arising beyond the basic costs of transmission. Please refer to the contact opportunity  of FS-TEP/VISTA  listed under point 1 in this regard.


Product recommendations by email

VISTA is authorised, under the legal requirements of Section 7 Par. 3 of the Unfair Competition Act (UWG), to use the email address provided to us by you when ordering a product or service for direct marketing of its own similar products or services. You shall receive these product recommendations irrespective of whether you have subscribed to the newsletter.

If you no longer wish to receive product recommendations from us by email, you can object to the use of your email for this purpose at any time, without any costs arising beyond the basic costs of transmission. Please refer to the contact opportunity of FS-TEP/VISTA listed under point 1 in this regard. An unsubscription link is of course always included in every email.



We use the so-called double opt-in procedure for sending the newsletter, i.e. we will only send you a newsletter by email if you have expressly confirmed to us beforehand that we should activate the newsletter service. We will then send you an email notification and ask you to confirm that you would like to receive our newsletter by clicking a link contained in this email.

If you no longer wish to receive the newsletter from us, you can object to this at any time, without any costs arising beyond the basic costs of transmission. Notification in written text to the contact opportunity of VISTA/FS-TEP listed under point 1 is sufficient here. An unsubscription link is of course included in every newsletter.


  1. Processing credit rating information


Managing a group-wide credit rating database

If we, within the scope of legal admissibility, collect credit rating data about you from a credit agency, we shall save this information in a system to which affiliates participating in BayWa credit management have access. The objective here is to facilitate processing and identify financial default risks in common customers. The credit rating database may only be accessed if there is a legitimate interest on the part of the respective affiliate.


  1. Who receives my data?

If we use a service provider to process data on our behalf, we shall still be responsible for protecting your data. All such data processors are contractually obligated to treat your data as confidential and only process it to the extent necessary to provide the service. The data processors commissioned by us shall receive your data provided that they require these data to render their respective service. These include IT service providers, which we require for the operation and security of our IT system, and commercial and directory publishers for our own advertising campaigns.

Your data shall be processed in the FS-TEP customer database. The FS-TEP customer database helps to increase the quality of existing customer data (clean-up of duplicate entries, moved out/died indicator, correction of addresses) and enrich it with information from public sources.

If an offer is submitted or a sale takes place via manufacturer portals, data provided by you shall be processed directly in the manufacturer's portal.

If there is a legal obligation and legal prosecution is pursued, authorities, courts, and external auditors can all become recipients of your data.

On top of this, for the purpose of initiating or fulfilling the contract, insurance companies, banks, credit agencies, and service providers can also become recipients of your data.


  1. For how long are my data stored?

We process your data up until the business relationship ends or until the applicable warranty periods, guarantee terms, periods of limitation, and statutory retention periods have lapsed (for example, from the commercial code or tax code); additionally, until any disputes where this data are required as proof have concluded.


  1. Communication by email

Please note that sending unencrypted emails is regarded as unsafe because unauthorised parties may gain access to the email's contents and possibly manipulate it. We therefore recommend that you do not send any sensitive information when communicating with us by email.


  1. What data are collected when visiting this website?

By accessing the FS-TEP website, certain information about users, such as internet protocol (IP) addresses, navigation through the site, software used and time spent, as well as other similar information, will be stored on Vista servers or servers of other parties directly involved in the delivery of the website. These will not specifically identify users and the information will be used internally for website traffic analysis only.

If users provide unique identifying information, such as name, address and other information on forms stored on this site, this information will not be published or made available for general access, but shall be used for statistical purposes.

Neither FS-TEP nor ESA does sell or rent its website users' names, addresses, email addresses or other personal information.


Use of IP addresses

The IP address is a number that is automatically given to your computer when you are surfing on the internet. Servers that host web pages, automatically identify your computer through its IP number. FS-TEP uses IP addresses in order to carry out statistics, however, as IP addresses and personal identification are not linked to each other users remains anonymous.


Use of cookies

Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to an individual hard drive for record-keeping purposes; passwords are not saved in cookies. Cookies help us to know which pages are visited most often and helps ensure that the website responds to users' needs.

If you do not wish to receive a cookie, or if you wish your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, you may use the option on your web browser to disable cookies. Click on the 'help' section of your browser to learn how to change cookie preferences. However, please note that if you disable all cookies you may not be able to take advantage of all the features available on this website.

Neither FS-TEP nor Vista use personal identification details transferred through cookies either for promotion or marketing purposes, nor will such information be shared with a third party.


Web analysis

Analysis tools are used on our website to collect general information about visitors’ usage behaviour. Such information includes, for example, pages accessed, length of visit, referring sites, and general information on your computer system, such as operating system, screen resolution, browser used, etc. All data collected are saved with anonymisation and cannot be assigned to you personally. If you wish to revoke your consent to this anonymised collection of your usage behaviour, you can do so by disabling cookies in your browser.


Use of Google Analytics

This website also uses Google Analytics, an Internet analysis service provided by Google. Google Analytics uses so-called cookies (small text files), which are stored on your computer and make it possible to analyse your use of the website.

The information that is generated by the cookies about your use of this home page (including your IP address) is transmitted to a Google server in the USA where it is saved. Google uses this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity, and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage for the home page operator. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process this data on Google's behalf. Google will never associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You can prevent cookies from being installed by adjusting the settings in your browser software accordingly; you should be aware, however, that by doing so you may not be able to make full use of all the functions of this website. By using this home page, you consent to the processing of data collected about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

We would like to point out that this website uses Google Analytics exclusively by utilising a deactivation add-on 'anonymizeIp()'. Your IP address will not be saved in full. Identification of the website visitor is not possible.

By installing the browser add-on to disable Google Analytics ( you can object to its use. You thereby communicate to Google Analytics that no information about the website visit is to be transmitted to Google Analytics. We will not use tracking tools without your express consent to:

  • collect personal data about you;
  • transmit such data to third-party providers and marketing platforms; or
  • link the data to your personal information (name, address etc.).


Profiling when visiting this website

Profiling based on your click behaviour is performed on our website. This serves to improve your customer experience when you visit our website. We use cookies to enable this. If you do not want this, you can configure your browser in such a way that it informs you of the placement of cookies and allows you to permit them only in individual cases. You may not be able to use all of the functions of our website if you disable cookies.

In all of these cases, automated decision-making does not take place within the meaning of the GDPR.


  1. Are personal data transmitted to non-member states?

In principle, we do not transmit data to non-member states. In individual cases, data are transmitted only as a result of an adequacy decision from the European Commission, standard contractual clauses, appropriate guarantees, or your express consent.


  1. What are my data protection rights?

You have the right to information, rectification, erasure, or restriction of the processing of your stored data, the right to object to the processing of your data, the right to data portability, and the right of complaint in accordance with the provisions of Data Protection Law, at any time.


Right to information:

You may demand confirmation from us as to whether and to what extent we process your data.


Right to rectification:

If we process your personal data, and if it is incomplete or incorrect, you may demand, at any time, that we correct or supplement it.


Right to erasure:

You may demand that we delete your personal data if we process it illegally or if such processing disproportionately interferes with your justified interest of protection. Please note that there may be reasons that prevent an immediate deletion, e.g. statutory retention obligations.

Irrespective of your right to erasure, we will delete your data immediately and completely unless such action is prevented by an applicable contractual or legal retention period.


Right to restriction of processing:

You may demand that we limit the processing of your data if

  • you dispute the accuracy of the data, that is for such a period of time that we can verify its correctness;
  • processing the data is illegal, but you are opposed to its deletion and demand limitation of its use instead;
  • we no longer need the data for the intended purpose, but you still need them to assert or defend any claims; or
  • you have filed an objection against the processing of the data.


Right to data portability:

You have the right to receive the data, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format, and have the right to transmit these data to another responsible party without hindrance from us, provided that:

  • we process these data on the basis of a revocable declaration of consent provided by you or to perform a contract concluded between us; and
  • the processing is carried out by automated means.

If technically feasible, you have the right to have your data transmitted directly to another responsible party by us.


Right to object:

If we process your data on the basis of legitimate interests, you have the right to object to this processing, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time; this also applies to profiling based on these provisions. We shall then no longer process your data unless we can demonstrate compelling, legitimate grounds for its processing, which override your interests, rights, and freedoms or for the establishment, exercise, or defence of legal claims. You have the right to object to the processing of your data for direct marketing purposes at any time, without stating a reason.


Right of complaint:

If you believe that we are processing your data in violation of German or European data protection law, please contact us to clear up any questions. You are of course entitled to file a complaint with the supervisory authority responsible for VISTA and BayWa AG, the Bavarian Data Protection Authority (BayLDA).

If you want to assert any of the above-mentioned rights vis-à-vis our company, please refer to the contact opportunity of FS-TEP/VISTA listed under point 1. In cases of doubt, we may request additional information to confirm your identity.


  1. Am I obligated to provide data?

The processing of your data is required in order to conclude or fulfil the contract that you have entered into with us. If you do not provide us with these data, generally speaking, we cannot conclude the contract or execute the order; similarly, we cannot continue to implement an existing contract and this may result in its termination. However, with regard to data not relevant or not legally required for the fulfilment of the contract, you are not obligated to give your consent to data processing.