Privacy policy


FORK LANE collectively, “FORK LANE”, “us” or “we understand that your privacy is important to you. FORK LANE takes data protection very seriously and treats personal data of users confidentially and in accordance with legal regulations. The personal data are handled carefully and collected, processed and used in accordance with the legal data protection regulations. The aim of collecting personal data is the ongoing optimization of our websites, the communication options offered, the online offers and the design of our products and services.

Version: Version 1.1.0 from May 11, 2021


This data protection declaration explains the type, scope and purpose of the collection and use of personal data by FORK LANE when you visit our website and when you use the communication options and online offers.

By using this website and the information and services provided by FORK LANE, you agree to this privacy policy. The main scope of this data protection declaration therefore relates to the use of general FORK LANE websites and direct or indirect communication with FORK LANE.

Individual FORK LANE portfolio elements require special regulations and contractual agreements with regard to data protection due to their technical and technical characteristics. As a rule, these are suites and technical services offered by FORK LANE, the use of which requires a separate contract with separate data protection agreements. Likewise, specific regulations with regard to data protection can be made within the scope of individual implementations and customer-specific projects.

This data protection declaration does not apply to websites, online services and / or other products and online offers of third parties. The websites operated by FORK LANE and other online offers could contain links to external websites of third parties, which we neither influence nor control. Despite careful control of the content, we assume no liability for the content of external links or for compliance with the legal data protection regulations on the linked websites.

FORK LANE reserves the right to amend this data protection declaration at any time. Basically, users must assume that the websites, products and services of FORK LANE are subject to ongoing technical and professional developments, which also bring about an adaptation of this data protection declaration.

For this reason, we recommend that you review the relevant data protection declarations in the currently valid versions at regular intervals. Definitions of the terms used (e.g. “personal data” or “processing”) can be found in Art. 4 GDPR. You can find the General Data Protection Regulation on the web at various publicly available information sources and stately authorities.

Use of information

FORK LANE uses your personal data to fulfil your requests for information, process your requests to participate in conferences and events, personalize content that you view or receive on the Sites, evaluate and improve our services, distribute newsletters and alerts to you, analyse the Sites’ performance and functioning, publish your letters to the editor or comments, prevent fraud, enforce our terms of use, comply with all applicable laws and corporate reporting obligations, enforce FORK LANE’s agreements, and accomplish other purposes you may initiate or request.

In some situations, the collection of personal data may be required for the operation of the Sites, or we may use it in the course of our business activities, including in connection with some client services, for example, to provide certain services or products such as our benchmarking products. We may combine and/or analyse personal data to evaluate and offer content and services most relevant to you. We may keep any of your personal data on file and use it to contact you.

FORK LANE and its service providers may use first- and third-party Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies, including web beacons, to manage our Sites and our services and collect analytics about how you use them.

FORK LANE and its service providers may collect information about whether you open or click any links in the knowledge, research or event communications that we send to you. The information provided throughout this Privacy Policy about cookies also applies to these other tracking technologies. Please refer to our Cookie Policy for more details regarding our use of Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies.

The business communication information that can be automatically identified is saved at least until the expiry of the tax retention period (7 years) and at most until the end of product liability (10 years). In general, it should be noted that the deletion of archived data is based on entire fiscal years, which can slightly shift the exact retention period. Due to backup and archiving processes, the stored data can remain in our systems for a further 12 months.

Dealing with Comments and Posts

If a user leaves contributions or comments on the websites operated by FORK LANE and other online content, the user’s IP address is saved. This is due to the legitimate interest of FORK LANE in the sense of the GDPR and serves the security of us as the website operator.

Should a contribution or comment by users violate applicable law, we can be prosecuted for why we have an interest in the identity of the comment or contribution author.

Cookie Policy

As part of the use of FORK Lane, websites and other online offers, so-called cookies are set on the client side. The use of cookies corresponds to the state of the art. The purpose of cookies is to design user-friendly, effective and secure applications.
Cookies are small files that are stored locally on users’ end devices as part of the use of websites and online offers.

Cookies can contain various data, such as IP addresses, browser type, browser version, the page visited, time and date of the visit, the time spent on these pages, unique assignment features of your device and other diagnostic data.
We differentiate between the following types of cookies:

General cookies: Cookies for basic technical implementation of services and functionalities such as identity verification, service continuity and location
Support cookies: Cookies that support interactive services such as chat support and customer feedback tools.
Advertising cookies: Anonymous information for recommendations of relevant products and services
Analytics cookies: Cookies for the collection of anonymous data about the use of websites and the functionality to optimize online offers, products and services.

If the use of cookies is not desired, the user can make the appropriate browser settings. Users can be informed about the setting of cookies; the setting of cookies can be deactivated entirely, and individual cookies can be allowed as required. The deactivation of cookies can restrict the functionality of websites
and online offers.

Web Tracking

The websites and other portfolio elements of FORK LANE use the service “Google Analytics”, which is offered by Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheater Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA) due to the legitimate interests of optimizing and analysing online offers, The service (Google Analytics) uses cookies that are created on users’ end devices.

The information collected by the cookies is usually sent to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google LLC complies with European data protection law and is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement:

The websites operated by FORK LANE and other online offers use technologies for IP anonymization by the transfer of information to Google Analytics. The IP address of users within the member states of the EU and the European Economic Area and in the other contracting states of the agreement will be shortened. Only in individual cases is the IP address initially sent to a Google server in the United States and abbreviated there. This shortening eliminates the personal reference of IP addresses to specific users.

The user’s IP address transmitted by the browser is not combined with other data stored by Google. As part of the agreement on the order data agreement, which FORK LANE as a website operator has concluded with Google Inc., the website uses the information collected to evaluate website usage and website activity and provides services related to internet usage. The data collected by Google on our behalf is used to evaluate the use of our online offer by individual users, e.g. B. to create reports on the activity on the website to improve our online offer.

Using browser settings, users have the option of preventing cookies from being stored on their end devices. It should be noted that the general deactivation of cookies can have a negative impact on the user-friendliness and functionality of websites. Furthermore, by using browser plug-ins, users can prevent the information collected by cookies (including the IP address) from being sent to Google Inc. and used by Google Inc. The link to the plugins is:

Data Storage Web Shops

Certain FORK LANE products and services can be obtained from end customers and partners via corresponding web shops operated by FORK LANE.

Temporary storage of information in temporary cookies is also imperative for technical reasons with regard to the mapping of sessions and processes. Further information on the handling of cookies can be found below in this data protection declaration. In addition, the following data is also stored with us for the purpose of contract execution:
• Customer data such as name, date of birth, billing address, delivery address etc.
• Payment information such as credit cards, bank account number etc.
• Documents such as business records, certificates etc.
• Personal preferences and attitudes
• Marketing-relevant information such as interests of customers and
• Users, segmentation etc.
• Communication data such as evaluations, messages etc.

The information provided by users is necessary to fulfil the contract or to carry out pre-contractual measures. Without this data, contracts and services cannot be concluded. In principle, the information and documents you provide will not be passed on to third parties without your consent. Exceptions to this are the transmission of credit card data and other payment information to the processing banking institutions and payment service providers for the purpose of payment, the transmission of relevant information to commissioned transport companies and other logistics partners for the delivery of goods, and the forwarding of relevant data to commissioned external tax and law firms Fulfilment of tax and legal obligations. In the case of external partners and subcontractors used by FORK LANE, the information relevant for the fulfilment of the contract is made available to external partners.

The cooperation of FORK LANE with external partners is contractually regulated, which is why they are also obliged to comply with this data protection declaration. Data processing takes place on the basis of the legal provisions of Section 96 (3) TKG and Art 6 (1) lit a (consent) and / or lit b (necessary to fulfil the contract) of the GDPR.

After the purchase process is cancelled, the data stored by us will be deleted. In the event of a contract being concluded, all data from the contractual relationship will be saved at least until the end of the tax retention period (7 years) and up to the expiry of product liability (10 years). In the case of sales transactions, data such as name, address, purchased goods and purchase date are generally saved until the end of product liability (10 years).

Due to backup and archiving processes, the stored data can remain in our systems for a further 12 months in both cases.

User forums

You should be aware that whenever you publicly disclose information online, that information could be collected and used by others. FORK LANE is not responsible for any action or policies of any third parties who collect information that users publicly disclose in any such forums on the Sites

Social Networking

The Sites may allow you to sign into and associate your social network accounts including, but not limited to, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube, with FORK LANE the Sites also may allow you to log in to a FORK LANE account using certain social network account credentials.

By associating your social network account with FORK LANE or logging in to a FORK LANE account using your social network account credentials, you give us permission to access information that you have made available in your public profile for that social network account.

The information available in your public profile varies based on the social network and your settings, but may include your email address, real name, profile picture, gender, and location. We use the information we receive from your social network account in accordance with the social network’s terms of use and this Privacy Policy.

Please refer to the privacy settings in your social network account for information about what data is shared with FORK LANE and other connected applications and to manage the data that is shared through your account, including information about your activities using our Sites.

If you would like to disconnect a social media account from us, refer to the settings of that social network account and its provider.


Technical Access Data

Besuch von unseren Webseiten und bei der Nutzung von angebotenen Kommunikationsmöglichkeiten und Online-Angeboten.

Seitens STINA werden aufgrund des berechtigten Interesses (Details zu berechtigten Interessen können der DSGVO entnommen werden) Daten über Zugriffe auf unsere Webseiten und andere Online-Angebote erhoben und in Form von Logfiles und Protokollen abgelegt. Die Erhebung von Zugriffen erfolgt aus Sicherheitsgründen, um z. B. Missbrauchsfälle aufklären zu können.

Dabei werden folgende Informationen erfasst:

  • Besuchte Website & Services
  • Uhrzeit zum Zeitpunkt des Zugriffes
  • Menge von übertragenen gesendeten Daten
  • Transaktionsmetadaten
  • Interaktionen-Metadaten von Nutzern
  • Quelle/Verweis bei weitergeleiteten Anfragen und Navigation
  • Prozess- und Session-relevante Informationen wie Client-ID, User-ID, Browser-ID, Node-ID etc.
  • Verwendeter Browser
  • Verwendetes Betriebssystem
  • Verwendete IP-Adresse

Die Logfiles und Protokolle werden für einen Zeitraum von 6 Monaten aufbewahrt und anschließend gelöscht. Bedingt durch Backup- und Archivierungsprozesse können die Logfiles und Protokolle aber auch für einen Zeitraum von weiteren 12 Monaten in unseren Systemen verbleiben, sodass in Summe eine maximale Aufbewahrungsdauer von 18 Monaten gegeben ist.

Grundsätzlich erfolgt keine Weitergabe von Logfiles und Protokollen an Dritte. Eine Ausnahme davon bildet die gesetzlich verpflichtende Herausgabe von Logfiles und Protokollen auf Anfrage von staatlichen Ermittlungsbehörden.

Müssen Daten aus Beweisgründen aufgehoben werden, sind sie solange von der Löschung ausgenommen bis der Vorfall endgültig geklärt ist. Dabei kann aufgrund von technischen Gegebenheiten keine separate Behandlung von bestimmten Nutzer-Daten garantiert werden, da Logfiles, Protokolle und Backups in der Regel gesamte Systeme umfassen.

Rights of Users

Where granted by applicable law, you may have the right to request access to the personal data that we have collected about you for the purposes of reviewing, modifying, or requesting deletion of the data. You may also have the right to request a copy of the personal data that we have collected about you and to have any inaccuracies in that data corrected. In certain circumstances, you may also request that we cease processing your personal data.

If users assume that the processing of their data violates data protection law or that the data protection claims have otherwise been violated, the user can submit a complaint to us via  or to the responsible data protection authority.


Nutzer dieser Webseite können von ihrem Widerspruchsrecht Gebrauch machen und der Verarbeitung ihrer personenbezogenen Daten zu jeder Zeit widersprechen.

Wenn Sie eine Berichtigung, Sperrung, Löschung oder Auskunft über die zu Ihrer Person gespeicherten personenbezogenen Daten wünschen oder Fragen bzgl. der Erhebung, Verarbeitung oder Verwendung Ihrer personenbezogenen Daten haben oder erteilte Einwilligungen widerrufen möchten, wenden Sie sich bitte an folgende E-Mail-Adresse:

Deletion of Data

If your request does not conflict with a legal obligation to store data (e.g. data retention), you have the right to have your data deleted.

Data stored by us will be deleted if they are no longer required for their intended purpose and there are no statutory retention periods.

If deletion cannot be carried out because the data is required for permitted legal purposes, data processing is restricted. In this case, the data will be blocked and not processed for other purposes.

Consent; changes to Privacy Policy

By using the Sites, you consent to the collection, use, and storage of your personal data by us in the manner described in this Privacy Policy and elsewhere on the Sites. We reserve the right to make changes to this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will alert you to any such changes by updating this Privacy Policy.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy or if you would like to communicate with our EU Data Protection Officer or the Data Privacy Team, please contact us at: