Privacy Policy

PI respects the privacy of all persons visiting our website. We would like to inform you about what data we collect and how they are used. You also learn how you can verify this information and how to request deletion of these data from PI. Data are collected, processed and used in accordance with the statutory data protection provisions.

This information on data protection does not apply to third party websites which can be reached via links on the PI website.

Collecting, Using and Processing Personal Data

Personal data are collected to be processed and used by us only if you opt for entering the data or give your explicit consent. If you do so, you thereby accept the following terms and conditions of use.

When you visit our websites, certain data are automatically stored on our servers for system administration, statistical or backup purposes. The data concerned are the name of your internet service provider, possibly your IP address, the version of your browser software, the operating system of the computer from where our site has been accessed, the website from where you are visiting us, and possibly the search words you have used to find our website. Under certain circumstances, these data might permit to track the person who visited the website. Personal data, however, are not exploited in this connection. Exploitation of these data is generally anonymous. If PI forwards data to external service providers, technical and organizational measures are taken that ensure that the forwarding is done is accordance with the statutory provisions on data privacy.

If you provide personal data to us on your own initiative, we will not use, process or forward these data beyond the extent that is admissible by law or to which you have given your consent. Beyond this, we shall pass on your data only if we are obligated to do so by official directives or court orders.

Any modification of our privacy policy shall be published on this website. Thus, you can at any time obtain information on what data we store and how we collect and use them.


PI shall keep all your data safe and take any precautionary measures to protect your data against loss, misuse or being modified. Contractors of PI who are given access to your data in order to provide services for you on behalf of PI shall be contractually obligated to keep these data in secrecy and shall not be permitted to use these data for any other than the intended purpose.

Personal Data of Children

PI does not want to collect any personal data of persons under the age of 14. Should it be required, PI shall explicitly point out to children, wherever appropriate, that they should not send any personal information to PI.

Your Requests and Inquiries/ Privacy Officer

Any data that have been stored will be deleted by PI when the legal or contractual period of retention has expired or when PI no longer needs the data. Of course, you have the possibility to verify this information or to request deletion of your data. Furthermore, you are at any time entitled to withdraw your consent to any future use or processing of your personal data. In such cases or if your have any other requests concerning your personal data, please send us an e-mail or a letter to our Privacy Officer: Hans Joachim Dionisius, Staufenstraße 5, 73773 Aichwald, Germany,

Public Index of Procedures

Pursuant to Section 4g of the German Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, BDSG), the privacy officer is required to publicly disclose, in an appropriate way, the following information as required in Section 4e of the BDSG:

Name of controller

Physik Instrumente (PI) GmbH & Co. KG

Managing Directors

Dr. Karl Spanner (chairman), Dr. Peter Schittenhelm, Markus Spanner

Address of controller

Auf der Roemerstrasse 1
76228 Karlsruhe


Purpose of collecting, processing or using the data

The corporate purpose of the enterprise is the development and manufacturing of micro- and nanopositioning technology which are used worldwide in the semi-conductor and telecommunications industries, in research and measurement labs, in medical technology and machine engineering. Our activities focus on the entire range of micro- and nanopositioning across all kinds of applications. A core technology is the piezo technology.

The enterprise is entitled to acquire or hold participations in companies of any kind within Germany and abroad and to do any business transactions that further the corporate purpose.


Description of persons concerned and the corresponding data or data categories

Data of customers, employees, retired employees, employees of affiliated companies, employees of other companies (contractors), leasing staff, applicants, external inventors or their legal successors, suppliers and service providers, external customers, consumers, test persons, visitors of our plant, investors, financial analysts and shareholders as far as these date are required for the purposes specified above.


Recipients or categories of recipients to whom the data might be disclosed

Public authorities, health insurance companies and employers' liability insurance associations as far as required by law, external contractors pursuant to Section 11 of the German Data Protection Act (BDSG), external service providers, affiliated companies.


Standard periods for deleting the data

The legislator has prescribed a variety of retention duties and periods. After the expiration of these periods, the data will be routinely deleted. If data are not subject to a period of retention, they will be deleted if the purposes described above are no longer applicable.


Planned data transmission to third states

In the framework of a global information system, personnel data are to be made available to a selected group of executives, also in third countries. Corresponding data privacy agreements according to the EU standard shall be contractually agreed upon with the enterprises concerned.

Using Facebook Social Plug-ins

It may be possible that social plug-ins ("plug-ins") of the social network operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA ("Facebook") are used on the PI Internet pages. This relates in particular to the "Like" button of Facebook.

When you visit one of our Internet pages that includes such a plug-in, your browser will establish a direct connection to the Facebook servers. Facebook will transmit the content of the plug-in directly to your browser, which will include it into the Internet page. By the integration of the plug-ins, Facebook will receive the information that you have accessed the Internet page concerned. If you are logged in into your Facebook account while visiting the website, Facebook can assign the visit to your Facebook account. When you interact with the plug-ins, e.g. by pressing the "Like" button" or writing a comment, the corresponding information will be transmitted directly to Facebook by your browser and stored there.

For the purpose and the scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Facebook as well as your rights and the setting options for protecting your privacy, please refer to the data protection information of Facebook.

If you do not want that Facebook assigns the visit on our website to your Facebook account, you have to log out of Facebook before visiting our website.


We use cookies to make it easier for you to use our Internet pages. Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored temporarily by your browser on the hard disk of your computer and are required for using our Internet pages. The information contained in the cookies is used for controlling the Internet session, in particular for improving the navigation, which makes a website very user-friendly. The cookies we use do not store any personal data.

Most browsers accept cookies automatically. You can prevent this by modifying the settings of your browser. But we explicitly point out that you may then be no longer able to use all functions of the PI website to the full extent. You can remove cookies stored on your computer at any time by deleting the temporary Internet files (e.g. browser bar > Tools > Internet options).

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analyzing service of Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies that permit an analysis of how you have used the website. The information concerning your use of this website (including your IP address) created by the cookie is transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. But if the IP anonymization is activated on this website, the IP address will be truncated before it is transmitted within the member states of the European Union or other states that are contracting parties 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 truncated there. Google will use this information in order to evaluate your use of the website, to prepare reports about the website activities for the website operators and to provide further services connected to the use of the website and the Internet. Google might also transmit this information to a third party as far as this is legally required or if third parties process these data on behalf of Google.

In no case shall Google establish a connection between your IP address with other data stored by Google.

Most browsers accept cookies automatically. You can prevent this by modifying the settings of your browser. But we explicitly point out that you may then be no longer able to use all functions of the PI website to the full extent.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of the data collected about you by Google in the way and for the purpose described above.

Another possibility to prevent the transmission of data to Google Analytics: >> Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-ons.

You can deactivate the function of having your data recorded by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set that prevents your data from being recorded when visiting this website: >> Deactivate Google Analytics.