SMR Stainless Club - Data Protection Policy

Last Update: 07/12/2021

Thank you for your interest and your visit to our website. We respect your privacy and protect your personal data whenever you access our website or contact us. Below, we therefore provide you with detailed information on how your personal data is processed by us incl. type, extent and purpose of data collection.

The website is a service provided by SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH. Details can be found here.

Collection, Processing and Storage of Personal Data

SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH collects, processes, and stores your personal data only if this is permitted by statutory provisions or if you have given your consent to this. The data is obtained by us in two ways: either you provide the data to us, or we collect the data when you use our services.

You may use our website without your direct communication of personal data. For some services, we inquire personal information from you to be able to provide the respective service fast and user-friendly or to be able to offer the service at all.

Basically, we do not transfer your data to third parties outside SMR Group (that also includes SMR Events GmbH and SMR Premium GmbH) except from individual cases that are listed within this privacy statement (e.g. payment service provider, website analytics). We take appropriate measures to ensure that the data collected by us cannot be read or intercepted by third parties from the outside.

The use by third parties of all published contact details on this website for the purpose of advertising is expressly prohibited. We reserve the right to take legal action in the case of unsolicited advertisement.

Data Provided by You

User Account

In order the access the full content and services of this website you need to create a user account. This is required as we provide market intelligence, data and information that are copyright protected and my only be used registered user (legitimate interest in accordance with of Article 6, 1, f of GDPR / DSGVO).

Personal data is collected by us only if you communicate such data to us voluntarily when filling out the registration form. During registration we collect company name, VAT identification number, company website, company address (street, postal code, city, and country), first name, last name, telephone number, e-mail address as well as newsletter preference. You need to create an individual password in order to access the member section of this website. After logging in you have the possibility to make changes to the information you provided during the registration process.

Data that a user enters into these forms are used by SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH and SMR Group (SMR Events GmbH, SMR Premium GmbH) solely for contacting purposes, which includes sending promotional material for services and events. Any forwarding of the data to third parties (except other companies of the SMR Group) without the express consent of the user shall not take place.

Based on your rights described below, you may at any time request deletion of your user account.

In case the user selects a paid subscription for our services, we will need the information for billing purpose. In this case the data has to be stored for a certain period as required by tax and commercial law regulations.

In case you pay by credit card, your data may be transferred to a carefully selected payment service provider. Any other transfer of your data to other third parties will take place only if we are legally required to do so.

We create cookies, which are technically necessary for a proper functionality of your user account.


If you subscribe to our newsletter, we use the necessary data collected by us in this respect or separately communicated by you, in order to send you our email newsletter on a regular basis in accordance with your consent as defined in Art. 6 (1) GDPR / DSGVO. To facilitate the administration and execution of the newsletter distribution and the performance measurement (coverage, click-through rate), we use a tool provided by a service provider carefully selected and obliged to protect data privacy. You may at any time unsubscribe from our newsletters either by changing the newsletter preference settings in your user account, by a message sent to the contact described below or via the dedicated link contained in the newsletter.

Social Media

You may also contact us within the Social Media (LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter) that are linked on this site. These social media services themselves collect personal data, for example via your profile filed in these media or your account. For details on the purpose and scope of the collection and the further processing and use of the data by these providers as well as on your relevant rights and configuration options to protect your privacy, please read the privacy statements of:




Data obtained by us when using our services


Some data is acquired automatically without any action on your part for technical reasons once you visit our website. This data is temporarily stored in a so-called logfiles.  E.g. the following information is stored: domain, IP address, date & time, requests, status code, bytes transferred, user agent.

This data is processed in order to ensure a smooth connection, a convenient use of our website and to ensure system security and stability (legitimate interest in accordance with of Article 6, 1, f of GDPR / DSGVO).


Our website uses cookies, which are small files automatically created by your browser and stored on your end device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, or the like), whenever you visit our website. The cookie stores information generated in connection with the specific end device used. However, this does not imply that this provides us with direct knowledge of your identity.

Firstly, cookies serve to improve your experience of our service. For instance, so-called session cookies used by us tell us which individual pages of our website have already been visited by you. These session cookies are automatically deleted after you have left our site.

Secondly, we use MATOMO cookies to collect statistical information about the use of our website and to analyse such use for the purpose of optimizing our service for you. These cookies enable us to automatically recognize when you next visit our site that you have already visited our site before. These cookies are automatically deleted after a specifically defined time.

The data processed through cookies is necessary for the specified purposes to safeguard the legitimate interests of us and of third parties in terms of Article 6 (1, f) of GDPR (DSGVO).

Personal data obtained from statistics and marketing cookies as well as advertising and tracking cookies may be processed for the specified purposes only subject to your consent in terms of Article 6 (1, a) of GDPR (DSGVO).

Your browser enables you to view the cookies filed on your computer, to delete the existing cookies, or to adjust your browser configuration to achieve that only specific cookies or no cookies at all are stored. Please note that some functions will not work or will not work properly if you have disabled cookies.

Cookie Domain Type Description Duration
YSC Advertisement YSC cookie is set by Youtube and is used to track the views of embedded videos on Youtube pages. Session
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Advertisement A cookie set by YouTube to measure bandwidth that determines whether the user gets the new or old player interface. 6 Months
CONSENT Analytics YouTube sets this cookie via embedded youtube-videos and registers anonymous statistical data. 2 years
csrf_https-contao_csrf_token Necessary This cookie is used as a protection against cross site request forgery attacks. Session
_lfuuid Analytics The _lfuuid cookie allows a website to track visitor behavior on the sites on which the cookie is installed. Tracking is performed anonymously until a user identifies himself by submitting a form. 10 years
_pk_ses**** Analytics Matomo / Piwik cookie, short lived cookies used to temporarily store data for the visit. 30 minutes
_pk_id***** Analytics Matomo / Piwik cookie, used to store a few details about the user such as the unique visitor ID. 1 year
MATOMO_SESSID Analytics Matomo cookie, used to store a few details about the user such as the unique visitor ID. Session


This website uses the web analysis service software Matomo ( to collect and store data based on our legitimate interest in the statistical analysis of the user behaviour for optimization and marketing purposes in accordance with of Article 6 (1, f) of GDPR (DSGVO).

More information can be found here:

When you visit our site, Matomo will store: the website from which you visited us from, the parts of our site you visit, the date and duration of your visit, your anonymised IP address, information from the device (device type, operating system, screen resolution, language, country you are located in, and web browser type) you used during your visit, and more. We process this usage data in Matomo Analytics for statistical purposes, to improve our site and to recognize and stop any misuse.

We use cookies (small data files transferred onto computers or devices by sites) for record-keeping purposes and to enhance functionality on our site. You may deactivate or restrict the transmission of cookies by changing the settings of your web browser. Cookies that are already stored may be deleted at any time.

You may choose to prevent this website from aggregating and analysing the actions you take here. Doing so will protect your privacy, but will also prevent the owner from learning from your actions and creating a better experience for you and other users.

You can opt in or out by clicking the checkbox below.

Data Security

This website uses HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure), a communication protocol in the World Wide Web, which is a transport encryption (data protection by technical design in accordance with Article 25 GDPR / DSGVO).

We would like to emphasize that the transmission of data via the Internet (e.g. by e-mail) may present security vulnerabilities. It is therefore impossible to safeguard data completely against access by third parties. We do not assume any liability for damages as a result of such security vulnerabilities.

Your Rights

You have the right to obtain information from us about your personal data stored by us (Article 15 GDPR / DSGVO).

At your request, we will correct the data stored by us in case they are incorrect or incomplete (Article 16 GDPR / DSGVO). If there are any changes to your personal data, we kindly ask you to inform us accordingly.

If you so wish, we will delete your data (Article 17 GDPR / DSGVO), provided that other statutory provisions (e.g. obligatory storage required by tax and commercial law regulations) or a predominant interest on our part (e.g. to defend our rights and claims) do not prevent this.

You may also request a restriction of the processing of your data (Article 18 GDPR / DSGVO).

You also have the right to receive your data in a structured, common and machine-readable format in order to transfer it to a third party (Article 20 GDPR / DSGVO).

You have the right to revoke your consent to the use of your personal data in whole or in part at any time (Article 21 GDPR / DSGVO). Your personal data will be stored until you revoke your consent. In case you revoke your consent, this shall not affect the legality of the processing of your personal data prior to revocation.

If you are of the opinion that the processing of your personal data by us violates applicable data protection law or that your rights under data protection law have been infringed in any other way, please contact us using the contact details provided below. You also have the option of complaining to the responsible supervisory authority (Austrian Data Protection Authority,, Article 77 GDPR / DSGVO).

Contact Details

SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH
Mr. Wolfgang Lipp, Vice President
Innovation Center
Kohlplatz 7
6600 Pflach

Tel. +43 (5672) 72737