General Terms and Conditions of Use

This website is subject to the following terms and conditions of use which shall be binding both on RWE AG, as the provider of the said website, and on all those who use it. The user’s attention will be drawn to any exceptions to these terms and conditions on the pages affected, the use of which shall thereupon be subject to special terms and conditions in addition to the general terms and conditions presented here.

1. Provision of general data and information
RWE AG makes every effort to ensure that the information and data contained on the website www.rwecompanius.com is correct. RWE reserves the right to modify or supplement the information or data provided without prior notice.

2. Contractual relations
The www.rwecompanius.com website contains information on cooperative ventures with various service providers. Users of the site can therefore access the service pages of partner enterprises of RWE AG. Through the use of such services, users of the website enter into a contractual relationship with the relevant service provider, whose own terms and conditions shall then apply. Responsibility for the content and legality of websites that can be accessed via the www.rwecompanius.com website shall remain with the partner enterprises who provide them, to the exclusion of all others. If the services of a service provider are used, the ensuing contractual relationship shall be between the user and the relevant partner enterprise, to the exclusion of all others, and shall be subject to the terms applicable for such contractual relations.

3. Liability
RWE AG cannot guarantee that the information and data provided are up-to-date, correct and complete and therefore shall not accept any liability for the same. The same shall apply to all other websites to which links are provided. The mere provision of such a link shall not be taken to mean thatRWE AG supports or agrees with the content of the website accessed in this way.SinceRWE AG has no control over the content of websites to which links are provided, it cannot accept any responsibility for the same.For the same reason,RWE AG shall not accept any liability for any unlawful, erroneous or incomplete content, or for any damage resulting from the use of websites to which links are provided. The same shall apply to the content of any guest books, discussion forums, directories, mailing lists and other forms of database provided by RWE AG which can be accessed by persons outside the company.

RWE cannot be held liable for the actions of partner enterprises.

RWE accepts no liability for the availability or freedom from disruptions of the services provided at www.rwecompanius.com.

Wherever the RWE Group itself offers services, the general terms and conditions of the company offering the services shall apply and be provided accordingly.

In all other cases, RWE can be held liable – irrespective of the legal grounds for a claim, including unlawful actions – only

– if RWE AG, the company organs or persons acting in its name cause damage through gross negligence or with intent, or culpably violate an obligation that is essential to the contract (cardinal obligation) in a manner likely to jeopardise the purpose of the contract,

– if other vicarious agents of RWE AG not belonging to the categories specified above violate, through gross negligence or with intent, an obligation that is essential to the contract (cardinal obligation) in a manner likely to jeopardise the purpose of the contract.

If the said company organs or persons acting in the name of RWE AG do not violate a cardinal obligation through gross negligence or with intent, the liability of RWE AG shall be restricted to such damage as could reasonably have been foreseen upon conclusion of the contract. This limitation of liability applies to the extent of the damage as well.

The liability of RWE AG according to product liability law and other statutory regulations remains unaffected by the limitation of liability specified above. There shall be no liability on the part of RWE AG going beyond this.

Any prices for products or services quoted on www.rwecompanius.com are subject to change.

4. Copyright
The content of the website www.rwecompanius.com is protected by copyright. The information or data provided there and in particular texts, parts of texts or visuals, may not be reproduced or published without the prior consent of RWE AG. The texts and visuals provided specifically for publication by the press are exempted from this.

5. Applicable law
All information or data, the use of the same and log-in to the www.rwecompanius.com website as well as all actions, sufferance of actions or inaction associated with the website shall be subject to German law to the exclusion of the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods. Any disputes shall be settled at the domicile of the service provider.
6. Final provisions
RWE AG reserves the right to modify these terms and conditions of use from time to time and to amend them in line with the latest technical and legal developments. Should any one of the terms above be rendered null and void, this shall not impinge on the validity of the terms and conditions of use in their entirety.


Data Protection

RWE on the topic of data protection
We are very concerned about the safety of personal data such as names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. Our web-based activities are therefore governed by the laws on data protection and data security. In the following we will explain the types of information we collect, if necessary, and how such information is handled.

Personal data
The protection of your personal data is a top priority for RWE AG. We therefore refrain from collecting any personal data via our website without your consent. You alone decide – during registration, or when taking part in a survey, for example – whether or not you want to disclose such data to us. Personal data are generally used only for the purposes of answering your enquiry or giving you access to special information or offers.

Non-personal data
When you visit the www.rwecompanius.com website, it is possible that from time to time, certain types of information will be collected automatically (i.e. not through your log-in). This information (e.g. the Internet browser and operating system used, the domain name of the website you came from, the number of visits, average time on a given site or the pages called up) cannot be assigned to a specific person and is used solely to ascertain the attractiveness of our website and to improve its content.

Cookies – information automatically stored on your computer
When you visit the www.rwecompanius.com website, it is possible that your computer will save certain types of information in the form of a cookie, which will be recognised automatically next time you visit the site. Cookies allow us to adapt a website to your interests, for example, or to save your password so that you do not have to enter it every time you visit the site. If you do not want us to recognise your computer, please set your Internet browser so that it deletes such cookies from your hard disk, blocks all cookies, or warns you before saving a cookie.


Details to Web analytics
This website uses etracker technology (www.etracker.com) to collect visitor behavior data. The data is collected anonymously to be used for marketing and optimization purposes. All visitor data is saved using an anonymous user ID and can be used to aggregate a usage profile.. Cookies may be used for this purpose. Cookies are small text files that are stored in the visitor’s local browser cache. Using such cookies it is possible to recognize the visitor’s browser.
The data collected via etracker technology will not be used to determine the personal identity of the website visitor or compiled with personal data pertaining to the user of the pseudonym unless agreed to separately by the person concerned. The collection and storage of data may be refused at any time with respect to subsequent services.

Children should not send personal data to the www.rwecompanius.com website without the consent of their parents or guardian. RWE AG urges all parents and carers to teach their children how to handle personal data safely and responsibly on the Internet. RWE AG certainly does not knowingly collect personal data from children, nor would it use such data or pass them on to third parties without due authorisation.

RWE AG takes precautions to ensure the safety of your personal data and to protect them against loss, destruction, falsification, manipulation as well as unauthorised access or unauthorised disclosure.

Links to other websites
The www.rwecompanius.com website contains links to other websites. RWE AG is not responsible for either the data protection strategies or the content of these other websites.

Questions and comments
If you have any questions or comments on data protection as practised by RWE AG or would like to view and possibly update your personal data, please contact us with the words "Data Protection" in the subject line. Since developments on the Internet are likely to affect our data protection strategy, any alterations will be announced in good time here on this page.

RWE AG 2009, Essen