PRIVACY POLICY

We are very pleased about your interest in our company. Data protection is of a particularly high priority for the management of the Wicke Group, consisting of the following companies:

The use of the Internet pages of the Wicke Group is possible without supplying any personal data. However, if a data subject wishes to make use of specific services of our company via our website, the processing of personal data may become necessary. If the processing of personal data is necessary and there is no legal basis for such processing, we generally obtain consent from the data subject.

The processing of personal data, such as the name, address, email address, or telephone number of a data subject shall always be in line with the country-specific data protection regulations applicable to the Wicke Group. By means of this privacy policy, our company would like to inform the public about the nature, scope and purpose of the personal data we collect, use and process. Furthermore, data subjects are informed of their rights by means of this privacy policy.

The Wicke Group, as the party responsible for processing personal data, has implemented numerous technical and organisational measures to ensure that all personal data processed via this website is protected at the best possible rate. Nevertheless, web-based data transmissions can have security gaps and, as a result, absolute protection cannot be guaranteed. For this reason, every data subject is free to send personal data to us by alternative means, for example by telephone.

1. Definitions

The Wicke Group privacy policy is based on the terms used by the European guideline and regulation provider when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was issued. Our privacy policy should be easy to read and understand for the public as well as for our customers and business partners. To ensure this, we would like to explain the terminology used in advance.

In this privacy policy, we use the following terms, among others:

  • a) personal data

    Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter referred to as the “data subject”). An identifiable natural person is anyone who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.

  • b) Data subject

    The data subject is any identified or identifiable natural person whose personal data is processed by the data controller.

  • c) Processing

    Processing means any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data or on sets of personal data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organisation, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, deletion or destruction.

  • d) Restriction of processing

    Restriction of processing involves tagging stored personal data with the aim of limiting its future processing.

  • e) Profiling

    Profiling means any form of automated processing of personal data consisting of the use of personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, in particular to analyse or predict aspects concerning that natural person’s performance at work, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, behaviour, location or movements.

  • f) Pseudonymisation

    Pseudonymisation means the processing of personal data in such a manner that the personal data can no longer be attributed to a specific data subject without the use of additional information, provided that such additional information is kept separately and is subject to technical and organisational measures to ensure that the personal data are not attributed to an identified or identifiable natural person.

  • g) Responsible party or party responsible for processing

    The data controller or the person responsible for processing means the natural or legal person, public authority, agency or any other body which alone or jointly with others determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data. Where the purposes and means of such processing are determined by either union law or the law of member states, either the party responsible or the specific criteria for their appointment may be provided for in accordance with union law or the law of member states.

  • h) Processor

    A third-party processor means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the data controller.

  • i) Recipient

    The recipient means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or another body to which the personal data is disclosed, whether a third party or not. Public authorities which may receive personal data in the framework of a particular enquiry in accordance with Union or Member State law shall not be regarded as recipients.

  • j) Third party

    Third party means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or body other than the data subject, controller, processor and persons who, under the direct authority of the controller or processor, are authorised to process personal data.

  • k) Consent

    Consent is any statement of intent voluntarily and unambiguously given by the data subject in an informed and unambiguous manner in the form of a statement or other unambiguous confirming act that indicates to the data subject that they have consented to the processing of their personal data.

2. Name and address of the responsible person for processing

Responsible in the sense of the general data protection regulation, other data protection laws in the member states of the European Union and other provisions of a data protection character:

Wicke GmbH + Co. KG
Elberfelder Street 109
45549 Sprockhövel
Germany
Tel.: +49 202 25 28 0
E-Mail: info@wicke.com
Website: https://www.wicke.com

3. Name and address of the Data Protection Officer

The Data Protection Officer of the data controller is:

ACU Ingenieurbüro Simon & Füting GbR
Schellenbecker Str. 32
42279 Wuppertal

Tel.: +49 162 2 99 33 60
E-Mail: datenschutz@wicke.com
Website: http://www.a-c-u.de

data subject can contact our data protection officer directly at any time with any questions or suggestions regarding data protection.

4. Cookies

The Wicke Group website uses cookies. Cookies are text files that are placed and stored on a computer system via an internet browser.

Many websites and servers use cookies. Many cookies contain a so-called cookie ID. A cookie ID is a unique identifier of the cookie. It consists of a string of characters through which websites and servers can be assigned to the specific Internet browser in which the cookie was stored. This allows internet sites and servers that have been visited to distinguish the individual’s browser of the Data Subject from other internet browsers that contain other cookies. A particular internet browser can be recognised and identified by the unique cookie ID.

Through the use of cookies, the Wicke Group can provide the users of this website with more user-friendly services that would not be possible without the cookie setting.

By means of a cookie, the information and offers on our website can be optimised in terms of the user. As already mentioned, cookies enable us to recognise the users of our website. The purpose of this recognition is to make it easier for users to use our website. For example, the user of a web page that uses cookies does not have to re-enter their access data each time they visit the web page because the web page and the cookie stored on the user’s computer system remembers the information. Another example is the cookie of a shopping basket in the online shop. The online shop remembers the items that a customer has placed in the virtual shopping basket by means of a cookie.

The data subject can prevent the use of cookies by our website at any time by adjusting the appropriate browser setting which will permanently reject all cookies. Furthermore, cookies that have already been stored can be deleted at any time via an internet browser or other software programs. This can be done on all common Internet browsers. If the data subject deactivates the storing of cookies in their Internet browser, some functions of our website may not be fully usable.

5. SSL encryption

We use a variety of security measures to ensure the security of your personal data when you place an order or enter, transmit or access your personal data. All transmitted sensitive data is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL).

After a transaction, your transaction-related information will be stored. We do not save any credit card data.

6. Collection of general data and information

The Wicke Group website collects a series of general data and information every time a person or an automated system accesses the website. This general data and information is stored in the server’s log files. We may record (1) the browser types and versions used, (2) the operating system used by the accessing system, (3) the website from which an accessing system reaches our website (so-called referrer), (4) the sub-pages which are accessed via an accessing system on our website, (5) the date and time the website was accessed, (6) an Internet Protocol address (IP address), (7) the Internet service providers of the accessing system, and (8) other similar data and information used for security purposes in the event of attacks on our IT systems.

When using this general data and information, the Wicke Group does not draw any conclusions about the data subject. When using this general data and information, the Wicke Group does not draw any conclusions about the data subject. This information is rather required in order to (1) correctly deliver the contents of our website, (2) optimise the contents of our website as well as the advertising for these, (3) ensure the permanent functionality of our information technology systems and the technology of our website as well as (4) to provide law enforcement authorities with the information necessary for prosecution in the event of a cyber attack. These anonymously collected data and information are therefore evaluated by the Wicke Group statistically with the aim of increasing data protection and data security in our company in order to ultimately ensure an optimal level of protection for the personal data processed by us. The anonymous data of the server log files are stored separately from all personal data provided by a data subject.

7. Registration on our website

The data subject has the opportunity to register on the data controller’s website by providing personal data. The personal data to be sent to the data controller is taken from the respective input screen used for registration. The personal data entered by the data subject shall be collected and stored solely for internal use by the data controller and for its own purposes. The data controller may arrange for its transfer to one or more processors, such as a parcel service, who will also use the personal data exclusively for internal use attributable to the data controller.

By registering on the data controller’s website, the IP address assigned by the Internet service provider (ISP) of the data subject, as well as the date and time of registration are also stored. This data storage takes place to prevent the misuse of our services, and, if necessary, this data will serve to clarify committed offenses. In this respect, it is necessary to store this data to protect the data controller. This data will not be passed on to third parties unless this is required by law or for the purposes of criminal prosecution.

The registration of the data subject, in which personal data is voluntary provided, is intended to enable the data controller to offer the data subject content or services that may only be offered to registered users due to the nature of the matter in question. Registered persons are free to modify the personal data provided during registration at any time or to delete it completely from the database of the controller.

Upon request, the data controller will at any time provide the data subject with information about which personal data relating to the data subject is being stored. The data controller will also correct or delete personal data when requested or instructed to do so by the data subject, provided that there is no legal obligation to retain the data in question. All employees of the data controller are available for the data subject to contact in this regard.

8. Contact possibility via the website

Due to legal regulations, the Wicke Group’s website contains information that enables customers to contact our company quickly via electronic means, as well as direct communication with us, including a general so-called electronic mail address (email address). If a data subject contacts the data controller by email or via contact form, the personal data transmitted by the data subject will be stored automatically. Such personal data transmitted on a voluntary basis by a data subject to the controller will be stored for the purposes of processing or contacting the data subject. We will not pass on this personal information to third parties.

9. Routine erasure and blocking of personal data

The data controller shall process and store the personal data of the data subject only for the period necessary to achieve the purpose of storage, or as far as this is granted by the European legislator or other legislators in laws or regulations to which the data controller is subject.

If the storage purpose is not applicable, or if a storage period prescribed by the European legislator or another competent legislator expires, the personal data is routinely blocked or erased in accordance with legal requirements.

10. Rights of the data subject

You can download the sample data protection self-assessment in accordance with the GDPR at the following link: Data protection self-assessment in accordance with the GDPR

  • a)    Right to confirmation

    Every data subject has the right, granted by the European Directive and Regulations body, to demand confirmation of whether their personal data is being processed. If a data subject wishes to exercise this right to confirmation, they may contact one of the data controller’s employees at any time.

  • b)   Right to information

    Every data subject has the right, granted by the European Directive and Regulations body, to obtain, at any time and free of charge, information from the data controller concerning any stored personal data relating to them as well as a copy of that information. Furthermore, the European regulator has granted the data subject the following information:

    • the purposes of processing
    • the categories of personal data being processed
    • the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data has been or will be disclosed, in particular recipients in third countries or international organisations
    • where possible, the envisaged period for which the personal data will be stored, or, if not possible, the criteria used to determine that period
    • the existence of a right to correct or delete the personal data concerning you or restrict its processing by the data controller or object to such processing
    • the existence of the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority
    • where the personal data is not collected from the Data Subject, any available information as to its source
    • the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, in accordance with Article 22 Paragraph1 and 4, GDPR and – at least in these cases – meaningful information on the logic involved and the scope and intended effects of such processing for the data subject

    Furthermore, the data subject has a right of access to information as to whether personal data has been transferred to a third party or to an international organisation. If this is the case, then data subjects have the right to obtain information about the security guarantees made in connection with the transfer.

    If a data subject wishes to exercise this right of access to information, they may contact an employee of the data controller at any time.

  • c)    Right to rectification

    Every data subject has the right, granted by the European Directive and Regulations body, to request the immediate correction of inaccurate personal data. Furthermore, taking into account the purposes of the processing, data subjects have the right to request that incomplete personal data be completed, including by means of a supplementary declaration.

    If a data subject wishes to exercise this right to correction, they may contact one of the data controller’s employees at any time.

  • d)    Right to deletion (right to be forgotten)

    Every data subject has the right, granted by the European Directive and Regulations body, to demand the deletion of personal data without undue delay from the data controller, and the data controller shall have the obligation to delete this personal data without undue delay where one of the following grounds applies and so long as processing is not necessary:

    • The personal data is no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which it was collected or otherwise processed.
    • The data subject withdraws his/her consent to the processing pursuant to Art. 6 para. (1) (a) GDPR or Art. 9 para. (2) (a) GDPR, and there is no other legal basis for processing.
    • The data subject objects according to Art. 21 para. 1 GDPR, and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for processing, or the data subject is entitled to submit an objection pursuant to Art. 21 para. (2) GDPR.
    • The personal data has been unlawfully processed.
    • The personal data must be deleted in compliance with the obligations under European Union or Member State law to which the Data Controller is subject.
    • The personal data concerning you has been collected in relation to services offered by the information society according to Art. 8 Para. (1) of the GDPR.

    If one of the aforementioned reasons applies, and a data subject wishes to arrange for the deletion of personal data stored by the Wicke Group, they may, at any time, contact any employee of the data controller. The Wicke Group employee will arrange for the deletion request to be complied with without delay.

    If the personal data has been made public by the Wicke Group and our company is responsible pursuant to Art. 17 Para. 1 GDPR for the deletion of personal data, the Wicke Group shall take appropriate measures, also of a technical nature, taking into account the available technology and the implementation costs, to inform other data processors who process the published personal data that the data subject has requested the deletion of all links to this personal data or of copies or replications of this personal data from these other data processors, insofar as the processing is not necessary. The Wicke Group employee will arrange everything on an individual basis.

  • e)    Right to restriction of processing

    Every data subject has the right, granted by the European Directive and Regulations body, to demand the restriction of processing if one of the following conditions is met:

    • The accuracy of the personal data is contested by the data subject, for a period enabling the data controller to verify the accuracy of the personal data.
    • the processing is unlawful and the Data Subject opposes the erasure of the personal data and requests instead the restriction of their use instead;
    • the Data Controller no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but they are required to by the Data Subject for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims;
    • the Data Subject has objected to the processing pursuant to Art. 21 para. (1) of the GDPR and it has not yet been determined whether the data controller’s legitimate reasons outweigh those of the data subject.

    If any one of the above mentioned conditions is fulfilled and a data subject wishes to request the restriction of personal data stored by the Wicke Group, they can contact an employee of the data controller at any time. The Wicke Group employee will then restrict the processing.

  • f)     Right to data portability

    Every data subject has the right, granted by the European directive and regulations body, to receive personal data relating to them, and provided by them to a data controller, in a structured, current and machine-readable format. They also have the right to transmit this data to another party without hindrance from the data controller to whom the personal data was originally provided, provided that the processing is based on the consent provided for in Art. 6 para. (1) (a) GDPR or Art. 9 para. (2) (a) GDPR or in a contract in accordance with Art. 6 para. (1) (b) GDPR and processing is carried out by means of automated procedures, except where such processing is necessary for the performance of a task in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority conferred on the data controller.

    Furthermore, in exercising their right to data portability pursuant to Art. 20 para. (1) GDPR, the data subject has the right to have personal data transmitted directly from one data controller to another data controller, insofar as this is technically feasible and this does not affect the rights and freedoms of other persons.

    To assert the right to data transferability, the person concerned can contact a Wicke Group employee at any time.

  • g)    Right to object

    Every data subject has the right, granted by the European directive and regulations body, to object at any time, on grounds relating to his or her particular situation, to the processing of personal data concerning him or her carried out on the basis of Article 6, paragraph 1(e) or (f) of the GDPR. This also applies to profiling based on these provisions.

    The Wicke Group will no longer process personal data in the event of an objection, unless we can prove compelling reasons worthy of protection for the processing, which outweigh the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

    If the Wicke Group processes personal data in order to carry out direct advertising, the person concerned has the right to object at any time to the processing of the personal data for the purpose of such advertising. This also applies to any profiling in connection with such direct advertising. If the person concerned objects to the Wicke Group processing for direct advertising purposes, the Wicke Group will no longer process the personal data for these purposes.

    In addition, the data subject has the right, for reasons arising from his/her particular situation, to object to the processing of personal data concerning him/her for scientific or historical research purposes or for statistical purposes at the Wicke Group in accordance with Art. 89 Paragraph 1 of the GDPR, unless such processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest.

    To exercise the right of objection, the person concerned may directly contact any Wicke Group employee or any other employee. Furthermore, the data subject is free, in connection with the use of information society services, notwithstanding Directive 2002/58/EC, to exercise their right to object by means of automated procedures using technical specifications.

  • h)    Automated individual decision-making, including profiling

    Every data subject has the right, granted by the European directive and regulations body, not to be subject to a decision based exclusively on automated processing, including profiling, which has a legal effect against him/her or significantly affects him/her in a similar manner, provided that the decision (1) is not necessary for the conclusion or performance of a contract between the data subject and the controller, or (2) is admissible under Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject and that such law contains appropriate measures to safeguard the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of the data subject, or (3) is made with the express consent of the data subject.

    If the decision (1) is necessary for the conclusion or performance of a contract between the data subject and the data controller or (2) is made with the express consent of the data subject, the Wicke Group shall take appropriate measures to protect the rights and freedoms as well as the legitimate interests of the data subject, including at least the right to obtain the intervention of a data controller, to state their own position and to challenge the decision.

    If the data subject wishes to exercise the rights concerning automated individual decision-making, they may contact any of the data controller’s employees at any time.

  • i)      Right to revoke data protection consent

    Every data subject has the right, granted by the European directive and regulations body, to withdraw his or her consent to the processing of his or her personal data at any time.

    If the data subject wishes to exercise the right to revoke consent, he/she may contact any employee of the data controller at any time.

11. Data protection for applications and in the application procedure

The data controller collects and processes the personal data of applicants for the purpose of handling the application procedure. Processing may also be carried out electronically. This is particularly the case if an applicant sends corresponding application documents to the controller by electronic means, for example by email or via a web form on the website. If the data controller concludes an employment contract with an applicant, the data transmitted shall be stored for the purpose of processing the employment relationship in compliance with the statutory provisions. If the data controller does not conclude an employment contract with the applicant, the application documents shall be automatically deleted two months after notification of the decision of rejection, provided that no other legitimate interests of the data controller preclude deletion. Other legitimate interest in this sense is, for example, a duty to provide evidence in proceedings under the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG).

12. Data protection regulations on the application and use of the applicant management system of BITE GmbH

On this website, the data controller has integrated the applicant management system of BITE GmbH for the purpose of processing the application procedure.

The operating company of the applicant management system is BITE GmbH, Resi-Weglein-Gasse 9, 89077 Ulm, Germany.

The data protection regulations published by BITE, which are available at https://www.b-ite.de/legal-notice.html, provide information about the collection, processing and use of personal data by BITE.

13. Data protection policy regarding use and application of Facebook

The data controller has integrated components of the company Facebook on this website. Facebook is a social network.

A social network is an Internet-based social meeting place, an online community that usually enables users to communicate with each other and interact in virtual space. A social network can serve as a platform for exchanging opinions and experiences or enables the Internet community to provide personal or company-related information. Facebook enables users of the social network to create private profiles, upload photos and network via friendship requests, among other things.

The operating company of Facebook is Facebook, Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA. The entity responsible for the processing of personal data, if the entity in question resides outside the US or Canada, is Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland.

On each visit to one of the individual pages of this website, which is operated by the data controller and which has integrated a Facebook component (Facebook plug-in), the relevant Facebook component causes the Internet browser on the data subject’s information technology system to automatically download from Facebook a representation of the corresponding Facebook component. An overview of all Facebook plug-ins can be found at https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/?locale=de_DE. As part of this technical process, Facebook receives information about the specific sub-page of our website visited by the data subject.

If the data subject is simultaneously logged in to Facebook, Facebook recognises the specific sub-page of our website visited for each visit to our website and during the entire duration of the respective visit to our website. This information is collected through the Facebook component and assigned by Facebook to the appropriate Facebook account of the data subject. If the data subject clicks one of the Facebook buttons integrated on our website, for example the “Like” button, or they leave a comment, Facebook assigns this information to the data subject’s personal Facebook user account and stores this personal data.

Facebook receives information via the Facebook component that the data subject has visited our website whenever they are logged in to Facebook at the same time as accessing our website; this happens regardless of whether the data subject clicks on the Facebook component or not. If the data subject does not want this information to be transmitted to Facebook, they can prevent it from being transmitted by logging out of their Facebook account before accessing our web page.

The data policy published by Facebook, which is available at https://de-de.facebook.com/about/privacy/, provides information on the collection, processing and use of personal data by Facebook. It also explains what setting options Facebook offers to protect the privacy of the data subject. In addition, various applications are available that make it possible to suppress data transmission to Facebook. Such applications can be used by the data subject to suppress the transfer of data to Facebook.

14. Data protection regulations regarding the use and application of Google AdSense

The data controller has integrated Google AdSense on this website. Google AdSense is an online service that enables the placement of advertising on third-party sites. Google AdSense is based on an algorithm that selects the ads displayed on third-party sites according to the content of the respective third-party site. Google AdSense allows interest-based targeting of the Internet user, which is implemented by generating individual user profiles.

The operating company of Google’s AdSense component is Alphabet Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, United States.

The purpose of the Google AdSense component is to include ads on our site. Google AdSense places a cookie on the data subject’s information technology system. Cookies have already been explained above. By setting the cookie, Alphabet Inc. is able to analyse the use of our website. Each time one of the individual pages of this website is accessed, which is operated by the responsible person and on which a Google AdSense component has been integrated, the Internet browser on the data subject’s information technology system is automatically prompted by the respective Google AdSense component to transmit data to Google for the purpose of online analysis. As part of this technical process, Alphabet Inc. obtains knowledge of personal data, such as the data subject’s IP address, which Alphabet Inc. uses, among other things, to trace the origin of visitors and clicks and subsequently enable commission statements.

The data subject can prevent the setting of cookies by our website, as already described above, at any time by means of an appropriate setting of the Internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. Such a setting of the Internet browser used would also prevent Alphabet Inc. from setting a cookie on the information technology system of the data subject. In addition, a cookie already set by Alphabet Inc. can be deleted at any time via the Internet browser or other software programs.

Google AdSense also uses so called web beacons. A web beacon is a miniature graphic embedded in Internet pages to enable log file recording and analysis, allowing statistical evaluation. The embedded pixel-code enables Alphabet Inc. to recognise whether and when an Internet page was opened by a data subject and which links were clicked on by the data subject. Web beacons are used, among other things, to evaluate the visitor flow of an Internet page.

Google AdSense transfers personal data and information, including the IP address, to Alphabet Inc. in the United States of America in order to collect and bill the advertisements displayed. This personal data is stored and processed in the United States of America. Alphabet Inc. may disclose personal data collected through the technical process to third parties.

Google AdSense is further explained at the following link, https://www.google.com/intl/en/adsense/start/.

15. Data protection provisions about the application and use of Google Analytics (with anonymisation function)

The data controller has integrated the Google Analytics component (with anonymisation function) on this website. Google Analytics is a web analytics service. Web analysis describes the surveying, collecting and analysing data regarding the behaviour of visitors to websites. A web analysis service collects, among other things, data about the website from which a data subject has accessed a website (so-called referrer), which subpages of the website have been accessed or how often and for how long a subpage has been viewed. A web analysis is mainly used to optimise a website and for cost-benefit analysis of Internet advertising.

The operator of the Google Analytics component is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA.

The responsible person uses the suffix “_gat._anonymizeIp” for the web analysis via Google Analytics. Using this addition, Google shortens and anonymises the data subject’s IP address when accessing our Internet pages from a member state of the European Union or from another signatory state to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

The purpose of the Google Analytics component is to analyse the flow of visitors to our website. Among other things, Google uses the data and information obtained to evaluate the use of our website, to compile online reports showing us the activities on our websites, and to provide other services related to the use of our website.

Google Analytics places a cookie on the data subject’s device. Cookies have already been explained above. The placement of this cookie enables Google to analyse the use of our website. Each time one of the individual pages of this website is accessed, which is operated by the data controller and on which a Google Analytics component has been integrated, the Internet browser on the data subject’s information technology system is automatically prompted by the respective Google Analytics component to transmit data to Google for the purpose of online analysis. As part of this technical process, Google receives information about personal data, such as the data subject’s IP address, which Google uses, among other things, to track the origin of visitors and clicks, and subsequently to facilitate settlement of commissions.

Cookies are used to store personal information, such as the time of access, the location from which access was made and the frequency of the data subject’s visits to our website. Each time a data subject visits our web pages, their personal information, including the IP address of their Internet connection, is transferred to Google in the United States of America. This personal data is stored by Google in the United States of America. Google may disclose such personal data collected through the technical process to third parties.

The data subject can prevent the setting of cookies by our website, as already described above, at any time by means of an appropriate setting of the Internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. Such a setting of the Internet browser used would also prevent Google from setting a cookie on the information technology system of the data subject. In addition, a cookie already set by Google Analytics can be deleted at any time via the Internet browser or other software programs.

Furthermore, it is possible for the data subject to object to and prevent the collection of data generated by Google Analytics relating to the use of this website and the processing of this data by Google. To do this, the data subject must download and install a browser add-on from the link, https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. This browser add-on informs Google Analytics via JavaScript that no data and information regarding visits to web pages may be transmitted to Google Analytics. The installation of the browser add-on is considered a contradiction by Google. If the data subject’s information technology system is deleted, formatted or reinstalled at a later time, the data subject must reinstall the browser add-on to disable Google Analytics. If the browser add-on is uninstalled or deactivated by the data subject or another person within their control, it is possible to reinstall or reactivate the browser add-on.

Additional information and Google’s privacy policy can be accessed at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/ and at http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html. Google Analytics is explained in more detail at https://www.google.com/intl/de_de/analytics/.

16. Data protection regulations regarding the use and application of Google Remarketing

The data controller has integrated Google Remarketing services on this website. Google Remarketing is a feature of Google AdWords which enables a business to show advertisements to such internet users who have previously been on the company’s website. The integration of Google Remarketing allows a company to create user-friendly advertising and to show the internet user interest-related ads.

The services of Google Remarketing are operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA.

The purpose of Google Remarketing is to show interest-based advertising. Google Remarketing allows us to display ads through the Google Network or to view them on other web pages tailored to the individual needs and interests of Internet users.

Google Remarketing places a cookie on the data subject’s information technology system. Cookies have already been explained above. By setting the cookie, Google will be able to recognise the visitor to our website, if they subsequently access websites which are also members of the Google ad network. With every visit to a web page on which Google Remarketing’s service has been integrated, the data subject’s Internet browser automatically identifies itself at Google. As part of this technical process, Google receives knowledge about personal data, such as the IP address or the user’s surfing behaviour, which Google uses, among other things, to display interest-relevant advertising.

The cookie stores personal information, such as the web pages visited by the data subject. Any time a data subject visits our website, their personal data, including the IP address of their Internet connection, is transmitted to Google in the United States of America. This personal data is stored by Google in the United States of America. Google may disclose such personal data collected through the technical process to third parties.

The data subject can prevent the setting of cookies by our website, as already described above, at any time by means of an appropriate setting of the Internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. Such a setting of the Internet browser used would also prevent Google from setting a cookie on the information technology system of the data subject. In addition, a cookie already set by Google Analytics can be deleted at any time via the Internet browser or other software programs.

The data subject may also opt to object to interest-related advertising by Google. To facilitate this, the data subject must access www.google.com/settings/ads from every single internet browser in use and enter the desired settings there.

Additional information and Google’s privacy policy can be found at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/.

17. Privacy policy on the use and application of Google+

The data controller has integrated the Google+ button as a component on this website. Google+ is a social network A social network is an Internet-based social meeting place, an online community that usually enables users to communicate with each other and interact in virtual space. A social network can serve as a platform for exchanging opinions and experiences or enables the Internet community to provide personal or company-related information. Google+ enables users of the social network to create private profiles, upload photos and network via friendship requests, among other things.

The operating company for the services of Google+ is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA.

Each time one of the individual pages of this website is accessed, which is operated by the data controller and on which a Google+ button has been integrated, the Internet browser on the information technology system of the data subject is automatically prompted by the respective Google+ button to download a representation of the corresponding Google+ button from Google. As part of this technical process, Google receives information about the specific sub-page of our website visited by the data subject. More detailed information about Google+ is available at https://developers.google.com/+/.

If the data subject is simultaneously logged in to Google+, Google recognises which specific sub-page of our website the data subject visited for each visit to our website by them and during the entire duration of the respective visit to our website. This information is collected through the Google+ button and assigned by Google to the relevant Google+ account of the data subject.

If the data subject clicks one of the Google+ buttons integrated on our website and thereby makes a Google+1 recommendation, Google assigns this information to their personal Google+ user account and stores this personal data. Google stores the Google+1 recommendation of the data subject and makes it publicly available in accordance with the conditions accepted by the data subject. A Google+1 recommendation made by the data subject on this website will subsequently be stored and processed together with other personal data, such as the name of the Google+1 account used by the data subject and the photo stored in this account in other Google services, such as the search engine results of the Google search engine, the Google account of the data subject or in other places, such as on websites or in connection with advertisements. Furthermore, Google is able to link the visit to this website with other personal data stored by Google. Google also records this personal information for the purpose of improving or streamlining Google’s various services.

The Google+ button will always inform Google that the data subject has visited our website if they are logged in to Google+ at the same time as accessing our website; this happens regardless of whether the data subject clicks the Google+ button or not.

If the data subject does not want personal data to be transmitted to Google, they can prevent such transmission by logging out of their Google+ account before accessing our web page.

Additional information and Google’s privacy policy can be found at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/. Additional information from Google regarding the Google +1 button can be found at https://developers.google.com/+/web/buttons-policy.

18. Data protection provisions for the application and use of Google AdWords

The data controller has integrated Google AdWords on this website. Google AdWords is an internet advertising service that allows advertisers to run ads in both Google’s search engine results as well as the Google Network. Google AdWords allows advertisers to pre-define certain keywords by which ads in Google’s search engine results are only displayed when users use the search engine to retrieve a keyword-relevant search result. On the Google Network, ads are distributed to thematically relevant websites using an automatic algorithm and using the previously defined keywords.

The operating company for the services of Google AdWords is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA.

The purpose of Google AdWords is to advertise our website by displaying interest-relevant advertising on the websites of third parties and in the search engine results of the Google search engine and by displaying third-party advertising on our website.

If the data subject arrives on our web page via a Google advert, a so-called conversion cookie will be deposited on the information technology system of the person in question by Google. Cookies have already been explained above. A conversion cookie loses its validity after thirty days and is not used to identify the person concerned. The conversion cookie is used to trace whether certain sub-pages, such as the shopping cart of an online shop system, were accessed on our website. The conversion cookie enables both us and Google to track whether a person who has accessed our website via an AdWords ad has generated revenue, i.e. has completed or cancelled a purchase of goods.

The data and information collected through the use of the conversion cookie is used by Google to generate visit statistics for our website. We use these visit statistics to determine the total number of users who have been referred to us via AdWords ads, i.e. to determine the success or failure of the respective AdWords ad and to optimise our AdWords ads for the future. Neither our company nor other Google AdWords advertisers receive information from Google that could identify the data subject.

The conversion cookie stores personally identifiable information, such as the web pages visited by the person in question. Any time a data subject visits our website, their personal data, including the IP address of their Internet connection, is transmitted to Google in the United States of America. This personal data is stored by Google in the United States of America. Google may disclose such personal data collected through the technical process to third parties.

The data subject can prevent the setting of cookies by our website, as already described above, at any time by means of an appropriate setting of the Internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. A pertinent browser setting will also prevent Google from placing a cookie on the IT system of the person concerned. Moreover, a cookie already set by Google AdWords can be deleted at any time through the internet browser or other software programs.

The data subject may also opt to object to interest-related advertising by Google. To facilitate this, the data subject must access www.google.com/settings/ads from every single internet browser in use and enter the desired settings there.

Additional information and Google’s privacy policy can be found at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/.

19. Data protection regulations regarding the use and application of LinkedIn

The data processor has integrated components of LinkedIn Corporation on this website. LinkedIn is an internet-based social network that enables users to connect to existing business contacts and make new business contacts. More than 400 million registered users in over 200 countries use LinkedIn. This makes LinkedIn currently the largest platform for business contacts and one of the most visited websites in the world.

LinkedIn is operated by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Privacy matters outside the USA are the responsibility of LinkedIn Ireland, Privacy Policy Issues, Wilton Plaza, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Each time our website is accessed and equipped with a LinkedIn component (LinkedIn plug-in), this component causes the browser the data subject is using to download a corresponding representation of the LinkedIn component. Further information on the LinkedIn plug-ins can be found at https://developer.linkedin.com/plugins. As part of this technical process, LinkedIn receives information about the specific sub-page of our website which the data subject has visited.

If the data subject is simultaneously logged in to LinkedIn, LinkedIn recognises which specific sub-page of our website they visited for each visit to our website and during the entire duration of the respective visit to our website. This information is collected by the LinkedIn component and assigned by LinkedIn to the data subject’s respective LinkedIn account. If the person concerned clicks a LinkedIn button integrated on our website, LinkedIn assigns this information to the personal LinkedIn user account of the person concerned and stores this personal data.

LinkedIn receives information via the LinkedIn component that the data subject has visited our website whenever they are logged in to LinkedIn at the same time as accessing our website; this happens regardless of whether the data subject clicks on the LinkedIn component or not. If the data subject does not want this information to be transmitted to LinkedIn, they can prevent it from being transmitted by logging out of their LinkedIn account before accessing our website.

LinkedIn offers the option to unsubscribe from email messages, SMS messages and targeted ads and to manage ad settings at https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/guest-controls. LinkedIn also uses partners such as Quantcast, Google Analytics, BlueKai, DoubleClick, Nielsen, Comscore, Eloqua and Lotame who can set cookies. Those cookies can be rejected at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/cookie-policy. LinkedIn’s current privacy policy is available at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy. LinkedIn’s cookie policy is available at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/cookie-policy.

20. Data protection regulations regarding the use and application of Twitter

The data controller has integrated components from Twitter into this website. Twitter is a multilingual public microblogging service that allows users to publish and distribute so-called tweets, i.e. short messages limited to 280 characters. These short messages are available to everyone, including people who are not registered on Twitter. The tweets are also displayed to the so-called followers of the respective user. Followers are other Twitter users who follow a user’s tweets. Furthermore, Twitter makes it possible to address a broad audience via hashtags, links or retweets.

Twitter is operated by Twitter, Inc, 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA.

With each access of the individual pages of this website, which is operated by the party responsible for processing and which has integrated a Twitter component (Twitter button), the Internet browser on the data subject’s information technology system is automatically prompted by the respective Twitter component to download from Twitter a representation of the corresponding Twitter component. Further information on the Twitter buttons can be found at https://about.twitter.com/de/resources/buttons. As part of this technical process, Twitter receives information about the specific sub-page of our website visited by the data subject. The purpose of integrating the Twitter component is to enable our users to disseminate the content of this website, to make this website known in the digital world and to increase our visitor numbers.

If the data subject is simultaneously logged in to Twitter, Twitter recognises the specific subpages of our website visited by the data subject with each of the data subject’s visits to our as well as during the entire duration of the respective stay on our website. This information is collected by the Twitter component and assigned to the data subject’s respective Twitter account by Twitter. If the person concerned presses one of the Twitter buttons integrated on our website, the data and information thus transmitted will be assigned to the personal Twitter user account of the person concerned and stored and processed by Twitter.

Twitter receives information via the Twitter component that the person concerned has visited our website whenever the person concerned is logged on to Twitter at the same time as accessing our website; this happens regardless of whether the person concerned clicks on the Twitter component or not. If such transmission of this information to Twitter is unintended by the data subject, they can prevent the transfer by logging out of their Twitter account before accessing our website.

Twitter’s current privacy policy is available at https://twitter.com/privacy?lang=de.

21. Data protection policy on the use and application of Xing

The data controller has integrated components from Xing into this website. Xing is an Internet-based social network that enables users to connect to existing business contacts and make new business contacts. Individual users can create a personal profile of themselves at Xing. For example, companies can create company profiles or publish job offers on Xing.

Xing is operated by XING SE, Dammtorstraße 30, 20354 Hamburg, Germany.

For each visit to one of the individual pages of this website, which is operated by the data controller and on which a Xing component (Xing plug-in) has been integrated, the Xing component in question causes the Internet browser on the data subject’s information technology system to download a representation of the corresponding Xing component from Xing. More information about the Xing plug-ins can be found at https://dev.xing.com/plugins. As part of this technical process, Xing receives information about the specific sub-page of our website visited by the data subject. As part of this technical process, Xing receives information about the specific sub-page of our website visited by the data subject.

If the data subject is logged in to Xing at the same time, on each visit to our website by the data subject and during the entire duration of the respective stay on our website, Xing recognises which specific sub-page of our website the person concerned visited. This information is collected by the Xing component and assigned by Xing to the data subject’s respective Xing account. If the person concerned presses one of the Xing buttons integrated on our website, for example the ‘Share’ button, Xing will assign this information to the personal Xing user account of the person concerned and store this personal data.

Xing always receives information from the Xing component that the data subject has visited our website if the data subject is simultaneously logged in to Xing at the time of accessing our website; this happens regardless of whether or not the affected person clicks on the Xing component. If such transfer of this information to Xing is not desired by the person concerned, they can prevent the transfer by logging out of their Xing account before entering our website.

Xing’s privacy policy, available at https://www.xing.com/privacy, provides information into how Xing collects, processes and uses personal data. Xing has also published data protection notices at https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection for the XING share button.

22. Data protection regulations regarding the operation and use of YouTube

The data controller has integrated components from YouTube on this website. YouTube is an Internet video portal that allows video publishers to post video clips for other users to view, rate and comment on them free of charge. YouTube permits the publication of all types of videos, which is why complete film and television programmes, music videos, trailers, and videos produced by users themselves can be retrieved via the online portal.

YouTube is operated by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. YouTube, LLC is a subsidiary of Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA.

On each visit to one of the individual pages of this website, which is operated by the data controller and on which a YouTube component (YouTube video) has been integrated, the YouTube component in question causes the Internet browser on the data subject’s information technology system to automatically download a representation of the corresponding YouTube component from YouTube. More information about YouTube can be found at https://www.youtube.com/yt/about/de/. As part of this technical process, YouTube and Google receive information about which specific sub-page of our website is visited by the data subject.

If the data subject is logged on to YouTube at the same time, YouTube recognises which specific subpage of our website the data subject visits by calling up a subpage that contains a YouTube video. This information will be collected by YouTube and Google and associated with the data subject’s YouTube account.

YouTube and Google receive information via the YouTube component that the person concerned has visited our website whenever the person concerned is logged on to YouTube at the same time as accessing our website; this happens regardless of whether the person concerned clicks on a YouTube video or not. If such transmission of this information to YouTube and Google is unintended by the data subject, they can prevent the transmission by logging out of their YouTube account before accessing our website.

The data protection regulations published by YouTube, which can be accessed at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/, provide information about the collection, processing and use of personal data by YouTube and Google.

23. Payment Method: Data protection provisions about the use of PayPal as a payment processor

The data controller has integrated components from PayPal on this website. PayPal is an online payment service provider. Payments are processed via so-called PayPal accounts, which are virtual private or business accounts. In addition, PayPal offers the option of processing virtual payments via credit cards if a user does not have a PayPal account. A PayPal account is managed via an email address, which is why there is no classic account number. PayPal makes it possible to initiate online payments to third parties or to receive payments. PayPal also acts as a trustee and provides buyer protection services.

The European operating company of PayPal is PayPal (Europe) S.à.r.l. & Cie. S.C.A., 22-24 Boulevard Royal, 2449 Luxembourg, Luxembourg.

If the data subject selects “PayPal” as a payment option during the order process in our online shop, data of the data subject will be automatically transmitted to PayPal. By selecting this payment option, the data subject consents to the transfer of personal data required for payment processing.

The personal data transmitted to PayPal is usually first name, last name, address, email address, IP address, telephone number, mobile phone number, or other data required for payment processing. Personal data related to the respective order is also necessary for the processing of the purchase contract.

The purpose of this data transfer is to process payments and prevent fraud. The data controller will transfer personal data to Novalnet AG in particular if there is a legitimate interest for the transfer. Personal data exchanged between PayPal and the data controller may be transferred by PayPal to credit reference agencies. The purpose of this transfer is to verify identity and creditworthiness.

PayPal will, if necessary, pass on personal data to affiliates and service providers or subcontractors to the extent that this is necessary to fulfil contractual obligations or for data to be processed in the order.

The person concerned has the opportunity to withdraw consent to the handling of personal data at any time by contacting PayPal. Revoking does not affect personal data whose processing, use or transfer is required for (contractual) payment processing.

The applicable data protection provisions of PayPal can be found at https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/ua/privacy-full.

24. Legal basis of the processing

Article 6 I (a) of the GDPR serves our company as the legal basis for processing operations for which we obtain consent for a specific processing purpose. If the processing of personal data is necessary to fulfil a contract of which the data subject is a party, as is the case, for example, in processing operations necessary for the supply of goods or the provision of any other service or consideration, processing shall be based on Art. 6 I (b) GDPR. The same applies to processing processes that are necessary to carry out pre-contractual measures, for example in cases of enquiries about our products or services. If our company is subject to a legal obligation that requires the processing of personal data, for example to fulfil tax obligations, the processing is based on Art. 6 I (c) GDPR. In rare cases, the processing of personal data may become necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person. This would be the case, for example, if a visitor were injured at our company and their name, age, health insurance data or other vital information had to be passed on to a doctor, a hospital or other third parties. Such processing would be based on Art. 6 I (d) GDPR. Ultimately, processing operations could be based on Art. 6 I (f) GDPR. Processing not covered by any of the aforementioned legal bases is based on this provision insofar processing is necessary to safeguard a legitimate interest of our company or a third party, provided that the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject do not take priority. We are permitted to carry out such processing procedures because they have been specifically mentioned by the European legislator. In this respect, a legitimate interest could be assumed if the person concerned is a customer of data controller (recital 47, clause 2, GDPR).

25. Legitimate interests in processing pursued by the data controller or by a third party

Where the processing of personal data is based on Article 6 I (f) GDPR, our legitimate interest is to carry out our business operations for the well-being of all our employees and our shareholders.

26. Period for which the personal data will be stored

The criterion used to determine the period of storage of personal data is the respective statutory retention period. After the deadline, the corresponding data will be routinely deleted if it is no longer required to fulfil the contract or for initiating a contract.

27. Legal or contractual requirements to provide personal data; necessity for the conclusion of the contract; obligation of the data subject to provide personal data; possible consequences of non-provision

We inform you that the provision of personal data is partly required by law (e.g. tax regulations) or may also result from contractual regulations (e.g. information about the contract partner). In order to conclude a contract, it may sometimes be necessary for a data subject to provide us with personal data that we subsequently have to process. For example, the data subject is obliged to provide us with personal data when our company concludes a contract with them. Failure to provide personal data would mean the contract with the data subject could not be concluded. Before the data subject provides personal data, they must contact one of our employees. Our employee will inform the data subject on a case-by-case basis whether the provision of personal data is required by law or by contract, or is required to conclude the contract, whether there is an obligation to provide personal data, and of the consequences of not providing personal data.

28. Existence of automated decision-making

As a responsible company, we do not use automatic decision-making or profiling.

This Privacy Policy has been generated by the Privacy Policy Generator of the DGD Deutsche Gesellschaft für Datenschutz GmbH, which carries out data protection audits in cooperation with the WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE and processed by the data controller.

Privacy Policy as of 29.05.2018