Privacy Policy

Introduction

For us, providing excellent services requires information. However, our biggest asset is our clients’ faith in us. Therefore, protecting customer data and information and using it exclusively in accordance with our clients’ expectations as well as legal stipulations is our top priority. Within this context, compliance with legal provisions is a given. In addition, it is of great importance to us that you always know which information is stored and how it is used.

Data Collection and Website Tracking

We only store your personal data on our website if you explicitly and voluntarily provide it, e.g. by contacting us via our online form, an online application or within the context of performing a contract.

Persons under the age of 18 should not communicate any personal data to us without prior consent of their parents or legal guardians.

Information generated by your use of this website is tracked via Google Analytics. We primarily track your PC’s current IP address, date and time, the pages you visit as well as the search terms you use and the links you click on. Immediate anonymization means we have no possibility to directly access your personal data, nor do we intend to do so.

For this website, we use Google Analytics, a web analytics & reporting service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, small text files saved on your computer enabling an analysis of your use of the website. Information regarding your use of this website generated by the cookie (including your IP address) is transmitted to a Google server in the United States and stored there. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website in order to generate website activity reports for the website provider and in order to provide additional services in connection with the use of the website and the use of the internet. Google might transmit this information to third parties if this is prescribed by law or if the third party in question handles data processing on behalf of Google. Under no circumstances will Google link your IP address to other Google data. You can prevent storage of cookies by appropriately setting your browser software; however, please note that you might not be able to fully use all functions offered by this website if you do so. By using this website, you consent to the processing of any data pertaining to you generated by Google in the manner described and for the purposes named above.

You can withdraw your consent to Google Analytics collecting and using your IP address with immediate effect at any given time. You can find detailed information on this at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de. Please note that on this website, the code “gat._anonymizeIp();” is used in addition to Google Analytics in order to guarantee anonymous collection of IP addresses.

Google Data Protection Information on Google Analytics

http://www.google.com/intl/de/analytics/learn/privacy.html

Google General Privacy Policy

http://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/

You can also prevent tracking by using other suitable add-on programs, such as Ghostery (https://www.ghostery.com/products/).

Our web server will temporarily store any access to our website in a logfile. The following data is collected and temporarily stored until it is automatically deleted:

  • IP address of the computer sending the request
  • Access date and time
  • Name and URL of the data accessed
  • Transmitted data volume
  • Notification if data retrieval was successful
  • Identifying data of the browser and operating system used
  • Website from which data request was initiated

This data is collected for the sole purpose of providing data protection and optimizing our web offering. Data will not be processed for any other purpose save statistical purposes, and then in anonymized form only. No personal profiles of a user’s preferences or the like will be compiled or processed.

Using Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn Social Media Buttons

By default, data transmission to social networks is deactivated on our website. It is not until you activate (by mouseclick) the respective button that a connection to the social network in question is established. As of this moment, the data collection and logging functions of the network provider apply; we have no influence on this. However, our solution allows you to actively decide at any given time whether or not you want to use a function offered by a specific social network.

Facebook Like/Share Button

By activating the Facebook Like/Share button, you trigger social plugins (“plugins”) provided by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook“). By actively using Facebook plugins, your browser establishes a direct connection to Facebook servers. Plugin contents are transmitted directly to your browser which in turn includes them in our website. We have no influence on scope and contents of the data collected by Facebook via this plugin. Please refer directly to Facebook’s Privacy Policy to find out more about purpose and scope of data collection and further processing and use of this data by Facebook as well as your rights and privacy settings options: http://www.facebook.com/policy.php.

If you have a Facebook account and do not want Facebook to collect data about you via this website or to link this data to your Facebook user data, you should log off before visiting our website and delete any existing Facebook cookies in your browser.

Twitter Button

By activating the Twitter button, you trigger social plugins provided by Twitter, Inc.,1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103 (“Twitter”). By accessing web pages containing such a plugin, data about your visitor behavior might be transmitted directly to Twitter servers. We have no influence on scope and contents of the data collected and transmitted to Twitter. If you are logged into your Twitter account, Twitter can link your visit to your Twitter account. You can find detailed information on Twitter data protection at https://twitter.com/privacy. By activating the Twitter plugin, you can edit your message in a pop-up window before sending it. You can find out more about Twitter privacy settings at http://twitter.com/account/settings.

If you have a Twitter account and do not want Twitter to collect data about you via this website or to link this data to your Twitter user data, you should log off before visiting our website and delete any existing Twitter cookies in your browser.

LinkedIn Button

By activating the LinkedIn button, you trigger social plugins provided by LinkedIn Inc., 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“LinkedIn”). By accessing web pages containing such a plugin, data about your visitor behavior might be transmitted directly to LinkedIn servers. We have no influence on scope and contents of the data collected and transmitted to LinkedIn. If you are logged into your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn can link your visit to your LinkedIn account. You can find out more about LinkedIn data protection at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy.

If you have a LinkedIn account and do not want LinkedIn to collect data about you via this website or to link this data to your LinkedIn user data, you should log off before visiting our website and delete any existing LinkedIn cookies in your browser.

Data Use

Personal data communicated to us via our website or by email (e.g. your name and address or your email address) are only used for correspondence with you and exclusively for the purpose for which you made the data available (enquiry, application, complaint etc.).

Information collected on this website is forwarded to the responsible business unit. We guarantee that we will not pass on your personal data to third parties unless we are legally obliged to do so or with prior consent.

In cases where we use service providers to carry out and complete processes, respective contracts are governed by the provisions stipulated in §11 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz).

Consent and Withdrawal of Consent

You can request any personal data which you have communicated to us to be deleted again at any given time. Data pertaining to billing or accounting purposes is not affected by a cancellation/withdrawal and hence a deletion.

Personal data communicated to us via our website is only stored for the time it takes to serve the purpose for which it was entrusted to us. Data might be stored for up to 10 years in cases where statutory retention periods stipulated by commercial and tax law apply.

If you no longer consent to the storage of your personal data or if the information is outdated, we will process your request to delete or block your data or to correct the information (as long as legal provisions allow for this). You can obtain free information about any personal data we have stored about you on request.

Please address any withdrawal of consent requests or queries on data protection in our company as well as requests for information directly to our external data protection officer:

a.s.k. Datenschutz

Sascha Kuhrau
Schulstr. 16a
91245 Simmelsdorf

telephone: +49 9155 2833094
email: info@ask-datenschutz.de
web: http://www.bdsg-externer-datenschutzbeauftragter.de

Changes to this Privacy Policy

This privacy policy is updated when we introduce new products or services, change online processes and when internet and IT security technology changes. We therefore reserve the right to change or add to this policy whenever necessary. Any changes will be published here. This means you should visit this website regularly in order to be up to date on our privacy policy.

Liability

Any information on this website has been checked with the greatest care. Nevertheless, we assume no warranty that the information on our website is always accurate, complete and up to date.

Data Security

The internet is generally considered an insecure data storage medium. Compared to for example the telephone, it is much easier for unauthorized third parties to intercept, record or even change data.

Cookies

Cookies are small text files transferred to internet users’ PC. One of their purposes is controlling/navigating the connection while you visit a website. They contain solely technical information, no personal data. By default, this website uses Google Analytics cookies. Cookies are also placed when you wish to manually save your decision to opt out of Google Analytics data collection and click on the “Disable tracking” button displayed at the bottom of the page.

Concluding Remarks

We guarantee confidentiality and security of your personal data by

  • only using your personal data, as provided by you to us via our website or by email, in order to meet your requirements or requests,
  • a duty of confidentiality for our employees,
  • security measures which meet current technical standards to a suitable degree,
  • regular security checks of our systems in order to provide long-term protection against possible harm, loss or unauthorized access to data stored with us,
  • our data protection officer monitoring compliance with this privacy policy.

Google Analytics Opt Out

You can prevent storage of cookies by appropriately setting your browser software; in this case, however, please note that you might not be able to fully use all functions offered by this website. In addition, you can prevent data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) from being collected and processed by Google, by downloading and installing a browser plug-in from the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

You may also opt out on browsers that do not support the above plugin by clicking here:
Opt out

Please note: opting out requires that we set a cookie to track your preference

This policy was last modified on 05/22/2015