Privacy policy

1. Privacy policy at a glance

General information

The following information provides a simple overview of what happens to your personal data when you visit this website. Personal data is any information that enables you to be personally identified. Detailed information about data protection can be found in our privacy policy below.

Data collection on this website

Who is responsible for data collection on this website?

Data processing on this website is carried out by the website operator. Their contact details can be found in the “Data controller information” section of this privacy policy.

How do we collect your data?

Your data is collected when you share it with us. This may be data that you enter into a contact form, for example.

Other data is recorded automatically by our IT systems or with your consent when you visit the website. This is primarily technical data (e.g. your Internet browser, operating system or the time you viewed a page). This data is recorded automatically as soon as you access this website.

What do we use your data for?

Some of the data is collected to ensure that the website displays properly. Other data may be used to analyse your user behaviour.

What rights do you have with regard to your data?

You have the right to obtain information about the origin, recipients and purpose of your saved personal data free of charge at any time. You also have the right to request the rectification or erasure of this data. If you have given your consent to data processing, you can withdraw this consent with future effect at any time. In addition, you have the right to request that the processing of your personal data is restricted under certain circumstances. Furthermore, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the relevant supervisory authority.

You can contact us at any time regarding this or if you have any further questions about data protection.

Analysis tools and third-party tools

When you visit this website, your surfing behaviour may be analysed for statistical purposes. This is primarily done using so-called analysis programs.

Detailed information about these analysis programs can be found in the privacy policy below.

2. Hosting

Mittwald

Our website is hosted by Mittwald. The service provider is Mittwald CM Service GmbH & Co. KG, Königsberger Straße 4-6, 32339 Espelkamp (hereinafter referred to as Mittwald).

For details, please refer to Mittwald’s privacy policy: https://www.mittwald.de/datenschutz.

The use of Mittwald is based on Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. We have a legitimate interest in ensuring that our website is displayed as reliably as possible. If corresponding consent has been requested, data is processed exclusively on the basis of Article 6(1)(a) GDPR and Section 25(1) TTDSG (German Act on the Regulation of Data Protection and Privacy in Telecommunications and Telemedia), provided that the consent includes the storage of cookies or access to information on the user’s end device (e.g. device fingerprinting) within the meaning of the TTDSG. This consent can be withdrawn at any time.

Data processing

We have concluded a data processing agreement (DPA) with the service provider named above. This is a contract prescribed by data protection law, which ensures that the service provider processes the personal data of our website visitors solely in accordance with our instructions and in compliance with the GDPR.

3. General notes and required information

Privacy policy

The operators of this website take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the legal data protection regulations as well as this privacy policy.

Various items of personal data are collected when you use this website. Personal data is information that enables you to be personally identified. This privacy policy explains what data we collect and what we use it for. It also explains how and for what purpose this is done.

Please be aware that the transfer of data over the Internet (e.g. communication by e-mail) may have security implications. It is impossible to guarantee full protection against access by third parties.

Data controller information

The data controller responsible for data processing on this website is:

Schmieder GmbH
Schussenstraße 16
88273 Fronreute-Staig

Telephone: +49 (0) 7502 9449-0
E-mail: personal@schmiedergmbh.de

The data controller is the natural or legal person who, alone or with others, decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data (e.g. names, e-mail addresses, etc.).

Retention period

Unless a specific retention period has been stated within this privacy policy, your personal data will be retained by us until the purpose for data processing is no longer valid. If you make a legitimate request for erasure or withdraw your consent to data processing, your data will be deleted unless we have other legally permissible reasons for storing your personal data (e.g. tax or commercial retention periods). If the latter is the case, deletion will occur after these reasons are no longer valid.

General information regarding the legal bases of data processing on this website

If you have consented to data processing, we will process your personal data on the basis of Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 9(2)(a) GDPR, provided that special categories of data are processed in accordance with Article 9(1) GDPR. If you have consented to the storage of cookies or access to information on your end device (e.g. via device fingerprinting), data processing will also be carried out on the basis of Section 25(1) TTDSG. This consent can be withdrawn at any time. If your data is required for the fulfilment of a contract or to carry out pre-contractual activities, we will process your data on the basis of Article 6(1)(b) GDPR. Furthermore, if your data is required for the fulfilment of a legal obligation, we will process it on the basis of Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. In addition, data processing may also be carried out on the basis of our legitimate interest in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. The following paragraphs of this privacy policy contain information about the relevant legal bases in each individual case.

Data protection officer

We have appointed a data protection officer for our company.

Schmieder GmbH
Christian Bächtle
Schussenstraße 16
88273 Fronreute-Staig

Telephone: +49 (0) 7502 9449-0
E-mail: baechtle@schmiedergmbh.de

Information regarding data transfer to the USA and other third countries

We use, among other things, tools from companies based in the USA or other third countries that are not secure under data protection law. When these tools are active, your personal data can be transferred to these third countries and processed there. Please be aware that in these countries it is not possible to guarantee a level of data protection comparable to that in the EU. For example, US companies are obliged to disclose personal data to security authorities without you, as the data subject, being able to take legal action against this. It therefore cannot be ruled out that US authorities (e.g. secret services) may be able to process, evaluate and permanently store your sensitive data on US servers for monitoring purposes. We have no influence over these processing activities.

Withdrawal of your consent to data processing

Many data processing procedures are only possible with your express consent. You can withdraw your consent at any time. This does not affect the legality of any data processing carried out prior to the withdrawal of your consent.

Right to object to the collection of data in particular cases, as well as to direct marketing (Article 21 GDPR)

IF DATA PROCESSING IS CONDUCTED ON THE BASIS OF ARTICLE 6(1)(E) OR (F) GDPR, YOU SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO OBJECT, ON GROUNDS RELATING TO YOUR PARTICULAR SITUATION, AT ANY TIME TO PROCESSING OF PERSONAL DATA CONCERNING YOU, INCLUDING PROFILING BASED ON THOSE PROVISIONS. THE RELEVANT LEGAL BASES APPLICABLE TO PROCESSING CAN BE FOUND IN THIS PRIVACY POLICY. IF YOU OBJECT, WE SHALL NO LONGER PROCESS THE PERSONAL DATA UNLESS WE DEMONSTRATE COMPELLING LEGITIMATE GROUNDS FOR THE PROCESSING WHICH OVERRIDE YOUR INTERESTS, RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS OR FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT, EXERCISE OR DEFENCE OF LEGAL CLAIMS (OBJECTION PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 21(1) GDPR).

WHERE YOUR PERSONAL DATA IS PROCESSED FOR DIRECT MARKETING PURPOSES, YOU SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO OBJECT AT ANY TIME TO PROCESSING OF PERSONAL DATA CONCERNING YOU FOR SUCH MARKETING, WHICH INCLUDES PROFILING TO THE EXTENT THAT IT IS RELATED TO SUCH DIRECT MARKETING. IF YOU OBJECT, YOUR PERSONAL DATA SHALL NO LONGER BE PROCESSED FOR DIRECT MARKETING PURPOSES (OBJECTION PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 21(2) GDPR).

Right to lodge a complaint with the relevant supervisory authority

In the event of violations of the GDPR, data subjects have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the member state of his or her habitual residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement. The right to lodge a complaint exists without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy.

Right to data portability

You have the right to have the data that we process by automated means on the basis of your consent or during fulfilment of a contract handed over to you or a third party in a commonly used and machine-readable format. If you request the direct transfer of the data to another controller, this shall only be done if it is technically possible.

SSL or TLS encryption

For security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content – such as orders or enquiries that you send to us in our capacity as the site operator – this site uses SSL or TLS encryption. You can tell that a connection is encrypted if the browser address bar changes from “http://” to “https://”, and if there is a padlock symbol in the bar of your browser.

When SSL or TLS encryption is enabled, third parties are not able to read the data that you transmit to us.

Access, erasure and rectification

Within the framework of the applicable legal provisions, you have the right to obtain information about your saved personal data, its origin and recipients, the purpose of data processing and, if necessary, the right to rectify or erase this data free of charge at any time. You can contact us at any time regarding this or if you have any further questions about personal data.

Right to restriction of processing

You have the right to request that the processing of your personal data is restricted. You can contact us regarding this at any time. The right to restriction of processing exists in the following cases:

  • If you contest the accuracy of the personal data we have on file, we usually need time to check this. For the duration of the checks, you have the right to request that the processing of your personal data is restricted.
  • If the processing of your personal data happened/is happening illegally, you can request the restriction of data processing instead of erasure.
  • If we no longer need your personal data, but you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims, you have the right to request that the processing of your personal data is restricted instead of being erased.
  • If you have lodged a compliant pursuant to Article 21(1) GDPR, your interests must be weighed up against our own. Until it has been established whose interests outweigh the other’s, you have the right to request that the processing of your personal data is restricted.

If you have restricted the processing of your personal data, such data will, with the exception of storage, only be processed with your consent or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of important public interest of the European Union or of a Member State.

4. Data collection on this website

Cookies

Our website uses “cookies”. Cookies are small text files that do not cause any harm to your end device. They are stored either temporarily for the duration of a session (session cookies) or permanently (permanent cookies) on your end device. Session cookies are automatically deleted after your visit. Permanent cookies remain stored on your end device until you delete them yourself or your web browser automatically deletes them.

In some cases, cookies from third-party companies can also be saved on your end device when you access our website (third-party cookies). These enable us or you to use certain services offered by third-party companies (e.g. cookies for processing payment services).

Cookies have different functions. Many cookies are technically required, as certain website functions would not work without them (e.g. the shopping cart function or displaying videos). Other cookies are used to analyse user behaviour or to display advertising.

Cookies that are required to carry out the electronic communication process (necessary cookies), to provide certain functions that you want (e.g. for the shopping cart function) or to optimise the website (e.g. cookies to measure the online audience) are saved on the basis of Article 6(1)(f) GDPR, unless another legal basis is provided. The website operator has a legitimate interest in storing necessary cookies to ensure the optimised provision of its services without any technical errors. If consent to the storage of cookies or comparable recognition technologies has been requested, data is processed exclusively on the basis of this consent (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR and Section 25(1) TTDSG); this consent can be withdrawn at any time.

You can change your browser settings so that you are always informed about the storing of cookies and only allow cookies in individual cases, exclude cookies in certain cases or in general, and activate the automatic deletion of cookies when you close your browser. If cookies are deactivated, the functionality of this website may be restricted.

If cookies are to be used by third-party companies or for analysis purposes, we will inform you about this separately in this privacy policy and, if necessary, ask for your consent.

Consent with Usercentrics

This website uses the consent technology of Usercentrics to obtain your consent to the storage of certain cookies on your end device or the use of certain technologies, and to document this in compliance with data protection regulations. The provider of this technology is Usercentrics GmbH, Sendlinger Straße 7, 80331 Munich, website: https://usercentrics.com/de/ (hereinafter referred to as “Usercentrics”).

When you access our website, the following personal data will be transmitted to Usercentrics:

  • Your consent(s) or the withdrawal of your consent(s)
  • Your IP address
  • Information about your browser
  • Information about your end device
  • Time of your visit to the website

Furthermore, Usercentrics stores a cookie on your browser that allows them to assign the consents that have been granted or withdrawn to you. The data collected in this way will be stored until you ask us to delete it, delete the Usercentrics cookie yourself or until the purpose for which the data is stored is no longer valid. Mandatory statutory retention requirements remain unaffected.

Usercentrics is used to obtain legally required consent in order to use certain technologies. The legal basis for this is Article 6(1)(c) GDPR.

Data processing

We have concluded a data processing agreement (DPA) with the service provider named above. This is a contract prescribed by data protection law, which ensures that the service provider processes the personal data of our website visitors solely in accordance with our instructions and in compliance with the GDPR.

Server log files

The website provider automatically collects and stores information in server log files, which your browser automatically transmits to us. These include:

  • Browser type and browser version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server request
  • IP address

This data will not be merged with other data sources.

This data is collected on the basis of Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in ensuring that its website is optimised and displayed without any technical errors – this requires the server log files to be recorded.

Contact form

If you send us an enquiry using the contact form, your details from the enquiry form, including the contact information you provide, will be saved by us for the purpose of processing the enquiry and in case of any follow-up questions. We will not pass on this data without your consent.

This data is processed on the basis of Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, provided that your enquiry is related to the fulfilment of a contract or is necessary to carry out pre-contractual activities. In all other cases, the processing is based on our legitimate interest in the effective processing of enquiries sent to us (Article 6(1)(f) GDPR) or on your consent (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR), provided that this was requested.

The data you enter into the contact form shall be retained by us until you ask for it to be erased, withdraw your consent to its storage or the purpose for storing the data no longer applies (e.g. after your enquiry has been fully processed). Mandatory statutory regulations – in particular retention periods – remain unaffected.

E-mail, telephone or fax enquiries

If you contact us by e-mail, telephone or fax, your enquiry including all the personal data resulting from it (name, enquiry) will be stored and processed by us for the purpose of processing your enquiry. We will not pass on this data without your consent.

This data is processed on the basis of Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, provided that your enquiry is related to the fulfilment of a contract or is necessary to carry out pre-contractual activities. In all other cases, the processing is based on our legitimate interest in the effective processing of enquiries sent to us (Article 6(1)(f) GDPR) or on your consent (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR), provided that this was requested.

The data you send to us when making an enquiry shall be retained by us until you ask for it to be erased, withdraw your consent to its storage or the purpose for storing the data no longer applies (e.g. after your enquiry has been fully processed). Mandatory statutory regulations – in particular statutory retention periods – remain unaffected.

Use of chatbots

We use chatbots to communicate with you. Chatbots are able to respond to your questions and other information that you input without human assistance. In addition to the information that you input, the chatbots analyse other data to provide appropriate answers (e.g. names, e-mail addresses and other contact information, customer numbers and other identifiers, order details and chat histories). Furthermore, the chatbot may record your IP address, log files, location information and other metadata. This data is stored on the servers of the chatbot provider.

User profiles can be created on the basis of the data collected. In addition, the data can be used to display interest-based advertising, provided that the other legal requirements for this have been met (in particular consent). For this purpose, the chatbots can be linked to analysis and advertising tools.

The collected data may also be used to improve our chatbots and their response behaviour (machine learning).

The data you enter while communicating with our chatbots shall be retained by us or the chatbot operator until you ask for it to be erased, withdraw your consent to its storage or the purpose for storing the data no longer applies (e.g. after your enquiry has been fully processed). Mandatory statutory regulations – in particular retention periods – remain unaffected.

The legal basis for the use of chatbots is Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, provided that the chatbot is used to initiate or fulfil a contract. If corresponding consent has been requested, data is processed exclusively on the basis of Article 6(1)(a) GDPR and Section 25(1) TTDSG (German Act on the Regulation of Data Protection and Privacy in Telecommunications and Telemedia), provided that the consent includes the storage of cookies or access to information on the user’s end device (e.g. device fingerprinting) within the meaning of the TTDSG. This consent can be withdrawn at any time. In all other cases, the use is based on our legitimate interest in the most effective customer communication possible (Article 6(1)(f) GDPR).

Schmieder chatbot / SnatchBot

Our website uses a chat tool created by Snatch Group Limited, 8 Abba Eban Blvd, Herzliya Pituach, 46120, Israel. This chatbot provides you with relevant information about Schmieder GmbH processes in real time. When using the chatbot, the following data is stored:

  • Date and time of access
  • Type of data sent (chat history)
  • Quantity of data sent

Since you only select suitable responses from a range of options and do not enter any information yourself, no personal data is processed. You are anonymous as a user of the Schmieder chatbot and cannot be identified.

The SnatchBot platform is hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS). This method of data processing uses the very latest technology and thus ensures compliance with international security standards where data processing is concerned. When you access our website, the chat widget is loaded in the form of a JavaScript file from AWS Cloudfront. The chat widget technically represents the source code that is executed on your computer and enables the chat.

To improve the quality of the Schmieder chatbot, we analyse the information input by users at regular intervals. This helps to determine whether the chatbot is outputting correct and appropriate answers. In addition, none of the analysis work is carried out by Schmieder GmbH.

For further information, please refer to Snatch Group Ltd’s Privacy Policy.

Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service from Google Inc. (“Google”). The provider of this service is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses what are known as “cookies”, which are text files that are saved on your computer and enable an analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website will generally be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. If IP anonymisation is activated on this website, your IP address will, however, be truncated by Google beforehand within member states of the European Union or in other states party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google uses this information to analyse your use of the website, to compile reports on website activities, and to provide the website operator with other services associated with use of the website and the Internet.

Login with Facebook Connect

Instead of logging into this website directly, you can also log in using Facebook Connect. The provider of this service is Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland. According to Facebook, however, the collected data will be transferred to the USA and other third countries.

If you decide to log in with Facebook Connect and click on the “Login with Facebook”/“Connect with Facebook” button, you will be automatically redirected to the Facebook platform. Here you can log in using your username and password. As a result, your Facebook profile will be linked to this website and/or our services. This link gives us access to the data you have stored on Facebook. Primarily, this includes:

  • Facebook name
  • Facebook profile photo and cover photo
  • Facebook cover photo
  • E-mail address stored on Facebook
  • Facebook ID
  • Facebook friend lists
  • Facebook Likes
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Country
  • Language

This information will be used to set up, provide and personalise your account.

Login with Facebook Connect and the data processing procedures associated with this are implemented on the basis of your consent (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). You can withdraw this consent with future effect at any time.

Insofar as personal data is collected on our website with the help of the tool described here and forwarded to Facebook, we and Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland are jointly responsible for this data processing (Article 26 GDPR). This joint responsibility is limited exclusively to the collection of the data and its transmission to Facebook. Any processing carried out by Facebook following transmission does not form part of the joint responsibility. The obligations incumbent on us jointly have been set out in a joint processing agreement. The wording of the agreement can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/legal/controller_addendum. According to this agreement, we are responsible for providing the privacy information when using the Facebook tool and for the secure implementation of the tool on our website from the perspective of data protection. Facebook is responsible for the data security of Facebook products. You can assert data subject rights (e.g. requests for information) regarding data processed by Facebook directly with Facebook. If you assert your data subject rights with us, we are obliged to forward them to Facebook.

The transfer of data to the USA is based on the Standard Contractual Clauses of the EU Commission. Details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/legal/EU_data_transfer_addendum, https://en-gb.facebook.com/help/566994660333381 and https://www.facebook.com/policy.php.

For more information, please refer to the Facebook Terms of Service and the Facebook Data Policy. These can be found here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/about/privacy/ and here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/legal/terms/.

5. Analysis tools and advertising

Google Tag Manager

We use Google Tag Manager. The provider of this service is Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Google Tag Manager is a tool that allows us to integrate tracking or statistical tools and other technologies on our website. Google Tag Manager itself does not create any user profiles, store any cookies or carry out any independent analyses. Its sole purpose is to manage and run the tools that have been integrated via it. However, Google Tag Manager does record your IP address, which may also be transferred to Google’s parent company in the United States.

Google Tag Manager is used on the basis of Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the quick and uncomplicated integration and administration of various tools on its website. If corresponding consent has been requested, data is processed exclusively on the basis of Article 6(1)(a) GDPR and Section 25(1) TTDSG (German Act on the Regulation of Data Protection and Privacy in Telecommunications and Telemedia), provided that the consent includes the storage of cookies or access to information on the user’s end device (e.g. device fingerprinting) within the meaning of the TTDSG. This consent can be withdrawn at any time.

Google Analytics

This website uses functions of the web analysis service Google Analytics. The provider of this service is Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Google Analytics enables the website operator to analyse the behaviour of website visitors. The website operator receives a variety of usage data, including the pages accessed, time spent on the pages, the operating system used and the user’s origin. This data is amalgamated in a user ID and assigned to the respective end device of the website visitor.

Furthermore, Google Analytics allows us to record your mouse and scrolling activity as well as clicks, among other things. Google Analytics also uses various modelling approaches to augment the collected data sets and uses machine learning technologies in data analysis.

Google Analytics uses technologies that enable the user to be recognised for the purpose of analysing the user’s behaviour (e.g. cookies or device fingerprinting). The information collected by Google about use of this website will generally be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

This analysis tool is used on the basis of Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analysing user behaviour to optimise both its website and its advertising. If corresponding consent has been requested, data is processed exclusively on the basis of Article 6(1)(a) GDPR and Section 25(1) TTDSG (German Act on the Regulation of Data Protection and Privacy in Telecommunications and Telemedia), provided that the consent includes the storage of cookies or access to information on the user’s end device (e.g. device fingerprinting) within the meaning of the TTDSG. This consent can be withdrawn at any time.

The transfer of data to the USA is based on the Standard Contractual Clauses of the EU Commission. Details can be found here: https://privacy.google.com/businesses/controllerterms/mccs/.

Browser plug-in

You can prevent Google from collecting and processing your data by downloading and installing the browser plug-in that is available via the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB.

For more information about how Google Analytics handles user data, please refer to Google’s Privacy Policy: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en.

Data processing

We have concluded a data processing agreement with Google and fully implement the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities when using Google Analytics.

Retention period

User-level and event-level data stored by Google that is associated with cookies, user identifiers (e.g. User ID) or advertising identifiers (e.g. DoubleClick cookies, Android’s Advertising ID) is anonymised or deleted after two months. For details, please refer to the following link: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/7667196?hl=en

Facebook pixel

To measure conversion rates, this website uses Facebook’s visitor action pixel. The provider of this service is Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland. According to Facebook, however, the collected data will be transferred to the USA and other third countries.

After clicking on a Facebook ad and being redirected to the provider’s website, this tool enables the behaviour of website visitors to be tracked. This makes it possible to analyse the effectiveness of Facebook ads for statistical and market research purposes and to optimise future advertising campaigns.

For us as the operator of this website, the collected data is anonymous and we are unable to arrive at any conclusions as to the identity of users. However, the data is stored and processed by Facebook, so it can be linked to the respective user profile and Facebook is able to use the data for its own promotional purposes in accordance with the Facebook Data Policy. This enables Facebook to display ads on Facebook pages as well as in locations outside of Facebook. As the operator of this website, we have no control over the use of such data.

Facebook pixel is used on the basis of Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in effective advertising measures, including social media. If corresponding consent has been requested, data is processed exclusively on the basis of Article 6(1)(a) GDPR and Section 25(1) TTDSG (German Act on the Regulation of Data Protection and Privacy in Telecommunications and Telemedia), provided that the consent includes the storage of cookies or access to information on the user’s end device (e.g. device fingerprinting) within the meaning of the TTDSG. This consent can be withdrawn at any time.

The transfer of data to the USA is based on the Standard Contractual Clauses of the EU Commission. Details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/legal/EU_data_transfer_addendum and here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/help/566994660333381.

Insofar as personal data is collected on our website with the help of the tool described here and forwarded to Facebook, we and Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland are jointly responsible for this data processing (Article 26 GDPR). This joint responsibility is limited exclusively to the collection of the data and its transmission to Facebook. Any processing carried out by Facebook following transmission does not form part of the joint responsibility. The obligations incumbent on us jointly have been set out in a joint processing agreement. The wording of the agreement can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/legal/controller_addendum. According to this agreement, we are responsible for providing the privacy information when using the Facebook tool and for the secure implementation of the tool on our website from the perspective of data protection. Facebook is responsible for the data security of Facebook products. You can assert data subject rights (e.g. requests for information) regarding data processed by Facebook directly with Facebook. If you assert your data subject rights with us, we are obliged to forward them to Facebook.

Further information about the protection of your privacy can be found in Facebook’s Data Policy: https://en-gb.facebook.com/about/privacy/.

You also have the option to deactivate the “Custom Audiences” remarketing function in the ad settings section at https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences/?entry_product=ad_settings_screen. To do this, you first have to log in to Facebook.

If you do not have a Facebook account, you can deactivate any usage-based advertising by Facebook on the website of the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance: https://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices.

6. Plug-ins and tools

YouTube with enhanced privacy

This website embeds videos from YouTube. YouTube is operated by Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.

We use YouTube in privacy-enhanced mode. According to YouTube, this mode ensures that YouTube does not store any information about visitors to this website before they watch the video. The transfer of data to YouTube partners, on the other hand, is not necessarily excluded by privacy-enhanced mode. Thus, regardless of whether you watch the video or not, YouTube establishes a connection to the Google DoubleClick network.

As soon as you play a YouTube video on this website, a connection is established to YouTube servers. This informs YouTube servers which of our pages you have visited. If you are logged into your YouTube account, you are enabling YouTube to link your surfing behaviour directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

Furthermore, YouTube may store various cookies on your end device after playing a video or use comparable recognition technologies (e.g. device fingerprinting). This enables YouTube to obtain information about visitors to this website. This information is used, among other things, to collect video statistics, improve the user experience and prevent fraud attempts.

Potentially, further data processing procedures may be triggered after playing a YouTube video, over which we have no control.

The use of YouTube is in the interest of displaying our online content in an appealing way. This represents a legitimate interest in the meaning of Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR. If corresponding consent has been requested, data is processed exclusively on the basis of Article 6(1)(a) GDPR and Section 25(1) TTDSG (German Act on the Regulation of Data Protection and Privacy in Telecommunications and Telemedia), provided that the consent includes the storage of cookies or access to information on the user’s end device (e.g. device fingerprinting) within the meaning of the TTDSG. This consent can be withdrawn at any time.

For more information about privacy at YouTube, please refer to their Privacy Policy: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en.

Google Maps

This website uses the Google Maps service. The provider of this service is Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.

To use the functions of Google Maps, it is necessary to save your IP address. This information will generally be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The provider of this website has no influence over the transfer of this data. If Google Maps is activated, Google may use Google Web Fonts to ensure that the fonts are displayed in a uniform manner. When you access Google Maps, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache in order to display text and fonts correctly.

The use of Google Maps is in the interest of displaying our online content in an appealing way and making it easy to find the locations that we mention on the website. This represents a legitimate interest in the meaning of Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR. If corresponding consent has been requested, data is processed exclusively on the basis of Article 6(1)(a) GDPR and Section 25(1) TTDSG (German Act on the Regulation of Data Protection and Privacy in Telecommunications and Telemedia), provided that the consent includes the storage of cookies or access to information on the user’s end device (e.g. device fingerprinting) within the meaning of the TTDSG. This consent can be withdrawn at any time.

The transfer of data to the USA is based on the Standard Contractual Clauses of the EU Commission. Details can be found here: https://privacy.google.com/businesses/gdprcontrollerterms/ and here: https://privacy.google.com/businesses/gdprcontrollerterms/sccs/.

For more information about how user data is handled, please refer to Google’s Privacy Policy: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en.

7. e-commerce and payment service providers

Processing of data (customer and contract data)

We collect, process and use personal data only to the extent necessary for the establishment, content organisation or change of the legal relationship (inventory data). This is done on the basis of Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, which permits the processing of data for the fulfilment of a contract or pre-contractual activities. We collect, process and use personal data concerning the use of this website (usage data) only to the extent that this is necessary to enable users to utilise our services and for us to be able to bill them accordingly.

The collected customer data shall be deleted upon completion of the order or termination of the business relationship. Statutory retention periods remain unaffected.

8. Our own services

Handling of applicant data

We offer you the opportunity to submit an application to us (e.g. by e-mail, post or using our online application form). Below you will find information about the scope, purpose and use of your personal data that is collected during the application process. We assure you that we will collect, process and use your data in accordance with all applicable data protection legislation and any other legal provisions, and that your data will be kept strictly confidential.

Scope and purpose of data collection

If you submit an application to us, we will process your personal data associated with this (e.g. contact and communication details, application documents, notes taken during job interviews, etc.), insofar as this is necessary to make a decision on the establishment of an employment relationship. The legal basis for this is Section 26 BDSG under German law (initiation of an employment relationship), Article 6(1)(b) GDPR (general contract initiation) and – if you have given your consent – Article 6(1)(a) GDPR. This consent can be withdrawn at any time. Your personal data will only be passed on to people within our company who are involved in processing your application.

If your application is successful, the data you submit will be stored in our data processing systems on the basis of Section 26 BDSG and Article 6(1)(b) GDPR for the purpose of establishing an employment relationship.

Data retention period

If we are unable to offer you a job, you reject a job offer or withdraw your application, we reserve the right to retain the data transmitted by you on the basis of our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) GDPR) for up to six months from the end of the application process (rejection or application withdrawal). The data will then be deleted and any physical application documents destroyed. In particular, the purpose of retaining data is to enable proof to be furnished in the event of a legal dispute. If it is apparent that the data will be required after the six-month period has expired (e.g. due to an imminent or pending legal dispute), deletion will not take place until the purpose for its continued retention no longer applies.

It may also be possible for data to be retained for a longer period of time if you have given your consent to this (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR) or if statutory retention requirements prevent its deletion.

Inclusion in the applicant pool

If we do not offer you a job, we may be able to include you in our applicant pool. If you are included, all of the documents and information from your application will be transferred to the applicant pool so that you can be contacted in the event of any suitable vacancies.

You will only be included in the applicant pool if you grant your express consent (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). The granting of your consent is voluntary and has no bearing on the ongoing application process. The data subject can withdraw their consent at any time. In this case, the data from the applicant pool will be permanently deleted, unless there are any legal reasons for its retention.

The data from the applicant pool will be permanently deleted no later than two years after the consent has been granted.