Privacy Policy

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Privacy policy

We are very pleased about your interest in our company. Data protection has a particularly high value for the management of Flexus AG. A use of the internet pages of Flexus AG is basically possible without every information of personal data. Provided that a person concerned would like to take up special services of our enterprise over our Internet site, however, a processing of personal data could become necessary. If the processing of personal data is necessary and if there is no legal basis for such a processing, we obtain generally a consent of the person concerned.

The processing of personal data, for example the name, the address, e-mail address or telephone number of a person concerned, always takes place in accordance with the data protection basic regulation and in agreement with the country-specific data protection regulations valid for Flexus AG. By means of this data security explanation our enterprise would like to inform the public about kind, range and purpose of the personal data raised, used and processed by us. Furthermore affected persons are informed by means of this data protection explanation about the rights entitled to them.

Flexus AG has implemented numerous technical and organizational measures as a person responsible for the processing to ensure a protection as complete as possible of the personal data processed over this internet page. Nevertheless, Internet-based data transfers can show security gaps in principle, so that an absolute protection cannot be guaranteed. For this reason, every person concerned is free to transmit personal data to us by alternative means, for example by telephone.

1. Definitions

The privacy policy of Flexus AG is based on the terms which were used by the European guideline and regulation giver with the decree of the data protection basic regulation (DS-GVO). Our data protection explanation should be simply readable and understandable for the public as well as for our customers and business partners. To ensure this, we would like to explain the terms used in advance.

We use the following terms, among others, in this privacy policy:

  • Personal data

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

  • Person concerned

    Data subject means any identified or identifiable natural person whose personal data are processed by the controller.

  • Processing

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

  • Restriction of processing

    Restriction of processing is the marking of stored personal data with the aim of limiting their future processing.

  • Profiling

    Profiling is any automated processing of personal data consisting of the use of such personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, in particular to analyse or predict aspects relating to the job performance, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, conduct, location or change of location of that natural person.

  • Pseudonymisation

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

  • Supervisor or controller

    Controller or data controller is 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 Union or national law, provision may be made for the controller or for the specific criteria for his or her designation in accordance with Union or national law.

  • Order processor

    Processor is a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the controller.

  • Recipient

    The recipient is any natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body to whom personal data are disclosed, whether or not that person is a third party. However, authorities which may receive personal data in the context of a specific investigation mandate under Union or national law shall not be considered as recipients.

  • Third party

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

  • Consent

    Consent shall mean any freely given, informed and unequivocal expression of the data subject's will in a specific case, in the form of a statement or any other unequivocal affirmative act by which the data subject signifies his or her consent to the processing of personal data relating to him or her.

2. The name and address of the controller

The person responsible within the meaning of the Basic Data Protection Regulation, other data protection laws applicable in the Member States of the European Union and other provisions of a data protection nature is:

Flexus AG

Friedrich-Bergius-Ring 5A

97076 Würzburg

Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 931 466 211 00

Mail: info@flexus.net

Website: http://www.flexus.de/

3. Cookies

The internet pages of Flexus AG use Cookies. Cookies are text files, which are put down and stored over an Internet browser on a computer system.

Numerous internet pages and servers use cookies. Many cookies contain a so-called Cookie-ID. A Cookie-ID is a unique identification of the cookie. It consists of a string of characters that can be used to assign Internet pages and servers to the specific Internet browser in which the cookie was stored. This enables the Internet pages and servers visited to distinguish the individual browser of the person concerned from other Internet browsers that contain other cookies. A specific Internet browser can be recognized and identified by means of the unique cookie ID.

By the use of cookies Flexus AG can provide the users of this website more user-friendly services, which would not be possible without the cookie setting.

By means of a cookie the information and offers on our website can be optimized in the sense of the user. Cookies enable us, as already mentioned, to recognize 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 website that uses cookies does not have to enter his or her access data each time he or she visits the website, because this is done by the website and the cookie stored on the user's computer system. Another example is the cookie of a shopping cart in the online shop. The online shop uses a cookie to remember the articles that a customer has placed in the virtual shopping cart.

The person concerned can prevent the setting of cookies by our website at any time by means of a corresponding setting in the Internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. Furthermore, cookies that have already been set can be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all common Internet browsers. If the person concerned deactivates the setting of cookies in the Internet browser used, it is possible that not all functions of our website can be fully used.

4. Collection of general data and information

The website of Flexus AG collects with each call of the website by a person concerned or an automated system a set of general data and information. These general data and information are stored in the log files of the server. The (1) used browser types and versions, (2) the operating system used by the accessing system, (3) the internet page from which an accessing system reaches our internet page (so-called Referrer), (4) the sub-websites which are controlled by an accessing system on our internet page, (5) the date and time of an access to the Internet site, (6) an Internet Protocol address (IP address), (7) the Internet service provider of the accessing system and (8) other similar data and information which serve to avert danger in the event of attacks on our information technology systems.

With the use of these general data and information Flexus AG does not draw conclusions on the person concerned. This information is rather needed to (1) deliver the contents of our web page correctly, (2) optimize the contents of our web page as well as the advertisement for these, (3) to guarantee the durable operability of our information-technological systems and the technology of our web page as well as (4) to make available to prosecution authorities in case of a cyber attack the information necessary for the prosecution. These anonymously raised data and information are evaluated by Flexus AG therefore on the one hand statistically and furthermore with the goal to increase the data protection and the data security in our enterprise, in order to ensure in the end an optimal protection level for the personal data processed by us. The anonymous data of the server log files are stored separately from all personal data given by a person concerned.

5. Subscription of our newsletter

On the Internet site of Flexus AG the users are granted the possibility to subscribe to the newsletter of our enterprise. Which personal data are transmitted with the order of the newsletter to the person responsible for the processing, results from the input mask used for this purpose.

Flexus AG informs its customers and business partners in regular intervals in the way of a newsletter about offers of the enterprise. The newsletter of our enterprise can be received by the person concerned basically only if (1) the person concerned has a valid e-mail address and (2) the person concerned registers for the newsletter dispatch. For legal reasons, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address first registered by a data subject for newsletter dispatch using the double opt-in procedure. This confirmation e-mail is used to check whether the owner of the e-mail address, as the data subject, has authorized the receipt of the newsletter.

When subscribing to the newsletter, we also save the IP address assigned by the Internet Service Provider (ISP) of the computer system used by the person concerned at the time of subscription, as well as the date and time of subscription. The collection of this data is necessary in order to be able to trace the (possible) misuse of the e-mail address of a data subject at a later date and therefore serves to provide legal protection for the person responsible for processing.

The personal data collected during registration for the newsletter is used exclusively for sending our newsletter. In addition, subscribers to the newsletter could be informed by e-mail if this is necessary for the operation of the newsletter service or for registration, as could be the case if there are changes to the newsletter offer or if technical conditions change. The personal data collected within the scope of the newsletter service will not be passed on to third parties. The subscription to our newsletter can be cancelled by the person concerned at any time. The consent to the storage of personal data, which the person concerned has given us for the newsletter service, can be revoked at any time. For the purpose of revoking this consent, a corresponding link can be found in every newsletter. It is also possible to unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time directly on the website of the data controller or to inform the data controller in another way.

6. Newsletter tracking

The newsletters of Flexus AG contain so-called counting pixels. A counting pixel is a miniature graphic which is embedded in such e-mails which are sent in HTML format to enable a log file recording and a log file analysis. This enables a statistical evaluation of the success or failure of online marketing campaigns. By means of the embedded counting pixel Flexus AG can recognize whether and when an E-Mail was opened by a person concerned and which links in the E-Mail were called by the person concerned.

Such personal data collected via the tracking pixels contained in the newsletters are stored and evaluated by the data controller in order to optimise the newsletter dispatch and to adapt the content of future newsletters even better to the interests of the data subject. This personal data is not passed on to third parties. Data subjects are entitled at any time to revoke the separate declaration of consent given in this regard via the double opt-in procedure. After revocation, these personal data will be deleted by the data controller. A cancellation of the receipt of the newsletter interprets Flexus AG automatically as revocation.

7. How to contact us via the website

The Internet site of Flexus AG contains due to legal regulations data, which make a fast electronic establishment of contact to our enterprise possible as well as a direct communication with us, which also includes a general address of the so-called electronic post (email address). If a person concerned takes up the contact with the responsible person for the processing by e-mail or over a contact form, the personal data conveyed by the person concerned are stored automatically. Such personal data transmitted by a data subject to the controller on a voluntary basis are stored for the purposes of processing or for contacting the data subject. Such personal data shall not be disclosed to third parties.

8. Routine deletion and blocking of personal data

The controller shall process and store personal data relating to the data subject only for the period of time necessary to achieve the purpose of storage or where provided for by the European legislator or other legislator in laws or regulations to which the controller is subject.

If the purpose of storage ceases to apply or if a storage period prescribed by the European Directives and Regulations or any other competent legislator expires, the personal data will be blocked or deleted as a matter of routine and in accordance with legal requirements.

9. Rights of the data subject

  • Right to confirmation

    Every data subject has the right, granted by the European Directive and Regulation, to obtain from the controller confirmation as to whether personal data relating to him or her are being processed. If a data subject wishes to exercise this right of confirmation, he or she may at any time contact an employee of the controller.

  • Right of access

    Any person affected by the processing of personal data has the right, granted by the European Directives and Regulations, to obtain at any time and free of charge from the data controller information on personal data relating to him/her and a copy thereof. The European Data Protection Supervisor has also granted the data subject access to the following information:

    • the processing purposes
    • the categories of personal data processed
    • the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed, in particular to recipients in third countries or international organisations
    • if possible, the planned duration for which the personal data will be stored or, if this is not possible, the criteria for determining this duration
    • the existence of a right of rectification or erasure of personal data concerning him or her or of a restriction on processing by the controller or a right to object to such processing
    • the existence of a right of appeal to a supervisory authority
    • if the personal data are not collected from the data subject: All available information on the origin of the data
    • the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, in accordance with Article 22(1) and (4) of the DPA and, at least in these cases, meaningful information about the logic involved and the scope and intended impact of such processing on the data subject

    The data subject shall also have the right to obtain information as to whether personal data have been transferred to a third country or to an international organisation. If this is the case, the data subject shall also have the right to obtain information on the appropriate safeguards relating to the transfer.

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

  • Right of rectification

    Any person affected by the processing of personal data has the right, granted by the European legislator, to request the rectification without delay of inaccurate personal data concerning him. The data subject shall also have the right to obtain the completion of incomplete personal data, including by means of a supplementary declaration, having regard to the purposes of the processing.

    If a data subject wishes to exercise this right of rectification, he or she may at any time contact an employee of the controller.

  • Right of cancellation (right to be forgotten)

    Any person affected by the processing of personal data has the right, granted by the European Directives and Regulations, to obtain from the controller the immediate erasure of personal data relating to him/her, where one of the following reasons applies and where the processing is not necessary

    • The personal data has been collected or otherwise processed for purposes for which it is no longer necessary.
    • The data subject withdraws the consent on which the processing was based in accordance with Article 6(1)(a) DPA or Article 9(2)(a) DPA and there is no other legal basis for the processing.
    • The data subject lodges an objection to the processing pursuant to Article 21(1) DPA and there are no overriding legitimate reasons for the processing, or the data subject lodges an objection to the processing pursuant to Article 21(2) DPA.
    • The personal data were processed unlawfully.
    • The deletion of personal data is necessary to comply with a legal obligation under Union or national law to which the controller is subject.
    • The personal data were collected in relation to information society services offered, in accordance with Article 8(1) of the DS-GVO.

    If one of the above reasons applies and a person concerned would like to arrange the deletion of personal data, which are stored at Flexus AG, he can turn for this at any time to an employee of the responsible person for the processing. The employee of Flexus AG will arrange that the deletion request is immediately complied with.

    If the personal data were made public by Flexus AG and our company as a responsible person is obliged to delete the personal data according to art. 17 paragraph 1 DS-GVO, Flexus AG takes adequate measures, also of technical nature, under consideration of the available technology and the implementation costs, to inform other responsible persons for the data processing, which process the published personal data, that the data subject has demanded from these other responsible persons for the data processing the deletion of all links to these personal data or of copies or replications of these personal data, as far as the processing is not necessary. The employee of Flexus AG will arrange the necessary in individual cases.

  • Right to limit processing

    Any person affected by the processing of personal data has the right, granted by the European Directives and Regulations, to request the controller to restrict the processing if one of the following conditions is met:

    • The accuracy of the personal data is contested by the data subject, for a period of time that allows the controller to verify the accuracy of the personal data.
    • The processing is unlawful, the data subject refuses the deletion of the personal data and instead requests the restriction of the use of the personal data.
    • The controller no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but the data subject needs them in order to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.
    • The data subject has lodged an objection to the processing pursuant to Art. 21 (1) DPA and it is not yet clear whether the legitimate reasons of the controller outweigh those of the data subject.

    Provided that one of the above mentioned conditions is given and a person concerned would like to require the restriction of personal data which are stored with Flexus AG, he can turn for this purpose at any time to an employee of the person responsible for the processing. The employee of Flexus AG will arrange the restriction of the processing.

  • Right to data transferability

    Any person affected by the processing of personal data has the right, granted by the European Directives and Regulations, to receive the personal data concerning him/her which have been made available to a controller by the data subject in a structured, common and machine-readable format. He or she also has the right to have this data communicated to another controller without hindrance by the controller to whom the personal data has been made available, provided that the processing is based on the consent pursuant to Article 6 paragraph 1 letter a DPA or Article 9 paragraph 2 letter a DPA or on a contract pursuant to Article 6 paragraph 1 letter b DPA and that the processing is carried out by means of automated procedures, unless the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

    Furthermore, when exercising his or her right to data transfer, the data subject has the right, in accordance with Article 20 paragraph 1 of the DPA, to obtain that personal data be transferred directly from one controller to another controller, insofar as this is technically feasible and provided that it does not adversely affect the rights and freedoms of other persons.

    For the assertion of the right to data transferability the person concerned can turn any time to an employee of Flexus AG.

  • Right of appeal

    Every person concerned by the processing of personal data has the right, granted by the European legislator, to object at any time, for reasons arising from his or her particular situation, to the processing of personal data concerning him or her carried out pursuant to Article 6(1)(e) or (f) of the DPA. This also applies to profiling based on these provisions.

    Flexus AG processes the personal data in the case of the contradiction no more, unless we can prove compelling reasons worthy of protection for the processing, which outweigh the interests, rights and liberties of the person concerned, or the processing serves the assertion, exercise or defense of legal claims.

    If Flexus AG processes personal data to operate direct advertising, the person concerned has the right to object at any time to the processing of personal data for the purpose of such advertising. This also applies to profiling, as far as it is connected with such direct advertising. If the data subject objects to Flexus AG to the processing for the purpose of direct advertising, Flexus AG will not process the personal data for these purposes.

    In addition, the data subject has the right to object, for reasons arising from his special situation, to the processing of personal data concerning him, which takes place at Flexus AG for scientific or historical research purposes or for statistical purposes according to Art. 89 paragraph 1 DS-GVO, unless such processing is necessary to fulfil a task in the public interest.

    For the exercise of the right of objection the person concerned can turn directly to any employee of Flexus AG or another employee. The person concerned is also free to exercise his right of objection in connection with the use of services of the information society, notwithstanding the directive 2002/58/EG, by means of automated procedures in which technical specifications are used.

  • Automated decisions in individual cases including profiling

    Every person concerned by the processing of personal data has the right, granted by the European legislator, not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning him/her or significantly affects him/her in a similar way, 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 authorised by Union or national legislation to which the controller is subject and such legislation provides for adequate measures to safeguard the rights and freedoms and legitimate interests of the data subject, or (3) is made with the explicit consent of the data subject.

    If the decision (1) is necessary for the conclusion or the fulfillment of a contract between the data subject and the responsible person or (2) is made with the express consent of the data subject, Flexus AG takes 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 person on the part of the responsible person, to present its own position and to challenge the decision.

    If the data subject wishes to exercise rights relating to automated decisions, he or she may at any time consult an employee of the controller.

  • Right of revocation of a data protection consent

    Every person affected by the processing of personal data has the right granted by the European Directives and Regulations to revoke consent to the processing of personal data at any time.

    If the data subject wishes to exercise his or her right to withdraw consent, he or she may at any time contact an employee of the controller.

10. Privacy in applications and the application process

The controller collects and processes the personal data of applicants for the purpose of processing the application procedure. The processing may also be carried out by electronic means. This is particularly the case if an applicant submits relevant application documents to the controller electronically, for example by e-mail or via a web form on the website. If the data controller concludes an employment contract with an applicant, the transmitted data is stored for the purpose of processing the employment relationship in accordance with the statutory provisions. If the controller does not conclude an employment contract with the applicant, the application documents are automatically deleted two months after notification of the rejection decision, provided that no other legitimate interests of the controller conflict with deletion. Other legitimate interests in this sense include, for example, an obligation to provide evidence in proceedings under the General Equal Treatment Act (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz, AGG).

11. Privacy policy on the deployment and use of Google AdSense

The person responsible for processing has integrated Google AdSense on this website. Google AdSense is an online service which enables the placement of advertising on third party sites. Google AdSense is based on an algorithm which selects the advertisements displayed on third party sites according to the content of the respective third party site. Google AdSense allows an interest-related targeting of the internet user, which is implemented by generating individual user profiles.

The operating company of the Google AdSense component is Alphabet Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA.

The purpose of the Google AdSense component is the integration of advertisements on our website. Google AdSense sets a cookie on the information technology system of the person concerned. What cookies are, was already explained above. By setting the cookie, Alphabet Inc. is able to analyze the use of our website. Each time the data controller accesses one of the individual pages of this website, which is operated by the data controller 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 Alphabet Inc. for the purposes of online advertising and the billing of commissions. As part of this technical process, Alphabet Inc. obtains knowledge of personal data, such as the IP address of the person concerned, which is used by Alphabet Inc. among other things to trace the origin of the visitors and clicks and subsequently to enable commission settlements.

The person concerned can prevent the setting of cookies by our website, as already described above, at any time by means of a corresponding setting in the Internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. Such a setting in the Internet browser used would also prevent Alphabet Inc. from setting a cookie on the data subject's information technology system. 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 counting pixels. A pixel-code is a thumbnail graphic that is embedded in web pages to enable log file recording and log file analysis, which allows statistical evaluation. Alphabet Inc. can use the embedded pixel-code to identify whether and when an Internet page was opened by an affected person and which links were clicked on by the affected person. Counting pixels are used, among other things, to evaluate the flow of visitors to a website.

Through Google AdSense, personal data and information, which includes IP addresses and is necessary for the collection and billing of the ads displayed, is transferred to Alphabet Inc. in the United States of America. This personal data is stored and processed in the United States of America. Alphabet Inc. may pass on this personal data collected via the technical process to third parties.

Google AdSense is explained in more detail under this link https://www.google.de/intl/de/adsense/start/.

12. Privacy policy for the use and application of Google Analytics (with anonymization function)

The person responsible for processing has integrated the Google Analytics component (with anonymisation function) on this website. Google Analytics is a web analysis service. Web analysis is the collection, collection and evaluation of data on the behaviour of visitors to websites. Among other things, a web analysis service collects data on which website a person concerned came to a website from (so-called referrers), which sub-pages of the website were accessed or how often and for how long a subpage was viewed. A web analysis is mainly used to optimise a website and to analyse the cost-benefit of internet advertising.

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

The data controller uses the addition "_gat._anonymizeIp" for web analysis via Google Analytics. By means of this addition, the IP address of the data subject's Internet connection is shortened by Google and made anonymous if our Internet pages are accessed from a member state of the European Union or from another state that is a party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

The purpose of the Google Analytics component is the analysis of visitor flows on our website. Among other things, Google uses the data and information obtained to evaluate the use of our website in order to compile online reports for us which show the activities on our website and to provide further services in connection with the use of our website.

Google Analytics places a cookie on the information technology system of the person concerned. What cookies are has already been explained above. By setting the cookie, Google is able to analyse the use of our website. Each time one of the individual pages of this website, which is operated by the data controller and on which a Google Analytics component has been integrated, is called up, the Internet browser on the information technology system of the data subject is automatically prompted by the respective Google Analytics component to transmit data to Google for the purpose of online analysis. Within the scope of this technical procedure, Google receives knowledge of personal data, such as the IP address of the person concerned, which Google uses, among other things, to trace the origin of visitors and clicks and subsequently to enable commission settlements.

The cookie is used to store personal information, such as the time of access, the location from which an access originated and the frequency of visits to our website by the person concerned. Each time our website is visited, this personal data, including the IP address of the Internet connection used by the person concerned, 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 pass on this personal data collected through the technical process to third parties.

The person concerned can prevent the setting of cookies by our website, as already described above, at any time by means of a corresponding setting in 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 person concerned. In addition, a cookie already set by Google Analytics can be deleted at any time via the Internet browser or other software programs.

Furthermore, the data subject has the opportunity to object to and prevent the collection of data generated by Google Analytics and relating to the use of this website and the processing of this data by Google. To do this, the person concerned must download and install a browser add-on under the link https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. This browser add-on informs Google Analytics via JavaScript that no data and information about visits to websites may be transmitted to Google Analytics. The installation of the browser add-on is considered by Google as a contradiction. If the data subject's information technology system is deleted, formatted or reinstalled at a later date, the data subject must reinstall the Browser Add-On in order to deactivate Google Analytics. If the browser add-on is uninstalled or deactivated by the person concerned or another person within his or her sphere of control, the browser add-on may be reinstalled or reactivated.

Further information and Google's applicable privacy policy can be found at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/ and http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html. Google Analytics is explained in more detail at this link https://www.google.com/intl/de_de/analytics/.

13. Privacy policy on the deployment and use of Google+

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

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

Each time the data controller calls up one of the individual pages of this website, 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 display of the corresponding Google+ button from Google. As part of this technical process, Google is informed which specific subpage of our website is visited by the data subject. More detailed information about Google+ is available at https://developers.google.com/+/.

If the person concerned is logged in at Google+ at the same time, Google recognizes with each call of our website by the person concerned and during the entire duration of the respective stay on our website, which specific subpage of our website the person concerned is visiting. This information is collected by the Google+ button and assigned by Google to the respective Google+ account of the person concerned.

If the person concerned clicks on one of the Google+ buttons integrated on our website and thus submits a Google+1 recommendation, Google allocates this information to the personal Google+ user account of the person concerned and stores this personal data. Google will store the data subject's Google+1 recommendation and make it publicly available in accordance with the terms and 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 that account, in other Google services, such as Google search engine results, the data subject's Google Account or 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 optimizing the various services provided by Google.

The Google+ button informs Google that the data subject has visited our website if the data subject is logged in to Google+ at the same time as he or she visits our website, regardless of whether or not the data subject clicks the Google+ button.

If the data subject does not wish his or her personal data to be transferred to Google, he or she can prevent such transfer by logging out of his or her Google+ account before accessing our website.

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

14. Privacy policy on the deployment 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 display ads in Google's search engine results as well as in the Google advertising network. Google AdWords allows an advertiser to set pre-defined keywords that will display an ad in Google's search engine results only when the user uses the search engine to retrieve a keyword-related search result. In the Google advertising network, the ads are distributed to topic-relevant web pages by means of an automatic algorithm and in accordance with the previously defined keywords.

The operating company of the Google AdWords services is Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre 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-party companies and in the search engine results of the Google search engine, and to display third-party advertising on our website.

If a person concerned reaches our website via a Google ad, a so-called conversion cookie is stored on the information technology system of the person concerned by Google. What cookies are has already been explained above. A conversion cookie loses its validity after thirty days and does not serve to identify the data subject. If the cookie has not expired, the conversion cookie is used to track whether certain sub-pages, such as the shopping cart from an online shop system, have been accessed on our website. The conversion cookie enables us and Google to track whether a person who has reached our website via an AdWords ad generated sales, i.e. whether he or she has completed or abandoned a purchase.

The data and information collected through the use of the conversion cookie is used by Google to create visit statistics for our website. These visit statistics are in turn used by us to determine the total number of users who were referred to us via AdWords ads, i.e. to determine the success or failure of the respective AdWords ad and to optimize our AdWords ads for the future. Neither our company nor other Google AdWords advertisers receive any information from Google that could be used to identify the person concerned.

The conversion cookie is used to store personal information, such as the Internet pages visited by the person concerned. Each time our website is visited, personal data, including the IP address of the Internet connection used by the person concerned, 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 pass on this personal data collected via the technical process to third parties.

The person concerned can prevent the setting of cookies by our website, as already described above, at any time by means of a corresponding setting in 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 placing a conversion cookie on the data subject's information technology system. In addition, a cookie already set by Google AdWords can be deleted at any time via the Internet browser or other software programs.

Furthermore, the data subject has the opportunity to object to interest-based advertising by Google. To do so, the person concerned must call up the link www.google.de/settings/ads from each of the Internet browsers he or she uses and make the desired settings there.

Further information and Google's applicable privacy policy can be found at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/.

15. Privacy policy for the use and application of Xing

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

The operating company of Xing is XING SE, Dammtorstraße 30, 20354 Hamburg, Germany.

Each time the data controller calls up 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 Internet browser on the information technology system of the data subject is automatically prompted by the respective Xing component to download a representation of the corresponding Xing component from Xing. Further information on the Xing plug-ins can be found at https://dev.xing.com/plugins. As part of this technical process, Xing is informed which specific subpage of our website is visited by the data subject.

If the person concerned is logged in to Xing at the same time, Xing recognizes which specific subpage of our website the person concerned is visiting each time the person concerned calls up our website and for the entire duration of their stay on our website. This information is collected by the Xing component and assigned by Xing to the respective Xing account of the person concerned. If the data subject clicks on one of the Xing buttons integrated on our website, for example the "Share" button, Xing assigns this information to the personal Xing user account of the data subject and stores this personal data.

Xing receives information via the Xing component that the data subject has visited our website if the data subject is logged on to Xing at the same time as accessing our website; this occurs regardless of whether the data subject clicks on the Xing component or not. If the data subject does not want this information to be transmitted to Xing, he or she can prevent the transmission by logging out of his or her Xing account before accessing our website.

The data protection regulations published by Xing, which can be accessed at https://www.xing.com/privacy, provide information about the collection, processing and use of personal data by Xing. Xing has also published data protection information for the XING Share button at https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection.

16. Privacy policy on the use and application of YouTube

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

The YouTube operating company is 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.

Each time the data subject accesses one of the individual pages of this website operated by the data controller and on which a YouTube component (YouTube video) has been integrated, the Internet browser on the information technology system of the data subject is automatically prompted by the respective YouTube component to download a representation of the corresponding YouTube component from YouTube. Further information on YouTube can be found at https://www.youtube.com/yt/about/de/. As part of this technical process, YouTube and Google are informed which specific subpage of our website is visited by the data subject. 

If the person concerned is logged on to YouTube at the same time, YouTube recognizes which specific page of our website the person concerned is visiting by calling up a subpage containing a YouTube video. This information is collected by YouTube and Google and assigned to the respective YouTube account of the person concerned.

YouTube and Google receive information through the YouTube component that the data subject has visited our website whenever the data subject is logged on to YouTube at the same time as he or she visits our website, regardless of whether or not the data subject clicks on a YouTube video. If the data subject does not wish this information to be transmitted to YouTube and Google, he or she can prevent the transmission by logging out of his or her YouTube account before accessing our website.

The privacy policy published by YouTube, which is available at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/, provides information about the collection, processing and use of personal data by YouTube and Google.

17. Legal basis of the processing

Art. 6 I lit. a DS-GVO serves our company as a legal basis for processing operations for which we obtain consent for a specific processing purpose. If the processing of personal data is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party, as is the case, for example, with processing operations necessary for the supply of goods or provision of other services or consideration, the processing is based on Art. 6 I lit. b DS-GVO. The same applies to such processing operations which 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 which makes it necessary to process personal data, for example to fulfil tax obligations, processing is based on Art. 6 I lit. c DS-GVO. In rare cases, the processing of personal data may be necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person. This would be the case, for example, if a visitor to our company were to be injured and his or her name, age, health insurance details or other vital information had to be disclosed to a doctor, hospital or other third party. The processing would then be based on Art. 6 I lit. d DS-GVO. Finally, processing operations could be based on Art. 6 I lit. f DS-GVO. Processing operations which are not covered by any of the aforementioned legal bases are based on this legal basis if the processing is necessary to safeguard a legitimate interest of our company or of a third party, unless the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject prevail. We are permitted to carry out such processing operations in particular because they have been specifically mentioned by the European legislator. In this respect, it took the view that a legitimate interest could be assumed if the data subject is a customer of the controller (Recital 47 sentence 2 DS-GVO).

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

If the processing of personal data is based on Article 6 I lit. f DS-GVO, our legitimate interest is to carry out our business activities for the benefit of the well-being of all our employees and our shareholders.

19. Duration for which the personal data are stored

The criterion for the duration of storage of personal data is the respective legal retention period. After expiry of the period, the corresponding data is routinely deleted, provided that it is no longer required for the fulfilment or initiation of the contract.

20. Legal or contractual provisions providing the personal data; necessity for the conclusion of the contract; obligation of the data subject to provide the personal data; possible consequences of not providing the data

We would like to inform you that the provision of personal data is partly required by law (e.g. tax regulations) or can also result from contractual regulations (e.g. information on the contractual partner). Sometimes it may be necessary for a contract to be concluded that a data subject provides us with personal data, which must subsequently be processed by us. For example, the data subject is obliged to provide us with personal data if our company concludes a contract with him/her. Failure to provide the personal data would mean that the contract with the data subject could not be concluded. Before the person concerned makes personal data available, the person concerned must contact one of our employees. Our employee will inform the data subject on a case-by-case basis whether the provision of the personal data is required by law or contract or is necessary for the conclusion of the contract, whether there is an obligation to provide the personal data and what the consequences would be if the personal data were not provided.

21. Existence of automated decision making

As a responsible company, we avoid automatic decision making or profiling.

This data protection declaration was created by the data protection declaration generator of DGD Deutsche Gesellschaft für Datenschutz GmbH, which acts as External Data Protection Officer Aschaffenburg, in cooperation with the lawyer for IT and data protection law Christian Solmecke.

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