We attach utmost importance to the protection and security of your data, regardless of whether you are a customer or a visitor to our online presence. Therefore, we undertake to protect your privacy and to treat your data confidentially. We are pleased to inform you here which of your personal data relating to your visit to this website will be captured and for which purposes they will be used.
“Personal data” is any information about a person whose identity is known or identifiable. “Person concerned” is a specific or identifiable physical person whose data is used.
II. Principles of processing personal data
1. We shall fully comply with the legal data privacy rules.
The data privacy guidelines of the European Union and the national legislation derived therefrom shall apply to the storage, processing and use of personal data. The processing of data shall be based on statutory legitimation or on the consent of the person concerned.
2. Personal data shall not be sold, lent, leased or passed on to third parties in any other way without your consent.
We shall not notify your personal data to any third parties for advertising or marketing purposes or in any other way, without this being required for the performance due from us or without your explicit consent.
Companies directly or indirectly affiliated with us are not regarded as third parties. We may also communicate personal data to outsourcing partners, if they provide sufficient guarantee of the lawful and safe use of the data, and if they bind themselves by contract to comply with the principles of action as described herein.
We do, however, reserve the right to communicate personal data to other companies within the scope of re-structuring or merger, provided they undertake to comply with the principles of action as described herein, and if they have their domicile either inside the European Union or in a third country providing adequate data protection.
To the extent you have declared your consent to your data being processed, with said processing exceeding what is required for contractual performance, you may revoke such consent at any time.
If you actively choose to use the functions of social networks offered on our website, personal data will be transferred to the respective external providers of these social networks. For further details on this subject, please refer to section 4 below.
We further reserve the right to disclose personal data to third parties if we are compelled to do so by law, judicial decision of a competent court, or an order of a competent public authority, or if we are compelled by acts or omissions on your part to have our rights, property or assets protected or enforced by the competent authorities.
3. In the procurement of data, we shall restrict ourselves to what is necessary and reasonable.
Whenever we collect personal data, we will explain to you what we need the data for. We need personal data to enable you to use our website, to manage our business, to meet our contractual obligations, and to provide customised services to you. For instance, we will process your personal data in dealing with your enquiries. In the area of “materials ordering”, the relevant information is your name and your address. If you are interested in our newsletter, we will obtain your e-mail address.
It may occur that we link personal data with other data available to us in order to optimise our services. We reserve the right to carry out statistical analyses, in particular for the purpose of system security and of improving the website even further. Your data shall be deleted upon the purpose of their storage lapsing, unless their storage continues to serve any legitimate purpose and unless any duties of data storage are opposed.
4. Log files
Upon each site call-up, access information will be saved in a log file, the so-called server log. The data set saved will contain the following information: • Date and time • IP address • Session ID • Website called up • Name of website from which our website was called up • Browser used. We will analyse these log files only in case of any abuse of our website. We shall reserve to retrospectively examine the log files of users specifically suspected of using our website illegally and/or in breach of contract.
The following cookies are used on our website:
a. Session ID
In order to facilitate browsing through our website, we use a so-called session ID (or session identifier in full) that is allocated to each user at the beginning of each use of our website. This session ID enables our server to identify you and/or your computer/browser as the same visitor in spite of the IP address possibly having changed in the meantime. Based on this session ID, several associated enquiries by one user can be allocated to one session. The session ID cookie used by us will only be valid until the end of a session. It will be deleted automatically upon closing your browser.
b. Google Analytics
In view of the debate regarding the use of analysis tools with full IP addresses, please note that this website uses Google Analytics with the “anonymizeIp()” extension, ensuring that IP addresses are processed in truncated form only and preventing them from being traced to a specific user. In member states of the European Union or in other states that are parties to the European Economic Area treaty, Google will therefore truncate your IP address before transferring it. Full IP addresses will be sent to a Google server in the USA to be truncated there only in exceptional cases. The IP address sent by your browser when using Google Analytics is not combined with any other Google data.
c. Google Maps
This website uses Google Maps on some web pages to show interactive maps and to prepare directions. Google Maps is a map service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California 94043, USA. By using Google Maps, information relating to the use of this website, including your IP address and the (start) address entered within the scope of the route planner function may be transmitted to Google in the USA.
6. Hyperlinks to third-party websites
Our website contains so-called hyperlinks to the websites of other providers. In these cases, you will be directed from our website directly to the website of the third-party provider. You will recognise this, among others, by the change of the URL. We cannot assume any responsibility for the confidential handling of your data, since we have no influence on other providers observing the data privacy provisions. Please obtain information about the way these providers deal with your personal data directly on their websites.
7. Precautions to protect your data
To protect your data, we have taken specific technical and operational security precautions that are regularly reviewed and adjusted to technological progress. Please note, however, that due to the structure of the Internet, the rules of data privacy and of data security may possibly not be observed by other persons or institutions that are not within our sphere of responsibility.
8. Enquiries about your data & contact details
We consider it very important that you can trust us. Upon request, we will be pleased to tell you whether and if so which data relating to you are stored with us. If, in spite of our efforts aimed at data accuracy, any incorrect information is stored with us, we will correct the same upon your request. For information and other questions or suggestions, please send an eMail to email@example.com..
9. Amendments to the data privacy provisions
As legislative amendments or changes to our internal processes may require an adjustment of said data privacy provisions, the right to make which we reserve accordingly, you are kindly asked to regularly read through the present privacy statement.
Last update: February 2014.