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We are very pleased about your interest in our company. Data protection has a very high priority for our management. Any use of our websites is basically possible without any indication of personal data. However, if a data subject wishes to use our company’s special services through our website, the processing of personal data may be required. If the processing of personal data is required and there is no legal basis for such processing, we generally seek the consent of the data subject.
The processing of personal data, such as the name, address, email address or telephone number of a data subject always takes place in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and in accordance with our country-specific data protection regulations. Through this data protection declaration, our company seeks to inform the public about the nature, scope and purpose of the personal information we collect, use and process. Furthermore, data subjects are informed of their rights under this data protection declaration.
As the controller, we have implemented numerous technical and organisational measures to ensure the most complete protection possible of the personal data processed via this website. Nevertheless, Internet-based data transmissions may generally have security breaches, so that absolute protection can not be guaranteed. For this reason, every data subject is free to submit personal data to us in alternative ways, for example by telephone.
The controller, within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation, other data protection laws in the Member States of the European Union and other provisions with data protection implications, is:
Mr Christof Lohmiller
Our data protection declaration is based on the terminology used by European regulations and regulatory authorities when issuing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our data protection declaration should be easy to read and understand for the public as well as for our customers and business partners. To ensure this, we would like to explain in advance the terminology used. We use the following terms in this data protection declaration, including but not limited to:
Personal data is all information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter the “data subject”). An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by association with an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or one or more special features that express the physical, physiological, genetic, psychological, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.
A data subject is any identified or identifiable natural person whose personal data is processed by the controller.
Processing means any operation performed, with or without the aid of automated procedures, or any such series of operations related to personal data such as gathering, collection, organisation, ordering, storage, adaptation or modification, read-out, retrieval, the use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or any other form of provision, matching or linking, restriction, erasure or destruction.
A restriction of processing is the marking of stored personal data with the aim to limit their future processing.
Profiling is any type of automated processing of personal data that consists in using that personal information to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, in particular, to analyse or predict aspects of work performance, economic condition, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, behaviour, whereabouts or change of location of that natural person.
Pseudonymisation is the processing of personal data in such a way that personal data can no longer be attributed to a specific data subject without the need for additional information, provided that such additional information is kept separate and subject to technical and organisational measures to ensure that the personal data not assigned to an identified or identifiable natural person.
The controller is the natural or legal person, public authority, institution or body that, alone or in concert with others, decides on the purposes and means of processing of the personal data. Where the purposes and means of such processing are determined by European Union law or the law of the Member States, the controller or the specific criteria for its designation may be provided for under European Union law or the law of the Member States.
The processor is a natural or legal person, public authority, institution or other body that processes personal data on behalf of the controller.
Recipient is a natural or legal person, public authority, institution or other body to which personal data is disclosed, whether or not it is a third party. However, authorities, operating under a specific mandate, which may receive personal data under European Union law or the law of the Member States, are not considered recipients.
A third party is a natural or legal person, public authority, institution or body other than the data subject, the controller, the processor and the persons authorised under the direct responsibility of the controller or processor to process the personal data.
Consent is any voluntarily given and unambiguously expressed in the form of a statement or other unambiguous confirmatory act by the data subject for the particular case, by which the data subject indicates that they consent to the processing of the personal data concerning them.
By using cookies, we can provide users of this website with more user-friendly services that would not be possible without cookies.
A data subject may deactivate the setting of cookies by our website at any time by means of a corresponding setting of the Internet browser used and thus permanently prevent 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 data subject deactivates the setting of cookies in the Internet browser used, not all functions of our website may be fully useable.
Our website collects a series of general data and information each time the website is accessed by a data subject or an automated system. This general data and information is stored in the server log files. The following may be recorded
(1) browser types and versions used,
(2) the operating system used by the accessing system,
(3) the website from which an accessing system comes to our website (so-called referrers),
(4) the sub-web pages, which are accessed via an accessing system on our website,
(5) the date and time of access to the website,
(6) an Internet protocol address (IP address),
(7) the Internet service provider of the accessing system and
(8) other similar data and information used in the event of attacks on our information technology systems.
When using this general data and information, we draw no conclusions about the data subject. Instead, this information is needed to
(1) deliver the contents of our website correctly,
(2) optimise the content of our website as well as the advertising for it,
(3) ensure the permanent functioning of our information technology systems and the technology of our website as well as
(4) provide law enforcement authorities with the information necessary for law enforcement in the event of a cyberattack. This anonymously collected data and information is therefore statistically evaluated by us, on the one hand, and furthermore with the aim of increasing data protection and data security in our company, in order to ultimately ensure an optimal level of protection for the personal data we process. The anonymous data of the server log files are stored separately from all personal data provided by the data subject.
Due to legal regulations, our website contains information that enables quick electronic contact to our company as well as direct communication with us, which also includes a general address of the so-called electronic mail (email address). If an data subject contacts the controller by email or through a contact form, the personal data transmitted by the data subject will be automatically saved. Such personal data, voluntarily transmitted by a data subject to the controller, is stored for the purpose of processing or contacting the data subject. There is no disclosure of this personal data to third parties.
The controller shall process and store the personal data of the data subject only for the period necessary to achieve the purpose of the storage or, if so provided for in the law or regulation of the controller by European regulations and regulatory authorities or by other laws or rules.
If the storage purpose is omitted or if a storage period prescribed by the European regulations and regulatory authorities or any other relevant law expires, the personal data will be routinely blocked or deleted in accordance with the statutory provisions.
Each data subject has the right, as granted by European regulations and regulatory authorities, to require the controller to confirm whether personal data relating to them is being processed. If a data subject wishes to make use of this right of confirmation, they may contact staff of the controller at any time.
Any data subject whose personal data is processed has the right granted by European regulations and regulatory authorities to obtain information at any time from the controller relating to the personal data stored on them and a copy of such information free of charge. Furthermore, the European guidelines and/or regulatory authorities have provided the data subject with the following information:
In addition, the data subject has a right of access, whether personal data has been transmitted to a third country or to an international organisation. If that is the case, then the data subject has the right to obtain information about the appropriate guarantees in connection with the transfer.
If a data subject wishes to make use of this right to information, they may contact staff of the controller at any time.
Any data subject whose personal data is processed has the right granted by European regulations and regulatory authorities to demand the immediate correction of inaccurate personal data concerning them. Furthermore, the data subject has the right to request the completion of incomplete personal data, including by means of a supplementary statement, taking into account the purposes of the processing. If a data subject wishes to make use of this right of rectification, they may contact staff of the controller at any time.
Any data subject whose personal data is processed has the right granted by European regulations and regulatory authorities to require the controller to immediately delete the personal data concerning them, provided that one of the following reasons is satisfied and the processing is not required:
If the personal data have been made public by us and if our company is responsible for deleting personal data as the controller as per Art. 17, para. 1 GDPR, taking into account the available technology and the implementation costs, we will take appropriate measures, including technical ones, to inform other controllers processing the published personal data that the data subject has requested that these other controllers delete all links to such personal data or copies or replications of such personal data, insofar as the processing is not necessary. Our staff will arrange the necessary steps in individual cases.
Any data subject whose personal data is processed has the right, granted by European regulations and regulatory authorities to require the controller to restrict the processing if one of the following conditions applies:
If any of the above conditions apply and a data subject wishes to request the restriction of personal data stored by us, they may contact staff of the controller at any time. Our staff will arrange the restriction of processing.
Any data subject whose personal data is processed has the right granted by European regulations and regulatory authorities to obtain the personal data concerning them, provided to a controller by the data subject, in a structured, common and machine-readable format. It also has the right to transfer this data to another controller responsible without hindrance by the controller to whom the personal data was provided, insofar as the processing is based on the consent as per Art. 6, para. 1, letter a GDPR or Art. 9, para. 2, letter a GDPR or based on a contract as per Art. 6, para. 1, letter b GDPR, and processing by automated means, provided that the processing is not necessary for the performance of a task that is in the public interest or in the exercise of public authority delegated to the controller.
Furthermore, in exercising their right to data portability as per Art. 20, para. 1 GDPR, the data subject has the right to have the personal data transmitted directly from one controller to another, insofar as this is technically feasible and provided that this does not affect the rights and freedoms of other persons.
To assert the right to data portability, the data subject may contact our staff at any time.
Any data subject whose personal data is processed has the right granted by European regulations and regulatory authorities, at any time, for reasons arising from their particular situation, to object to the processing of personal data relating to them on the basis of Art. 6, para. 1, letters e or f, GDPR. This also applies to profiling based on these provisions.
In the event of an objection, we will no longer process personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for processing that outweigh the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject, or the processing is intended to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.
If we process personal data in order to operate direct mail, the data subject has the right to object at any time to the processing of personal data for the purposes of such advertising. This also applies to the profiling, as far as it is associated with such direct mail. If the data subject objects to our processing for direct marketing purposes, we will no longer process the personal data for these purposes.
In addition, the data subject has the right, for reasons that arise from their particular situation, to object to the processing of personal data concerning them, which are submitted to us for scientific or historical research purposes or for statistical purposes as per Art. 89, para. 1 GDPR, unless such processing is necessary to fulfil a task that is in the public interest.
To exercise the right to object, the data subject may directly contact any of our staff. The data subject may also, in the context of the use of information society services, notwithstanding Directive 2002/58/EC, exercise his opt-out right by means of automated procedures using technical specifications.
Any data subject whose personal data is processed has the right granted by European regulations and regulatory authorities to not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which has a legal effect on them or, in a similar manner, significantly affects them, insofar as the decision(1) is not required for the conclusion or performance of a contract between the data subject and the controller, or
If the decision
(1) is required for the conclusion or performance of a contract between the data subject and the controller, or
(2) If it takes place with the express consent of the data subject, we shall take reasonable steps to safeguard the rights and freedoms, as well as the legitimate interests of the data subject, for which at least there is a right to obtain the intervention of a person by the controller to a statement of one's own position and to a contestation of the decision.
If a data subject wishes to make use of any rights with respect to automated decisions, they may contact staff of the controller at any time.
Any data subject whose personal data is processed has the right granted by European regulations and regulatory authorities to revoke consent to the processing of personal data at any time.
If a data subject wishes to make use of their right to withdraw consent, they may contact staff of the controller at any time.
On this website, using the web analysis service software Matomo (www.matomo.org), a service of the provider InnoCraft Ltd., 150 Willis St, 6011 Wellington, New Zealand, (“Matomo”), data are collected and stored based on our legitimate interest in the statistical analysis of user behaviour for optimisation and marketing purposes as per Art. 6, para. 1, lit. f GDPR. From this data, pseudonymised usage profiles can be created and evaluated for the same purpose. Cookies may be used for this purpose. Cookies are small text files stored locally in the cache of the site visitor's Internet browser. The cookies enable, among other things, the recognition of the Internet browser. The data collected by Matomo Technology (including your pseudonymised IP address) will be processed on our servers.
The information generated by the cookie in the pseudonymous user profile is not used to personally identify the visitor to this website and is not merged with personal data about the bearer of the pseudonym.
If you do not agree with the storage and evaluation of this data from your visit, then you may object to the storage and use of the following at any time with a click of the mouse. In this case, a so-called opt-out cookie is stored in your browser, with the result that Matomo will not collect any session data. Please note that the complete deletion of your cookies will result in the opt-out cookie being deleted as well and its possible reactivation by you.
Art. 6 I lit. a GDPR serves as the legal basis for our company for processing operations wherein we obtain consent for a particular processing purpose. If the processing of personal data is necessary to fulfil a contract in which the data subject is a party, as is the case, for example, in processing operations necessary for the supply of goods or the provision of any other service or consideration, processing shall be based on Art. 6 I lit. b GDPR. The same applies to processing operations that are necessary to carry out pre-contractual measures, for example in cases of inquiries regarding our products or services. If our company is subject to a legal obligation which requires the processing of personal data, such as the fulfilment of tax obligations, the processing is based on Art. 6 I lit. c GDPR. In rare cases, the processing of personal data may be required to protect the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person. This would be the case if, for example, a visitor to our premises were injured and their name, age, health insurance or other vital information must be conveyed to a doctor, hospital or other third party. Then the processing would be based on Art. 6 I lit. d GDPR.
Ultimately, processing operations could be based on Art. 6 I lit. f GDPR. On this legal basis, processing operations that are not covered by any of the above legal bases are required if processing is necessary to safeguard the legitimate interests of our company or a third party, unless the interests, fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms of the data subject prevail. Such processing operations are particularly permitted because they have been specifically mentioned by the European legislature. In that regard, it is deemed that a legitimate interest could be assumed if the data subject is a customer of the controller (recital 47, sentence 2 GDPR).
If the processing of personal data under Article 6 I lit. f GDPR is in our legitimate interest in conducting our business for the benefit of all of our employees and our shareholders.
The criterion for the duration of the storage of personal data is the respective statutory retention period. After the deadline, the corresponding data will be routinely deleted, if they are no longer required to fulfil the contract or to initiate a contract.
We hereby clarify that the provision of personal information is in part required by law (such as tax regulations) or may result from contractual arrangements (such as details of the contractor). Occasionally it may be necessary for a contract to be concluded that a data subject provides us with personal data that must subsequently be processed by us. For example, the data subject is required to provide us with personal information when our company enters into a contract with them. Failure to provide the personal data would mean that the contract with the data subject could not be closed. Prior to any personal data being provided by the data subject, the data subject must contact one of our staff. Our staff 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 required for the conclusion of the contract, whether there is an obligation to provide the personal data, and what would be the consequence of the non-provision of the personal data.
As a responsible company we refrain from automatic decision-making or profiling.
We reserve the right to adapt this data protection declaration so that it always complies with current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services in the data protection declaration, e.g. when introducing new services. The new data protection declaration will then apply at your next visit.