Privacy Policy

1. An Overview of Data Privacy

General information

The following gives a basic overview of what happens to your personal data when you visit our website. Personal data is any information that could be used to personally identify you. Detailed information on the subject of data privacy can be found in our privacy policy listed below.

Data collection on our website

Who is responsible for data collection on this website?

Data is processed on this website by the website operator. Go to the ‘About this site’ page on this website for information on how to contact this person.

How do we collect your data?

Some data is collected when you provide it to us. For example, this could be data you enter on a contact form.

Other data is collected automatically by our IT systems when you visit the website. This primarily includes technical data such as the browser and operating system you are using or when you accessed the page. This data is collected automatically as soon you enter our website.

What do we use your data for?

Part of the data is collected to ensure the proper functioning of the website. Other data can be used to analyze how you use the website.

What rights do you have regarding your data?

You have the right to request information about your stored data, its origin, its recipients, and the purpose of its collection at no charge at any time. You also have the right to request that this data be corrected, blocked, or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address shown on the ‘About this site’ page if you have further questions about the issue of data privacy. You may also file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities.

Analytics and third-party tools

When visiting our website, a statistical analysis may be made of your surfing behavior. This happens primarily using cookies and analytics programs. The analysis of your surfing behavior is generally anonymous, that is, we will not be able to identify you from this data. You can object to this analysis or prevent it by not using certain tools. Detailed information can be found in the following data privacy policy.

You can object to this analysis. In this data privacy policy, we will provide you with information on how to exercise your options in this regard.

2. General Information and Mandatory Information

Data privacy

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

Various personal data will be collected when you use this website. Personal data is any information that could be used to personally identify you. This privacy policy explains what information we collect and what we use it for. It also explains how and for what purpose this happens.

Please note that data transmitted via the Internet (such as via e-mail communications) may be subject to security breaches. Full and complete protection of your data from third-party access is not possible.

Notice concerning the party responsible for this website

The party responsible for processing data on this website is:

BHS-Sonthofen GmbH
An der Eisenschmelze 47
87527 Sonthofen, Germany

Phone: (+49-8321) 60990
E-mail: datenschutz[@]bhs-sonthofen[.]de

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

Withdrawal of your consent to the processing of your data

Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You may withdraw any consent you have already given at any time. An informal e-mail to this effect is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

Right to lodge complaints with the competent regulatory authorities

If there has been a breach of data protection according to the law, the data subject may file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities. The competent regulatory authority for matters related to data protection legislation is the data protection officer of the German state in which our company is domiciled. A list of data protection officers and their contact details can be found at the following link: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_linksnode.html.

Right to data portability

You have the right to have data that we process based on your consent or in fulfillment of a contract automatically delivered to you or to a third party in a standard, machine-readable format. If you require the direct transfer of data to another processor, this will only be done to the extent technically feasible.

SSL or TLS encryption

This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser’s address line when it changes from http:// to https:// and the padlock icon is displayed in your browser’s address bar. The data you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties if SSL or TLS encryption is activated.

Information, blocking, deletion

As permitted by law, you have the right to be provided at any time with information free of charge about any of your personal data that is stored as well as its origin, the recipient, and the purpose for which it has been processed. You also have the right to have this data corrected, blocked, or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address provided on the ‘About this site’ page if you have further questions on the topic of personal data.

Objection to receiving promotional e-mails

We hereby expressly prohibit the use of contact details published in the context of website legal notice requirements with regard to sending promotional and informational materials not expressly requested. The website operator reserves the right to take specific legal action if unsolicited promotional material, such as e-mail spam, is received.

3. Data Protection Officer

We have appointed Udo Franke to serve as our company’s data protection officer.

BHS-Sonthofen GmbH
Udo Franke (Data Protection Officer)
An der Eisenschmelze 47
87527 Sonthofen, Germany

Phone: (+49-8321) 60990
E-mail: datenschutz[@]bhs-sonthofen[.]de

4. Data Collection on Our Website

Cookies

Some websites use cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies help make our website more user-friendly, efficient, and secure. Cookies are small text files that are placed by your browser on your computer and stored there.

Most of the cookies we use are ‘session’ cookies. They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain on your device until you delete them. These cookies make it possible to recognize your browser the next time you visit the site.

You can configure your browser to inform you about the use of cookies so that you can decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept or reject a cookie. Your browser can also be configured not to accept any cookies or only to accept cookies under certain conditions, or to automatically delete them when closing your browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

Cookies that are necessary to allow electronic communications or to provide certain functions you wish to use are stored pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The website operator has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies to ensure an optimized service provided free of technical errors. If other cookies (such as those used to analyze your surfing behavior) are also stored, they will be treated separately in this privacy policy.

Server log files

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

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

This data will not be combined with data from other sources.

The basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (f) of the GDPR, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract.

Contact form

Should you send us questions via the contact form, we will collect the data entered on the form, including the contact details you provide, to answer your question and any follow-up questions. We do not share this data without your permission.

Therefore we will process any data you enter onto the contact form only with your consent pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (a) of the GDPR. You may withdraw your consent at any time. An informal e-mail to this effect is sufficient. The data processed before you withdraw your consent may still be legally processed.

We will retain the data you provide on the contact form until you request its deletion, withdraw your consent for its storage, or the purpose for its storage no longer pertains (for example, after fulfilling your request). Any mandatory statutory provisions, especially those regarding mandatory retention periods, remain unaffected.

5. Social Media

Share content via Xing, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, or Twitter

In compliance with data protection legislation, the content on our website can be shared on other social media networks such as Xing, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. This site uses a direct link for this purpose. Contact between the networks and users is only established if users actively click one of these buttons.

For that reason, user data is not automatically transmitted to the operators of these platforms.

6. Analytics Tools and Advertisement

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a Web analytics service. It is operated by Google, Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, U.S.

Google Analytics uses cookies. These are text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the U.S. and stored there.

Google Analytics cookies are stored pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) of the GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior to optimize both its website and its advertising.

IP anonymization

We have activated the IP anonymization feature on this website. Your IP address will be truncated by Google within the European Union or other states party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to the United States. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the U.S. and shortened there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity, and to provide other services related to the use of the website and of the Internet for the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be aggregated with any other data held by Google.

Browser plug-in

You can prevent these cookies being stored by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. However, we wish to point out that doing so may mean you will not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent the data generated by cookies about your use of the website (including your IP address) from being passed to Google, and the processing of these data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Objecting to the collection of data

You can prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set to prevent your data from being collected on future visits to this site: Disabling Google Analytics.

For more information about how Google Analytics handles user data, see the Google Privacy Policy: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en.

Commissioned data processing

We have entered into an agreement with Google for commissioned data processing and fully implement the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities when using Google Analytics.

Google AdWords and Google Conversion Tracking

This website uses Google AdWords. AdWords is an online advertising program from Google, Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, U.S. (‘Google’).

We use conversion tracking as part of Google AdWords. A conversion tracking cookie is set when you click an ad served by Google. Cookies are small text files that your Internet browser stores on your computer. These cookies expire after 30 days and are not used for personal identification of the user. Should the user visit certain pages of the website and the cookie has not yet expired, Google and the website can tell that the user clicked the ad and was redirected to that page.

Each Google AdWords advertiser has a different cookie. Thus, cookies cannot be tracked using the website of an AdWords advertiser. The information obtained using the conversion cookie is used to create conversion statistics for the AdWords customers who have opted for conversion tracking. Customers are told the total number of users who clicked their ad and were redirected to a conversion tracking tag page. However, they do not obtain any information that can be used to personally identify users. If you do not want to participate in tracking, you can opt-out of this by disabling the Google Conversion Tracking cookie by simply changing your browser settings. In doing so, you will not be included in the conversion tracking statistics. In doing so, you will not be included in the conversion tracking statistics.

Conversion cookies are stored pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) of the GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior to optimize both its website and its advertising.

For more information about Google AdWords and Google Conversion Tracking, see the Google Privacy Policy: https://www.google.com/privacy/.

You can configure your browser to inform you about the use of cookies so that you can decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept or reject a cookie. Your browser can also be configured not to accept any cookies or only to accept cookies under certain conditions, or to automatically delete them when closing your browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

7. Tools

YouTube

Our website contains embedded videos from YouTube, a site operated by Google. The operator of the site is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, U.S.

We use the enhanced privacy mode, which means our videos are not loaded from the domain youtube.com but from youtube-nocookies.com. This results in significantly less user data being sent; for example, no data is transferred to the DoubleClick advertising service.

A connection is established to YouTube servers when you visit any of our pages containing an embedded YouTube video. Here, the YouTube server is informed which of our pages you have visited.

If you are logged in to your YouTube account, you allow YouTube to associate your surfing behavior directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

The use of YouTube is in the interest of making our website appealing. This constitutes a legitimate interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) of the GDPR.

For more information about how user data is handled, see YouTube’s privacy policy: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy. 

Google Maps

This site is linked directly to the Google Maps service. It is operated by Google, Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, U.S. Contact between Google Maps and users is only established if users actively click on the buttons.

For that reason, user data is not automatically transferred to the operators of these platforms. For more information, see Google’s privacy policy: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/.

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