Privacy policy

1. Data privacy at a glance

General information

The following information provides a basic overview of what happens to your personal data when you visit our website. Personal data is data with which you can be personally identified. Detailed information on the subject of data privacy can be found in our privacy policy below this text.

Data collection on our website

Who is responsible for data collection on this website?

Data is processed on this website by the website operator. You can find the contact information under About this site on this website.

How do we collect your data?

On the one hand, your data is collected when you provide it to us. This may be data that you enter in a contact form, for example.

Other data is automatically collected by our IT systems when you visit our website. This is chiefly technical data (e.g., Internet browser, operating system or the time of page access). This data is collected automatically when you access our website.

What do we use your data for?

Part of the data is collected in order to ensure the website is provided free of errors. Other data can be used to analyze your user behavior.

What rights do you have regarding your data?

You have the right to information about the origin, recipients and purpose of your stored personal data at no cost and at any time. You also have the right to request the correction, blocking or deletion of this data. You can contact us at any time at the address provided under About this site if you have any further questions on the subject of data privacy. You also have the right of appeal to the competent supervisory authority.

Analytics tools and third-party tools

When you visit our website, your browsing behavior may be statistically evaluated. This is done primarily with cookies and so-called analytics programs. Your browsing behavior is usually analyzed anonymously; the browsing behavior cannot be traced back to you. You may object to this analysis or prevent it by not using certain tools. Detailed information can be found in the following privacy policy.

You can object to this analysis. We will inform you about the options to object in this privacy policy.

2. General and mandatory information

Data privacy

The operators of these pages take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy.

When you use this website, various personal data is collected. Personal data is data with which you can be personally identified. This privacy policy outlines what information we collect and what we use it for. It also details how and for what purpose this is done.

We would like to point out that data transmission over the Internet (e.g., communication by e-mail) may be subject to security vulnerabilities. It is not possible to completely protect the data from being accessed by third parties.

Note on the controller

The controller for data processing on this website is:

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

Phone: (+49-8321) 6099-0
E-mail: datenschutz@bhs-sonthofen.de

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

Withdrawal of your consent to data processing

Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You can withdraw previously given 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.

Right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority

In the case of violations of data protection law, the data subject has the right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority. The competent supervisory authority in data protection matters is the data protection officer of the federal state in which our company is based. A list of data protection officers and their contact details can be found under: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_linksnode.html.

Right to data portability

You have the right to have the data that we process on the basis of your consent or in fulfillment of a contract to be transferred to yourself or to a third party in a commonly used, machine-readable format. If you request the direct transfer of the data to another controller, this will only take place if this is technically feasible.

SSL or TLS encryption

For security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as orders or requests that you send to us as the site operator, this site uses an SSL or TLS encryption. You can recognize an encrypted connection by the fact that the address line of the browser changes from ‘http://’ to ‘https://’ as well as by the lock symbol in your browser line. If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transmit to us cannot be read by third parties.

Access to information, blocking, deletion

You have the right to free information about your stored personal data, their origin and recipients, the purpose of data processing and, if applicable, a right to correction, blocking or deletion of this data at any time within the scope of the applicable legal provisions. You can contact us at any time at the address provided under About this site if you have any further questions on the subject of personal data.

Objection to advertising e-mails

We hereby expressly prohibit the use of contact data published in the context of website legal notice requirements with regard to sending promotional and informational materials not expressly requested. The operators of these pages expressly reserve the right to take legal action in the event of unsolicited advertising information, such as spam e-mails.

3. Data protection officer

We have appointed Mr. Udo Franke as the company’s data protection officer.

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

Phone: (+49-8321) 6099-0
E-mail: datenschutz[@]bhs-sonthofen[.]de

4. Data collection on our website

Cookies

Some of our Internet pages use so-called cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies serve to make our website more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called ‘session cookies.’ They are deleted automatically at the end of your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies allow us to recognize your browser the next time you visit.

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. Alternatively, your browser can be configured to automatically accept cookies under certain conditions or to always reject them, or to automatically delete cookies when you close your browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

Cookies which are required to allow electronic communication or to provide certain functions certain functions you wish to use are stored pursuant to Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR. The operator of the website has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies to ensure an optimized service provided free of technical errors. Where other cookies (e.g., cookies for the analysis of your browsing behavior) are stored, these will be treated separately in this privacy policy.

Server log files

The provider of the pages automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transmits to us. These are:

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

This data is not combined with data from other sources.

The basis for data processing is Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR, which permits the processing of data for the fulfilment of a contract or in order to take steps prior to entering into a contract.

Contact form

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

The data entered in the contact form is therefore processed exclusively on the basis of your consent (Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR). You can withdraw this consent at any time. An informal e-mail to this effect is sufficient. The data processing operations carried out before you withdraw your consent are not affected by you withdrawing your consent.

We will retain the information you enter in the contact form until you request its erasure, you revoke your consent to storage or the purpose for its storage no longer pertains (for example, after your request has been fulfilled). Mandatory statutory provisions – in particular retention periods – remain unaffected.

5. Social media

Sharing content via Xing, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Twitter

In compliance with data protection laws, the content on our pages can be shared on social media platforms such as Xing, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. This page uses a direct link for this purpose. Contact between the social media platforms and users is only established when the user actively clicks on one of these buttons.

This means that user data is not automatically transferred to the operators of these platforms.

6. Analytics tools and advertising

Google Analytics

This website uses functions of Google Analytics, a Web analytics service. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies". These are text files stored on your computer to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website will usually be transmitted by Google to servers in the United States and stored there.

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

IP anonymization

We have enabled the IP anonymization function on this website. This means that Google will truncate/anonymize your IP address within Member States of the European Union as well as other states party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area before transmission to the USA. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to Google servers in the USA and truncated there. On behalf of the website provider Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage to the website provider. Google will not associate the IP address transmitted by your browser within Google Analytics with any other data held by Google.

Browser plugin

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. Furthermore, you can prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Objection to data collection

You can prevent Google Analytics from collecting your data by clicking on the following link. When you do so, an opt-out cookie is set that prevents the collection of your data during future visits to this website: Disable Google Analytics.

For more information on how Google Analytics handles user data, please see Google’s privacy policy: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de

Commissioned data processing

We have concluded a contract 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 of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (‘Google’).

As part of Google AdWords, we use so-called conversion tracking. When you click on an ad placed by Google, a cookie is set for conversion tracking. Cookies are small text files that the Internet browser places on the user’s computer. These cookies expire after 30 days and are not used to personally identify users. If the user visits certain pages of this website and the cookie has not yet expired, Google and we can recognize that the user has clicked on the ad and has been redirected to this page.

Each Google AdWords customer receives a different cookie. Cookies cannot be tracked via the websites of AdWords customers. The information collected using the conversion cookie is used to generate conversion statistics for AdWords customers who have opted for conversion tracking. Customers see the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were redirected to a page with a conversion tracking tag. However, they do not receive any information that allows users to be personally identified. If you do not wish to participate in tracking, you can object to this use by simply deactivating the Google conversion tracking cookie via your Internet browser under User Settings. You will then not be included in the conversion tracking statistics.

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

For more information on Google AdWords and Google conversion tracking, please see Google’s privacy policy: https://www.google.de/policies/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. Alternatively, your browser can be configured to automatically accept cookies under certain conditions or to always reject them, or to automatically delete cookies when you close your browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

7. Tools

YouTube

Our website includes embedded videos from the YouTube site operated by Google. That website is operated by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.

We use 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 transmitted. For example, no data is sent to the ad service DoubleClick.

When you visit one of our pages that contain an embedded YouTube video, a connection to YouTube’s servers is established. The YouTube server is informed which of our pages you have visited.

If you’re logged into your YouTube account, YouTube will associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

We use YouTube in the interest of making our online presence more appealing. This constitutes a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR.

For more information on how YouTube handles user data, please see YouTube’s privacy policy: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy.

Google Maps

This page links directly to the Google Maps map service. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Contact between Google Maps and users is only established when the user actively clicks on the button.

This means that user data is not automatically transferred to the operators of these platforms. More information can be found in Google’s privacy policy: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/.

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