Data protection policy

Welcome to our website and thank you for your interest in our company. We take the protection of your data very seriously. The use of our websites is generally possible without disclosing your personal data. However, if a data subject wishes to use our company’s special services through our website, personal data processing 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 from 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 the specific national data protection legislation applicable to VINCI Energies AG. By means of this data protection policy our company would like to notify the general public about the type, scope and purpose of the personal data that we collect, use and process. Furthermore, this data protection policy notifies data subjects of their rights.

As the controller, VINCI Energies AG has implemented numerous technical and organisation measures to ensure that the personal data processed via this website are protected as comprehensively as possible. Despite this, the transfer of data via the internet has security vulnerabilities, so that absolute protection cannot be guaranteed. For this reason, all data subjects are at liberty to communicate personal data to us using alternative methods, e.g. by telephone.

  1. Definitions

The VINCI Energies AG data protection policy is based on the definitions used by the European legislative bodies for the General Data Protection Regulation. Our data protection policy is intended to be easy to read and understand for the general public and for our customers and business partners. To ensure that this is the case, we would first like to clarify the terms used.

In this data protection policy we use the following terms:

a) Personal data

Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘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, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person;

b) Data subject

Data subject is any identified or identifiable natural person whose personal data is processed by the controller responsible for the processing.

c) Processing

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

d) Restriction of processing

Restriction of processing means the marking of stored personal data with the aim of limiting their processing in the future;

e) Pseudonymisation

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

f) Controller

Controller means the natural or legal person, public authority, agency or 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 Member State law, the controller or the specific criteria for its nomination may be provided for by Union or Member State law.

g) Processor

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

h) Recipient

Recipient means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or another body, to which the personal data are disclosed, whether a third party or not. However, public authorities which may receive personal data in the framework of a particular inquiry in accordance with Union or Member State law shall not be regarded as recipients.

j) Third party

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

k) Consent

Consent of the data subject means any freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the data subject’s wishes by which he or she, by a statement or by a clear affirmative action, signifies agreement to the processing of personal data relating to him or her;

l) Data economy

The collection, processing and use of personal data and the selection and design of data processing systems shall be geared to the goal of collecting, processing or using as little personal data as possible. We adhere to the principles of data avoidance and data economy. We only collect the data required for the purpose.

  1. Name and contact details of the controller and data protection officer

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 of a data protection character is:

VINCI Energies Schweiz AG
Datenschutz
Pfingstweidstrasse 106
8021 Zürich
E-Mail: datenschutz@vinci-energies.ch

Any data subject can contact our data protection officer directly with questions or suggestions at any time.

  1. Cookies

The websites of VINCI Energies AG use cookies. Cookies are text files that are set and stored on a computer system by an internet browser.

Many websites and servers use cookies. Many cookies contain what is known as a cookie-ID; a unique identifier for the particular cookie. It consists of a sequence of characters by which websites and servers can be assigned to the specific internet browser in which the cookie is stored. This enables the websites and servers visited to distinguish between the individual browser of the data subject and other internet browsers which have other cookies. The unique cookie-ID enables a particular internet browser to be recognised and identified.

By using cookies, VINCI Energies AG is able to provide the users of this website with more convenient services, which would not be possible without setting the cookies.

Cookies enable us to optimize the information and services on our website in the interests of users. As mentioned above, cookies enable us to recognize the users of our website. The purpose of this recognition is to make it easier for them to use our website. The user of a website that sets cookies does not have to enter their data every time they visit the website to register for a download, for instance, because this is done by the website and the cookie stored on the user’s computer system. Another example is the cookie for a shopping basket in an online shop. The online shop uses the cookie to remember the articles that the customer has placed in the virtual shopping basket.

The data subject can prevent our website from storing cookies at any time by setting their internet browser accordingly and so permanently withhold their consent to the use of cookies. Cookies that have already been set can also 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 cookies in the internet browser it may mean that not all the functions of our website can be used in full. 

  1. Collection of general data and information

Every time a data subject or an automated system accesses the VINCI Energies AG website, the website collects a range of general data and information. These general data and information are stored in the server logfiles. The data collected may include (1) browser type and version, (2) operating system used by the accessing system, (3) the website from which the accessing system is transferred to our site (referrer), (4) the pages of our website that the accessing system visits, (5) the date and time the website is accessed, (6) the internet protocol address (IP address), (7) the internet service provider of the accessing system and (8) any similar data and information that may be used in the event of attacks on our IT systems.

When using this general data and information, VED IT GmbH does not draw conclusions about the data subject. The data are used to (1) supply the contents of our website correctly, (2) optimise the contents of our website, (3) ensure the permanent functionality of our IT systems and our website technology, and (4) provide law enforcement agencies with the necessary information in the event of a cyber attack. These anonymised data are used by VINCI Energies AG for statistical purposes and to improve data protection and data security in our company, ultimately in order to ensure an optimal level of protection for the personal data that we process. The anonymous data in the server logfiles are stored separately from all the personal data provided by a data subject.

  1. Registration on our website for an event

Data subjects are able to register with the controller’s website by providing personal data. Which personal data are transferred to the controller can be seen from the input fields used for the registration. The personal data entered by the data subject are used and stored solely for its own internal purposes by the controller and its subsidiaries (Axians redtoo s.r.o., Na Pankráci 1683/127, 14000 Prague 4; Axians redtoo s.r.o., Holandská 859/3, 63900 Brno; Axians redtoo AG, Nenzlingerweg 2, 4153 Reinach (Switzerland); Axians redtoo inc., 26 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park, NJ 07932 (USA)). The controller may transfer the data to one or more processors, such as a parcel delivery service, which also only uses the personal data for its own internal purposes, which are attributable to the controller.

By registering on the controller’s website the IP address assigned by the data subject’s internet service provider (ISP), the date and the time of registration are also stored. These data are stored because this is the only way to prevent the misuse of our services and the data may be needed to investigate any criminal offences committed. To this extent the storage of the data are necessary for the controller’s own protection. The data are not transferred to third parties unless there is a statutory obligation to do so or they are transferred for law enforcement purposes.

The registration of data subjects, who voluntarily provide personal data, enable the controller to offer the data subjects contents or services that by the nature of things can only be offered to registered users. Registered users have the opportunity to alter the personal data provided in the course of registration at any time or to have it completely erased from the controller’s database.

The controller will tell the data subject at any time which personal data it has stored concerning the data subject. In addition, the controller will erase personal data concerning the data subject at the data subject’s request, unless there is a statutory obligation to retain the data. Data subjects can approach any of the controller’s employees with a request for information in this context.

  1. Contact form on the website

In line with statutory provisions, the VINCI Energies AG website includes information enabling rapid electronic contact to be made to our company and direct communication with us, which also includes an electronic mail or email address. When a data subject makes contact with the controller by email or by using the contact form, the personal data provided by the data subject are stored automatically. The personal data provided voluntarily to the controller by a data subject are stored for the purpose of processing or for making contact with the data subject.

  1. Comment function in the website blog

VINCI Energies AG provide users the opportunity of posting individual comments on entries made in a blog located on the controller’s website. A blog (short for weblog) is an online forum where one or more persons, known as bloggers or web-loggers, can post articles or present their thoughts. Comments on the blog posts can generally be made by third parties.

When a data subject leaves a comment in the blog published on this website, the date and time of the comment, and the name, surname and email address of the data subject are also stored and published, as well as the comment itself. The IP address of the data subject assigned by the ISP is also logged. The IP address is recorded for security reasons and in case the data subject’s comments infringe on third-party rights or constitute unlawful posts. The storage of such personal data is therefore in the own interest of the controller, so that it can exonerate itself in the event of any legal infringements. There is no disclosure of this personal data to third parties, unless such disclosure is not required by law or the legal defense of the controller.

  1. Routine erasure and blocking of personal data

The controller only processes and stores the data subject’s personal data for as long as necessary to achieve the purpose of storage or insofar as it is required by European legislation or other legislation in the form of statutes or regulations to which the controller is subject.

If the purpose of storage no longer applies or storage period stipulated by European legislation or other applicable legislation expires, the personal data are routinely blocked or erased in accordance with statutory provisions.

  1. Rights of data subjects

a) Right to confirmation

Every data subject has the right granted by European legislation to obtain confirmation from the controller as to whether personal data concerning him or her are being processed. If a data subject wishes to exercise this right, they can ask an employee of the controller for confirmation at any time.

b) Right of access

Every data subject has the right granted by European legislation to obtain from the controller access to the personal data stored on them free of charge at any time and a copy of the personal data. Furthermore, European legislation has given data subjects the right to the following information:

  • the purpose of processing
  • the categories of personal data that are processed;
  • the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed, especially recipients in third countries or international organisations
  • the planned retention period for the personal data, or if no concrete information is possible, the criteria for defining the retention period
  • the existence of a right to rectify or erase personal data relating to you, a right to restrict processing by the controller and a right to object to this processing
  • the existence of a right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority
  • where the personal data are not collected from the data subject: all available information about the source of the data
  • the existence of automatic decision-making, including profiling referred to in Art. 22(1) and (4) GDPR and – at least in those cases – meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and the envisaged consequences of such processing for the data subject.

Furthermore, the data subject shall have a right to obtain information as to whether personal data are transferred to a third country or to an international organisation. Where this is the case, the data subject shall have the right to be informed of the appropriate safeguards relating to the transfer.
If a data subject wishes to exercise this access right, they can ask an employee of the controller for confirmation at any time.

c) Right to rectification

Every data subject has the right granted by European legislation to obtain the rectification without undue delay of inaccurate personal data concerning him or her. Taking into account the purposes of the processing, the data subject also has the right to have incomplete personal data completed, including by means of providing a supplementary statement.

If a data subject wishes to exercise this right to rectification, they can approach an employee of the controller at any time.

d) Right to erasure (right to be forgotten)

Every data subject has the right granted by European legislation to obtain from the controller the erasure of personal data concerning them without undue delay and the controller shall have the obligation to erase personal data without undue delay where one of the following grounds applies and the processing is not necessary:

  • The personal data are no longer necessary for the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed.
  • The data subject withdraws the consent on which the processing is based according to point (a) of Art. 6(1), or point (a) of Art. 9(2) GDPR, and there is no other legal ground for the processing.
  • The data subject objects to the processing pursuant to Art. 21(1) GDPR and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing, or the data subject objects to the processing pursuant to Art. 21(2) GDPR.
  • The personal data have been unlawfully processed.
  • The personal data have to be erased for compliance with a legal obligation in Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject.
  • The personal data have been collected in relation to the offer of information society services referred to in Art. 8(1) GDPR.

If one of the aforementioned grounds applies and a data subject wishes to request the erasure of personal data stored by VINCI Energies AG, they can contact an employee of the controller at any time. The VINCI Energies employee will ensure that the erasure request is fulfilled without undue delay.

Where VINCI Energies AG has made personal data public and is obliged pursuant to Article 17(1) GDPR to erase the personal data, VINCI Energies AG, taking account of available technology and the cost of implementation, shall take reasonable steps, including technical measures, to inform other controllers processing the personal data that the data subject has requested erasure by such controllers of any links to, or copy or replication of, those personal data, as far as processing is not required. The employee of VINCI Energies or VINCI Energies AG will arrange the necessary measures in individual cases.

e) Right to restriction of processing

Every data subject has the right granted by European legislation to obtain restriction of processing from the controller when one of the following conditions applies:

  • The data subject contests the accuracy of the personal data, for a period enabling the controller to verify the accuracy of the personal data.
  • The processing is unlawful and the data subject opposes the erasure of the personal data and requests the restriction of their use instead.
  • The controller no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but they are required by the data subject for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
  • The data subject has objected to processing pursuant to Article 21(1) GDPR and it has not yet been determined whether the legitimate interests of the controller override those of the data subject.

If one of the aforementioned grounds applies and a data subject wishes to request the restriction of processing of personal data stored by VINCI Energies Schweiz AG, they can contact an employee of the controller at any time. The employee of VINCI Energies Schweiz AG will arrange the restriction of processing.

f) Right to data portability

Every data subject has the right granted by European legislation to receive the personal data concerning them, which they have provided to a controller, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. They also have the right to transmit those data to another controller without hindrance from the controller to which the personal data have been provided, as long as the processing is based on consent pursuant to point (a) of Article 6(1) GDPR or point (a) of Article 9(2) GDPR, or on a contract pursuant to point (b) of Article 6(1) GDPR, and the processing is carried out by automated means, as long as the processing is not 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, in exercising his or her right to data portability pursuant to Article 20(1) GDPR, the data subject shall have the right to have personal data transmitted directly from one controller to another, where technically feasible and when doing so does not adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.

In order to assert the right to data portability, the data subject may at any time contact an employee of VINCI Energies AG.

g) Right to object

Every data subject has the right granted by European legislation to object, on grounds relating to their particular situation, at any time to processing of personal data concerning them which is based on point (e) or (f) of Art. 6(1) GDPR, including profiling based on those provisions.

If the data subject objects, VINCI Energies AG will no longer process the personal data unless we demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject or the processing is for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

Where VINCI Energies AG processes personal data for direct marketing purposes, the data subject 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, insofar as it takes place in connection with such direct advertising. If the data subject objects to VINCI Energies AG to the processing for direct marketing purposes, VINCI Energies AG will no longer process the personal data for these purposes.

In addition, the data subject has the right, on grounds relating to his or her particular situation, to object to the processing of personal data concerning him or her by VINCI Energies AG for scientific or historical research purposes, or for statistical purposes pursuant to Article 89(1) GDPR, unless the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out for reasons of public interest.

In order to exercise their right to object, the data subject may contact any employee of VINCI Energies AG or an employee of another VINCI Energies AG. In addition, the data subject is free in the context of the use of information society services, and notwithstanding Directive 2002/58/EC, to use his or her right to object by automated means using technical specifications.

h) Automated individual decision-making, including profiling

Each data subject shall have the right granted by European legislation not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning him or her, or similarly significantly affects him or her, as long as the decision (1) is not is necessary for entering into, or the performance of, a contract between the data subject and a data controller, or (2) is not authorized by Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject and which also lays down suitable measures to safeguard the data subject’s rights and freedoms and legitimate interests, or (3) is not based on the data subject’s explicit consent.

If the decision (1) is necessary for entering into, or the performance of, a contract between the data subject and a data controller, or (2) it is based on the data subject’s explicit consent, VINCI Energies AG shall implement suitable measures to safeguard the data subject’s rights and freedoms and legitimate interests, at least the right to obtain human intervention on the part of the controller, to express his or her point of view and contest the decision.

If a data subject wishes to exercise their rights concerning automated decision-making, they can contact an employee of the controller at any time.

j) Right to withdraw consent to data processing

Every data subject has the right granted by European legislation to withdraw their consent to the processing of personal data at any time.

If a data subject wishes to exercise their right to withdraw consent, they can contact an employee of the controller at any time.

  1. Data protection for job applications and application procedures

The controller collects and processes the personal data of job applicants for the purpose of conducting the application procedure. Processing may also take place electronically. This is particularly the case when a candidate sends application documents to the controller electronically, by email for example, or by using an online form on the website. If the controller enters into an employment contract with a candidate, the data sent are stored for the purpose of processing the employment relationship in accordance with statutory provisions. If the controller does not enter into an employment contract with the candidate, the application documents are erased six months after the decision to reject the candidate has been announced, unless this conflicts with any other legitimate interests or contractual obligations towards recruitment agencies acting for the controller. Another legitimate interest in this context could be for example an obligation to provide evidence in legal proceedings under the General Act on Equal Treatment (AGG). If the applicant has given his / her consent to the retention of his / her application documents in the pool of applicants, this application may also be considered for future selection procedures. In this case, the automatic deletion takes place after two years.

  1. Data protection provisions concerning the use of Facebook

The controller has integrated components from Facebook on this website. Facebook is a social network.

A social network is a social meeting place on the internet, an online community that generally enables users to communicate with one another and to interact in a virtual space. A social network can act as a platform for the exchange of opinions and experience or to enable the internet community to provide personal or corporate information. Among other things, Facebook enables the users of its social network to create private profiles, upload photos and build a network by means of friend requests.

Facebook is operated by Facebook, Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA. When the data subject lives outside the USA or Canada, the controller for the processing of personal data is Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Every time the visitor accesses one of the pages of this website, which is operated by the controller and in which an Facebook component (Facebook plug-in) has been integrated, the Facebook component automatically causes the internet browser on the visitor’s IT system to download an image of the corresponding component from Facebook. An overview of all Facebook plug-ins can be found at https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/?locale=de_DE. In the course of this technical procedure, Facebook receives information about which specific pages of our website are visited by the data subject.

If the data subject is logged in to Facebook at the same time, Facebook recognizes which specific pages of our website are visited by the data subject every time they access our website, for the entire duration of their visit. This information is collected by the Facebook component and assigned to the data subject’s Facebook account by Facebook. If the data subject clicks on one of the Facebook buttons embedded on our website, e.g. the “Like” button or posts a comment, Facebook assigns this information to the data subject’s personal Facebook account and stores this personal data.

If the data subject is logged in to Facebook, their visit to our website is always notified to Facebook via the Facebook component, regardless of whether the data subject clicks on the Facebook component or not. If the data subject does not want such information to be transferred to Facebook , they can prevent it by logging out of their Facebook account before accessing our website.

Facebook’s data policy, which can be retrieved from https://de-de.facebook.com/about/privacy/, provides information about the collection, processing and use of personal data by Facebook. It also explains the settings Facebook offers to protect the privacy of data subjects. In addition, a number of applications are available that make it possible to prevent the transfer of data to Facebook. Data subjects can use such applications to prevent their data being transferred to Facebook. 

  1. Data protection provisions concerning the use of Google Analytics (with anonymisation function)

The controller has integrated the component Google Analytics (with anonymisation function) on this website. Google Analytics is a web analytics service. Web analytics is the gathering, collection and interpretation of data about the behaviour of website visitors. Among other things, a web analytics service tracks data about the website from which a data subject has reached our website (known as a referrer), which pages of the website are accessed and how often and for how long a page is viewed. Web analytics is mainly used to optimise a website and to carry out a cost-benefit analysis of online advertising.

The operator of the Google Analytics component is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA.

The controller uses the code “_gat._anonymizeIp” for web analytics via Google Analytics. When this code is used, Google abbreviates and anonymises the IP address of the data subject’s internet connection if our websites are accessed from a member state of the European Union or the European Economic Area.

The purpose of the Google Analytics component is to analyse visitor traffic to our website. Among other things, Google uses the data and information collected to analyse the use of our website, to compile online reports showing activities on our websites and to provide additional services in connection with the use of our website.

Google Analytics sets a cookie on the data subject’s IT system. What cookies are, has already been described above. By setting the cookie, Google is able to analyse the use of our website. Every time the visitor accesses one of the pages of this website, which is operated by the controller and in which an Google Analytics component has been integrated, the Google Analytics component automatically causes the internet browser on the visitor’s IT system to send data to Google for the purpose of analysis. In the course of this technical procedure, Google gains access to personal data, such as the IP address of the data subject, which Google uses among other things to track the origin of visitors and clicks and so to enable commissions to be billed.

The cookie enables the storage of personal information, such as the time of access, the place from which the site was accessed and the frequency of visits to our website by the data subject. Every time our websites are visited, these personal data, including the IP address of the internet connection used by the data subject, are transferred to Google in the United States of America. These personal data are stored by Google in the United States of America. Google may transfer the personal data collected via this technical procedure to third parties.

As described above, the data subject can prevent our website from storing cookies at any time by setting their internet browser accordingly and so permanently withhold their consent to the use of cookies. Setting the internet browser accordingly would also prevent Google from storing a cookie on the data subject’s IT system. Furthermore, a cookie already set by Google Analytics can be deleted at any time via the internet browser or other software programs.

Data subjects also have the option of objecting to and preventing the collection of data generated by Google Analytics relating to the use of this website and the processing of these data by Google. To do so, the data subject must download and install a browser add-on from the link https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. This browser add-on uses JavaScript to tell Google Analytics that it may not transfer data and information on website visits to Google Analytics. Google treats the installation of the browser add-on as an objection. If the data subject’s IT system is erased, reformatted or reinstalled at a later date, the data subject must install the browser add-on again in order to deactivate Google Analytics. If the browser add-on is deinstalled or deactivated by the data subject or another person whose actions are attributable to them, it is possible to reinstall or reactivate the browser add-on.

Further information and Google’s applicable data protection policy can be found at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/ and http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html. Further information about Google Analytics can be found under the link https://www.google.com/intl/de_de/analytics/.

  1. Data protection provisions concerning the use of Google AdWords

The controller has integrated Google AdWords on this website. Google AdWords is an online advertising service that enables advertisers to place adverts in Google search results and in the Google advertising network. Google AdWords enables advertisers to define certain keywords that enable an advert only to be shown in the Google search results when the user enters a keyword in the search engine. In the Google advertising network the adverts are distributed to relevant websites by means of an automatic algorithm and the previously defined keywords.

The operator of Google AdWords is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA.

The purpose of Google AdWords is to advertise our website by showing relevant adverts on third-party websites and in the search results of the Google search engine.

If a data subject reaches our website via a Google advert, what is known as a conversion cookie is stored on the data subject’s IT system by Google. What cookies are, has already been described above. A conversion cookie expires after 30 days and does not enable the data subject to be identified. Until it expires, the conversion cookie makes it possible to track whether visitors go to certain pages of our website, e.g. the shopping basket of our online shop system. The conversion cookie enables both us and Google to see whether a data subject who reaches our website via an AdWords advert generates a sale, i.e. completes a purchase or not.

The data and information gathered by the use of the conversion cookie are used by Google to compile visitor statistics for our website. These visitor statistics are used by us in turn to calculate the total number of visitors brought to us via AdWords adverts, i.e. to determine the success or failure of the individual AdWords advert and so to optimise our AdWords adverts for the future. Neither our company nor other advertising clients of Google AdWords receive any information from Google that would enable the data subject to be identified.

The conversion cookie enables personal information to be stored, such as the websites visited by the data subject. Every time our websites are visited, personal data, including the IP address of the internet connection used by the data subject, are therefore transferred to Google in the United States of America. These personal data are stored by Google in the United States of America. Google may transfer the personal data collected via this technical procedure to third parties.

As described above, the data subject can prevent our website from storing cookies at any time by setting their internet browser accordingly and so permanently withhold their consent to the use of cookies. Setting the internet browser accordingly would also prevent Google from storing a conversion cookie on the data subject’s IT system. Furthermore, a cookie already set by Google AdWords can be deleted at any time via the internet browser or other software programs.

In addition, the data has the option of objecting to interest-based advertising from Google. To do so, the data subject must follow the link www.google.de/settings/ads from every web browser used and adjust the settings accordingly.

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

  1. Data protection provisions concerning the use of LinkedIn

The controller has integrated components from LinkedIn Corporation on this website. LinkedIn is an online social network that enables its users to connect with existing business contacts and to make new business contacts. LinkedIn has over 400 million registered users in more than 200 countries. This currently makes LinkedIn the biggest platform for business contacts and one of the most-visited websites in the world.

LinkedIn is operated by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. LinkedIn Ireland, Privacy Policy Issues, Wilton Plaza, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland, is responsible for data protection matters outside the USA.

Every time our website with a LinkedIn component (LinkedIn plug-in) is accessed, this component causes the browser used by the data subject to download a corresponding image of the component from LinkedIn. Further information on the LinkedIn plug-ins can be found at https://developer.linkedin.com/plugins. In the course of this technical procedure, LinkedIn receives information about which specific pages of our website are visited by the data subject.

If the data subject is logged in to LinkedIn at the same time, LinkedIn recognises which specific pages of our website are visited by the data subject every time they access our website, for the entire duration of their visit. This information is collected by the LinkedIn component and assigned to the data subject’s LinkedIn account by LinkedIn. If the data subject clicks on a LinkedIn button embedded in our website, LinkedIn assigns this information to the data subject’s personal LinkedIn account and stores these personal data.

If the data subject is logged in to LinkedIn, their visit to our website is always notified to LinkedIn via the LinkedIn component, regardless of whether the data subject clicks on the LinkedIn component or not. If the data subject does not want such information to be transferred to LinkedIn, they can prevent it by logging out of their LinkedIn account before accessing our website.

LinkedIn provides options for cancelling emails, text messages and targeted adverts and for managing advertising settings at https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/guest-controls. LinkedIn also works with partners such as Quantcast, Google Analytics, BlueKai, DoubleClick, Nielsen, Comscore, Eloqua and Lotame, which can all set cookies. Such cookies can be rejected under https://www.linkedin.com/legal/cookie-policy. The applicable data protection policy of LinkedIn is available from https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy. LinkedIn’s cookie policy is available from https://www.linkedin.com/legal/cookie-policy

  1. Data protection provisions concerning the use of Twitter

The controller has integrated components from Twitter on this website. Twitter is a multilingual, publicly accessible microblogging service that enables users to publish and distribute short messages of up to 280 characters, which are known as ‘tweets’. These messages can be accessed by anyone, i.e. also people not logged in to Twitter. The tweets are also sent to the user’s ‘followers’. Followers are other Twitter users who have subscribed to receive a user’s tweets. Twitter also enables a broad public to be addressed by means of hashtags, links and retweets.

Twitter is operated by Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA.

Every time the visitor accesses one of the pages of this website, which is operated by the controller and in which an Twitter component (Twitter button) has been integrated, the Twitter component automatically causes the internet browser on the visitor’s IT system to download an image of the corresponding Twitter component from Twitter. Further information about the Twitter button can be found at https://about.twitter.com/de/resources/buttons. In the course of this technical procedure, Twitter receives information about which specific pages of our website are visited by the data subject. The purpose of integrating the Twitter component is to enable our users to distribute the contents of this website, to make this website known in the digital world and to increase the number of our visitors.

If the data subject is logged in to Twitter at the same time, Twitter recognises which specific pages of our website are visited by the data subject every time they access our website, for the entire duration of their visit. This information is collected by the Twitter component and assigned to the data subject’s Twitter account by Twitter. If the data subject clicks on one of the Twitter buttons integrated in our website, the data and information are assigned to the data subject’s personal Twitter account and stored and processed by Twitter.

If the data subject is logged in to Twitter, their visit to our website is always notified to Twitter via the Twitter component, regardless of whether the data subject clicks on the Twitter component or not. If the data subject does not want such information to be transferred to Twitter, they can prevent it by logging out of their Twitter account before accessing our website.
The applicable data protection policy of Twitter is available from https://twitter.com/en/privacy

  1. Data protection provisions concerning the use of Xing

The controller has integrated components from Xing on this website. Xing is an online social network that enables its users to connect with existing business contacts and to make new business contacts. Individual users can create their own profile on Xing. Companies can create company profiles or publish job offers on Xing.

Xing is operated by XING SE, Dammtorstraße 30, 20354 Hamburg, Germany.

Every time the visitor accesses one of the pages of this website, which is operated by the controller and in which an Xing component (Xing plug-in) has been integrated, the Xing component automatically causes the internet browser on the visitor’s IT system to download an image of the corresponding Xing component from Xing. Further information on the Xing plug-ins can be found at https://dev.xing.com/plugins. In the course of this technical procedure, Xing receives information about which specific pages of our website are visited by the data subject.

If the data subject is logged in to Xing at the same time, Xing recognises which specific pages of our website are visited by the data subject every time they access our website, for the entire duration of their visit. This information is collected by the Xing component and assigned to the data subject’s Xing account by Xing. If the data subject clicks on a Xing button embedded in our website, like the ‘Share’ button, Xing assigns this information to the data subject’s personal Xing account and stores these personal data.

If the data subject is logged in to Xing, their visit to our website is always notified to Xing via the Xing component, regardless of whether the data subject clicks on the Xing component or not. If the data subject does not want such information to be transferred to Xing, they can prevent it by logging out of their Xing account before accessing our website.

Xing’s privacy policy, which can be retrieved from https://www.xing.com/privacy/, provides information about the collection, processing and use of personal data by Xing. Xing has also published its data protection policy for the XING share button at https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection.

  1. Data protection provisions concerning the use of YouTube

The controller has integrated components from YouTube on this website. YouTube is an online video portal that enables publishers to upload video clips free of charge and other users to view, rate and comment on them, also free of charge. YouTube allows all kinds of videos to be published, so complete films and television programmes, as well as music videos, trailers and user-generated videos can be accessed via the online portal.

The operator of the YouTube is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. YouTube, LLC is a subsidiary of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA.

Every time the visitor accesses one of the pages of this website, which is operated by the controller and in which a YouTube component (YouTube video) has been integrated, the YouTube component automatically causes the internet browser on the visitor’s IT system to download an image of the corresponding YouTube component from YouTube. Further information about YouTube is available from https://www.youtube.com/yt/about/de/. In the course of this technical procedure, YouTube and Google receive information about which specific pages of our website are visited by the data subject.

If the data subject is logged in to YouTube at the same time, YouTube recognises which specific pages of our website are visited by the data subject every time they access a page including a YouTube video. This information is collected by YouTube and Google and assigned to the data subject’s YouTube account.

If the data subject is logged in to YouTube, their visit to our website is always notified to YouTube and Google via the YouTube component, regardless of whether the data subject clicks on a YouTube video or not. If the data subject does not want such information to be transferred to YouTube, they can prevent it by logging out of their YouTube account before accessing our website.

YouTube’s data protection policy, which can be retrieved from https://www.xing.com/privacy/, provides information about the collection, processing and use of personal data by YouTube and Google.

  1. Legal basis for processing

When our company obtains consent to data processing for a particular purpose, our processing is based on Art. 6(1)a GDPR. When the processing of personal data is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party, as is the case for supplies of goods or services or the payment of consideration, the processing takes place on the basis of Art. 6(1)b GDPR. The same applies to processing necessary for the performance of pre-contractual activities, such as requests for our products or services. If our company is subject to a legal obligation requiring the processing of personal data, such as a tax obligation, the processing is based on Art. 6(1)c GDPR. In rare cases it may become necessary to process personal data to protect the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person. This would be the case, for instance, if a visitor to our premises were to be injured and their name, age, health insurance details or other vital information had to be disclosed to a doctor, a hospital or other third parties. Processing would then be based on Art. 6(1)d GDPR. Finally, processing could be based on Art. 6(1)f GDPR. This is the legal basis for processing that is not covered by any of the preceding legal grounds, if the processing is necessary to pursue the legitimate interests of our company or a third party and these override the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject. We are entitled to carry out such processing because European legislation specifically authorises us to do so. The legislative bodies were of the opinion that a legitimate interest could be assumed if the data subject is a customer of the controller (Recital 47 sentence 2 GDPR).  

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

To the extent that processing of personal data is based on Art. 6(1)f GDPR, the controller considers that the processing is in its legitimate interest. In this case we are acting for the benefit of our business, the welfare of all our employees and shareholders. Duration for which personal data are stored.

  1. The criterion for determining the duration of storage of personal data is the statutory retention period

if no retention period applies, the deletion intervals defined by the controller are used. After the deadline expires, the data concerned are routinely erased, unless they are required for the performance of the contract or pre-contractual activities or for another purpose.

  1. Statutory or contractual provisions on providing personal data; requirement for entering into a contract; obligation of the data subject to provide personal data; potential consequences of non-compliance

We hereby notify you that in some cases you are obliged by law to provide personal data (e.g. tax regulations) or that you may have a contractual duty to do so (e.g. information about a contracting party). In some cases it may be necessary for a data subject to provide us with personal data – which then have to processed by us –before a contract can come about. The data subject is obliged to provide us with personal data, for example, if our company enters into a contract with him or her. Not providing the personal data would mean that the contract with the data subject would not come about. Before providing personal data, the data subject can get in touch with one of our employees. Our employee will explain to the data subject whether the provision of personal data is required by statute or contract or for the contract to come about; whether an obligation exists to provide the personal data and what the consequences of non-compliance would be.

  1. Existence of automated decision-making

As a responsible company we do not make use of automated decision-making and profiling.