The Protection of your data is our concern
We are pleased that you are interested in our company, our products and services and want you to feel safe as far as the protection of your personal data is concerned when you visit our website; we take the protection of your personal data very seriously. The adherence to the provisions of the German Data Protection Act is a matter of course for us.
We would like to inform you which data we collect and how we use them. We have adopted technical and organisational measures which ensure that the data protection provisions are not only observed by us, but also by external service providers.
Personal data is information concerning your identity; examples of this being information such as your name, address, telephone number and your email address. Your use of our website does not necessitate the provision of your personal data. In certain cases however, we require your name and address together with additional information so that we can provide the service you request.
This also has validity for the sending of information and ordered merchandise or for the answering of your specific questions for example. We inform you of this accordingly should this be required. We otherwise only store and process data which you have provided us with voluntarily or automatically.
Should you avail yourself of our services, it is normally the case that only the data is collected which is required in order to provide such services. Should we request additional data, this is deemed to be voluntary information. Personal data is exclusively processed in order to provide the requested service and in order to safeguard our own legitimate business interests.
Purpose of the personal data
We generally use the personal data which you provide in order to answer your questions, process your orders or to grant you access to certain information or offers. The maintaining of customer relationships can also make it necessary for us or a service provider acting on our behalf to use this personal data to inform you of product offers which could be of benefit to your business activities or in order to conduct online surveys so that we can do more justice to the tasks and demands of our customers.
We obviously respect you not wishing to provide us with personal data in order to support our customer relationship (especially for direct marketing or market research purposes). Neither will we sell your personal data to third parties, nor will we market it in any other form.
Use for a specific purpose
We only collect, process and use the personal data you provide online for the purpose which we will inform you of. A transferring of your personal data to a third party only takes place with your required approval.
The collection of personal data and its transfer to state institutions and authorities which have an entitlement to receive such data only takes place within the scope of the pertinent acts of law or should we be subjected to a court order to do so. Our employees and the service providers acting on our behalf have been subjected to a duty of discretion and to adherence to the provisions of the German Data Protection Act.
Non-personal data which is automatically recorded
The following data is stored on organisational and technical grounds when using our website: the names of the accessed pages, the used browser and operating system, the date and time of access, used search machines, the names of downloaded files and your IP address.
We analyse this technical data in an anonymous form and merely for statistical purposes, in order to enable us to continuously optimise our website and make our online offers even more attractive. This anonymised data is stored on secure systems, separate from personal data and does not enable a person to be identified. Your personal data and your private sphere are therefore protected at all times.
It is possible that we will store information in the form of a cookie on your computer when you access one of our websites. Cookies are small text files which are transferred from a web server to your browser and can then be stored on the hard drive of your computer.
No personal data of the user whatsoever is stored, but merely the Internet Protocol address. This information has the purpose of automatically recognising you when you return to our websites, thereby making navigation easier. Cookies enable us to adapt a website to your interest.
You can obviously also view our websites without cookies. If you do not want us to recognise your computer, you can prevent the storage of cookies on your hard drive by selecting “do not accept cookies” in your browser settings. Please refer to the instructions from your browser provider in order to determine how to do this. The non-acceptance of cookies can however result in you not being able to access all of the functions.
Persons aged under 18 should not transfer personal data to us without the approval of their parents or legal guardians. We do not request personal data from children and juveniles, do not collect these and we also do not transfer these to third parties.
Use of Facebook Plug-ins
Plug-ins from the social network Facebook.com, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook“), are used on these webpages. When you access one of the webpages on our website that contains such a plug-in, a connection to the Facebook servers will be established and the plug-in will appear on the webpage via communication with your web browser. This transmits information to Facebook regarding which of our websites you have visited. If you are simultaneously logged in as a Facebook member, then Facebook will associate this information with your personal Facebook user account. When using the plug-in functions (e.g., clicking the “Like” button, submitting a comment) this information will also be associated with your Facebook account. This can only be prevented by logging out prior to using the plug-in. More information about the collection and use of data by Facebook as well as your corresponding rights to protect your personal privacy can be found in the Facebook Privacy Guide.
This website uses Google Analytics, a website analysing service from Google Inc. („Google“). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies“, text files which are stored on your computer, enabling an analysis to be performed on your use of the website. The information concerning your use of this website and which is generated by the cookie is transferred to a Google server in the USA, where it is stored. If you should activate the IP anonymization on this website, your IP address will nevertheless be abbreviated in European Union member states or in other European Economic Area contracting states by Google in advance. The complete IP address will only be transferred to a Google server in the USA in exceptional circumstances, where it is then abbreviated by Google. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website in order to compile reports on the website activities and for the provision of services to the website operator that are related to the use of both the website and the Internet. Under no circumstances does Google link the collected information to other data from Google.
You can prevent the installation of cookies by means of a corresponding setting in your browser software but we wish to point out that it is possible that you will not be able to use all of the functions of this website without restriction should you do so. You can also prevent the recording of the data which is generated by the cookie and such as relates to your use of the website (including your IP address) to Google and the processing of this data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in which is available at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
We have taken technical and organisational security measures in order to protect your personal data from loss, destruction, manipulation and unauthorised access. All of our employees and all external parties participating in the data processing have been subjected to a duty to adhere to the provisions of the German Data Protection Act and the confidential handling of personal data.
In the case of personal data being collected and processed, the information is transferred in an encrypted form in order to prevent the data being subjected to third party abuse. Our security measures are continuously revised in keeping with technological developments.
Amendments to our data protection terms
We reserve the right to modify our security and data protection measures should this be necessary due to technical developments. We will therefore amend our data protection instructions accordingly. Please therefore refer to the latest version of our data protection declaration.
The data protection declaration is not valid for any external links you might use in the scope of our websites. Should we make links available, we do all in our power to ensure that these adhere to our data protection and security standards. We do not have any influence on the adherence to data protection and security provisions by other providers. Please therefore refer to the data protection declarations provided on the website of the other provider.
You can at all times request information concerning your personal data which we have stored. Please send an email to datenschutzkarlknauerde if you require such information.
Right to object
You can also revoke your agreement to the collection and storage of your personal data at all times. Please send and email to datenschutzkarlknauerde if you wish to do so.
Questions, ideas, complaints
If you have further questions concerning our instructions on data protection and the processing of your personal data, you can contact our data protection officer Christoph Boser direct at the email address datenschutzkarlknauerde. You can also contact him with your request for information, your ideas or in the event of you having cause for complaint.