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Data Privacy Statement

1. Your data privacy is our concern

We are excited about your interest in our company, our products, and/or our services. We would like you to feel secure when visiting our internet pages. We take the protection of your personal data very seriously. Compliance with the provisions of the Federal Data Protection Act is certainly important to our company.

We want you to know which data we collect, when and how we use it. We have taken technical and organizational measures to ensure that the rules on data protection are respected by both external service providers and by us.

2. Personal data

Personal data is information about your identity. It includes details such as name, address, phone number, email address. You do not need to provide personal data when visiting our web site. In certain cases, however, we may require your name and address, and/or other details in order to provide the demanded services. The same may apply to the delivery of information, material, and ordered goods, or the response of individual questions. We will advise you accordingly, if such is required. In addition, we will only store and process data that you voluntary or automatically make available to us. Should you require service performances, we usually collect only the data required to provide the services. If we should ask you for further details, it will concern voluntary information. The processing of personal data is exclusively for the fulfillment of the requested services and for the protection of our own legitimate business interests.

3. Earmarked use/functional use

In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Data Protection Act, we will only collect, process, and use the provided personal data for the purposes we indicate to you. We do not sell or lease your data to third parties. We will only transfer your personal data to third parties if an administrative or court order is issued, if it is required for the fulfillment of a contract, for the protection of credit, or if your expressed consent has been granted. Our employees and contracted service providers are obliged to maintain confidentiality and comply with the provisions of the Federal Data Protection Act. In general, your data will not be used for advertising purposes or market research by third parties unless your explicit consent has been given. 

4. Non-personal data collected automatically

When using our internet pages, the following data is stored for organizational and technical reasons: the names of the accessed pages, the used browser and operating system, access date and time, names of downloaded files, and your IP address. We evaluate this technical data anonymously and use it for statistical purposes only in order to further optimize our internet presence and to make our website even more attractive. This anonymous data does not allow conclusions to be drawn on an individual person that visited our website. Your personal data and your privacy are thus protected.

5. Use of cookies

When you visit one of our websites, we might store information in the form of a cookie on your computer. Cookies are small text files that are sent to your browser by a web server and stored on the hard drive of your computer. This information is used to automatically identify you on your next visit to our websites and to make navigation easier for you. Cookies allow us to adapt a website to your interests for example.  Of course, you can also visit our websites without cookies. If you do not want us to re-identify your computer, you can prevent cookies from being stored on your hard drive by selecting “Do not accept cookies” in your browser settings. For further details, please refer to the instructions of your browser manufacturer. If you do not accept cookies, this can lead to functional limitations of our offered services.

6. Tracking Services

6.1. Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies” (text files) that are stored on the computer of the users and allow an analysis of the used website. The information generated by the cookie about the use of this website is generally transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. On this website, IP anonymization has been activated so that the IP address of Google users within the Member States of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Treaty on the European Economic Area is shortened upfront. Only in exceptional cases, will the full IP address be transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate the use of this website, to generate reports on the website activities, and to provide other services related to the website and the internet use to the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged or connected with other Google data. You can prevent cookies from being saved by setting your browser software accordingly. However, this offered service to you advises the users that in this case they may not be able to fully utilize all the functions of this website. In addition, users may also prevent Google from tracking the data generated by the cookie and related to its use (including your IP address), as well as the processing of this data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link. The current link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.

7. Social Networks

7.1. Facebook

Our pages include plug-ins of the social network Facebook, 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA.  You will recognize the Facebook plug-ins on the Facebook logo or the “Like Button”. An overview of the Facebook plug-ins can be found here: developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/. When you visit our pages, the plug-in creates a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. Facebook will be informed that you have visited our website with your IP address. If you click the Facebook “Like Button” while you are logged into your Facebook account, you can link the content of our pages to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to associate the visit of our pages with your user account. We would like to point out that as a service provider of these pages we do not receive any knowledge of the content of the transmitted data or the use of any data by Facebook. For more information, please refer to Facebook’s data usage guidelines: dede.facebook.com/policy.php

If you do not want Facebook to associate your visit to our internet pages with your Facebook user account, please log off from your Facebook user account.

7.2. Twitter

Our pages include functions of the Twitter service. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. By using Twitter and the “Re-Tweet” function, the web pages you visit will be linked to your Twitter account and shared with other users. This data is also transmitted to Twitter. We would like to point out that as a provider of the pages we are not aware of any content of the transmitted data as well as the use of any data by Twitter. For more information see Twitter’s data privacy statement. Use this button to change your data privacy settings on Twitter: Account Settings

7.3. LinkedIn

Our pages include functions of the social network “LinkedIn”. These functions are offered by LinkedIn Ireland Limited, 77 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland. By using the “InShare” button, the websites you visit will be linked to your LinkedIn account and shared with other users. Data is also transferred to LinkedIn. We would like to point out that as a provider of these pages, we do not have any knowledge of the content of the transmitted data as well as the use of any data by LinkedIn. For more information, see LinkedIn’s data privacy statement at http://www.linkedin.com/static?key=privacy_policy.

7.4. Xing

Our pages include functions of the service “Xing”, which is operated by the XING AG, Gaensemarkt 43, 20354 Hamburg. When you enable and use the plug-in, your browser will directly connect to the Xing servers. The content of the plug-in is directly transferred by Xing to your browser and is integrated into the web page. By activating the plug-ins, Xing receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our website. If you are logged into Xing, Xing can assign the visit to your Xing account. Please refer to Xing’s privacy policy to receive information about the purpose and the scope of the data collection, as well as further processing and use of the data by Xing, and your rights and settings for the protection of your privacy.

7.5. YouTube

We use YouTube to include and publish videos. Like most websites, YouTube also uses cookies to collect information about users. YouTube uses cookies also to collect reliable video statistics, avoid fraud, and improve user friendliness. For more details about the use of cookies on YouTube, see YouTube’s data privacy statement at: http://www.youtube.com/t/privacy_at_youtube

8. Security

We have taken technical and organizational security measures to protect your personal data from loss, damage, manipulation, and unauthorized access. All our employees and all third parties involved in the data processing are obliged to comply with the Federal Data Protection Act and the confidential handling of personal data. If personal data should be collected and processed, the information is transmitted in encoded form to prevent the misuse of any data by third parties. Our security measures are constantly being revised according to the technological development.

9. General information on external links

For your information, you may find references (links) to internet pages of third parties on our websites. We have no influence on the content or design of external pages that are operated by third parties. The content of this data privacy statement may not apply to web pages of third parties. For this reason, please obtain information from the respective service provider regarding the provided data privacy statements.

10. Changes to the data protection statements

We reserve the right to change our security and data protection regulations, if this should be required due to technical developments. In these cases, we will also adapt our privacy policy accordingly. Please keep the latest version of our data privacy statement in mind. 

11. Right of information and objection

You can receive information about your stored personal data at any time. Moreover, you can retract your consent to collect and store your personal data at any time. If required, please refer to datenschutz(at)witron.de

12. Data security officer

If you require additional information about our privacy policy and the processing of your personal data, please refer directly to our data security office: datenschutz(at)witron.de