Privacy statement

The owners of this website take the protection of the personal information of website visitors - hereinafter referred to as users - very seriously. All the data provided by users to the data controller are processed strictly in compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and other data protection legislation and provisions of a similar nature that apply within the member states of the EU. This applies in particular to the processing of personal data.

Data controller with responsibility for data processing

The entity responsible for data processing as defined in data protection legislation is:
Institut für Galvano- und Oberflächentechnik Solingen GmbH & Co. KG (IGOS)
Grünewalder Str. 29-31, 42657 Solingen
Phone +49 212 2494-700
Fax +49 212 2494-715
Email: info[at]igos.de

Definitions

This privacy statement employs terms that are defined in Article 4 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Personal data means all data linked specifically to a natural person that could be used to identify that person (Article 4(1) GDPR). The term "processing" includes any conceivable way of using the data in connection with personal data (Article 4(2) GDPR), i.e. from collection to erasure.

Data processing on accessing the website

This website is hosted through a German web server owned by Porombka GmbH, Kauffunger Weg 8, 42699 Solingen. That website hosting company is also subject to the provisions in the EU GDPR and all other data protection legislation applicable in member states of the EU and other provisions related to data protection. The data controller of this website has a contractual agreement with Porombka GmbH to process data on its behalf (as the "processor"). The contract includes provisions that oblige the website hosting company to protect the data transmitted, process them in compliance with the data controller's data protection provisions and, in particular, not to make them available to third parties.

Every time the website is accessed, data are generated that are stored in log files on the server and in the web browser. The following data will be collected: the user's IP address, the date and time of access, the request, response status (HTTP status code), URL of the website the user was on when he or she accessed this site (referrer URL), browser type and version and the user's operating system.

The log files are stored to ensure the functionality of the website and the browser. In addition, the data are used for statistical evaluation to optimise our website, improve users' browsing experience and to guarantee the security and stability of the technical systems. Data processing is based on our legitimate interest as defined at Article 6(1) f.) GDPR. The owner of this site guarantees that this information is not merged with other data sources. The log files are stored separately from the personal data of the user that are submitted by means of the contact form. The log files are erased in accordance with general principles (refer to "General provisions for data erasure").

Data processing using cookies

This website uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored on the controller's web server or on your computer (PC, tablet, smartphone or other device) by your browser and contain data that enable our website to recognise your browser again and identify it.

This website uses cookies that are stored on the user's device for the duration of the visit to our website and are automatically deleted as soon as the user closes his/her browser (session cookies). Cookies of this kind store a single item of information that is a characteristic string that identifies your browser unambiguously when the website is accessed again by that browser (session ID). This website also uses cookies that are stored on the user's device for a period of time. Cookies already stored by your browser can be deleted at any time through your browser.

The cookies simplify a user's use of this website. Data processing is based on our legitimate interest as defined at Article 6(1) f.) GDPR. Users can prevent or restrict the storage of cookies at any time by adjusting the settings in their browser. Cookies already stored by your browser can be deleted at any time through your browser. We would like to point out that, if you deactivate cookies, the functionality of this website may be impaired.

Data processing through JavaScript libraries

This website uses JavaScript libraries supplied by external providers. Some of the functionalities of this website would not work at all if we did not use JavaScript libraries and this makes it easier for the user to use the site. We cannot exclude the possibility that accessing our website may submit personal data to external providers. Data processing is based on our legitimate interest as defined at Article 6(1) f.) GDPR. You can prevent this transmission of data by installing a JavaScript blocker such as the 'NoScript' (https://noscript.net/) browser plug-in or deactivate JavaScript completely in your browser settings. We would like to point out that, if you deactivate cookies, the functionality of this website may be impaired.

Newsletter data processing

If you register for a newsletter, the only information that we need you to enter that is essential, is the email address to which the newsletter is to be sent. Besides the email address, we ask for further voluntary details and store the date and time of your registration and the information automatically stored by accessing the site (refer to "Data processing by the controller when the website is accessed"). This information is used exclusively for the purpose of processing the newsletter registration.

The owner of this website will only distribute newsletters with the consent of the recipient or as a result of legal obligations or an official requirement by the authorities. Provided the newsletter content was correctly described when the user registered for that newsletter, it is covered by the user's consent. Newsletters will also contain marketing information relating to products and offers available from the owner of this website. Newsletter registration uses the double opt-in process. In the interests of data security, after registering, the user will be sent an email containing a link which the user is invited to click as confirmation of the registration.

Users can withdraw their consent to receipt of the newsletter at any time free-of-charge. Every newsletter contains a clearly visible link for cancelling a newsletter subscription.

The data processing of the necessary email address and the additional voluntary information is based on Article 6(1) a.), 7 GDPR. The data are erased without undue delay once the purpose of the data storage has been fulfilled, unless statutory provisions require continued storage of the data for a period (cf. Sections 257(1) German Commercial Code (HGB): 6 years, 147(1) German Tax Code (AO): 10 years) or if storage is required for evidential purposes.

Google Analytics

This site uses functions provided by Google Analytics, a web analysis service. The provider of that software is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA – hereinafter referred to as Google. Google Analytics uses cookies, that is, small text files that are stored on the user's local PC to enable an analysis of how the website is used. The information generated by the cookies is normally transferred to a Google server in the USA, where it is stored.

On behalf of the data controller of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate how you used the site and compile reports on website activity and to render additional associated services to the data controller on website and Internet use. The IP address communicated by your browser in connection with Google Analytics will not be merged with any other data held by Google.

Google has subscribed to the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?
id=a2zt000000001L5AAI
), which guarantees compliance with the EU GDPR and other related data protection provisions applicable in the member states of the EU. In addition, the owner of the site has entrusted Google with processing activities. The contract includes provisions that oblige Google to protect the data transmitted, process them in compliance with the data controller's protection provisions and, in particular, not to make them available to third parties.

The owner of this website only uses Google Analytics together with a function called "Activate anonymous IP". This means your IP address (Internet protocol address) will be truncated by Google within the European Union, or other parties to the agreement on the European Economic Area, prior to transmission to the United States. In exceptional circumstances, the complete IP address may be transferred to the Google servers in the USA and truncated there.

Data processing is based on our legitimate interest as defined at Article 6(1) f.) GDPR. Those data are required to enable the website to be correctly displayed and to enable the website to be continuously improved to the benefit of our users.

Users can prevent the storage of cookies at any time by adjusting the settings in their browser. We would like to point out that, if you deactivate cookies, the functionality of this website may be impaired. You can also prevent the data generated by the cookie for the use of the website (including your IP address) from being sent to and processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link:
http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en. Further information on data protection as practised by Google can be found in the provider's Privacy Policy at https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en and https://policies.google.com/?hl=en&gl=de.

etracker

This site uses functions provided by etracker, a web analysis service. The provider of that software is etracker GmbH, Erste Brunnenstrasse 1, 20459 Hamburg. That provider is also subject to the provisions in the EU GDPR and all other data protection legislation applicable in member states of the EU and other provisions related to data protection. The software can generate pseudonymised usage profiles. This involves storing cookies. The data collected with etracker technologies will not be used, without the data subjects' explicit consent, to identify users of the website personally and will not be merged with any other personal data relating to the person behind the pseudonym. You have the right to withdraw your consent to processing the data at any time with regard to the future. In order to prevent data on users' visits to the site being collected and stored in the future, users can install an opt-out cookie from etracker which will ensure that etracker will, in future, not collect or store visitor data: http://www.etracker.de/privacy?et=V23Jbb. This will store an opt-out cookie from etracker called "cntcookie". Further details are available here: https://www.etracker.com/en/data-privacy/.

Wiredminds LeadLab

To analyse the use of our site, we make use an analysis program called Wiredminds LeadLab. The provider of the software is wiredminds GmbH, Lindenspürstr. 32, 70176 Stuttgart. That provider is also subject to the provisions in the EU GDPR and all other data protection legislation applicable in member states of the EU and other provisions related to data protection. The software can generate pseudonymised usage profiles. This involves storing cookies. The data collected will not be used, without the data subjects' explicit consent, to identify users of the website personally and will not be merged with any other personal data relating to the person behind the pseudonym. You have the right to withdraw your consent to processing the data at any time with regard to the future. In order to prevent data on users' visits to the site being collected and stored in the future, users can install an opt-out cookie which will ensure that, in future, no visitor data regarding their use of the browser will be collected or stored by the software: http://wm2.wiredminds.de/tracklcookie mgr.php? mode=dont track ask&websitesel45eb6fa3405f5567&lang=de. Further details are available here: https://www.wiredminds.de/en/data-protection/.

Google Maps

We use Google Maps on our website: Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. To use that service, it is necessary to store the IP address, which is normally transmitted to a Google server in the USA, where it will be stored. Use of Google Maps is in the interests of an attractive representation of our online offerings. Data processing is based on our legitimate interest as defined at Article 6(1) f.) GDPR. Google has subscribed to the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?
id=ida2zt00000000lL5AAI), which guarantees compliance with the EU GDPR and other related data protection provisions applicable in the member states of the EU. Further information on data protection can be found in the provider's privacy statement at https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en&gl=de. Settings to restrict Google's data processing can be adjusted here: https://www.google.com/settings/ads/.

General provisions for data erasure

Personal data are erased without undue delay once the purpose of the data storage has been fulfilled, unless statutory provisions require continued storage of the data for a period (cf. 257(1) German Commercial Code (HGB): 6 years, 147(1) German Tax Code (AO): 10 years) or if storage is required for evidential purposes. Proper erasure of the data is monitored at annual intervals. Where data are not erased because they are necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims for the purposes of legitimate interests, their processing is restricted.

Security measures performed by the controller

In compliance with Article 32 GDPR, and taking into account the state of the art, the costs of implementation and the nature, scope, context and purposes of processing as well as the risk of varying likelihood and severity for the rights and freedoms of natural persons, the controller has implemented appropriate technical, contractual and organisational measures to ensure the data protection legislation is adhered to and the data that are processed are protected against randomised or malicious manipulation, loss, destruction and man-in-the-middle attacks. The controller applied measures during development and technical implementation of the website to protect personal data (Article 25 GDPR). A key feature of these security measures is the encrypted transmission of data between the user's browser and the controller's server.

The rights of the user

At any time, you are entitled to request information at no charge relating to the personal data about you that is stored and the purpose of the data processing (Article 15 GDPR). On request, you are entitled to receive the personal data concerning you which you have provided in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. (Article 20 GDPR).

In addition, you have the right to have any inaccurate data relating to you rectified, incomplete personal data completed (Article 16 GDPR) and – subject to the terms of Article 18 GDPR – a right to a restriction of processing.

You have the right to erasure (‘right to be forgotten’) of personal data stored by us unless processing of those data is required for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest in the area of public health or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims (Article 17 GDPR).

You have the right to withdraw your consent to processing the data at any time with regard to the future, as defined at Article 6(1) a.), 7 GDPR. Where data are processed on the basis of Article 6(1) f.) GDPR, the user can object to the processing of his or her data for the future unless the controller demonstrates compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims (Article 21 GDPR).

If you consider that the processing of personal data relating to you infringes the current legislation, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority (Article 77 GDPR). The supervisory authority in the case of the controller of this website is the Data Protection Supervisor for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Kavalleriestr. 2-4, 40213 Düsseldorf.