Data protection declaration

Provider and responsible body within the meaning of the Data Protection Act

BTC Europe GmbH

Data protection officer

Dr. Gertraut Schmidt
Burgbernheim Office
Industriestrasse 20
91593 Burgbernheim
Germany

Scope of application

With this data protection declaration, users receive information about the type, scope and purpose of the collection and use of their data by the responsible provider.

The European Data Protection Directive (GDPR), the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (TMG) form the legal framework for data protection.

Collection of general information

Every time this Internet offering is accessed, information is automatically collected by us or by the web space provider. This information, also known as server log files, is of a general nature and does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about your person.

Among other things, information gathered will include: name of the website, file, date, data volume, web browser and web browser version, operating system, the domain name of your Internet provider, the referrer URL (the page from which you accessed our website) and the IP address.

Without this data, it would not be technically possible to deliver and display the contents of the website. In this respect, the collection of data is absolutely essential. In addition, we use the anonymous information for statistical purposes. This helps us to optimize our Internet offering and technology. We also reserve the right to subsequently check the log files in the event that we suspect illegal use of our web offering.

Expertise Plus information

If you have registered for our Expertise Plus information, we will use the information you provide exclusively for this purpose or to inform you of the circumstances relevant to this service or registration. We do not pass this data on to third parties.

A valid email address is required to receive Expertise Plus information. The date on which you order the articles will also be saved. This data serves as proof in case of misuse, should a foreign email address be registered for this service. To further ensure that an email address is not misused by third parties on our mailing list, we work in compliance with the law using the “double opt-in procedure”. Within the framework of this process, the order of the messages, sending of the confirmation email and receipt of registration confirmation are all logged.

You have the possibility at any time to revoke your consent to the storage of the data, your email address, and its use for dispatching the article. To enable you to revoke your consent, we will provide you with a link in every Expertise Plus email and on the website. In addition, you have the option of informing us of your wish to cancel your subscription using the contact options mentioned in this document.

Contact form

If you contact us via email using the online form, we will store the information you have provided to enable us to answer your enquiry and ask possible follow-up questions.

Integration of third-party services and content

Our offering may include the content, services and deliverables of other providers. These might include maps provided by Google Maps and videos from YouTube, as well as graphics and images from other websites. In order for this data to be called up and displayed in the user’s browser, the transmission of the IP address is absolutely necessary. The providers (hereinafter referred to as “third-party providers”) will thus be aware of the IP address of the respective user.

Although we make every effort only to use third-party providers who need the IP address solely to deliver content, we have no influence on whether the IP address may be stored. If this occurs, it is used among other things for statistical purposes. If we are aware that the IP address is stored, we point this out to our users

Cookies

This website uses “cookies”. These are text files that are stored on your computer from the server. They contain information about the browser, the IP address, the operating system and the Internet connection. This data will not be passed on to third parties or linked by us to personal data without your consent.

Cookies have two main functions. They help us to make it easier for you to navigate through our website offering and to display it correctly. They are not used to plant viruses or start programs.

Users have the possibility to access our website without cookies. To do this, the corresponding settings must be changed in the browser. Please use the help function of your browser to find out how to deactivate cookies. However, we would like to point out that doing so may result in some functions of this website being impaired and your convenience restricted. The pages http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ (USA) and http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices/ (Europe) allow you to manage online ad cookies.

Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”. These are text files that are stored on your computer to help the website analyze how you use it. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, due to the activation of IP anonymization on these webpages, your IP address will be shortened prior to forwarding by Google within member states of the European Union or in other signatory states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there.

Under contract from the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activities and to provide the website operator with further services associated with website and Internet use. The IP address transmitted by your browser in the context of Google Analytics is not merged with other Google data. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, we would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to use all functions of this website to their full extent.

You can also prevent Google from collecting and processing the data generated by the cookie and data relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: Browser add-on to disable Google Analytics.

For more information on terms of use and data protection, please visit https://www.google.com/analytics/terms/us or https://policies.google.com/.

Google AdWords

This website uses the online advertising program “Google AdWords” and the conversion tracking connected with it. If you have accessed our website via a Google ad, Google AdWords places a cookie on your computer. These cookies expire after 30 days and are not used for personal identification. If the user visits certain pages of our website and the cookie has not yet expired, we and Google can see that the user has clicked on the ad and has been redirected to this page. Each Google AdWords customer receives a different cookie. Cookies can therefore not be traced through 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 equipped with a conversion tracking tag. However, they will not receive any information that enables the personal identification of users.

If you do not wish to participate in the tracking process, you can easily deactivate the Google Conversion Tracking cookie via your Internet browser under User Settings. You will then be excluded from the conversion tracking statistics. For more information, please see Google’s privacy policy at http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

Twitter plug-in

This Internet offering uses functions of the Twitter service. This is provided by Twitter Inc, 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. Twitter offers the so-called “Tweet” function. If you use the Twitter function on our websites, the websites you visit will be linked to your Twitter account and possibly made known to other users. In the process, data is also transmitted to Twitter.

We as provider are not informed by Twitter of the content of the transmitted data and its use. For more information, please see Twitter’s privacy policy at http://twitter.com/privacy. Twitter offers you the possibility to define your own data protection settings under the following link: http://twitter.com/account/settings

Linkedin plug-in

You will find plug-ins on our website from the social network LinkedIn, also known as LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter referred to as “LinkedIn”). You can recognize the LinkedIn plug-ins by the corresponding logo or the “Recommend” button. Please note that the plug-in establishes a connection between your Internet browser and the LinkedIn server when you visit our website. LinkedIn is thus informed that our website has been visited with your IP address. If you click the “Recommend” button of LinkedIn and are logged into your LinkedIn account at the same time, you have the possibility to link content from our Internet pages on your LinkedIn profile page. In doing so, you enable LinkedIn to assign your visit to our website to you or to your user account. You should be aware that we have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data and its use by LinkedIn.

Please contact LinkedIn for more details on data collection, your legal possibilities and your settings options. These are available to you at http://www.linkedin.com/static?key=privacy_policy&trk=hb_ft_priv.

Data economy

We store personal data in accordance with the principles of data avoidance and data economy only as long as it is required, or as prescribed by law (statutory storage period). If the purpose of the information collected no longer applies or if the storage period ends, we block or delete the data.

Your rights to information, correction, blocking, deletion and objection

You have the right, upon request and free of charge, to request information about the personal data stored by us and/or to request correction, blocking or deletion. Exceptions: mandatory data storage for business transactions or data subject to the legal obligation to store.

Please contact our data protection officer if you wish to proceed with any of these actions (contact details can be found at the end of this data protection declaration).

To be able to consider a data lock at any time, it is necessary to keep the data in a lock file for control purposes. If there is no legal archiving obligation, you can also request the deletion of the data. Otherwise, we will block the data if you wish.

Changes to our data protection declaration

To ensure that our data protection declaration always complies with current legal requirements, we reserve the right to make changes at any time. This also applies in the event that the data protection declaration needs to be adapted due to new or revised services, for example new service offerings. The new data protection declaration will then take effect the next time you visit our website.