Our website can be used without entering any personal data. The use of certain individual services of our website may involve deviating provisions which are explained separately in the following in this case.
Insofar as personal data are collected on our website, it is always done on a voluntary basis to the greatest possible extent.
Personal data are only collected on this website where technically required. Under no circumstances are the collected data sold or passed on to third parties for other reasons.
Data are protected within the framework of legal regulations. The following contains information on the data collected during your visit and how they are used.
We would like to point out that data transfer on the Internet (e.g. e-mail communication) can be subject to gaps in security. Seamless protection of the data from access by third parties is not possible.
We only collect, process and use personal data of the user in compliance with the applicable data protection regulations. This means that the data of the user are only used with legal permission or consent.
We take optimum organizational, contractual and technical safety measures to ensure that the regulations of data protection laws are complied with to protect data managed by us from random or intentional manipulation, loss, destruction or access by unauthorised persons.
The collection, processing and use of personal data
The personal data of users are used for the performance of our user services and other services.
When contact is made with us, e.g. through the contact form, the information sent is saved for the purpose of processing the request and in case follow-up questions should arise.
The personal data are deleted if they are no longer required or the deletion does not oppose any legal requirements to retain it.
The integration of services and contents from third parties
This online offering may include integrated content from third parties, such as videos on YouTube, map material from Google Maps, RSS feeds or graphics from other websites. This always requires the providers of such content (referred to as “third-party suppliers” in the following) to detect the IP address of users. This is because they cannot send the content to the browser of the respective user without the IP address. The IP address is thus required for displaying this content. We make an effort to only use such content from providers who only use the IP address for the purpose of supplying the content. Should, however, third parties store the IP addresses for statistical purposes, for example, we have no influence on this whatsoever. Should we become aware of this, we will notify users accordingly.
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies,” text files saved on your computer which enable analysis of your use of the website. The information on your use of this website (including your IP address, which is made anonymous with the anonymizeIp method so that you can no longer be assigned to a connection) generated by the cookie is transferred to a Google server in the USA and saved there.
Google uses this information to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports on website activity for the website owner and render additional services associated with the website and Internet use. Google may also transfer this information to third parties if this is prescribed by law or if third parties process this data on Google’s behalf. Under no circumstances will Google link your IP address with other data possessed by Google. You can prevent the installation of cookies by making a corresponding setting in your browser software, but we would like to point out that doing so may prevent you from utilising all the functions of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you collected by Google in the manner described above and for the purpose described above.
You can object to the collection of data by Google Analytics with future effect by installing a deactivation add-on for your browser.
Many online advertisement cookies of companies can be managed using the American website http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the European Union website http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices/
The use of Facebook social plugins
Our online presence uses social plugins (“plugins”) of the social media network facebook.com, which is operated by Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland (“Facebook”). The plugins can be recognised by one of the Facebook logos (a white “f” on a blue tile or a “thumbs up” symbol) or are marked with the additional “Facebook social plugin.”
When you call up a website of our online presence containing such a plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection with Facebook’s servers. The content of the plugin is transferred directly to your browser by Facebook and integrated into the website by it. For this reason, we have no influence over the scope of the data collected by Facebook using this plugin and therefore wish to inform you of the level of our knowledge accordingly:
By integrating the plugin, Facebook receives the information that you have called up the corresponding page of our online presence. If you are logged into Facebook, Facebook can link the visit to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugins, such as by pressing the Like button or submitting a comment, the corresponding information is transferred directly from your browser to Facebook and saved there. If you do not have a Facebook profile, it is still possible that Facebook could identify and save your IP address.
For the purpose and scope of this data collection and other processing and use of the data by Facebook and your rights and setting options for the protection of your private privacy in this regard, please refer to Facebook’s data protection information: http://www.facebook.com/policy.php.
If a user has a Facebook account and does not wish for Facebook to collect data on him or her on this online offering and link to his or her account data saved by Facebook, he or she must log out of Facebook and delete his or her cookies before using our online offering. Additional settings and objections to the use of data for advertisement purposes are possible in the Facebook profile settings: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads, the American website http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the European Union website http://www.youronlinechoices.com/. These settings are platform independent, i.e. they are accepted for all devices, such as desktop computers and mobile devices.
Use of the Twitter buttons
This offering uses the buttons of the Twitter service. These buttons are offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107. They are identifiable by terms such as “Twitter” and “Follow,” together with a stylised blue bird. Using these buttons, it is possible to share an article or page of this offering on Twitter and to follow the provider on Twitter.
When a user calls up a website of this online presence containing such a button, his or her browser establishes a direct connection with Twitter’s servers. The content of the Twitter buttons is transferred directly from Twitter to the browser of the user. For this reason, the provider has no influence over the scope of the data collected by Twitter using this plugin and therefore wishes to inform users of the state of its knowledge accordingly. Following this, only the IP address of the user is transferred alongside the URL of the respective website for referencing the button, but not for purposes other than displaying the button.
Additional information on this can be found in Twitter’s data protection declaration under http://twitter.com/privacy.
Use of Google+ recommendation elements
On our website, we use the “+1” button from the provider Google+ of the company Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043.
Each time our website (which features such a “+1” element) is called up, this element prompts the browser you are using to download a corresponding representation of the element from Google. This process informs Google of the exact site of our online presence which is currently being visited.
According to information from Google, no further evaluation of your visit occurs if you are not logged in to your Google account.
If you call up our site and are logged in to Google at the same time, Google can collect information on your Google account, the website you recommended and your IP address, as well as other browser-based information, when you press the “+1” button.
In this way, your “+1” recommendation can be saved and made publicly accessible. Your Google “+1” recommendation made in this way may then appear as a reference in Google services such as search results and in your Google account or other places, e.g. on websites and advertisements on the Internet, together with your account name and potentially also with your photograph saved in Google. In addition, Google can link your visit to our website with your data saved by Google. Google also records this information to further improve Google services.
If you would like to prevent the capture of data by Google mentioned above for this reason in the best way possible, you must log out of your Google account before visiting our online presence.
The data protection information from Google on the “+1” button with all other information on the capture, dissemination and use of data by Google, on your rights in this regard and on your profile setting options can be called up here: https://developers.google.com/+/web/buttons-policy
Use of Xing recommendation elements
We use elements of the XING.com network on our website. These elements are a service of XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany.
Each time our website (which features such an element) is called up, this element prompts the browser you are using to download a corresponding representation of the element from XING.
Use of LinkedIn recommendation elements
We use elements of the LinkedIn network on our website. LinkedIn is a service of LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043. Each time our website (which features such an element) is called up, this element prompts the browser you are using to download a corresponding representation of the element from LinkedIn.
This process informs LinkedIn of the exact site of our online presence which is currently being visited. If you click the LinkedIn “Recommend” button while logged in to your LinkedIn account, you can link the content of our website to your LinkedIn profile. This enables LinkedIn to link the visit of our website to your LinkedIn user account.
We are able to influence neither the data collected by LinkedIn in this way, nor the scope of these data collected by LinkedIn. We also have no knowledge of the content of data transferred by LinkedIn. Details on data collection by LinkedIn and on your rights and setting options can be found in LinkedIn’s data protection information. This information can be found under http://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy
Use of YouTube elements in enhanced data protection mode
On our website, we use elements (videos) of the YouTube company, LLC 901 Cherry Ave., 94066 San Bruno, CA, a company of Google Inc., Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043.
For these videos, we use the ” – enhanced data protection mode – ” provided by YouTube..
If you call up a page with an embedded video, a connection to the YouTube servers is established and the content displayed on the website through a notification to your browser.
According to information from YouTube, data (in particular regarding those pages of our website which you have visited) are only transferred to the YouTube server in ” – enhanced data protection mode – ” if you view the video. If you are logged in to YouTube at the same time, this information is linked to your YouTube account. You can prevent this by logging out of your account before visiting our website.
Additional information on data protection from YouTube is available from Google here:
According to the provisions of the German Federal Data Protection Act, every user of the company’s online offering has the right, at any time, to request information on exactly which data about him or her has been saved and the purpose for which this saving of data occurred. In addition, the correction of incorrect data or deletion of data can be requested if the saving of this data is impermissible or no longer required. Information on saved data is provided by the company upon written request.
The company tries hard to save your personal data in such a way that they are not accessible to third parties by taking all possible technical and organisational measures. As complete data security cannot be guaranteed for e-mail communication, we recommend sending confidential information by conventional mail.
Employees of the company and service companies commissioned by the company are obligated to observe confidentiality and compliance with the provisions of the German Federal Data Protection Act and other occupational data protection provisions.
Responsible party regarding data protection law
Stefan Hofmann, Managing Director
Werkzeugbau Siegfried Hofmann GmbH
An der Zeil 2
Telephone: +49 9571 766-0
Fax: +49 9571 71701