Imprint & Privacy

Legal notice

Legal notice per § 5 TMG (German Telemedia Act):
FLOCERT GmbH
Bonner Talweg 177
53129 Bonn
Germany

Represented by:
Managing Director: Rüdiger Meyer
Chair of the supervisory board: Dr. Esther Guluma

Contact:
T: +49/ (0)228-2493-0
F: + 49/ (0)228-2493-120
E: info@flocert.net

Registry entry:
Entry in the commercial register.
Court of registration: Bonn regional court
Registration number: 12937

VAT ID:
VAT identification number in accordance with §27a of the value added tax act:
DE196070033

DATA PROTECTION

The topic of data protection is very important to us. Therefore, we will inform you below about how we process your personal information and what rights you have in this regard.

§ 1   INTRODUCTION

We,

FLOCERT GmbH
Bonner Talweg 177
53129 Bonn

are the operators (hereinafter “we” or “operators”) of the website www.flocert.net (hereinafter referred to as the “Website”) and the services offered thereon and thus responsible for the collection, processing and use of personal data.

When collecting data, the principle of data economy is of great importance to us. We collect and process personal data only insofar as you have given us consent for this, or the legislator expressly permits us or prescribes us or you allow us to do so. Further, we will explain what information we collect, how we use it, and what rights you have over us in relation to the use of your information:

 

§ 2   COLLECTION AND STORAGE OF PERSONAL DATA

1.           Personal data

Personal data is specific information about personal or material circumstances of an identified or identifiable natural person. This includes, for example, your civil name, your address, email address, your telephone number or your date of birth. Furthermore, this also includes company-related data.

2.           Collection

a) when visiting our website

Unless otherwise stated in the following sections, no personal data is collected, processed or used when using our websites.When visiting our website, our servers temporarily store every access in a log file. The following data will be collected without your intervention and stored on a server in Germany in a data center commissioned by us with automated data removal after 30 days at the latest:
– the IP address assigned to your computer,
– the name and URL of the requested file,
– Referrer URL (the previously visited page),
– date and time of request,
– The browser version you are using.

If you contact us via the contact form or fill in our complaint form online, we will store your e-mail address, name, country and your IP address. We work with the software provider “Form Assembly” to create the online form structure that allows you to submit your request. The personal data that you enter via the format will be collected so that the relevant department can process your request to contact you with the subject matter of the request.

b ) when subscribing to a newsletter

For sending the newsletter, we use the so-called double opt-in procedure, i.e., we will only send you a newsletter by e-mail if you have previously explicitly confirmed to us that we should activate the newsletter service. We will then send you a notification e-mail asking you to confirm that you wish to receive our newsletter by clicking on a link in this e-mail.

By opening the first automatically generated confirmation e-mail for receiving the newsletter and opening each newsletter e-mail, additional data will be collected and sent to us for the administration of the newsletter. These include, for example:

– which subscriber has opened the newsletter or left-clicked on it (incl.
Number of clicks)
– Date of registration and, if applicable, subscribers to the newsletter
have unsubscribed
– Any returns that have occurred (for example, if the e-mail account is overcrowded or not
available).

We only evaluate this data for purely statistical purposes in order to further optimize our offers. By subscribing to the newsletter you consent to the use of this data. Your data will not be used for any other purpose.

The personal data collected about you within the scope of the e-mail newsletter will only be used internally to optimize and deliver the newsletter you specifically request. A sale or a transfer of your personal data to third parties for the purpose of advertising, market or opinion research does not take place.

Should you later no longer want to receive newsletters from us, you can withdraw your consent to this at any time. An informal written notification to the contact details listed at the end of this document (e.g. e-mail, letter) is sufficient. Of course, you will also find a link to unsubscribe in every newsletter.

3.          Storage

We store and process your personal data on servers in Germany. We, as well as our designated data centers, protect your information through technical and organizational security measures to mitigate risks associated with loss, misuse, unauthorized access, and unauthorized disclosure and alteration of such data. For example, firewalls and data encryption are used, as well as physical access restrictions and authorization controls for data access. We take steps to ensure that the personal information we collect is accurate and up-to-date.You can revoke your consent to the use or use of your personal data informally at any time. If you withdraw your consent to the use or transmission of your personal information for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy, we may not be able to provide you with access to our website, applications or tools, or to those offered to us by and in accordance with this Privacy Policy Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use for Authorized Services and Customer Services.

 

§ 3   USE OF PERSONAL DATA

The collection and processing of your personal data is effected to carry out the mutual contractual relationship, in particular for the purpose:

– to know who our contractual partner is;
– to check the entered data for plausibility and business ability of the users,
– to establish contractual relationships with you about the use of the website and the services offered on it, to structure the content, to process it and, if necessary, to change it,
– to be able to contact you in case of queries ,
– Receipt and read receipt of e- mails,
– subscribed newsletters,
– Date and time of visiting our homepage.

Before the evaluation of the aforementioned data, these are pseudonymized. Thus, we can evaluate the user behavior without specific personal reference to improve our website and services. You may object to the use of your personal data for advertising purposes at all times or for individual measures. An informal communication in text form through contacts (e.g. e-mail, letter) mentioned under §7 is sufficient.

 

§ 4   DISCLOSURE OF DATA

1.           Transmission of personal data to third parties

Your personal data will only be passed on to third parties or otherwise transmitted if this is necessary for the purpose of the contract or if you have given your prior consent.
We will not share your data with third parties without your consent. The contrary shall only apply if there is a legal obligation to do so (e.g. information to certain authorities in the context of statutory requirements) or if this is necessary for the enforcement of our rights, in particular for the enforcement of claims arising from the contractual relationship with you.

2.           Integration of services and contents of third parties

It is possible that third party content on our website, such as videos from YouTube, maps from Google Maps, RSS feeds or graphics from other websites are included. This always presupposes that the providers of this content (“third party providers”) receive the IP address of the users, since without the IP address they would not be able to send the contents to the browser of the respective user. The IP address is therefore required for the presentation of this content. We endeavor to use only that content for which respective providers use the IP address only for the delivery of the content. However, we have no influence on it if the third-party provider uses the IP address e.g. for statistical purposes. Insofar that we are or become aware, we will inform users about it.

 

§ 5   COOKIES AND WEB ANALYTICS SERVICES

1.           Interactions with our websites are tracked using cookies and the following technologies to customize them for you. Cookies are small files that are stored on your hard disk. This allows easier navigation and a high degree of user-friendliness of our website. Of course, you can also view our website without cookies, but a limitation of their functionality cannot be ruled out. Most browsers accept cookies automatically. You can prevent the storage of cookies on your hard disk by selecting “Do not accept cookies” in the browser settings.

2.           For purposes of statistical analysis, we use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”), on our website. Google Analytics uses its own cookies. This saves text files on your computer that allow an analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of our website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

In order to prevent the personalization of this data, your IP address will be anonymised by abbreviation. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the US and only then anonymised. Google will use the information on our behalf to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide us with other services related to website activity and internet usage.

Google is obligated not to merge the IP address transmitted by your browser within the scope of Google Analytics with other data. You can also prevent cookies from being stored by setting your browser software accordingly. We point out, however, that you may not be able to use all the features of our website in this case. In addition, you may prevent the collection by Google of the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) as well as the processing of this data by Google in general by using the browser plug-in available under the following link to download and install: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de

For more information about Terms of Use and Privacy, please see
http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/en.html or below
http://www.google.com/intl/de/analytics/privacyoverview.html and
https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/2838718?hl=de&ref_topic=2790009.

Please note that Google is required by law to perform these actions. We cannot accept responsibility for Google’s compliance with these obligations.

 

§  6   SOCIAL PLUG-INS

1.           We use social plug-ins of the facebook.com network, namely the “Share” button. These plug-ins are offered by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA and provide data to Facebook. They are marked with the Facebook “f”. By activating these plug-ins, your browser will establish a connection to the Facebook servers. The content of the plug-in is transmitted directly to your browser. The plug-in is part of Facebook and only displayed on our website. Any interaction through the plug-in is an interaction on “facebook.com” and not on our website. We do not have any influence on the content of the plug-in. At the same time, Facebook sets one or more cookies in your browser.

Through the active plug-in and the cookie or cookies, Facebook will receive data, even if you have not yet clicked on the plug-in itself and even if you do not have a Facebook account. According to Facebook, this data includes the website visited, the date, time, browser type and version, operating system and version and, to our knowledge, the IP address and Facebook cookies already stored in the browser. Facebook can thus understand on which other websites with Facebook content (including these plug-ins) they were. Facebook uses this data to identify bugs in its own system, to improve its own products and adapt to user behavior, to control advertising, place and individualize, to localize, to record the way the use of websites with Facebook content and purpose the market research.

If you are logged in to Facebook when you activate the plug-ins, your Facebook login ID will also be transmitted to Facebook. This will allow your visit to our website to be directly linked to your Facebook account. You will then be identified by Facebook with your Facebook name and your private data from the Facebook account. In the case of interaction with the Facebook plug-in, clicking on this information is not only transmitted to the Facebook server, but depending on the settings of your Facebook account also published on Facebook and displayed to your friends. If you want to avoid this, you must first log out of your Facebook account before activating the Facebook plug-ins and delete all Facebook cookies after visiting websites with Facebook plug-ins. According to own data Facebook stores all this data for up to 90 days. After that, Facebook anonymizes this data and uses it only in an anonymous and summarized form, such as to improve advertising.

The plug-ins of Facebook are set so that we do not receive any of the information transmitted via the plug-in or the Facebook cookies. We can only say that you have clicked on the plug-in and shared our content with others.

For more details on how Facebook interacts with your information, see the Facebook Privacy Policy at http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.

2.           We use social plug-ins of the short message service Twitter, namely the “Share” button. This plug-in is provided by the Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market St., Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA, and provides data on Twitter. The plug-in is marked with the Twitter logo.

By enabling this plug-in, your browser will connect to Twitter’s servers. The content of the plug-in is transmitted directly to your browser. We do not have any influence on the content of the plug-in. At the same time, Twitter sets one or more cookies in your browser. Twitter receives data through the active plug-in and cookies, even if you have not yet clicked on the plug-in itself and even if you do not have a Twitter account. According to Twitter, this data includes the visited website, the previously visited page, the date, the time, the browser type, the operating system, your IP address, search terms used, your location, your mobile service provider, your mobile device, your application ID and Twitter cookies already stored in the browser (so-called Twitter widget data). Twitter can thus understand on which other websites with Twitter content (including these plug-ins) you were. In particular, Twitter uses this data for its “Tailored Suggestions” service, which recommends certain “tweets” for system and product improvement, adapting to user behavior, localizing, recording the way websites are used with Twitter Content and for the purpose of market research.

If you are logged in to Twitter when activating the plug-ins, Twitter can connect to your Twitter account. If you want to avoid this, you must first log out of your Twitter account before activating the Twitter plug-ins and delete all Twitter cookies after visiting websites with Twitter plug-ins.

According to their own statements, Twitter will start deleting the widget data after 10 days, which can take up to 7 days. Thereafter, Twitter uses only aggregated, anonymized data, such as how often a page with Twitter content was accessed.

Twitter’s plug-ins are set up so that we do not receive any of the information submitted using the plug-in or the Twitter cookies. We can only say that you have clicked on the plug-in and shared our content with others.

For more details on how Twitter interacts with your information, see the Twitter Privacy Policy at https://twitter.com/privacy.

3.           We use the Google+ Plug-In (“+1” on white background) of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States. When you visit a page that contains such a plug-in, your browser connects directly to Google’s servers. This will forward information about your website visit to Google. We do not have any influence on the content of the plug-in. If you’re logged in to Google+ or Google while visiting a user account, Google may associate the visit to this site. Through interaction with plug-ins, this information is transmitted directly to Google and stored there. If you want to prevent such data transmission, you must log out of your Google Plus or Google Account before visiting our website.
We have no control over the amount and content of data Google collects from the button. You can find out about the purpose and scope of Google’s data collection.
If you do not want Google to collect information about you when you visit our website and associate it with your member data stored on Google, you must log out of Google before visiting our website.

 

§ 7   INFORMATION, CORRECTION AND DELETION OF DATA

You are entitled to a right to information about personal data stored about you and a right to correction of inaccurate data as well as blocking and deletion of your personal data.

For information about your personal data, for the correction of incorrect data or blocking or deletion as well as for further questions about the use of your personal data, please contact the data protection officer (e.g. e-mail, letter) at

Address:

Christian Lenz
Bunsenstr. 10a
51647 Gummersbach

Email: datenschutz@dhpg.de

 

§  8   MOBILE DEVICES

 

The terms of this Privacy Policy also apply to mobile access and use of mobile devices.