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  • Privacy Policy

    We appreciate your visit to our website. The protection of your personal data is an important concern for us and we want you to feel safe when visiting our website. We protect your privacy and your personal data. We process your personal data in accordance with the content of this privacy policy, the country-specific data protection regulations that apply to us and the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).

    Name and address of the responsible entity
    SGS Institut Fresenius GmbH, Im Maisel 14, D-65232 Taunusstein (“We”), as the operator of the website www.sgs-qualitatssiegel.de (“Website”), is the data controller within the meaning of the DSGVO and other country-specific data protection regulations.

    Data protection officer

    You can contact our data protection officer, at privacy.de@sgs.com, at any time with any data protection concerns.

    Personal data

    Personal data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person; an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.
    Personal data also includes information about your use of our website. In this context, we collect personal data from you as follows: Information about your visits to our website such as volume of data transfer, the location from which you retrieve data from our website, and other connection data and files and other content that you retrieve. This is usually done through the use of log files and cookies. More information about log files and cookies is provided below.

    Purpose of use and personal data concerned
    The scope and nature of the collection, processing and use of your data differs depending on whether you visit our website merely to retrieve generally available information or whether you make use of additional services:

    a) Informational use

    For a purely informative use of our website, it is generally not necessary for you to provide personal data.
    Rather, in this case, when you call up our web pages, we only record the data that your Internet browser automatically transmits to us, such as

    • the IP address of your computer
    • the date and time of your visit to our website
    • your browser type, browser version and browser settings
    • the operating system used (Windows, iOS, Linux, etc.)
    • the amount of data transferred and the status of transfers
    • the website from which you accessed our site
    • other similar data and information that serve to avert danger in the event of attacks on our information technology systems.

    The IP address of your computer is only stored for the time of your use of the website in so-called log files and then immediately deleted or anonymized by shortening. The remaining data is stored for a limited period of time. We use this data for the operation of our website, in particular to detect and eliminate website errors, to determine the utilization of the website and to make adjustments or improvements.

    b) Use in the event of the use of further services

    If you make use of further services of our company via our website, it may be necessary for you to provide personal data for this purpose.

    Which personal data is required for the provision of services can be seen from the respective input mask.

    We will only collect the personal data that is required to provide the service you have selected.

    You can provide further information voluntarily. You can tell which information is required and which is voluntary by the fact that required information is marked with an asterisk (*).

    The collection, processing and use of your data is solely for the purpose of providing the service you have requested.

    Contact form

    On our website we offer you the possibility to contact us by means of a contact form.

    The personal data that you provide as part of this contact request will only be used to process your request and will be deleted immediately from the web server. We would like to point out that the messages may be stored by the recipients of the messages within the scope of legally existing storage obligations. Subject to the above, messages will not be passed on to third parties.

    At this point you can view and change the current management of cookies.

    Cookies and web analytics tools

    a) Use of cookies

    Depending on your browser settings, we also collect information about your use of our website through the use of so-called cookies. These are small text files that are stored on your data carrier and store certain settings and data for exchange with our system via your browser. A cookie usually contains the name of the domain from which the cookie data was sent, as well as information about the age of the cookie and an alphanumeric identifier. Cookies enable our systems to recognize the user’s device and make any preferences immediately available. As soon as a user accesses the platform, a cookie is transferred to the hard drive of the respective user’s computer. Cookies help us to improve our website and provide you with a better and more customized service. They allow us to recognize your computer when you return to our website and thereby store information about your preferred activities on the website and thus tailor our website to your individual interests. This may include, for example, advertising that matches your personal interests; and speeding up the processing of your requests.

    The cookies we use only store the data explained above about your use of the website. This is not done by assigning it to you personally, but by assigning an identification number to the cookie (“cookie ID”). A combination of the cookie ID with your name, your IP address or with similar data, which would enable an assignment of the cookie to you, does not take place. You can find out how to prevent the use of cookies in the help function of your browser.

    If you do not wish cookies to be used, you can set your browser so that cookies are not accepted. Please note that in this case you may only be able to use our website to a limited extent or not at all.

    If you only want to accept our own cookies, but not the cookies of our service providers and partners, you can select the setting in your browser “Block third-party cookies”.

    b) Use of Google Analytics

    This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). Google Analytics also uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. In the case of activation of IP anonymization on this website, however, your IP address will be truncated beforehand by Google within member states of the European Union or in other member states of the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened there.

    On our behalf, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to us. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other data from Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) to Google and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link (http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de).

    As an alternative to the browser plugin, you can prevent the collection by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set, which prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this website Disable data collection from Google Analytics for this website
    You can find more information about this under http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de as well as at http://www.google.com/intl/de/analytics/privacyoverview.html (general information about Google Analytics and privacy).

    We would like to point out that on this website Google Analytics has been extended by the code “gat._anonymizeIp();” to ensure anonymized collection of IP addresses (so-called IP masking).

    No disclosure of your personal data

    We do not pass on your personal data to third parties; unless you have consented to the passing on of data or we are entitled or obliged to pass on data due to legal provisions and/or official or court orders. In particular, this may involve the disclosure of information for the purposes of criminal prosecution, to avert danger or to enforce intellectual property rights.

    Data protection and third-party websites

    The Website may contain hyperlinks to and from third-party websites. If you follow a hyperlink to one of these websites, please note that we cannot accept any responsibility or warranty for third-party content or compliance with data protection conditions. Please make sure you are aware of the applicable data protection conditions before submitting personal data to these websites.

    Data security

    All information you submit to us is stored on servers within the European Union. However, we secure our website and other systems by technical and organizational measures against loss, destruction, access, modification or distribution of your data by unauthorized persons. In particular, we transmit your personal data in encrypted form.

    Your rights

    You have the right to:

    • to receive information free of charge about the personal data we have stored about you (right to information)
    • to request confirmation as to whether we are processing personal data relating to you (right to confirmation)
    • to demand that we delete the personal data relating to you without delay, provided that their processing is no longer necessary and the other requirements of the GDPR for deletion are also met (right to erasure)
    • demand the immediate correction and completion of any inaccurate personal data concerning you (right to rectification)
    • request the restriction of the processing of your personal data (right to restriction of processing)
    • to receive the personal data concerning you in a structured, common and machine-readable format (right to data portability)
    • object to the processing of your personal data (right to object).
    • You have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing – including profiling – which produces legal effects concerning you or similarly affects you (right to decision in individual cases)
    • furthermore, you have the right to revoke your consent to the processing of your personal data at any time with effect for the future.

    For further information on your rights, please contact our data protection officer.

    Deletion and blocking of personal data after fulfillment of purpose

    We process and store personal data only for as long as is necessary to fulfill the purpose, at the longest, however, until the expiry of the statutory retention and storage periods.

    When the purpose has been fulfilled and the legal retention and storage periods have expired, the personal data will be deleted or blocked in accordance with the data protection regulations.

    Right of appeal

    Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your residence, workplace or the place of the alleged infringement, if you believe that the processing of personal data concerning you violates the GDPR.

    Competent lead supervisory authority for data protection according to Art. 56 DSGVO in case of complaints is:

    The Hessian Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information.
    P.O. Box 3163
    65021 Wiesbaden

    Telephone: +49 611 1408 – 0
    Web: https://datenschutz.hessen.de/