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Privacy statement of Bals Elektrotechnik GmbH & Co. KG

The protection and security of personal data is a high priority for us. Therefore, we collect, store and use your personal data in strict accordance with the provisions of the applicable data protection legislation. In this Data Protection Statement, we would like to inform you of which types of data we process for which purposes and which rights you have. 

1. Anonymised data collection and processing on this website
When you visit this website, our web servers automatically collect log file data and store it in an internal log file, which is sent to us by your browser. This concerns the following data:

  • Type and version of the browser you are using,
  • Type and version of the operating system you are using,
  • URL of the website you came to us from,
  • IP address of the requesting computer,
  • Search terms through which you found our website,
  • Date and time of visit to our website,
  • Names of the sub-pages you visited.

We collect and process this data in anonymised form, which means that it cannot be attributed to a specific person. Data is collected and processed for analysis for internal system-related and statistical purposes. It is not shared with third parties for commercial or non-commercial reasons, unless it must be shared for legal reasons.

2. Pseudonymised data collection and processing on this website
When you have registered on our website, we also collect and save the aforementioned data from your visit to our website in pseudonymised form. This means that this data is only linked to an internal identifier, but not with your name or other identifying features. The data is not attributed to you personally. Data is collected and processed in pseudonymised form to create usage profiles, so that we can tailor our content and advertising to your needs. 

If you do not wish usage profiles to be created, you can object to this. You can find further information on exercising your right to object under “Right to object and right of withdrawal”.  

3. Cookies
We use so-called “session cookies” for our website to make using our website easier for you. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser. By saving cookies, our web server can recognise your browser, your individual settings on our website and, if applicable, some registration data in encrypted form, thereby making visiting our website easier for you and enabling you to log in automatically. These cookies do not retrieve any information about you stored on your hard drive and do not damage your PC or its files. Most browsers are configured to accept cookies automatically. In your browser settings, you have the option to reject cookies, to delete cookies from your computer, to disable cookies or to be asked whether or not to save cookies. The cookies we save are deleted from your computer at the end of every session.


4. Use of your personal data
We use your e-mail address to carry out a registration process on our website via a confirmation e-mail and to send you confirmation e-mails for the orders you have placed. 

Personal data is only collected or processed when you provide it voluntarily, e.g. when submitting a request. The personal data provided to us is secured by taking all technical and organisational security measures so that it is rendered inaccessible to unauthorised third parties in accordance with the achieved state of technical knowledge. When sending very sensitive data or information, however, it is still recommended to use an alternative, e.g. by post, as complete data protection cannot be guaranteed by e-mail.

We will also only use your e-mail address to send our newsletter or other offers of interest to you if you have given us your consent to do so. You have the option to withdraw your consent and to stop receiving newsletters and e-mails from our company at any time. You can find further information on exercising your right to object under “Right to object and right of withdrawal”.


4a. Data protection information on Google Analytics
We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. („Google“). Google uses cookies. The information generated by the cookie about the use of the online offerings by the users is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

Google uses this information on our behalf for the purpose of analysing use of our website by users, compiling reports on activities on this website and providing other services associated with use of this website and Internet use for us. When doing so, pseudonymised usage profiles may be created for users using the data processed.

We only use Google Analytics with IP anonymisation activated. I.e., Google will shorten the users‘ IP address within European Union Member States or other signatories to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. The IP address communicated by the user’s browser is not linked with any other data held by Google.

Users can prevent the storage of cookies via a corresponding setting in their browser software; users can also prevent the collection of the data generated by the cookie related to their use of the website by Google as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available via the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.

Further information on the use of data for advertising purposes by Google and on settings and opt-out options can be found on the websites of

Google: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/partners/ (“Use of data by Google when you use our partners’ websites or apps”), http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads (“Use of data for advertising purposes”), http://www.google.com/settings/ads (“Manage information that Google uses to show you advertisements”) and http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/ (“Decide which advertisements Google shows you”)

4b. Data protection information on Google+
Our website uses social media functions from Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. 
When you visit sites of ours that contain Google plugins, a connection is established between your browser and Google’s servers. Data is thereby transferred to Google. If you have a Google account, this data may be linked to it. If you do not wish this data to be linked to your Google account, please log out of Google before visiting our website. Interactions, particularly using Comment functions or clicking a “+1” or “Share” button, will also be shared with Google. You can learn more at http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy.

4c. Data protection information on Facebook
Our website uses functions from Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. 
When you visit sites of ours that contain Facebook plugins, a connection is established between your browser and Facebook’s servers. Data is thereby transferred to Facebook. If you have a Facebook account, this data may be linked to it. If you do not wish this data to be linked to your Facebook account, please log out of Facebook before visiting our website. Interactions, particularly using Comment functions or clicking a “Like” or “Share” button, will also be shared with Facebook. You can learn more at https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy.

4d. Data protection information on Twitter
Our website uses functions from Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. 
When you visit sites of ours that contain Twitter plugins, a connection is established between your browser and Twitter’s servers. Data is thereby transferred to Twitter. If you have a Twitter account, this data may be linked to it. If you do not wish this data to be linked to your Twitter account, please log out of Twitter before visiting our website. Interactions, particularly clicking a “Retweet” button, will also be shared with Twitter. You can learn more at https://twitter.com/privacy.


4e. Data protection information on Instagram
Functions from the Instagram service are integrated into our website. These functions are provided by Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA. If you are signed in to your Instagram account, you can link the content of our website to your Instagram profile by clicking the Instagram button. This way, Instagram can attribute the visit to our website to your user account. We would advise that, as the provider of the website, we do not have any knowledge of the content of the data transmitted or of its use by Instagram.
You can find further information on this in Instagram’s data protection statement: http://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/

4f. Data protection information on YouTube
We use the provider YouTube to integrate videos. When doing so, the videos are embedded in privacy-enhanced mode. Like most websites, however, YouTube uses cookies to gather information on visitors to its website. YouTube uses these to gather video statistics, to prevent fraud and to improve usability, among other things. This also means that a connection with the Google DoubleClick network is established. When you start the video, this could also initiate other data processing operations. We have no control over this. If you are also logged in to your YouTube account, this would allow YouTube to directly assign your browsing behaviour to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your account first. Further information on YouTube data protection can be found in its data protection statement at: http://www.youtube.com/t/privacy_at_youtube  

4g. Contact form
If you send us questions via the contact form, we will save your information from the contact form, including the contact details you have given there, in order to process the question and in the event of follow-up questions. We will not share this data without your consent.

The data entered into the contact form is therefore processed solely with your consent (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). You can withdraw this consent at any time. To do so, simply send us an informal message by e-mail. The lawfulness of any data processing operations carried out prior to withdrawal will not be affected by withdrawal.

4h. Newsletter
If you would like to receive the newsletter offered on the website, we need your e-mail address and information that allows us to check that you are the holder of the e-mail address entered and agree to receive the newsletter. No other data is collected. We only use this data to send the requested information and do not share it with third parties. You can withdraw the consent given for the storage of data and the e-mail address and for the use of these for sending the newsletter at any time by following the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.

5. Right of access, rectification, blocking and deletion of data
We will give you information on the data stored that concerns you personally, its source, the recipients and the purpose of the storage on request at any time, free of charge, in accordance with Article 15 EU GDPR (Right of access by the affected person). You can obtain the information using the contact details provided below. 

If the legal requirements are met, you have the right to the rectification, blocking or deletion of this data. Again, please contact us using the contact details provided below to do so.

6. Right to object and right of withdrawal
You have the right to object to the use of your data for the creation of usage profiles and to withdraw any consent you have given us. In this case, we will cease processing your data for these purposes. You can give us notice of objection or withdrawal informally by post, telephone, fax or e-mail, without stating a reason.

7. Contact information 
Responsible Party:
Bals Elektrotechnik GmbH & Co. KG
Burgweg 22
57399 Kirchhundem - Albaum (Germany)
Ph.: +49 (0) 2723 / 771-0
Fax: +49 (0) 2723 / 771-178

Data Protection Officer:
If you wish to exercise your statutory rights or make a request for information or other queries and declarations relating to data protection, please address these to our company data protection officer

bits + bytes it-solutions GmbH & Co. KG
-company data protection officer-
Bahnhof Weidenau 6
57076 Siegen (Germany)
Ph.: +0700 20 30 10 30
or by e-mail: datenschutz@bals.com

If you believe that we have breached data protection regulations, you have the right to lodge a complaint about us with a data protection supervisory authority.


8. Changes in these data protection regulations
From time to time, these guidelines are updated to protect your personal data. Therefore, you should occasionally review this Data Protection Statement to keep up-to-date on how we protect your data and constantly improve the content of our website. In the event that we make major changes to the collection and processing of the personal data that you provide to us, we will inform you by way of a clear, easily visible notice on the website. By using the website, you agree to the conditions of these guidelines on the protection of personal data.

 

(Published in May 2018)

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