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Privacy policy

SOCOTEC Germany

PRIVACY POLICY

ACCORDING TO THE SPECIFICATIONS OF GDPR

Thank you for visiting our website. Thank you for your interest in our company and our services. Data protection and data security are very important to us when using our website. In the following privacy policy we inform you about which personal data we collect on our website and for what purpose they are used.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND OBLIGATIONS

When processing personal data (e.g. name, address, telephone number, e-mail address) we always adhere to the basic data protection regulation including the country-specific data protection regulations that apply to us. We have implemented numerous technical and organisational measures to ensure the most comprehensive possible protection of personal data. Please note that Internet-based data transmissions can have security gaps and therefore no absolute protection can be guaranteed. Of course, you can also provide us with personal data (e.g. as part of an application) by alternative means (e-mail, telephone, etc.).

If no special services of the website (e.g. contact form) are used, the basic use of our website is also possible without providing personal data.

DATA COLLECTION ON OUR WEBSITE

Cookies

Some of our Internet pages use so-called cookies. Cookies do not damage your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies are used to make our website more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer by your browser.

The cookies we use are so-called "session cookies". They are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. 

You can set your browser so that you are informed about the setting of cookies and only allow cookies in individual cases, accept cookies for certain cases or generally exclude them and activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. If cookies are deactivated, the functionality of this website may be restricted.

Legal basis
Cookies, which are necessary for the execution of the electronic communication process or for the provision of certain functions desired by you (e.g. shopping basket function), are stored on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO. The website operator has a justified interest in the storage of cookies for the technically error-free and optimised provision of its services.

Analysis tools and advertising

On this website we use the software "Matomo" (www.matomo.org), a service of the provider InnoCraft Ltd., 150 Willis St, 6011 Wellington, New Zealand. This is hosted on our own server and is configured so that no cookie is set on your computer with which your browser can be recognized. If subpages of our website are accessed, the following data will be stored:

  • the IP address of the user, shortened by the last two bytes (anonymised)
  • the called subpage and time of the call
  • the page from which the user accessed our website (referrer)
  • which browser with which plugins, which operating system and which screen resolution is used
  • the time spent on the website
  • the pages that are accessed from the accessed subpage
  • The data collected with Matomo is stored on our own servers. It will not be passed on to third parties.

Purpose of data processing
We need the data in order to analyse the surfing behaviour of the users and to obtain information about the use of the individual components of the website. This enables us to constantly optimise the website and its user-friendliness. Our justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f DSGVO is based on these purposes. By anonymizing the IP address, we take into account the user's interest in the protection of personal data. The data is never used to personally identify the user of the website and is not merged with other data.

Duration of storage
The data is deleted when it is no longer needed for our purposes.

Possibility of objection
You can object to the recording of the data in the manner described above in three different ways:

  • You can prevent cookies from being stored in your browser altogether. However, this means that you may no longer be able to use certain functions of our website that require identification (shopping cart, orders, personal settings, etc.).
  • You can activate the "Do-not-Track" setting in your browser. Our Matomo system is configured to respect this setting.
  • You can create a so-called opt-out cookie with a mouse click below, which is valid for two years. As a result, Matomo will not register your further visits. Please note, however, that the opt-out cookie will be deleted if you delete all cookies.

Legal basis
The legal basis on which we process personal data using Matomo is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f of the DSGVO.

Matomo Opt-Out

Server Log Files

Every time you visit our website, our system automatically collects data and information from the computer system of the calling computer.

We record...

  • Browser type and browser version
  • Referrer URL
  • Time of the server request
  • IP address (if applicable in anonymous form)

The data collected is used solely for statistical evaluations and to improve the website. However, the website operator reserves the right to subsequently check the server log files if there are concrete indications of illegal use. A combination of this data with other data sources and an evaluation for marketing purposes is not carried out.

STORAGE TIME
The data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer necessary to achieve the purpose for which they were collected. If the data is stored in log files, this is the case after seven days at the latest. Further storage is possible. In this case, the IP addresses of the users are deleted or alienated, so that an assignment of the calling client is no longer possible.

LEGAL BASIS
The legal basis for the aforementioned data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. In order to be able to make the website available within the necessary framework, the processing of the data mentioned is necessary and thus represents a legitimate interest of our company.


CONTACT FORM

Our website contains contact forms for quick electronic contact with our company and direct communication with us.

If you contact us by e-mail or via a contact form, the personal data you provide will be stored automatically. This personal data, transmitted voluntarily, is stored for the purpose of processing or contacting you and forwarded to the appropriate SOCOTEC company in Germany (ZPP Ingenieure AG, Canzler GmbH, Schollenberger GmbH). No personal data will be passed on to third parties outside the SOCOTEC group of companies in Germany without your consent.

STORAGE TIME
After the inquiry and the relevant facts have been finally processed, the personal data transmitted by you to us will be deleted. If required by law, we store the data longer in individual cases.

LEGAL BASIS
The data will be processed on the basis of your consent, art. 6 par. 1 lit. a GDPR. You can revoke this consent at any time. The legality of the data processing processes already carried out remains unaffected by the revocation.


FURTHER CONTACT POSSIBILITIES

On our website we provide you with various contact options by email (z. B. info@socotec.de). You can send your request to these e-mail addresses. The relevant departments or persons will process the request and reply to you by e-mail. We only store and process the e-mail address provided to us for processing and forward your inquiry to the appropriate SOCOTEC company in Germany (ZPP Ingenieure AG, Canzler GmbH, Schollenberger GmbH).No personal data will be passed on to third parties outside the SOCOTEC group of companies in Germany without your consent.

STORAGE TIME
After the inquiry and the relevant facts have been finally processed, the personal data transmitted by you to us will be deleted. If required by law, we store the data longer in individual cases.

LEGAL BASIS
The data will be processed on the basis of your consent, art. 6 par. 1 lit. a GDPR. You can revoke this consent at any time. The legality of the data processing processes already carried out remains unaffected by the revocation.