Data protection

1. General references and mandatory information

Data protection

The operator of these sites takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the statutory data protection provisions, as well as this data protection declaration.

When you use this website, various personal data are recorded. Personal data are data with which you can be personally identified. This data protection declaration explains which data we record and what we use this for. It also explains how and for what purpose this is done.

We point out that the data transmission on the Internet (e.g. communication via e-mail) can be subject to gaps in security. A comprehensive protection of the data against the access of third parties is not possible.

Reference to the responsible authority

The responsible authority for the data protection relating to this website is:
GEH Wasserchemie GmbH & Co. KG
Adolf-Köhne-Straße 4
49090 Osnabrück Germany

Telephone: +49 (0) 541 12 20 09
E-mail: info(at)geh-wasserchemie.de

The responsible authority is the natural or legal person who alone or together with others makes the decisions in relation to the purpose and the means with which the personal data are processed (e.g. names, e-mail addresses or similar).

Revoking your approval of the data processing

Many data processing procedures are only possible with your express approval. You can revoke any already provided approval at any time. An informal notification to us per e-mail is sufficient. The legality of the data processing conducted up to the point in time of the revocation, remains unaffected by the revocation.

Right to lodge a complaint with the responsible supervisory authority

In the event of infringements concerning the data protection law, the aggrieved party is entitled to submit a complaint to the responsible supervisory authority. The responsible supervisory authority in relation to data protection matters is the

State Data Protection Officer of the respective federal state in which our company is head-quartered. A list of the DATA Protection Officers, as well as the contact data are to be found under the following link: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_link s-node.html.

Right to data portability

You have the right to have the data that we automatically processed on the basis of your approval or in order to fulfil the contract be handed out to you or to a third party in a customary, machine-readable format. If you request the direct transmission of data to other responsible parties, this is only done if technically possible.

SSL or TLS encryption

For security reasons and in order to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as orders or enquiries for example that you send to us as the website operator, this page uses a SSL or TLS encryption. You can recognise an encrypted connection because the address line in the browser changes from “http://” to “https://” and due to the lock symbol that appears in your browser line.

When the SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you send to us cannot also be read by third parties.

Encrypted payment transactions on this website

If after the conclusion of a contract liable to costs an obligation exists for you to send us your payment data (e.g. account number when you provide direct-debit approval), these data will be required for completion of the payment transactions.

The payment transactions using the customary payment means (Visa/MasterCard, direct debiting) are completed exclusively using the encrypted SSL or TLS connection. You can recognise an encrypted connection because the address line in the browser changes from “http://” to “https://” and due to the lock symbol that appears in your browser line.

When transmitted using encrypted communication, your payment data cannot also be ready by third parties.

Information, blocking, erasure

Within the framework of the existing statutory provisions, you have the right at all times to receive information about what personal data about you is saved, their source and recipient, as well as the purpose for the transmission of the data and, if necessary, you also have the right to have any of these data corrected, blocked or deleted, and all free of charge. In relation to this, as well as other issues related to the topic of personal data, you can contact us at any time using the address indicated in the imprint.

Objection to advertising e-mails

The use of contact data made public on the basis of the imprint obligation in order to send unsolicited advertising and information materials is herewith objected to. The operator of the sites expressly reserves the right to initiate legal proceedings in the event of the unsolicited sending of advertising information, such as spam e-mails for example.

2. Data recording on your website

Cookies

The internet sites partially use so-called cookies. Cookies do not cause any damage to your browser and do not contain any viruses. Cookies are used to make our offering more user friendly, more effective and more secure. Cookies are small text files that are set on your computer and saved by your browser.

The majority of cookies that we use are so-called “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted after your visit to the website has ended. Other cookies remain saved on your device until you erase these. These cookies make it possible for us to recognise your browser when you visit our website again.

You can install the setting on your browser, which will then inform you when cookies are placed or will only allow cookies to be set on a case-by-case basis, the acceptance of cookies in specific cases or generally exclude them, as well as activate the automatic erasure of the cookies when you close the browser. When cookies are deactivated, this will limit the functionality of this website.

Cookies that are required in order to conduct electronic communication procedures or make specific functions requested by you available (e.g. shopping cart function), are saved on the basis of Art. 6 (1) lit. f of the General Data Protection Regulation. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the saving of cookies for technically flawless and optimised provision of its services. As soon as other cookies (e.g. cookies for the analysis of your surfing behaviour) are saved, these are then treated separately in this data protection declaration.

Server log files

The provider of this website automatically records and saves information in so-called server log files, which your browser then automatically transmits to us. These are:

  • Browser type and browser version
  • Used operating system
  • Referrer URL
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server enquiry
  • IP address

These data will never be amalgamated with other data sources.

The basis for the data processing is Article 6 (1) lit. b GDPR, which allows for the processing of data in order to fulfil a contract or pre-contractual measures.

Contact form

When you submit an enquiry to us using our contact form, your information that appears in the enquiry form, including the contact data that you provide there for the purpose of processing the enquiry and in the event of a follow-up question, will be saved by us. We do not pass these data on without your permission.

The processing of the data entered on the contact form is done so exclusively on the basis of your approval (Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR). You can revoke this approval at any time. An informal notification to us per e-mail is sufficient. The legality of the data processing procedures conducted up to the point in time of the revocation remains unaffected by the revocation.

The data provided by you on the contact form remain with us until you request its erasure, revoke your approval for it to be saved or when the purpose for saving the data no longer applies (e.g. after the processing of your enquiry has been completed). Mandatory statutory provisions - in particular storage deadlines - remain unaffected.

Registering on this website

You can register on our website in order to be able to use additional functions. The data entered for this purpose is only done so for the purpose of availing the respective offer or service, for which you have registered to use. The obligatory information that you must provide when registering must be provided in full. We will otherwise reject the registration.

For important changes, with respect to the scope of the offer or in the case of changes required for technical reasons, we use the e-mail address that you provided during the registration to inform you.

The processing of the data provided during the registration is done so on the basis of your approval (Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR). You can revoke any approval you have provided at any time. An informal notification to us per e-mail is sufficient. The legality of the data processing already conducted up to the point in time of the revocation remains unaffected by the revocation.

The data recorded by us during the registration will be saved as long as you are registered on our website and are subsequently erased. The statutory storage deadlines remain unaffected by this.

3. Analysis tools and advertising

Google Analytics

This website uses functions of the web analysis service Google Analytics. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies". These text files are saved on your computer and they allow an analysis of your use of the website to be carried out. The information generated by the cookie in relation to your use of this website are usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and saved there.

The saving of Google-Analytics cookies is done so on the basis of Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analysing how its website is being used in order to optimise both its web offer, as well as its advertising.

IP anonymisation

We have activated the IP anonymisation function on this website. This entails your IP address being abbreviated by Google within the member states of the European Union or in other states party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to being transmitted to the USA. Only in exceptional cases will the complete IP address be sent to a Google server in the USA, before being abbreviated there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google uses this information in order to assess your use of its website in order to generate reports about the website activities and in order to be able to provide further services connected with the Internet usage towards the website operator. The IP address sent by your browser within the framework of the Google Analytics will not be amalgamated with other Google data.

Browser plugin

You can prevent the saving of cookies by means of a corresponding setting on your computer; we would like to point out, however, that if you do this, you may not be able to use all functions of this website in their entirety. You can furthermore prevent the recording of the data created by the cookie and which refers to your use of the website (incl. your IP address) and it being sent to Google, as well as its further processing by Google by downloading and installing the following browser plugin available
at: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.

Objection to data recording

You can prevent the recording of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie is installed, which prevents the recording of your data during future visits to this website: Deactivate Google Analytics.

You can find more information on the handling of user data at Google Analytics in Google’s data protection declaration: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de.

Order data processing

We have concluded an order-data processing contract with Google and we completely implement the strict provisions of the German data protection authorities when it comes to the use of Google Analytics.

Demographic characteristics at Google Analytics

This website uses the function “demographic characteristics” from Google Analytics. This allows reports to be drawn up that contain information relating to age, sex and interests of the person visiting the website. These data originate from the interest-related advertising from Google, as well as the visitor data from third-party providers. These data cannot be assigned to a specific person. You can deactivate this function at any time using the display setting in your Google account or generally prohibit the recording of your data by Google Analytics as illustrated in the item “Objection to data recording”.

4. Plug-ins and tools

YouTube

Our website uses plug-ins of the YouTube website operated by Google. Operator of these pages is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.

If you visit a site that is equipped with a YouTube plug-in, a connection to the YouTube servers is created. This entails the YouTube server being informed about which of our sites you visited.

When you are logged into your YouTube account, you make it possible for YouTube to directly assign your surfing behaviour to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

YouTube is used in order to appealingly present our online offer. This represents a legitimate interest in the sense of Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR.

You can find more information on the handling of user data at in YouTube’s data protection declaration
at: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy.

Vimeo

Our website uses plug-ins of the video portal Vimeo. Provider is Vimeo Inc., 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011, USA.

If you visit a site that is equipped with a Vimeo plug-in, a connection to the Vimeo servers is created. This entails Vimeo server being informed about which of our sites you visited. Moreover, Vimeo receives your IP address. This also then applies when you are not logged into Vimeo or don’t even have an account with Vimeo. The information recorded by Vimeo are transmitted to the Vimeo server in the USA.

When you are logged into your Vimeo account, you make it possible for Vimeo to directly assign your surfing behaviour to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your Vimeo account.

You can find more information on the handling of user data in Vimeo’s data protection declaration at: https://vimeo.com/privacy.

Google Web Fonts

For a uniform depiction of font types, this site uses so-called web fonts, , which are made available by Google. When you access a site, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache in order to be able to correctly display the texts and font types.

For this purpose, the browser you are using must establish a connection to the Google servers. This is how Google learns that our website was accessed from your IP address. Google Web Fonts are used in order to present our online offer in a uniform and appealing manner. This represents a legitimate interest in the sense of Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR.

If your browser does not support web fonts, the standard font is used by your computer.

You can find further information on Google Web Fonts at https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq and in Google’s data protection declaration: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

Google Maps

This site uses the map service Google Maps via an API. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

In order to be able to use the functions of Google Maps, it is necessary to save your IP address. This information are usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and saved there. The operator of this website has no influence over the data transmission.

The use of Google Maps is done so in order to present our online offer in an appealing manner and to make it easier to locate the locations that we have indicated on the website. This represents a legitimate interest in the sense of Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR.

You can find more information on the handling of user data in Google’s data protection declaration: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/.

Order data processing

We have concluded an order-data processing contract with Google and we completely implement the strict provisions of the German data protection authorities when it comes to the use of Google Analytics.

Demographic characteristics at Google Analytics

This website uses the function "demographic characteristics" from Google Analytics. This allows reports to be drawn up that contain information relating to age, sex and interests of the person visiting the website. These data originate from the interest-related advertising from Google, as well as the visitor data from third-party providers. These data cannot be assigned to a specific person. You can deactivate this function at any time using the display setting in your Google account or generally prohibit the recording of your data by Google Analytics as illustrated in the item “Objection to data recording”.

Google reCAPTCHA

We use “Google reCAPTCHA” (in the following referred to as “reCAPTCHA”) on our websites. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”).

With reCAPTCHA, it should be examined whether the data entry on our websites (e.g. in a contact form) is carried out by a person or by an automated program. This entails reCAPTCHA analysing the behaviour of the website visitor using the various characteristics. This analysis begins automatically as soon as the website visitor enters the website. In order to conduct the analysis, reCAPTCHA evaluates various types of information (e.g. IP address, how long the website visitor spent on the website or how many mouse movements the user executed).
The data recorded in the course of the analysis are passed on to Google.

The reCAPTCHA analyses take place completely in the background. Website visitors are not informed that the analysis is being conducted.

The data processing is done so on the basis of Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in protecting their web offer against abusive automatic spying and against SPAM.

Further information on Google reCAPTCHA, as well as Google’s data protection declaration can be found under the following links: https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/ and https://www.google.com/recaptcha/intro/android.html

LinkedIn

Our website uses the functions of the LinkedIn network. The provider is LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Each time a website is accessed that contains LinkedIn functions, a connection is established to the LinkedIn servers. LinkedIn will be informed that you visited our internet sites using your IP address. If you click on the
“recommend button” from LinkedIn and you are logged into your LinkedIn account, then it is possible for LinkedIn to assign your visit to our internet site to you and your user account. We would like to point out that as provider of the sites, we have no knowledge of transmitted data, nor about their use by LinkedIn.

You can find more information in relation to this matter in LinkedIn’s data protection declaration at: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy