Terms of Privacy

The transparency of the processing of personal data is key to safeguard the personal rights of our customers, website users, suppliers, partners and employees. Therefore, we wish to fulfil our legal duty of informing you about the processing of your personal data. On this page, you will hence find the full information regarding the collection, processing and deletion of your personal data. This statement covers also our subsidiaries. If you have any further questions, please contact our Data Protection Officer (DPO) at datenschutz@ak-online.de.

Name and address of the responsible company

The persons representing the responsible company within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation and other national data protection laws of the member states of the European Union as well as other data protection regulations are:

Prof. Dr. Götz-Andreas Kemmner (Managing Director)
Dr.-Ing. Bernd Reineke (Managing Director)
Abels & Kemmner GmbH
Kaiserstraße 100
52134 Herzogenrath
Deutschland

Phone.:         +49 (0) 2407 95 65 0
Email:          ak@ak-online.de
Website:       https://www.ak-online.biz

Name and address of the Data Protection Officer

Dragan Stanković
ido stanković
Lütticher Straße 7
52064 Aachen
Deutschland

Phone.:         +49 (0) 241 59 03 360
Email:          d.stankovic(at)ido-stankovic.de
Website:       https://ido-stankovic.de

General information on data processing

  1. Scope of the processing of personal data

We only process personal data of our users if this is necessary to provide a functional website as well as our contents and services. The processing of personal data of our users takes place regularly only after the user has consented. An exception applies in those cases where prior consent cannot be obtained for real reasons and the processing of the data is permitted by law.

  1. Legal basis for the processing of personal data

Insofar as we obtain the consent of the data subject for the processing of personal data, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) serves as the legal basis.

For the processing of personal data required to fulfil a contract to which the data subject is a party, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR serves as the legal basis. This also applies to processing operations required to carry out pre-contractual actions

If the processing of personal data is necessary to fulfil a legal obligation to which our company is subject, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c GDPR serves as the legal basis.

6 para. 1 lit. d GDPR serves as the legal basis if vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person require the processing of personal data.

If processing is necessary to safeguard a legitimate interest of our company or a third party and if the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject do not outweigh the first-mentioned interest, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR serves as the legal basis for processing.

  1. Data deletion and storage time

The personal data of the person concerned will be deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose of storage ceases to exist. Furthermore, data may be stored if this has been provided for by the European or national legislator in EU regulations, laws or other provisions to which the person responsible is subject. The data will also be blocked or deleted if a mandatory storage according to the aforementioned standards expires, unless there is a need for further storage of the data for the conclusion or fulfilment of a contract.

Provision of the website and creation of log files

  1. Description and scope of data processing

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

The following data is collected:

  1. Information about the browser type and version used
  2. The user’s operating system
  3. The user’s internet service provider
  4. The IP address of the user
  5. Date and time of access
  6. Websites from which the user’s system reaches our website
  7. Websites that are accessed by the user’s system through our website

The data is also stored in the log files of our system. Not affected by this are the IP addresses of the user or other data that allow the assignment of the data to a user. A storage of this data together with other personal data of the user does not take place. 2.

  1. Legal basis for data processing

The legal basis for the temporary storage of data and log files is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

  1. Purpose of data processing

The temporary storage of the IP address by the system is necessary to enable the website to be delivered to the user’s computer. For this the IP address of the user must remain stored for the duration of the session.
Our legitimate interest in data processing pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR also lies in these purposes.

  1. Duration of storage

The data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer necessary to achieve the purpose for which they were collected. In the case of the collection of data for the provision of the website, this is the case when the respective session has ended.

  1. Possibility of opposition and elimination

The collection of data for the provision of the website files is a necessary condition for the operation of the website. Consequently, there is no possibility of objection on the part of the user.

Use of cookies

  1. a) Description and scope of data processing

Our website uses cookies. Cookies are text files that are stored in the internet browser or by the internet browser on the user’s computer system. If a user visits a website, a cookie may be stored on the user’s operating system. This cookie contains a characteristic character string that enables a unique identification of the browser when the website is called up again.

We use cookies to make our website more user-friendly. Some elements of our website require that the retrieving browser can be identified even after a page change.

The following data is collected and transmitted by cookies:

  1. Language settings
  2. Log-in information

When accessing our website, the user is informed about the use of cookies for analytical purposes and his or her consent to the processing of personal data used in this context is obtained. In this context, reference is also made to this data protection declaration.

  1. b) Legal basis for data processing

The legal basis for the processing of personal data using technically necessary cookies is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

  1. c) Purpose of data processing

The purpose of using technically necessary cookies is to simplify the use of websites for users. Some functions of our website cannot be offered without the use of cookies. For this it is necessary that the browser is recognized even after a page change.

We need cookies for the following applications:

  1. Adoption of language settings
  2. Storage of search terms

The user data collected by technically necessary cookies are not used to create user profiles.

Our legitimate interest in the processing of personal data lies in these purposes in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

  1. d) Duration of storage, possibility of objection and deletion

Cookies are stored on the user’s computer and transmitted to our site. Therefore, you as a user also have full control over the use of cookies. You can deactivate or restrict the transmission of cookies by changing the settings in your internet browser. Cookies that have already been saved can be deleted at any time. This can also be done automatically. If cookies are deactivated for our website, it may no longer be possible to fully use all functions of the website.

Newsletter

  1. Description and scope of data processing

On our website you can subscribe to a free newsletter. When you sign up for the newsletter, the data from the input mask will be sent to us:

(1) E-mail address

(2) name

In addition, the following data is collected upon registration:

(1) IP address of the calling computer

(2) Date and time of registration

For the processing of the data, your consent is obtained during the registration process and reference is made to this privacy policy.

In connection with the processing of data for the sending of newsletters, the data is forwarded to our service provider MailChimp. The third-party privacy policy can be found here. The data will be used exclusively for sending the newsletter.

2. Legal basis for data processing

The legal basis for the processing of the data after the user has registered for the newsletter is the consent of the user Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR.

3. Purpose of data processing

The collection of the user’s e-mail address serves to deliver the newsletter. The collection of other personal data in the context of the registration process serves to prevent misuse of the services or the email address used.

4. Duration of storage

The data will be deleted as soon as it is no longer necessary for the purpose of its collection. The e-mail address of the user is therefore stored as long as the subscription to the newsletter is active. The other personal data collected during the registration process will normally be deleted after a period of seven days.

5. Opposition and removal possibility

Subscription to the newsletter may be terminated at any time by the user concerned. For this purpose, there is a corresponding link in each newsletter. This also allows a revocation of the consent to the storage of the personal data collected during the registration process.

Contact form and e-mail contact

  1. Description and scope of data processing

Our website provides a contact form, which can be used for electronic contact. If a user takes advantage of this option, the data entered in the input mask will be transmitted to us and saved. These data are:

  1. salutation
  2. name
  3. company
  4. address
  5. Postal code / city
  6. E-mail
  7. telephone number
  8. message

At the time of sending the message, the following data is also stored:

(1) The IP address of the user

(2) Date and time of registration

For the processing of the data in the context of the sending process your consent is obtained and referred to this privacy statement.

Alternatively, contact via the provided e-mail address is possible. In this case, the user’s personal data transmitted by e-mail will be stored.

In this context, there is no disclosure of the data to third parties. The data is used exclusively for processing the conversation.

  1. Legal basis for data processing

Legal basis for the processing of the data is in the presence of the consent of the user Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR.

The legal basis for the processing of the data transmitted in the course of sending an e-mail is Article 6 (1) lit. f DSGVO. If the e-mail contact aims to conclude a contract, then additional legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO.

  1. Purpose of the data processing

The processing of the personal data from the input mask serves us only to process the contact. In the case of contact via e-mail, this also includes the required legitimate interest in the processing of the data.

The other personal data processed during the sending process serve to prevent misuse of the contact form and to ensure the security of our information technology systems.

  1. Duration of storage

The data will be deleted as soon as it is no longer necessary for the purpose of its collection. For the personal data from the input mask of the contact form and those sent by e-mail, this is the case when the respective conversation with the user has ended. The conversation is ended when it can be inferred from the circumstances that the relevant facts have been finally clarified.

The additional personal data collected during the sending process will be deleted at the latest after a period of seven days.

  1. Opposition and removal possibility

The user has the possibility at any time to revoke his consent to the processing of the personal data. If the user contacts us by e-mail, he may object to the storage of his personal data at any time. In such a case, the conversation cannot continue.

All personal data stored in the course of contacting will be deleted in this case.

Web analysis by Google Analytics

  1. Scope of processing of personal data

Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses so-called cookies. These are text files that are stored on your computer and enable an analysis of your use of our website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

  1. IP anonymization

IP anonymization is activated. Thus, your IP address will be reduced by Google within member states of the European Union or in other signatory states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area before transmission to the USA. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide the website operator with other services relating to website and internet use. The IP address transmitted by your browser in the context of Google Analytics is not merged with other Google data.

3. Browser plugin

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 experience the functionality of this website to its fullest. You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) and from processing this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link:

https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

  1. Objection against data collection

You can prevent Google Analytics from collecting your data by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie is set which prevents the collection of your data on future visits to this website: Deactivate Google Analytics.

More information on how Google Analytics handles user data can be found in Google’s privacy statement: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de.

  1. Order data processing

We have concluded a contract with Google for commissioned data processing and fully implement the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities for the use of Google Analytics.

  1. Demographic features on Google Analytics

This website uses the “demographic features” function of Google Analytics. This allows reports to be created that contain information on the age, gender and interests of site visitors. This data comes from interest-related advertising by Google and from visitor data from third-party providers. This data cannot be assigned to a specific person. You can disable this feature at any time from your Google Account ad preferences or opt-out of Google Analytics collecting your information as described in the “Opt-out of data collection” section.

  1. Google web fonts

This website uses so-called web fonts provided by Google to uniformly display fonts. If the font is not already available on your device, your browser retrieves the required web fonts in your browser cache when you visit this website to display texts and fonts correctly. If your browser does not support Web Fonts, a default font is used by your device. More information about Google Web Fonts can be found at https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq and in Google’s privacy statement at https://www.google.com/policies/privacy.

  1. Legal basis for the processing of personal data

The legal basis for processing users’ personal data is Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. f GDPR.

  1. Purpose of data processing

The processing of users’ personal data enables us to analyse the surfing behaviour of our users. We may hence compile information about the use of the individual components of our website by evaluating the obtained data. This helps us to continuously improve our website and its usability. For these purposes, it is also in our legitimate interest to process the data in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. By anonymizing the IP address, users’ interest in protecting their personal data is sufficiently considered.

  1. Duration of storage

The data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer needed for our recording purposes. In our case, this is after 3 months.

  1. Possibility of opposition and deletion

Cookies are stored on the computer of the user and transmitted by this to our site. Therefore, as a user, you have full control over the use of cookies. By changing the settings in your internet browser, you can disable or restrict the transmission of cookies. Already saved cookies can be deleted at any time. This can also be done automatically. If cookies are disabled for our website, it may not be possible to use all the functions of the website to the full.

Facebook-Plugins (Like-Button)

Our websites include plugins of the social network facebook, 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. You will recognise the facebook plugin by either the facebook logo or the ‘like button’ on our page. You can find a list of all available facebook plugins here: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

When you visit our website, the plugin establishes a direct connection between your browser and the facebook server. Consequently, facebook will be informed that you have visited our website with you unique IP address. If you click the ‘like button’ while you are connected to your facebook account, you link contents of our homepage to your facebook profile. This allows facebook to allocate your visit to our site to your account. We must stress that we, being the provider of the website, do not have any knowledge of the contents of data submitted to facebook and your usage of the facebook account whatsoever. For further details, please check the facebook data privacy declaration on http://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php.

If you do not wish facebook to attribute your visit to our website to your facebook account, please log out of your facebook account.

Google +1

  1. Processing and transferral of information:

By means of the Google +1 button on our website, you can publish information worldwide on the Google + social network. Via the Google +1 button, you and other users may receive personalised content of Google and their partners. Google saves the information that you have rated our content with +1 and also which content precisely on our site you have rated. Your ratings may appear in combination with your profile name and your profile picture in the Google services, such as search results, your Google + profile or other locations on websites and advertisements in the internet.
Google records your +1-activities to improve its services for you and others. To use the Google +1 button, you will need a public Google profile which displays at least the name attached to it. This name will be then used in any Google related activity. In some cases, this name may replace another name used for sharing content via your Google account. Your Google profile may be displayed to users who either know your email address or other personal information for your identification.

  1. Use of the processed information:

In addition to the purposes mentioned above, the information you have provided is used according to Google’s currently valid terms of privacy, which you can find here: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en&gl=zz

Google may possibly process summarised statistics concerning the +1 activities of its users and transfer them to users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers or connected websites.

Twitter

Our website offers services of the social network Twitter. These functions are provided by Twitter Inc., Twitter, Inc. 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA.  By using Twitter and the function ‘retweet’, the websites you are visiting will be connected to your Twitter account and published to other Twitter users. This includes the transmission of data to Twitter. We wish to stress that we, being the owner of this website, do not have any knowledge concerning the contents and use of the transmitted data. For further information, please see Twitter’s terms of privacy:

http://twitter.com/privacy.

You may edit your privacy settings on Twitter in the Account Settings at http://twitter.com/account/settings.

Rights of the person concerned

The following list includes all rights of the persons concerned according to the GDPR. Rihts that are not relevant for this website do not need to be mentioned. In this respect, the list can be shortened.
If your personal data is processed, you are affected within the meaning of the GDPR and you have the following rights:

  1. Right to information

You can ask the person in charge to confirm whether your personal data will be processed by us. If such processing has occurred, you can request the following information from the responsible entity:

  1. The purposes for which the personal data is processed;
  2. The categories of personal data processed;
  3. The recipients or categories of recipients to whom your personal data have been or are still being disclosed;
  4. The planned duration of the storage of your personal data or, if specific information on this is not possible, criteria for determining the storage period;
  5. The existence of a right to rectification or deletion of your personal data, a right to limitation of the processing by the controller or a right to object to such processing;
  6. The existence of a right of appeal to a supervisory authority;
  7. Any available information on the origin of the data if the personal data are not collected from the data subject;
  8. The existence of automated decision-making including profiling in accordance with Article 22(1) and (4) GDPR and – at least in these cases – meaningful information on the logic involved and the scope and intended effects of such processing for the data subject.

You have the right to inquire information as to whether your personal data is transferred to a third country or to an international organisation. In this context, you may also inquire information concerning the appropriate guarantees pursuant to Art. 46 GDPR in connection with the transmission.

  1. Right to correction

You have a right of rectification and/or completion by the responsible entity if the personal data processed concerning you are incorrect or incomplete. The responsible entity shall make the correction without delay.

  1. Right to limitation of processing

Under the following conditions, you may request that the processing of your personal data must be restricted:

  1. If you dispute the accuracy of your personal data for a period that enables the responsible entity to verify the accuracy of the personal data;
  2. The processing is unlawful, and you refuse to delete the personal data and instead request that the use of the personal data be restricted;
  3. The responsible entity no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but you need them to assert, exercise or defend legal claims, or
  4. If you have filed an objection against the processing pursuant to Art. 21 para. 1 GDPR and it has not yet been determined whether the legitimate reasons of the responsible entity outweigh your reasons.

If the processing of your personal data has been restricted, such data may only be processed – apart from being stored – with your consent or for asserting, exercising or defending rights or protecting the rights of another natural or legal person or on grounds of an important public interest of the Union or a Member State.

If the processing restriction has been restricted according to the above conditions, you will be informed by the responsible entity before the restriction is lifted.

4. Right to deletion

a) Duty to delete

You may request the data controller to delete the personal data relating to you without delay and the controller is obliged to delete this data without delay if one of the following reasons applies:

  1. Your personal data is no longer necessary for the purposes for which it was collected or otherwise processed.
  2. You revoke your consent, on which the processing was based pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a or Art. 9 para. 2 lit. a GDPR, and there is no other legal basis for the processing.
  3. You file an objection against the processing pursuant to Art. 21 para. 1 GDPR and there are no overriding legitimate reasons for the processing, or you file an objection against the processing pursuant to Art. 21 para. 2 GDPR.
  4. Your personal data has been processed unlawfully.
  5. The deletion of your personal data is necessary to fulfil a legal obligation under Union law or the law of the Member States to which the data controller is subject.
  6. Your personal data has been collected in relation to information society services offered pursuant to Art. 8 para. 1 GDPR.

b) Information to third parties

If the responsible entity has made your personal data public and is obliged to delete it pursuant to Art. 17 para. 1 GDPR, he shall take appropriate measures, including technical measures, considering the available technology and the implementation costs, to inform data processors who process the personal data that you as the data subject have requested the deletion of all links to this personal data or of copies or replications of this personal data.

c) Exceptions

The right to cancellation does not exist insofar as the processing is necessary

  1. to exercise freedom of expression and information;
  2. to fulfil a legal obligation required for processing under the law of the Union or of the Member States to which the controller is subject or to perform a task in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority conferred on the controller;
  3. for reasons of public interest in the field of public health pursuant to Art. 9 para. 2 lit. h and i and Art. 9 para. 3 GDPR;
  4. for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or for statistical purposes pursuant to Art. 89 para. 1 GDPR, insofar as the law referred to under a) is likely to make it impossible or seriously impair the attainment of the objectives of such processing, or
  5. to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

d) Right of information

If you have exercised your right to have the responsible entity correct, delete or limit the processing, the responsible entity is obliged to inform all recipients to whom your personal data have been disclosed of this correction or deletion of the data or restriction on processing, unless this proves impossible or involves a disproportionate effort.

You have the right to be informed of such recipients by the responsible entity.

5. Right to transfer of data

You have the right to receive personally identifiable information you made avaolable to the responsible entity in a structured, common and machine-readable format. In addition, you have the right to transfer this data to another person without hindrance by the responsible entity to which you made the personal data availabel, provided that

  1. processing is based on consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR or Art. 9 para. 2 lit. a GDPR or on a contract pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR and
  2. processing is carried out using automated methods.

In exercising this right, you also have the right to request that your personal data be transferred directly from one respnisble entity to another, insofar as this is technically feasible. The freedoms and rights of other persons must not be affected by this.

The right to transferability shall not apply to the processing of personal data necessary for the performance of a task in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority conferred on the responsible entity.

6. Right of objection

You have the right to object at any time, for reasons arising from your situation, to the processing of your personal data under Article 6(1)(e) or (f) of the GDPR; this also applies to profiling based on these provisions.

The responsible entity no longer processes your personal data, unless he can prove compelling reasons for the processing, which outweigh your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

If your personal data is processed for direct marketing purposes, you have the right to object at any time to the processing of your personal data for such advertising; this also applies to profiling, insofar as it is associated with such direct marketing.

If you object to the processing for direct marketing purposes, your personal data will no longer be processed for these purposes.

You have the possibility to exercise your right of objection in connection with the use of Information Society services by means of automated procedures using technical specifications, notwithstanding Directive 2002/58/EC.

7. Right to revoke the consent

You have the right to revoke your consent of data processing at any time. The revocation of consent shall not affect the legality of the processing carried out based on the consent until revocation.

8. Automated decision in individual cases including profiling

You have the right not to be subjected to a decision based solely on automated processing – including profiling – that will have legal effect or similarly affect you in a substantial manner. This does not apply if the decision

  1. is necessary for the conclusion or performance of a contract between you and the responsible entity,
  2. is admissible due to the legislation of the Union or of the Member States to which the person responsible is subject and that legislation contains appropriate measures to safeguard your rights, freedoms and legitimate interests; or
  3. is made with your express consent.

However, these decisions may not be based on special categories of personal data pursuant to Art. 9 para. 1 GDPR, unless Art. 9 para. 2 lit. a or g GDPR applies and appropriate measures have been taken to protect your rights and freedoms and your legitimate interests.

In the cases referred to in (1) and (3), the responsible entity shall take reasonable measures to safeguard your rights, freedoms and legitimate interests, including at least the right to obtain the intervention of an agent to state your own position and to challenge the decision.

9. Right of appeal to a supervisory authority

Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial solution, you have the right of appeal to a supervisory authority, especially in the Member State where you reside, work or suspect infringement, if you believe that the processing of your personal data is contrary to the GDPR.

The supervisory authority to which the complaint has been lodged shall inform the complainant of the status and results of the complaint, including the possibility of a judicial remedy under Art. 78 GDPR.

Further information

Your trust is important to us. Therefore, we are happy to answer any questions at any time, regarding the processing of your personal data. If you have any questions that this Privacy Policy cannot answer or if you would like more in-depth information, please contact our Data Protection Officer at any time.