PRIVACY POLICY

  1. General

Handling your personal data with great care is very important to us. We therefore, of course, adhere strictly to the legal provisions – in particular those of the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetzes – BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz –TMG) – when collecting, processing and using personal data.

In the following, we would like to inform you as to which of your personal data we need and the purposes for which we process this data.

Personal data is information that can be attributed to you personally (such as your name, telephone number or email address). This does not include information that cannot be directly linked to your actual identity, or data attributable to legal entities.

The entity responsible for the collection, processing and use of your data on www.academy.knick-international.com within the meaning of the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz) is Knick Elektronische Messgeräte GmbH & Co. KG, Beuckestraße 22, 14163 Berlin (hereinafter referred to as “Knick”).

  1. Collection and use of personal data

Information that we receive from you helps us plan and improve our service on an ongoing basis. We use this information to process your orders. Unless you have sent us your information exclusively for the purpose of contacting us (see under 4.), we also use your information to communicate with you about orders, products, services and marketing offers (see below, Communication via email), as well as to update our records and to maintain and update your personal data with us, and to recommend products or services that may interest you. We also use your information to improve our product offer and our platform, to prevent or detect any abuse of our site, or to enable third parties to perform technical, logistical or other services on our behalf.

You may, of course, at any time object to the processing or use of your personal data for advertising purposes via our online form or by sending an informal notification to info@knick.de.

We collect the following information:

  • Information you give us: We collect and store all the information that you enter on our website or transmit to us in any other way. You can decide not to give us certain information, but this may mean that there will be many of our offers (services/features) that you will not be able to use.
  • Automatic information: When you contact us, we store certain information. Among other things, we – like many other websites – make use of so-called “cookies”, from which we receive information as soon as your web browser opens our website.
  • Communication via email: In order to make your emails more useful and interesting, we often receive confirmation of which emails you open, if your computer supports this function.
  1. Newsletter

You have the option to subscribe to a free newsletter. After you have registered for the newsletter, you will receive an email asking you to confirm your newsletter registration. This is to ensure that no third party has misused your data (double opt-in principle).

Once subscribed, you will regularly receive information about news and other current topics. If you no longer wish to receive the newsletter, you can unsubscribe again at any time via any newsletter.

Your personal data will not be passed on to third parties for advertising purposes.

  1. Contact form

You can get in contact with Knick via an online form on our website. The personal data transmitted via this contact form is only used in connection with this communication.

  1. Competitions

From time to time, we offer competitions on our website. We collect, process and store the personal data required for carrying out these competitions – such as first and last name, email address and physical address. In some cases, you may also be required to register a user account on our website.

There are always additional rules for each competition, which you must accept separately in order to participate. These conditions for participation include, among other things, detailed information regarding the scope and use of the data that is collected, processed and stored as part of the competition. In the event of conflicting rule regarding the processing of your personal data with this Privacy Policy, the rules of the competition shall take precedence. This can, for example, occur if the conditions for participating in a competition involve an extension or amendment to these data protection rules.

If you were to deny the use of your data in connection with your participation in competition, you will not be able to continue participating in that competition.

  1. Cookies

Knick makes use of cookies. Cookies are small text files that facilitate the use of the online offering of www.knick-international.com. Your browser saves them on the hard disk of your computer.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies. However, you can change your browser settings to avoid this. Our partner companies are not allowed to collect, process or use personal data collected via our website with the use of cookies.

Please note that cookies only work on the computer on which they are stored. Using cookies will make it easier for you to log on to the computer where you have selected to use them.

  1. Transmission of data to third parties

We only transmit the information we receive from you to third parties to the extent described below:

  • Service providers: We use other companies and individuals to perform certain tasks for us. For example, these could include sending letters or emails, among other things. These service providers receive only the information they need to perform their tasks. They may not use them for any other purposes. In addition, they are obliged to handle the information in accordance with this Privacy Policy as well as German data protection laws.
  • Protection of Knick and third parties: We disclose personal information about users if we are legally required to do so, or if such disclosure is required to enforce our General Terms and Conditions or other agreements, or to protect our own rights and the rights of our users and of third parties. We expressly draw your attention to the fact that in this regard, the data is not passed on to these companies for profitable purposes that are contrary to this Privacy Policy.
  • With your consent: In all other cases, we will inform you when personal information is to be passed on to third parties, thereby giving you the opportunity to give your consent.

Whenever we disclose personal information to third parties as described above, as well as in the transmission of information to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEC), we always ensure that this information is provided in accordance with this Privacy Policy and the German Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz).

  1. Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service from Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, i.e. text files that are stored on the user’s computer to help analyse the use of the website. The information generated by the cookie regarding the use of this website is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and saved there. If you activate IP anonymization on this website, your IP address is however first truncated by Google within Member States of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address transferred to a server of Google in the USA, and truncated 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 the website activities, and to provide the website operator with further services associated with the use of the website and the Internet. The IP address transmitted by your browser within the scope of Google Analytics is not merged with other data from Google. You can prevent cookies from being stored by applying an appropriate setting in the browser software; when you do that, you may not be able to use all the functions of this website in full. In addition, you can prevent the data generated by the cookie and which relates to your use of the website (incl. your IP address) from being recorded by Google, as well as processing of such data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link: (http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de).

For further information about this, please visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en or http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html (general information on Google Analytics and Privacy). Google Analytics has been extended on this website by the code “gat._anonymizeIp ();” in order to ensure anonymous detection of IP addresses (so-called IP masking).

 

  1. Social media plug-ins

We use so-called “social media plug-ins” on our website. These are currently the plug-ins of the services LinkedIn, Xing, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ (hereinafter collectively referred to as “social networks”). Through these plug-ins, data – including personal data – can be sent to the US providers of these social networks (hereinafter referred to as “service providers”) and, if necessary, used by them.

Social plug-ins usually mean that every visitor to a page is immediately captured by the service provider together with the visitor’s IP address, and the visitor’s other activities are logged on the Internet. This happens even if the visitor does not click on one of the buttons.

To prevent this, we use the tool “Shariff”, which was developed by the computer magazine c’t and heise online (Heise Medien GmbH & Co. KG). This tool ensures that no contact is established between the service providers and the visitor until the visitor clicks on a Share button. If the user is already logged on to a social network, the information is shared on Facebook and Google+ without another window opening. With Twitter, a pop-up window appears in which you can still edit the text of the tweet.

Once you have clicked on the corresponding social plug-in, the service providers will get the information that you have accessed the corresponding subpage of our online offer. You don’t need to have an account with this service provider for this, or be logged in to it. If you are logged in to the service provider, this data is assigned directly to your account. If you click on one of the social plug-ins and link the page, for example, the service provider also saves this information in your user account and publicly informs your contacts of this.

If you don’t want to be assigned to the service provider with your profile, you must log out before clicking on one of the social plug-ins.

The respective privacy policies of the service providers can be found here:

 

 

  1. No liability for online offers from partners

We work with various partners, who offer websites and internet services that are accessible through our websites. These partners usually have their own privacy policies and/or guidelines. We likewise do not accept any responsibility or liability for these unrelated policies and guidelines.

  1. Questions about data protection

If you have any questions regarding our data protection standards, or if you need more information or want to request deletion of your data, please communicate this to Knick Elektronische Messgeräte GmbH & Co. KG in one of the following ways:

via our contact form,

by letter to the following address: Beuckestraße 22, 14163 Berlin, or

by Fax to +49 30 80191-200.

 

Berlin, October 2017