Data Protection Policy

Data Protection

The operator of these pages takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. We handle your personal data confidentially and in accordance with both legal data protection provisions and this data protection policy.

It is generally possible to use our website without providing any personal data. Where personal data (for example, name, address or email address) is collected on our web pages, this is always, as far as possible, on a voluntary basis.

We note that online data transfer (e.g. when communicating by email) can entail security risks. Complete protection of data from third-party access is not possible.

Our web pages integrate plugins from the social networks, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Xing and LinkedIn. Please read the following sections on these plugins, which apply if you have activated the plugin at the bottom of the web page.

Data protection policy for the use of Facebook plugins (like button)

Our pages integrate plugins from the social network, Facebook, provider Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. You can recognize Facebook plugins by the Facebook logo or the “like” button on our website. You can find an overview of Facebook plugins here: developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

If you visit our website, a direct connection is made between your browser and the Facebook server using the plugin. Facebook thereby receives the information that you have visited our site along with your IP address. If you click on the Facebook “like” button whilst you are logged in to your Facebook account, you can link the content of our website to your Facebook profile. Facebook can thereby associate your visit to our website with your user account. Please note that we, as provider of the web pages, do not obtain any knowledge of the content of the data transferred or of its use by Facebook. You can find further information in the data protection policy from Facebook at de-de.facebook.com/policy.php .

If you do not want Facebook to associate your visit to our web pages with your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.

Data protection policy for the use of Google +1

Our web pages use Google +1 functions. The provider is Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Collection and disclosure of information: By means of the Google +1 button, you can publish information worldwide. Using the Google +1 button you and other users obtain personalized content from Google and our partners. Google stores both the information where you have given the content +1 and information on the page which you viewed when clicking on +1. Your +1 may be inserted as references with your profile name and your photo in Google services, such as in search results or in your Google profile, or in other places on websites and displays online. Google records information about your +1 activities, to improve Google services for you and others. To be able to use the +1 button, you need a worldwide visible, public Google profile, which must contain at least the name selected for the profile. This name will be used across all Google services. In some cases, this name can replace another name you used when sharing content through your Google account. The identity of the Google profile can be visible to users who know your email address or have other identifying information relating to you.

Use of information collected: Besides the uses set out above, the information you provide will be used in accordance with applicable Google data protection provisions. Google may publish aggregate statistics about the +1 activities of the user or disclose these to users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers or associated websites.

Data protection policy for the use of Twitter

Functions of Twitter services are integrated in our pages. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and the “re-tweet” function, the websites you visit will be linked with your Twitter account and notified to other users. In doing so, data is transferred to Twitter. Please note that we, as provider of the web pages, do not obtain any knowledge of the content of the data transferred or of its use by Twitter. You can find further information on this in the data protection policy from Twitter at twitter.com/privacy.

You can change your Twitter data protection settings in Account Settings at twitter.com/account/settings.

Data protection policy for the use of Xing

Our website uses functions from the XING network. The provider is XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. Each time you access our pages that contain Xing functions a connection is made with the Xing server. To our knowledge, no personal data is thereby stored. In particular, no IP addresses are stored and usage behaviour is not evaluated.

You can find more information on data protection and the Xing share button in the data protection policy from Xing at https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection 

Data protection policy for the use of LinkedIn

On our website you will find website plugins from the social network, LinkedIn, from the LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter referred to as “LinkedIn”). You can recognize plugins from LinkedIn by the corresponding logo or the “recommend” button. Please note that the plugin establishes a connection between your web browser and the LinkedIn server when you visit our website. LinkedIn will be given information that you have visited our website along with your IP address. If you click on the “recommend” button from LinkedIn and are simultaneously logged in to your LinkedIn account, you have the option of linking content from our website to your profile page for your LinkedIn profile. This enables LinkedIn to associate your visit to our website with your user account. It is important for you to know that we do not obtain any knowledge of the content of data transferred and its use by LinkedIn.

Further details on the collection of data and your legal options and configuration options can be obtained from LinkedIn. These are available at http://www.linkedin.com/static?key=privacy_policy&trk=hb_ft_priv .

Source: Flegl Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Information, deletion, blocking

In relation to the data processing associated with use of this website, you have the right, at any time, to information, free of charge, concerning personal data stored relating to you, its origin and recipient and the purpose of data processing and a right to rectification, blocking or deletion of such data. For this purpose and for other personal data queries, you can contact us at any time at the address provided in the legal notice.

Server log files

The provider of these pages collects and automatically stores information in server log files, which your browser transfers to us automatically. This information comprises:

  • Browser type/ browser version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL
  • Host name/ IP of accessing computer
  • Time of server request

This data will not be combined with other data sources. We reserve the right to examine this data later, where, on the basis of concrete evidence, there is reason to suspect unlawful use.

Cookies

The websites in part use so-called cookies. Cookies cause no harm to your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies serve to make what we offer more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files which are placed on your computer and stored by your browser.

Most of the cookies that we use are so-called “session cookies”. These are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognize your browser on the next visit.

You can adjust your browser settings to be informed when cookies appear and allow these only in the individual case, or accept cookies for specific instances or block them generally or activate automatic deletion of cookies when you close your browser. If you deactivate cookies, the functionality of this website may be restricted.

Contact form

If you send enquiries to us using the contact form, your details from the contact form including the contact data you provide there will be stored for the purpose of processing your enquiry and in case there are follow-up questions.

If you agree to this on the contact form, we disclose your contact details within the Creditreform Group to the Creditreform company responsible for your location for the purpose of initiating contact and sending information on Creditreform products and services.

Objection to advertising mail

We hereby expressly object to the use of contact data, which has been published as part of our duty to publish a legal notice, to send advertising and information materials not specifically requested. The operator of the websites expressly reserves the right to take legal action in the event of unsolicited mailing of advertising information, including spam emails.

Newsletter data

If you want to receive the newsletter offered on our website, we require an email address from you and information which allows us to verify that you are the owner of the email address provided and agree to receipt of the newsletter. No further data is collected. This data is used exclusively to send out the requested information.

The consent issued to storage of data, the email address and its use for the newsletter to be sent out, can be withdrawn at any time, including by using the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.

Data protection policy for the use of CrefoMobile Android App

The CrefoMobile Android App can store contact data on researched companies. Contact data covers the following information: Name, company, telephone number, web address and address (street, postcode, town/city). The app can access your location data if you use the app for an area search or for route planning. Access to local contact data is possible, if you use the contact search, for example, to select an entry in the local telephone book. The information is taken from the search fields. 

It is possible to access other apps or to share in other apps. This happens, for example, if you draft an email to the researched company or transfer the telephone number for the researched company into the telephone app, to dial the number. 

When using the app, your login information is transmitted. Your contacts can be read and changed. You can call telephone numbers directly. The app can read memory content, and can change or delete memory content. With the app, you can access network connections and all networks. 

Data is exchanged between the device and the Creditreform server. Data is not disclosed to third parties. Transfer is carried out in encrypted form (https). 

The user is notified before use of the functions listed above, that the app requires access rights to the corresponding programme components. The user has the option at this point not to give the app the authorization for access. 

Use of Web Fonts

We use external fonts on the website, so-called Google Web Fonts. Google Fonts is a service from Google Inc. (“Google”). These Web Fonts are installed by access via a server, usually a Google server in the USA. Our internet pages that you have visited are thereby transferred to the server. The IP address of the terminal browser of the visitor to these web pages is also stored by Google. You can find more detailed information in the data protection notices from Google, which you can access here:

www.google.com/fonts#AboutPlace:about

www.google.com/policies/privacy 

 

 

 

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