Data protection

Scope

This data protection declaration informs users of the type, extent and purposes of the acquisition and use of personal data by the responsible provider HOMATHERM GmbH, Ahornweg 1, 06536 Berga, Germany, E-mail: info@homatherm.com, Telephone: +49 34651 4160 on this website (hereinafter referred to as “Website”). The basic legal principles of data protection are contained in the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (TMG).

Access data/server log files

The provider (i.e. his webspace provider) collects data each time the Website is accessed (server log files). Access data includes:

The name of the accessed website, file, date and time of access, volume of data transferred, message about the success of access, browser type and version, user’s operating system, referrer URL (previously visited page), IP address and the requesting provider.

The provider uses the protocol data only for statistical analysis for the purpose of operating, securing and optimising the Website. The provider reserves the right, however, to inspect the protocol data afterwards should justified suspicion of unlawful usage based on concrete evidence arise.

Handling of personal data

Personal data constitutes information by which a person may be identified, i.e. data that are traceable to a person. These include name, e-mail address or telephone number. Personal data also include data on preferences, hobbies, memberships or which websites a person visited.

Personal data are only collected, used and disclosed by the provider to the extent this is legally permissible or agreed to by the user.

Making contact

When the provider is contacted (e.g. via contact form or e-mail), the user’s data are stored for processing of the request and potential follow-up.

Feedback subscriptions

Users may subscribe to feedback. Users will receive a confirmation e-mail to verify that they are the owner of the e-mail address entered. Users may unsubscribe from running feedback subscription at any time. The confirmation e-mail will include information in this respect.

Newsletter

The Newsletter presents information about us and our products. Should you wish to receive the Newsletter, we will need your valid e-mail address and information allowing us to check that you are either the owner of that address or that the owner agrees to receiving the Newsletter. No other data are collected. These data are used exclusively for dispatch of the Newsletter and are not disclosed to third parties.

We will store your IP address and date of registration when you register for the Newsletter. Data is stored exclusively as proof in case a third party should wrongfully use an e-mail address to register for the Newsletter without consent of the authorised owner.

You may revoke your consent to storage of the data, the e-mail address and its use for dispatch of the Newsletter at any time. Revocation may be via a link in the Newsletter, in your profile or by notification to the aforementioned contact options.

Integration of third party services and content

Third party content such as YouTube videos, Google maps, RSS Feeds or graphics of other websites may at times be integrated in this online Website. This necessarily implies that the providers of such content (hereinafter referred to as “third-party providers”) will see a user’s IP address. Without the IP address, content cannot be addressed to the browser of that specific user. The IP address is therefore necessary to access such content. We endeavour to use only such content whose providers will use the IP address for content distribution alone. We have no control, however, over third-party providers storing an IP address for purposes such as e.g. statistics. We will notify users should we become aware of such practices.

Cookies

Cookies are small files enabling specific, device-related data to be stored on a user’s accessing device (PC, Smartphone and the like). Cookies serve to render websites user-friendly (e.g. by storing login data). Cookies, on the other hand, also collect website visit statistics in order to analyse the data and improve the Website response. Users have control over the use of cookies. Most browsers have an option to limit or fully block storage of cookies. It must, however, be pointed out that use and especially convenience are limited in the absence of cookies.

You may administrate many online advertising cookies of companies via the US web page http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the EU page http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices/.

Google Analytics

This Website uses Google Analytics, a Google Inc. (“Google”) Web analysis service. Google Analytics uses “Cookies”, i.e. text files stored on the users’ computer to enable analysis of website usage by Google. Information generated by the cookie regarding the use of this Website by the users is generally transmitted to and stored by a Google server in the US.

If IP-anonymisation is activated on this Website, the user’s IP address will be truncated within the region of Member States of the European Union, including other states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. The full IP address will be transmitted to a Google server in the US and truncated there in exceptional cases only. IP-anonymisation is activated on this website. Google will, on request of the operator of this website, use this information for purposes of evaluating the use of the website by its users, for compiling reports on website activity and to provide the website operator with further website- and Internet-usage related services.

The IP address transmitted by your browser within the framework of Google Analytics will not be associated with other data held by Google. Users may block the storage of cookies by selecting appropriate browser settings. We must, however, point out that users may in that case not be able to utilize the full functionality of this Website. Users may also block the collection of cookie-generated and website-usage related data (incl. their IP address) and transmission to and processing of such data at Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.

Use of Facebook Social Plugins

This Website uses social plugins (“plugins”) of the social network facebook.com, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins are recogniseable by a Facebook logo (white “f” on blue tile or a “thumbs-up” sign) or marked by the text “Facebook Social Plugin”. To view the list and appearance of the Facebook Social Plugins, visit: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

If a user calls up another website containing such a plugin from this Website, his browser will connect directly to the Facebook servers. Facebook transmits the plugin content directly to your browser which integrates its content into the website. The provider therefore has no control over the extent of data collected by Facebook via this plugin and therefore informs users to the best of his knowledge:

By integrating the plugins, Facebook will be informed that a user has called up the relevant page of the Website. If the user is logged in at Facebook, the latter may assign the user’s visit to his Facebook account. When users interact with the plugins, e.g. by pressing the Like button, or by leaving a comment, your browser transmits the relevant information directly to Facebook, where it is stored. Even if a user is not a Facebook member, it is still possible for Facebook to glean and store his IP address. According to Facebook, only anonymised IP addresses are stored in Germany.

To determine the purpose and extent of data collection and further processing and usage of data by Facebook and the relevant rights and setting options for protecting a user’s privacy, we refer users to Facebook’s data protection information at: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.

If a user is a Facebook member and does not wish Facebook to collect his personal data via this Website and link these data to his membership data at Facebook, he should log out at Facebook before visiting the website.

It is also possible to block Facebook Social Plugins with Add-ons for your browser, e.g. with the “Facebook Blocker”.

+1 button of Google+

This Website uses the “+1” button of the Google Plus social network, operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (“Google”). The button is identified by “+1” on a white or coloured background.

If a user calls up a page of this Website which contains such a button, the browser will establish a direct connection to the Google servers. Google transmits the “+1” button content directly to its browser, which integrates the content into the web page. The provider therefore has no control over the extent of the data collected by Google via the button. According to Google, no personal data are collected unless the button is clicked. Such data, including the IP address, are collected and processed only in the case of logged in members.

To determine the purpose and extent of data collection and further processing and usage of data by Google, including associated rights and setting options to protect users’ privacy, users are referred to Google’s data protection information i.r.o. the “+1” button: http://www.google.com/intl/de/+/policy/+1button.html and the FAQ: http://www.google.com/intl/de/+1/button/.

Twitter

This Website uses Twitter service buttons. These buttons are offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. They are linked to terms such as “Twitter” or “Follow” and identified by a stylised blue bird. These buttons may be used to share an article or page of this Website on Twitter or to Follow us on Twitter.

If a user calls up a web page of this Internet site which contains such a button, his browser will connect directly to the Twitter servers. Twitter transmits the content of the Twitter buttons directly to the user’s browser. The provider therefore has no control over the extent of the data collected by Twitter via this plugin and will inform users to the best of his knowledge. Thereafter, only the user’s IP address and the URL of the specific web page with the button are transmitted, for no other purposes than the display of the button. For further information, refer to the Twitter data protection declaration at http://twitter.com/privacy.

Revocation, amendments, corrections and updates

The user is entitled on request to receive information on his stored personal data free of charge. The user is furthermore entitled to correct erroneous data or to block or delete his personal data, provided legal obligation to data retention does not exist.

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