Privacy Policy

  1. Data protection at a glance

General Information

The following information provides an outline of how we protect and use your personal data when you visit this website. Personal data comprises all data that can be used to personally identify you. For detailed information on the subject of data protection, please refer to the following Privacy Policy.

Data collection on this website

Who is the responsible party for data collection on this website?

The data on this website is processed by the website operator. You can find contact details in Site Notice of this website.

 

How do we collect your data?

Your data are collected when you provide them to us. This may be data that you enter into our contact form, for example.

 

Other data are collected automatically or with your consent by our IT systems when you visit the website. These are primarily technical data (e.g. web browser, operating system or time the website was accessed). These data are collected automatically when you access our website.

 

What do we use your data for?

A portion of the data is collected to ensure error-free provision of the website. Other data may be used to analyze your user behavior.

 

What are your rights with respect to your data?

You have the right to receive information free of charge about the source, recipient and purposes of your stored personal data at any time. You also have the right to request the rectification or erasure of this data. If you have given your consent to data processing, you can revoke this consent at any time in the future. In addition, you have the right to request, under certain circumstances, the restriction of the processing of your personal data. Furthermore, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority.

You can contact us at any time at the address provided in the Site Notice regarding this and other questions on the subject of data protection.

Analysis tools and third party tools

 

When you visit this website, your surfing behavior can be statistically analyzed. Such analyses are performed primarily with cookies and with so-called analysis programs.

 

You can find detailed information on these analysis programs in the following.

  1. Hosting and Content Delivery Networks (CDN)

External Hosting

This website is hosted by an external service provider (hosting service). The personal data collected on this website is stored on the hosting service’s servers. This may include, but is not limited to, IP addresses, contact requests, metadata and communication data, contract data, contact details, names, website accesses and other data generated by a website.

The hosting service is used for the purpose of fulfilling a contract with our potential and existing customers (Art. 6(1) lit. b GDPR) and in the interest of the secure, fast and efficient provision of our online service by a professional provider (Art. 6(1) lit. f GDPR).

Our hosting service will only process your data to the extent necessary to fulfil its performance obligations and will follow our instructions with regard to this data.

Conclusion of a contract on order processing  

In order to guarantee data protection compliant processing, we have concluded a contract for order processing with our hosting service.

  1. General information and mandatory information

Data protection

 

The operators of this website take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data as confidential information and in compliance with statutory data protection regulations and this Privacy Policy.

When you use this website, a variety of personal data is collected. Personal data are data that can be used to personally identify you. This Privacy Policy explains what data we collect and what we use it for. It also explains how and for what purpose this is done.

Please note that data transmission on the Internet (e.g. communication by e-mail) can have security gaps. Complete protection of your data from third-party access is not possible.

Information about the responsible party (the controller)

The party responsible (controller) for processing data on this website is:

Epping Hermann Fischer Patentanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Schloßschmidstraße 5
80639 Munich
Germany

Telephone: 089 500 329 0
E-Mail: info@ehf-patent.com

The controller is the natural or legal person who, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data (e.g. names, e-mail addresses, etc.).

Statutory data protection officer

We have appointed a data protection officer for our company:

SECUWING GmbH & Co. KG | Datenschutz Agentur
Maximilian Hartung
Frauentorstraße 9,
86152 Augsburg

Telephone: +49 821 90786450
E-Mail: epost@datenschutz-agentur.de

Revocation of your consent to data processing

Many data processing operations are only possible with your explicit consent. You can revoke previously given consent at any time. An informal notification by e-mail to us is sufficient for this purpose. The legality of the data processing conducted up to the time of revocation remains unaffected by the revocation.

Right to object to data collection in special cases and to object to direct marketing (Art. 21 GDPR)

IF DATA PROCESSING IS CONDUCTED ON THE BASIS OF ART. 6(1) LIT. E OR F GDPR, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO OBJECT TO THE PROCESSING OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA AT ANY TIME ON GROUNDS RELATING TO YOUR PARTICULAR SITUATION, INCLUDING PROFILING BASED ON THESE PROVISIONS. THE RESPECTIVE LEGAL BASIS ON WHICH PROCESSING IS BASED CAN BE FOUND IN THIS PRIVACY POLICY. IF YOU LODGE AN OBJECTION, WE WILL NO LONGER PROCESS THE PERSONAL DATA CONCERNED UNLESS WE CAN DEMONSTRATE COMPELLING LEGITIMATE GROUNDS FOR PROCESSING WHICH OVERRIDE YOUR INTERESTS, RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS OR IF THE PROCESSING SERVES TO ESTABLISH, EXERCISE OR DEFEND LEGAL CLAIMS (OBJECTION PURSUANT TO ART. 21(1) GDPR).

IF YOUR PERSONAL DATA ARE PROCESSED FOR DIRECT MARKETING PURPOSES, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO OBJECT AT ANY TIME TO THE PROCESSING OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA FOR SUCH MARKETING, INCLUDING PROFILING TO THE EXTENT THAT IT IS LINKED TO SUCH MARKETING. IF YOU OBJECT, YOUR PERSONAL DATA WILL SUBSEQUENTLY NO LONGER BE PROCESSED FOR THE PURPOSE OF DIRECT MARKETING (OBJECTION PURUSANT TO ARTICLE 21(2) GDPR).

Right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority

In the event of violations of the GDPR, data subjects have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of their habitual residence, place of work or the place where the alleged violation occurred. This right to lodge a complaint is without prejudice to other administrative or judicial remedies.

 

Right to data portability

You have the right to have data that we process automatically on the basis of your consent or in fulfilment of a contract transmitted to you or to a third party in a common, machine-readable format. If you request the direct transfer of the data to another controller, this will only take place to the extent that it is technically feasible.

SSL and/or TLS encryption

This website uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as orders or inquiries that you submit to us as the website operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection by checking whether the address line of the browser switches from “http://” to “https://” and by the lock icon in your browser line.

If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, data you transmit to us cannot be read by third parties.

Information, erasure and rectification

Within the scope of the applicable statutory provisions, you have the right to obtain information free of charge at any time about your stored personal data, their source and recipients as well as the purpose of the data processing and, if applicable, you may have the right to have your data rectified or erased. For this purpose, as well as for further questions regarding personal data, you can contact us at any time at the address provided in the Site Notice.

Right to restriction of processing

You have the right to request the restriction of processing of your personal data. To do so, you may contact us at any time at the address provided in the Site Notice. The right to request restriction of processing applies in the following cases:

  • If you contest the accuracy of your personal data stored with us, we will usually need some time to verify this. For the duration of this investigation, you have the right to request the restriction of processing of your personal data.
  • If the processing of your personal data was/is conducted unlawfully, you may request the restriction of processing of your data instead of its erasure.
  • If we no longer need your personal data, but they are required by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, you have the right to request the restriction of processing of your data instead of its erasure.
  • If you have lodged an objection under Art. 21(1) GDPR, a consideration of your interests and our interests must be made. As long as it has not yet been determined whose interests prevail, you have the right to request restriction of processing of your personal data.

If you have restricted the processing of your personal data, such personal data shall – with the exception of their storage – only be processed with your consent or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or for the protection of rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of important public interest of the European Union or of a Member State.

  1. Data collection on this website

Cookies

Our website and its pages use so-called “cookies”. Cookies are small text files and do not cause any damage to your device. They are either stored temporarily for the duration of a session (session cookies) or permanently (permanent cookies) on your end device. Session cookies are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Permanent cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them yourself or until your web browser automatically deletes them.

In some cases, cookies from third-party companies may also be stored on your device when you access our website (third-party cookies). These enable us or you to use certain services of the third party company (e.g. cookies for the processing of payment services).

Cookies have various functions. Many cookies are technically necessary as certain website functions would not work without them (e.g. the shopping basket function or the display of videos). Other cookies are used to analyze user behavior or display advertising.

Cookies that are required for the performance of the electronic communication process (necessary cookies) or to provide certain functions that you have requested (functional cookies, e.g. for the shopping basket function) or to optimize the website (e.g. cookies for measuring the web audience) are stored on the basis of Art. 6(1) lit. f GDPR, unless another legal basis is given. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies to ensure the technically error-free and optimized provision of the operator’s services. If consent to the storage of cookies has been requested, the storage of the cookies in question is based solely on this consent (Art. 6(1) lit. a GDPR). This consent can be revoked at any time.

You can set your browser so that you are notified about the setting of cookies and to allow cookies only in specific cases, to exclude the acceptance of cookies for certain cases or in general and to activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. If you deactivate cookies, the functions of this website may be limited.

Insofar as cookies from third-party companies or for analysis purposes are used, we will inform you of this separately within the framework of this Privacy Policy and, if necessary, request your consent.

Server log files

The provider of this website and its pages automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transmits to us. These are:

  • Browser type und browser version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL
  • Hostname of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server inquiry
  • IP address

This data will not be merged with data from other sources.

These data are recorded on the basis of Art. 6(1) lit. f GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the technically error-free presentation and optimization of this website – for this purpose the server log files must be recorded.

Inquiries by e-mail, telephone or fax

If you contact us by e-mail, telephone or fax, your inquiry, including all personal data (name, inquiry), will be stored and processed by us in order to handle your inquiry. We will not pass on this data without your consent.

The processing of this data is carried out on the basis of Art. 6(1) lit. b GDPR, insofar as your inquiry is connected with the fulfilment of a contract or is necessary for the implementation of pre-contractual measures. In all other cases, the processing is based on our legitimate interest in the effective processing of inquiries addressed to us (Art. 6(1) lit. f GDPR) or on your consent (Art. 6(1) lit. a GDPR), provided that this has been requested.

Data you send to us via contact inquiries will remain with us until you ask us to erase such data, revoke your consent for storage or if the purpose for which the data was stored no longer applies (e.g. after your inquiry has been processed). Mandatory statutory provisions – in particular statutory retention periods – remain unaffected.

  1. Analysis tools and advertising

Google Analytics

This website uses functions of the web analysis service Google Analytics. The provider is Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”.  These are text files which are stored on your device and which enable an analysis of your use of the 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.

The storage of Google Analytics cookies and the use of this analysis tool are based on Art. 6(1) lit. f GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the analysis of user behavior in order to optimize both this website and said operator’s advertising. If explicit consent has been requested (e.g. consent to the storage of cookies), the processing is carried out exclusively on the basis of Art. 6(1) lit. a GDPR. This consent can be revoked at any time.

IP Anonymization

We have activated the IP anonymization function on this website. As a result, your IP address is truncated by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area before it is transmitted to the USA. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transferred to a Google server 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 website activities and to provide further services to the website operator in connection 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 Google data.

 

Browser Plugin

You can deactivate 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 use all features of this website. You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by cookies and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.

 

Opting out of data collection

You can prevent Google Analytics from collecting your data by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set to prevent the collection of your data on future visits to this site: Google Analytics deaktivieren.

Further information on the handling of user data at Google Analytics can be found in Google’s Privacy Policy: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de.

 

Order processing

We have concluded a contract with Google for order processing and fully comply with the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities when using Google Analytics.

 

Demographic characteristics in Google Analytics

This website uses the “demographic features” function of Google Analytics. This enables reports to be generated that contain information about the age, gender and interests of the site visitors. These data are derived from interest-based advertising by Google as well as from visitor data from third parties. This data cannot be assigned to a specific person. You can disable this feature at any time in the ad settings in your Google account or generally prevent Google Analytics from collecting your information as described in the “Opting out of data collection” section.

 

Storage duration

User and event-level data stored by Google that is linked to cookies, user IDs or advertising IDs (e.g. DoubleClick cookies, Android advertising ID) is anonymized or erased after 14 months. Details can be found under the following link: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/7667196?hl=de

WordPress Stats

This website uses the WordPress tool Stats to statistically evaluate visitor access. Provider is Automattic Inc., 60 29th Street #343, San Francisco, CA 94110-4929, USA.

WordPress Stats uses cookies which are stored on your computer and which allow analysis of the use of the website. The information generated by cookies about the use of this website is stored on servers in the USA. Your IP address is anonymized after processing and before saving.

“WordPress-Stats” cookies remain on your device until you delete them.

The storage of “WordPress Stats” cookies and the use of this analysis tool are based on Art. 6(1) lit. f GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the anonymized analysis of user behavior in order to optimize both this website and said operator’s advertising. If corresponding consent has been requested (e.g. consent to the storage of cookies), the processing is carried out exclusively on the basis of Art. 6(1) lit. a GDPR. This consent can be revoked at any time.

You can set your browser so that you are notified about the setting of cookies and can enable cookies to be allowed only in specific cases or to exclude the acceptance of cookies for specific cases or in general and to activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. If you deactivate cookies, the functions of this website may be limited.

 

You can object to the collection and use of your data in the future by setting an opt-out cookie in your browser by clicking on this link:

https://www.quantcast.com/opt-out/.

If you delete the cookies on your device, you will have to set the opt-out cookie again.

 

  1. Plugins and Tools

Google Web Fonts

This page uses so-called web fonts, which are provided by Google, for the homogenous display of fonts. When you open a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into its browser cache in order to display text and fonts correctly.

For this purpose, the browser you use must connect to Google’s servers. This enables Google to know that this website has been accessed via your IP address. The use of Google Web Fonts is based on Art. 6(1) lit. f GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the homogenous presentation of the font on this website. If corresponding consent has been requested (e.g. consent to the storage of cookies), the processing is carried out exclusively on the basis of Art. 6(1) lit. a GDPR. This consent can be revoked at any time.

If your browser does not support web fonts, a default font is used by your device.

 

For more information about Google Web Fonts, see

https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq

and in the privacy policy of Google:

https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=de.

Google Maps

This website uses the map service Google Maps via an API. The provider is Google Ireland Limited („Google“), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.

It is necessary to store your IP address to use the functions of Google Maps. This information is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The provider of this website has no influence on this data transfer.

The use of Google Maps is in the interest of an attractive presentation of our online service and to enable places we have indicated on the website to be easily found. This constitutes a legitimate interest in the sense of Art. 6(1) lit. f GDPR. If corresponding consent has been requested, the processing is carried out exclusively on the basis of Art. 6(1) lit. a GDPR. This consent can be revoked at any time.

 

Further information on the handling of user data can be found in the Privacy Policy of Google: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=de.

  1. Human Resources

Handling of applicant data

We offer you the opportunity to submit a job application to us (e.g. by e-mail, by post or via online application form). In the following we will inform you about the scope, purpose and use of your personal data collected during the application process. We assure you that the collection, processing and use of your data will be in accordance with the applicable data protection law and all other legal provisions and that your data will be treated in strict confidence.

 

Scope and purpose of data collection

If you send us an application, we will process the associated personal data (e.g. contact and communication data, application documents, notes taken during job interviews, etc.) to the extent that this is necessary for a decision on employment. The legal basis for this is §26 of the German Federal Data Protection Act-new (BDSG-neu) under German law (initiation of an employment relationship), Art. 6(1) lit. b GDPR (general contract initiation) and – if you have given your consent – Art. 6(1) lit. a GDPR. Consent may be revoked at any time. Within our company, your personal data will only be passed on to persons involved in the processing of your application.

 

If your application is successful, the data submitted by you will be stored in our data processing systems on the basis of §26 of the German Federal Data Protection Act-new (BDSG-neu) and Art. 6(1) lit. b GDPR for the purpose of implementing the employment relationship.

 

Data retention period

If we are unable to make you a job offer, you reject a job offer or withdraw your application, we reserve the right to keep the data you have submitted with us for up to 6 months from the end of the application procedure (rejection or withdrawal of the application) on the basis of our legitimate interests (Art. 6(1) lit. f GDPR). The data will then be erased and the physical application documents destroyed. The storage serves in particular as evidence in the event of a legal dispute. If it is evident that the data will be required after the 6-month period has expired (e.g. due to an imminent or pending litigation), the data will not be erased until the purpose for further storage no longer applies.

 

Your data can be stored for a longer period of time if you have given your explicit consent (Art. 6(1)lit. a GDPR) or if statutory storage obligations prevent erasure.

 

Please note the current version date of this privacy policy: March 2020