Data privacy statement

We pay utmost importance to the protection of your privacy. We collect or use your data exclusively for our own purposes in accordance with the German Datenschutzgesetz (data protection law) and other legal provisions. Furthermore, it is important for us that you know at any time when we store data and how we use this data. In the following we inform you about the sections where we receive information from you during your visit to our website and how we handle this data.

  1. Name and Address of the Controller
  2. Name and Address of the Data Protection Officer
  3. General Remarks on Data Processing
  4. Preparation of the Website and Creation of Log Files
  5. Use of Cookies
  6. Newsletter / Catalogue Orders
  7. Registration in the Press Portal
  8. Contact Form, E-Mail Contact and Prize Competition Registrations
  9. Web Analysis by Google Analytics
  10. Rights of the Data Subject

A. Data Privacy Statement 

The protection of your private sphere is for us of the utmost importance. We collect or use your data only for our own purposes in accordance with the German Data Protection Law or other legal regulations. It is also important for us that you know at all times when we store data and how we use it. In the following, we inform you about points at which we receive information from you during your visit to our Internet website, and how we handle this.

I. Name and Address of the Controller

The controller, in the sense of "Datenschutz-Grundverordnung" (DSGVO [GDPR = General Data Protection Regulation]) and other national data-protection legislation of the (EU) member states, as well as other data-protection-law regulations, is:

Gerhard D. Wempe KG
Steinstrasse 23
20095 Hamburg
Germany
Tel.: +49 40 334 48-0
E-Mail: kundenservice@wempe.de
Website: https://www.wempe.com/en


Please send your questions on our data-protection standards to our customer service. This can be reached by mail (kundenservice@wempe.de) or by telephone under the number +49 40 33 44 8-383 (Mo.-Fr. 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m., German local time).

II. Name and Address of the Data Protection Officer

The controller's data protection officer is:

Frank Henkel
Wandsbeker Zollstr. 5
22041 Hamburg
Germany
Tel.: +49 40 68 94 98 511
E-Mail: henkel@henkel-kanzlei.de
Website: https://www.datenschutzrecht-henkel.de

III. General Remarks on Data Processing

Extent of the Processing of Personal Data

We collect and use the personal data of our users in principle only to the extent that this is necessary for provision of a functional website, as well as for our content and services. The collection and use of the personal data of our users takes place regularly only on a legal basis. An exception applies in cases in which no legal basis is apparent and the processing of the data can only be legitimated by consent.

IV. Preparation of the Website and Creation of Log Files

1. Description and Extent of the Data Processing

With every access of a user to a page of our website and with every call-up of a file, access data on this process is stored in a record file on the server.

This has to do in particular with the following information, that possibly permits identification:

(1) User information in server log files:
a. time (date, time of day)
b. IP address
c. URL sought
d. user agent
(2) Website Log Files
a. website log-on time
b. form data

We store this data solely to ensure the security of the system and for ongoing optimization of our online presentation. The evaluations only take place in an anonymized form for statistical purposes. Storage of this data together with other personal data of the user does not take place. Passing-on of this data to a third party in a form that allows them to identify you does not take place, whether for commercial or for non-commercial purposes.

2. Legal Basis for the Data Processing

The legal basis for the temporary storage of the data and of the log files is article 6, paragraph 1, letter f of DSGVO [GDPR].

3. Purpose of the Data Processing

The temporary storage of the IP address by the system is necessary in order to enable delivery of the website to the user's computer. For this the user's IP address must remain stored for the duration of the session.
The storage takes place in log files, to ensure the functional capacity of the website. Furthermore, the data helps us to optimize the website and to safeguard the security of our information-technology systems. Evaluation of the data for marketing purposes does not take place in this connection.
These purposes also constitute our legitimate interest in the data processing, in keeping with article 6, paragraph 1, letter f of DSGVO [GDPR].

4. Duration of the Storage

  • Server log files: after 30 days
  • Website log files: after 30 days

5. Possibilities of Objection and Elimination

The recording of the data for provision of the website and the storage of the data in log files are absolutely essential for the operation of the Internet website. There is, consequently, no possibility of objection on the part of the user.

V. Use of Cookies

1. Description and Extent of the Data Processing

Our website makes use of 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 calls up a website, a cookie can be stored on the user's operating system. This cookie contains a distinguishing series of characters that permit an explicit identification of the browser on a renewed calling to the website.
On our website we make use of cookies that enable an analysis of the user's surfing behaviour. In this way the following data can be transferred.

(1) user settings
(2) language settings
(3) location settings
(4) click and surf behaviour
(5) histories
(6) user ID

Cookies of third-party suppliers are integrated:

On calling up our website the user is informed about the use of cookies for purposes of analysis, and the user's consent to the processing of the personal data used in this connection is obtained. In this connection reference is also made to this data protection statement.

2. Legal Basis for the Data Processing

The legal basis for the processing of personal data making use of cookies for purposes of analysis is, given the consent of the user to this, article 6, paragraph 1, letter a of DSGVO [GDPR].

3. Purpose of the Data Processing

The use of analytic cookies is undertaken for the purpose of improving the quality of our website and its contents. From the analytic cookies we learn how the website is used and can, in this way, steadily optimize our offer.
Analytic cookies are used for advertisement specifications (variation of advertisements), personalization of web content and determination of the preferred settings (language, search results per page, Google SafeSearch filter).

4. Period of Storage, Possibilities of Objection and Elimination

Cookies are stored on the user's computer and are transferred by this to us. As a user you therefore also have full control over the use of cookies. By changing the settings in your Internet browser you can deactivate or limit the transfer of cookies. Already-stored cookies can be deleted at any time. This can also take place automatically.

VI. Newsletter / Catalogue Orders

1. Description and Extent of the Data Processing

On our Internet website you have the possibility of subscribing to a free newsletter. During the registration for the newsletter the e-mail address and the language used are transferred to us by the input mask. Furthermore, the following data is collected during the registration and is used, in the context of dispatching the newsletter, by our service provider Emarsys Interactive Services GmbH, on our behalf:

(1) the web ID, an explicit user identification
(2) the source of the registration
(3) the form name used for the registration
(4) the registration campaign
(5) the author of the registration campaign
(6) the start of the registration campaign 
(7) the date of the registration

You also have the option of requesting our catalogue as a postal delivery.
For this we ask you to provide us with all the data necessary for postal delivery, such as forename, surname, street, postcode and town/city, country and the catalogue selected. These details are absolutely necessary for the order. You can also voluntarily state how you would like to be addressed, any title you may have and, if you want, an e-mail address and telephone number, in connection with your consent for further advertising contact. Other technical data collection in accordance with the newsletter order.
Your consent for the processing of the data is obtained, and reference is made to this data protection statement, in the context of the registration procedure. No special consent is required for the postal delivery of the catalogue.

In connection with the data processing for the dispatch of newsletters and catalogues, no passing-on of the data to a third party takes place. The data is used solely for the respective dispatch.

For dispatch of the newsletter we use the so-called double-opt-in procedure, i.e. we only send you a newsletter by e-mail if you have first explicitly confirmed that we should activate the newsletter service. We will then send you a notification e-mail with the request that you confirm, by clicking a link contained in this e-mail, that you would like to be sent our newsletter.

In the event of cancellation of the newsletter we store the following information:

  • the web ID, an explicit user identification
  • the newsletter campaign of the cancellation
  • e-mail ID (for emarsys)
  • contact ID (for emarsys)

2. Legal Basis for the Data Processing

The legal basis for the processing of the data after registration by the user for the newsletter and the catalogue order is, given the consent of the user, article 6, paragraph 1, letter a of DSGVO [GDPR].

3. Purpose of the Data Processing

The collection of the user's e-mail address is used for the delivery of the newsletter.

The postal address is needed for the catalogue order, since our catalogues are only delivered by post. Further voluntary disclosure of data during catalogue orders help us to address you personally in an appropriate way.
If, when ordering a catalogue, you also give your e-mail address together with your consent to sending of advertising material on our range of products, we will treat these details like a general newsletter order.
If you voluntarily give your telephone number, we can use this for possible queries about your postal address in the event of failed deliveries.
The collection of other technical personal data in the context of the registration procedure serves to prevent misuse of the services or of the e-mail address used.

4. Period of Storage

The data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required for achievement of the purpose for which it was collected. The user's e-mail address is accordingly stored for as long as the subscription to the newsletter remains active. The contact details of the catalogue order are only stored for as long as your order remains active. However, the e-mail address as well as the contact data for ordering catalogues won’t be deleted if these data are necessary for further correspondence. This, for example, concerns cases where existing customers are to be contacted for contract purposes. 

5. Possibilities of Objection and Elimination

The subscription to the newsletter can be cancelled by the affected user at any time. To this end a corresponding link can be found in each newsletter.
The ordering of the catalogue relates in each case to one specimen only. It need not be separately cancelled.

A cancellation of the orders can furthermore be sent as a notification in text form to the contact data (e.g. e-mail, fax, letter) given in this declaration.

The cancellation also makes revocation of the consent to storage of the personal data collected during the registration procedure possible.

VII. Registration in the Press Portal

1. Description and Extent of the Data Processing

On our Internet website we offer journalists the possibility, subject to disclosure of personal data, to register. The data is thereby fed to an input mask and is transferred to us and stored. Passing-on of the data to a third party does not take place. The following data is collected in the context of the registration process:

form of address, title (voluntary), surname, forename, telephone number, e-mail address, editorial office, vocational function. You can choose a password with which you can log on.

During the registration the current time is stored alongside the visible fields of the form.

2. Legal Basis for the Data Processing

The legal basis for the processing of the data is our legitimate interest, in accordance with article 6, paragraph 1, letter f of DSGVO [GDPR], to undertake business communication with the participating professional groups.

3. Purpose of the Data Processing

Registration of the user is necessary for the provision of certain press-relevant information material (photos, releasers, look-books), press releases and specially differentiated newsletter topics on our website.

4. Period of Storage

Should the user no longer want to use his or her user account, the account is initially only deactivated, so that in the event of subsequent reactivation of the user account the individual settings can be taken over without any great effort. At the request of the user we will delete the user account. 

5. Possibilities of Objection and Elimination

As a user you have the possibility of dissolving the registration at any time. You can have the data stored on you amended at any time. For this purpose please contact our customer service: kundenservice@wempe.de

VIII. Contact Form, E-Mail Contact and Prize Competition Registrations

1. Description and Extent of the Data Processing

On our Internet website there is a contact form which can be used for establishing electronic contact or for participation in organized prize competitions. If a user takes advantage of this possibility, the data entered in the input mask is transferred to us and stored. The data in question is:

form of address (voluntary), surname, forename, e-mail address, return-call number (voluntary), reference, your message, further data for participation in prize competitions, that you disclose to us

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

date and time of the sending (time stamp).

No passing-on of the data to a third party takes place in this connection. 

2. Legal Basis for the Data Processing

The legal basis for the processing of the data is article 6, paragraph 1, letter f of DSGVO [GDPR]. The processing serves to enable the desired reaction to the user's enquiry. Our interest to reply corresponds to the enquiry.

The legal basis for the processing of the data transferred in the course of sending an e-mail is article 6, paragraph 1, letter f of DSGVO [GDPR]. If the purpose of your e-mail contact is to conclude a contract, article 6, paragraph 1, letter b of DSGVO [GDPR] constitutes an additional legal basis for the processing. This also applies to participation in a prize competition.

3. Purpose of the Data Processing

The processing of the personal data from the input mask serves us solely in processing the initial contact. In the case of initial contact by e-mail there is also the necessary legitimate interest in the processing of the data.
The other personal data processed during the sending procedure serves to prevent misuse of the contact form and to ensure the security of our information-technology systems. Without your separate consent, your data from the application form to a prize competition is only processed for implementation of the prize competition.

4. Period of Storage

Should the user no longer want to use his or her user account, the account is initially only deactivated, so that in the event of subsequent reactivation of the user account the individual settings can be taken over without any great effort. At the request of the user we will delete the user account. 
 On the basis of commercial-law and tax-law regulations we store the data collected from you in connection with a prize competition for ten years.

5. Possibilities of Objection and Elimination

The user has the possibility, at any time, to discontinue the communication and to object to any further processing. In such a case the conversation cannot be continued.
You can send the revocation to the e-mail address: kundenservice@wempe.de. You can also use the contact form for this purpose, or our postal address as given in this data protection statement. If you use the contact form you must again give your data. We will, however, respect your wishes and will send you no further answer under this data and will delete the data again transferred immediately after processing.

In the event of objection, all personal data previously stored in the course of the contact will be deleted.

IX. Web Analysis by Google Analytics

1. Description and Extent of the Processing of Personal Data

This website makes use of Google Analytics, a web-analysis service of Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies", text files that are stored on your computer and permit an analysis to be made of your use of the website. The information on your use of this website created by the cookies is transmitted, as a rule, to a Google server in the USA and stored there. If the IP-anonymize function on this website is activated, however, your IP address will first be shortened by Google, within the member countries of the European Union or in other contracting states that were party to the agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the USA and shortened there.

You can find more detailed information on the terms of use, the type of data processing and on data protection under http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html or under http://www.google.com/intl/de/analytics/privacyoverview.html.

We draw your attention to the fact that on this website Google Analytics has been extended by the code "gat._anonymizeIp();" to ensure an anonymized recording of IP addresses (so-called IP masking).

2. Legal Basis for the Processing of Personal Data

The legal basis for the processing of the personal data of the user is article 6, paragraph 1, letter f of DSGVO [GDPR]. Our legitimate interest lies in the measurement and improvement of the user acceptance of our web presentation and serves to improve our advertising effectiveness.

In keeping with article 45, paragraph 3 of DSGVO [GDPR], Google guarantees a level of protection of personal data, for the transfer of the IP address, that essentially corresponds to that of the EU. Google is certified under the so-called “Privacy Shield” decision of the European Commission:
https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI
The certification documents have been submitted to the US Department of Commerce. With the adequacy decision of the EU Commission on the “Privacy Shield” minimum standards for the protection of the personal data of Europeans stored or processed in den USA are guaranteed.

The IP-anonymization function is active on this website. On commission by the operator of this website, Google will make use of this information, in keeping with article 28 of DSGVO [GDPR], to evaluate your use of the website, to prepare reports on the website activities and to provide further website-utilization and Internet-related services vis-à-vis the operator of the website.

3. Purpose of the Data Processing

The processing of the user's personal data allows us to analyse the surfing behaviour of our users. Due to the evaluation of the data obtained, we are able to compile information on the use of the individual components of our website. This helps us to steadily improve our website and its user-friendliness.

These purposes also constitute our legitimate interest in the processing of data, in keeping with article 6, paragraph 1, letter f of DSGVO [GDPR]. By anonymizing the IP address the interest of the users in the protection of their personal data is adequately taken into consideration. The IP address transferred by your browser within the framework of Google Analytics is not brought together with other Google data.

4. Period of Storage

The data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required for our recording purposes.
The cookie "_ga" from Google Analytics, which is placed on your computer, has a maximum lifespan of 26 months. Then it is automatically deleted.

5. Possibilities of Objection and Elimination

Cookies are stored on the user's computer and are transferred by this to us. As a user you therefore also have full control over the use of cookies. By changing the settings in your Internet browser you can deactivate or limit the transfer of cookies. Already-stored cookies can be deleted at any time. This can also take place automatically. If cookies for our website are deactivated, it may not then be possible to use all of the functions of the website in full.
We offer users of our website the possibility of opting out of the analytic procedure. To this end you must follow the corresponding link. In this way a further cookie is placed on your system, which indicates to our system not to store the user's data. If the user meanwhile deletes the corresponding cookie from his/her/its own system, he/she/it must place the opt-out cookie again.
Click the following link, <a href=“javascript:gaOptout()“>Google Analytics deaktivieren</a>, to place the opt-out cookie for deactivation of the tracking.
You can also prevent the recording of the data generated by the Google Analytics cookie and relating to your use of the website (incl. your IP address) by Google, as well as its processing by Google, in that you download and install the browser plug-in available under the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
If you prevent your browser from accepting cookies, the deactivation cookie too cannot be placed.
If you delete the cookies on your computer, you must also place the deactivation cookie again by clicking the above-mentioned link again.

X. Rights of the Data Subject

You have the right: 

  • in accordance with article 15 of DSGVO [GDPR], to demand information on your personal data processed by us. In particular, you can demand information on the purposes of the processing, the category of the personal data, the categories of recipients with respect to whom or which your data has been or will be disclosed, the planned period of storage, the existence of a right to correction, deletion, limitation of the processing or contradiction, the existence of a right of objection, the origins of your data, if this has not been collected by us, and on the existence of an automated decision-making process including profiling and, where applicable, sound information on the related details;

  • in accordance with article 16 of DSGVO [GDPR], to demand the immediate correction of incorrect data, or to have any incomplete personal data of yours, that is stored by us, completed;

  • in accordance with article 17 of DSGVO [GDPR], to demand the deletion of your personal data stored by us, provided the processing is not necessary for the exercising of the right to freedom of expression and information, for the fulfilment of a legal obligation, for reasons that are in the public interest, or for assertion, exercising or defence of legal entitlements;

  • in accordance with article 18 of DSGVO [GDPR], to demand limitations on the processing of your personal data, if the correctness of the data is contested by you, if the processing is unlawful but you reject the deletion of the data and we no longer require it, though you need it for assertion, exercising or defence of legal entitlements, or if you have protested against its processing, in accordance with article 21 of DSGVO [GDPR];

  • in accordance with art. 20 of DSGVO [GDPR], to demand to be sent your personal data, that you have provided us with, in a structured, standard and machine-readable format, or to demand its transfer to another controller;

  • in accordance with article 7, paragraph 3 of DSGVO [GDPR], to revoke your previously given consent, with respect to us, at any time. This has the consequence that, from then on, we will no longer be entitled to undertake data processing dependent on this consent;

  • in accordance with article 77 of DSGVO [GDPR], to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. As a rule you can choose, for this purpose, the supervisory authority at your customary place of residence or workplace, or that at the place of the registered address of our business. 

(Advertising) Right of Objection

If your personal data is processed, on the basis of legitimate interests in accordance with article 6, paragraph 1, sentence 1, letter f of DSGVO [GDPR], you have the right, in accordance with article 21 of DSGVO [GDPR], to object to the processing of your personal data, provided there are reasons for doing so that arise from your special situation, or the objection is aimed at direct advertising. In the latter case you have a general right of objection that will be implemented by us without the need for details referring to a special situation.
If you wish to make use of your right of revocation or your right of objection, it is sufficient to send an e-mail to kundenservice@wempe.de

Amendments of the Data-Protection Standards

Should a future amendment of these data-protection standards be necessary, you will always find the current version here.

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