Privacy Policy

Introduction

VTE-FILTER GmbH
Hans-Böckler-Ring 29 -33
22851 Norderstedt

Phone: 040 5210890

(in the following "we", "us") as operator of the website is responsible for the personal data of the users (in the following "you") of the website in the sense of the Basic Data Protection Regulation (in the following "GDPR").

The protection of your privacy is of great and very important concern to us. VTE-Filter collects, processes and uses your personal data in accordance with the content of these data protection provisions and the applicable data protection regulations.

According to the GDPR, "personal data" means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (in the following "data subject"); an identifiable person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier, or one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person. In other words, personal information about you is information that relates to you or says something about you personally and can be associated with you, either on its own or in combination with other information.

In these data protection regulations we would like to inform you in detail about which personal data we collect, process and use about you when you visit our website. We would therefore ask you to read the following statements carefully.

1. Collecting and use of personal data

As a matter of principle, we process your personal data only to the extent necessary to provide a functional website. In addition, we only process data that you have provided us with in the course of contacting us.

1.1 Access to the website

Each time you visit our website, your browser automatically sends certain information to the server of our website and this is then stored in a log file ( in the following "log file"). These are information about

  • the type and version of the browser you use,
  • the operating system of your end device (PC, notebook, smartphone etc.) that you use,
  • the Internet page from which you came to our website
  • the host name ( in the following "IP address") of your terminal device
  • the time at which the call was made and
  • the amount of data transferred and the access status (file transferred, file not found, etc.)

The legal basis for the collection and processing of information stored in a log file is point (f) Article 6(1) GDPR.

We use this data to ensure the functionality of the website, in particular to detect and eliminate website errors, to determine the website load and to make adjustments or improvements. Our legitimate interest in data processing also lies in this purpose. The processing is expressly not carried out for the purpose of gaining knowledge about you as a visitor to the website.

The information stored in a log file will be deleted as soon as it is no longer necessary for the purpose of its collection. We delete your IP address after you leave our website. Additional storage of data in log files is possible. In this case, your IP address will be alienated so that it is no longer possible to assign the calling client.

The collection of data for the provision of our website and the storage of the data in log files is absolutely necessary for the operation of our website. Consequently, there is no possibility for you to object.

Furthermore, we use cookies on our website. You will find more detailed explanations in section 2 of these data protection provisions.

1.2 Contact form and e-mail contact

On our website there is a contact form which can be used for electronic contact. If you take this opportunity, the data entered in the input mask will be transmitted to us and stored. In order to be able to receive a reply, you must at least provide a valid e-mail address. All other details can be entered voluntarily.

During the sending process, reference is made to these data regulations. By sending the contact form, you agree to the processing of the data collected in the form.

Alternatively, it is possible to contact us using the e-mail address provided. In this case your personal data transmitted with the e-mail will be stored.

In this context, the data will not be passed on to third parties. The data will be used exclusively for processing the conversation.

The legal basis for the processing of the data is point (a) Article 6(1) GDPR, if you have given your consent.

The legal basis for the processing of data transmitted in the course of sending an e-mail is point (f) Article 6(1) GDPR. If the e-mail contact is aimed at the conclusion of a contract, the additional legal basis for processing is point (b) Article 6(1) GDPR.

The processing of the personal data from the input mask serves us solely to process the contact. In the case of contacting us by e-mail, this is also the necessary legitimate interest in the processing of the data.

The other personal data processed during the sending process serve to prevent misuse of the contact form and to ensure the security of our information technology systems.

The data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer required for the purpose of their collection. This is the case for the personal data from the input mask of the contact form and those sent by e-mail when the respective conversation with you has ended. The conversation is finished when it can be concluded from the circumstances that the matter in question has been finally clarified.

The additional personal data collected during the sending process will be deleted after a period of seven days at the latest.

You have the possibility to revoke your consent to the processing of personal data at any time. If you contact us by e-mail, you can object to the storage of your personal data at any time. In such a case the conversation cannot be continued.

All personal data stored in the course of contacting us will be deleted in this case.

2. Use of cookies

For our website we use the technology of cookies. Cookies are very small text files used by Internet pages, which your browser stores on your end device. We only use so-called session cookies (also known as temporary cookies), i.e. those that are only temporarily stored for the duration of your use of one of our Internet pages. The purpose of these cookies is to make the use of our website more convenient. For example, session cookies can be used to track whether you have already visited individual pages of our website. After leaving the website, these session cookies are automatically deleted.

You can set your browser so that it generally does not accept cookies, or only accepts them after you have expressly confirmed them. You can easily find out how this works by using the help function of your browser. However, if your browser does not accept cookies, the range of functions of our website may be limited or not available at all.

The data processed by cookies for the purposes stated above are justified in the safeguarding of our legitimate interests in accordance with the first sentence of point (f) Article 6(1) GDPR.

3. Sharing of personal data

Personal data are transmitted to third parties if

  • the data subject has explicitly consented to this in accordance with the first sentence of point (a) Article 6(1) GDPR,
  • in accordance with the first sentence of point (f) Article 6(1) GDPR, disclosure is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims, and there is no reason to assume that the data subject has an overriding legitimate interest in the nondisclosure of their data,
  • there is a legal obligation to data transfer in accordance with the first sentence of point (c) Article 6(1) GDPR, and/or
  • this is necessary for the fulfillment of a contractual relationship with the data subject in accordance with the first sentence of point (b) Article 6(1) GDPR.

Personal data will not be passed on to third parties in other cases.

4. Data protection and third-party websites

Our website may contain hyperlinks to and from third-party websites. If you follow a hyperlink to one of these websites, please note that we cannot accept any responsibility or guarantee for third-party content or data protection conditions. Please make sure you are aware of the applicable data protection terms and conditions before you submit personal data to these websites.

5. Your rights as a data subject and contact

Insofar as your personal data is processed when you visit our website, you are entitled to the following rights as a "data subject" within the meaning of the GDPR:

5.1 Information/access

You can request confirmation from us as to whether personal data concerning you is being processed by us. If such processing has taken place, you can request information from us about the following:

  • the purposes for which the personal data are processed;
  • the categories of personal data which are processed;
  • the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data concerning you have been or will be disclosed;
  • the planned duration of storage of the personal data concerning you or, if it is not possible to give specific details,
  • criteria for determining the duration of storage;
  • the existence of a right of rectification or erasure of personal data concerning you, a right to have the processing limited by us or a right to object to such processing;
  • the existence of a right of appeal to a supervisory authority;
  • any available information as to the source of the data if the personal data are not collected from the data subject;
  • the existence of automated decision making, including profiling, in accordance with Article 22(1,4) GDPR and, at least in these cases, meaningful information about the logic involved and the scope and intended impact of such processing on the data subject.

You have the right to request information as to whether personal data concerning you is transferred to a third country or to an international organisation. In this context, you have the right to request to be informed of the appropriate guarantees in accordance with Article 46 GDPR in connection with the transfer.

5.2 Right of rectification

You have the right to ask us to correct and/or complete any personal data processed concerning you if it is incorrect or incomplete. We must make the correction without delay.

5.3 Right to limit processing

Under the following conditions, you may request the restriction of the processing of personal data concerning you:

  • if you dispute the accuracy of the personal data concerning you for a period of time that allows us to verify the accuracy of the personal data;
  • if the processing is unlawful and you refuse to delete the personal data and instead request the restriction of the use of the personal data;
  • we no longer need the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but you need it for the purpose of asserting, exercising or defending legal claims, or if you have objected to the processing in accordance with Article 21(1)of the GDPR and it has not yet been established whether our legitimate reasons outweigh your reasons.

If the processing of personal data relating to you has been restricted, such data may be processed, with the exception of storage, only with your consent or for the purpose of asserting, exercising or defending legal claims or protecting the rights of another natural or legal person or on grounds of an important public interest of the Union or of a Member State. If the restriction on processing has been restricted under the above conditions, you will be informed by us before the restriction is lifted.

5.4 Right of erasure

You may require us to delete personal data relating to you immediately and we are obliged to delete such data immediately if one of the following reasons applies:

  • The personal data concerning you are no longer necessary for the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed.
  • You revoke your consent on which the processing was based pursuant of point (a) Article 6(1) or  point (a) Article 9(2) GDPR, and there is no other legal basis for the processing.
  • You object to the processing in accordance with Article 21(1) of the GDPR and there are no legitimate legitimate reasons for the processing, or you object to the processing in accordance with Article 21 (2) of the GDPR.
  • The personal data concerning you have been processed unlawfully.
  • The deletion of personal data concerning you is necessary to comply with a legal obligation under Union law or the law of the Member States to which the controller is subject.
  • The personal data concerning you have been collected in relation to information society services offered, in accordance with Article 8(1) of the GDPR.

The right of erasure does not exist if the processing is necessary

  • on the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information;
  • to comply with a legal obligation to which the processing relates under Union or national law to which the controller is subject or to carry out a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller;
  • for reasons of public interest relating to public health pursuant to Article 9(2)(h) and (i) and Article 9(3) of the GDPR;
  • for archival, scientific or historical research purposes in the public interest or for statistical purposes pursuant to Art. 89 para. 1 GDPR, insofar as the law referred to in section a) is likely to render impossible or seriously prejudice the attainment of the objectives of such processing, or
  • to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

5.5 Right to be informed

If you have asserted the right to rectification, erasure or limitation of processing against us, we are obliged to notify all recipients to whom the personal data concerning you have been disclosed of this rectification, erasure or limitation of processing, unless this proves impossible or involves a disproportionate effort.

You have the right to be informed about these recipients.

5.6 Right to data transferability

You have the right to receive the personal data concerning you that you have provided us with in a structured, common and machine-readable format. You also have the right to have this data communicated to another person in charge, without hindrance from us, to whom the personal data has been provided, provided that

the processing is based on a consent pursuant to point (a) Article6 (1) GDPR or point (a) Article 9(2) GDPR or on a contract pursuant to point (b) Article 6 (1) GDPR and

the processing is carried out by means of automated procedures.

In exercising this right, you also have the right to obtain that the personal data concerning you be transferred directly by us to another controller, insofar as this is technically feasible. The freedoms and rights of other persons must not be affected by this.

The right to data transferability does not apply to the processing of personal data which is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in us.

5.7 Right of objection

You have the right to object at any time, for reasons arising from your particular situation, to the processing of personal data concerning you which is carried out on the basis of Art. 6(1)(e) or (f) GDPR, including profiling based on these provisions.

We will no longer process the personal data concerning you unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate reasons for processing which outweigh your interests, rights and freedoms, or unless the processing is for the purpose of asserting, exercising or defending legal claims.

You have the possibility to exercise your right of objection in connection with the use of information society services - notwithstanding Directive 2002/58/EC - by means of automated procedures involving technical specifications.

5.8 Right to withdraw the declaration of consent under data protection law

You have the right to revoke your data protection declaration of consent at any time. Revocation of your consent does not affect the legality of the processing that has taken place on the basis of your consent until revocation.

5.9 Automated decision in individual cases including profiling

You have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, that has legal effect on you or significantly affects you in a similar manner. This shall not apply if the decision

  • is necessary for the conclusion or fulfilment of a contract between you and the person responsible,
  • is authorised by Union or national legislation to which the person responsible is subject and that legislation provides for appropriate measures to safeguard your rights and freedoms and your legitimate interests, or
  • with your express consent.

However, these decisions may not be based on special categories of personal data under Art. 9 (1) GDPR, unless Art. 9 (2) (a) or (g) GDPR applies and adequate measures have been taken to protect the rights and freedoms and your legitimate interests.

With regard to the first and last cases mentioned above, we shall take appropriate measures to safeguard your rights and freedoms and your legitimate interests, which shall include at least the right to obtain the intervention of a person by us, to express your point of view and to contest the decision.

5.9.1 Right of appeal to a supervisory authority

Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State in which you are resident, your place of employment or the place where the alleged infringement occurred, if you consider that the processing of personal data relating to you is in breach of the GDPR.
The supervisory authority to which the complaint has been lodged shall inform the complainant of the status and the results of the complaint, including the possibility of a judicial remedy under Article 78 of the GDPR.

5.9.2 Contact

If you wish to claim one of your rights and/or receive more detailed information about this, you can send us your request to the following contact (by e-mail or by post):

VTE-FILTER GmbH
Hans-Böckler-Ring 29 - 33
22851 Norderstedt

We may require proof of your identity before we can implement your request. This serves to protect your data from manipulation or deletion by third parties.

6. Status and update of this data privacy statement

Thess data protection regulations are effective as of May 25, 2018, and we reserve the right to update the data protection regulations from time to time to improve data protection and/or to adapt it to changes in government practice or jurisdiction.