Data protection declaration

Please read these Terms of Use and Privacy Notices carefully. These apply to all services, including ancillary, programs, information, advertising measures and products provided to you on the apsolut website or in our other publications.

Privacy Policy

We depend on the trust of our users if we are to successfully conduct our business. Data protection is therefore of the utmost importance to apsolut, our customers and cooperation partners. The following obligations with regard to user data protection are the basis of apsolut's business activities at all times.

§1 Information on the collection of personal data

(1) In the following text, we inform you about the collection of personal data when using our website. Personal data is all data that can be related to you personally, e.g. name, address, e-mail addresses, user behaviour.

(2) The person responsible pursuant to Art. 4 Para. 7 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is

apsolut GmbH
Hobergerfeld 6a
33619 Bielefeld, Germany

E-mail: info@ap-solut.com

(See our imprint)

You can reach our data protection officer at:

Bugl & Kollegen GmbH
Sedanstr. 7
93055 Regensburg, Germany

E-mail: kontakt@buglkollegen.de

(3) When you contact us by e-mail or via a contact form, the data you provide, (your e-mail address, possibly your name and telephone number) will be stored by us in order to answer your questions. We will delete the data that arises in this context after it is no longer required to be stored, or restrict processing if there are legal storage obligations.

(4) If we wish to use contracted service providers for individual functions of our offer or use your data for advertising purposes, we will inform you below in detail about the respective processes. We will also specify the criteria for the storage period.

§2 Your rights

(1) You have the following rights against us with regard to personal data concerning you:

  • Right of information,
  • Right to rectification or deletion,
  • Right to limit the processing,
  • Right to object to the processing,
  • Right to data transferability

Further information on the processing of your personal data can be found under 'Rights of the Persons Affected'.

(2) You also have the right to complain to a Data Protection Supervisory Authority about the processing of your personal data by us.

Postal address:

State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information
North Rhine-Westphalia
P.O. Box 20 04 44
40102 Düsseldorf, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 211/38424-0
Fax: +49 (0) 211/38424-10
E-mail: poststelle@ldi.nrw.de

§3 Collection of personal data when visiting our website

(1) In the case of purely informational use of the website, i.e. if you do not register or otherwise provide us with information, we only collect the personal data that your browser transmits to our server. If you wish to view our website, we collect the following data, which is technically necessary for us to display our website to you and to guarantee stability and security (legal basis is Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR):

  • IP address
  • Date and time of the request
  • Time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Contents of the request (concrete page)
  • Access status/HTTP status code
  • Amount of data transferred in each case
  • Website from which the request originates
  • Browser
  • Operating system and its interface
  • Language and version of the browser software

(2) In addition to the aforementioned data, cookies are stored on your computer when you use our website. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your hard drive assigned to the browser you are using and through which certain information flows to the location that sets the cookie (here by us). Cookies cannot execute programs or transmit viruses to your computer. They serve to make the website more user-friendly and effective.

(3) Use of cookies:

a) This website uses the following types of cookies, the scope and function of which are explained below:

  • Transient Cookies (see b)
  • Persistent cookies (see c)

b) Transient cookies are automatically deleted when you close your browser. These include in particular session cookies. They store a so-called session ID, which can be used to assign various requests from your browser to the shared session. This enables your computer to be recognised when you return to our website. The session cookies are deleted when you log out or close your browser.

c) Persistent cookies are automatically deleted after a specified period, but can vary depending on the cookie. You can delete cookies at any time in the security settings of your browser.

d) You can configure your browser settings according to your wishes and, for example, refuse to accept third-party cookies or all cookies. We would like to point out that you may not be able to use all the functions of this website in that case.

§4 Use of Google Analytics

(1) This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users utilise the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will generally be transmitted to, and stored by Google on servers within the EU. 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 activity and to provide other services related to website activity and internet usage to the website operator.

(2) The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics is not merged with other Google data.

(3) You may refuse 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 the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie in relation to your use of the website (including your IP address) and Google, from processing this data by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

(4) This website uses Google Analytics with the extension "_anonymizeIp()". This shortens the processing of IP addresses, thus excluding the possibility of personal references. If the data collected about you is related to a person, this is excluded instantly and personal data deleted immediately.

(5) We use Google Analytics to analyse and regularly improve the use of our website. The statistics obtained allow us to improve our services and make them more interesting for you as a user. For the exceptional cases in which personal data is transferred to the USA, Google has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield: https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework. The legal basis for the use of Google Analytics is Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f GDPR.

(6) Third party information: Google Dublin, Google Ireland Ltd, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, Fax: +353 (1) 436 1001.

"For users who have their habitual residence in the European Economic Area or Switzerland, Google Ireland Limited is the data controller responsible for your data, unless otherwise stated in the privacy notices of a particular service. Google Ireland Limited is therefore the company affiliated with Google which is responsible for the processing of your data and compliance with applicable data protection laws" (https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en&gl=en).

General information on data protection: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en&gl=en#infocollect

Terms of use: http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html.

(7) This website also uses Google Analytics for a cross-device analysis of visitor flows, carried out via a user ID. You can deactivate the cross-device analysis of your usage in your customer account under "My data", "Personal data".

§5 Use of social media plug-ins

(1) We are currently using the following social media plug-ins: [Facebook, Twitter, Xing, LinkedIn] and we use the so-called two-click solution. This means that when you visit our site, no personal data is initially passed on to the providers of the plug-ins. You can recognize the provider of the plug-in by the mark on the box above his initial letter or the logo. We offer you the possibility to communicate directly with the provider of the plug-in via the button. Only if you click on the marked field and thereby activate it will the plug-in provider receive the information that you have called up the corresponding website of our online service. In addition, the data mentioned under § 3 of this declaration will be transmitted. In the case of Facebook and Xing, the IP address is created anonymously immediately after collection, according to information provided by the respective providers in Germany. When the plug-in is activated, personal data is transferred from you to the respective plug-in provider and stored there (in the case of US providers in the USA). Since the plug-in provider collects data in particular via cookies, we recommend that you delete all cookies via your browser's security settings before clicking on the grayed-out box.

(2) We have no influence on the collected data and data processing procedures, nor are we aware of the full scope of data collection, the purposes of processing, the storage periods. We also do not have any information on the deletion of the collected data by the plug-in provider.

(3) The plug-in provider stores the data collected about you as a user profile and uses these for the purposes of advertising, market research and/or the needs-based design of its website. Such an evaluation is carried out in particular (also for users who are not logged in) to display demand-oriented advertising and to inform other users of the social network about your activities on our website. You have the right to object to the creation of these user profiles, whereby you must contact the respective plug-in provider to exercise this right. Through the plug-ins, we offer you the opportunity to interact with social networks and other users so that we can improve our offer and make it more interesting for you as a user. The legal basis for the use of the plug-ins is Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f GDPR.

(4) The data transfer takes place regardless of whether you have an account with the plug-in provider and you are logged in. If you are logged in with the plug-in provider, your data collected by us will be assigned directly to your existing account with the plug-in provider. If you press the activated button and, for example, link the page, the plug-in provider also stores this information in your user account and communicates it publicly to your contacts. We recommend that you log out regularly after using a social network, but especially before activating the button, as this allows you to avoid being assigned to your profile by the plug-in provider.

(5) Further information on the purpose and scope of data collection and processing by the plug-in provider can be found in the following data protection declarations of these providers. There you will also find further information on your rights in this regard and setting options to protect your privacy.

(6) Addresses of the respective plug-in providers and URL with their data protection information:

a) Facebook Inc., 1601 S California Ave, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA; http://www.facebook.com/policy.php; further information on data collection: http://www.facebook.com/help/186325668085084, http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/your-info-on-other#applications and http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/your-info#everyoneinfo. Facebook has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield, https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework.

b) Google Ireland Ltd., Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, Fax: +353 (1) 436 1001 or Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountainview, California 94043, USA; https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/?hl=en. Google has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield, https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework.

c) Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, California 94103, USA; https://twitter.com/privacy. Twitter has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield, https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework.

d) Xing AG, Gänsemarkt 43, 20354 Hamburg, DE; http://www.xing.com/privacy.

e) LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, California 94043, USA; http://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy. LinkedIn has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield, https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework.

§6 Integration of Vimeo videos

(1) We have integrated Vimeo videos into our online offer which are stored at http://www.vimeo.com and can be played directly from our website. [These are all integrated in the "extended data protection mode", i.e. no data about you as a user is transferred to Vimeo if you do not play the videos. Only when you play the videos will the data referred to in paragraph 2 be transmitted. We have no influence on this data transmission.]

(2) When you visit the website, Vimeo will be informed that you have accessed the relevant page on our website. In addition, the data specified under §3 of this declaration will be transmitted. This occurs regardless of whether Vimeo provides a user account that you are logged in to or whether no user account exists. Vimeo stores your data as user profiles and uses them for advertising, market research and/or demand-oriented design of its website. Such evaluation is carried out in particular (even for users who are not logged in) to provide demand-oriented advertising and to inform other users of the social network about your activities on our website. You have the right to object to the creation of these user profiles, and you must contact Vimeo to exercise this right.

(3) Further information on the purpose and scope of data collection and processing by Vimeo can be found in the Privacy Policy. There you will also find further information on your rights and setting options to protect your privacy: https://vimeo.com/privacy. Vimeo also processes your personal data in the USA and has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield, https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework.

§7 Integration of Google Maps

(1) On this website, we use the services of Google Maps. This enables us to display interactive maps directly on the website and enables you to use the map function conveniently.

(2) By visiting the website, Google receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding subpage of our website. In addition, the data mentioned under §3 of this declaration will be transmitted. This takes place regardless of whether Google provides a user account that you are logged in to or whether there is no user account. If you are logged in on Google, your data will be directly assigned to your account. If you do not want your profile to be associated with Google, you must log out before activating the button. Google stores your data as active profiles and uses them for advertising, market research and/or needs-based design of its website. Such evaluation is carried out in particular (even for users who are not logged in) to provide demand-oriented advertising and to inform other users of the social network about your activities on our website. You have the right to object to the creation of these user profiles, and you must contact Google to exercise this right.

(3) For further information on the purpose and scope of data collection and processing by the plug-in provider, please refer to the provider's privacy policy. There you will also find further information on your rights in this regard and setting options to protect your privacy: http://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy. Google also processes your personal data in the USA and has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield, https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework

§8 Use of OpenStreetMap

We use a map section of OpenStreetMap (https://www.openstreetmap.org/) on our website to show you how to travel to our company and to make it easier for you to plan your journey.

OpenStreetMap is an open source mapping tool. Your IP address is forwarded to OpenStreetMap so that the map can be displayed. You can find out how OpenStreetMap stores your data on the OpenStreetMap data protection page at https://www.openstreetmap.org.

We base the use of the abovementioned tool on Art. 6 para. 1 letter f) DSGVO: data processing is carried out to improve user friendliness on our website and is therefore in our legitimate interest.

§9 Integration of YouTube videos

(1) We have included YouTube videos in our online offering which are stored at http://www.YouTube.com and can be played directly from our website. These are all integrated in the "extended data protection mode", i.e. no data about you as a user is transferred to YouTube if you do not play the videos. Only when you play the videos will the data referred to in paragraph 2 be transmitted. We have no influence on this data transmission.

(2) By visiting the Website, YouTube receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding subpage of our Website. In addition, the data specified under § 3 of this declaration will be transmitted. This occurs regardless of whether YouTube provides a user account that you are logged in to or whether there is no user account. If you are logged in to Google, your data will be assigned directly to your account. If you do not wish your profile to be associated with YouTube, you must log out before activating the button. YouTube stores your data as user profiles and uses them for advertising, market research and/or the design of its website to meet your needs. Such evaluation is carried out in particular (even for users who are not logged in) to provide demand-oriented advertising and to inform other users of the social network about your activities on our website. You have the right to object to the creation of these user profiles, whereby you must contact YouTube to exercise this right.

(3) Further information on the purpose and scope of data collection and processing by YouTube can be found in the Privacy Policy. There you will also find further information on your rights and setting options to protect your privacy: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy. Google also processes your personal data in the USA and has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield, https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework.

§10 CleverReach

For sending newsletters, we use CleverReach. The provider is CleverReach GmbH & Co. KG, Mühlenstr. 43, 26180 Rastede, Germany. With this service, we can organize and analyze the newsletter dispatch. The data you enter to receive the newsletter, such as your e-mail address, is stored on CleverReach's servers. The servers are located in Germany and Ireland.

The newsletter dispatch with CleverReach allows us to analyse the behaviour of the newsletter recipient. The analysis shows, among other things, how many recipients have opened their newsletter and with what frequency links were accessed. CleverReach supports conversion tracking in order to analyse whether a previously defined action, such as a product purchase, has taken place after clicking on a link. Details of CleverReach's data analysis can be found at: https://www.cleverreach.com/de/funktionen/reporting-und-tracking.

Data processing is based on your consent (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR). A revocation of your already given consent is possible at any time. To revoke your consent, simply send an informal e-mail or use the "Unsubscribe" link in the newsletter to unsubscribe. The legality of the data processing operations that have already taken place remains unaffected by the revocation.

If you do not wish an analysis by CleverReach, you must unsubscribe from the newsletter. To unsubscribe, simply send us an informal e-mail or use the "unsubscribe" link in the newsletter.

Data entered to set up the subscription will be deleted from our servers and the CleverReach servers if you unsubscribe. If this data has been transmitted to us for other purpose, it will remain with us.

Details of CleverReach's privacy policy can be found at: https://www.cleverreach.com/de/datenschutz.

Order processing: In order to fully comply with the statutory data protection requirements, we have concluded an order processing agreement with CleverReach.

§11 Use of Matomo

(1) This website uses the Matomo web analysis service to analyse and regularly improve the use of our website. The statistics obtained allow us to improve our service and make it more interesting for you as a user. The legal basis for the use of Matomo is Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f GDPR.

(2) Cookies (more details in § 3) are stored on your computer for this evaluation. The information collected in this way is stored exclusively on the responsible person's server [in Germany]. You can adjust the evaluation by deleting existing cookies and preventing the storage of cookies. If you prevent the storage of cookies, we would like to point out that you may not be able to use this website to its full extent. The prevention of the storage of cookies is possible by the setting in your browser. It is possible to prevent the use of Matomo by removing the following check mark and thus activating the opt-out plug-in: [MatomoiFrame].

(3) This website uses Matomo with the extension "AnonymizeIP". This shortens the processing of IP addresses and prevents them from being directly linked to persons. The IP address transmitted by your browser via Matomo is not merged with other data collected by us.

(4) The program Matomo is an open source project. Information from the third party provider on data protection can be found at https://matomo.org/privacy-policy/.

§12 Use of Cisco WebEx Events

(1) Our online events and webinars are conducted via the Cisco WebEx platform. It is a service of Cisco Systems, inc., 170 West Tasman Drive, San Jose, CA 95134, USA. Cisco WebEx is a provider of video conferencing, IP telephony, instant messaging, file transfer, and screen sharing. All of WebEx's business-to-business collaboration products and services are part of the Cisco Collaboration portfolio and are delivered by Cisco Systems as Software as a Service (SaaS).

(2) During registration, the relevant data for the webinar (event, participant name, e-mail address, telephone number and company name) are collected. During participation in the webinar, Cisco also collects your connection data. (Further information: https://trustportal.cisco.com/c/dam/r/ctp/docs/privacydatasheet/collaboration/cisco-webex-meetings-privacy-data-sheet.pdf ). apsolut shall not store or evaluate your data any further than the recording of online events, if any, and independently of the data collection operated by Cisco. A recording of the event will be announced at the latest at the beginning of each webinar. In this context, apsolut will inform you about the purpose of the storage (e.g. provision for participants, sales purposes). The data on your webinar participation will be stored for a maximum of 3 months.

(3) Data shall be processed on the basis of your consent (Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a GDPR) and to safeguard legitimate interests (promotion of sales, optimisation of the webinar offer - Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR). A revocation of your already given consent is possible at any time. The legality of the data processing operations that have already taken place remains unaffected by the revocation. If you do not wish an analysis by Cisco, you may choose to not participate in the Online Events. To unsubscribe, or for the revocation, an informal e-mail to us is sufficient. Data entered to set up the webinar will be deleted from Cisco's servers if you unsubscribe. If this data has been transmitted to us for other purposes and elsewhere, it will remain with us.

(4) Third party information: Cisco Systems, inc., 170 West Tasman Drive, San Jose, CA 9513, USA. Cisco participates in the frameworks and principles of the EU-US Privacy Shield, the Swiss-US Privacy Shield and has had its compliance certified. These frameworks and principles were developed by the US Department of Commerce and govern the collection, use and retention of personal data transferred from the European Union (EU) and Switzerland. Cisco has agreed to comply with the applicable principles of the frameworks of the EU-US Data Protection Shield and the Swiss-US Privacy Shield when handling all personal data received from EU member states and Switzerland. If any of the terms of this Privacy Policy conflict with the principles of the EU-US Data Protection Shield or the Swiss-US Privacy Shield, the principles of the EU-US Data Protection Shield or the Swiss-US Privacy Shield shall apply. Further information on these privacy shield frameworks can be found on the US Department of Commerce's Privacy Shield website. According to these privacy shield frameworks, Cisco is responsible for the processing of the personal data received and therefore acts as its representative when they are transferred to third parties. Cisco complies with the Privacy Shield Principles for all transfers of personal data from the EU and Switzerland, including liability regulations for transfers. In certain situations, Cisco may need to disclose personal information at the request of an authority for reasons of national security or to comply with law enforcement requirements. With respect to personal information received and transmitted under the Privacy Shield Framework, Cisco is subject to the enforcement powers of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

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