Privacy Policy / Data Protection

This Privacy Statement is effective as of May 2018.

At Beat Grossenbacher GmbH (following Grossenbacher) we recognise the importance of protecting your personal information and are committed to processing it responsibly and in compliance with applicable data protection laws in all countries in which Grossenbacher operates.

This Privacy Statement describes Grossenbacher's general privacy practices that apply to personal information we collect, use and share about consumers and other individuals within our clients, business partners, supplier and other organisations with which Grossenbacher has or contemplates a business relationship

 

Why and how we collect and use your personal information

We may collect your personal information as an individual for various purposes, such as the following:

  • Access and use of websites or other online services
    When entering one of our websites, we will record information necessary to provide you with access, for the operation of the website and for us to comply with security and legal requirements in relation to operating our site, such as passwords, IP address and browser settings. We also collect information about your activities during your visit in order to personalise your website experience, such as recording your preferences and settings, and to collect statistics to help us improve and further develop our websites, products and services.
  • Responding to your request for information, order, or support
    When you contact us (online or offline) in connection with a request for information, to order a product or service, to provide you with support, we collect information necessary to fulfill your request, to deliver the product or service, to provide you with support and to be able to contact you. For instance, we collect your name and contact information, details about your request and your agreement with us and the fulfilment, delivery and invoicing of your order and we may include client satisfaction survey information. We retain such information for administrative purposes, defending our rights, and in connection with our relationship with you.

    When you provide your name and contact information to register in connection with such a request, the registration may serve to identify you when you visit our websites.
  • Contacting employees of our clients, prospects, partners and suppliers
    In our relationship with clients or prospects, partners and suppliers, they also provide us with business contact information (such as name, business contact details, position or title of their employees, contractors, advisors and authorised users) for purposes such as contract management, fulfilment, delivery of products and services, provision of support, invoicing and management of the services or the relationship.

Where we reference that we use your personal information in connection with a request, order, transaction or agreement (or preparing for the same), or to provide you with services that you requested (such as a website), we do this because it is necessary for the performance of an agreement with you.

Where we reference that we use your personal information in relation to marketing, improvement or development of our products or services, for reasons of safety and security, or regulatory requirements other than in connection with your agreement or request, we do this on the basis of our or a third party’s legitimate interests, or with your consent. When we collect and use your personal information subject to the EU Privacy Legislation this may have consequences for Your Rights.

Sharing of Personal Information

As a global connected company, with business processes, management structures and technical systems that cross borders, Grossenbacher has implemented global policies, along with standards and procedures, for consistent protection of personal information. As a global company, we may share information about you with our subsidiaries world-wide and transfer it to countries in the world where we do business in accordance with this Privacy Statement.

Between Grossenbacher controlled subsidiaries we only grant access to personal information on a need-to-know basis, necessary for the purposes for which such access is granted. In some cases, Grossenbacher uses suppliers located in various countries to collect, use, analyse, and otherwise process personal information on its behalf.

Where appropriate, Grossenbacher may also share your personal information with selected partners to help us provide you, or the company you work for, products or services, or to fulfill your requests, or with your consent. When selecting our suppliers and partners, we take into account their data handling processes.

If Grossenbacher decides to sell, buy, merge or otherwise reorganise businesses in some countries, such a transaction may involve the disclosure of personal information to prospective or actual purchasers, or the receipt of such information from sellers. It is Grossenbacher's practice to require appropriate protection for personal information in these types of transactions.

Please be aware that in certain circumstances, personal information may be subject to disclosure to government agencies pursuant to judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process. We may also share your personal information to protect the rights or property of Grossenbacher, our business partners, suppliers or clients, and others when we have reasonable grounds to believe that such rights or property have been or could be affected.

International Transfers

On rare occasions Grossenbacher transfers personal information between different subsidiaries, as well as to third parties located in the countries where we do business. Some countries have implemented transfer restrictions for personal information, in connection with which Grossenbacher takes various measures, including:

  • Where required, Grossenbacher implements Standard Contractual Clauses approved by the EU Commission, or similar contractual clauses in other jurisdictions. This includes transfers to suppliers or other third parties. You can request a copy of the EU Standard Contractual Clauses here.

Information Security and Accuracy

We intend to protect your personal information and to maintain its accuracy. Grossenbacher implements reasonable physical, administrative and technical safeguards to help us protect your personal information from unauthorised access, use and disclosure. For example, we encrypt certain sensitive personal information such as credit card information when we transmit such information over the Internet. We also require that our suppliers protect such information from unauthorised access, use and disclosure.

Retention Period

We will not retain personal information longer than necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it is processed, including the security of our processing complying with legal and regulatory obligations (e.g. audit, accounting and statutory retention terms), handling disputes, and for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims in the countries where we do business.

How to contact us

If you have a question related to this Privacy Statement, please contact us by using this form. Your message will be forwarded to the appropriate member of Grossenbacher's Data Privacy Team, such as Data Protection Officers or members of their teams.

For the purposes of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the controller of your personal information is Beat Grossenbacher GmbH, altes Zeughaus, Thunstrasse 5, 3415 Hasle b. Burgdorf Schweiz.

Your Rights

You can request to access, update or correct your personal information. You also have the right to object to direct marketing. You lodge the request by using our contact form.

You may have additional rights pursuant to your local law applicable to the processing. For example, if the processing of your personal information is subject to the EU General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), and your personal information is processed based on legitimate interests, you have the right to object to the processing on grounds relating to your specific situation. Under GDPR you may also have the right to request to have your personal information deleted or restricted and ask for portability of your personal information.

Right to Lodge a Complaint

In the event you consider our processing of your personal information not to be compliant with the applicable data protection laws, you can lodge a complaint:

Changes to our Privacy Statements

From time to time we may update this Privacy Statement, as well as any other specific privacy statement. When making changes to this Privacy Statement, we will add a new date at the top of this Privacy Statement.

Cookies, Web Beacon and Other Technologies

As mentioned above, we collect information from your visits to our websites to help us gather statistics about usage and effectiveness, personalise your experience, tailor our interactions with you, and improve our products and services. We do so through the use of various technologies, including scripts, tags, Local Shared Objects (Flash cookies), Local Storage (HTML5) beacons, and "cookies".

What are cookies and why are cookies used

A cookie is a piece of data that a website can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your computer as a tag that identifies your computer. While cookies are often only used to measure website usage (such as number of visitors and duration of visit) and effectiveness (such as topics visitors are most interested in) and to allow for ease of navigation or use and, as such, are not associated with any personal information, they are also used at times to personalise a known visitor's experience of a website by being associated with profile information or user preferences. Over time this information provides valuable insight to help improve the user experience.

Cookies are typically categorised as "session" cookies or "persistent" cookies. Session cookies help you navigate through the website efficiently, keeping track of your progression from page to page so that you are not asked for information you have already provided during the current visit, or information needed to be able to complete a transaction. Session cookies are stored in temporary memory and erased when the web browser is closed. Persistent cookies on the other hand, store user preferences for current and successive visits. They are written on your device's hard disk, and are still valid when you restart your browser. We use persistent cookies, for example, to record your choice of language and country location.

How to express privacy preferences regarding the use of cookies

When visiting our websites, you may have the possibility to set your preferences regarding cookies and other similar technologies by using the options and tools made available to you by your web browser. You can delete cookies already on your device via the settings of your web browser.

The Grossenbacher websites recognise automated browser signals regarding tracking mechanisms, such as "do not track" instructions and we anonymize statistical data before handing them over to a service like Google Analytics.
You can generally express your privacy preferences regarding the use of most cookies and similar technologies through your web browser. Look under the heading "Tools" (or similar heading) in your particular browser for information about controlling cookies. In most instances you can set your browser to notify you before you receive a cookie, giving you the option to decide whether to accept it or not. You can also generally set your browser to turn off cookies. Cookies in our software products can be turned off in the product itself. Since cookies allow you to take advantage of some of our websites' features we recommend that you leave them turned on. If you block, turn off or otherwise reject our cookies, some web pages may not display properly or you will not be able to, for instance, add items to your shopping cart, proceed to checkout, or use any website that require you to sign in.

Web beacons or other technologies

Some Grossenbacher websites may also use web beacons or other technologies to better tailor those sites to provide better customer service. These technologies may be in use on a number of pages across Grossenbacher's websites. When a visitor accesses these pages, a non-identifiable notice of that visit is generated which may be processed by us or by our suppliers. These web beacons usually work in conjunction with cookies. If you don't want your cookie information to be associated with your visits to these pages or use of these products, you can set your browser to turn off cookies or turn off cookies in the product itself, respectively. If you turn off cookies, web beacon and other technologies will still detect visits to these pages; however, they will not be associated with information otherwise stored in cookies.

We use Local Shared Objects, such as Flash cookies, and Local Storage, such as HTML5, to store content information and preferences. Third parties with whom we partner to provide certain features on our website or to display Grossenbacher advertising on others' websites based upon your web browsing activity also use Flash cookies or HTML5 to collect and store information. Various browsers may offer their own management tools for removing HTML5. To manage Flash cookies, please visit http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html

We may also include web beacons in marketing e-mail messages or our newsletters in order to determine whether messages have been opened and links contained within clicked on.

Some of our business partners set web beacons and cookies on our site. In addition, third-party social media buttons may log certain information such as your IP address, browser type and language, access time, and referring website addresses, and, if you are logged in to those social media sites, they may also link such collected information with your profile information on that site. We do not control these third party tracking technologies.

Online Advertising

Grossenbacher does not deliver third party online advertisements on our web sites but we advertise our products and services on others' websites. Please familiarise yourself with those website operators' or network advertisers' privacy policies to understand their practices relating to advertising, including what type of information they may collect about your Internet usage.

Some advertising networks we may use may be members of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (EDAA).

Individuals may opt-out of targeted advertising delivered by NAI or EDAA member ad networks by using tools provided visiting the following sites:

Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA): http://www.aboutads.info/choices
NAI: http://www.networkadvertising.org or
EDAA: http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/

We have also engaged with certain third parties to manage some of our advertising on other sites. These third parties may use cookies and web beacons to collect information (such as your IP address) about your activities on Grossenbacher's and others' websites to provide you targeted Grossenbacher advertisements based upon your interests

Links to Non-Grossenbacher Websites and Third-Party Applications

To allow you to interact with other websites on which you may have accounts (such as Facebook and other social media sites) or join communities on such sites, we may provide links or embed third-party applications that allow you to login, post content or join communities from our websites.

We may also provide you with general links to non-Grossenbacher websites.

Your use of these links and applications is subject to the third parties' privacy policies, and you should become familiar with the third-party sites' privacy policies before using the links or applications. Grossenbacher is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those other websites.