Data Protection

Privacy Policy of the Witte Group

Your privacy is important to us. This is why we at the Witte Group adhere to privacy law regulations. In this Privacy Policy, we will inform you about the purposes for which your data is collected and used, and how you can exercise your rights.

You may view and print this Privacy Policy at any time through the “Data Protection” link. Technical and organizational measures are used to secure our IT-systems against access and changes to ordistribution of your data by unauthorized persons and against loss and destruction.

Contact data of the responsible person:
Witte Group
Obere Remscheider Str. 15
D-42929 Wermelskirchen
Germany
E-mail: mail [at] witte-group.de
Tel.: +49 (0) 21 96 / 70 72-0

Contact data of the Data Protection Officer:
Data Protection Officer of the Witte Group
Obere Remscheider Str. 15
D-42929 Wermelskirchen
Germany
E-mail: datenschutz [at] witte-group.de
Tel.: +49 (0) 21 96 / 70 72-0

Processing Purpose and Legal Basis

We only save your data to respond to requests, to fulfill and execute contracts and for our own advertising purposes. Processing is carried out on the basis of current data protection laws.

If you have a request, would like to receive an offer from us or would like to conclude a contract with us, we will process your personal data. Depending on the type of contract, this may include your surname, first name, address, email address, telephone/fax number, and, if applicable, your date/place of birth, bank details and VAT ID number. We will save and process this data in our customer management system to fulfill and execute contracts and for ourown advertising purposes. Your data will not be provided to other third parties.

Use of cookies

Our website uses session cookies to make it easier for you to use our website. Session cookies are small text files saved on your hard disk for the duration of your visit on our website that, depending on your browser settings, will be deleted when you close your browser. Cookies can be disabled through your browser settings. Session cookies will be deleted automatically after you close your browser. Persistent cookies will not be deleted when you close your browser.

Google Analytics

As part of our page, we use the functions of the web analytics service Google Analytics. Provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”. These are text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The storage of the Google Analytics cookie (legal basis art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR) is based on our legitimate interest in the analysis of user behavior in order to optimize our internet offer as well as our advertising. We are supported by Google as a processor. Google will use this information to evaluate the use of the website by the user, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to website activity and internet usage to the website operator. The IP address provided by Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data. The IP anonymization function is activated on our website. Your IP address will be truncated by Google within the European Union or in a contracting state to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to the United States. Only in exceptional cases the full IP address will be sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. The legal basis for a transfer of personal data is the so-called EU-US Privacy Shield.

Browser Plugin

You can prevent the storage of cookies by a corresponding setting of your browser software; however, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use all the features of this website to the fullest extent possible. In addition, you may prevent the collection by Google of the data generated by the cookie 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 plug-in available under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Opposition to data collection

You can prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en&safe=strict. An opt-out cookie will be set which prevents your data from being collected during future visits to this website Deactivate Google Analytics. For more information on how to handle user data on Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Privacy Policy: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en.

Order Data Processing

We have entered into a contract data processing agreement with Google and fully implement the strict requirements of German data protection authorities when using Google Analytics

Google Analytics demographics

This website uses Google Analytics demographics. As a result, reports can be produced that contain statements on the age, gender and interests of the site visitors. This data comes from interest-based advertising from Google and third-party visitor data. This data cannot be assigned to a specific person. You can disable this feature at any time through the ad settings in your Google Account, or generally prohibit the collection of your data by Google Analytics as outlined in the section “Opposition to Data Collection”.

Data Processing for Advertising Purposes

We only use your data for our own advertising purposes. We want to inform you about new products, our services and interesting events. We therefore also use your data to recommend certain products, services and events that might interest you in addition to your purchases. The assessment of your buying history and the sending of advertisements to existing customers by post or email will only be carried out for products and services of the Witte Group, taking your legitimate interest into account. Emails are only sent with your permission which you may revoke at any time.
Newsletters will only be sent to you with your permission. For more information about your rights, please see “Data Subject Rights.”

Personal Data Recipients

Within what is legally permissible, your personal data will be disclosed to the following companies:
• Mail service providers, carriers, shipping companies, file/data disposal services
• IT service providers for maintenance and software support
• Providers of credit assessment, debt collection and dialog marketing service
• Google Inc.

Data Storage Duration

We will save your data for as long as required for the respective purpose. Corresponding data deletion systems are available and permanently adjusted to legal and changed conditions.

If tax law requires storage periods for certain data that we process for the execution of purchase contracts (document data), the storage period will last 6 or 10 years. During this period, processing of the respective data will be limited. Such storage obligations will begin at the end of the calendar year in which the offer was submitted or the contract was fulfilled.

Data Subject Rights

Your rights as the data subject are assured by the Witte Group.

Advertisement Refusal

You may refuse to have your data used for advertising purposes without incurring costs other than the base-rate transfer fees. You may contact the above mentioned security officer to submit your refusal.

Revocation of Permission

You may revoke your permission at any time for the processing of your personal data in the future. However, please note that any future purchase may require you to resubmit your data.

Right to Object

You have the right to object at any time to the processing of your personal data as performed under the following regulations and in line with your specific circumstances:
• Processing is required for the performance of a task that is in the public interest or through the exercise of public authority entrusted to the controller or
• Processing is required to safeguard the legitimate interests of the controller or of a third party if the interests or fundamental rights and basic freedoms of the data subject do not outweigh the protection of the personal data, especially if the data subject is a child.
If you exercise your right to object, we will no longer process your personal data, unless we can provide reasons for processing that outweigh your interests, rights and freedoms or if processing serves the assertion, exercise or defense of legal claims.

Additional Rights

You are entitled to the following rights against the controller regarding your saved personal data:
• Information
• Correction
• Deletion or processing limitation
• Right to object to processing
• Data portability
• Right to complain to supervisory authorities.

Contacts: How Can I Exercise My Above-Stated Rights?

To exercise your rights, please contact the data security officer (see above).
We will process your requests immediately, free of charge and in accordance with any applicable legal regulations, and will then notify you regarding the measures we took.

Updates and Changes

This Privacy Policy must be updated from time to time to reflect current circumstances and legal developments. Please check this Privacy Policy before using our website to stay up-to-date in case of changes or updates.