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Privacy Policy FirmenWissen

1. General information

When processing data, providing their service or compiling their products, the provider acts in compliance with the German Data Protection Act (BDSG). The information about customers, suppliers and other partners as well as the systems that process such information are protected against loss, damage, non-availability, theft, non-allowed modification, information leaks, forgery of evidentiary data and unauthorised access. The provider complies with the obligation to data security measures according to Sec. 9 German Data Protection Act and its respective appendix. According to the German Data Protection Act the provider grants the right to free-of-charge enquiry about the stored data as well as the right to correction, blocking or deletion.

2. Data secrecy / data protection officer

The employees of the provider are instructed about data protection and their duty to orderly handling of the data and data processing technology and are obligated according to Sec. 5 German Data Protection Act to keep data, company and business secrets strictly confidential. The compliance with the above mentioned regulations is monitored by the respective in-house data protection officer.

In case of questions concerning the collection, processing or use of your person-related data, on request of information, correction blocking or deletion of data, please contact

Stefan Reyak
E-Mail: s.reyak@verband.creditreform.de
Phone: 0049 02131-109341

3. Data protection supervising authority

Further, the provider is registered with the competent data protection supervising authority according to Sec. 4d and 4e German Data Protection Act. The provider therefore is subject to regular monitoring through this authority.

4. Notification

The user of Firmenwissen is notified according to Sec. 33 German Data Protection Act that the provider stores the person-related data provided by the user and processes them within the scope of purpose according to the existing contractual relationship to the user. As far as the user retrieves third-party information, the provider will forward name, address and account number of the user as well as the amount of charged fees for the user's retrievals to the respective third party. A further transmission to third parties does not take place.

Further, the user of Firmenwissen is hereby notified that the provider will use the user's e-mail address to electronically send newsletter as well as commercial information (later in here collectively referred to as “newsletter”) for own, similar products and questionnaires for the purpose of own market research on a regular basis if the user does not object. You may unsubscribe for the newsletter at any time by e-mail via links displayed in the bottom area of the newsletter without any additional than the transmission cost charged by your internet provider.

5. Use of data

As long as entering personal or business data is enabled within the internet offer, e.g. e-mail addresses, names, postal addresses, the revelation of such data takes place by the user on an explicitly voluntary basis. The use of and payment for all offered services is possible without providing such data or by providing anonymous data or a pseudonym, respectively – if technically possible and reasonable. The use of published postal addresses, phone and fax numbers as well as e-mail addresses displayed in the Impressum or comparable information data by third party for the purpose of sending not explicitly ordered information is prohibited. In case of violations of this regulation, legal measures against senders of so-called spam mails are reserved.

6. Information concerning Sec. 11 German Data Protection Act (order data processing)

Firmenwissen themselves are not owner of the data provided here. The data originate from partner companies who commissioned Firmenwissen as order data processor according to Sec. 11 German Data Protection Act to carry out the re-marketing via the platform www.firmenwissen.de. Amongst our data suppliers are the local German Creditreform agencies, the Creditreform agencies of Austria and Switzerland as well as the Creditform Rating AG.

7. Information concerning e-tracker

On this website anonymous data for the purpose of marketing and optimisation are collected and stored by the aid of e-tracker GmbH technologies. From such data user profiles are compiled using pseudonym. This takes place by the use of cookies which exclusively collect and store data in anonymous form. The data collected by e-tracker will not be used to personally identify the visitor of this website without his/her explicit permission and will not be merged with person-related data via the carrier of the pseudonym. The permission to data collection and storage can be withdrawn at any time with future effect.

8. Use of cookies

To make the visit of our website more attractive and to enable the use of certain functions, we use cookies on various of our websites. Cookies are small text files which are stored on your terminal device. Some of the cookies used by us will be deleted after the end of the browser session, namely after closing the browser (session cookies). Other cookies remain on your terminal device and enable us or our partner companies to recognise your browser on your next session (persistent cookies). You can adjust the settings of your browser to be informed when cookies are placed and individually decide to accept cookies in certain cases or generally reject them. The rejection of cookies may impair the functionality of our website.

9. Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics 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 use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. The IP-address that your browser conveys within the scope of Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by Google. Additionally we also expanded the Google Analytics code by "anonymizeIP" on this website. This ensures that your IP address is mapped so that all data are collected anonymously. The IP-anonymization is active on this website. Only in exceptional cases the whole IP address will be first transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there.

Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing them other services relating to website activity and internet usage. 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.

Your can prevent the installation of cookies using the respective browser setting; however, we point out that in this case not all functions of the website might be used to the full extend. By using this website you agree to the processing of data about you by Google in the above described way and the above mentioned purpose.

You can also opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics with effect for the future by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Addon for your current web browser: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en. As an alternative to the browser Add-on, especially regarding browsers on mobile devices, you can click this link in order to opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics within this website in the future (the opt-out applies only for the browser in which you set it and within this domain). An opt-out cookie will be stored on your device. As far as you delete your cookies you will have to click this link again.

10. Webtrekk

For the statistical evaluation of the websites we also make use of the technologies of Webtrekk GmbH, Boxhagener Str. 76-78, D-10245 Berlin (www.webtrekk.de). With the help of the services of Webtrekk we gather statistical data on the use made of our web offer. This data is used to continuously improve FirmenWissen and our offers and to optimize these and thereby make them more interesting for you. In the sphere of data protection, for the Web Controlling Software used by FirmenWissen, Webtrekk GmbH has been certified by the technical supervisory authority TÜV Saarland. Hereby the recording and processing of tracking data in particular was checked and certified for conformity with data protection and for data security. In the context of utilization of these websites, information that your browser transmits is recorded and evaluated. This takes place by means of a cookie technology and so-called pixels, that are integrated in every website. The process records the following data: Request (name of the requested file), browser type/version, browser language, operating system used, internal resolution of the browser window, screen resolution, Java Script activation, Java on/off, cookies on/off, number of colours, URL referrer, IP address (is only collected anonymized and is deleted again directly after its use), time of access, clicks, order sum, shopping baskets and anonymized form contents (for example, whether a telephone number has been given or not). Direct person-specific tracing is at no time possible. The data gathered in this way serves in the preparation of anonymous user profiles that form the basis of web statistics. Without the separate consent of the person affected, the data collected with the help of Webtrekk technology is not used to identify the visitor to these websites personally and is at no time used together with the person-specific data on the bearer of the pseudonym. The data collection and data storage by Webtrekk can be refused at any time, with effect for the future. To this end please call up the following link: Opt-Out

10. DoubleClick

The advertisements on this website are provided by commissioned third parties. Within the scope of advertising no personal information, such as your name, address, e-mail address or phone number, will by collected without your permission. In this case cookies might be used to customise advertising. Please click here for more information about that or to be informed how to prevent the use of such information.

12. Use of Social Plugins

Our website uses so-called Social Plugins (“plugins”) of the social networks Facebook, Twitter and XING. These services are offered by the following companies (“providers”): Facebook is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA ("Facebook"). Google is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA („Google“). Twitter is operated by Twitter, Inc. 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, CA 94103, USA („Twitter“). XING is operated by XING AG, Gänsemarkt 43, 20354 Hamburg, Deutschland („XING“).

For a summary about Facebook and Google plugins and their design, please see http://developers.facebook.com/plugins (Facebook), https://developers.google.com/ /plugins (Google ), https://www.xing.com/app/share (XING) and https://dev.twitter.com/docs/tweet-button (Twitter).

If you visit a website of our online offer that contain such a plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to the servers of Google, Facebook, Twitter or XING. The contents of the plugin will be directly sent to your browser and embedded into the website. By embedding the plugins the providers receive the information that your browser has retrieved the respective website of our online offer even though you do not have an account with the respective social network or, if so, are not logged in. This information, (including your IP-address) will be directly sent to the server of the respective provider. If you are logged in to one of the social networks, the provider can directly associate your visit of our website with your Facebook, Twitter, XING or Google account. If you interact with the plugins, e.g. by clicking the “Like”-button or the “ 1”-button, the respective information will also be directly sent to the servers of the provider and stored there. Further, the information will be published within the social network and displayed to your contacts.

For more information concerning purpose and extend of the data collection and the processing and use of such by the providers as well as your rights and adjusting possibilities to protect your privacy, please see the Privacy Policies of the respective provider.

Privacy Policy of Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/policy.php

Privacy Policy of Google:
http://www.google.com/intl/de/ /policy/ 1button.html

Privacy Policy ofTwitter:
https://twitter.com/privacy

Privacy Policy of XING:
http://www.xing.com/privacy

If you do not wish Google, Twitter, XING or Facebook to associate the data collected during your visit of our websites with your individual social network profile, please log off before visiting our website.

You can prevent the download of plugins by adjusting the add-ons of your browser, e.g. the Facebook plugin blocker: http://webgraph.com/resources/facebookblocker/.

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