Statement on our privacy policy

The company

Goldschmidt Thermit GmbH (hereinafter referred to as the "company")

takes the protection of your personal data very seriously and undertakes to treat the data carefully. We and third party companies commissioned by us process personal data exclusively in full compliance with the legal requirements.

We would like to inform you as follows concerning the processing of the data.

1. The responsible authority for the collection and processing of data and in the sense of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter referred to as "GDPR") and other national data protection laws of the member states of the European Union and observance of other data protection regulations is:

Goldschmidt Thermit GmbH
Finance and Management Holding of Goldschmidt Thermit Group
Hugo-Licht-Straße 3
04109 Leipzig, Germany

2. Our Data Protection Officer is available at the company address. Please include "Attn: Data Protection Officer" in the address. 

Alternatively, the Data Protection Officer can be contacted at

datenschutzgoldschmidt-thermit.REMOVE-THIS.com

3. Purpose and legal basis for the processing of the personal data.

3.1 The purpose and legal basis can vary depending on the reason why we have received your personal data. In the following we would like to inform you about the different areas where data is collected.
Legal basis for the processing of personal data:

a) For the processing of personal data where we obtain the consent of the data subject, article 6 par. 1 letter a) of the GDPR serves as the legal basis.

A processing of personal data in this regard takes place when we have received your consent, e.g. in order to send you advertisements. The respective purpose of the use of your data is defined in the consent you have given. You may withdraw your consent at any time for the future.

b) For the processing of personal data which is required to fulfil a contract where one of the contract parties is the data subject, article 6 paragraph 1 letter b) of the GDPR serves as the legal basis. This also applies to all processing actions which are required for the execution of pre-contractual measures.

This type of processing exists as far as we have received your data in connection with a contractual relationship or to initiate such a contractual relationship.

c) For processing which is necessary to fulfil a legal obligation which the company is subject to, article 6 paragraph 1 letter c) of the GDPR serves as the legal basis.

As a company we are subject to statutory obligations which require the processing of personal data.

d) In the case that the vital interests of the data subject or a different individual requires that the personal data be processed, article 6 paragraph 1 letter d) of the GDPR serves as the legal basis.

e) For processing which is necessary to safeguard a legitimate interest of our company or a third party and the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject do not outweigh the first-mentioned interest, article 6 paragraph 1 letter f) of the GDPR serves as the legal basis.

A legitimate interest, for example, can be the investigation of a criminal offense, requests from credit agencies, or the assertion or defense of legal claims.

3.2. Insofar that you contact us due to a business relationship or contact us in order to prepare for such a business relationship, personal data must be made available which are necessary in order to fulfil or prepare for the contractual obligations, or which are necessary due to a legal obligation. The data are necessary in order to enable the conclusion or execution of a contract. 

3.3. We process the data which we have received in connection with the respective business relationship or which result from the use of certain services, e.g. when a website is visited, a job application is submitted or due to the permissible passing on of data within the company group.

4. Information in detail about the collection of certain data:

Collection of personal data when you visit our website

The purpose of our website is to provide customers and potential customers with information. You are able to visit our website without the disclosure or leaving of your personal data. 

Notes:

a) Links
Our website includes links to the websites of third parties. We have no influence over the current content of these websites and the way and manner they are maintained. We are not responsible for the data privacy or content of these websites as far as we do not adopt the respective content as our own.

b) Security information
We take appropriate technical and organizational measures in order to protect our website with regard to its content, connection and use against unintended or illegal deletion, manipulation or access and also against any other misuse. Nevertheless, please note that it is not possible to absolutely guarantee security when the internet is used.

c) Data collection
If our website is visited solely for the purpose of viewing information, i.e. when you do not register with us or transfer other information to us, we only collect the personal data which your browser transfers to our server. If you wish to view our website, we collect the following data to the extent necessary which are required from a technical point of view to display the website and ensure the stability and security (the legal basis is article 6 par. 1, sentence 1, letter f) GDPR):

  • IP address
  • date and time of request
  • time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • content of request (specific page)
  • access status / HTTP status code
  • transferred data volume 
  • website the request comes from
  • browser
  • operating system and user interface
  • language and version of browser software.

As far as your respective internet provider has passed on information during your visit, this information is recorded by us anonymously to ensure that no conclusions regarding an individual person can be made (e.g. browser type/version, time of the server request, average time spent on our website). The IP address of your computer is not completely recorded by us so that the identity of the respective owner cannot be determined.

Electronic tracking
We use electronic tracking, whereby the following usage information is transferred anonymously to us solely for statistical purposes:
Domain name of the previously visited website
Individual pages of our website which are visited
Number of visits to the website
This anonymous usage information is automatically stored in the server log files in our electronic data processing system. The data are not merged with other data.
No information and in particular no personal data are transferred to third parties which also includes our subsidiaries and affiliated companies.

Cookies
Our website uses cookies in several places. These serve to make our website easier to use and more secure. In addition to the data previously mentioned, when you use our website cookies are stored on your computer. Cookies are small text files that are stored in different categories on your hard disk by the browser you are using, whereby the position where the cookie is stored (in this case made by us) allows the flow of certain information. Cookies cannot execute programs or transfer viruses to your computer. They in total serve to make use of the website more user-friendly and effective.
The cookies used by us are so-called session cookies, i.e. through a corresponding setting in your internet browser you can automatically delete them. They do not transfer any of your personal data.

Use of Google Analytics

a) This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies". These are text files which are stored on your computer and which enable an analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. If the IP anonymization is activated on this website, Google will shorten your IP address within the member states of the European Union or in other states party to the agreement on the European Economic Area beforehand. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. Google is commissioned by the operator of this website to analyze your use of the website in order to compile reports on the website activities and offer further services to the website operator which are linked to the website and use of the internet.

b) The IP address transmitted by your browser in the context of Google Analytics is not merged with other Google data.

c) You can prevent the storage of cookies by a corresponding setting in your browser, whereby we wish to point out that in this case you may not be able to fully use all of the functions on our website. Furthermore, you can prevent the sending of the personal data based on your use of the website by the cookie (incl. your IP address) to Google and also the processing of this data by downloading and installing the browser plug-in: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout .

d) This website uses Google Analytics with the extension "_anonymizeIp()". As a result, a shortened form of the IP address is processed and this therefore excludes the possibility of the data being linked to a particular individual. As far as the collected data corresponds to a direct link to an individual person, this is immediately excluded and the personal data is therefore immediately deleted.

e) We use Google Analytics to be able to analyze and regularly improve our website. We use the statistics generated to improve our website and make the design more interesting for you as the user. In the exceptional cases where personal data is transferred to the US, Google is committed to the EU-US Privacy Shield, 
www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework . The legal basis for the use of Google Analytics is article 6 par. 1, sentence 1, letter f) GDPR.

f) Information of the third-party provider: Google Dublin, Google Ireland Ltd., Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, Fax: +353 (1) 436 1001. 
User conditions: www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html , Overview of data privacy: https://policies.google.com/?hl=de&gl=de, and data privacy statement: www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy.

g) This website also uses Google Analytics for the purpose of cross-device analysis of visitor flows made via use of a user ID. You can deactivate the cross-device analysis of your use in your customer account under "My data", "Personal data".

You can deactivate the storage of Google Analytics cookies on this website by clicking on this link.

YouTube videos embedded using frames

When we integrate content in our website we take the necessary measures to protect your data. Insofar that you use embedded content, we have to point out that privacy policy of the respective provider shall apply. 
This is available at https://www.youtube.com

Google Maps

Our website also uses the product Google Maps from Google Inc. (Google). Through use of this functionality, you agree to the collection, processing and use of the collected data in an automated process by Google, their representatives or a third party commissioned by Google.
The conditions governing use of Google Maps are listed in the "Terms and conditions for Google Maps".

Web Fonts

For the purpose of uniform presentation so-called web fonts are used which are made available by Linotype (Monotype GmbH, Horexstrasse 30, 61352 Bad Homburg). These are automatically loaded by the browser when the website is visited in order to correctly display text and fonts. This requires that an internet connection is established with the page of the provider and in that process your IP address also becomes known to the provider.
Should your browser not support web fonts, a standard font will be used by your computer.
The privacy statement of Monotype GmbH is available at www.monotype.com/legal/privacy-policy/ .
(The legal basis for this processing is a legitimate interest acc. to article 6 par. 1 letter f).

Our mobile web applications

In addition to our website, we also make our mobile web applications available (e.g. currently "SMARTWELD", "SMARTWELD DUO", "RAILSTRAIGHT" and "GOLDSCHMIDT DIGITAL" and "DARI": together "digital products") which you can download and install on your mobile device. In this process you are entitled to the rights as described above. In addition to the data already mentioned in our data privacy statement, personal data are also processed to the extent mentioned in the following.

When the respective web application is downloaded the necessary information is transmitted to the respective app store, i.e. in particular your user name, email address, customer account number, time of the download, payment information and the individual device number. We have, however, no influence on this collection of data and in this respect are not responsible. We process this data which is made available to the extent that this is required for the downloading of the web application to your smartphone. The data are not stored thereafter.

Use of the DARI web application is reserved for business customers. The authorization for the web application is made by the provider for the respective business customer who activates the use for the respective user. 
As far as the web application is foreseen to be used with certain hardware, use is only possible with a compatible product.

When the web application is used, personal data are collected. The recipient of the data and the extent of the data storage are defined by the respective customer contract. Therefore, if you have any questions on data storage and data usage, please contact the person responsible for the web application in your company.

The mobile web applications do not use cookies.

Additional information on digital products:

GOLDSCHMIDT DIGITAL app: 
The app provides information on and access to all the digital applications of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group through routing to the corresponding page in the respective "Play Store". 

SMARTWELD / SMARTWELD DUO app: 
The camera of your mobile end device is used to collect information on consumables via bar codes (camera scans bar code and determines the respective material number). We need to establish your location in order to log the location of the weld for the weld report. After installation of the app you are asked if you wish to allow the transfer of information about your location (opt-in). You can accept or reject this request. If you accept then your location is automatically determined via a positioning service. You can deactivate the automatic determination of your location at any time. If you do not allow the app to determine your location, the app cannot be used. During the welding process data is collected to record the time (time stamp). The email program on your mobile end device is used as required to store and export data. The data is transmitted via Bluetooth® between the welding unit and your mobile end device. 

RAILSTRAIGHT app: 
The email program on your mobile end device is used as required to store and export data. The data is transmitted via Bluetooth® between the measurement device and your mobile end device. We need to establish your location in order to document the location of the measurement. During the measurement process data is collected to record the time (time stamp).

4. Job applications

In accordance with article 13 of the GDPR this is to inform you about the processing of your personal data.
The data processing is made for the purpose of the job application procedure. As far as you have given your consent, your data can be included in a pool of job applicants. We process the personal data which you have made available in the application process with your consent according to article 6, par. 1, letter a). These are personal and communication data, documents (references and certificates) and possible notes which are made in the course of job interviews. These data are exclusively passed on to internal recipients who are integrated in the application process. 
The data are stored for the duration of the application process and in the case of a refusal are deleted at the latest after six months. If you give your consent to be placed in the pool of applicants, all your data will be deleted one year after the data were collected.

5. Data deletion and storage duration:

We delete or block personal data as soon as the storage period has expired. Storage for a longer time is possible to the extent that this is required by the legal regulations, in particular when there are statutory retention periods.

A further storage of the data can be necessary in order to conclude a contract or to meet contractual obligations. The storage is made according to the retention guidelines of the company and also the applicable law for as long as you do not request a deletion of the data. We would like to point out that your right to the deletion of data, for example, can be limited due to statutory retention obligations which we must observe or due to legitimate interests which allow for further storage of the data. 

6. Information disclosure to a third party / limitation of the data processing:

We do not pass on your data to a third party without your consent or the existence of a legal basis.

The data is only passed on or transferred to our parent company or an affiliated company when this is necessary for the fulfilment of the purpose (e.g. for product enquiries) or you have consented to the passing on (e.g. with online applications).

Furthermore, we also transfer your personal data to service providers which are commissioned by us to process data and also, for example, to partners who we involve in the fulfilment of contractual obligations.

7. Your rights:

You have the following rights regarding the personal data which we have collected: 

  • Right to information: You have the right to request information about how we process your personal data and to receive a copy of the personal data.
  • Right to correction or deletion: You have the right to a correction of incorrect personal data about your person and the completion of incomplete personal data. You have the right, subject to conflicting rights, to demand the deletion of your personal data.
  • Right to restriction of the processing: You have the right to demand the restriction of the processing of your personal data to the effect that we will not process these data any more until the restriction has been lifted.
  • Right to withdraw consent for the processing: You have the right to withdraw your consent for the processing of your personal data. The processing is then stopped provided there are no compelling and legitimate reasons for the processing which overweigh your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.
  • Right to data portability: You have the right to receive the personal data which you have made available to us in a structured and generally usable and machine-readable format and have the data transferred under certain circumstances to other companies or organizations.
  • You have the right to complain to a data protection authority concerning the processing of your personal data by us.

8. Changes to this privacy statement

We reserve the right to revise this privacy statement to take future changes to the processing of your personal data into account. The respective applicable version of the privacy statement is available at our website. 
You will be informed by email if there are significant changes with regard to the handling of personal data.