SMS group GmbH data protection notice

With this data protection notice, SMS group GmbH, Eduard-Schloemann-Strasse 4, 40237 Duesseldorf, Germany (“we”, “us”, “SMS group GmbH”) would like to inform you about the personal data and information relating to you that we collect from cookies while you are visiting our website www.sms-group.com and how we process and use such information and data.

Personal data comprise all data on a given or identifiable individual person which you disclose to us or which are generated or collected by us, e.g. the enquiries you make using the contact form or your registration for our newsletter and the contact data respectively provided by you in these cases (particularly your name and your e-mail address), or data on the time, extent and, if applicable, place of your visit to our website.

SMS group GmbH values the importance of protecting your privacy when handling personal data. Personal data shall only be collected and utilized by us if this is permitted by a statutory provision or if we have received your prior consent.

Collection and processing of personal data

a. Your enquiries:

If you send enquiries to us using the contact form or by e-mail, we will collect and utilize the data specified therein to answer your enquiry. We will forward your enquiry together with the data specified by you to the responsible SMS group subsidiaries in other countries whenever this may be required to answer your enquiry (e.g. because your enquiry refers to a business transaction or quotation from another country) or after having received your prior consent.

b. Your registration for our newsletter

If you register for our newsletter using the respective form, we will collect, process and utilize your e-mail address for sending our newsletter, provided that you have expressly consented to our newsletter being sent to the e-mail address specified by you.

Server log data, cookies and web analysis

a. Server log data

When you visit our website, our web servers will temporarily store certain data by default (e.g. date and time of your visit, pages retrieved, type and operating system of the web browser used by you and your IP address) in a log file. Storing of these server log data is required for technical reasons and to guarantee the security of our systems; the data will be deleted after 30 days at the latest.

b. Cookies

What are cookies?

We use cookies to make our website as user-friendly as possible. Cookies are small files which are stored on the hard disk of the computer used for visiting the website. They make it possible to store information for a certain period of time and to identify the computer used by the visitor.

If you visit our website for the first time, a data protection notice including a consent note regarding cookies will be displayed to you on our homepage. If you continue to use the website and do not object to the utilization of cookies, this consent will be stored in your browser so that the data protection notice does not have to be displayed every time you retrieve one of our web pages. If this notice is not available in your browser (e.g. after deleting the browser history), it will be displayed again the next time you visit our website. In this way, you can revoke your consent at any time for any future visits by following the instructions on “How to disable cookies”.

What kinds of cookies do we use?

On this website, we use two different types of cookies: (1) Cookies which are required for technical reasons. Without these cookies, the functionality of our website would be affected. (2) Optional cookies used for analysis purposes.

Cookies required for technical reasons

These cookies are necessary for you to browse our web pages and use their functions. These cookies are specific for the browser session and will expire after the end of your visit to our website (session). Disabling these cookies would limit the functions of the website in parts or entirely.

Cookies used for analysis purposes

Cookies used for analysis purposes collect information on how visitors use a website in detail, e.g. which pages they retrieve most frequently and whether they receive error messages from websites. These cookies do not collect any data by means of which the visitor could be identified. Any information collected using these cookies serves exclusively to understand and improve the functions of the website and the service it provides. Disabling this type of cookies will not affect the functions of our website.

To analyze our website, we use the “Piwik” web analysis tool, which operates with cookies for analysis purposes. The data used by Piwik is always depersonalized, which means that the last two digits of the IP address are deleted.

How to disable cookies

You can object to the utilization of cookies for analysis purposes and consequently to the analysis of your website usage at any time for all future visits by unchecking the following box:

You can also disable the utilization of any cookies by making the respective settings in your browser. However, please note that the functionality of our website will be limited if you also block cookies required for technical reasons. For more information on cookies and the individual providers, please visit www.youronlinechoices.com.

Your rights to information, correction, blocking and deletion

If you have any questions on the collection and utilization of your personal data by SMS group GmbH, we shall be glad to provide you with information free of charge on the data stored in connection with your person. Furthermore, you are entitled to have your personal data corrected, blocked or deleted, provided that the respective statutory prerequisites are fulfilled.

Please send your request in writing to SMS group GmbH, Eduard-Schloemann-Strasse 4, 40237 Duesseldorf, Germany, quoting “Data protection”, or e-mail us at communications(at)sms-group.com. We reserve the right to check your identity to ensure that your personal data is not disclosed to unauthorized persons.

Security

SMS group protects your data by means of technical and organizational safety measures in order to prevent any manipulation or accidental or intentional loss, destruction or access by unauthorized persons. Our safety measures, such as data encryption, are regularly updated in accordance with technological progress. Our employees and the service providers contracted by us are obliged to ensure data secrecy.

Revision

From time to time, the content of this data protection notice has to be revised. We therefore reserve the right to change this data protection notice at any time. The revised version of the data protection notice will be published at the same place. Therefore, please make sure to check the data protection notice again next time you visit our website.

As of: June 1, 2016

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