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We are pleased that you are interested in our company and products and would like you to feel secure generally and with particular regard to the protection of your personal data when visiting our websites. For, after all, we take the protection of your personal data very seriously. As far as we are concerned, compliance with the provisions set out in the German Data Protection Act is a matter of course.

The following information details which data is logged during your visit to our homepage and how this data is used.

Personal data
Personal data is information relating to your identity. It includes details such as your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, etc. In order to use our website, you do not have to disclose any personal data. In certain cases, however, we need your name and address as well as other data so that we can provide the services required.

The same applies too for instance to the despatch of information material and ordered goods or to the answering of individual questions. Wherever this is required, this will be pointed out to you in an appropriate manner. Moreover, we only store and process such data as you provide us with voluntarily or automatically.

Insofar as you make use of our services, only such data is as a general rule collected as we need for providing the service concerned. Insofar as we request the provision of additional data, the information concerned is provided on a voluntary basis. The processing of personal data occurs exclusively for the purpose of providing the service required and protecting our own justified business interests.


Correct use of personal data
Insofar as you have made personal data available to us, we use the data concerned for the sole purpose of answering your enquiries, processing your orders (including the preparation of the newsletter posted on our website) and for technical administration duties.

Your personal data is only forwarded to third parties or otherwise transmitted if this is necessary for contract processing purposes – with particular regard to the forwarding of order data to suppliers – or if you have given your prior approval to this effect. You are entitled to revoke any authorisation provided with immediate effect whenever you wish to do so.

We will neither sell your personal data to third parties nor otherwise market it.

The deletion of your personal data stored by us occurs if you revoke your authorisation to store the information concerned, if your data is no longer required to meet the purpose pursued by way of its storage or if its storage is prohibited for other statutory reasons.

The collection of personal data as well as its forwarding to such state institutions and authorities as have a right to the provision of such information occurs only in compliance with relevant legislation or insofar as we are obliged to do so by way of a court verdict. Our staff members and the service companies we appoint are obliged by us to maintain strict confidentiality and comply with the provisions set out in the German Data Protection Act.


Non-personal data that is logged automatically
Whenever our website is accessed, the following data is stored for organisational and technical reasons - the names of the pages accessed, the name of the browser used and that of the operating system, the date and time of the given access and the details of any search engines used as well as the names of any files downloaded and their IP address.

We evaluate the data concerned anonymously and solely for statistical purposes in order to further optimise our website on an ongoing basis and to enable us to make our Internet products and services even more attractive. This anonymous data is stored separately from the personal data on secured systems and cannot be attributed to any individual person. Your personal data and your private sphere are thus protected at all times.


Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service of Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer and help to analyse your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website is commonly transmitted to a Google server in the United States and stored there. If the IP anonymisation is activated on this website, Google will first abbreviate your IP address within member states of the European Union or other contracting states of the Treaty on the European Economic Area.

Only in exceptional cases the full IP address will be transferred to a Google server in the USA and abbreviated there. Google will, by order of the operator of this website, use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity, and to provide other services relating to website and internet usage vis-à-vis the website operator. The IP address transferred from your browser within the scope of Google Analytics will not be combined with other data held by Google.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that in this case you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. You may also prevent the compilation of the cookie-generated data pertaining to your use of the website (to include your IP address) to Google and the processing of such data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available via the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

 

Social Plug-Ins
On the Internet pages of Leifheit AG you will, in part, also find so-called "social plug-ins". These are functions of the respective social network, which you can use e.g. to share or recommend content on the Internet pages of Leifheit AG with/to your friends in the social networks.

These social plug-ins are useful and simple ways to share or comment on products by Leifheit in your own group of friends. The buttons are initially deactivated on the Internet pages of Leifheit AG and can be activated with a click on the slider (so-called 2 click solution). A direct connection between your computer and the social network provider is created only once you have activated the buttons.

In the following paragraphs we will explain the general functionality of social plug-ins and which social plug-ins we use by which provider:

a) Facebook
Facebook is a social network of Facebook Ireland Limited (Hanover Reach, 5-7 Hanover Quay, Dublin 2 Ireland). We have integrated various Facebook functions (e.g. "Like", "Share") on the Internet pages of Leifheit AG in order to make the use of the internet pages even more user-friendly. Facebook functions are marked with the Facebook logo. More information may be added depending on the type of the function (e.g. "Like", "Recommend").

Use the "Like" button to share your opinion about which items you like/recommend with your Facebook friends and Facebook users. If you, the Facebook user, have added the Recommendations Bar in Facebook to your Facebook applications, you will automatically publish your reading activity on Facebook in your news feed and your timeline as soon as the Recommendations Bar opens on an Internet page of Leifheit AG. The persons to which you have granted the right to do so while installing the application will then find out which item you are currently viewing on our Internet page or which Leifheit contents you are using. You can remove the individual entries as well as the application itself from Facebook at any time.

If you use an Internet page of Leifheit AG containing a Facebook button, your browser or respectively the application establishes a direct connection to the Facebook servers and the button for the respective function is loaded from there. In doing so, the information that the respective Internet page of Leifheit AG has been called up is transmitted to Facebook.

It may be possible that Facebook processes further data if you are actively using a Facebook function yourself, e.g. by clicking on the "Like" button. For example, Facebook may place a cookie, which Facebook can use to recognize that you have already clicked on the "Like" button on other Internet pages that also have Facebook buttons integrated.

If you are simultaneously logged into Facebook as a user, it is also possible that a page visit can be allocated to your profile on Facebook. If you click on integrated Facebook buttons and then log into Facebook (or are already logged in), the information that was "liked" or "recommended" can be published on Facebook in your profile and your timeline in an abbreviated form. Thus, Facebook may collect and store further usage data, if applicable. Therefore, user profiles may be created at Facebook which exceed that which you yourself disclose on Facebook.

At no time does Leifheit AG find out which Facebook buttons you have used or when; it receives from Facebook only a summarized, non-personal statistic regarding the use of fan pages by Leifheit AG on Facebook and a summarized statistic on the use of Facebook buttons regarding the respective Internet page of Leifheit AG.

You can find detailed information on the specific data collected by Facebook for its own purposes in Facebook's data privacy policy; there you will also find further information regarding data collection and processing by Facebook and regarding your rights in this regard. The Facebook data privacy policy is available at https://www.facebook.com/policy.php, the information provided by Facebook regarding so-called social plug-ins at http://facebook.com/privacy/explanation.php.

b) Twitter
Twitter is a micro-blogging service of the US company Twitter, Inc. (795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107). When you use an Internet page of Leifheit AG containing a Twitter button, your browser also establishes a direct connection to the Twitter servers and the button for the respective function is loaded from there. During this process, the information that you have visited the respective Leifheit page is transmitted to Twitter. This enables Twitter to collect and store usage data, if applicable, even if you are not logged in.

If you click on the Twitter buttons on the Internet pages of Leifheit AG and "tweet" information via the Twitter window that opens up, you transmit the tweeted information to Twitter. This information is then published in your Twitter user profile.

Further information regarding the collection, evaluation, and processing of your data by Twitter as well as your rights in this regard are available in the data privacy policy of Twitter, which is available at http://twitter.com/privacy.

c) Google+
A Google+ button of the social network "Google+" is integrated into the Internet pages of Leifheit AG. This social network is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. The Google+ button can be recognized by the symbol "+1".

When you use an Internet page of Leifheit AG containing a Google+ button, your browser establishes a direct connection to the Google servers and the button for the respective function is loaded from there. During this process, the information that you have visited the respective Leifheit page is transmitted to Google Inc.

The content of the "+1" button is transmitted directly from Google to your browser and integrated into the website by your browser. Thus we have no influence on the scope of data collected by Google via the button. According to information from Google, no personal data is collected without a click on the button. Data, among other things the IP address, is collected and processed only from members of the social network Google+ that are logged in.

If you are a Google+ member and do not wish for Google to collect data on you via our Internet presence, you must log out of Google+ prior to visiting our Internet presence.

At no time does Leifheit AG find out whether and when you may have used the Google+ button; it receives from Google only a summarized, non-personal statistic regarding the use of the Google+ button.

You can find detailed information on the specific data collected by Google for its own purposes in Google's data privacy policy available at http://www.google.com/intl/de/+/policy/+1button.html.

 

Cookies
When you visit one of our websites, it is possible that information in the form of a cookie is deposited on your computer. Cookies are small text files that are sent from a web server to your browser and stored on your computer’s hard-disk drive.

In so doing, no personal data of the user whatsoever is stored, only the Internet protocol address. This information is intended to help us automatically recognise you on your next visit to one of our websites and facilitate your navigation activities. Cookies enable us, for instance, to adapt a given website to suit your interests or to memorise your keyword to prevent you from having to re-enter it each time.

You can of course view our website without cookies. If do not wish us to recognise your computer, you can prevent cookies from being stored on your hard-disk drive by selecting the option “do not accept cookies” in your browser settings. Please consult the instructions provided by your browser manufacturer for details of how this works in your individual case. If you choose not to accept cookies, however, this can result in the restricted functionality of our website offers.

Security
Leifheit AG implements technical and organisational security measures to protect your data stored by us against manipulation, loss, destruction and against access by unauthorised persons. Our security measures are enhanced on an ongoing basis in line with relevant technological developments.

Amendment of our data protection provisions
We reserve the right to amend our security and data protection provisions insofar as this required due to relevant technical developments. In such cases we will also amend our data protection information accordingly. We would therefore kindly ask you to note the version of our data protection declaration that is valid at the given time.

Links

Insofar as you use external links that are offered within the framework of our websites, this data protection declaration does not apply to the links concerned. When we offer links, we endeavour to ensure that they comply with our data protection and security standards. We have no influence however on compliance with the data protection and security provisions on the part of other suppliers. We would therefore kindly ask you to visit the websites of the other suppliers concerned for details of the data protection declarations posted on them.

Right of access to information

You can obtain information on the data concerning you stored by us whenever you wish. If you require such information, kindly send an e-mail to this effect to Leifheit AG’s data protection officer at Datenschutz(at)leifheit.com.

Right of revocation
You are moreover entitled at any time to revoke your agreement to the collection and storage of your personal data on our part.If you wish to do this, kindly send an e-mail to this effect to Leifheit AG’s data protection officer at Datenschutz(at)leifheit.com.

Questions, suggestions, complaints
If you have any further questions, suggestions or complaints concerning our data protection information and our processing of your personal data, kindly contact Leifheit AG’s data protection officer directly at Datenschutz(at)leifheit.com.