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1. Notes pertaining to data protection statement

We thank you for your interest in our organisation. Data privacy has a special significance for the management of the LPKF WeldingQuipment GmbH. Insofar as you wish to make use of certain services of our organisation, for instance about our website, processing of personal data may become necessary. You are then, in the sense of the data protection provisions, a relevant party, respectively a relevant person.

During the processing of personal data, i.e. the name, the address, the telephone number, or the e-mail address of a relevant person, we always take the guidelines of the Data Protection Ordinance and the respective valid country-specific basic data protection provisions into consideration.

If there is no legal basis for processing personal data, we generally obtain consent for the necessary processing from the person concerned.

With this data protection statement, we would like to provide information to the public about the type, scope and purpose of the personal data collected, utilised and processed by us. Further, those concerned can have the rights they are entitled to explained.

The LPKF WeldingQuipment GmbH maintains diverse technical and organisational measures, to secure as far as possible, extensive protection of the processed personal data. Even so, a transfer of personal data via Internet can, in principle, have security flaws, so that hundred percent security cannot be guaranteed. That is why every person concerned is free to pass on this data to us in other ways, i.e. by telephone.

2. Terms and Definitions

The following terms and definitions used follow the definitions of Art. 12 para. 1 of the Basic Data Protection Ordinance (GDPR), as well as section 2 of the Federal Data Protection Law (BDSG).

3. Contact

Responsible for processing in the sense of the Basic Data Protection Ordinance (GDPR) and other provisions that have a data protection character, is:

3.1. Responsible for the processing

Responsible for processing in the sense of the Basic Data Protection Ordinance (GDPR) and other provisions that have a data protection character, is:

LPKF WeldingQuipment GmbH
Alfred-Nobel-Str. 55-57 
D-90765 Fürth
Tel.:+49 911 669 859-0

e-mail: info.laserwelding@lpkf.com
Website: www.lpkf-laserwelding.com

3.2. The data protection official

Our external data protection official is:
Jörg Stroh (external)
Alfred-Nobel-Str. 55-57 
D-90765 Fürth
Tel.: +49 911 669859-0
e-mail:  privacy.welding@lpkf.com

Persons concerned may contact our data protection officer at any time concerning all questions and suggestions pertaining to data protection.

If a person concerned contacts us per contact form of the website or per e-mail, we save this voluntarily provided information for processing of the enquiry, as well as in case of subsequent questions arising. We only save and use further personal data if the person concerned agrees or if this is permissible without consent by law. No personal data will be passed on to third parties, with the exception of, if applicable, necessary information requested by authorities.

3.3. Security in contact

In the framework of the valid data protection laws and technical possibilities, we take maximum care of the safety of the personal data of the persons concerned. Personal data entered into the website are transmitted to us coded via the encoding system SSL (Secure Socket Layer).

We point out, however, that data transfer in the internet (i.e. during communication per e-mail), may show security flaws. Complete protection from access through third parties is not possible.

For the securing of your data we maintain technical and organisational safety measures which we continually adapt to the status of technology. We also do not guarantee that our offer is available at certain times; disturbances, interruptions or outages cannot be precluded. The severs utilised by us are carefully secured regularly.

4. Legal basis for the processing of personal data

Insofar as we obtain consent for processing procedures from the person concerned, Art. 6 para 1 lit. a of the EU-General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) serves as legal basis.
In the processing of personal data, which is necessary for the fulfilment of a contract whose contract party is the person concerned, Art. 6 para 1 lit. b GDPR serves as legal basis. This also applies to processing procedures that are necessary for the execution of measures precedent to the contract.

Insofar as processing of personal data in respect to the fulfilment of a legal obligation which our company is subject to, Art. 6 para 1 lit. c GDPR serves as legal basis. In case of vital interests of the person concerned or another individual make processing of personal data necessary, Art. 6 para 1 lit. d GDPR serves as legal basis.

Is the processing for the protection of a justified interest of our company or a third party necessary and the interests, basic rights and basic freedoms of the person concerned do not outweigh the first-named interest, then Art. 6 para 1 lit. f GDPR serves as legal basis.

5. Deletion of data and duration of retention

The personal data of the person concerned will be deleted or locked as soon as the purpose of saving is no longer applicable. Moreover, a retention can take place if this has been designated by the European or national legislator in EU ordinances, laws or other regulations which the person responsible is subject to. Blocking or deletion of the data takes place even when a retention expires through the mentioned norms unless there exists the necessity for further retention of the data for the closing of a contract or a contractual obligation.

6. Data Protection in applications and in the application procedure

We obtain and process personal data from applicants for the purpose of handling the application procedure. Processing can also take place electronically. This is especially the case when an applicant forwards relevant application documents to us electronically, i.e. per e-mail or via a web form on the website. If we conclude an employment contract with an applicant, the transferred data is saved under adherence of the legal regulations, for the purpose of handling of the employment.  If we do not conclude an employment contract with the applicant, the application documents are automatically deleted two months after the declining announcement, insofar as no other justified interests on our side conflict with a deletion. These are, for instance, burdens of proof in a proceeding according to the General Equality Act (AGG).

7. Notes in reference to the use of this website

7.1. Cookies

Our website uses cookies. Cookies are text data that are saved via, or by, the browser of the IT system of the person concerned. If he calls up our website, a cookie may be saved on the user's operating system. This cookie contains a characteristic sequence of symbols that makes the explicit identification of the browser possible upon repeated call-ups of the website.

Some elements of our website require that the calling browser can also be identified after a changing of page. Legal basis for the processing of personal data under utilisation of cookies is Art. 6 para 1 lit. f GDPR.

The purpose of the usage is to simplify the use of websites for the person concerned. Some functions of our website cannot be offered without the use of cookies. For these, it is essential that the browser is recognised even after a change of page.

Cookies are saved on the IT system of the person concerned and transferred by him to our website. Therefore, he also has full control over the use of cookies. Through an alteration of the settings in the browser, the person concerned may deactivate or limit the transfer of cookies. Already saved cookies can be deleted at any time. This can also happen automatically. If cookies for our website are deactivated, there is a possibility that not all functions of the website can be used fully.

Moreover, we use cookies on our website which make an analysis of the surf-behaviour of the user possible.

The data obtained in this manner is pseudonymised through technical precautionary measures. Therefore, an allocation of the data to the calling user is no longer possible. The data are not saved together with other personal data of the user. Upon calling our website, the user is informed about the use of cookies for purposes of analysis and his consent to process the personal data in connection with this is obtained. In connection with this, reference to this data protection statement is also made.

Legal basis for the processing of personal data under utilisation of cookies for analytic purposes, upon presence of consent in this regard, is Art. 6 para 1 lit. a GDPR.
The use of analysis cookies serves the purpose of improving the quality of our website and its contents. Through the analysis cookies we come to know how the website is used and can so constantly improve our offer.

Cookies are saved on the IT system of the person concerned and transferred by him to our website. Therefore, he also has full control over the use of cookies. Through an alteration of the settings in the browser, the person concerned may deactivate or limit the transfer of cookies. Already saved cookies can be deleted at any time. This can also happen automatically. If cookies for our website are deactivated, there is a possibility that not all functions of the website can be used fully.

7.2. Collection of general data and information

We collect information about the person concerned if he/she uses this website. We automatically acquire information about their usage behaviour and their interaction with us and register data about their IT system (computer or mobile device). We collect, save and use data on every access to our online offer (so called server log files). The access data includes name and URL of the called data, date and time of the call, transferred data volume, report on the successful call (HTTP response code), type of browser and browser version, operating system, referrer URL (means the previously visited site), IP address and the requesting provider.

We use this protocol data, without correlation to the person concerned or other profile creation, for statistical assessments for the purpose of the company, security and the optimisation of our online offer, but also for the anonymous collection of the number of visitors to our website (traffic), as well as to the scope and type of usage of our website and services, equally for purposes of accounting, to measure the number of clicks received by our co-operating partners.  Based on this information we can provide personalised and location-relevant contents and analyse the data traffic, search and repair errors and improve our services.  We reserve the right to belatedly review the data if, based on concrete evidence, the suspicion of illegal usage exists. We save IP addresses for a limited time in the log files, if this is necessary for security reasons or for the service period or the account of a service, i.e. when the person concerned makes use of one of our offers. We save IP addresses when we have a solid suspicion of a felony in connection with the use of our website.

7.3. Links/relocation to the website of third parties

We, as offerors of the contents are, in accordance with Art. 7 para. 1 Telemedia Law, responsible for "own contents" which we provide for usage, according to the general laws.
From these own contents, cross-references ("Links") to the "alien" content made available by other providers must be differentiated.

Upon the first linking, we have initially checked the alien content, whether a responsibility under criminal law will be caused.

We do review the links to alien contents regularly, but not constantly for changes. If we ascertain or are notified by third parties that a provided link caues a responsibility under criminal law, we will delete the link.

8. Rights of the person concerned

The person concerned may invoke the following rights in that he/she appeals to the above named address, personally or by mail, with distinct identification.

8.1. Right to information

The person concerned may demand confirmation from us, as to whether personal data that pertains to him/her is being processed by us. Is such processing present, he/she can demand from us disclosure on the following information:
  1. the purposes for which the personal data is processed;
  2. the categories of personal data that are being processed;
  3. the recipient, respectively the category of recipients, versus those to whom the relevant personal data relating to them has been disclosed or is yet to be disclosed;
  4. the planned duration of saving of the data relating to them or, in case concrete statements hereto are not possible, criteria for the determination of the duration of saving;
  5. the existence of a right to correction or deletion of the data relating to them, a right to limitation of processing by us or a right of objection against this processing;
  6. the existence or a right to complain to a supervisory body;
  7. all available information about the source of the data, if the personal data is not acquired from the person concerned;
  8. the existence of automatic decision-finding, including profiling, in accordance with Art. 22 para. 1 and 4 GDPR and - at least in these cases - meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the range and the pursued consequences of such processing for the person concerned.

The person concerned has the right to demand information as to whether their personal data has been transmitted to a third country or to an international organisation. In connection with this, they can demand, through the suitable guarantees in accordance with Art. 46 GDPR, to be briefed in connection with the transmittal.

8.2. Right to correction

The person concerned has a right to us to correction and/or completion, insofar as the processed personal data involving them is incorrect, or incomplete. We must make the correction without delay.

8.3. Right to cancellation

The person concerned has the right to demand from us that the personal data be deleted without delay und we are obligated to immediately delete personal data, insofar as one of the following reasons comes into effect:
  1. The personal data is no longer necessary for the purpose for which they were acquired or otherwise processed.
  2. The person concerned recants their consent upon which processing in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 GDPR letter a, or Art. 9 para.2 letter a GDPR rested and any other lawful basis for processing is lacking.
  3. The person concerned objects, in accordance with Art. 21 para 1 GDPR to processing and there are no overriding justified reasons for processing or they object in accordance with Art. 21 para. 2 GDPR to processing.
  4. The personal data was processed unlawfully.
  5. The deletion of personal data is required for the fulfilment of a legal obligation according to EU law or the law of the member states, which we underlie.
  6. The personal data was gained in reference to offered services of the information society in accordance with Art. 8 para. 1 GDPR.

If we have publicised the personal data and are we, in accordance with Art. 17 para. 1 GDPR, committed to its deletion, we shall, under consideration of available technology and the costs of implementation, take suitable measures, including technical means, to inform those responsible for processing personal data that the person concerned has demanded the deletion of all links to this personal data or of copies or replications of this personal data.

8.4. Right to limitation of processing

Under the following prerequisites, the person concerned can demand the limitation of the processing of personal data pertaining to them:
  1. if they deny for a period the correctness of the personal data pertaining to them that allows us to check for the correctness of the personal data; 
  2. the processing is unlawful and they refuse the deletion of the personal data and demand the limitation of the use of the personal data instead;
  3. we no longer need the personal data for processing, but require these for enforcement, execution or defence of legal claims, or
  4. if they have objected to processing in accordance with Art. 21 para. 1 GDPR and it is not yet established, whether our rightful reasons override theirs.

Was the processing of their personal data limited, then this data - aside from their saving - may only be processed with their permission or for enforcement, execution or defence of legal claims or for the protection of another individual or legal person or for reasons of important public interest to the EU or a member state. Was the limitation of processing limited according to the above named prerequisites, the person concerned will be informed by us before the limitation is lifted.

8.5. Right to data transfer

The person concerned has the right to receive the personal data pertaining to them, which they provided to us, in a structured, established and machine-readable format and they have the right to transmit this data through us to another responsible person insofar as
  1. the processing rests upon given consent according to Art. 6 para. 1 letter a GDPR, or Art. 9 para.2 letter a GDPR, or a contract in accordance with Art. 6 para.1 letter b GDPR and
  2. the processing is done with the aid of automated procedure.

During the exercise of their rights of data transmission in accordance with para. 1 they have the right to effect that the personal data are transmitted by us directly to another responsible person, insofar as this is technically possible.

8.6. Right to objection

The person concerned has the right, for reasons that arise from their special situation, to object at any time to the processing of their personal data which occurs based on Art. 6 para. 1 letter e or f GDPR; this also applies to a profiling supported by these regulations. We cease to process the personal data, unless we can provide compelling protection-worthy reasons for processing that override their interests, rights and freedoms or the processing serves enforcement, execution or defence of legal claims.

8.7. Automated decisions, inclusive of profiling

The person concerned has the right to not be subjected to a decision that is based exclusively on automated processing - to include profiling - which has a legal effect on them or significantly impairs them in a similar manner. This does not apply when the decision
  1. for the conclusion or fulfilment of a contract between them and us is necessary,
  2. is admissible based on legal regulations of the EU or the member states, whom we underlie and these legal regulations contain appropriate measures for ensuring the rights and freedoms, as well as the rightful interests of the person concerned, or
  3. occurs with the express consent of the person concerned.

8.8. right to retraction of a data protection consent

The person concerned has the right to retract a consent for the processing of personal data at any time. The legality of the processing already conducted, based on the consent up until the time of retraction, will not be affected by the retraction. 

8.9. The right to complain to a supervisory body

The person concerned has the right of complaint to a supervisory body, especially in the member state of their location, their workplace or the location of the alleged
offence, if they are of the opinion that the processing of personal data
relating to them is illegal.

9. Existence of automatic decision-finding

An automated decision-finding on the basis of the acquired personal data does not take place.

10. Further functions and tools of the website


10.1. Newsletter

10.1.1. Subscription to our newsletter

On our website, the users are given the opportunity to subscribe to the newsletter of our organisation. What personal data is transmitted to us upon ordering the newsletter can be taken from the form used hereto.

The LPKF WeldingQuipment GmbH informs its customers and business partners in regular intervals by way of a newsletter about offers by the organisation. The newsletter of our organisation may basically be received by the person concerned, only if (1) the person concerned has a valid e-mail address and (2) the person concerned registers themselves for the newsletter distribution. For legal reasons a confirmation e-mail is sent in the Double-Opt-Procedure to the e-mail address initially entered for the newsletter distribution by the person concerned. This confirmation e-mail serves for review as to whether the owner of the e-mail address has, as the person concerned, authorised the receipt of the newsletter.

Upon registration for the newsletter we further save the IP address given by the Internet Service Provider (ISP) of the computer system used by the person concerned at the time of the registration, as well as the date and time of registration.  The acquisition of this data is necessary, to be able to retrace at a later time the (possible) misuse of the e-mail address of a person concerned and therefore serves as our legal safeguarding.

The in the framework of a registration acquired data is used exclusively for the distribution of our newsletter. Further, subscribers to the newsletter can be informed per e-mail, insofar as there is a necessity for a registration in this regard for the operation of the newsletter service or, as the case may be, in the case of changes to the newsletter offer or could be the case in technical events. There will be no dissemination of personal data gained in the framework of the newsletter service to third parties.  The subscription to our newsletter may be cancelled at any time by the person concerned. The consent to the saving of personal data that the person concerned has provided to us for the newsletter distribution, can be retracted at any time. For the purpose of retraction of the consent, there is a relevant link in every newsletter. Further, there is the possibility of deregistering oneself at any time directly on our website or to notify us of this in another manner.

10.1.2. Newsletter tracking

The newsletter of the LPKF WeldingQuipment GmbH contain so-called tracking bugs. A tracking bug is a miniature graphic which is embedded in e-mails that are sent in HTML format, to make possible a log data recording and a log data analysis. Through this, a statistical assessment of success or failure of online marketing campaigns can be performed. By means of the embedded tracking bug, LPKF WeldingQuipment GmbH is able to see whether and when an e-mail has been opened by the person concerned and which links contained in the e-mail have been called up by the person concerned.

Such personal data gained via the tracking bugs in the newsletters are saved by us and assessed, to improve the newsletter distribution and to better adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the person concerned. This personal data is not passed on to third parties. Persons concerned are authorised at any time to retract the statement of consent submitted via the Double-Opt-In Procedure. After a retraction, this personal data is deleted by us. LPKF Laser and Electronics AG automatically interprets a deregistration from the receipt of the newsletter as retraction.

10.2. Google AdWords

On our website, we have integrated Google AdWords. Google AdWords is a service for internet advertising, which allows an advertising operator to place advertisements in the results of the search engine of Google, as well as in the Google advertising network. Google AdWords makes it possible for an advertiser to designate certain keywords in advance, with which an advert is shown exclusively when the user calls up a keyword-relevant search result with the search engine. In the Google advertising network, the adverts are distributed to theme-relevant websites via an automatic algorithm and with attention to the prior designated keywords.

Operating company of the services of Google AdWords is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA.

The purpose of Google AdWords is the advertising of our website through showing of interest-relevant advertising on the websites of third party companies and in the results of the search engine of the search engine Google and the showing of third party advertising on our website.

If a person concerned gets to our website via a Google advert, a so-called conversion cookie is deposited by Google on the IT system of the person concerned. a conversion cookie expires after 30 days and does not serve to identify the person concerned. Via the conversion cookie, insofar as the cookie has not expired, it is retraced whether certain sub-sites, i.e. the shopping basket of an online shop system, was called on our website. Through the conversion cookie, we, as well as Google, can retrace whether a person concerned, who got to our website via an AdWords advert, generated a turnover, i.e. completed or cancelled a purchase of goods.

The data and information acquired via use of the conversion cookies, are used by Google to establish visitor statistics for our website. These visitors statistics are again used by us to find the total number of users who were placed to us, i.e., to find the success or failure of the respective AdWords advert and to optimise our AdWords adverts for the future. Neither our organisation, nor other advertising customers of Google AdWords receive information from Google, with which the person concerned could be identified.

With the conversion cookies, the personal information, for instance the websites visited by the person concerned, are saved. Upon each visit to our websites, personal data, including the IP address of the internet connection of the person concerned, is thus sent to Google in the United States of America. This personal data is saved by Google in the United States of America. Under certain circumstances, Google passes this via the technical procedure acquired data on to third parties.

The person concerned can, as already demonstrated above, at any time prevent the depositing of cookies through the respective setting of the utilised internet browser and so object permanently to the depositing od cookies. Such a setting of the utilised internet browser would also prevent that Google deposits a conversion cookie on the IT system of the person concerned. Additionally, a cookie deposited by Google AdWords can be deleted via the internet browser or other software.

Further, there is the possibility for the person concerned to object to the interest-relevant advertising by Google. Hereto, the person concerned must call the link https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated on every internet browser utilised by them and apply the desired settings there.
Further information and the valid data protection regulations of Google can be called under https://policies.google.com/privacy.

10.3. Google Analytics (with anonymisation function)

We have integrated the component Google Analytics (with anonymisation function) on our website. Google Analytics is a web analysis service.  Web analysis is the acquisition, collection and assessment of data about the behaviour of visitors to websites. A web analysis service gathers, amongst other things, data about from which website a person concerned came onto a website (so-called referrer), to which sub-sites of the website access was gained or how often and what duration the sub-site was looked at. A web analysis is mostly utilised for optimisation of a website and for the cost-usage analysis of internet advertising.

Operating company of the services of Google Analytics-Component is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA.

For the web analysis via Google, we use the addition "_gat._anonymiseIp". With this addition, the IP address of the internet connection of the person concerned is shortened by Google and anonymised if access to our websites takes place from a member state of the European Union or another contractual state of the agreement on the European economic area.

The purpose of the Google Analytics Component is the analysis of the streams of visitors to our website. Google uses the gained data and information, amongst other things, to assess the usage of our website, to build online reports for us that show the activities on our websites and to provide further services in connection with the usage of our website.
Google Analytics deposits a cookie on the IT system of the person concerned. With the deposit of the cookie, an analysis on the use of our website is made possible for Google. Through every call-up of one of the individual pages of our website, into which a Google Analytics Component has been integrated, the internet browser on the IT system of the person concerned is automatically prompted by the respective Google Analytics Component to transmit data to Google for the purpose of online analysis.  In the framework of this technical procedure, Google acquires knowledge about personal data, like the IP address of the person concerned, which serves Google, amongst other things, in retracing the origin of the visitor and clicks and subsequently make commission statements possible.

By way of the cookie, the personal data, i.e. the time of access, the location from where access was gained and the frequency of visits to our website through the person concerned is saved. Upon each visit to our websites, personal data, including the IP address of the internet connection of the person concerned, is thus sent to Google in the United States of America. This personal data is saved by Google in the United States of America. Under certain circumstances, Google passes this personal data, acquired via technical procedure, to third parties.

The person concerned can, as already demonstrated above, at any time prevent the depositing of cookies through the respective setting of the utilised internet browser and so object permanently to the depositing od cookies. Such a setting of the utilised internet browser would also prevent Google from depositing a conversion cookie on the IT system of the person concerned. Additionally, an already deposited cookie by Google AdWords can be deleted via the internet browser or other software.

Further, there is a possibility for the person concerned to object to and to prevent the acquisition of data pertaining to the use of our website by Google Analytics, as well as the processing of this data by Google.  Hereto, the person concerned must download and install a browser add-on via the link https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en. This browser add-on advises Google Analytics via Java script that no data and information pertaining to visits of websites may be transmitted to Google.  The installation of the browser add-on is assessed by google as an objection. Is the IT system of the person concerned deleted, formatted or newly installed at a later time, a further installation of the browser add-on has to be carried out by the person concerned to deactivate Google Analytics. Insofar as the browser add-on is uninstalled or deactivated by the person concerned, or another person who is attributable to their domain, there is the possibility of fresh installation or another activation of the browser add-on.

Further information and the valid data protection regulations of Google can be called under http://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy and under www.google.com/analytics/terms/gb.html. Google Analytics is explained in more detail under this link: www.google.com/intl/en_uk/analytics.

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