Data Privacy Statement - ALTANA AG

The data privacy statement of ALTANA AG applies to all the German companies of ALTANA AG.  The company of ALTANA AG, hereafter referred to as ALTANA AG, is delighted by your visit to this website and your interest in our company. We are mindful that protection of your personal privacy is an important concern for you when using our website. That is why we take the protection of your personal data very seriously and would like to use this data privacy statement to inform you of the measures we have adopted in the matter of data protection.

Collection and processing of personal data
Personal data as defined by the Federal Data Protection Act are individual details about the personal or factual circumstances of an identified or identifiable natural person (affected party).

1.1 Data transmitted by browser/ Internet technology
If you visit our website, we log the IP address (i.e. the Internet address) of the computer accessing the site and other general usage data, such as date and time, in order to evaluate which parts of our website are of particular interest. These data are rendered anonymous and merely serve the internal evaluation of the frequency of use of our web pages.

This website uses etracker technology to collect visitor behavior data. This data is collected anonymously to be used for marketing and optimization purposes. All visitor data is saved using an anonymous user ID and can be aggregated to a usage profile. Cookies may be used to collect and save this data, but the data remains strictly anonymous. The data will not be used to identify a visitor personally and are not aggregated with any personal data. The collection and storage of data may be refused at any time with respect to subsequent services here:

1.2 Data transferred to Google
ALTANA AG uses Google remarketing tags on individual web pages. These are services of Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; hereafter "Google"). Google uses cookies, i.e. small text files which are stored on the user’s computer. This technology allows us to reconnect with users who have already visited our websites and online services and shown an interest in the content by means of targeted advertising on the sites of the Google Partner Network. The information generated by the cookie on the use of this website is normally transferred to a server of Google in the USA, where it is stored. The IP address is then shortened by Google to the last three digits, making it impossible for the IP address to be identified. Google observes the data protection provisions of the "US Safe Harbor" agreement and is registered with the "Safe Harbor" program of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The IP address transmitted from your browser in the course of Google AdWords remarketing is not combined by Google with any other data. You can prevent cookies from being stored on your computer by adjusting your browser settings as appropriate; we would point out, however, that you will not be able to make full use of all the features of this website if you do. You can also prevent the acquisition of the data generated by the cookie regarding your use of the website (incl. your IP address) by Google as well as the processing of this data by Google. You can find more information about deactivating cookies here. In addition, Internet users can deactivate the use of cookies by third-party suppliers by accessing the deactivation page of the Network Advertising Initiative.

1.3 Data transferred to social networks by means of “Like” features.
You will find on our websites the “Like” button of Facebook, the “+1” button of Google, and a link to Twitter. If you activate a platform of this type, your browser will establish a short connection with the server of the relevant network, which serves primarily to display the content of the plugin. The cooperating party will learn your IP address, however, through this plugin. While this will not identify you by name, if you are logged in to Facebook at the same time your visit to our website may be matched to your Facebook account.
To avoid the unwanted transmission of your IP address, we have created a two-stage solution on our website, which prevents your data from being forwarded immediately. This means that it is only possible to use the Facebook “Like” button, for example, if the latter has been activated, i.e. clicked on, beforehand. Only then is a connection to the server of the platform established and you are in a position to use the “Like” button by clicking on it again. No data will be transferred without you first activating the “Like” button by means of an initial click.

1.4 Voluntary statement of personal data
Are you a customer, supplier, interested party, or applicant? Your personal data are only collected if you provide us with these of your own accord by email or online, for example by completing forms or sending us e-mails in the context of making enquiries about product s or services or as a supplier, interested party, or applicant.

2 Use and disclosure of personal data, and intended purpose
ALTANA AG assures you that your details are only collected, processed, and used for the purpose you have in mind. As ALTANA AG is globally active, we may, if need be, send your data to other companies of the ALTANA Group, especially to the ALTANA AG company that is located in your country or is responsible for the region, albeit only if this is absolutely necessary in order to process your enquiry. Provided that an application permits the option to select a specific company and you have made an appropriate selection, your data will only be forwarded to the company of your choice and processed there. Your choice in this connection equates to the tacit approval of this procedure. Your data will be processed on computers of this ALTANA AG company in compliance with the appropriate, currently valid data protection legislation. You may object to the use of your personal data at any time. We affirm that we will not pass on your personal data to third parties, unless we are legally obliged to do so or you have given us your prior approval.

2.1 Suppliers
If, as a supplier, you have an interest in our company and communicate this to us through the use of our Internet Purchasing Network Tool, you will be asked to enter contact details for the decision-makers and information providers of your company. We would point out that these entries are voluntary. We assume that you will only provide details about staff within your company if the latter have consented to the disclosure of this information. In other respects, the provisions of this data privacy statement will apply.

2.2 Applicants
Any personal data that you supply as part of the application process will only be collected by the companies of ALTANA AG for the purpose of implementing the application procedure. It is irrelevant here whether you wish to apply for a specific position or submit an unsolicited application. Your application for a specific position will go directly to the relevant personnel department of the company. Your details with an unsolicited application will go to the HR department of ALTANA AG and from there be forwarded to the relevant personnel departments of the companies concerned. The forwarding of data to companies outside of Germany, the EU, or the EEA will only occur if you have actively consented to this in the application process (e.g. by stating your preferred area of deployment in your application letter). Your personal data will be collected, stored, and used in accordance with the current regulations governing data protection and data security. Please ensure that the information you supply is complete and accurate, since only then can your application be properly processed. Both the personal data you disclose and specific personal details (such as gender, marital status, etc.) will be treated confidentially in accordance with the current regulations governing data protection and data security. The online application procedure by contrast is encrypted. You can decide yourself whether you wish to apply for a specific position, for potential future positions, or on a speculative basis. Your data will remain stored at ALTANA AG for the period you stipulate. During the application process, so-called cookies are stored on your PC. These will not harm your computer and serve only to make more effective use of the website of ALTANA AG for you. You should inform ALTANA AG immediately of any changes to information relevant to your application.

3 Right to information and public procedure register
Upon request we will inform you in writing in accordance with current legislation whether we have any personal data stored about you and, if so, what.

4 Security
ALTANA AG employs technical and organizational safeguards to protect the data you have provided to ALTANA AG from accidental or willful manipulation, loss, destruction, or access on the part of unauthorized persons. Our security measures are constantly being improved in line with technological developments.

5 Data protection officer
If you have any questions concerning the processing of your personal data, you may contact directly the data protection officer responsible, who is also available in the event of you having any requests for information, proposals, or complaints.

6. Changes to the data privacy statement
The continuous development of the Internet makes adjustments to our data privacy statement necessary from time to time. We reserve the right to carry out appropriate amendments at any time.

Status: June 2012