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 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.
1 Collection and processing of personal data
Personal data as defined by the German Federal Data Protection Act are individual details about the personal or factual circumstances of an identified or identifiable natural person (affected party as defined by § 3 Para. 1 Federal Data Protection Act).
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 (“user-related data”), in order to evaluate which parts of our website are of particular interest. These user-related 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:
- ALTANA AG:
- BYK Additives & Instruments:
- ECKART Effect Pigments:
- ELANTAS Electrical Insulation:
- ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants:
1.2 Cookies in the context of retargeting activities
Through the use of retargeting cookies, the company ALTANA AG is able to make the Internet service more interesting for its users. Retargeting cookies are stored on the computer or device of the Internet user at browser sessions. They make it possible to draw the attention of users who have already shown an interest in ALTANA to the company again.
In this context, we also gather information about your use of our website by means of so-called browser cookies. These are small text files that are saved to your data storage device and store certain settings and data for the exchange with our system via your browser. A cookie typically contains the name of the domain from which the cookie data has been sent, as well as information about the age of the cookie and an alphanumeric identifier. Cookies enable our systems to recognize the user’s device and make any default settings immediately available. To achieve this, cookies already located on your computer (e.g. from Google AdWords) are also read. Once a user accesses the platform, a cookie is sent to the hard drive of the particular user’s computer. Cookies help us to improve our website and offer you a better service more tailored to your needs. They enable us to recognize your computer when you return to our website.
For statistical evaluation purposes, information about your use of our website will be collected by means of so-called tracking pixels. Tracking pixels are small graphics implanted into websites enabling log-file recording and files analysis. While visiting our website, the tracking pixels add information in the cookie file of your web-browser. The data will be collected by a tracking server of eComCon GmbH, that may collect information such as the IP address, domain name of the website you are arriving from, pages of our website, domain names, date and time of a call, name of your internet service provider and browser version of your computer. In doing so no personal data will be reported, all collected data will be immediately anonymized after processing. The IP address will be deleted directly upon its use. The collected data will be used for creating anonymized user profiles being the basis for web statistics as well as for constantly improving our offers and services and hence making them more interesting for you. The data obtained by means of the tracking pixels are entirely anonymized including storage and processing. Therefore, we and the aforementioned third-party companies do not require any separate approval for this process. You may, of course, object to tracking pixels used by third party companies acting on our behalf. For this, each featured banner shows a blue arrow. By clicking it you are automatically directed to a site where the process is explained and an “opt-out” solution is being offered. By clicking “opt-out”, an “opt-out” cookie is set preventing the future displaying of our advertising banners. However, you should be aware that by deleting cookies the opt-out-cookie will be removed as well. It is thus advisable to reset the cookies before activating the opt-out-cookie function.
At any time, you have the option to deactivate the use of retargeting cookies by clicking on the following link:
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. This will not identify you by name automatically. But if you are logged in to Facebook at the same time your visit to our website may be matched to your Facebook account.
We provide the option of using so-called “social media buttons” on our websites. Usually, social media buttons transfer user data with any page view to such sites as Facebook etc. To prevent the unwanted communication of your IP address, we have installed a data protection solution on our websites, which prevents immediate forwarding of your data. This means that user data – intended, say, for Facebook – is not sent when you connect to the site, but when you have clicked on the button for e.g. Facebook. Only an active click on the button in question will establish a connection to the server of the respective platform. If you do not click on the relevant button, there will be no exchange of data between you and the providers of the social media platforms.
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 emailing us 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
The company ALTANA AG assures you that your details are only collected, processed, and used for the purpose you have in mind. As the ALTANA AG is globally active, we may, if need be, send your data to other companies of the ALTANA Group, especially to the ALTANA 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 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.
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 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 (with the exception of applicants for US American companies in the ALTANA Group)
Any personal data that you supply as part of the application process will only be collected by the companies of ALTANA 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 your application can 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 by 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 the 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 the ALTANA AG for you. You should inform the ALTANA AG immediately of any changes to information relevant to your application.
ALTANA AG with its subsidiaries is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, philosophy of life, political inclinations, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.
2.3 Applicants for US American companies in the ALTANA Group
Any personal data that you supply as part of the application process will only be collected by the companies of ALTANA for the purpose of implementing the application procedure. Your application for a specific position will go directly to the relevant personnel department of the company. 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 your application can 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. Your data will remain stored at the 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 the ALTANA AG for you. You should inform the ALTANA AG immediately of any changes to information relevant to your application.
ALTANA AG with its subsidiaries is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.
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.
The ALTANA AG employs technical and organizational safeguards to protect the data you have provided to the 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.
as of October 2016