Privacy Policy

Privacy Notice of The Biodiversity Vault AG Version 1.1

1. General information

The Biodiversity Vault AG (also «we», «us») appreciate you visiting our website and your interest in the products and services we offer. Protecting your personal data is very important to us. In this Privacy Notice, we explain how we collect your personal data when you use our website, obtain products or services from us, interact with us in relation with a contract, communicate with us or otherwise deal with us, what we do with your personal data, for what purposes and on what legal foundation we do so, and what rights you have on that basis. We use the word «data» here interchangeably with «personal data».

«personal data» means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person («data subject»); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person;  «sensitive personal data» is a subset of personal data and revealing e.g. racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, genetic data, biometric data, health data or data concerning a natural person's sex life or sexual orientation.

«Processing» means any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data or on sets of personal data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organisation, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction. If you provide information to us about any person other than yourself, your employees, counterparties, your advisers or your suppliers, you must ensure that the data is accurate and that they understand how their information will be used, and that they have given their permission for you to disclose it to us and for you to allow us, and our outsourced service providers, to use it. This Privacy Notice is aligned with the EU General Data Protection Regulation («GDPR») and the Swiss Data Protection Act («DPA»). However, the application of these laws depends on each individual case.

2. Name and address of the responsible person
The responsible person for processing your data under this Privacy Notice («Controller») unless we tell you otherwise in an individual case is: The Biodiversity Vault AG (in foundation, we update this information upon completion of this process). is the active brand of The Biodiversity Vault AG and you can find us at: You may contact us regarding data protection matters and to exercise your rights:

3. Categories of data we process
The processing of personal data is limited to data that is required to operate a functional website and for the provision of content, products and services. The processing of personal data of our users is based on the purposes agreed or on a legal basis. We only collect personal data that is necessary to implement and process our tasks and services or if you provide data voluntarily. Depending on the reason and purpose of the processing, we process different data about you:

• Technical Data
When you use our website or other online offerings (e.g. webshop), we collect the IP address of your terminal device and other technical data in order to ensure the functionality and security of these offerings. This data includes logs with records of the use of our systems. We generally keep technical data for 6 months . In order to ensure the functionality of these offerings, we may also assign an individual code to you or your device (for example as a cookie, see Section 12). Technical data as such does not permit drawing conclusions about your identity. However, technical data may be linked with other categories of data (and potentially with your person) in relation with user accounts, registrations, access controls or the performance of a contract.

Technical data includes:
The IP address and information about the operating system of your terminal device
The date and time of access
name and URL of any visited page
website form which any access takes place (so-called referrer URL)
the type of browser that you use to access our online offerings- device type and operating system of the device
name of your ISP- browser type and version used, and other information provided by the browser (such as geographical origin, language setting, add-ons used, screen resolution, etc.).
logs that are created in our systems (e.g. the log of user logins to our website)

This may help us to provide an appropriate layout of the website or, for example, to display a sub-page for your region. We know through which provider you access our offerings (and therefore also the region) because of the IP address, but usually this does not tell us who you are. However, this changes for example when you create a user account, because personal data can then be linked with technical data (for example, we can know the browser you use to access an account through our website).

User account and Registration Data
Some of our services can only be used with a user account or a registration (e.g. competitions, newsletters). Such data will be kept for 13 months from the date of the use of the services or the user account is closed.

User account and registration data includes
- information you provide when you create an account on our website (for example username, password, name, e-mail)
- contact details when you subscribe to our newsletter.

Communication Data
When you get in contact with us via contact form, e-mail, telephone, chat, or by letter or other means of communication, we collect the data exchanged between you and us, including your contact details and the metadata of the communication. If we record telephone conversations, we will tell you specifically. If we have to confirm your identity, for example in relation with a request for information, a request for press access, etc., we collect data to identify you (for example a copy of an ID document). We generally keep this data for 12 months from the last exchange between us. This period may be longer where required for evidentiary purposes, to comply with legal or contractual requirements, or for technical reasons. E-mails in personal mailboxes and written correspondence are generally kept for at least 10 years. Chats are generally stored for 2 years.

Communication data includes:
- your name and contact details,
- the means, place and time of communication and usually also its contents (i.e. the contents of e-mails, letters, chats, etc.). This data may also include information about third parties. For identification purposes, we may also process your ID document number or a password set by you or your press pass.

Master data
Master data is the basic data that we need, in addition to contract data (see below), for the performance of our contractual and other business relationships or for marketing and promotional purposes, such as name and contact details, and information about, for example, your role and function, your bank details, your date of birth, customer history, powers of attorney, signature authorizations and declarations of consent. We process your master data if you are a customer or other business contact or work for one (for example as a contact person of the business partner), or because we wish to address you for our own purposes or for the purposes of a contractual partner (for example as part of marketing and advertising, for invitations to events, for vouchers, newsletters, etc.). We receive master data from you (for example when you buy something on our website), from parties you work for, or from third parties such as contractual partners, associations and address brokers, and from public sources such as public registers or the internet (websites, social media, etc.). We generally keep master data for 10 years from the last exchange between us but at least from the end of the contract. This period may be longer if required for evidentiary purposes, to comply with legal or contractual requirements, or for technical reasons. For contacts used only for marketing and advertising, the period is usually much shorter, usually no more than 2 years from the last contact.

Master data is not comprehensively collected for all contact. Rather, the collection of master data depends on the individual case and purpose of the processing. In general, it may include:
- Your name
- Address
- e-mail address
- telephone number and other contact details
- gender
- date of birth
- nationality
- data about related persons
- websites
- social media profiles
- photos and videos
- copies of ID cards
- details of your relationship with us (e.g. customer, supplier, visitor, service provider or service recipient, etc.)
- details of your status, allocations, classifications and mailing lists
- details of interactions with you
- reports
- official documents (e.g. excerpts from the commercial register, permits)
- payment information (e.g. bank details, account number and credit card data)
- declarations of consent and opt-out information
- As regards customers, suppliers and partners, master data also includes information about the role or function in the company, qualifications and information about superiors, co-workers and information about interactions with these persons.

Contract data
We collect contract data in relation with the conclusion or performance of a contract, e.g. information about the products and the services provided or to be provided, as well as data from the period leading up to the conclusion of a contract, information required or used for performing a contract, and information about feedback (e.g. complaints, feedback about satisfaction, etc.). We generally collect this data from you, from contractual partners and from third parties involved in the performance of the contract, but also from third-party sources (for example credit information providers) and from public sources. We generally keep this data for 10 years from the last contract activity but at least from the end of the contract. This period may be longer where necessary for evidentiary purposes, to comply with legal or contractual requirements, or for technical reasons.

Contract data includes:
- information about the conclusion of the contract, about your contracts, for example, the type and date of conclusion and its duration,
- the performance and administration of the contracts, for example information in relation with billing, customer service, technical assistance and the enforcement of contractual claims,
- information about deficiencies, complaints and changes of a contract as well as customer satisfaction information that we may collect for example through surveys.
- financial data, such as credit information (meaning information that allows to draw conclusions about the likelihood that receivables will be paid), information about reminders and debt collection. We receive this data partly from you (for example when you make payments), but also from credit agencies and debt collection companies and from public sources (for example a commercial register).

Behavioral and preference data
Depending on our relationship with you, we try to get to know you better and to tailor our products, services and offers to you. For this purpose, we collect and process data about your behavior and preferences. We do so by evaluating information about your behavior and we may also supplement this information with third-party information, including from public sources. Based on this data, we can for example determine the likelihood that you will use certain services or behave in a certain way. The data processed for this purpose is already known to us (for example where and when you use our services), or we collect it by recording your behavior (for example how you navigate our website. We anonymize or delete this data when it is no longer relevant for the purposes pursued, which may be – depending on the nature of the data – between 2-3 weeks and 24 months (for product and service preferences). This period may be longer as for evidentiary purposes, to comply with legal or contractual requirements, or for technical reasons. We describe how tracking works on our website in Sections 12 et seq.

Behavioral data includes:
- information about certain actions, such as your response to electronic communications (for example if and when you have opened an e-mail) or your location, as well as your interaction with our social media profiles and your participation in sweepstakes, competitions and similar events.
- For example, we may collect your location data wirelessly through unique codes that your cell phone emits or when you use our website. We will use signage at the relevant locations to tell you about the collection of such anonymous motion profiles, and we will only create personalized motion profiles with your consent.

Preference data provides information on your needs, which products or services you might be interested in. We obtain this information by analyzing existing data, such as behavioral data, so that we get to know you better and can better tailor our products and services to you. Such data also contributes to a general improvement of our products and services. We combine this data with other data we obtain from third parties, such as address broker, administrative office and publicly available sources (e.g. the internet), such as information about your household size, income bracket and purchasing power, shopping behavior, contact data of relatives, and anonymous information from statistical offices.
Behavioral and preference data may be analyzed on a personally identifiable basis (for example to show you personalized advertising), but also on a non-identifiable basis (for example for market research or product development). Behavioral and preference data may also be combined with other data (for example, motion data may be used for contact tracing as part of a health protection concept).

Other data
We also collect data from you in other situations. For example, data that may relate to you (such as files, evidence, etc.) is processed in relation with administrative or judicial proceedings. We may also collect data for health protection (for example as part of health protection concepts). We may obtain or create photos, videos and sound recordings in which you may be identifiable (for example at events, with security cameras, etc.). We may also collect data about who enters certain buildings, and when or who has access rights (including in relation with access controls, based on registration data or lists of visitors, etc.), who participates in events or campaigns, e.g. competitions and who uses our infrastructure and systems and when. The retention period for this data depends on the processing purpose and is limited to what is necessary. This ranges from one or two days for many of the security cameras, to usually a few weeks in case of data for contact tracing and visitor data that is usually kept for 3 months, to several years or longer for reports about events with images. Much of the data set out in this Section is provided to us by you, e.g. through forms, in relation with communication with us, in relation with contracts, when you use the website, etc. You are not obliged or required to disclose data to us except in individual cases, for example within the framework of binding health protection concepts (legal obligations). If you wish to enter into contracts with us or use our services, you must also provide us with certain data, in particular master data, contract data and registration data, as part of your contractual obligation under the relevant contract. When using our website, the processing of technical data cannot be avoided. If you wish to gain access to certain systems or buildings, you must also provide us with registration data. However, in the case of behavioral and preference data, you have the option of objecting or not giving consent.

We provide certain services to you only if you provide us with registration data, because we or our contractual partners wish to know who uses our services or has accepted an invitation to an event, because it is a technical requirement or because we wish to communicate with you. If you or the person you represent (for example your employer) wishes to enter into or perform a contract with us, we must collect master data, contract data and communication data from you, and we process technical data if you wish to use our website or other electronic offerings for this purpose. If you do not provide us with the data necessary for the conclusion and performance of the contract, you should expect that we may refuse to conclude the contract, that you may commit a breach of contract or that we will not perform the contract. Similarly, we can only submit a response to a request from you if we process communication data and – if you communicate with us online – possibly also technical data. Also, the use of our website is not possible without us receiving technical data.

As far as it is not unlawful we also collect data from public sources (for example debt collection registers, land registers, commercial registers, the media, or the internet including social media) or receive data from other companies within our group, from public authorities and from other third parties (such as credit agencies, address brokers, associations, contractual partners, internet analytics services, etc.).

The categories of personal data that we receive about you from third parties include, in particular, information from public registers, information that we receive in relation with administrative and legal proceedings, information in relation with your professional functions and activities (so that we can, for example, conclude and process transactions with your employer with your assistance), information about you in correspondence and meetings with third parties, credit information (where we conduct business with you in a personal capacity), information about you that persons related to you (family, advisors, legal representatives, etc.) share with us so that we can conclude or perform contracts with you or involving you (for example references, your delivery address, powers of attorney, information about compliance with legal requirements such as those relating to fraud prevention and the combating of money laundering and terrorist financing, export restrictions, information from banks, insurance companies, sales and other contractual partners of us about your use or provision of services (for example payments, purchases, etc.), information from the media and the internet about the use or provision of services by you (for example payments made, purchases made, etc.), information from the media and the internet about you (where appropriate in a specific case, e.g. in the context of an application, marketing/sales, press review, etc., your address and potentially interests and other socio-demographic data (especially for marketing and research purposes) and data in relation with the use of third-party websites and online offerings where such use can be linked to you.

4. Purposes of the processing
We process your data for the purposes explained below. Further information is set out in Sections 14 et seq for online services. These purposes and their objectives represent interests of us and potentially of third parties. You can find further information on the legal basis of our processing in Section 5.

We process your data for communication purposes, in order to communicate with you, in particular, when you contact us in order, to respond to your queries or when you exercise your rights. For this purpose, we use in particular communication data, master data and registration data to enable us to communicate with you and provide our services or respond to requests. We keep this data to document our communication with you, for training purposes and quality assurance.

Performance of a contract
We process your data for entering into a contract with you, perform and administer it. In particular, we process communication data, master data, registration data and contract data about you. This might include data about third parties, e.g. if you order products or services for the benefit of a third party. This also includes data about potential customers, that we receive from communication with you, on a trade fair or any other business event.  As regards the conclusion of a contact, we use this data to assess your creditworthiness and to open up a business relationship with you. Administering and performing the contract with your might involve third parties, such as logistic companies, advertising service providers, banks, insurance companies or credit information providers in order to provide our products and services to you.

Marketing and relationship management
We process your data for marketing and relationship management purposes. For example, we send personalized newsletters for products and services from us and, if applicable from selected third parties (e.g. advertising partners). Marketing and relationship management might include contacting you via e-mail, telephone or other channels for which we have contact information from you. We and, if applicable, selected third parties, only display personalized content or advertising based on your usage behavior or send e-mails for marketing purposes (e.g. newsletter) if and to the extent you give your consent to us if required under applicable law.  You can object to such marketing activities or withdraw your consent at any time (please see Section 11 and 12). As regards relationship management, we use a customer relationship management system («CRM») to store and process your data as described in this Privacy Notice (e.g. about contact persons, products and services provided to you, interactions, interests, marketing measures, newsletters, invitations to events and other information). In order to provide you with the best products and services and to use our resources as effectively as possible we use the CRM together with the company group. Company group means The Biodiversity Vault AG and its subsidiaries and group companies. A list of the subsidiaries and group companies can be found here .

Product/service improvement and innovation
We process your data for market research and to improve our products and services (including our website).

Safety or security reasons
We process your data to protect our IT and other infrastructure (e.g. buildings). For example, we process data for monitoring, analysis and testing of our networks and IT infrastructures including access controls. We might also use surveillance systems, e.g. cameras for security purposes. In such a case, we will inform you at the relevant locations separately.

Compliance with law
We process your data to comply with legal requirements, e.g. health security concepts, money laundering and terrorist financing, tax obligations etc. and we might have to request further information from you to comply with such requirements («Know Your Customer») or as otherwise required by law and legal authorities.

Risk management, corporate governance and business development
We process your data as part of our risk management and corporate government in order to protect us from criminal or abusive activity. As part of our business development, we might sell businesses, parts of businesses or companies to others or acquire them from others or inter into partnerships and this might result in the exchange and processing of data based on your consent, if necessary.

5. Legal basis for processing your data
Your consent
Where we asked for your consent (e.g. for receiving newsletters and for personalized content or advertising based on your usage behaviour or for processing sensitive data),  we process your data based on such consent. You may withdraw your consent at any time with effect for the future by providing us written notice (e-mail sufficient), see our contact details in Section 2. If you like to withdraw your consent for online tracking, please see Section 14. Withdrawal of your consent does not affect the lawfulness of the processing that we have carried out prior to your withdrawal, nor does it affect the processing of your data based on other processing grounds.
Where we did not ask for your consent, we process your data on other legal grounds, such as
• a contractual obligation
• a legal obligation
• a vital interest of the data subject or of another natural person
• to perform a public task
• a legitimate interest, which includes compliance with applicable law and the marketing of our products and services, the interest in better understanding our markets and in managing and further developing our company, including its operations, safely and efficiently.

6. Profiling and automated decision taking
We might analyse aspects of your individual’s personality, behaviour, interest and habits make predictions or decisions about them for the purposes laid out in Section 4, e.g to perform statistical analysis or to prevent misuse and security risks. This analysis identifies correlations between different behaviours and characteristics to create profiles for individuals. For example, we may use profiling to determine in which products or services you might be interested. We may also use profiling to assess you creditworthiness. We do not use profiling that can produce legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affect you without human review. In certain circumstances, automated decision taking might be necessary for reasons of efficiency and consistency. In such cases, we will inform you accordingly and take the measures required by applicable law.

7. Disclosure of data to third parties and social plug-ins
In order to perform our contracts, fulfill our legal obligations, protect our legitimate interest and the other purposes and legal grounds set out above, we may disclose your data to third parties, in particular to the following categories of recipients :
Group companies
Please find a list of our group companies here [List will be published upon completion of company establishment]. Group companies process the data for the same purposes as we use it, including advertising for their own range of products and services.
Service providers
We may share your information with service providers and business partners around the world with whom we collaborate to fulfil the above purposes (e.g. IT provider, shipping companies, advertising service provider, security companies, banks, insurance companies, telecommunication companies, credit information agencies, address verification provider, lawyers) or who we engage to process personal data for any of the purposes listed above on our behalf and in accordance with our instructions only.
• Contractual partners including customers
In case required under the respective contract we share your data with other contractual partners. If we sell or buy any business or assets, we may dislcose your data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets to whom we assign or novate any of our rights and obligations.
• Legal Authorities
If legally obliged or entitled to make disclosures or if it appears necessary to protect our interests, we may disclose your data to courts, law enforcement authorities, regulators, government officials or other legal authorities in Switzerland or abroad, e.g. in criminal investigations and legal proceedings including alternative dispute resolution.
• Social plug-ins
Our website uses social plug-ins to from social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN and XING and integrate them as follows:
When you visit our website, the social plugins are deactivated, i.e. no data is transmitted to the operators of these networks. If you want to use one of the networks, click on the respective social plug-in to establish a direct connection to the server of the respective network.
If you have a user account on the network and are logged in when you activate the social plug-in, the network can associate your visit to our websites with your user account. If you want to avoid this, please log out of the network before activating the social plug-in. A social network cannot associate a visit to our website until you have activated an existing social plug-in.
When you activate a social plug-in, the network transfers the content that becomes available directly to your browser, which integrates it into our website. In this situation, data transmissions can also take place that are initiated and controlled by the respective social network. Your connection to a social network, the data transfers taking place between the network and your system, and your interactions on that platform are governed solely by the privacy policies of that network.
The social plug-in remains active until you deactivate it or delete your cookies (see Section 14).If you click on the link to an offer or activate a social plug-in, personal data may reach providers in countries outside the European Economic Area that, from the point of view of the Switzerland or the European Economic Area (EEA) may not guarantee an adequate level of protection for the processing of personal data in accordance with Swiss/EU standards. Please remember this fact before clicking on a link or activating a social plug-in and thereby triggering a transfer of your data.

8. Transfer of data abroad
As we have explained in Section 7, we disclose data to other parties, not all of them located in Switzerland. Your data may be processed in the European Economic Area (EEA) and in exceptional circumstances also in countries outside the EEA and around the world, which includes countries that do not provide the same level of data protection as Switzerland or the EEA and are not recognized as providing an adequate level of data protection. We only transfer data to these countries when it is necessary for the performance of a contract or for the exercise or defense of legal claims, or if such transfer is based on your explicit consent or subject to safeguards that assure the protection of your data, such as the European Commission approved standard contractual clauses.

9. How long we keep your personal data
We only process your data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of complying with legal retention requirements and where required to assert or defend against legal claims, until the end of the relevant retention period or until the claims in question have been settled. Upon expiry of the applicable retention period we will securely destroy your data in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

10. Security of your personal data
We take appropriate organisational and technical security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. We have also put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.

11. Your Rights
You have various rights in relation with our processing of your personal data, depending on the applicable data protection law:

• right of access
You have the right to request a copy of the personal data that we hold about you. There are exceptions to this right, so that access may be denied if, for example, making the information available to you would reveal personal data about another person, or if we are legally prevented from disclosing such information.

• right to rectification
We aim to keep your personal data accurate, current, and complete. We encourage you to contact us to let us know if any of your personal data is not accurate or changes, so that we can keep your personal data up-to-date.

• right to erasure
You have the right to require us to erase your personal data when the personal data is no longer necessary for the purposes for which it was collected, or when, among other things, your personal data have been unlawfully processed.

• right to restriction
You have the right to ask us to restrict the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.

• right to data portability
You have the right to ask that we transfer the personal information you gave us to another controller or to you, in certain circumstances.

• right to withdraw consent
Where we process data based on your consent, you have the right to withdraw your consent. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose(s) to which you originally consented unless there is another legal ground for the processing.

• complaints
If you believe that your data protection rights might have been breached, please let us know our contact the applicable supervisory authority.

12. Right to object
Under applicable data protection law you have the right to object at any time to the processing of personal data pertaining to you under certain circumstances, in particular where your data is processed in the public interest, on the basis of a balance of interests or for direct marketing purposes.

If you like to exercise the above mentioned rights, please contact us at or the contact details provided under Section 2 unless otherwise specified or agreed. Please note that we need to identify you to prevent misuse, e.g. by means of a copy of your ID card or passport, unless identification is not possible otherwise.

13. Newsletter
If you subscribe to one of our newsletters offered, you may cancel the subscription at any time by using the option to unsubscribe contained in the newsletter.

14. Cookies
We use cookies on our website and may allow certain third parties to do so as well. Cookies are small files that your browser automatically creates and that are stored on your device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when you visit our website. You can see the complete list of the cookies used below.
However, depending on the purpose of these cookies, we may ask for your express prior consent before they are used. You can access your current settings by clicking on the «Change Your Cookies» - button below and you can withdraw your consent under the same link  at any time. You can also set your browser to block or deceive certain types of cookies or alternative technologies, or to delete existing cookies. You can also add software to your browser that blocks certain third-party tracking. You can find more information on the help pages of your browser (usually with the keyword «Privacy») or on the websites of the third parties set out below.

• Necessary cookies
Necessary cookies are necessary for the functioning of the website or for certain features. They make the use of our website more pleasant for you. For example, they help make a website usable by enabling basic functions such as page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. They also ensure that you can move between pages without losing information that was entered in a form and that you stay logged in. These cookies exist temporarily only («session cookies»). The session cookies are automatically deleted after leaving our pages. If you block them, the website may not work properly. Other cookies are necessary for the server to store options or information (which you have entered) beyond a session (i.e. a visit to the website) if you use this function (for example language settings, consents, automatic login functionality, etc.). These cookies have an expiration date of up to 12 months. The legal basis for such cookies is our legitimate interest according to provide you with all functions of our website. Please find below a detailed list of all necessary cookies and their expiration period. More

• Performance Cookies
In order to optimize our website and related offers and to better adapt them to the needs of the users, we use cookies to record and analyze the use of our website, potentially beyond one session. We use third-party analytics services for this purpose that are listed below (see Section 15 «Monitoring Tools»).  For example, we analyze which page a user accesses most often and whether error messages are displayed. These cookies do not store any information beyond this. They are used exclusively to increase user-friendliness and to tailor websites more specifically to the user. Before we use such cookies, we ask for your express prior consent.  You can withdraw consent at any time through the cookie settings. Performance cookies also have an expiration date of up to 12 months. Details can be found on the websites of the third-party providers.

• Marketing Cookies
We and our advertising partners have an interest in targeting advertising as precisely as possible, i.e. only showing it to those we wish to address. We have listed our advertising partners below. For this purpose, we and our advertising partners – if you consent – use cookies that can record the content that has been accessed or the contracts that have been concluded. This allows us to optimize our content (see Section 15 «Monitoring Tools») and us and our advertising partners to display advertisements that we think will interest you on our website, but also on other websites that display advertisements from us or our advertising partners (see Section 16 «Tracking Tools»). If you consent to the use of these cookies, you will be shown related advertisements. If you do not consent to them, you will not see less advertisements, but simply any other advertisement. You can withdraw consent at any time through the cookie settings. Marketing cookies have an expiration period of a few days to 12 months, depending on the circumstances.

15. Monitoring Tools
We use social media monitoring tools that help us to identify and monitor content on third-party websites, e.g. in posts, tweets, blogs, news, forum posts and social media platforms. This gives us a detailed insight into customer opinions and any topics on the internet that mentions our company name(s) or talks about our brand(s). In doing so, so-called "crawlers" search available online sources to seek out the relevant hits. Some monitoring tools search both publicly available data on the internet and closed-loop third-party networks with which they have directly concluded contracts in order to access their data.
A list of monitoring tools we use and the personal data that may be collected can be found here :
   - Google Analytics

Our use of monitoring tools is based on our legitimate interests of market and opinion research for marketing and PR purposes. Data processing by such monitoring tools is external and separate from our web and social media sites and we are not responsible for any data processing by such monitoring tools.

If you like to object to the use of your information by such monitoring tools, or require information about the data stored by them, or if you wish to exercise any other right that you are entitled to, please contact the respective monitoring tool. A list of monitoring tools we use including contact details can be found here.  Google Analytics

16. Tracking Tools
Based on your consent  we use tracking tools to ensure a tailored design and the continuous optimization of our website. We also use the tracking tools to statistically record the use of our website and evaluate it for the purpose of optimizing the content we show you

17. Social media network pages
We have a LinkedIn company page where we can see who follows our page.

18. Updating and changing this Privacy Notice
Due to continuous development of our website and the contents thereof, changes in law or regulatory requirements, we might need to change this privacy notice from time to time. Our current privacy notice can be found at our website and can be saved and printed out by you.