Data Privacy Policy

Your privacy and trust are important to us and this Privacy Policy provides important information about how Ritz Instrument Transformers GmbH (Ritz) handle personal data as well as the nature, scope, and purpose of the personal data collected by this website.

As changes in legislation or our internal processes can require modifications to this Privacy Policy, we ask you to regularly check this Policy for Amendments.

 

1. Data Controller

RITZ Instrument Transformers GmbH

Wandsbeker Zollstraße 92-98

22041 Hamburg

For any questions regarding data privacy related issues, please contact our Data Protection Officer. You can reach our Data Privacy Officer at the above stated address or by e-mail: datenschutz@ritz-international.com

 

2. 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 name, address, location data, an online identifier (IP Address) of that natural person.

 

3. Scope and purpose of the processing of personal data

The website of Ritz www.ritz-international.com collects a series of general data and information when a data subject or automated system calls up the website. This general data and information are stored in the server log files.

Collected may be

–       the browser types and versions used,

–       the operating system used by the accessing system,

–       the website from which an accessing system reaches our website (so-called referrers),

–       the date and time (so-called timestamp) of access to the Internet site,

–       an Internet protocol address (IP address),

–       the internet service provider (ISP) of the accessing system, and

–       any other similar data and information that may be used in the event of attacks on our information technology systems.

The processing of these personal data is justified acc. Article 6 para. 1 sent. 1f GDPR. When using these general data and information, Ritz does not draw any conclusions about the data subject. Rather, this information is needed to

–       deliver the content of our website correctly,

–       optimize the content of our website as well as its advertisement,

–       ensure the long-term viability of our information technology systems and website technology, and

–       provide law enforcement authorities with the information necessary for criminal prosecution in case of a cyber-attack.

 

4. Data transmission to third parties

Personal Data will be transmitted to third parties, if

–       the data subject expressly consented acc. Article 6 para. 1 sent. 1a GDPR,

–       transmission acc. Article 6 para. 1 sent. 1f GDPR is required to assert, exercise or defend legal claims and there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the data subject has an overriding interest for nondisclosure of his personal data,

–       transmission is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject acc. Article 6 para. 1 sent. 1c GDPR,

–       transmission is necessary for the performance of a contract or precontract with the data subject, Article 6 para. 1 sent. 1b GDPR,

In other as the listed cases, personal data will not be disclosed to third parties.

 

5. Cookies

This website uses cookies. Cookies are text files that are stored in a computer system via an Internet browser.

Many Internet sites and servers use cookies. Many cookies contain a so-called cookie ID. A cookie ID is a unique identifier of the cookie. It consists of a character string through which Internet pages and servers can be assigned to the specific Internet browser in which the cookie was stored. This allows visited Internet sites and servers to differentiate the individual browser of the subject from other Internet browsers that contain other cookies. A specific Internet browser can be recognized and identified using the unique cookie ID.

By means of a cookie, the information and offers on our website can be optimized with the user in mind. Cookies allow us, as previously mentioned, to recognize our website users. The purpose of this recognition is to make it easier for users to utilize our website. The website user that uses cookies, e.g. does not have to enter access data (login credentials) each time the website is accessed, because this is taken over by the website, and the cookie is thus stored on the user’s computer system. In other words, it is not necessary to login again every time a new page is requested (a click). Another example is the cookie of a shopping cart in an online shop. The online store remembers the articles that a customer has placed in the virtual shopping cart via a cookie.

The data processed by cookies are necessary for safeguarding justified interests of the controller acc. Article 6 para. 1 sent. 1f GDPR, e.g. data security of this website.

 

6. Usage of analytic services

On this website, the controller has integrated the component of Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a web analytics service. Web analytics is the collection, gathering, and analysis of data about the behavior of visitors to websites. A web analysis service collects, inter alia, data about the website from which a person has come (the so-called referrer), which sub-pages were visited, or how often and for what duration a sub-page was viewed. Web analytics are mainly used for the optimization of a website and in order to carry out a cost-benefit analysis of Internet advertising.

The operator of the Google Analytics component is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, United States.

The purpose of the Google Analytics component is to analyze the traffic on our website. Google uses the collected data and information, inter alia, to evaluate the use of our website and to provide online reports, which show the activities on our websites, and to provide other services concerning the use of our Internet site for us.

Google Analytics places a cookie on the information technology system of the data subject. The definition of cookies is explained above. With the setting of the cookie, Google is enabled to analyze the use of our website. With each call-up to one of the individual pages of this Internet site, which is operated by the controller and into which a Google Analytics component was integrated, the Internet browser on the information technology system of the data subject will automatically submit data through the Google Analytics component for the purpose of online advertising and the settlement of commissions to Google. During the course of this technical procedure, the enterprise Google gains knowledge of personal information, such as the IP address of the data subject, which serves Google, inter alia, to understand the origin of visitors and clicks, and subsequently create commission settlements.

The cookie is used to store personal information, such as the access time, the location from which the access was made, and the frequency of visits of our website by the data subject. With each visit to our Internet site, such personal data, including the IP address of the Internet access used by the data subject, will be transmitted to Google in the United States of America. These personal data are stored by Google in the United States of America. Google may pass these personal data collected through the technical procedure to third parties.

The data subject may, as stated above, prevent the setting of cookies through our website at any time by means of a corresponding adjustment of the web browser used and thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Such an adjustment to the Internet browser used would also prevent Google Analytics from setting a cookie on the information technology system of the data subject. In addition, cookies already in use by Google Analytics may be deleted at any time via a web browser or other software programs.

In addition, the data subject has the possibility of objecting to a collection of data that are generated by Google Analytics, which is related to the use of this website, as well as the processing of this data by Google and the chance to preclude any such. For this purpose, the data subject must download a browser add-on under the link https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout and install it. This browser add-on tells Google Analytics through a JavaScript, that any data and information about the visits of Internet pages may not be transmitted to Google Analytics. The installation of the browser add-ons is considered an objection by Google. If the information technology system of the data subject is later deleted, formatted, or newly installed, then the data subject must reinstall the browser add-ons to disable Google Analytics. If the browser add-on was uninstalled by the data subject or any other person who is attributable to their sphere of competence, or is disabled, it is possible to execute the reinstallation or reactivation of the browser add-ons.

Further information and the applicable data protection provisions of Google may be retrieved under https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/ and under http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/us.html. Google Analytics is further explained under the following Link https://www.google.com/analytics/.

The legal basis for using the analysis tools is Article 6 para. 1 sent. 1f GDPR. The usage of the analytic services is in our legitimate interest and serves the continuous improvement of our website and the range of our services.

 

7. Duration of the data storage

The data controller shall process and store the personal data of the data subject only for the period necessary to achieve the purpose of storage, or as far as this is granted by the European laws or regulations to which the controller is subject to.

If the storage purpose is not applicable, or if a storage period prescribed by the European legislator or another competent legislator expires, the personal data are routinely blocked or erased in accordance with legal requirements.

 

8. Rights of the data subject

8.1 Right of confirmation and access

Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to obtain from the controller the confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning him or her are being processed. Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to obtain from the controller free information about his or her personal data stored at any time and a copy of this information. Furthermore, the European directives and regulations grant the data subject access to the following information:

–       the purposes of the processing;

–       the categories of personal data concerned;

–       the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed, in particular recipients in third countries or international organisations;

–       where possible, the envisaged period for which the personal data will be stored, or, if not possible, the criteria used to determine that period;

–       the existence of the right to request from the controller rectification or erasure of personal data, or restriction of processing of personal data concerning the data subject, or to object to such processing;

–       the existence of the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority;

–       where the personal data are not collected from the data subject, any available information as to their source;

–       the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, referred to in Article 22 para. 1 and 4 GDPR and, at least in those cases, meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and envisaged consequences of such processing for the data subject.

Furthermore, the data subject shall have a right to obtain information as to whether personal data are transferred to a third country or to an international organisation. Where this is the case, the data subject shall have the right to be informed of the appropriate safeguards relating to the transfer.

8.2 Right to rectification

Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to obtain from the controller without undue delay the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning him or her. Taking into account the purposes of the processing, the data subject shall have the right to have incomplete personal data completed, including by means of providing a supplementary statement.

8.3 Right to erasure

Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to obtain from the controller the erasure of personal data concerning him or her without undue delay, and the controller shall have the obligation to erase personal data without undue delay where one of the following grounds applies, as long as the processing is not necessary.

–       The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed.

–       The data subject withdraws consent to which the processing is based according to Article 6 para. 1 sent. 1a GDPR, or Article 9 para. 2a GDPR, and where there is no other legal ground for the processing.

–       The personal data have been unlawfully processed.

–       The personal data must be erased for compliance with a legal obligation in Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject.

There is no entitlement for erasure if, in the case of legitimate non-automated data processing, deletion is not possible or only possible with disproportionately amount of effort due to the special nature of the storage and your interest in deletion is low. In this case, the deletion is replaced by the restriction of processing.

8.4 Right of restriction of processing

Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to obtain from the controller restriction of processing where one of the following applies:

–       The accuracy of the personal data is contested by the data subject, for a period enabling the controller to verify the accuracy of the personal data.

–       The processing is unlawful and the data subject opposes the erasure of the personal data and requests instead the restriction of their use instead.

–       The controller no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but they are required by the data subject for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

–       The data subject has objected to processing pursuant to Article 21 para. 1 GDPR pending the verification whether the legitimate grounds of the controller override those of the data subject.

8.5 Right to data portability

Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator, to receive the personal data concerning him or her, which was provided to a controller, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. He or she shall have the right to transmit those data to another controller without hindrance from the controller to which the personal data have been provided, as long as the processing is based on consent pursuant to point (a) of Article 6 para. 1 GDPR or point (a) of Article 9 para. 2 GDPR, or on a contract pursuant to point (b) of Article 6 para. 1 GDPR, and the processing is carried out by automated means, as long as the processing is not necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

Furthermore, in exercising his or her right to data portability pursuant to Article 20 para. 1 GDPR, the data subject shall have the right to have personal data transmitted directly from one controller to another, where technically feasible and when doing so does not adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.

8.6 Right to object

Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to object, on grounds relating to his or her particular situation, at any time, to processing of personal data concerning him or her, which is based on point (e) or (f) of Article 6 para. 1 GDPR.

Ritz shall no longer process the personal data in the event of the objection, unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject, or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

If Ritz processes personal data for direct marketing purposes, the data subject shall have the right to object at any time to processing of personal data concerning him or her for such marketing. This applies to profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing.

In order to exercise the right to object, the data subject may directly contact the Data Protection Officer or another employee.

8.7 Right to withdraw data protection consent

Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to withdraw his or her consent to processing of his or her personal data at any time.

If the data subject wishes to exercise the right to withdraw the consent, he or she may at any time directly contact our Data Protection Officer or another employee of the controller.

8.8 Complaint

If you believe that the processing of your personal information is unlawful, you may file a complaint with a data protection supervisory authority that has jurisdiction over your place of residence or employment or the location of the alleged breach.

 

9. Status and update of this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy has the status as of 25 May 2018. We reserve the right to update the privacy statement in due course to improve data protection and / or adapt it to changes in regulatory practice or jurisdiction.