Privacy Policy

This Data Protection Policy applies to all online content and internet services of Harburg-Freudenberger Maschinenbau GmbH, including its Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages as well as additional/secondary websites.

The careful handling of your personal information is of particularly high priority at our company. Thus, we value your trust in us that we will handle this information conscientiously.

1. Responsible Party

The responsible party according to the German data protection laws is Harburg-Freudenberger Maschinenbau GmbH, Seevestrasse 1, D-21079 Hamburg/Germany. You find detailed contact information in the Imprint section of this Website.

2. Legal Basis

In general, we collect, process and store personal data (and user data) in order to fulfil our contractual obligations.
Beyond that, we collect personal data to safeguard our legitimate interests while adhering to the principles of data minimisation. Here, a careful weighing of our legitimate interests and your interests or your fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms will be done.
If personal data (and user data) is collected neither to fulfil our contractual obligations nor to safeguard our legitimate interests, you (as the user) must consent to its usage deliberately. This consent may be revoked with immediate effect at any time. Simply send us an e-mail in this regard to info@hf-group.com.

3. Which Data is Stored?

Each access to our Website and each retrieval of a file stored on the Website is logged. We do this for technical and statistical purposes only. The following data will be logged: The address of the Website from which the file was requested (so-called referrer URL), the name of the retrieved file, the timestamp of the retrieval, the volume of transferred data, the notification of successful retrieval, the name of the web browser and the querying domain. In addition, the IP address of the querying computer is logged for 7 days and will be anonymised after this period.
We collect exhaustive personal data only if you have provided this data voluntarily (e.g. for an inquiry or registration) or if you voluntarily sent us this data using other ways of communication (e.g. E-Mail or Letter).
Some web pages make use of use cookies. Cookies are small text files that are transmitted and saved together with the data actually requested from the Web to your device. These cookies and the data they contain are stored there and made available for subsequent retrieval.
Most of the cookies that we use are only “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted after your visit ends. Other cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognise your browser on your next visit.
You can configure your browser to notify you upon the placement of cookies and permit or reject their storage by default or in certain cases only. You may also activate the automatic deletion of cookies whenever the browser gets closed. Be aware though, that the rejection or deletion of cookies may limit the usability of the Website.

4. Purposes of the Processing of Personal Data

If the Website offers the option of entering personal or business data (e-mail addresses, names and postal addresses), then the disclosure of these data by the user will be done upon an express voluntary basis. These data will be processed and stored exclusively for the purposes specified upon collection. In this case as well, your data will be handled confidentially and not disclosed to third parties unless required by law. No linkage with the aforementioned access data will be done. The same applies if you send us personal data via E-Mail.
No disclosure to other third parties for commercial or non-commercial purposes shall be undertaken unless required by law.

With the purpose of optimization and improvement of our website to meet the user’s needs we analyse the surfing behaviour of our users (for example, which content is particularly visited after, which not?). To do this, we use the data-minimizing web analysis tool Matomo (formerly Piwik) on our websites.
A transfer to third parties, for commercial or non-commercial purposes, does not take place.
The open source web analysis tool Matomo (formerly Piwik) used by this website also uses "cookies". These are text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of the use of the website usage by you. For this purpose, the information generated with the cookie about the use of this website is stored on our server. The IP address is anonymized before saving.
The information generated by the cookie about the use of this website will not be disclosed to third parties. You can prevent the storage of cookies by a corresponding setting of your browser software; however, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use all the features of this website to the fullest extent possible.
If you do not agree with the storage and use of your data, you can disable the storage and use here. In this case, an opt-out cookie is deposited in your browser which prevents Matomo from saving usage data. Deleting your cookies will result in deletion of the Matomo opt-out cookie as well. The opt-out must be reactivated when visiting our site again.

5. Is Data Transmitted to Third Parties?

Your personal data shall be disseminated or transmitted to third parties only if this is required for the purpose of the fulfilment of the contractual agreement, this is required for billing purposes if you have approved this in advance. You shall have the right, at any time, to revoke a consent that has already been issued with effectiveness for the future.

6. Safeguarding Personal Data

When you use a contact form on our Website to send us a message (e.g. an inquiry), we encrypt the connection between your web browser and our web server in order to protect the messages transmission against wiretaps. You can identify an encrypted connection by the display of a (green) lock icon and/or the https:// prefix in the address bar of your web browser.
We strive to protect the personal data we store about you from disclosure to third parties using all feasible technical and organisational tools available. That being said, we advise you to use the postal service if you want to send us confidential data as we can’t ensure total confidentiality for E-Mails.

7. Information, Correction, Blocking and Deletion of Data

You have the right to request free-of-charge information regarding the data stored about your person as well as, where applicable, a right to the correction, restriction of processing or erasure of this data. You can find our contact data in the Imprint section.  
For all issues regarding the theme of data protection at Harburg-Freudenberger, we appreciate to support you at any time. Please send us an e-mail to an info@hf-group.com while describing your issue as precisely as possible. We shall then review the factual circumstances of the issue and endeavour to clarify it.  
The stored personal data shall be deleted if you withdraw your consent for storage, if the knowledge thereof is no longer required for the fulfilment of the purpose being pursued through the storage or if the storage thereof is impermissible owing to other legal reasons. This shall also be valid for information transmitted via e-mail.
Transmitted personal data will be deleted upon the fulfilment of purpose it has been collected for. The deletion that is undertaken by third-party providers shall be subject to their own valid guidelines.
We reserve the right to notify you within certain time intervals of any changes in and updates to our valid guidelines. We recommend that you visit our Internet site in regular intervals in order to review any changes and updates. Insofar as nothing to the contrary has been agreed, the usage of all information regarding our customers and customer accounts shall be subject to this Data Protection Declaration.
Data Protection Officer
For all issues and concerns regarding the theme of data protection, please contact the Data Protection Officer at Harburg-Freudenberger.
Furthermore you have the right to lodge a complaint with the responsible supervisory authority.

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