Privacy Policy - Website BLOCK Transformatoren-Elektronik GmbH

We welcome you to our website and appreciate your interest in our company. In order for you to feel comfortable with regard to the handling of your personal data, we make transparent for you what happens to the data obtained and which security measures are taken on our part. Personal data are all data that can be related to you personally, e.g. name, email address or user behavior. You will also be informed of your statutory rights in connection with the processing of this data.

1. Data controller and data protection officer

The "controller" for data processing within the meaning of Art. 13 GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is BLOCK Transformatoren-Elektronik GmbH, Max-Planck-Str. 36-46, 27283 Verden, phone: +49 4231 / 678-0, email address: info@block.eu. You may reach our data protection officer at the email address datenschutz.block@block.eu.

2. Visiting the website

When using the website for informational purposes only, i.e., if you only visit our website and do not provide us with any information, we only collect the data that your browser transmits to the web server (e.g., IP address, date and time of the request as well as language and version of your browser).  

Technical use of this data on the web server is limited in time for the duration of your use of the website. The processing is necessary to ensure the sustainable operation of our website and to optimize our website and is based on Art. 6 par. 1 sentence 1 letter f GDPR (legitimate interest).

3. Establishing contact

When you contact us via our contact forms (or the forms for returns or exhibition vouchers) or by direct email, the data you provide (e.g. name, first name, company, email address and content of the message) is transferred to us and saved by us. The data is processed exclusively for the purpose of answering your question or processing your request. The legal basis for the processing of personal data is Art. 6 par. 1 sentence 1 letter f GDPR (legitimate interest), for the purpose of processing and responding to the matter brought up in your request. 

Contact is made on a voluntary basis. Failure to provide this data means that we cannot process your request.  

We will only store your personal data for as long as is necessary for the intended purpose of processing your request or as required to comply with statutory retention periods.

4. Newsletter / electronic advertising

If you would like to receive the newsletter or information about our products and services offered on the website by email, we need your email address and information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the email and that you consent to receiving the newsletter or advertising. With your registration we will save your IP address and the date and time of your registration. This serves as a safeguard on our part in the event that a third party misuses your email address and subscribes to our newsletter without your knowledge. We do not collect any further data in this context. We only use this data to send the requested information and do not pass it on to third parties.

The data entered in the registration form is processed for the purposes of advertising and sending the newsletter on the basis of your consent (Art. 6 par. 1 letter a GDPR). You can revoke your consent to the storage of the data, the email address and its use for the purpose of sending advertising or the newsletter at any time, for example, via the "unsubscribe" link in the newsletter or our emails. The legality of the data processing that has already taken place remains unaffected by the revocation.

The data you have stored for the purpose of receiving the newsletter or advertising will be stored by us until you unsubscribe and deleted after you unsubscribe from the newsletter. Data that we have stored for other purposes (e.g. for contract processing) remains unaffected by this.

5. Processors

On the basis of Art. 28 GDPR, we use external service providers as part of logistics services and to support internal administrative and IT processes, for example for hosting, administration and maintenance of IT systems. These have been carefully selected and commissioned by us, are bound by our instructions, and are regularly monitored. In addition, the submitted information can also be forwarded to the responsible bodies and specialist departments within our company for the purpose of processing the concerns in a targeted manner.

6. Applications

In addition to making contact more generally, you can also submit an application via the website. As part of the application process, your personal data will be processed on the basis of Art. 88 GDPR, § 26 BDSG [Federal Data Protection Act]. This includes, in particular, your first name, last name, address, telephone number and email address as well as documents and information essential for the selection decision (earliest possible start of the employment relationship, application letter including photo, curriculum vitae, references, certificates, etc.). This data is processed exclusively for the purpose of processing your application (application management).

For applicants, there is also the option of simplified entry of the application data by way of the website through indirect access to the LinkedIn and XING platforms. If you wish, after authorization on the respective platform, the applicant data made available there will be transferred to the application form on our website. The links to the platforms are only for the purpose of simplified data collection as part of your application process. The use of the portals is voluntary and is the responsibility of the respective applicant. We have no influence on the data processing processes taking place on these platforms. Further information on the purpose and scope of data collection and its processing by the portal provider can be found in the privacy policies of the providers.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy?_l=en_EN
XING: https://privacy.xing.com/en/privacy-policy

Additional information on the processing of personal data in the context of the application process can be found in the data protection notice within the meaning of Art. 13 GDPR, which is presented in the application form.  

7. Cookies 

So-called cookies are occasionally used on our website. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser if the storage of cookies is activated in your browser. Cookies cannot be attributed directly to specific people and do not contain any personal data. Cookies do no damage to your computer and contain no viruses. 

The legal basis for the processing of cookies and related personal data is Art. 6 par. 1 sentence 1 letter f GDPR (legitimate interest). These serve our legitimate interest in making our website more user-friendly, effective and secure.

You can use the banner area displayed on the first visit to manage your settings for the cookies used by us, or associated services, as well as comparable technical tools. You can revoke your consent to the processing at any time with future effect. If you want to manage your consent, click the "Reset choice of cookies" button at the bottom of the page. By clicking the button, you will be redirected to the home page and can make your selection on the banner again. This renewed consent is valid from the time of your confirmation.

You can configure your browser settings according to your wishes and, for example, refuse to accept cookies in whole or in part if you do not want cookies to be stored on your computer. Cookies that have already been saved can also be deleted in the system settings of your browser. We would like to point out that deactivating or deleting cookies can mean that you may not be able to use all functions of this website.

The cookies we use are divided into three categories: website functionality, analysis and performance.

Website functionality

These cookies are technically necessary to ensure the operation of the website. In this process, data is stored anonymously, which is required so that you can use our website. In this way we ensure, for example, that your language setting for our website is retained the next time you visit our website.

Analysis

This option enables us to carry out a website user analysis in order to optimize the content and structure of our website. Personal data is used to better understand how users behave on our website. The goal is to improve the user experience for website users.

Performance

With this option, we are able to provide the user with content tailored to personal interests on our website and on other platforms. This means that we can use the data collected to offer information that may be tailored to interests and usage needs across devices. 

7.1. Tracking and analysis tools

Insofar as you have given your consent, we use Google Analytics to optimally tailor the content of the website to the needs of our visitors. In so doing, the legal basis for the processing of personal data is Art. 6 par. 1 sentence 1 letter a GDPR (consent). 

Use of SalesViewer® technology

Insofar as you have given your consent, we use SalesViewer® to optimally tailor the content of the website to the needs of our visitors. In so doing, the legal basis for the processing of personal data is Art. 6 par. 1 sentence 1 letter a GDPR (consent). We use SalesViewer® technology from SalesViewer® GmbH, Bongardstraße 29 in 44787 Bochum, on the basis of our legitimate interests (Section 6 paragraph 1 lit.f GDPR) in order to collect and save data on marketing, market research and optimisation purposes. In order to do this, a javascript based code, which serves to capture company-related data and according website usage. The data captured using this technology are encrypted in a non-retrievable one-way function (so-called hashing). The data is immediately pseudonymised and is not used to identify website visitors personally.

For more information on data use by SalesViewer® GmbH, settings and objection options, please refer to SalesViewer® ’'s privacy policy: https://www.salesviewer.com/en/privacy. The data recording and storage can be repealed at any time with immediate effect for the future. If you do not want SalesViewer® to be used on our website during your visit, please do not select the cookie category "Analysis" in our cookie banner. You can revoke your consent to the processing at any time with future effect. If you want to manage your consent, click the "Reset choice of cookies" button at the bottom of the page. By clicking the button, you will be redirected to the home page and can make your selection on the banner again. This renewed consent is valid from the time of your confirmation. 

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA ("Google"). Google uses cookies. As a general rule, the information generated by the cookies about the use of our website by users is transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

However, we only use Google Analytics with activated IP anonymization (so-called IP masking). This means that the user's IP address will be shortened by Google. Only in exceptional cases, for example, if there are technical failures in Europe, is the full IP address transferred to a Google server in the USA and then abbreviated there. To our knowledge, the IP address transmitted by the user's browser is not merged with other Google data.

Google uses the transmitted data on our behalf to evaluate the use of our website, to compile reports on the activities within our online offerings and to provide us with other services related to the use of the website. With the help of these analysis results we can, for example, identify particularly popular areas of our website and user preferences and use the knowledge gained to further improve our offerings and make them more targeted and interesting for you as a user.

The data processing is essentially carried out by Google. The information transmitted is used by Google to evaluate your use of our website, to compile reports on website activities and to provide us with other services related to the use of the website and the web. Google continues to use the collected data for profiling purposes and links it to other data of the user such as the search history, personal accounts, the usage data of other devices and all other data that Google has about this user.

The data processing carried out in the USA entails the risk that an adequate level of protection for the processing of personal data that complies with EU standards of the GDPR cannot be consistently guaranteed. Furthermore, it cannot be ruled out that personal data processed by the service provider may also be accessed by U. S. public authorities on the basis of laws in force in the United States.

The data processed as part of Google Analytics and linked with cookies will be automatically deleted after 14 months. Data whose retention period has expired is automatically deleted once a month.

For more information on data use by Google, settings and objection options, please refer to Google's privacy policy: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en

If you do not want Google Analytics to be used on our website during your visit, please do not select the cookie category "Analysis" in our cookie banner. You can revoke your consent to the processing at any time with future effect. If you want to manage your consent, click the "Reset choice of cookies" button at the bottom of the page. By clicking the button, you will be redirected to the home page and can make your selection on the banner again. This renewed consent is valid from the time of your confirmation.


Online Advertising (Retargeting/Remarketing)

We use third-party retargeting and remarketing services on our website to optimize our offerings, to analyze, optimize and operate our online offer economically.
Data is collected on our website based on a cookie tracking technology to optimize our online offering. This data is not used by us to personally identify you, but is only used to evaluate the use of our website and to address users who have already taken an interest in our content and offerings with interest-related advertising. We are convinced that displaying interest-related advertising is generally more interesting for the user than advertising that has no such personal reference. Which third-party providers we work with, how your data is processed in this context, and how you may deactivate retargeting/remarketing technologies is set out below in the following section of this data protection declaration.

Google Ads

Insofar as you have given your consent, we use the online marketing process Google Ads (conversion). In so doing, the legal basis for the processing of personal data is Art. 6 par. 1 sentence 1 letter a GDPR (consent). 

Google Ads is a service provided by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA ("Google"). We use the remarketing function within the Google Ads service to place ads on the Google advertising network (e.g. in search results, in videos, on websites, etc.) so that they are displayed specifically to users who are presumed to be interested in the ads or the advertised products and services. For these purposes, so-called (re)marketing tags are directly integrated and executed on our and other websites on which the Google advertising network is active. In this way, an individual cookie is stored on the user's device (comparable technologies can also be used instead of cookies); this serves to recognize your browser. For this cookie, Google generally stores which websites the user has visited, what content he is interested in, and which offers the user has clicked on, as well as technical information on the browser and operating system, referring websites, times visited, and other information on the use of the online offering.

We also use the Google Ads Conversion product. With an individual "conversion cookie", we can understand how many of our visitors on our website carry out actions resulting from an advertising campaign. The information obtained with the help of cookies is used by Google to create conversion statistics for us. However, we only discover the anonymous total number of users who clicked on our ad and were redirected to a page with a conversion tracking tag. We do not receive any information that can be used to personally identify users.

The data processing carried out in the USA entails the risk that an adequate level of protection for the processing of personal data that complies with EU standards of the GDPR cannot be consistently guaranteed. Furthermore, it cannot be ruled out that personal data processed by the service provider may also be accessed by U. S. public authorities on the basis of laws in force in the United States.

The data processed as part of Google Ads will be deleted after 90 days. For more information on data use by Google, settings and objection options, please refer to Google's privacy policy: ( https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads?hl=en ) and the personal settings for the display of advertisements by Google (https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated).

If you do not want Google Analytics to be used on our website during your visit, please do not select the cookie category "Analysis" in our cookie banner. You can revoke your consent to the processing at any time with future effect. If you want to manage your consent, click the "Reset choice of cookies" button at the bottom of the page. By clicking the button, you will be redirected to the home page and can make your selection on the banner again. This renewed consent is valid from the time of your confirmation.

Google Tag Manager

For reasons of transparency, we would like to point out that we use Google Tag Manager on our website. Google Tag Manager is a solution with which website operators can manage website tags via a uniform interface and thus integrate Google services into their offer. The Google Tag Manager itself, which implements the tags, does not collect and process any personal data.

8. Notes on external links/social media

Our website contains external links to the services of the following providers:

The links are static links that you use to go directly from our website to the website of the service provider. You can easily understand this from the address line of your browser, which is displayed in a new window or tab after the link has been made. When opening the links via an end device with the services app installed, it may also be possible to access the desired service directly via the app.

Further information on the data processing carried out when visiting the company website operated by BLOCK via the services can be found in the data protection declarations stored on the company website. In addition, you can access the individual privacy policies of the platforms via the following links:

The respective service provider is always responsible for the operation of the linked services. With the exception of the information provided by us on the company pages operated by BLOCK via the services, we have no influence whatsoever on current and future designs and contents of the linked services. We were not aware of any illegal content at the time of linking. If we become aware of legal violations relevant to the content in the future, we will remove the corresponding link from our website.

If you have a user account for one of the services mentioned above and are logged in to the service at the time of the link, information about calling up the service can be assigned to your respective user account. If you do not want the service providers to collect data about you in this way, you must log out of the respective service before visiting our website.

For detailed information on the processing of your personal data and the options for objection (opt-out), we refer to the information linked below on the social media platforms:

Facebook

Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland
on the basis of an agreement on joint processing of personal data according to Art. 26 GDPR.
Privacy policy at: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy
Opt-out under: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads

Instagram

Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland
Privacy policy under: http://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/
Opt-out under: http://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/ (Ziffer VI.)

YouTube/GOOGLE (MAPS)

Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Irland
Privacy policy under: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en&gl=en 
Opt-out under: https://adssettings.google.com/

Twitter

Twitter International Company, One Cumberland Place, Fenian Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Privacy policy under: https://twitter.com/en/privacy 
Opt-out unter: https://twitter.com/personalization

LinkedIn

LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland
Privacy policy under: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy
Opt-out under: https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/

XING

XING SE, Dammtorstraße 30, 20354 Hamburg, Germany
Privacy policy under https://privacy.xing.com/en
Opt-out under: https://privacy.xing.com/en/privacy-policy


9. Your rights

You have the right to receive information about the processing of your personal data as well as the information detailed in Art. 15 GDPR. If the personal data in question is incorrect or incomplete, you can request the rectification or completion of this data (Art. 16 GDPR). If one of the reasons listed in Art. 17 GDPR exists, you have the right to request the immediate deletion of your personal data. Under the conditions of Art. 18 GDPR, you can request the restriction of processing and, according to Art. 20 GDPR, data portability.

Under the conditions of Art. 21 GDPR, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data.

If you believe that the processing of your personal data violates the provisions of the GDPR, you can lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, e.g., the State Commissioner for Data Protection in Lower Saxony, Hanover, as the supervisory authority with jurisdiction for us (Art. 77 GDPR).

10. Security

In order to protect the personal data stored by us from accidental or intentional manipulation, loss, destruction or access by unauthorized persons, we have taken appropriate technical and organizational measures. The adequacy of the protective measures is continuously evaluated and adapted to new security standards.