Data Policy

Data Protection Declaration

Dear visitors, we are happy that you are visiting our website. We want you to feel safe and well while visiting here. The protection of your privacy is very important to us. The following privacy policy is intended to inform you of the way we handle the collection, use and disclosure of personal information.

Responsible body

Federation of German Heating Industry
Frankfurter Str. 720-726
51145 Cologne
info(at)bdh-koeln.de

Usage data

In order to improve the quality and functionality of our website and in the event of criminal prosecution, we store data on individual access to our site for statistical purposes. This dataset consists of

  • The site from which the file was requested,
  • The name of the file,
  • The date and time of the request,
  • The amount of data transferred,
  • The access status (file transferred, file not found),
  • A description of the type of web browser used,
  • The IP address of the requesting computer

Sec. 6 subs. 1 lit. f GDPR [General Data Protection Regulation] (legitimate interests of the data controller) is the legal basis for this processing of data.

The above-mentioned reasons also represent the legitimate interest in data processing pursuant to sec. 6 subs. 1 lit. f GDPR.

Cookies

We use cookies for better user guidance. The use of cookies simplifies the use of websites for users. Some websites cannot be used without the setting of cookies or they cannot be used without errors. These reasons also represent the legitimate interest in this data processing pursuant to sec. 6 subs. 1 lit. f GDPR (the use of cookies for analytical purposes is dealt with in a different section). Usually browsers offer the option of not accepting cookies. You can set your browser in such a way that you will be informed about the setting of cookies and allow cookies only in individual cases; you can exclude the acceptance of cookies and you can activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. There is no guarantee that you will be able to access all functions of this website without restrictions if you apply such settings.

Contact form

You may use a contact form at any time to send us questions or suggestions. We need the following information so we can answer your questions or send you feedback: Last name, given name and email address. Such data will only be used for the above-mentioned purposes. Sec. 6 subs. 1 lit. f GDPR is the legal basis for the processing of data transmitted while the contact form is used or an email is sent.

If the e-mail contact serves the purpose of concluding a contract, the additional legal basis for the processing of data will be sec. 6 subs. 1 lit. b GDPR.

Analysis Programs

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service of Google Inc. (“Google“).Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookies about your use of the website (including your IP address) will usually be transmitted to a Google server in the United States and saved there. In case of activation of the IP anonymization on this website, Google will first truncate your IP address within Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by a Google server in the United States. On behalf of the website provider, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of this website, compiling reports on website activity for the website operators and providing other services related to website activity and internet usage to the website provider. Google will not associate the IP address sent by your browser within the framework of Google Analytics with any other data held by Google. You may prevent the installation of such cookies by an appropriate setting of your browser software. We wish to point out to you, however, that you will not be able to use all functions of this website completely in that case. Besides, you can prevent Google’s collection of data related to your use of the website produced by the cookies (including your IP address) as well as the processing of such data by Google by downloading and installing this browser-plugin.

Additional information on the use of your data by Google can be found at http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html and http://www.google.com/intl/de/analytics/privacyoverview.html.

Google Analytics cookies are stored on the basis of sec. 6 subs. 1 lit. f GDPR. Website operators have a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior in order to optimize both their website offer and their advertising. So this also serves to finance the website and support its customer-oriented use, adaptation and updating.

IP anonymization has been activated on this website.

Deactivate Google Analytics for this site

Your rights as a user

a) Right of confirmation

Anyone affected by this has the right to request information about personal data processed concerning him/her.

b) Right of information (sec. 15 GDPR)

Anyone affected by this has the right to receive free information about the personal data stored about him/her as well a copy of such information.

c) Right of correction (sec. 16 GDPR)

Anyone affected by this has the right to immediately request the correction of any incorrect personal data concerning him/her.

d) Right of deletion (right of being forgotten) (sec. 17 GDPR)

Anyone affected by this has the right to request that personal data concerning him/her be deleted immediately if one of the reasons listed in the law applies to them and the data is no longer required for processing.

e) Right of restricted processing (sec. 18 GDPR)

Anyone affected by this has the right to request restricted processing, if one of the reasons listed in the law applies to him/her.

f) Right of data transferability (sec. 20 GDPR)

Any person affected by this has the right to receive the personal data concerning him/her provided by him/her to a responsible person in a structured, current and machine-readable format and to transmit this data to another responsible person without hindrance, provided that the processing is based on the consent provided for in sec. 6(1)(a) GDPR or sec. 9(2)(a) GDPR or based on a contract in accordance with sec. 6(1)(b) GDPR and processing is carried out using automated procedures, provided that processing is not necessary for the performance of a task in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority conferred on the responsible person. 

Besides, in exercising the right to data transferability pursuant to sec. 20(1) GDPR, the data subject has the right to obtain that the personal data be transferred directly by a responsible person to another responsible person, provided this is technically feasible and provided that the rights and freedoms of other persons are not affected thereby.

e) Right of revocation of consent under data protection law (sec. 13 GDPR)

Anyone affected by this has the right to revoke consent under data protection law at any time, if the processing was based on sec. 6 subs. 1 lit. a or sec. 9 subs. 2 lit. a without affecting the legality of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent until revocation.

h) Right to object (sec. 21 GDPR):  

If data is collected on the basis of sec. 6 subs. 1 lit. e or f GDPR anyone affected by this has the right to object to the processing at any time for reasons arising from his/her particular situation. This also applies to profiling based on these provisions. Where personal data is processed for direct marketing purposes, the data subject shall have the right to object at any time to the processing of personal data concerning him/her for the purposes of such advertising, including profiling insofar as it is related to such direct marketing.

i) Automated decisions in individual cases (sec. 22 GDPR)

Anyone affected by this has the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which has legal effect or similarly significantly affects him/her, provided that the decision

 (1) is not required for the conclusion or performance of a contract between the data subject and the responsible person, or

 (2) is admissible by the legal regulations of the Union or of the Member States applicable to the responsible person and such legal regulations contain appropriate measures to safeguard the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of the data subject, or

 (3) is made with the express consent of the data subject.

 (In the cases referred to in (1) and (3), appropriate measures shall be taken to safeguard the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of the data subject, including at least the right to obtain the intervention of a person by the responsible person, to state his/her own position and to challenge the decision.

Length of storage of personal data

The respective legally prescribed retention period is the criterion for the duration of the storage of personal data. After this period has expired, the corresponding data will be routinely deleted, provided that they are no longer required for the fulfillment or initiation of a contract.

Third-party contents

Third-party content (e.g. YouTube videos or videos from other providers, Google Maps, RSS feeds, etc.) may also be integrated on parts of our website. The providers of such content usually store cookies on user computers. You may prevent this by making the appropriate settings in your browser, which may, however, result in such content not being displayed correctly.

In addition, many (third-party) providers store the IP addresses of users in order to be able to send the corresponding content to the users’ browsers. Unfortunately, we have no influence on the use of the IP address by (third party) providers.

 Our data protection officer is responsible for the observance and control of our data protection obligations. He will also be happy to provide you with additional information on the subject of data protection.

Federation of German Heating Industry
Frankfurter Str. 720-726
51145 Cologne
info(at)bdh-koeln.de