1. Scope and general information about data protection
This Data Protection Notice governs the Internet activities of the FIT Additive Manufacturing Group, accessible at https://fit.technology, and all other websites operated by the FIT Additive Manufacturing Group that make express reference to this Data Protection Notice.
Personal data collected during a visit to one of our websites will be processed by us in compliance with the statutory data protection provisions and the laws pertaining to data security in the Federal Republic of Germany.
All visits to our website entail the collection of certain data that is necessary to make the website available to users. This includes:
- your IP address
- the name of the file accessed
- the date and time of the access
- the data volume transmitted
- a code indicating whether access was successful.
1.1 Collection and processing of personal data, purpose
Personal data includes all information that relates to your identity, such as your name, your e-mail address, or your postal address. Such data will only be stored when you make it available to us, e.g., when you order information materials, subscribe to an e-mail information service, respond to a survey, or register for a prize competition.
All personal data entered during the course of using our Internet services will be collected, processed and used in accordance with the relevant provisions on protection of personal data, for the exclusive purpose of processing the customer inquiry and/or to protect our own legitimate business interests with regards to providing support and advice to our customers in needs-based product design and advertising.
1.2 General use and disclosure of personal data
We generally use your personal data to respond to your inquiry, to process your order, or to make special information or offers available to you. This may require us to disclose your data to other companies within our group or external service providers who render contract data processing services for us. We will only transmit your data to the respective companies and external service providers if we are legally permitted to do so, or if you have granted your express consent. We will not sell your personal data to third parties or otherwise market the data, except in cases where we sell unpaid receivables for collection.
Data may be transmitted to third countries as part of administration, development, and operation of IT systems, but only to the extent a) the transmission is legally permissible and b) subject to the special conditions for transmission of data to a third country. This includes in particular the data importer warranting an adequate data protection level that at least matches the protection level afforded by the EU standard contract clauses for the transmission of personal data to contract data processors in third countries. The legal basis for such transmission of data is the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz - BDSG) and the German Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz -TMG).
1.3 Voluntary disclosure of data
Any information you decide to make available to us is disclosed by you on a voluntary basis. Certain content on our website may not be available to you if you prefer not to disclose any information at all.
We take precautions to protect your personal data against loss, destruction, falsification, manipulation, and unauthorized access. We strictly comply at all times with the statutory data protection provisions that apply in the Federal Republic of Germany.
1.5 Transmission of data via the Internet
The Internet is a global environment. By using our websites or by communicating with us in electronic form via our contact forms, you consent to the unencrypted transmission of all data you choose to disclose to us. Because of the manner in which the Internet works and the risks inherent in its system, any data transmission undertaken from your computer will be at your own risk, unless we make a means of encrypted transmission available to you.
1.6 Recipients of the data
The data will be processed centrally within the FIT Additive Manufacturing Group and used on behalf of the group companies for advertising purposes.
The data processing may from time to time be supported by external service providers which process personal data on our behalf. The contractual arrangements under the commissioned data processing agreement we have concluded with these service providers ensure that they process the data exclusively for our business purposes and on the basis of our instructions.
When making your decisions, please take into account that this may in certain cases entail the transmission of your data to third countries outside of the EU. In such cases, we cannot assume any guarantee for the security of the data after transmission.
1.7 Links to other websites
1.8 Right to information
Please contact our Data Protection Officer if you have any additional questions concerning the processing of your personal data or data protection in general:
FIT Additive Manufacturing Group
c/o FIT Additive S.R.L.
Data Protection Officer
Am Grohberg 1
You may request us to provide you with written information in accordance with applicable law about whether and which personal data pertaining to you are stored by us.
2. Online data collection
2.1 Information collected automatically for website analysis purposes
For technical reasons, your Internet browser will automatically collect and transmit certain data to our web server when you access our website. This data may include the date and time of the access, the URL of the referrer website, the information accessed by you on our website, your browser type and version, operating system, and your IP address (the last 8 bits will be truncated). This data will be stored separately from any other data you may enter during the course of using our website.
This data is collected for marketing and optimization purposes and will not be used in a way that would allow for the identification of any individual person.
We will only store and process personal data that you have disclosed to us voluntarily, e.g., when completing a contact form. The respective websites will inform you about the intended purpose of using the data and, if necessary, request your consent for its storage and processing. We will not disclose data to third parties. Please note that data transmission via the Internet (e.g., in e-mails) may be subject to security gaps. Complete protection of data against third-party access is not possible.
You may at any time request us to provide you with written information about whether and which personal data relating to you is stored by us. You will be permitted to exercise your rights to the correction, blocking, and deletion of data expressly conferred under the BDSG at any time.
As a global company, the FIT Additive Manufacturing Group operates a number of websites. All information submitted by you from any country to one of our websites may be transmitted electronically to a server that hosts one of these websites and is located in a foreign country. This data may then be used, stored, or processed outside of the country in which it was collected. Your personal data will be stored and processed in compliance with the data protection regulations of the country in which the respective website is operated.
Third-party use of contact data required to be provided in the publication details for sending advertising and informational materials not expressly solicited is hereby expressly prohibited. The website operators expressly reserve the right to take legal action in the event of receipt of unsolicited advertising materials, such as spam e-mails.
2.1.2 Google Analytics
More information can be found at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en or at https://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html (general information about Google Analytics and data protection). Please note that Google Analytics uses the “gat._anonymizeIp();” code on this website. This code warrants the anonymized collection of IP addresses (known as IP masking).
2.1.3 Use of IP addresses
All computers and devices that are connected to the Internet are assigned a unique number known as the IP address. Because these numbers are usually assigned in country-specific blocks, IP addresses can frequently be used to identify the country (and/or the state or the town) in which the particular computer is connected to the Internet. Google Analytics collects the IP addresses of visitors to our websites. This allows the website owner to analyze the geographic source of the website visitors. This method is also referred to as “geo-targeting” of IP addresses.
Google Analytics does not disclose the actual IP addresses of visitors to the Google Analytics customers. We also use IP masking. Website operators who use Google Analytics can configure the system so that it will only use part of an IP address for geo-targeting, rather than the full IP address. Website operators generally have access to the IP addresses of their website visitors, regardless of whether or not they use Google Analytics.
Our websites make use of the YouTube button for the social network YouTube, which is operated by YouTube LLC with its registered office at 901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA (“YouTube”).
Visiting one of our webpages that contains a YouTube button will cause your browser to establish a direct connection with the YouTube servers. YouTube will then directly transmit the content of the YouTube button to your browser, which will embed it in the website you are viewing. We therefore have no control over the volume of data collected by YouTube via this button, but we assume that your IP address is among the data collected.
If you have a YouTube account and would like to prevent YouTube from collecting data about you via our website and from linking this data with your membership data stored by YouTube, you will have to log off from your YouTube account prior to visiting our website.
2.3 Social Media
Our website uses social media links on the basis of Article 6 (1) sentence 1 f) GDPR. These social media links serve advertising purposes, which are considered a legitimate interest for the purposes of the GDPR. The respective operator is responsible for warranting that the website is operated in compliance with data protection requirements.
This website uses social plug-ins of the social network Facebook www.facebook.com.The operator is Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. The Facebook button on our website is identified by a white “f” on a blue-colored tile, or a “thumbs up” button.
Clicking on this button will cause data to be transmitted to the respective social network. This data may, for example, include the date and time of the visit to the respective website, the Internet address or URL where the visitor currently is, as well as technical data about the IP address, the browser and operating system used by the visitor, and the user ID number if the user is logged in to their Facebook account. If the user is logged in, Facebook will be able to link the visit to the user’s Facebook account.
By clicking on this button, you expressly consent to the transmission of this data to the respective social network. Information about the collection and use of this data can be found in Facebook’s policies on data use.
This page uses plug-ins of the social network Twitter, which is operated by Twitter, Inc., 795 Folsom Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. www.twitter.com.
A visit to a webpage that is equipped with such a plug-in will establish a connection to the Twitter servers. The plug-in will then be transmitted directly to your browser and embedded in the website viewed by you. This will give the Twitter server the information that you have accessed the respective page. If you are logged into your Twitter account, Twitter will link this information with your personal user account. If you use any of the plug-in functions (e.g., by clicking on the “Tweet” button or by posting a comment), this data will also be linked with your Twitter account. You can only prevent this by logging out from your Twitter account before using the plug-in.
2.4 Google Maps
3. Content and revocation of declarations of consent
3.1 Consent granted in relation to contracts
If you have granted us your additional electronically-issued consent to using your data for advertising purposes, this declaration has the following wording:
I hereby consent to FIT Additive Manufacturing Group contacting me
by electronic mail (e.g., e-mail)
for the purpose of delivering general advertising as well as advertising specifically tailored to me.
You may revoke your consent at any time without stating reasons by writing to FIT Additive Manufacturing Group, Am Grohberg 1, 92331 Lupburg, Germany, or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your revocation will have effect for the future. Your revocation will cause the FIT Additive Manufacturing Group to cease contacting you for advertising purposes via the respective communication channel.
3.2 Subscription to our newsletter/press releases
If you have subscribed to our newsletter, we will store your e-mail address pursuant to Article 6 (1) sentence 1 a) GDPR.
By subscribing to our newsletter/press releases, you consent to receiving personalized and individualized e-mails about products and services offered by the FIT Additive Manufacturing Group. You consent to us carrying out a user-specific analysis and generating a user-specific profile. Displaying the newsletter/press release on your device and clicking on one of the links embedded in the newsletter/press release will cause information to be collected and analyzed for display-related purposes. This information will be transmitted automatically. This information may also be merged with other existing personal data about you. A persistent cookie will be placed on your device when you click on a link embedded in the newsletter/press release for the first time. A new cookie will be placed on your device if the first cookie was deleted in the meanwhile, or if you are using a different browser. The cookie allows us to recognize you and to analyze your usage of our websites. You can cancel your subscription to the newsletter/press releases at any time; all you need to do is click on the link provided in the footer of the newsletter/press release e-mail.
You may also revoke your consent at any time by writing to FIT Additive Manufacturing Group, Am Grohberg 1, 92331 Lupburg, Germany, by calling us at +49 (0) 9492 9429 0 or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
3.3 Contacting us by e-mail
When you send us an e-mail, we will store your e-mail address and any other data submitted to us with your message for the purpose of responding to your inquiry pursuant to Article 6 (1) sentence 1 a) GDPR. We will promptly delete the data as soon as we no longer require it to process your inquiry, unless we are compelled to store it for a longer period under a statutory requirement. We will ensure that the data collected by us is protected against disclosure to unauthorized third parties in accordance with state-of-the-art technology. Please be aware that unencrypted e-mails sent over the Internet are not adequately protected against disclosure to unauthorized third parties.
3.4 Use of the contact form
You can also use the contact form available on our website to contact us with questions of any kind. The contact form requires you to submit a valid e-mail address so we can know the person who submitted the inquiry and respond to it. Any other information is optional and disclosed voluntarily. The data processing serves the purpose of allowing you to contact us and is based on your voluntary declaration of consent pursuant to Article 6 (1) sentence 1 a) GDPR. The personal data collected by us via the contact form will be deleted automatically once your inquiry is closed.
4. Rights of data subjects
4.1 Right to information – Article 15 GDPR
The right to information entitles data subjects to request comprehensive information about their personal data and certain other important criteria, such as the purpose of processing the data and the duration of its storage. The exemptions provided for in section 34 BDSG apply.
4.2 Right to the correction of data – Article 16 GDPR
The right to the correction of data entitles data subjects to request the correction of any personal data that is incorrect.
4.3 Right to erasure – Article 17 GDPR
The right to erasure of data (right to be forgotten) entitles data subjects to request the data controller to erase their data. Data subjects can however only exercise this right if their personal data is either no longer necessary, was processed unlawfully, or if they have revoked a relevant declaration of consent. The exemptions provided for in section 35 BDSG apply.
4.4 Right to restriction of processing – Article 18 GDPR
The right to restriction of data processing entitles data subjects to prevent any further processing of their personal data until further notice. In most cases, a restriction is imposed while the data subject evaluates their position with regard to other rights.
4.5 Right to data portability – Article 20 GDPR
The right to data portability entitles data subjects to receive their personal data in a common, machine-readable format from the data controller, and to request the transfer of their data to another data controller.
4.6 Right to object – Article 21 GDPR
The right to object entitles data subjects to object against the continued processing of their personal data in special personal circumstances, unless such processing is necessary to perform public duties or to safeguard public and private interests. Pursuant to section 36 BDSG, this right cannot be exercised if a public authority is under a statutory obligation to process the data.
4.7 Right to revoke consent
In as far as personal data is processed on the basis of your declaration of consent (Article 6 (1) a) GDPR), you may at any time revoke a previous declaration of consent granted for the respective purpose. The lawfulness of the data processing conducted on the basis of your consent remains without prejudice until your revocation notice is received.
5. Complaints to a supervisory authority
You can also contact a supervisory authority about a complaint at any time; you can approach the competent local supervisory authority.
6. Publication of changes
We will notify users of any change to this Data Protection Notice by publishing the changes on our homepage and at other suitable locations.