Thank you very much for your interest in our company. The management of CoSiChem AG attaches great importance to data protection. The CoSiChem AG website can be used without any indication of personal data. However, if a data subject wishes to make use of special services provided by our company via our website, personal data may have to be processed. If the processing of personal data is necessary and there is no legal basis for such processing, we generally obtain the consent of the data subject.
As the data controller, CoSiChem AG has implemented numerous technical and organisational measures to ensure that the personal data processed via this website is protected as completely as possible. Nevertheless, internet-based data transmission can by its nature be subject to security gaps, so absolute protection cannot be guaranteed. For this reason, every data subject is free to transmit personal data to us by alternative means, such as telephone.
a) Personal data
Personal data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter “data subject”). A natural person is considered identifiable if they can be identified directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or one or more specific characteristics expressing the physical, physiological, genetic, psychological, economic, cultural or social identity of the natural person.
b) Data subject
Data subject means any identified or identifiable natural person whose personal data is processed by the controller.
Processing means any operation or set of operations which is carried out with or without the aid of automated processes and which relates to personal data, such as collection, recording, organisation, sorting, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or other provision, alignment or association, qualification, erasure or destruction.
(d) Restriction of processing
Restriction of processing is the marking of stored personal data with the aim of restricting its future processing.
Profiling is any automated processing of personal data consisting of the use of such personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, in particular to analyse or predict aspects relating to work performance, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, conduct, whereabouts or movements of the natural person.
Pseudonymisation means the processing of personal data in such a way that the personal data can no longer be attributed to a specific data subject without the provision of additional information, provided that such additional information is kept separately and is subject to technical and organisational measures ensuring that the personal data is not attributed to an identified or identifiable natural person.
g) Controller or data controller
The controller or data controller is the natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which alone or jointly with others determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data. Where the purposes and means of such processing are laid down by Union law or by the law of the Member States, the controller or data controllers may be designated in accordance with Union law or with the law of the Member States on the basis of specific criteria.
The processor is a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the controller.
The recipient is a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body to whom personal data is disclosed, whether or not that person is a third party. However, authorities which may receive personal data in the course of a specific investigation task under Union law or the law of the Member States are not considered as recipients.
j) Third parties
Third party means any natural or legal person, public authority, agency or body other than the data subject, the controller, the processor and the persons authorised to process the personal data under the direct responsibility of the controller or processor.
Consent means any voluntary, informed and unambiguous expression by the data subject of their will in a particular case, in the form of a statement or other unequivocal confirmatory act, indicating that they consent to the processing of their personal data.
2. Name and address of the controller
The controller within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation, other data protection laws applicable in the Member States of the European Union and other provisions relating to data protection is:
Tel.: +49 6421 97905 0
3. Collection of general data and information
The CoSiChem AG website collects a series of general data and information each time the website is accessed by a data subject or an automated system. This general data and information is stored in the log files of the server. The following can be recorded: (1) browser types and versions used, (2) the operating system used by the accessing system, (3) the website from which an accessing system accesses our website (so-called referrer), (4) the sub-sites which are accessed via an accessing system on our website, (5) the date and time of access to the website, (6) an internet protocol address (IP address), (7) the internet service provider of the accessing system and (8) other similar data and information used to avert dangers in the event of attacks on our information technology systems.
When using this general data and information, CoSiChem AG does not draw any conclusions about the data subject. This information is required (1) to correctly deliver the content of our website, (2) to optimise the content of our website and the advertising for it, (3) to guarantee the long-term functionality of our information technology systems and the technology of our website and (4) to provide law enforcement authorities with the information necessary for criminal prosecution in the event of a cyber attack. This anonymously collected data and information is therefore evaluated by CoSiChem AG both statistically and with the aim of increasing data protection and data security in our company in order to ultimately ensure an optimum level of protection for the personal data we process. The anonymous data of the server log files is stored separately from all personal data provided by the data subject.
4. Contact facility via the website
Due to legal provisions, the CoSiChem AG website contains information that enables rapid electronic contact with our company and direct communication with us, which also includes a general address of the so-called electronic mail (e-mail address). If a data subject contacts the data controller by e-mail or via a contact form, the personal data transmitted by the data subject is automatically stored. Such personal data transmitted voluntarily by a data subject to the data controller is stored for the purposes of processing or contacting the data subject. This personal data is not passed on to third parties.
5. Routine erasure and blocking of personal data
The controller processes and stores the personal data of the data subject only for the period of time necessary to achieve the storage purpose or where this is required by European directives and regulations or by other laws and regulations to which the controller is subject.
If the storage purpose no longer applies or if a storage period prescribed by European directives and regulations or other applicable legislation expires, the personal data is blocked or erased routinely and in accordance with the statutory provisions.
6. Rights of the data subject
a) Right of confirmation
Every data subject has the right, granted by the European directives and regulations, to obtain from the controller confirmation as to whether personal data relating to them is being processed. If a data subject wishes to exercise this right of confirmation, they may at any time contact an employee of the controller.
b) Right of access
Any person concerned by the processing of personal data has the right, granted by the European directives and regulations, to obtain at any time, free of charge, from the controller, information regarding the personal data relating to them which has been stored and to obtain a copy of that 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 processed
- the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data has been or will be disclosed, in particular recipients in third countries or international organisations
- if possible, the planned duration for which the personal data will be stored or, if that is not possible, the criteria for determining that duration
- the existence of a right to the rectification or erasure of personal data concerning them or to the restriction of the processing carried out by the controller and of the right to object to such processing
- the existence of a right of appeal to a supervisory authority
- if the personal data is not collected from the data subject: all available information on the origin of the data
- the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, in accordance with Article 22 para. 1 and 4 GDPR and, at least in these cases, meaningful information on the logic involved, the scope and the intended effects of such processing from the data subject’s point of view
The data subject also has the right to know whether personal data has been transferred to a third country or to an international organisation. If this is the case, the data subject also has the right to obtain information on the appropriate safeguards in connection with the transfer.
If a data subject wishes to exercise this right of access, they may at any time contact a member of staff of the controller.
c) Right of rectification
Any person concerned by the processing of personal data has the right, granted by the European directives and regulations to request rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning them without delay. Furthermore, the data subject has the right, with regard to the purposes of the processing, to request the completion of incomplete personal data, including by means of a supplementary statement.
If a data subject wishes to exercise this right of rectification, they may at any time contact a member of staff of the controller.
d) Right to erasure (right to be forgotten)
Any personal data subject to the processing of personal data has the right, granted by the European directives and regulations, to require the controller to erase without delay personal data concerning them which is subject to one of the following conditions and to the extent that the processing is not necessary:
- Personal data has been collected or otherwise processed for purposes for which it is no longer necessary.
- The data subject withdraws their consent for which the processing was based pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (a) GDPR or Art. 9 para. 2 (a) GDPR and there is no other legal basis for the processing.
- The data subject objects to the processing under Art. 21 para. 1 GDPR and there are no overriding legitimate reasons for the processing, or the data subject objects to the processing under Art. 21 para. 2 GDPR.
- The personal data has been processed unlawfully.
- The deletion of the personal data is necessary to fulfil a legal obligation under Union law or the law of the Member States to which the controller is subject.
- The personal data was collected in relation to information society services offered pursuant to Art. 8 para.1 GDPR.
If one of the above reasons applies and a data subject wishes to have personal data stored at CoSiChem AG erased, they can contact an employee of the data controller at any time. The CoSiChem AG employee will arrange for the request for erasure to be complied with immediately.
If CoSiChem AG has made the personal data public and our company as the Responsible Person is obliged to erase the personal data pursuant to Art. 17 para. 1 GDPR, CoSiChem AG will take appropriate measures, including technical measures, taking into account the available technology and implementation costs, to inform other persons responsible for data processing who process the published personal data that the data subject has requested the erasure of all links to this personal data or copies or replications of this personal data by these other persons responsible for data processing, insofar as this processing is not necessary. The CoSiChem AG employee will make the necessary arrangements as applicable in each individual case.
f) Right to restriction of processing
The data subject of the processed personal data has the right, granted by the European directives and regulations, to request the controller to restrict the processing if one of the following conditions is met:
- The accuracy of the personal data is contested by the data subject for a period of time which allows the controller to verify the accuracy of the personal data.
- The processing is unlawful and the data subject refuses to have the personal data erased, instead requesting that the use of the personal data be restricted.
- The controller no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of processing, but the data subject needs the data for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal rights.
- The data subject has lodged an objection against the processing pursuant to Art. 21 para. 1 GDPR and it is not yet clear whether the legitimate reasons of the data controller outweigh those of the data subject.
If one of the above conditions is met and a data subject wishes to request the restriction of personal data stored at CoSiChem AG, they can contact an employee of the data controller at any time. The CoSiChem AG employee will arrange for the processing to be restricted.
f) Right to data portability
Any data subject involved in the processing of personal data has the right, granted by the European directives and regulations, to obtain personal data concerning them which has been provided by the data subject to a controller in a structured, common and machine-readable format. The data subject also has the right to communicate this data to another controller without being hindered by the controller to whom the personal data has been provided, providing that the processing is based on the consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (a) GDPR or Art. 9 para. 2 (a) GDPR or on a contract pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (b) GDPR and the processing is carried out by automated means, providing that the processing is not necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority entrusted to the controller.
Furthermore, when exercising their right to data portability pursuant to Art. 20 para. 1 GPPR, the data subject has the right to have the personal data transferred directly from one responsible person to another responsible person, insofar as this is technically feasible and insofar as this does not impair the rights and freedoms of other persons.
In order to assert the right to data portability, the data subject can contact an employee of CoSiChem AG at any time.
g) Right to object
Any person subject to the processing of personal data has the right, granted by the European directives and regulations, to object at any time, for reasons related to their particular situation, to the processing of personal data concerning them on the basis of Article 6 para. 1 (e) or (f) GDPR. This also applies to profiling based on these provisions.
CoSiChem AG will no longer process the personal data in the event of objection unless we can prove compelling legitimate reasons for the processing which outweigh the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject, or the processing serves the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
If CoSiChem AG processes personal data in order to conduct direct advertising, the data subject has the right to object at any time to the processing of personal data for the purpose of such advertising. This also applies to profiling insofar as it is connected with such direct advertising. If the data subject objects to CoSiChem AG processing the data for direct marketing purposes, CoSiChem AG will no longer process the personal data for these purposes.
In addition, the data subject has the right to object to the processing of personal data relating to them by CoSiChem AG for scientific or historical research purposes or for statistical purposes pursuant to Art. 89 para. 1 GDPR for reasons arising from their particular situation, unless such processing is necessary for the performance of a task in the public interest.
In order to exercise the right to object, the data subject may contact any CoSiChem AG employee or another employee directly. The data subject is also free to exercise their right to object in connection with the use of information society services, notwithstanding Directive 2002/58/EC, by means of automated procedures in which technical specifications are used.
(h) Automated case-by-case decisions, including profiling
Any person whose data is subject to the processing of personal data has the right under the European directives and regulations not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which has a legal impact on them or significantly affects them in a similar manner, provided that the decision (1) is not necessary for the conclusion or performance of a contract between the data subject and the data controller, or (2) is authorised by Union law or national law or by the Member States to which the data controller is subject and which provides for adequate measures to safeguard the rights and freedoms and the legitimate interests of the data subject, or (3) is taken with the express consent of the data subject.
Where the decision (1) is necessary for the conclusion or performance of a contract between the data subject and the data controller or (2) is taken with the express consent of the data subject, CoSiChem AG will take appropriate measures to safeguard the rights and freedoms and the legitimate interests of the data subject, including at least the right to obtain the intervention of a data subject, to present their point of view to a data controller and to contest the decision.
If the data subject wishes to establish rights relating to automated decisions, they may at any time contact an employee of the controller for this purpose.
i) Right to withdraw consent under data protection law
Any person concerned by the processing of personal data has the right, granted by the European directives and regulations, to withdraw their consent to the processing of personal data at any time.
If the data subject wishes to exercise their right to withdraw consent, they may at any time do so by contacting an employee of the controller.
7. Data protection for applications and in connection with the application procedure
The data controller collects and processes the personal data of applicants for the purpose of processing the application procedure. Processing may also be carried out electronically. This is particularly the case if an applicant submits the relevant application documents electronically, for example by e-mail or via a web form on the website, to the data controller. If the data controller concludes an employment contract with an applicant, the data transmitted is stored for the purpose of processing the employment relationship in compliance with the statutory provisions. If the controller does not conclude a contract of employment with the applicant, the application documents are automatically erased two months after notification of the rejection decision, unless erasure conflicts with any other legitimate interests of the controller. Other legitimate interests in this sense include, for example, the duty to provide evidence in proceedings under the General Equal Treatment Act (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz – AGG).
8. Data protection provisions for the use and application of Google Analytics (with anonymisation function)
The data controller has integrated the Google Analytics component (with anonymisation function) on this website. Google Analytics is a web analysis service. Web analysis is the gathering, collection and evaluation of data on the behaviour of visitors to websites. A web analysis service collects data on the following, for example: from which website a data subject came to a website (so-called referrers), which sub-pages of the website were accessed or how often and for how long a sub-page was viewed. A web analysis is mainly used to optimise a website and to analyse the costs and benefits of internet advertising.
The operating company of the Google Analytics component is Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin, D04 E5W5, Ireland.
The data controller uses the addition “_gat._anonymizeIp” for web analysis via Google Analytics. This addition is used by Google to shorten and anonymise the IP address of the internet connection of the data subject if access to our web is from a member state of the European Union or from another state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.
The purpose of the Google Analytics component is to analyse the flow of visitors to our website. Google uses the data and information obtained, among other things, to evaluate the use of our website, to compile online reports for us showing activity on our website and to provide other services in connection with the use of our website.
Google Analytics places a cookie on the information technology system of the data subject. An explanation of what cookies are was provided above. When the cookie is set, Google is able to analyse the use of our website. Each time you access one of the individual pages of this website, which is operated by the data controller and on which a Google Analytics component has been integrated, the internet browser on the information technology system of the data subject is automatically prompted by the respective Google Analytics component to transmit data to Google for the purpose of online analysis. As part of this technical process, Google obtains knowledge of personal data, such as the IP address of the data subject, which Google uses, among other things, to track the origin of visitors and clicks and subsequently to enable commission settlements.
The cookie is used to store personal information such as the time of access, the location from which the access originated and the frequency of visits to our website by the data subject. Each time you visit our website, this personal data, including the IP address of the internet connection used by the data subject, is transmitted to Google in the United States of America. This personal data is stored by Google in the United States of America. Google may share this personal data collected through the technical process with third parties.
The data subject can prevent the setting of cookies by our website, as described above, at any time by means of an appropriate setting of the internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. Such a setting of the internet browser used would also prevent Google from setting a cookie on the information technology system of the data subject. In addition, a cookie already set by Google Analytics can be deleted at any time via the internet browser or other software programmes.
The data controller has integrated LinkedIn Corporation components into this website. LinkedIn is an internet-based social network that allows users to connect to existing business contacts and make new business contacts. Over 400 million registered users use LinkedIn in more than 200 countries. This makes LinkedIn currently the largest platform for business contacts and one of the most frequently visited websites in the world.
Each time a LinkedIn component (LinkedIn plug-in) is installed on our website, the LinkedIn component causes the browser used by the individual to download an appropriate representation of the LinkedIn component. More information about the LinkedIn plug-ins can be found at https://developer.linkedin.com/plugins. As part of this technical process, LinkedIn obtains information about which specific sub-page of our website is visited by the data subject.
If the data subject is logged in to LinkedIn at the same time, LinkedIn recognises which specific page of our website the data subject is visiting each time the person visits our website and for the entire duration of that person’s stay on our website. This information is collected by the LinkedIn component and assigned by LinkedIn to the respective LinkedIn account of the data subject. If the data subject clicks on an integrated LinkedIn button on our website, LinkedIn assigns this information to the personal LinkedIn user account of the data subject and saves this personal data.
LinkedIn always receives information through the LinkedIn component that the data subject has visited our website if the data subject is logged in to LinkedIn at the same time as accessing our website; this occurs regardless of whether the data subject clicks on the LinkedIn component or not. If the data subject does not want LinkedIn to receive such information, they can prevent the transmission by logging out of their LinkedIn account before accessing our website.
The data controller has integrated SlideShare components on this website. LinkedIn SlideShare is a file hosting service that enables the exchange and archiving of presentations and other documents such as PDF files, videos and webinars. The file hosting service allows users to upload media content in all common formats, whereby the documents can either be made publicly accessible or marked as private.
SlideShare is operated by LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Wilton Plaza, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland.
LinkedIn SlideShare provides so-called embed codes for the media content stored there (presentations, PDF files, videos, photos, etc.). Embed codes are programme codes that are embedded in internet pages with the aim of displaying external content on one’s own internet page. Embed codes make it possible to reproduce content on one’s own website without storing it on one’s own server and in doing so possibly violate the reproduction right of the respective author of the content. A further advantage of using an embed code is that the respective operator of an internet page does not use their own storage space and their own server is thus relieved of responsibility. An embed code can be integrated at any point on another website, so external content can also be inserted within one’s own text. The purpose of using LinkedIn SlideShare is to relieve our server and to avoid copyright infringements when using third-party content at the same time.
Each time you access our website, which is equipped with a SlideShare component (embed codes), this component causes the browser you are using to download embedded data from SlideShare. As part of this technical process, LinkedIn obtains information about which specific sub-page of our website is visited by the data subject.
If the data subject is logged in to SlideShare at the same time, SlideShare recognises which specific page the data subject is visiting each time the person visits our website and for the entire duration of that person’s stay on our website. This information is collected by SlideShare and assigned by LinkedIn to the respective SlideShare account of the data subject.
LinkedIn always receives information via the SlideShare component that the data subject has visited our website if the data subject is logged in to SlideShare at the same time as accessing our website; this takes place regardless of whether the data subject clicks on the integrated media data or not. If the data subject does not want LinkedIn to receive this information, they can prevent the transmission by logging out of their SlideShare account before accessing our website.
11. Legal basis for processing
Art. 6 I (a) GDPR serves our company as a legal basis for processing operations in which we obtain consent for a specific processing purpose. If the processing of personal data is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party, as is the case, for example, with processing operations that are necessary for the delivery of goods or the provision of other services or consideration, the processing is based on Art. 6 I (b) GDPR. The same applies to such processing operations which are necessary for the implementation of pre-contractual measures, for example in cases of inquiries regarding our products or services. If our company is subject to a legal obligation which requires the processing of personal data, such as for the fulfilment of tax obligations, the processing is based on Art. 6 I (c) GDPR. In rare cases, the processing of personal data may become necessary in order to protect the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person. This would be the case, for example, if a visitor to our site were injured and their name, age, health insurance information or other vital information would have to be disclosed to a doctor, hospital or other third party. In this case, the processing would be based on Art. 6 I (d) GDPR.
Ultimately, processing operations could be based on Art. 6 I (f) GDPR. This is the legal basis for processing operations that are not covered by any of the aforementioned legal grounds if the processing is necessary to safeguard a legitimate interest of our company or a third party, provided that the interests, fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms of the data subject do not override. Such processing operations are permitted to us in particular because they are specifically mentioned by the European legislation. In this respect, the view is that a legitimate interest might be assumed if the data subject is a customer of the data controller (recital 47 sentence 2 GDPR).
12. Legitimate interests in the processing pursued by the controller or a third party
If the processing of personal data is based on Article 6 I (f) GDPR, our legitimate interest is the conduct of our business to the benefit of all our employees and shareholders.
13. Duration for which personal data is stored
The criterion for the duration of the storage of personal data is the respective legal retention period. After this period has expired, the corresponding data will be routinely erased unless it is no longer required for the fulfilment or initiation of the contract.
14. Legal or contractual provisions on the provision of personal data; necessity for the conclusion of the contract; obligation of the data subject to provide the personal data; possible consequences of non-availability of the data
We provide with information on the fact that the provision of personal data is partly required by law (e.g. tax regulations) or may result from contractual provisions (e.g. information on the contractual partner).
Sometimes it may be necessary for a contract to be concluded that a data subject makes personal data available to us which must subsequently be processed by us. For example, the data subject is obliged to provide us with personal data if our company concludes a contract with them. Failure to provide personal data would mean that the contract could not be concluded with the data subject.
The data subject must contact one of our employees before providing personal data. Our employee will inform the data subject on a case-by-case basis as to whether the provision of personal data is required by law or contract or is necessary for the conclusion of a contract, whether there is an obligation to provide the personal data and the consequences of not providing the personal data.
15. Existence of automated decision-making
As a responsible company, we did not engage in automated decision-making or profiling.