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Privacy Policy

Data privacy policy for our website

I. General

Responsible party according to GDPR

The responsible party in the sense of the data protection law is:
BlueSens gas sensor GmbH
Snirgelskamp 25
45699 Herten, Germany
Phone: +49 2366 / 4995 500
Fax: +49 2366 / 4995 599
Mail: info(at)bluesens.de

You can reach our data protection officer at:
Ulf Lappe, Attorney-at-law
Schorlemerstrasse 11
48143 Münster, Germany
lappe(at)bergmann-lappe.de

Please note that links on our website may take you to other websites that are not operated by us but by third parties. Such links are either clearly marked by us or are recognizable by a change in the address line of your browser. We are not responsible for compliance with data protection regulations on these third-party websites or for the secure handling of your personal data on these third-party websites.

II. Processing of your personal data

Below, you will find an overview of the data we process when you visit our website.

When you use one of our contact forms, we process the data you enter in the form so that we can process your request. This data will be stored and used only for processing your request and the technical administration related to this. If there are no statutory data retention requirements, we will delete your data 24 months after the final processing of your request. We delete application documents no later than 6 months after receipt. The legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR, Art. 6 para. 1 (b) GDPR and, in the case of an application, § 26 para. 1 of the BDSG (German Federal Data Protection Act).
If you already have a business relationship with us as a customer or supplier, your data will also be processed within the framework of this business relationship. You can find further information on this in our data privacy policy.

III. Processing your data when visiting our website

1. Server log files

When you access our website, your browser automatically transmits connection data ("server log files") to our server. This connection data includes:

  • Date and time of the request
  • Operating system being used
  • Browser being used
  • Language and version of the browser software
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • IP address used, in anonymous form
  • Source from which you came to our website
  • Time zone difference from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Content of the request (the actual page)
  • Actual amount of data transferred
  • Access status/HTTP status code
  • Referrer URL

The processing of the aforementioned data is carried out for the implementation of pre-contractual measures or for the fulfilment of a contract in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 (b) of GDPR; in addition, the processing of the data may also be carried out for the protection of our legitimate interests in accordance with Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 (f) of GDPR. In the case of illegal use of this website, this data also serves to clarify possible legal violations.

2. Cookies

This website uses cookies. Cookies are small text files which are used to make our site more effective, user-friendly and secure. These files are saved by your browser. Most of the cookies we use are deleted immediately after your visit to our website. Other cookies allow us to recognize your browser on your next visit; these remain stored on your computer until you delete them. You can set your browser so that you are informed about the configuration of cookies. You can also prevent the storage of cookies by setting this configuration in your browser. If cookies are prevented, the function of this website may be limited. Insofar as individual cookies are used to collect personal data, the processing is carried out to implement a contract according to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 (b) GDPR, to protect our legitimate interest in the functionality of our website according to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 (f) GDPR, or based on your consent according to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 (a) GDPR.

Google Analytics

This website uses functions from the Google Analytics web analytics service. The provider is Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheater Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses cookies. The information generated by the cookie concerning your usage of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

Due to the IP anonymization on this website, however, your IP address is truncated by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to website activity and internet usage to the website operator. The IP address provided by Google Analytics within the framework of Google Analytics will not be merged by Google with other data provided.

You can configure your web browser to prevent the storage of cookies; however, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use all the features of this website completely. You may also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie related to your usage of this website (including your IP address) as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

As an alternative to the browser add-on or within browsers on mobile devices, please click this link to prevent Google Analytics from recording information within this website in the future (this opt-out function works only for that browser and domain). This will store an opt-out cookie on your device. If you delete the cookies in your browser, you will need to click on this link again. In order for the opt-out to work on the website, you must use the yellow highlighted area in exactly this form as HTML code.

Matomo (formerly Piwik)

(1) This website uses the web analytics service Matomo to analyze and regularly improve the use of our website. The statistics we collect permit us to improve our offerings and make them more interesting for you as a user. The legal basis for the use of Matomo is Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR.

(2) To perform this analysis, cookies are stored on your computer. The controller stores the information collected exclusively on its server in [Germany]. You can prevent this analysis by deleting existing cookies and preventing cookies from being stored. If you prevent the storage of cookies, we point out that you may not be able to use all features of this website. You can prevent the storage of cookies by selecting the appropriate setting in your browser. You can prevent the use of Matomo by removing the following checkmark to enable the opt-out plug-in:

(3) This website uses Matomo with the extension "AnonymizeIP". As a result, IP addresses are processed in shortened form, which means that a direct personal reference to you is excluded. The IP address transmitted by Matomo from your browser will not be merged with other data collected by us.

(4) The Matomo program is an open source project. The privacy policy of this third-party provider is available at https://matomo.org/privacy-policy/.

Google Ads

Conversion tracking with Google: We use the free conversion tracking feature of Google AdWords on this website. Google uses cookies to measure our advertising performance. These cookies lose their validity after 30 days and are not used to personally identify you. By using these cookies, Google and we recognize when users have clicked on certain Google ads and were redirected to our website. The information obtained in this way is used only to generate conversion statistics.

To disable conversion cookies: If you want to disable the conversion tracking cookie, you can set your browser to block cookies from the domain googleadservices.com.

3. Automated decision making

We do not use automated decision-making or profiling.

4. Information in the event of a change of purpose

If the reason for processing your personal data changes, we will inform you immediately.

5. Storage period

The duration of the storage of your personal data shall correspond to the various legal retention periods. After the legal retention periods have expired, we will delete your data, unless we have agreed on a different period of time for reasons of expediency. If there is no statutory retention period, we will delete your data 24 months after we process your request. We delete application documents no later than 6 months after receipt.

6. Information applications from other providers

LinkedIn

Our website uses features of the LinkedIn network. The provider is LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Each time you visit one of our pages that contain LinkedIn features, it connects to the LinkedIn servers. LinkedIn is informed that you have visited our website. LinkedIn collects information (such as your IP address and other information) that is stored on your PC in the form of cookies. This information is used to provide us, as the operator of these LinkedIn pages, with statistical information about the use of the LinkedIn page. According to LinkedIn, your IP address is anonymised (for IP addresses coming from Germany) and deleted after 90 days. The data collected about you is processed by LinkedIn Inc. and may be transferred to countries outside the European Union. LinkedIn describes, in general terms, what information it receives and how it is used in its data usage guidelines. Information on how to contact LinkedIn and how to configure advertisements can also be found there. The data usage guidelines are available at the following link:
https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy.

If you click LinkedIn's "Recommend" button and are logged in to your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn will be able to associate your visit to our website with you and your user account. If you want to avoid this, you should log out of LinkedIn, deactivate the function "stay logged in", delete the cookies on your device and close and restart your browser. We point out here that we, as the provider of the website, have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data and their use by LinkedIn. LinkedIn has not clearly specified in what way they use the data from visits to LinkedIn pages for their own purposes, to what extent activities on the LinkedIn page are assigned to individual users, and whether data from a visit to the LinkedIn page is passed on to third parties; thus, such details are not known to us.

Please be aware that you use this LinkedIn page and its functions under your own responsibility. In particular, this applies to the use of interactive functions such as commenting, sharing and rating.

As the provider of the information service, we do not collect or process any other data from your use of our service.

YouTube

This website uses YouTube to view and play videos. YouTube is owned by Google. The website operator is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit one of our pages that has a YouTube plug-in, you will be connected to a YouTube server. The YouTube server will be informed about which of our pages you visited.

YouTube allows you to associate your browsing behaviour directly with your personal profile when you are logged in to your YouTube account. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

For more information on how we handle user data, please refer to YouTube's privacy policy at www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy

Facebook

For the information services offered here, BlueSens gas sensor GmbH uses the technical platform and services of Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Please be aware that you use this Facebook page and its functions under your own responsibility. In particular, this applies to the use of interactive functions such as commenting, sharing and rating. Alternatively, you can access the information offered on this page from our website at www.bluesens.com.

When you visit our Facebook page, Facebook collects information (such as your IP address and other information) that is stored on your PC in the form of cookies. This information is used to provide us, as the operator of these Facebook pages, with statistical information about the use of the Facebook page. More information on this is provided by Facebook at the following link: http://facebook.com/help/pages/insights

The data collected about you in this context is processed by Facebook Ltd. and may be transferred to countries outside the European Union. Facebook describes, in general terms, what information it receives and how it is used in its data usage guidelines. Information on how to contact Facebook and how to configure advertisements can also be found there. The data usage guidelines are available at the following link: http://facebook.com/about/privacy

Facebook's complete data guidelines can be found here: https://facebook.com/full_data_use_policy

Facebook has not clearly specified in what way they use the data from visits to Facebook pages for their own purposes, to what extent activities on the Facebook page are assigned to individual users, how long Facebook stores this data, and whether data from a visit to the Facebook page is passed on to third parties; thus, such details are not known to us.
When you access a Facebook page, the IP address assigned to your end device is transmitted to Facebook. According to Facebook, this IP address is anonymised (for IP addresses coming from Germany) and deleted after 90 days. Facebook also stores information about its users' end devices (e.g. as part of the "registration notification" function). Thus, Facebook may be able to assign IP addresses to individual users.

If you are currently logged on to Facebook as a user, there is a cookie containing your Facebook identification on your end device. This enables Facebook to know that you have visited this page and how you have used it. This also applies to all other Facebook pages. Facebook buttons embedded in web pages allow Facebook to track your visits to these web pages and associate this information with your Facebook profile. This data can be used to tailor content or advertising to your preferences.

If you want to avoid this, you should log out of Facebook, deactivate the function "stay logged in", delete the cookies on your device and close and restart your browser. Facebook information that immediately identifies you is deleted in this way. This allows you to use our Facebook page without revealing your Facebook identity. When you access the interactive features of the page (like, comment, share, news, etc.), a Facebook login screen will appear. If you login, you will once again be recognizable for Facebook as a specific user. For information on how to manage or delete existing information concerning you, visit the following Facebook Support pages: https://facebook.com/about/privacy#

As the provider of the information service, we do not collect or process any other data from your use of our service.

Instagram

Data privacy policy for BlueSens gas sensor GmbH's Instagram profile
– Information pursuant to Art. 13, 14, 21 of the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR")

I. What is it about?

BlueSens gas sensor GmbH (hereinafter referred to as "BlueSens") operates an "Instagram profile" to draw attention to its services and offerings, and to interact with its customers and visitors to the Instagram profile ("users").
Personal data is processed while using the Instagram profile of BlueSens. You will be informed here about the type and scope of data processing for which BlueSens is responsible under data protection law in this context.

II. Who is responsible for data processing related to the BlueSens Instagram profile and who can I contact?

The BlueSens Instagram profile is accessible via the Instagram platform (www.instagram.com), which is operated in the European Union by:
Facebook Ireland Limited ("Facebook")
Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland

For some of the data processing on the BlueSens Instagram profile, BlueSens itself is the data protection controller: BlueSens gas sensor GmbH
Snirgelskamp 25
45699 Herten, Germany
Phone: +49 2366 / 4995 500
Fax: +49 2366 / 4995 599
Mail: info(at)bluesens.de

You can reach our data protection officer at:

Ulf Lappe, Attorney-at-law
Schorlemerstrasse 11
48143 Münster, Germany
lappe@bergmann-lappe.de

III. For what is your data processed when you visit the BlueSens Instagram profile and on what legal basis?
3.1 Independent processing of usage data by Facebook

When you visit the BlueSens Instagram profile or profiles within the Instagram platform, Facebook collects usage data.
In doing so, Facebook also uses certain data collected from users of the Instagram platform (e.g. whether a photo on an Instagram profile was marked with "like" or commented on) to create aggregated usage statistics and make them available to those operators of the Instagram profile (so-called "Instagram Insights"). BlueSens also receives such Instagram insights. The information that BlueSens receives through Instagram Insights does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about individual users. BlueSens itself does not have access to the personal data that Facebook processes for Instagram Insights. Facebook alone determines which data is processed for Instagram Insights and in what way. BlueSens can neither legally nor actually influence the processing by Facebook.
Facebook is solely responsible for this data processing. Facebook provides information on this in their Instagram Data Privacy Policy and the Instagram Cookie Policy.

3.2 Processing of your data when communicating with BlueSens on the Instagram profile

If you contact BlueSens via the Instagram profile (e.g. by commenting on a post or writing a message to BlueSens via Instagram Direct Messenger), BlueSens processes your data (e.g. your name and the communication content) in order to process your request. When necessary, BlueSens may also process your data for the purpose of asserting legal claims and defending legal disputes, as well as for the prevention and investigation of criminal offences.
The processing is carried out on the basis of a balance of interests in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 (f) GDPR, which always takes your interests into account.

IV. How long will my data be stored?

BlueSens does not store any personal data about your use of the Instagram profile.
Information that you publish on BlueSens' Instagram profile (e.g. comments) or send via Instagram Direct Messenger is stored by Facebook on the basis of your user relationship. You can delete it on Instagram.

V. Who receives my data?

When BlueSens communicates with you via its Instagram page, it transmits the personal data required for this purpose to Facebook.
BlueSens will only disclose your personal data to third parties if you have consented to this, if there is a legal basis for this, or if this is necessary to enforce the rights of BlueSens, in particular to enforce or defend claims.

VI. Will your data be transferred to a third country or to an international organisation?

BlueSens does not transfer the personal data collected through their Instagram profile to third countries (i.e. countries outside the European Union and the European Economic Area).

VII. What rights do you have when it comes to the processing of your data?

In accordance with the legal requirements, you have various rights concerning the processing of your personal data. You have the right to information, the right to rectification, the right to erasure, the right to restriction of processing, and the right to data portability. You also have the right to complain to a data protection authority.

Information about your right to object according to Art. 21 of the GDPR

a) The right to object on a case-by-case basis
You have the right to object at any time (on grounds relating to your particular situation) to the processing of personal data concerning you carried out on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 (e) of the GDPR (data processing in the public interest) and Art. 6 para. 1 (f) of the GDPR (data processing on the basis of a balance of interests), including profiling based on this provision.
If you object, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or if the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

b) The right to object to processing of data for direct marketing purposes
In individual cases, we may process your personal data in order to carry out direct advertising. You have the right to object at any time to the processing of personal data for the purposes of such advertising; this also applies to profiling, insofar as it is associated with such direct advertising.
If you object to processing for direct marketing purposes, we will no longer process your personal data for these purposes.

This objection can be made without formalities and should preferably be addressed to:

BlueSens gas sensor GmbH
Snirgelskamp 25
45699 Herten, Germany
Phone: +49 2366 / 4995 500
Fax: +49 2366 / 4995 599
Mail: info@bluesens.de

Requests for information and data subject rights regarding the processing of usage data on the BlueSens Instagram profile can be asserted at Facebook via the Facebook data form. Only Facebook has access to the users' data and can take immediate action and provide information in this respect.

However, if you still need help, you may contact BlueSens at any time.

7. Your rights

Every data subject (person) has the right to information under Article 15 of the GDPR, the right to rectification under Article 16 of the GDPR, the right to erasure under Article 17 of the GDPR, the right to restriction of processing under Article 18 of the GDPR, and the right to data portability under Article 20 of the GDPR. The restrictions according to §§ 34 and 35 of the BDSG (German Federal Data Protection Act) apply to the right of information and the right of deletion.
In addition, there is a right of appeal to the responsible data protection supervisory authority (Art. 77 of GDPR in conjunction with § 19 of BDSG):
The State Commissioner for Data Privacy and Freedom of Information of North Rhine-Westphalia
Kavalleriestr. 2-4
40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
Phone: +49 211 / 38424 -0
Fax: +49 211/38424-999
E-mail: poststelle(at)ldi.nrw.de

8. Information about your right to object according to Art. 21 GDPR

a) The right to object on a case-by-case basis

You have the right to object at any time, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to the processing of personal data concerning you which is carried out on the basis of Article 6 para. 1 (e) of the GDPR (data processing in the public interest) and Article 6 para. 1 (f) of the GDPR (data processing on the basis of a balance of interests); this also applies to profiling based on this provision.

If you object, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or if the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

b) The right to object to processing of data for direct marketing purposes

In individual cases, we may process your personal data in order to carry out direct advertising. You have the right to object at any time to the processing of personal data for the purposes of such advertising; this also applies to profiling, insofar as it is associated with such direct advertising. If you object to processing for direct marketing purposes, we will no longer process your personal data for these purposes.