Data protection provisions of the Gehrlicher Group

As of July 2011

The Gehrlicher Group thanks you for visiting our website and for your interest in our company, our products and services. The protection of your privacy, particularly in regard to the collection, processing and use of personal data whilst visiting our homepage, is of great importance to us. In the following we inform you of the measures and security precautions we take to protect your personal information. We also explain which information we collect during your visit to our website and how this is used.

Despite careful content control, we accept no liability for external links to third party content as we do not initiate the transmission of this information, do not select the addressee of the information transmitted and do not select or amend the information transmitted.

Collection and processing of personal data
The collection, processing and use of your data is undertaken within the frame of legal regulations on data protection. Each time a user visits a page of the Gehrlicher Group and each time a file is called up data concerning these events is stored in a log file. The storage only serves internal system-related and statistical purposes. In particular, the following information is stored by each retrieval:

  • Name of file retrieved
  • Time and date of retrieval
  • Quantity of data retrieved
  • Message whether the transmission was successful
  • Description of the type of web browser used
  • Requesting domain

Collection of anonymous data
Information is recorded at each visit to our websites. This includes the number of pages viewed by you, the number of bytes transmitted, the links clicked by you, the material retrieved and other actions carried out on Gehrlicher Solar AG websites. In addition certain standard information which your browser sends to all websites you visit is recorded. This includes amongst other things your IP address, type, functionality and language of your browser, operating system, time and date of your access to the site and the websites you have accessed from our site. This information will not be linked to your identity and will only be evaluated for statistical purposes.
Personal data going beyond this, i.e., all information such as your name, address, telephone number or email address and other data released in connection with your name is not recorded, unless you provide this information voluntarily, for example in the frame of an offer you requested, registration, for initiating/execution of a contract or an information request.

Use and disclosure of personal data
In so far that you have made personal data available to us, we use this only for the purposes of technical administration of our website and for fulfilling your wishes and requirements, in particular for the processing of the contract entered into with you of in order to answer your questions.
A passing on, sale or other transfer of your personal data to third parties does not take place, unless this

  • is necessary for the development of the contract. For example: it could be necessary that in the case of ordering of products we pass on your address and ordering information to our suppliers.
  •  this is necessary for invoicing purposes.
  •  you have previously agreed.

You have the right to informally revoke such an agreement at any time with effect for the future.
Your personal data will be deleted

  • if you withdraw your consent for the recording.
  • if your knowledge to meet the purpose of the recording is no longer necessary or
  • the recording is not allowed for other legal reasons.

Automatically recorded non-personal data; generation of cookies; utility programmes, active content
On accessing our website, produced information (i.e., not by registration) is automatically collected, but cannot be attributed to a particular person (e.g. about an internet browser or an operating system; domain names of websites from which access can be made via a web link; number of visitors; average duration of visit; pages visited). The Gehrlicher Group uses this information to continually improve the appearance of our website, to update, thereby increasing its attractiveness.
When you visit our websites, it can happen that information initiated by us in the form of so-called "cookies" is stored on your computer, which enables us to recognise your computer automatically at your next visit to our homepage. Amongst other things cookies enable us to adapt our website to your needs or to store your password so that you do not have to enter it again each time.
If you do not want us to recognise information about your computer then adjust the settings of your Internet browser to delete all cookies from the hard disk of your computer, to block all cookies or to warn you before a cookie is saved.
If you leave our pages via a link or by clicking on any banner advertising and in this way access third party websites, it could be that cookies are created by the addresses of the target page clicked. We are not legally responsible for these cookies. To learn more about cookies and the information stored in them by our advertising partners, please refer to their data protection policies.

Newsletter/Announcements
With your agreement we can use the information obtained from you via our websites to inform you about products and services from Gehrlicher Solar. However, you always have the possibility when creating the information which we may use to contact you about our products and services to decline the receipt of such messages. Within the company group disclosure can be made for advertising purposes, provided your written consent has been given. The requirements of data protection and competition law are respected in this regard. There will be no sale and no rental of personal data to persons or entities outside of the Gehrlicher Group, nor of user groups or email lists.

Job Market
Information given to us with applications or inquiries about jobs can be used within the company and its subsidiaries in compliance with data protection laws to assess the application. Applications for future use will only be stored if you have given us your consent to this.

Disclosure to service providers
The company appoints other companies to carry out services in our name, such as for example website hosting, sending out information, processing transactions, and analysing our websites. These companies receive only the information that they need to deliver the service. These companies and their employees are prohibited from using the information for any other purpose. These service providers are also contractually bound to comply with data protection regulations and are not considered as third parties in data protection terms.


International transfer of personal information

As a global company we operate several Web sites worldwide. It is therefore possible that information you enter in any country via one of our websites is sent electronically to a server of these sites in another country. We protect your data worldwide, as all our websites are subject to this data protection policy. We also bind our employees to data protection and confidentiality.

Security note
We are committed to all necessary technical and organisational security measures to store your personal data in such a way that it is accessible to neither third parties nor the public. Should you wish to contact us by email we point out that in this form of communication the confidentiality of the information cannot be completely guaranteed. We therefore recommend that you send us confidential information only by post.

Contact / Right to information
Upon written request we would be pleased to inform you which data we hold about you (e.g., name, address, telephone number, date of birth). Write, even if you have other questions regarding the processing of your personal data, to the following address:
Gehrlicher Solar AG, Cornelia Firsching, Max Planck Str. 3, 85609 Dornach (Email: datenschutz@gehrlicher.com)

Copyrights
All text, images, graphics and their arrangement are protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws. We point out that some of the images included on the website are subject to third party copyrights. The content of this website may not be copied, distributed, changed or made accessible to third parties for commercial purposes.

Liability
The content of this website is for informational purposes only, contains no representations or warranties, and was created with great care, but there is no guarantee for correctness and there is no liability for its accuracy. We reserve the right to make changes at any time with respect to technical as well as pricing/commercial information. Any liability for damage caused directly or indirectly from use of this website is excluded, subject to liability under the law of product liability, in so far that this is not due to intent or gross negligence.

Note: Hyperlinks
It is expressly pointed out that there is no influence on the design and content of the linked sites and despite careful content control no liability will be assumed for their content. We dissociate ourselves from all contents of linked sites and do not make the content our own; operators are solely responsible for this.

Analytics Disclaimer
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies", text files which are stored on your computer and which enable an analysis of your use of the website. The information about your use of this website produced by the cookie (including your IP address) is transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google will use this information to assess your use of the website, in order to put together reports on website activities for the operator of the website and to provide further services connected with the use of the website and the internet.Google may also pass this information on to third parties, provided this is required by law or in so far that third parties process this data on behalf of Google. In no case will Google bring your IP address in combination with other data. You can prevent cookies being installed by an appropriate setting of your browser software; however, we point out that in such case you may not be able to use all functions of this website to their full extent. By using this website you declare your agreement to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner previously described for the aforementioned purpose.