Privacy Policy

Your data is safe with us.

We treat your personal data responsibly, taking into account all relevant provisions of the applicable data protection law.

Use of personal data

We only collect, use and transfer your personal data to third parties if this is permitted by law or if your consent to the collection of data is given.

Personal data means any information that can be used to identify your person and which can be traced back to you — such as your name, e-mail address and telephone number.

We process and store personal data only for the period necessary to achieve the purpose of storage, or as far as this is stipulated by the European legislator or other legislators by law or regulation to which the controller (responsible for the data protection) is subject to.

If the storage purpose is not applicable, or if a storage period prescribed by the European legislator or another competent legislator expires, personal data is routinely blocked or deleted in accordance with legal requirements.

We may share your information with other companies in our group to provide certain services. Group companies may be located in countries that do not ensure an equivalent level of data protection. We guarantee appropriate data protection through contractual agreements with the Group companies. You expressly consent to such data transfers.

Collection of General Data and Information

Our websites collect a series of general data and information when the website is called up. This general data and information is stored within the server log files. The following information may be collected: (1) the browser types and versions used, (2) the operating system used by the accessing system, (3) the website from which an accessing system reaches our website (so-called referrers), (4) the sub-websites which are reached via an accessing system on our website, (5) the date and time of access to the Internet site, (6) an Internet protocol address (IP address), (7) the Internet service provider of the accessing system, and (8) any other similar data and information that may be used in the event of attacks on our information technology systems.

When using these general data and information, we do not draw any conclusions about the data subject. Rather this information is needed to (1) deliver the content of our website correctly, (2) optimize the content of our website as well as its advertisement, (3) ensure the long-term viability of our information technology systems and website technology, and (4) provide law enforcement authorities with the necessary information for criminal prosecution in case of a cyber-attack. We therefore analyze the collected data for the purpose of statistics and with the aim of increasing the data protection and data security in our company in order to ensure the best possible level of data protection and data security for the personal data we process.

Cookies

On our website we use the web analytics service Piwik to analyse visitor statistics.

Piwik uses “cookies”. Cookies are text files that are stored on your computer system and allows us to analyse the use of our website. For this purpose, the usage information generated by the cookie (including your shortened IP address) will be transmitted to our server and stored for analysis purposes, which we use to optimize our website. Your IP address will be immediately anonymized during that process so that you remain anonymous to us as a user. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website will not be disclosed to third parties.

You can disable the use of cookies in your browser settings. However, this may mean that our website can no longer be used to its full extent.

By using our website you consent to the data processing by Piwik to the extent described above and for the purpose stated above.

Use of Social Media Plug-ins

We currently use the following social media plug-ins: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. The provider of the plug-in can be recognized by the marking on the box above the first letter or the logo. We offer you the possibility to communicate directly with the provider of the plug-in by clicking the button. Only when you click on the marked field and thereby activate it, the plug-in provider receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding website through our online offer and that further data may be transmitted. Facebook, according to its provider in Germany, anonymizes the IP address immediately after its collection. By activating the plug-in, personal data will be transmitted by you to the respective plug-in provider and stored with him (for US providers, in the USA). Since the plug-in provider collects data, especially through the use of cookies, we recommend that you delete all cookies by clicking on the corresponding field in the security settings of your browser.

We have no control over the data collected by the plug-in providers and the data processing, nor are we aware of the full scope of the data collection, the purpose of the processing or the retention periods. We also have no information about the deletion of data collected by plug-in providers.

The plug-in provider stores the data collected about you as usage profiles and uses them for purposes of advertising, market research and/or the needs-based design of its website. Such an evaluation is carried out in particular (also for non-logged-in users) to display tailor-made advertising and to inform other users of the social network about your activities on our website. You have the right to object to the creation of these user profiles. To exercise this right, you must contact the respective plug-in provider. With the plug-ins we offer you the opportunity to interact with social networks and other users in order to improve our offer and make it more interesting for you as a user.

For more information on the purpose and scope of data collection and processing by the plug-in providers, please refer to the privacy policies of the providers below. They will also give you more information about your rights and setting options for protecting your privacy.

Addresses of the respective plug-in providers and URL with their privacy information:

Data Security / Secure Data Transmission

Through technical and organizational measures, we secure our IT systems against unintentional admittance, access, transfer, entry, loss and distribution as well as destruction and alteration by unauthorized persons.

The data transmission of personal data on our websites is protected according to up-to-date technical standards.

Newsletter Subscription

The users of our website can sign up for a newsletter. Signing up for a newsletter requires registration of a valid email address. There will be no disclosure of personal data that is collected within the newsletter service to third parties.

You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time via the link at the end of each newsletter.

Handling of Contact Information

If you contact us via the contact options offered, your contact details will be stored so that they can be used to process and answer your request. Without your consent, this data will not be disclosed to third parties.

Your Rights

Upon request, you will receive free information as to whether personal data has been processed about you and, if so, what personal data has been stored about you.

If your request is not in conflict with a legal duty to retain data (e.g. data retention), you have the right to have corrected incorrect data and to have deleted your personal data (for the future).

You can object to the processing of your data at any time. We will no longer process your personal data in the event of an objection, unless we can demonstrate that compelling legitimate interests override your interests, rights and freedoms or if the processing of the data is intended for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.

You have the right to withdraw your consent to data processings — for the future — at any time without giving a reason.

Contacts

Regarding your personal data on this website, the responsible body is:

SFS Group USA, Inc.
1045 Spring Street
Wyomissing, PA 19610

SFS Data Protection Officer
Christina Schönenberger
e-mail: dataprotection@sfs.biz

Disclaimer

As a provider we are responsible for the content published by us according to the general legal provisions. The contents of our websites are created and updated to the best of our knowledge and belief. We do no guarantee that the information provided is complete, correct and in any case up-to-date. This also applies to all links to which this website refers directly or indirectly. We are not responsible for the content of an external site that is reached with such a link.

We reserve the right to make changes or additions to the information provided without prior notice.