We feel committed to maintain the privacy of our website visitors and of our customers. Protection and security of personal data is of primary concern for us.

Therefore, BIT Analytical Instruments GmbH, represented by its shareholders, Am Kronberger Hang 3, 65824 Schwalbach am Taunus (telephone number +49 6196 806 100, e-mail: info@bit-group.com; hereinafter “we” or “us”) strictly complies with the regulations of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and of the Federal Data Protection Act (“Bundesdatenschutzgesetz” – BDSG). In our Privacy Policy below we as controller in terms of Article 4 (7) GDPR inform you on our personal data practices, i.e. the type of personal data we gather and for what purpose they are processed.

What are personal data?

The GDPR defines the term personal data as any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. These are, for example, your legal name, your telephone number and your birthday.

Data Logging

In general, it will not be necessary for you to provide personal data to use our website. However, when you visit our website our web server automatically creates and maintains so-called log files. Log files record data including:

  • IP address of accessing computer (including its geographical location)
  • Website you previously visited (referrer URL)
  • Date and time of access of server request, including how long you visited our website
  • Types and settings of browser
  • Operating system
  • Page you visited (file name and URL)
  • Data volume transferred
  • Access status (file transferred etc.)

We gather these data only for statistical purposes. No information – whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes – will be disclosed to third parties. We will principally not bring these data to-gether with other data from other sources. These data are collected and processed in order to enable the use of this website and adjust it to our users’ interests in accordance with Article 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. (f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest is to provide and manage our website with all its features and to optimise it continually.

Data recorded in server log files are stored for a limited time only and will be deleted by default regularly after 30 days .

We reserve the right to verify these data later if there is clear evidence of illegal use. Such a verification will only be carried out to identify and prevent an illegal use of our website and is in accordance with Article 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. (f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest here is to ensure that our offer is secure and that improper use is prevented.

Further collection, processing and use of personal data

We only collect or process personal data if you choose to provide such data, for instance, when making an inquiry. We will store and use the data you provided in the inquiry, including any contact details you gave in the inquiry, in order to fulfil the purpose related to the data transfer, for example to process your order or for follow-up questions. Collection and use of these personal data is carried out in accordance with Article 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. (b) GDPR to the extent that you provide these personal data in order to enter into a contract with us. Only in such case it is necessary that you provide personal data in terms of Article 13 (2) lit. (e) GDPR. Otherwise, storage or use is carried out based on Article 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. (f) GDPR, our legitimate interest being a diligent processing of your request.

If you instruct us with rendering a service or we require your services, we collect, store and use your personal data only to the extent necessary to provide such services or fulfil such contract. Any data processing in this context is carried out in accordance with Article 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. (b) GDPR. This may also require disclosing your personal data to other companies which we engage for the provision of services or contract processing. Other companies here can be for instance shipping companies or other service providers. Any data transfer to service providers we instructed for this purpose is also carried out in accordance with Article 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. (b) GDPR.

In all cases where data processing as described above serves the purpose to fulfil a contract, the provision of your personal data is a requirement necessary to enter into a contract (cf. Arti-cle 13 (2) lit. (e) GDPR). Without your personal data performance of contract would be impossible for us.

Data processing in application procedures

Personal information you have made available to us in the context of an application (usually contact details, cover letter and application documents such as certificates, jointly referred to as “Application Details”), are stored and used for no other purpose than handling your application. No information will be disclosed to third parties outside BIT Analytical Instruments GmbH, unless you separately gave your consent. The following persons will have access to your data: HR staff, the competent technical supervisor, works council. Should you be invited to a second personal interview where you will meet your future colleagues, they will be provided with your CV so that they can prepare for the interview. All listed persons are bound to maintain data confidentiality and will treat your application strictly confidential.

Collection and processing of data in the context of an application for a vacant position at BIT Analytical Instruments GmbH shall be carried out in accordance with Article 88 GDPR in conjunction with section 26 (1) and (3) BDSG. Insofar as we store your personal data after completion of the application procedure for a period of one year in our application management system, storage will be carried out in accordance with Article 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. (a) GDPR based on the consent you chose to give which we requested separately during the application procedure. Otherwise, your data (application details and interview results) will be completely erased from our application management system no later than six months following termination of the application procedure, unless we have legitimate reason opposing an erasure.

Cookies

We use cookies to track preferences of our website visitors and design our website accordingly. A cookie is a small text file which a web server sends to a web browser and which is then stored by the browser. The information is then sent back to the server, as soon as the browser requests a site from the server. It allows the web server to identify and track the web browser.

We use so-called Session Cookies to track how you navigate our website. We use so-called Persistent Cookies which allow our website to identify you when you visit. Session Cookies will be removed from your computer once you close your browser. Persistent Cookies remain on your computer until they are deleted or reach an expiry date set by us.

The cookies we use are important for the functions of our website. We automatically activate them when a user visits our website. Our website also uses cookies to facilitate use and provide you with a more personalised experience. You cannot be personally identified by information we collected with cookies. Use of the cookies we set is necessary to make our web offer available at all, and beyond that optimise it continually. In this context data processing is thus in accordance with Article 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. (f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest is to provide our visitors a functioning web offer, and to make the visit to our website as convenient and efficient as possible. You may choose to erase cookies at any time. It is also possible to stop your browser from accepting cookies altogether by changing your browser’s cookie settings. However, certain functions of our website may then not be available to you, or only in a limited form. To erase or refuse accepting cookies please use the Help option in your browser.

Web Analysis with Google Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google LLC. (1600 Amphithe-atre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; “Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to help us analyse how you use our website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. We use Google Analytics together with the customization “_anonymizehelp()” to ensure an anonymized use of IP addresses (so-called IP masking). When IP masking is enabled, Google will truncate your IP address for Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area before it is transferred to a Google server in the United States. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to and truncated by a Google server in the United States. Google will use this information on our behalf for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage for us. Google will not associate your IP address provided by Google Analytics with any other data held by Google.

By changing your browser’s cookie settings you may prevent that cookies are stored altogether. However, we point out again that in this case you will not be able to use all functions or our website to their full extent. Furthermore you can prevent Google’s collection and processing of personal data created by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de

You may also prevent a collection by Google Analytics by clicking the following link. An opt-out cookie will be placed which prevents collection of your data in any future visits to this website: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de. Please do not delete this cookie as long as you wish to prevent collection by Google Analytics. If you delete this cookie, you will have to again store such cookie by clicking the link, if you wish to object to Google’s collection of your data.

For additional information on Google Analytics’ information practices please visit Google’s privacy policy under http://www.google.com/intl/de/analytics/privacyoverview.html (general information on Google Analytics and privacy policy).

For the transmission of personal data to the United States of America an adequacy decision has been adopted by the Commission of the EU (No. 2016/1250), according to which companies meeting cer-tain criteria ensure an appropriate level of data protection, also known as “EU-US Privacy Shield”. These companies are specified in a list known as “Privacy Shield List”. Google is one of the companies listed there. A transfer to Google in relation to Google Analytics is based on Articles 45 and 28 GDPR.

Our use of Google Analytics is carried out in accordance with Article 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. (f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest is to improve and further develop our website to optimise your browsing experience by personalizing our website, thereby granting a largest possible user convenience.

Use of Google Maps

Our website also uses the product Google Maps, a map service by Google to present an interactive map. By using Google Maps information on how you use this website (including your IP address) may be transferred and stored to a Google server in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Only when you actively click the interactive map your browser will create a connection to the Google servers. You will find further information on Google’s data processing here: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

You may disable the Google Maps service to prevent data transfer to Google by disabling JavaScript in your browser. However, in this case you cannot use the map features.
Data transfer to Google is carried out in accordance with Articles 45 and 28 GDPR. You will find details above under Google Analytics. We use Google Maps to improve user convenience for our website. It is therefore based on Article 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. (f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest is to optimize our website and make it as user-friendly as possible.

No automated decision-making

We will not carry out an automated decision-making process, including profiling, pursuant to Article 22 (1) and (4) GDPR.

Data transfers to third parties

Your personal data will not be passed on to any third parties without your expressive consent, unless necessary to provide the services or fulfil the contract. Accordingly, a transfer of your data to third parties will only be carried out subject to your consent pursuant to Article 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. (a) GDPR, or for the purpose of performance of contract pursuant to Article 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. (b) GDPR. The communication to state institutions and authorities entitled to obtain information will also only be carried out within the framework of legal duties of disclosure or if we are obligated by a court decision to disclose information. In such case the disclosure of your data is required under Article 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. (c) GDPR in order to comply with a legal duty we are subject to.

Insofar as external service providers have access to personal data we have ensured by legal, technical and organisational measures as well as by regular checks that they comply with the regulations of data protection laws.

General storage period and erasure

We will store your personal data no longer than necessary to achieve the purpose for which the information was provided (e.g. performance of contract, reply to your inquiry) or legitimate reasons in terms of Article 17 (3) GDPR, such as statutory retention periods, require storage. As long as statutory retention periods such as, for instance, tax and commercial law provisions conflict with the erasure of your personal data, we will restrict the processing of your data; then your data will be erased according to statutory provisions.

Applicant details will be erased within a maximum period of six months after termination of the ap-plication procedure, unless you have given your consent to an exceeding storage or legitimate reasons by us oppose an erasure, such as defence of legal claims.

Security of your data

We have taken adequate technical and organisational precautionary measures to prevent loss, misuse or an unauthorized change of your personal data. We store all personal data you provide on our secure servers (which are password and firewall protected). All electronic transactions you perform with us or receive from us are encrypted. Please keep in mind, however, that a data transfer over the Internet is never entirely secure and that we cannot guarantee security of data transferred over the Internet.

Your rights as data subject

You will obtain from us confirmation or information on personal data concerning you at any time, without providing any reasons and at no costs (Article 15 GDPR). Above that, you are entitled to correction of inaccurate data as well as deletion of your personal data, unless we have legitimate reason opposing an erasure (Article 17 (3) GDPR), or blocking of your personal data. Insofar as data processing is carried out on the basis of Article 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. (f) GDPR (legitimate interests) you are entitled pursuant to Article 21 GDPR to exercise your right to object to the processing of your personal data at any time on grounds relating to your particular situation, or if you object to processing for direct marketing purposes. As regards the latter case, you are entitled to a general right of objection with which we will comply without your specifying any reasons on grounds relating to your par-ticular situation (Article 21 (2) GDPR). In the event of such an objection on grounds relating to your particular situation we shall no longer process your personal data, unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or such processing serves the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims (Article 21 (1) GDPR).

You may revoke any consent you provided to us at any time with effect for the future.

Moreover, in case you have provided personal data concerning yourself and we have processed your data due to your consent or for the purposes of performance of contract, you have the right to request to be provided with these data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, as well as the right to have this information transmitted to another data controller, where it is technically feasible (so-called right to data portability).

You may also lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority if you believe that data processing performed by us infringes statutory regulations.

To assert your rights specified above please contact us under our address above or contact either us or our data protection officer by e-mail.

Data protection officer

We have appointed internal data protection coordinators in our company and an external data protection officer. They perform organisational and technical measures to ensure that your personal data are well protected. Please contact the BIT Analytical Instruments GmbH data protection officer if you have questions on data protection at datenschutz@bit-group.com.

If you wish to mail please use our mail address above.

Links to other websites

On our website may be links to other providers not covered by our Privacy Policy. Our Privacy Policy does not extend to third party content and websites only linked by our website. This applies for example to social networks such as LinkedIn, Xing etc. Processing of your personal data by means of these social networks is performed by the respective network provider. We have no influence on such processing. The same applies to your personal data which you communicate to us on such a platform, for example by addressing our profile in the respective social network. For details on how your personal data are protected at these platforms please refer to the privacy statements on the respective platforms. However, if you have communicated your personal data to us at a social network or we obtain them from a social network, as soon as we store them on our own servers and use them to process your inquiry or respond to your request or other purposes, the regulations of our Privacy Policy apply to that extent.

Changes to this privacy policy

We reserve the right to change the above Privacy Policy within the regulatory framework of applicable laws and regulations and publish an updated version on our website, insofar as this is deemed appropriate, for instance due to new technical developments or changes in law or our business operation. Please reread this website therefore from time to time to ensure that you are familiar with our updated Privacy Policy.