Privacy Statement

element GmbH considers the protection of your privacy and the security of your personal data (e.g. address, phone number, e-mail address) of the utmost importance. Safeguarding your personal rights is a matter of course for us. For this reason we wish to provide you with information on how we handle and process your data.

Data acquisition and processing when accessing from the Internet

Each time you visit one of our websites, our webservers will temporarily store each access in a log file. The following data will be acquired and stored before they are automatically deleted:
  • IP address of the requesting computer
  • Date and time of access
  • Name and URL of the data retrieved
  • Data volume transferred
  • Notification if the data retrieval was successful
  • Identification data of the browser and operating system used
  • Website from which access is made
  • Name of Internet access provider
This information shall be processed solely for the purpose of facilitating use of the website (establishing a connection), system security, technical administration of the network infrastructure as well as optimization of Internet services. Only in the event that the network infrastructure of the element GmbH is attacked shall the IP address be analyzed. User profiles relating to specific persons are not created. The German Telemedia Act (TMG) permits the use of user profiles created under a pseudonym according to section 15 para. 3 TMG, provided the user does not object to this. Should we make use of this option in connection with of our Internet services we shall inform you accordingly of your right of objection. Personal data shall not be processed except in the aforementioned cases, unless you give your explicit consent for us to do so.

Use and transfer of personal data

Personal data shall be used exclusively for the aforementioned purposes and only to the extent necessary for these purposes. Personal data shall only be transmitted to state institutions and authorities if so required by legally binding national law or if,
in the event of attacks on our network infrastructure, such a transmission becomes necessary for legal or criminal prosecution. Data shall not be transmitted to third parties for any other purpose.

Consent to continued use

Should you wish to subscribe to particular services on our website, such as our newsletter or forums, you will be required to register and consent to the continued processing of your personal data, for example long-term storage of e-mail
addresses, user IDs and passwords. However, such information shall only be used if you have made it available to us and given us your prior consent for it to be used in this manner.

Web analysis

element employs a Web analysis service on its websites. For this reason, data made available to our websites will be collected for marketing and optimization purposes. This information shall be used for the creation of user profiles under a pseudonym, which may involve the use of cookies. Cookies are small text files that are temporarily stored on the Internet browser’s local proxy server of the person visiting the website. Cookies enable websites to recognize your computer.
However, unless the person in question gives us their special consent, we shall not use the acquired data to identify the visitor to this website personally and shall not consolidate this information with the personal data of the bearer of the pseudonym. You are entitled to state your objection /withdraw your consent for the collection and storage of data at any time with future effect. Please use the following e-mail address to state your objection:
datenschutz@element.de
Other than our team, only our technical service provider trilobit in Karlsruhe will have access to the data so they may assist us in improving the completion of our services.

Security

element employs technical and organizational security measures to protect the personal data stored by it against accidental or deliberate loss, destruction or
access from non-authorized persons. Our security measures are continually updated in line with the latest technological advancements.

Cookies

As a general rule, we do not use cookies on our websites. Only in exceptional cases do we employ cookies that store data for the purpose of monitoring technical functions during an online session. However, this information is deleted as soon as you close your browser. Should we by way of exception wish to store personal data in a cookie, such as a user ID, you shall be notified separately of this step.
Of course you can view our websites without enabling cookies. However, most browsers will accept cookies automatically. Please adjust your browser settings accordingly if you wish to disable the storage of cookies. Rejecting the use of cookies may impair the full functioning of our services.

Links to websites of other providers

Our websites may contain links to websites of other providers. Please note that this Data Privacy Statement exclusively applies to element websites. We cannot ensure
that other providers observe the relevant data protection regulations and we do not monitor this.

Right of access and contact details

Should you wish to contact us via e-mail, please note that third parties can access the content of non-encrypted e-mails. We therefore recommend encrypting confidential information or sending it via regular mail. You have a right of access to your personal data as stored by us and to correct, block or delete this information. Should you wish to access your personal data or have it corrected or deleted, or if you have further questions as to how we use your personal data, please contact:

Acceptance, validity and modification of the Privacy Statement

By accessing our website you consent to the use of your data as set out above. The Privacy Statement of January 2, 2011 is currently valid. However, it may become necessary to modify this Privacy Statement as a result of advancing our website or
implementing new technology. element reserves the right to amend the Privacy Statement at any time with effect for the future. We therefore advise you to read the updated Privacy Statement from time to time.

XING Share-Button

In this privacy policy we would like to inform you about how personal data is handled in connection with the XING share button. The “XING share button” is in use on this website. When accessing this website, your browser connects for a short time to the XING AG (“XING”) servers which provide the “XING share button” features (including the visitor counter).
XING does not save any of your Personal Data when you access this website. XING does not store IP addresses, nor does it use cookies to monitor your behavior with regard to the “XING share button”. Please visit the following website to view the latest privacy policy for the “XING share button” and other information:
XING Privacy Policy

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