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Data Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy informs you about the processing of your personal data in connection with the use of this website and the functionalities provided for this purpose, such as the opportunity to contact us or to order a newsletter.

  1. Controller and Data Protection Officer
  2. Categories of Personal Data
  3. Purpose and Legal Basis of the Processing
  4. Transfer and Recipient of your Personal Data
  5. Retention Periods
  6. Google Analytics
  7. Statutory and Contractual Requirements
  8. No Automated Decision-making or Profiling
  9. Websites of Third Parties
  10. Amendment of this Data Privacy Policy
  11. Your Rights

1. Controller and Data Protection Officer

This website is operated by Flow Instruments & Engineering GmbH ('Flow'),Siemensstrasse 19, 40789 Monheim am Rhein. Flow is responsible for the processing of your personal data. Flow has appointed Dr. Annette Demmel as its external Data Protection Officer, and she can be reached at SPB DPO Services GmbH, Unter den Linden 21, 10117 Berlin, annette.demmel@spb-dpo-services.com.

2. Categories of Personal Data

2.1. Flow processes the following categories of data when using the website:

Log data, such as your IP address, including details of our website request, such as date and time, status and amount of data transferred, information about the browser you are using (browser type and version number), information about the website that forwarded you to our website. Flow stores this data in a log file every time our website is visited. Without further information, such as information from an Internet service provider about the Internet subscriber, which Flow usually only receives in cases of a suspected material violation of the law, Flow is generally unable to assign this data to individual, identifiable persons.

Cookies, to extend the functionality of the website and to make it easier for you to use the website. These are small text files that are stored on your computer as soon as you access our website and save certain settings and data for exchange with our system via your browser. A cookie regularly contains the name of the domain from which the cookie was sent as well as information about the age of the cookie and an alphanumeric identifier. Most of the cookies used by Flow are deleted from your hard drive once you end your browser session (session cookies). In addition, Flow uses so-called persistent cookies, which remain on your device to recognize you on your next visit to the website and make any default settings available again. The usage data collected by means of a cookie (default settings to speed up your web request) will not be merged with your personal data. Your usage data will receive a cookie ID that will not be matched with your IP address or similar data, so it will not be attributed to you. You have the option to prevent the storage of cookies on your device by changing the settings in your browser.

Cookies from Google Analytics . Further information on these services and how they process your personal data can be found below under Section 6.

2.2. The following categories of data are processed by Flow when you contact us or sent us a job application:
Email address, date and time of contacting us and additional information that you provide to us when you contact us or send us a job application.

3. Purpose and Legal Basis of the Processing

3.1. Use of the Website

Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of enabling you to use the website. In addition, we process your personal data to prevent and correct malfunctions of the website as well as to optimize the user journey. The legal basis for this processing is an agreement concerning the use of our website and our legitimate interest in its trouble-free operation pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 b) and Art. 6 para. 1 f) of the General Data Protection Regulation ('GDPR'), For the legal and processing purposes of the services provided by Google Analytics described under Section 2.1, please refer to Section 6.

3.2. Contacting us and sending us a job application

If you contact us or apply for a job, we will process your personal data in order to answer your request and/or handle your job application. The legal basis for this processing is an agreement on the provision of these services pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 b) GDPR.

3.3. Contact initiation

We process your personal data in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 a) GDPR if you have provided us with further details and have given your consent in this regard.

4. Transfer and Recipient of your Personal Data

Information obtained through your visit to our website is stored in the US.

With the exception of personal data described under Section 6, personal data obtained in connection with your visit to our website is only accessible to employees of Flow, who are responsible for the technical administration, maintenance and further development of the website.

If you contact us, our employees, who are responsible for answering your request receive access to your personal data. In case you apply for a job, employees from our HR department and responsible employees of the respective department you apply for may also receive access to your personal data. Flow employs external IT service providers to maintain its IT systems, which may gain access to your personal data as part of their job description. Similarly, employees of business partners, as described in Section 3 may access your personal data.

If there is a transfer of personal data to a third country, such as the United States of America, we have concluded contracts with such partners for such transfer. You may request a copy of the Standard Contractual Clauses.

In addition, Flow does not transfer your personal data to any third parties, unless you have consented to this processing or we are entitled or obligated to such a data transfer because of a legal, administrative and/or court order. In such cases, for example, this may concern information that is provided for the purposes of law enforcement, security or the enforcement of intellectual property rights.

5. Retention Periods

Personal data is deleted as soon as the purpose of the processing no longer exists.

5.1. Use of the Website

Cookies of Flow’s website are deleted after one year.

Please refer to the links provided under Section 6 for further information on the deletion of cookies used by our business partners.

5.2. Contact initiation

Personal data transmitted in connection with any contact initiation is retained for the duration of processing the request. If the contact results in the conclusion of a contract, Flow may be required to store your personal data for a period of six to ten years in accordance with the statutory retention periods. If you have provided us with personal data for which you have given your consent, Flow will store your personal data until our contact has ended or your inquiry has been answered and will delete your personal data within six months thereafter,unless you revoke your consent, in which case Flow will delete your data subject to statutory retention periods within four weeks of receipt of the withdrawal of consent. In case you sent job application documents, Flow stores such documentation for the duration of the application process and another three months after a negative decision, or if we decide to hire you we will process your data in accordance with the processes for our employees.

6. Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Ireland Ltd. ("Google") with its business address at Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland. Google Analytics uses cookies, i.e. small text files stored on your computer that allow an analysis of your website use. We use Google Analytics with the extension "_anonymizeIp ()". As a result, IP addresses are processed in an abbreviated form and no direct relation to an individual can be drawn. We use Google Analytics to analyze and improve our website. Flow receives statistics that help us to improve our online presence. The legal basis for the use of Google Analytics is our legitimate interest in a user-friendly website pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 f) GDPR. The information generated by cookies about your use of this website is usually transmitted to and stored on a Google server in the United States. If you turn on IP anonymization on this website, your IP address will be truncated by Google within an EU Member State and/or the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional circumstances will the complete IP address be sent to the Google server in the US and stored there. Google has subjected itself to the EU-US Privacy Shield in such exceptional cases in which your personal information is transmitted to the US. For further information, please refer to www.privacy-shield.gov/EU-US-Framework. Google will use this information on behalf of Flow to evaluate your use of the website, to generate reports on website activities, and to provide Flow with other services related to the use of websites and the Internet. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be matched with other Google data, according to Google. You can block the storage of cookies on your device by adjusting the settings in your browser. In this case, you may not be able to use all functionalities of our website. You may also block the collection of data generated by the cookie and the data related to your use of the website (including your IP address) as well as the processing of this data by Google by using the following browser plug-in: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de. An overview of data privacy at Google can be found at http://www.google.com/intl/de/analytics/learn/privacy.html, or please refer to its privacy policy at http://www.google.com/intl/en / policies / privacy.

7. Statutory and Contractual Requirements

You may choose not to provide us with personal data or to provide incomplete data. In such cases, for example, if you block cookies, you may not be able to use all functions offered on our website or other services offered as a result. If you decide not to give your consent, for example, in connection with a newsletter subscription, Flow may not be able to provide you with the information requested.

8. No Automated Decision-making or Profiling

Except for the data processing described under section Error: Reference source not found, which is also used for profiling, we do not use your personal data for automated decision-making or profiling.

9. Websites of Third Parties

This website may contain hyperlinks to and from other websites of third parties. If you use one of these hyperlinks, we are unable to assume any responsibility or liability for the content of third parties or compliance with data protection law.

10. Amendment of this Data Privacy Policy

Flow reserves the right to amend this Data Privacy Policy at any time with effect for the future. The current version is available on the website.

11. Your Rights

You may contact us in writing or via email at „Flow Instruments & Engineering GmbH, Siemensstraße 19, 40789 Monheim am Rhein, info@flow-instruments.de, in order to exercise the following rights to the extent provided by law:

  • Right to access to your personal data in order to check and verify this data;
  • Right to receive a copy of your personal data;
  • Right to request that we complete, correct or delete your personal data, or refrain from or restrict the collection, processing or disclosure of your personal data; this also includes the right to have incomplete or incorrect data rectified by supplementary information;
  • Right to object to the processing of your personal data whenever the basis of the processing is our legitimate interest pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1f) GDPR;
  • You can request to receive your personal data in a structured, common and machine-readable format and, provided that you have acquired the corresponding intellectual property rights or other rights required, have this data transferred to another controller as long as you have consented to the processing, or the processing is necessary in order to fulfill a contractual relationship with you or for the execution of pre-contractual measures.
In addition, you have a right to file a complaint with the regulatory authorities for data protection in connection with the processing of your personal data.