We handle this personal information in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines on the protection of personal information, and in accordance with generally accepted norms and rules regarding the same.
You are not required by laws and regulations to provide your personal information to us. However, please note that if you elect not to provide your personal information to us, we may not be able to provide you with our services. Please be aware that, where we handle your personal information based on your consent, you are entitled to withdraw your consent at any time, although such withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of our handling of your personal information based on your consent before the withdrawal.
We will use your personal information only to the extent necessary to achieve the following purposes:
When you access our website on your device, our server automatically collects certain browser- or device-generated information (so-called “server log files”) including the followings:
The collected information will be analyzed without identifying the individuals who provided the information. This information is used only for the purposes of providing services on the websites, increasing customer satisfaction, and ensuring proper technical operation so that we can investigate and eliminate malfunctions.
Through the contact forms that you can fill out on our websites to provide a question or comment, we collect the following personal information:
The collected personal information will not be disclosed to external third parties. We only use this personal information to reply to your enquiry as soon as possible. Otherwise, we will only use it if we have received your specific consent.
We will manage your personal information only for the period necessary to comply with our relevant legal obligations and to conduct our proper business operations.
We may share your personal information with our affiliated companies, within the scope of the purposes for such joint utilization stipulated below.
Personal information that may be jointly shared:
Companies that your personal information may be shared with:
We will share your personal information mainly with our affiliated companies.
Purposes of sharing your personal information:
Name or appellation of the entity responsible for maintaining the shared personal information:
As a rule, personal information shall not be automatically disclosed to third parties, except where it is shared as described above. However, if we are compelled by laws and regulations, litigation and legal processes within or outside of your country of residence, or requests from the public and governmental authorities, and/or if we determine that the disclosure is necessary or appropriate for the purposes of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance, it may be necessary for us to disclose your personal information.
In addition, we may disclose your personal information if we determine in good faith that the disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect our rights and interests and to pursue available remedies, to enforce our terms and conditions, to investigate fraud, or to protect our operations or users.
We handle your personal information in a manner that appropriately ensures its security (including protection against unauthorised or unlawful handling, accidental loss, destruction, or damage). Moreover, we use appropriate technical or organisational measures designed to protect your personal information effectively, and we integrate the protection measures into our company regulations to achieve this level of protection.
For example, our websites are cryptographically secured using Secure Socket Layer-encryption (SSL). This ensures a safe and secure data transfer between the browser and the server, so if your browser is not compatible with SSL-encryption technology, please download the latest compatible browser. If the address starts with “https://”, it indicates that a website is using the SSL-encryption technology.
In case of a breach of security where your personal information is transmitted externally, stored, or otherwise handled due to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure of, or access thereto, we have mechanisms and company regulations in place to identify and investigate the event promptly. Depending on the outcome of our assessment, if an incident such as a leakage occurs, we will take appropriate actions under the circumstance, such as making reports to the supervisory authorities and contacting the individuals who may be affected.
As a rule, we do not knowingly collect and handle information on children in connection with our business operations. However, if we become aware that we have collected and handled information from a child, we will respond appropriately in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
We may provide hypertext links from our group’s websites to third-party websites or Internet sources, as shown below for illustration purpose. Since we have not examined the privacy policies of third parties and specific content at each link, we cannot be held liable for the content. Please read carefully the respective privacy policies to find out how they collect and handle your personal information.
Google Maps (an example)
On certain individual webpages of our Websites, we use the Google Maps API provided by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). This service lets us show you where our offices are located for your easy access.
When Google Maps is embedded in a webpage, your IP address is transmitted directly to Google as soon as you visit the webpage, and a cookie is stored. You can obtain information about, and opt out of, data handling by Google anytime at: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en&gl=de .
If you have any questions regarding personal information handled by us, please contact our personal information protection staff through the inquiry form below.