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Privacy Policy

(1) General

a) As operator of the www.herrenknecht.com website (hereinafter also "Herrenknecht website") Herrenknecht AG takes the protection of your personal data very seriously and adheres strictly to the regulations of the data protection laws.

b) The information provided by or collected about you will only be used, processed, stored and, if necessary – where required by law or contractually required – passed on to third parties in compliance with the applicable data protection laws (German Data Protection Act and German Telemedia Act).

c) The collection, processing, storage and use of certain personal data by Herrenknecht AG is necessary to allow the utilization of the site’s telemedia offering and to be able to answer your inquiries. Herrenknecht AG can also make use of the site more enjoyable and constantly improve it as a result. Furthermore, all of your personal data is transferred encrypted via SSL.

d) The following explanation gives you an overview of how Herrenknecht AG ensures your protection as a user of the Herrenknecht website and what kind of data are collected and used for which purposes.

(2) General data processing in connection with the Herrenknecht website

The extent and nature of the collection and use of your data differ according to whether you visit the Herrenknecht site only to access information or to make use of Herrenknecht AG offerings such as Contact Us or the job application portal:

a) For informational use only of the Herrenknecht website it is not necessary for you to provide any personal information at all.

Rather, every time you access its site, Herrenknecht AG automatically collects, uses and stores information transmitted to Herrenknecht AG by your browser in the server log files. Specifically, these are

  • Date and time of access to the Herrenknecht website
  • Browser type/version
  • Browser settings
  • Operating system
  • Last page you visited (referrer URL)
  • Amount of data transferred and access status (file transferred, file not found etc.) as well as
  • Your IP address (host name of the accessing computer)

During an informational visit these data are collected and used by Herrenknecht AG exclusively in non-personalized form, so that Herrenknecht AG cannot match the information listed above to specific individuals. This is done to allow your use of the web pages you access in the first place, as well as for statistical purposes and to improve the Herrenknecht AG website. Herrenknecht AG only stores your IP address for the duration of your visit, no analysis related to individual persons is carried out. After statistical analysis the data are immediately deleted again.

b) The Herrenknecht AG offerings presented below require the input of personal information. These mandatory fields are marked with an * in the relevant input forms and are specified as follows:

aa) If you wish to contact Herrenknecht AG, the personal information you provide – first name, last name and email address – will only be collected and used to answer your inquiry. The use of the contact form by you is not possible without specifying a working email address. Further details are optional.

(3) Transfer of data to third parties

Herrenknecht AG will only pass on your personal information to third parties if:

  • It is essential for the provision of offerings or services you wish to make use of;
  • A subcontractor or vicarious agent used by Herrenknecht AG to provide the offerings or services needs this information (unless you are expressly advised otherwise, such agents are only permitted to use the information to the extent necessary to provide the offerings or services);
  • There is an enforceable administrative or judicial order or
  • If it is necessary to prevent a misuse of the offerings or services in a legally permissible manner.

(4) Cookies

"Cookies" are small text files that can be stored locally in the memory of your internet browser on the computer you are using and enable an analysis of your use of the website.

Herrenknecht AG does not use its own cookies on this website. Please note in this connection, however, the following remarks about Google Analytics [para. (5) of this Privacy Policy].

(5) Google Analytics

a) The Herrenknecht website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics also uses cookies, i.e. text files that are stored on your computer and allow an analysis of your use of the Herrenknecht website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transferred to a Google server in the U.S.A. and stored there. Through the activation of IP anonymization on the Herrenknecht website, however, your IP address will be truncated by Google within Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the complete IP address transmitted to a Google server in the U.S.A. and truncated there.

b) On behalf of Herrenknecht AG Google will use this information for the purpose of analyzing your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing Herrenknecht AG with other services relating to website activity and internet usage.

c) Google will not associate the IP address transmitted by your browser with any other data held by Google. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process this information on Google's behalf.

d) At any time you may delete cookies placed on your computer by calling up the relevant menu item in your internet browser or deleting the cookies on your hard drive. For details, see the Help menu of your internet browser.

e) You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; Herrenknecht AG advises, however, that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent the data generated by the cookie about your use of the website (incl. your IP address) being sent to Google as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

f) Further information is available at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de or http://www.google.com/intl/de/analytics/privacyoverview.html (general information on Google Analytics and privacy). Herrenknecht AG advises that the code "_anonymizeIp();" has been added to Google Analytics on the Herrenknecht website to guarantee the anonymous collection of IP addresses (so-called IP masking).

(6) WiredMinds Services

We use products of WiredMinds AG (www.wiredminds.de) for marketing and optimization purposes. These products collect and process your personal data and use it to create usage profiles under a pseudonym. These usage profiles are fully anonymized where possible and appropriate. We and WiredMinds employ cookies and/or Web beacons (also known as tracking pixels) on this Web site.

We transfer the data we collect about you, which may also include personal data, to WiredMinds or WiredMinds gathers this data directly. WiredMinds is entitled to use information that you leave behind by visiting our Web sites to create anonymized usage profiles. The data collected shall not be used to personally identify visitors to this Web site without the express permission of the party affected and shall not be merged with personal data about the bearer of the pseudonym.

Any IP addresses recorded are anonymized immediately by deleting the last number block. Permission to collect and store data in the future may be revoked at any time by clicking the following link.

(7) Social Media Plugins - Facebook

a) Herrenknecht AG uses plugins on its website from the social media site www.facebook.com, which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, U.S.A. (hereinafter "Facebook"). In particular, the "Share" button, a Facebook plugin, is integrated into the Herrenknecht website. With the Share button you can recommend articles on the Herrenknecht website to your Facebook friends. An overview of the Facebook plugins and their appearance can be viewed at http://developers.facebook.com/plugins.

b) For the security of your data and your privacy, www.herrenknecht.com only uses the so-called "2-click" method for embedding the Facebook plugin. This means that the Facebook buttons on www.herrenknecht.com are disabled by default so that no automatic contact with Facebook servers is established when you access the Herrenknecht website. The Facebook plugin is only activated when you click on it. By doing so you consent to communication between your computer and Facebook's servers. Only after this consent is a connection established between your computer and Facebook servers. This consent to the communication of your computer with Facebook is limited to the relevant individual page of the www.herrenknecht.com website and does not apply to other pages at www.herrenknecht.com; if you access another page at www.herrenknecht.com with Facebook plugins these will again appear in a deactivated state.

c) In addition, however, you also have the option of permanently enabling all Facebook plugins for all commenting functions so that the "2-click" method is dispensed with and an automatic direct connection to Facebook is enabled when accessing pages at www.herrenknecht.com with integrated Facebook plugins. Of course you can also reverse this permanent activation again in the same place.

d) If you have enabled the Facebook plugin as in 6b by clicking on it once or permanently as in 6c, the Facebook plugin will automatically establish a direct connection to the Facebook servers when you access a Herrenknecht AG web page containing an active Facebook plugin. The active plugin and its possible contents are transferred by Facebook directly to your browser and integrated into the Herrenknecht website from there. In this case Herrenknecht AG has no ability to influence the data that Facebook collects through the plugin. For further information Herrenknecht AG draws your attention to the information provided by Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=17512.

e) In addition, Herrenknecht AG advises you that by using add-ons such as "Facebook blockers" your browser can prevent the integration and display of Facebook plugins if required.

f) Through the integration of Facebook plugins into www.herrenknecht.com web pages Facebook is informed that you have accessed the relevant page and, if you are logged in to Facebook, relates it to your Facebook account. If you use the Facebook plugins, the corresponding information is sent directly to Facebook and stored by Facebook. Herrenknecht AG advises that even if you are not a member of Facebook, it is nevertheless possible that Facebook collects and stores your IP address. Herrenknecht AG has no influence on the purpose and method of use of the data stored by Facebook. For information on this Herrenknecht AG draws your attention to the Facebook privacy policy at http://www.facebook.com/policy.php

(8) Social Media Plugins – Twitter

a) Herrenknecht AG uses plugins on the Herrenknecht website from the social network www.twitter.com, which is operated by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, U.S.A. (hereinafter "Twitter"). In particular, the "Tweet" button, a Twitter plugin, is integrated into the Herrenknecht website. With the Tweet button you can recommend articles on www.herrenknecht.com to your Twitter followers. An overview of the Twitter plugins can be viewed at https://dev.twitter.com/docs/twitter-for-websites.

b) For the security of your data and your privacy, Herrenknecht AG also uses the "2-click" method here for embedding the Twitter plugin. This is comparable to the "2-click" method with Facebook (see 6b and 6c).

c) As with Facebook, with Twitter Herrenknecht AG also has no influence on the data Twitter collects with the plugin. For further information Herrenknecht AG draws your attention to the information provided by Twitter at https://twitter.com/privacy

d) In addition, Herrenknecht AG advises you that by using add-ons such as "Twitter blockers" your browser can prevent the integration and display of Twitter plugins if required.

e) Through the integration of Twitter plugins intowww.herrenknecht.com web pages Twitter is informed that you have accessed the relevant page and, if you are logged in to Twitter, relates it to your Twitter account. If you use the Twitter plugins, the corresponding information is sent directly to Twitter and stored by Twitter. Herrenknecht AG advises that even if you are not a member of Twitter, it is nevertheless possible that Twitter collects and stores your IP address. Herrenknecht AG has no influence on the purpose and method of use of the data stored by Twitter. For information on this Herrenknecht AG draws your attention to the Twitter privacy policy at https://twitter.com/privacy

(9) Social Media Plugins – Google+

a) Herrenknecht AG uses plugins on its website from the social network Google+, which is operated by Google Inc., Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, U.S.A. (hereinafter "Google+"). In particular, the "+1" button, a Google+ plugin, is integrated into the Herrenknecht website. With the +1 button you can recommend articles on www.herrenknecht.com , which is shown to other Google+ users in your user profile. An overview of the Google+ plugins can be viewed at https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/142064?hl=en.

b) For the security of your data and your privacy, Herrenknecht AG also uses the "2-click" method here for embedding the Google+ plugin. This is comparable to the "2-click" method with Facebook (see 6b and 6c).

c) As with Facebook, with Google+ Herrenknecht AG also has no influence on the data Google+ collects with the plugin. For further information Herrenknecht AG draws your attention to the information provided by Google+ at http://www.google.de/intl/en/policies/privacy

d) In addition, Herrenknecht AG advises you that by using add-ons such as "Google+ blockers" your browser can prevent the integration and display of Google+ plugins if required.

e) Through the integration of Google+ plugins into www.herrenknecht.com web pages Google+ is informed that you have accessed the relevant page and, if you are logged in to Google+, relates it to your Google+ account. If you use the Google+ plugins, Google+ stores the information that you have used the +1 plugin for a piece of content. Additionally, information is saved about the page you have looked at. Along with your name and profile photo, this information can be displayed in search results, your Google profile or other Google services or appear elsewhere on websites and ads on the internet. Your Google profile name will be used in all Google services, the identity of your Google profile may be shown to users or displayed elsewhere on websites and ads on the internet if they know your email address or possess other identifying information about you. Herrenknecht AG has no influence on the purpose and method of use of the data stored by Google+. For information on this Herrenknecht AG draws your attention to the Google+ privacy policy at http://www.google.de/intl/en/policies/privacy

(10) Order data processing

If Herrenknecht AG engages external service providers to collect, process or store personal data, Herrenknecht AG has concluded agreements with them on order data processing in accordance with § 11 BDSG (German Data Protection Act).

Both Herrenknecht AG and its service providers use organizational and technical measures to ensure data security, so that the data collected from you are protected against manipulation, loss, destruction or access by unauthorized persons. These security measures are continuously adapted to technological developments.

(11) Right of revocation and objection

Herrenknecht AG advises that at any time you may revoke data protection consent given to Herrenknecht AG, effective for the future.

You can also object at any time to the creation of any user profiles by Herrenknecht AG – under this privacy policy – which serves inter alia the tailoring of the Herrenknecht website to user needs.

The best way to do this is to send an informal email to pr@herrenknecht.de.

(12) Data security

Herrenknecht AG also uses technical and organizational securitry measures to protect personal data occurring or collected, in particular against accidental or intentional manipulation, loss or destruction or against access by unauthorized persons. Herrenknecht AG's security measures are continuously adapted to technological developments.

(13) Rights of access, rectification, erasure and blocking

You have the right to free information from Herrenknecht AG at any time regarding the personal data stored about you, its origin and destination and the purpose of storage. Furthermore, at any time you can ask Herrenknecht AG to rectify, erase or block your personal data. Herrenknecht AG will, however, only delete the data, provided no statutory retention requirement exists, if you withdraw your consent to use and storage, if your personal information is no longer required to fulfill contractual obligations or the objective pursued, or if the storage is inadmissible for other legal reasons. A deletion will also take into account the limitations imposed by the tax office. For a request of this nature please contact pr@herrenknecht.de.

(14) Final provisions

Herrenknecht AG reserves the right to modify this privacy policy at any time in accordance with the applicable data protection regulations.

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