Data Protection Introduction
Your private sphere is important for us. At Hohnke & Scherg GmbH we therefore make sure that we comply with data protection regulations.
In the following, we would therefore like to inform you regarding what purposes your data are collected and processed and how you can exercise your rights.
The following organisation is responsible for collecting and processing personal data:
Hohnke & Scherg GmbH
Burgunderstraße 29 [Burgunderhof]
Tel: +49 211-569264-36
If you have a question regarding data protection or data security, please contact us.
Purpose and Legal Basis of the Data Processing
We store your data to fulfil the contractual service and for delivery, payment processing and invoicing. The contract entered into with you is the legal basis for this processing (Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR).
We shall process your data to the extent necessary to fulfil statutory requirements and also to fulfil our archiving and storage obligations pursuant to German commercial and fiscal legislation (Art. 6 (1) (c) GDPR).
Furthermore, we use your data for sending information about our products, services and special offers (pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (c) GDPR), in order to win you over as a customer (information pursuant to Art. 13 (1) (d) GDPR).
You may object to the use of your information for the purpose of product information at any time, using the above-mentioned contact data. We use the data for the purpose of product information as long as you do not object to this.
Additional recipients of these data within the framework of processing the order contract are logistics service providers (only address data), payment service providers (only payment data) or within the framework of the product information also service providers for dispatching advertising material (only address data).
The duration of the processing depends on the purpose of fulfilling the contract as well as related additional statutory requirements for storage and furnishing evidence.
Data Processing for Product Information Purposes
We only use your data for product information purposes. We would like to inform you about new products, our services and interesting events. We therefore also use your data to recommend certain products, services and events to you which go beyond your service and which might interest you.
The evaluation of your customer history and the dispatch of appropriate product information by post or email to existing customers only takes place in compliance with your justified interests only for products and services of Hohnke & Scherg GmbH.
Dispatch by email only takes place with your consent, which may be withdrawn at any time with effect for the future. Newsletters are only sent to you on the basis of a separate approval. You will find more information about your rights under the headline “Rights of Data Subjects”.
Recipients of Personal Data
Within the framework of statutory powers, your personal data are revealed to the following companies within the EU:
- postal services providers, telecommunications service providers, forwarding agents, shipping service providers, files/data carrier disposal
- IT service providers within the framework of maintenance and software care, hosting, website creation
- service provider creditworthiness investigation, collection and dialogue marketing, tax consultants, subcontractors
- Google Inc. (www.google.de/settings/ads/onweb)
Duration of Data Storage
We store your data as long as they are required for the respective purpose. Appropriate deletion concepts are available and are constantly adapted to statutory and necessary conditions. Insofar as there is a retention period pursuant to statutory tax regulations (document dates) for certain data which are processed for concluding purchase agreements, the storage term is 6, respectively 10 years.
During this period, processing of the data is restricted. The retention period begins at the end of the calendar year when the offer was presented, respectively the contract was fulfilled.
Rights of Data Subjects
Your rights as data subject are comprehensibly guaranteed by Hohnke & Scherg GmbH.
Objection to Advertising
You may object to the use of your data for advertising purposes, without any costs being incurred other than the transmission costs in accordance with the basic rates. For this purpose, the above-mentioned contacts are available.
Withdrawal of Consent
You may at any time withdraw your consent for your personal data to be processed, with effect for the future. However, please note that then before placing a new order and before once again concluding a contract, if applicable it will be necessary to once again enter your data.
Right to Object
You have the right to object at any time – on grounds related to your particular situation – to processing of your personal data which is based on the following provisions:
- the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller or
- the processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child.
If you object, we shall no longer process your personal data in this case, unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms or if the processing serves the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
You have the following rights vis-à-vis the controller regarding your stored personal data:
- Erasure or restriction of processing
- Objection to processing
- Data portability
- Right to lodge a complaint with supervisory authorities
Server Log Files
On the basis of our legitimate interest in the sense of Art. 6 (1) lit. f. GDPR, we, respectively our hosting provider, collect data on every access to the server where this service is located (so-called server log files).
- Browser type/ browser version
- Operating system used
- Referrer URL
- Host name of accessing computer
- Time of server query
The access data include the name of the accessed website, file, date and time of access, amount of transferred data, notification of successful access, browser type, including version, the user’s operating system, referrer URL (the page previously visited), IP address and the inquiring provider.
For security reasons (for instance clarifying cases of abuse or fraud) log file information is stored for a maximum duration of 7 days, then deleted. Data which are necessary to be stored for evidence purposes, are exempted from deletion until the respective case is finally clarified.
These data are not assignable to specific persons. These data are not combined with other data sources. We reserve the right to subsequently check these data if we become aware of specific indications of illegal use.
Applicant Data Protection
We collect and process personal data of applicants for the purpose of dealing with the application process.
The processing may also be performed digitally. That is always the case if an applicant sends us application documents digitally, for instance by email or on a web form possibly used on our
If we conclude an employment contract with an applicant, the transferred data for the purpose of concluding the employment relationship are stored in compliance with statutory regulations.
If no employment contract is concluded with the applicant, the application documents are automatically deleted four months after announcement of the decision to reject the application, insofar as a deletion does not contradict other legitimate interests of us, such as for instance a burden of proof in a process pursuant to the German General Equal Treatment Act (AGG).
Currently, we do not use any automated decision-making or any profiling.
Updating and Changing
Web Analysis with Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google”).
Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, text files which are stored on your computer and which enable an analysis of your use of the website. The information on your use of this website created by the cookie is generally transferred to a server of Google in the USA and stored there.
If the IP anonymization is activated on the website, your IP address will, however, be abbreviated by Google within the Member States of the European Union or in other states that are party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. The full IP address is only transferred to a server of Google in the USA and abbreviated there in exceptional cases.
On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website in order to compile reports on the website activities and in order to perform other services related to use of the website and the Internet on behalf of the website operator.
The IP address submitted from your browser within the framework of Google Analytics is not compiled together with other data from Google. You can prevent the storage of cookies through an appropriate setting in your browser software; however, we would like to point out to you that in this case you may possibly not be able to completely use all functions of this website.
Furthermore, you can prevent the compilation of the data generated by the cookie which is related to your use of the website (including your IP address) and their submission to Google as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in which is available at the following link (http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de).
You will find further information about this at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de, or at http://www.google.com/intl/de/analytics/privacyoverview.html (General Information on Google Analytics and Data Protection).
We would like to point out to you that on this website, Google Analytics has been expanded by the code ga (‘set’, ‘anonymizeIp’, true), in order to ensure an anonymized recording of IP addresses (so-called IP masking).
We use session cookies on our website, to make it easier for you to use our website. This involves small text files, which are stored on your hard disk for the duration of you accessing our website, and which are deleted again when your use of the browser ends, regardless of the settings of your browser program.
The storing of cookies can be switched off or deactivated in your browser settings. Session cookies are automatically deleted when you close your browser. Persistent cookies remain active when the browser is closed.
The following cookies are used:
- LB Persistent-Cookies (30 Tage Speicherung)
Use of Facebook Plugins
Plugins of the social network Facebook, 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA [hereinafter “Facebook”] are integrated on our website. A list of Facebook’s respective plugins can be read at the following Internet address: http://developers.facebook.com
Every time our website – which has such a plugin – is accessed, this determines that the web browser you are using establishes the connection to the display of the plugin of Facebook servers and accordingly presents it. Through the integration of the plugin, Facebook receives the information that your browser has accessed the respective page of our website, also even if you do not have a Facebook user account or are not logged into Facebook at that moment. This information [including your IP address] is directly transmitted from the web browser that is used to a Facebook server in the USA and stored there.
Insofar as you – as an active member of Facebook – are logged in when you visit our website at Facebook, through the information sent by the plugin Facebook recognises which web page of our website you are visiting at that moment and assigns this to your personal user account at Facebook, irrespective of whether you use one of the integrated plugins. If you now use one of the plugins, for instance by clicking the “Like” button or by making a comment, this information is sent to your personal user account at Facebook and stored there.
At this juncture we would like to point out that we – as provider of our website – do not receive any knowledge of contents of the transferred data and their use by Facebook. In order to prevent assignment of the collected data with your user account on Facebook, you should log out of Facebook before you visit our website.
In order to prevent the data collection and forwarding of data by Facebook plugins in future, you can obtain a browser add-on for several Internet browsers at the following link; please do not delete the browser add-on for as long as you wish to block the Facebook plugins: www.developers.facebook.com
At the following link, you will find Facebook's data protection notifications with more detailed information on collection and use of data by Facebook: www.facebook.com/policy.php
Use of Google “+1” Plugins
The “+1” button of the social network Google+ [Google Plus] of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California, 94043 USA, [hereinafter “Google”] is integrated into our website.
Every time a page of our website which has a “+1” button is accessed , the “+1” button determines that the web browser loads the integration to the presentation of the “+1” button of Google servers and accordingly displays it. The Google servers are thereby notified regarding what particular page of our website you are visiting at the moment of the access.
Google logs your browser activity by displaying a “+1” button for a period of two weeks for purposes of system maintenance and troubleshooting. There are no further-reaching evaluations of your visit to a page of our website with a “+1” button.
Insofar as you click the “+1” button while you are logged into Google+ [Google Plus], Google collects information about the URL you recommend, your IP address and other browser-related information via your Google profile. You can show your “+1” recommendations as notifications together with your profile name and your photo in Google services, for instance in search results or in your Google profile [as “+1” tab in your Google profile] or at other places and advertisements on the Internet.
At the following link you will find Google's data protection notifications regarding the “+1” button with more detailed information on collection and use of data by Google: https://www.google.com/intl/de/+/policy/+1button.html
Our website was built using CMS System WordPress, and offers you the following possibilities for establishing contact:
- Contact form (WordPress PlugIn: Contact Form 7)
When establishing contact with us (for instance via contact form, email, telephone or via social media) the information of the user regarding processing the contact inquiry and its handling pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. b) GDPR is processed. The information of the user may be stored in a Customer Relationship Management System (“CRM System”) or comparable inquiry organisation.
We delete the inquiries insofar as these are no longer necessary. We check the requirement every two years; furthermore, statutory archiving obligations apply.
Comments and Contributions
If users leave comments or other contributions, their IP addresses can be stored for 7 days on the basis of our legitimate interests in the sense of Art. 6 (1) lit. f. GDPR.
This takes place in the interest of our security, in case somebody leaves unlawful comments and contributions (insults, forbidden political propaganda, etc.). In this case, we ourselves can be prosecuted for the comment or contribution and are therefore interested in the identity of the author.
Furthermore, we reserve the right to process the user’s information for the purpose of recognising spam in accordance with our legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. f. GDPR.
We permanently store the data provided within the framework of the comments and contributions until the users object.
Our online offer uses an anti-spam solution. It is used on the basis of our legitimate interests in the sense of Art. 6 (1) lit. f) GDPR.
This service is used to differentiate between comments of real persons and spam comments. For this purpose, all comment information is sent to a server in the USA, where it is analysed and stored for four days for comparison purposes. If a comment has been classified as spam, the data are stored beyond this period of time.
This information includes the entered name, the email address, the IP address, the comment content, the referrer, information about the browser which is used and the computer system and the time of the entry.
Users are welcome to use pseudonyms or refrain from entering the name or email address. You can completely prevent the transfer of the data by not using our comment system. That would be a pity, but unfortunately we do not see any alternatives which function just as effectively.
Hohnke & Scherg GmbH hereby notifies visitors to this website that the links can also lead to other websites and information of third parties.
Hohnke & Scherg GmbH does not accept any responsibility whatsoever for the contents of third party websites. This also applies to compliance with specific safety standards or compliance with the GDPR by the respective third parties.