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Privacy Statement

Privacy statement

Thank you for visiting our website and your interest in our company. The protection of your personal data is important to us and we would like you to feel safe and comfortable while you browse through our website.

Recording and processing of personal data

Generally, your personal data is not required for visiting the TÜV SÜD websites.

Only personal data that you have entered voluntarily, e.g. within the scope of a registration, a survey or contract conclusion will be recorded.

Use, disclosure, and earmarking of personal data

All personal data gathered within the scope of direct TÜV SÜD Internet services will only be recorded, processed and used in accordance with the valid data-protection regulations and for the purposes of contract processing or safeguarding legitimate own business interests relating to consulting services and support provided to our customers and prospects.

Right to information and public register of notifications

As prescribed by applicable law, we will inform you in writing, upon request, about whether and which of your personal data we have filed.

Security

TÜV SÜD takes technical and organizational measures to protect any data you have made available to TÜV SÜD from incidental or wilful manipulation, loss, destruction or access by unauthorized third parties. This applies as well, when external services are used. Our security measures are continuously enhanced in line with technical advances.

Cookies and website tracking

On this website we use systems to measure and analyse information with respect to visits to our website. To that effect we use your IP address to collect, among other things, the traffic on our web site and data regarding your browser type and computer.

In addition cookies are used. A cookie is a small file that is stored on your computer when you visit a website. If you visit the website again, it is recognized as a repeat visit by means of the cookie. The cookie contains and where applicable a date and therefore no personal data. The cookie cannot be used to identify you on websites of third parties, including the sites of the analysis providers.

It is possible to configure your web browser to refuse cookies or to be informed if a cookie is set. Please refer to the manual of your web browser.

We will not use the IP addresses or cookies to identify you personally.
We use this services in order to increase the efficiency of our websites and our marketing.

Google Universal analytics – terms and conditions of use

This website uses Google Universal Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Universal Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

IP anonymization is subblemented on this website. Google will truncate/anonymize the last octet of the IP address for Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the USA. On behalf of the website provider Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website provider. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. Furthermore you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB.

You can refuse the use of Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set on the computer, which prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this website: Disable Google Analytics

Further information concerning the terms and conditions of use and data privacy can be found at http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/gb.html or at https://www.google.de/intl/en_uk/policies/. Please note that on this website, Google Analytics code is supplemented by “anonymizeIp” to ensure an anonymized collection of IP addresses (so called IP-masking).

Apps

Some of our services can be used with end devices like smartphones or iPads under iOS. To some extent content is loaded from other sources (mostly due to timeliness of data like the TÜV SÜD Privacy Statement or the list of Service Centers of TÜV SÜD, content from Wikipedia or geographical material from providers).

Generally functions are performed on the device. Partly we invoke functions on TÜV SÜD servers (e.g. due to performance reasons on tuev-sued.de in order to find to a given geographical location the next service centers). If we do so, we drop the processed data after returning the result to the end device.

In general we process personal data only, if it is necessary for the purpose of the app or if you have given your explicit consent. We do not pass on data to third parties, but reserve a statistical analysis of anonymous data.

We use GEO data for localisation (e.g. your position if you invoke a function like "… find the next service centre"). We do not combine your personal data with such GEO data and use it only for localisation purposes in the context of the invoked app. After the localisation we drop the GEO data. Depending on your end device, you can disable localisation services generally (for further information see the manual of the manufacturer). But, then localisation services are no longer available. 

Data is stored on your end device, in encrypted form or in unencrypted form (e.g. the settings of specific on/off switches of our apps). In case of loss of your end device, a misuse by other parties cannot be excluded. We recommend to use the specific mechanisms of your end device against misuse (e.g. encryption, user lock etc.). For more information please refer to the manufacturers manual. If you pass on your end device (e.g. when selling it) we recommend to use its features to remove all personal data.

Integration of social network plug-ins  

Some pages at tuev-sued.de may have social network plug-ins integrated into them (e.g. "I like" button, "Share" button). Some examples of social networks are Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. When you load a tuev-sued.de page that contains such a plug-in, your browser will set up a link to this social network. The content of the plug-in (of the button) is then provided by the servers of this social network. This means that in principle these servers can trace the page being loaded (potentially also via cookies that were installed at this social network during your visits).

If you click on the plug-in while simultaneously being logged into the social network, data can potentially be sent to this social network from your browser and assigned to your user account. You can find out what data is being sent and how the data is dealt with, by going to the Privacy Policy of the social network concerned. It will also advise you on Privacy Protection setting options. If you are not logged in, you will usually be given the option to log in or register and to create a user account.

If you want to prevent your social network from collecting data on you, you can log out from it beforehand and possibly delete existing cookies from the online service provider concerned. If you do not have a user account with a social network, then no data will be transferred. 

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