Data privacy statement

Last updated on December 1, 2012

The security of your personal data is extremely important to Geberit. You can visit our website without sharing your personal information with us. We only need information from you if you wish to use particular services. This data privacy statement is intended to provide you with transparent information on what kind of data we collect, process and store and for what purpose.

Storage of access data

Every time you access one of our web pages, access data is stored in a log file on our provider's server. This data consists of your IP address, the date and time of your file request, the name of the requested file, the names of the files from which the requested file was called up, the volume of data transferred and the access status, a description of the web browser and operating system used, and the name of your Internet service provider. This data is collected for technical reasons. It is analysed for statistical purposes only and without any reference to persons.

Cookies

If you visit a Geberit website and have enabled cookies in your browser settings, this indicates to us that you wish to make the best possible use of our website and that you agree to the use of cookies and other technologies as described here. You will find more information about cookies and the browser settings required to disable, delete or view them below.

A cookie is a small file which we transfer to your computer's or device's hard drive the first time you visit the website. This enables our systems to recognise your device if you visit again and to offer functions and content which are specifically tailored to you.

Cookies are very useful, as they ensure a more user-friendly experience if you visit a website regularly. Provided that you use the same device and the same browser, cookies can save your settings (e.g. your shopping basket), provide us with information about how you use our website, and display content which is geared more strongly towards your interests and requirements. By using suitable analysis programs, such as Webtrends, we are able to perform statistical analyses and diagnoses to help us improve our website content, products and services. The cookies used for our website only collect anonymised data, which does not indicate the identity of individual users.

Furthermore, YOU are in control. You can use your browser settings to manage cookies. For example, you can delete existing cookies, choose to accept or reject all cookies, accept only certain types of cookies, or arrange to be notified when a website intends to save a cookie. The procedure for controlling and deleting cookies may vary depending on the browser you are using. You can find more information on this via the Help function in your browser. Alternatively, go to the website http://www.aboutcookies.org, where you will find step-by-step instructions on how to control and delete cookies in most browsers.

Webtrends

We use technology from Webtrends Inc. on our websites to collect and store data for marketing and optimisation purposes. This data forms the basis for creating user profiles under a pseudonym, and cookies may be used for this purpose. The data collected with Webtrends technology is not used to personally identify the website user or linked with personal data relating to the bearer of the pseudonym without the explicit consent of the person concerned.

Google Analytics (web analysis/tracking)

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service supplied by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, text files which are stored on your computer and which allow your use of the website to be analysed. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is normally transferred to a Google server in the USA, where it is saved. If the IP anonymisation on this website has been enabled, your IP address will be abbreviated in advance by Google within the member states of the European Union or in other countries outside of the European Union which are signatories to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transferred to a Google server in the USA before it is abbreviated. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google uses this information to analyse your use of the website, to compile reports on the website activities, and to provide other services for the website operator related to the use of the website and internet usage. The IP address identified from your browser by Google Analytics will not be merged with other data collected by Google. You can prevent the storage of cookies via the relevant setting in your browser software. Please note, however, that in this case you may not be able to use all of the functions on this website. You can also prevent the recording of the data collected by the cookie with respect to your use of the website (including your IP address), as well as the processing of this data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available under the following link (http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en).

You can find further information about the conditions of use and data protection under http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/en.html and http://www.google.com/intl/en-GB/policies/privacy/ . The Google Analytics code used on this website has been extended with “gat._anonymizeIp();” to enable the anonymised collection of IP addresses (IP masking).

We also use Google Analytics to analyse data from AdWords and the DoubleClick cookie for statistical purposes. You can disable this function via the Ads Preferences Manager (http://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/?hl=en).

Personal data (orders, enquiries, requests for information)

For us to provide the services you require, e.g. placing orders, responding to enquiries or sending information (newsletter, product information, notifications of events, etc.), we need personal data from you, such as your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address, etc. We only collect and use this personal data insofar as it is necessary to enable us to provide the service in question. It may also be necessary to pass on your data to companies we employ to perform the service (e.g. transport companies). Your data will not be processed and used for consultation, advertising and market research purposes or passed on to other third parties unless you give your express consent.

If you have registered to receive regular information updates, you can cancel your registration at any time by telephone, in writing or by e-mail.

When you open an e-mail from us or click on a link contained therein, this is logged via our web server (date, time, e-mail address) for internal statistical purposes. This data is not linked to personal user profiles.