Data Protection

Privacy Statement

hte is delighted that you have visited our website and thanks you for your interest in our company. hte takes data protection seriously. This Privacy Statement describes:

  • the personal data hte collects when you visit our website
  • the purposes for which hte uses such data
  • the legal basis for the processing of personal data
  • the recipients of such personal data
  • the period for which such personal data will be stored
  • whether you are obliged to provide personal data


Furthermore, we would like to inform you about:

  • the existence of your rights regarding the processing of your personal data
  • the Controller in the meaning of data protection laws and, where applicable, our Data Protection Officer 
     

1. What personal data does hte collect when you visit our website?

(1) When you visit our website without contacting us or signing in, your browser transmits the following information automatically to our server:

  • IP address of your computer
  • Information about your browser
  • Website that you were on right before you landed on our website
  • URL or file requested
  • Date and time of your visit
  • Volume of data transmitted
  • Status information, e.g. error messages 
     

(2) If you contact us by email or by contact form on our website, we receive the following information:

  • Your email address and further information that you provide by email or contact form
  • Date and time of your message 
     

2. To what extent and for what purposes does hte process such data?

(1) When you visit our website, we use your IP address and the other data that your browser transmits automatically to our server (see Section 1 (1)) in order to:

a) send the requested content to your browser. In doing so, we store the complete IP address only to the extent necessary to serve the requested content to you.
b) protect us from attacks and to safeguard the proper operation of our website. In doing so, we store said data transiently and with restricted access for a maximum period of 180 days. Such period may be extended if and to the extent necessary to prosecute attacks and incidents.

hte will investigate the user of an IP address only in case of an illegal attack. 

(2) We store the IP address of your computer after having removed the last octet of the IP address, i.e. in anonymous form, for web audience measuring that allows us to improve our website. We remove the last octet of the IP address immediately after collection. That is why we do not collect personal data about your use of our website.

(3) If you contact us by email or by contact form on our website, we use the data under Section 1 (2) to answer and, if possible, to meet your request. We store such data to the extent necessary to answer and meet your request.

3. Are you required to provide the data? Are you entitled to object to processing?

When you visit our website, your browser transmits the information under Section 1 (1) automatically to our server. You are free to transmit such data. Without providing such data we are not able to serve you the requested content.

You are not obliged to let us use your anonymized data for web audience measuring.

If you want to contact us by email or by contact form on our website, you are free to transmit the data under Section 1 (2). We will mark mandatory fields, if any, of a contact form. Without providing the required data you may prevent us from answering and meeting your request properly. 

4. What is the legal basis for the processing?

The legal basis for the processing under Section 2 is point (f) of Article 6 (1) General Data Protection Regulation. The legitimate interests are determined by the purposes described under Section 2.

5. To what recipients do we transmit your data?

We transmit the data mentioned in Section 1 to Data Processors based in the European Union for the purposes determined in Section 2. Such Data Processors process personal data only on instructions from us and the processing is carried out on behalf of us. We do not intend to transfer your personal data to a third country. 

6. How do we protect your personal data?

hte implemented technical and organizational measures to ensure an appropriate level of security to protect your personal data against accidental or unlawful alteration, destruction, loss or unauthorized disclosure. Such measures will be continuously enhanced in line with technological developments.

7. Do we use cookies on our website?

a) Data processing and respective legal

We use cookies on our website. These are text information that can be stored in the browser on the device of the viewer to a visited website (web server, server). The cookie is either sent from the web server to the browser or generated in the browser by a script (JavaScript). The web server can read this cookie information directly from the server when the user visits this page again or transfer the cookie information to the server via a script of the website. Cookies do not cause any damage to your device, do not contain viruses, trojans or other malware.

Information is stored in the cookie that is related to the specific device used. This does not mean, however, that we obtain direct knowledge of your identity.

We generally use the following cookies:

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are necessary for the functioning of the website. In general, these cookies are only set in response to actions you take in response to a service request, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in, or filling out forms. You can set your browser to block these cookies or to notify you about these cookies. However, some areas of the website may not function properly.

The legal basis for the processing of these cookies is Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR. Our legitimate interest follows from the data processing purposes listed under B.1.b.

Performance cookies

These cookies enable us to count visits and traffic sources so that we can measure and improve the performance of our website. They help us answering questions about which pages are most popular, which are least used and how visitors move around the site. All information collected by these cookies is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies, we cannot know when you visited our website.

The legal basis for the processing of these cookies is your consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a GDPR, which you have given us by making your selection in the cookie banner or in our Privacy Preference Center.

You have the right to revoke your consent at any time, without affecting the lawfulness of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent until revocation. To do so, please change the settings in the Privacy Preference Center.

Functional cookies

These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalization. They may be set by us or by third parties whose services we use on our pages. If you do not allow these cookies, some or all of these services may not function properly.

The legal basis for the processing of these cookies is your consent in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a GDPR, which you have given us by making your selection in the cookie banner or in our Privacy Preference Center.

You have the right to revoke your consent at any time, without affecting the lawfulness of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent until revocation. To do so, please change the settings in the Privacy Preference Center.

Cookies for marketing purposes

These cookies can be set via our website. They may be used by our marketing partners to profile your interests and show you relevant ads on other websites. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

The legal basis for the processing of these cookies is your consent in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a GDPR, which you have given us by making your selection in the cookie banner or in our Privacy Preference Center.

You have the right to revoke your consent at any time, without affecting the lawfulness of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent until revocation. To do so, please change the settings in the Privacy Preference Center. 

b) Specific use of cookies, purposes and storage period

Specifically, we use the following cookies, depending on the cookie preferences you set in the Privacy Preference Center. Only the strictly necessary cookies are activated by default. If you do not want this either, you have the option of generally rejecting cookies in your browser. In this case, the functionality of the visited website may be impaired.

8. What rights do you have?

You have certain rights under the General Data Protection Regulation including the right to request a copy of the personal information we hold about you, if you request it from us in writing:

Right to access: the right to obtain access to your information (if we’re processing it), and certain other information (like that provided in this Privacy Policy);

Right to correct: if your personal is inaccurate or incomplete you have the right to have your personal information rectified;

Right to erasure: this is also known as ‘the right to be forgotten’ and, in simple terms, enables you to request the deletion or removal of your information where there’s no compelling reason for us to keep using it. This is not a general right to erasure; there are exceptions. For example, we have the right to continue using your personal data if such use is necessary for compliance with our legal obligations or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.

Right to restrict our use of your information: the right to suspend the usage of your personal information or limit the way in which we can use it. Please note that this right is limited in certain situations: when we are processing your personal information that we collected from you with your consent you can only request restriction on the basis of: (a) inaccuracy of data; (b) where our processing is unlawful and you don’t want your personal information erased; (c) you need it for a legal claim; or (d) if we no longer need to use the data for the purposes for which we hold it. When processing is restricted, we can still store your information, but may not use it further. We keep lists of people who have asked for restriction of the use of their personal information to make sure the restriction is respected in future;

Right to data portability: the right to request that we move, copy or transfer (where technically feasible) your personal information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, for your own purposes across different services;

Right to object: the right to object to our use of your personal information including where we use it for our legitimate interests, direct marketing;

Right to be informed: you have the right to be provided with clear, transparent and easily understandable information about how we use your personal information; and

Right to withdraw consent: if you have given your consent to anything we do with your personal information, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time (although if you do so, it does not mean that anything we have done with your personal information with your consent up to that point is unlawful).

The exercise of these rights is free of charge for you, however you are required to prove your identity with 2 pieces of approved identification. We will use reasonable efforts consistent with our legal duty to supply, correct or delete personal information about you on our files.

To make inquiries or exercise any of your rights set out in this Privacy Policy and/or make a complaint please contact us by emailing or write to us and we will endeavor to respond within 30 days. Contact details can be found in section 10 below.

When we receive formal written complaints, we will contact the person who made the complaint to follow up. We work with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints that we cannot resolve directly.

If you are not satisfied with the way any complaint you make in relation to your personal information is handled by us then you may refer your complaint to the relevant data protection supervisory authority. 

9. Where can you lodge a complaint?

You have the right to lodge a complaint with our Data Protection Officer or with the following competent supervisory authority:

Der Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz und die Informationsfreiheit Rheinland-Pfalz Hintere Bleiche 34
55116 Mainz
https://www.datenschutz.rlp.de/de/general-storage/footer/ueber-den-lfdi/kontakt/
E-mail: poststelledatenschutz.rlp.de  

10. Who is Controller and Data Protection Officer?

You can find the controller in the meaning of data protection laws here.

Data Protection Officer at hte GmbH
Regine Tredwell
hte GmbH, Kurpfalzring 104, 69123 Heidelberg
datenschutzhte-company.de  

11. Privacy of Children

This website is intended to be used by persons aged 18 and older. We do not seek to collect information about persons under the age of 18. No information should be submitted to or posted on the Websites by persons younger than 18 years of age. If such a person submits personal information via the Websites, we shall delete that information as soon as we are made aware of their age and thereafter shall not use it for any purpose whatsoever. 

12. Newsletter

If you have given us your consent to do so, we will process your personal data [e-mail-address] to send you the newsletter “hte Spotlights” at regular intervals to the e-mail-address you have provided. We will share your personal data with other affiliated companies of the BASF Group if they provide IT services for us or if this is necessary for operational reasons. Furthermore, we will pass on your personal data to the technical IT service providers we use from whom we obtain services. Our IT service providers are carefully selected and regularly checked by us. They process personal data only on our behalf and strictly in accordance with our instructions on the basis of corresponding contracts for order processing.

We store your personal data collected within the scope of your consent for the above-mentioned purposes until your consent is revoked. The legal basis for the processing of your personal data for the above-mentioned purposes is your consent, Art 6, paragraph 1, lit. a) GDPR.

You can revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future by unsubscribing from our newsletter.

You are at liberty to grant or withhold consent. This has no effect on the use of this website.

If you revoke your consent, we will delete your personal data immediately, provided that we process them for marketing purposes on the basis of your consent. Please note that the revocation does not result in the deletion of all your personal data which we process in the course of the business relationship with you, if there is another legal basis for this. The revocation of your consent does not affect the legality of the data processing that has taken place up to that point. 

13. Marketing

If you have given us your consent to do so, we will process your personal data [first name, last name, email address] to send company-related news, portfolio updates or promotions to the provided email address.

We will share your personal data with other affiliated companies of the BASF Group if they provide IT services for us or if this is necessary for operational reasons. Furthermore, we will pass on your personal data to the technical IT service providers we use from whom we obtain services. Our IT service providers are carefully selected and regularly checked by us. They process personal data only on our behalf and strictly in accordance with our instructions on the basis of corresponding contracts for order processing.

We store your personal data collected within the scope of your consent for the above-mentioned purposes until your consent is revoked.

The legal basis for the processing of your personal data for the above-mentioned purposes is your consent, Art 6, paragraph 1, lit. a) GDPR.

You can revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future by notifying us of your revocation electronically using an unsubscribe link in the respective newsletter or by email to: marketinghte-company.de.

You are at liberty to grant or withhold consent. This has no effect on the use of this website. If you revoke your consent, we will delete your personal data immediately, provided that we process them for marketing purposes on the basis of your consent. Please note that the revocation does not result in the deletion of all your personal data which we process in the course of the business relationship with you, if there is another legal basis for this. The revocation of your consent does not affect the legality of the data processing that has taken place up to that point.

14. Webfont from Fonts.com or Fast.Fonts.net

This website uses "fonts.com", a font service provided by Linotype GmbH, Werner-Reimers-Straße 2-4, 61352 Bad Homburg ("fonts.com"). Each time you visit this website, files are loaded from a fonts.com server to display the texts in a specific font. As part of this process, your IP address can be transferred to a "fonts.com" server and stored as part of the standard weblog. "fonts.com" is responsible for the further processing of this information. Please refer to the "fonts.com" (https://www.fonts.com/info/legal/privacy/) and "Monotype GmbH" (https://www.monotype.com/legal/privacy-policy/) privacy policies for the corresponding terms and conditions as well as optional settings. More information about these web fonts can be found at https://www.fonts.com/info/legal. 

15. Processors

We use external service providers (processors) e.g. to send newsletters. Separate data processing orders have been completed with the service providers, to guarantee the protection of your personal data.