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Data protection

  1. General information
  2. What data are collected and how are they used?
  3. Which cookies are used?
  4. Social Media Fanpages
  5. Social media plug-ins
  6. Data safety declaration regarding the use of YouTube and information on DoubleClick by Google
  7. Will my data be forwarded to third parties, e.g. to government authorities?
  8. Use of the „IVW online“ tool for range measurement
  9. How long will my data be stored?
  10. Do I have a right of access to and rectification of my stored data? What other rights do I have with regard to my stored data?
  11. Can I revoke a declaration of consent I may have given regarding the use of my data?
  12. Who is my contact person if I have questions about data protection?
  13. How long is this Privacy Policy valid?

1. General information

Thank you for your interest in the website(s) of Ernst & Sohn GmbH, hereinafter referred to as „Ernst & Sohn“. We take data protection and confidentiality issues very seriously and comply with the applicable national and European data protection regulations. Therefore we would like to use this Privacy Policy to inform you about our data protection measures, about the data we may store and how we use these data.

2. What data are collected and how are they used?

2.1 Data collection via this website

Each time a user accesses the website, the user’s internet browser, due to technical reasons, automatically transmits the following data to Ernst & Sohn’s web server:

  • IP address of the requesting computer
  • Date and time of access
  • Name and URL of the retrieved file
  • Transferred data volume
  • Access status (file transferred, file not found, etc.)
  • Identification data of the browser and operating system used
  • Name of the user’s internet access provider
  • Web page from which access is made

The data are collected, processed and used for the purpose of enabling use of the website (establishing connection), system security and technical administration of the network infrastructure. They will not be matched with other data or passed on to third parties, not even as excerpts. The legal basis for the processing is Article 6(1b) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The data collected within the scope of the voluntary entries under „Contacts & Service“ will be used and processed exclusively for dealing with the enquiry and for carrying out the services you may have requested.

2.2 Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. („Google“). Google Analytics uses so-called „cookies“, text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie regarding your use of the website is normally transferred to a Google server in the USA and is stored there. If IP anonymisation is activated on the website, your IP address will, within Member States of the European Union or other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, first be shortened by Google. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transferred to a Google server in the USA and will be shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website Google will use this information to analyse your usage of the website, to compile reports on website activities and to provide further services to the website provider relating to the usage of the website and the internet. The IP address transmitted by your browser within the framework of Google Analytics will not be merged by Google with other data. You can prevent the storage of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly; however, we would like to inform you that in this case you may possibly not be able to fully use all features on this website. Furthermore, you can prevent collection by Google of the data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website (including your IP address), as well as the processing of these data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in provided at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en. An opt-out cookie is set to prevent your data from being collected when you visit this website in the future.

For more information on terms of use and privacy rules, please go to http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html (or https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/). We would like to stress that on this website, Google Analytics has been extended by the code „anonymizeIp“ in order to ensure anonymised collection of IP addresses (so-called IP masking).

The legal basis for processing is Article 6(1f) GDPR, whereby Ernst & Sohn’s right to process arises from the fact that, on the one hand, Ernst & Sohn has an interest in analysing the website data for page optimisation purposes and, on the other hand, a data subject can reasonably foresee at the time the personal data are collected and in view of the circumstances under which they are collected (in particular the above-mentioned measures) that processing may take place for this purpose.

3. Which cookies are used?

We use cookies on our website. If you do not wish to make use of the advantages of our cookies, please consult the help function of your browser to find out how to set your browser to prevent it from accepting new cookies or how to delete existing cookies. There, you will also learn how to block your browser for all new cookies or which settings you need to make to receive a notification of new cookies.

The legal basis for processing is Article 6(1f) GDPR, whereby Ernst & Sohn’s right to process arises from the fact that, on the one hand, Ernst & Sohn has an interest in analysing the website data for page optimisation purposes and, on the other hand, a data subject can reasonably foresee at the time the personal data are collected and in view of the circumstances under which they are collected (in particular the above-mentioned measures) that processing may take place for this purpose.

4. Social Media Fanpages

4.1 Links to social networks and use of the Share button

By clicking on the logos of the various social networks on our homepage, you can visit us on these networks – or you can share interesting entries on your social network account by clicking on “Share”. A connection to the network is only established by clicking the logo or ”Share” button. Only then does the corresponding data processing occur.

You have the possibility of recommending our products on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. When you click on the logo of one of these networks, you are taken to that network’s website and prompted to log in or register. As long as you remain on our website, no data is forwarded to the social networks. These networks process your data only when you have clicked on their logo and been forwarded to their website. You can find out what data they process by reading their data safety declarations (see below).

4.2 Data safety declaration for our online presence on social networks

In the following, we inform you of the data that is processed when you visit us on social networks.

As the operator of our company website, we receive anonymised visitor statistics (insights) in the relevant social network, established on the basis of the data collected by the relevant social network. These webpage insights are summaries of data with which we can gauge how users interact with our website. We do not receive personal data. Therefore we receive no insight into the individual personal data of visitors to our company website. As the operator of our company website, we are responsible for the visitor statistics (insights) together with the provider of the relevant social network (Article 26 GDPR), whereby the said provider assumes chief responsibility. The legal basis for the use of the insight data is our legitimate interest within the meaning of Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR in preparing information and offers for customers and interested parties via the social networks. We use this information for commercial and communication purposes, also in order to remain competitive as an enterprise.

When you visit us on a social network, the network places on the device you are using (i.e. your computer or mobile device) cookies which store information on your web browser and remain active for up to two years unless deleted. The social network receives, records and processes the information that is stored in a cookie. This occurs not only when you call up the services of the respective social network, such as our Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn page, but also when you view the services prepared by other members of that social network’s corporate structure, as well as the services offered by other companies that avail themselves of that social network’s services. Partners of the social networks and third parties also use the cookies on the social networks to offer their services. The social networks and third-party enterprises use this data for product research and development, advertising and sponsored contents.

Please note that when you visit our website, cookies are placed whether or not you have an account with the social network in question.

If you have an account with that social network, when you visit our website the social network collects this data if you have provided it in your account, and processes it. This data includes your age, gender, marital status, occupation and information about your lifestyle, interests and purchases or spending habits (demographic data). The social network also collects and processes geographic information such as your location. This allows the social networks to adapt their information and advertising to specific target groups (personalization). A social network can correlate this data with you.

If you do not have an account with the social network, the network will still, by means of the cookies, collect your IP address, details of your device, region or exact location where you are currently using the device, and the time and duration of your visit, and evaluate the above demographic data on the basis of your surfing habits.

You can prevent the social network from collecting and processing the data produced by the cookie and relating to your use of our website (including your IP address) by adjusting your cookie settings before you call up our website on the social network page. Most browsers offer the option of limiting or completely preventing cookies from being stored. However, use of the browser – especially convenient use – can be seriously impaired without cookies. You can also activate the “do not track” function, deactivate script codes and apply a so-called script blocker in your browser.

The U.S. providers of social networks have a server in the United States and other non-EU countries, and use a network of computers, cloud-based servers and other infrastructure and information technologies and service providers which might be located outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland – in other words, in countries where the data protection does not correspond to the standards of the EU GDPR and the Federal Republic of Germany. In such a case, no further guarantees such as standard EU Commission contractual clauses are concluded.

We have an online presence on:

Facebook – Provider: Facebook Inc., registered office: 1 Hacker Way, 94025 Menlo Park, CA, USA; for users in the EU: Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland

You will find further information in:

Twitter – Provider: Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, US

You will find further information in:

LinkedIn – Provider: LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“LinkedIn“), or LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland

You will find further information in:

5. Social media plug-ins

We use social media plug-ins of various social networks (e.g. Facebook). With the help of these plug-ins you can, for example, share content or recommend products. The plug-ins are deactivated by default and therefore do not send data to other websites. By clicking on the „Activate Social Media“ but-ton, you can activate all plug-ins (so-called 2-click solution). The plug-ins can naturally be deactivated again via a single click.

If these plug-ins are activated, your browser establishes a direct connection with the servers of the respective social network as soon as you access the operator’s website. The content of the relevant plug-in is directly transmitted by the social network to your browser and is incorporated by the browser into the website.

By integrating the plug-ins, the social network receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of the operator. If you are logged in to the social network, it can attribute the visit to your account. When you interact with the plug-ins, the corresponding information is transmitted directly from your browser to the social network and is stored there.

The purpose and extent of the collection of data and the further processing and use of such data by social networks as well as your related rights and setting options regarding your privacy protection can be found in the privacy policies of the relevant networks.

If you do not want social networks to collect information about you through the operator’s website, you must log out of these networks or disable the social media plug-ins before visiting our website.

Even if you are not logged in to social networks, websites with active social media plug-ins can send data to these networks. An active plug-in sets a cookie with an identifier each time the website is accessed. Since your browser automatically sends this cookie each time you connect to a network server without asking permission, the network could in principle use the cookie to create a profile showing which web pages the user belonging to the identifier has visited. It would then also be quite possible to once more link this identifier to a person at a later stage – for example when this person later logs into the social network.

The operator uses the following plug-ins:

6. Data safety declaration regarding the use of YouTube and information on DoubleClick by Google

On our website we use the plug-in of YouTube, owned by Google (for users inside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland: Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House Barrow St, Dublin 4, Ireland; for all others: Google LLC 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA).

The plug-in can be identified by the video incorporated in our website, on which you can click. When you click on this video on one of our webpages, your browser establishes a direct link to the YouTube server via a cookie. In doing so, the YouTube server finds out what particular page of our website you visited.

Other places on our website merely have a link to a YouTube video that you can click. When you click on it, the video on the YouTube site opens in a new tab. Google’s data safety declaration applies there (see below).

If you are already logged in to your YouTube or other Google account, you would allow YouTube or Google to reconcile your surfing behaviour directly with your personal profile when you click on the video or link. Google also uses the data for personalized advertising, adapting its services and market research. You can block this reconciliation by logging out of your account beforehand. You can also deactivate personalized advertising by changing the settings in your Google account or Android device. You will find further information and instructions on how to object to the use of data by Google in the data privacy declaration under https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=de&gl=de. Information on data safety by Google can also be found in Google’s declaration on data collection and utilisation under https://privacy.google.com/intl/de/your-data.html and under https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de.

Because we incorporate YouTube videos on our website, “DoubleClick by Google“ is also used there. Like YouTube, DoubleClick also belongs to Google. DoubleClick uses cookies to display advertising and measure its success. For this purpose, your browser is assigned a so-called pseudonymized ID number (pID). According to Google, DoubleClick cookies contain no personal information. However, Google uses the cookies and the pID to establish which websites have been visited in order to create advertising across platforms, and analyses what advertisements have been shown and which ones have been called up (in other words, clicked on). With the aid of cookie IDs, DoubleClick can create so-called conversions which are linked to advertising enquiries. Please note that Google can reconcile your website visit with your Google account if you are registered with and have logged in to Google services. But even without registration or login, it is technically possible for Google to obtain and store your IP address. Google transfers the information produced by cookies to a server in the United States or other non-EU country, where it is analysed and stored.

If you do not want personalized advertising, you can make the appropriate settings under http://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/?hl=de. To prevent tracking, you have the following options:

  • You can adjust your browser settings so that cookies from third parties are blocked.
  • You can also deactivate Google’s conversion tracking cookies by blocking the browser cookies in the domain “www.googleadservices.com“ Please note that this setting only works until you have deleted the cookies.
  • Finally, in the most common browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge (formerly Internet Explorer), you can use a browser plug-in to preserve your advertising settings permanently. To do this, visit https://support.google.com/ads/answer/7395996.

However, this setting can restrict the use of our website. You will find more information about DoubleClick by Google under https://www.google.de/doubleclick.

7. Will my data be forwarded to third parties, e.g. to government authorities?

Within Ernst & Sohn, those entities that need your data to fulfil our contractual and legal obligations will receive them. Some data must be forwarded subject to strict contractual and legal conditions:

  • Due to a legal obligation:

In certain cases, we are legally obligated to forward data to a requesting government agency.

Upon submission of a court order, we are obligated pursuant to section 101 Copyright Act (UrhG) to provide holders of copyright and ancillary copyrights with information about customers who are alleged to have offered copyrighted works in internet filesharing networks. In these cases, the forwarded information contains the user ID of an IP address allocated at the time requested and, if known, the customer’s name and address.

Otherwise, personal data will only be forwarded to government institutions and authorities within the framework of mandatory national legal provisions or in the event of attacks on the network infrastructure if this is necessary for the assertion of claims or for criminal prosecution. The legal basis for processing is Article 6(1c) GDPR and section 24(2) no. 1 of the German Data Protection Act (BDSG) respectively.

  • To external service providers for data processing:

When service providers come into contact with our customers’ personal data, this is usually done as part of a so-called processing of personal data on behalf of the data controller. This is expressly provided for by law. In this case, Ernst & Sohn will also continue to be responsible for the protection of your data – possibly in addition to the processor. The service provider works exclusively in accordance with our instructions, which we ensure through strict contractual regulations, technical and organisational measures and supplementary controls.

Ernst & Sohn uses service providers as processors of personal data on our behalf. These are Ernst & Sohn affiliates and service providers in the categories of IT services (e.g. for technical-administrative tasks and for usage analysis), telecommunications, advice and consulting as well as sales and marketing.

The data protection requirements for the processing of personal data in accordance with instructions are complied with.

For the dispatch of the newsletter, we use the newsletter service Cleverreach (Cleverreach GmbH & Co. KG, Mühlenstr. 43, 26180 Rastede, Germany). Dispatch by Cleverreach takes place within the framework of processing on behalf of the data controller in accordance with Article 28 GDPR. The da-ta are stored by Cleverreach in such a way that other Cleverreach customers or third parties do not have access to these data, see details below: https://www.cleverreach.com/de/datensicherheit/.

Cleverreach also provides us with an anonymised analysis function. For this purpose, Cleverreach collects your IP address and sets an appropriate cookie, which recognizes you when you open pages / click on links from the newsletter that is sent to you. If you wish to avoid this, you can change the placement of cookies via the corresponding browser settings (see ‎3 above, „Cookies“).

Via this functionality, Cleverreach provides us with the following information about the recipients: Number of newsletter openings, clicks, undeliverable newsletters and unsubscriptions. Since we can-not link these data to the recipient’s personal data (name, e-mail address), these data are anonymous for us. These statistical analyses of the newsletter success are not passed on to third parties and are not used for other purposes.

8. Use of the „IVW online“ tool for range measurement

On its website, Ernst & Sohn uses the measurement method („SZMnG“) from INFOnline GmbH (https://www.INFOnline.de) to determine statistical parameters about the use of our services. The objective of this usage measurement is to statistically determine the number of visits to our website, the number of website visitors and their browsing patterns – on the basis of a uniform standard procedure – and thus to obtain market-wide comparable values.

For all digital offers of providers who are members of the Informationsgemeinschaft zur Feststellung der Verbreitung von Werbeträgern e.V. (Information Association for the Determination of the Distribu-tion of Advertising Media, IVW - http://www.ivw.eu) or participate in the studies of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Online-Forschung e.V. (Online Research Working Group, AGOF - http://www.agof.de), the usage statistics are regularly compiled by AGOF and the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Media-Analyse e.V. (Media Analysis Working Group, agma - http://www.agma-mmc.de) with regard to coverage range, and are published with the performance value „Unique User“ as well as by IVW with the performance values „Page Impression“ and „Visits“. These coverage ranges and statistics can be viewed on the respective websites.

a) Legal basis for processing

Measurement using the SZMnG measurement method by INFOnline GmbH is carried out on the basis of a legitimate interest pursuant to Article 6(1f) GDPR.

The purpose of processing these personal data is to compile statistics and to create user categories. The statistics serve to trace and document the use of our offers. The user categories form the basis for an interest-oriented alignment of advertising media and advertising measures. In order to market this website, it is essential to measure its usage in a way that allows a comparison with other market participants. Our legitimate interest results from the commercial usability of the findings resulting from the statistics and user categories and the market value of our web page – also in direct comparison with third party web pages – which can be determined on the basis of these statis-tics.

In addition, we have a legitimate interest in making the anonymised data available to INFOnline, AGOF and IVW for market research (AGOF, agma) and statistical purposes (INFOnline, IVW). Fur-thermore, we have a legitimate interest in making the anonymised data available to INFOnline for the further development and provision of interest-oriented advertising media.

b) Type of data

INFOnline GmbH collects the following data, which according to the EU GDPR have a personal reference:

IP address: In the internet, every device needs a unique address to transmit data, the so-called IP address. The – at least short-term – storage of the IP address is technically necessary due to the mode of functioning of the internet. The IP addresses are shortened by 1 byte before any processing and are only processed anonymously. The unshortened IP addresses are not stored or further processed.

A randomly generated client identifier: For the recognition of computer systems, range processing alternatively uses either a cookie with the identification „ioam.de“, a „Local Storage Object“ or a signature which is created from various automatically transmitted pieces of information of your browser. This identifier is unique to a browser as long as the cookie or Local Storage Object is not deleted. A measurement of the data and subsequent attribution to the re-spective client identifier is therefore also possible if you access other websites that also use the INFOnline GmbH measurement method („SZMnG“).

The validity of the cookie is limited to a maximum of 1 year.

c) Use of data

The INFOnline GmbH measurement method used on this Ernst & Sohn website collects usage data. This is done in order to collect the performance values Page Impressions, Visits and Cli-ents and to form further key figures on this basis (e.g. Qualified Clients). In addition, the meas-ured data are used as follows:

So-called geolocation, i.e. the attribution of a web page access to the location of such access, takes place exclusively on the basis of the anonymised IP address and only up to the geo-graphical level of the federal states / regions. In no case can the geographical information thus obtained be used to draw conclusions about the actual whereabouts of a user.

The usage data of a technical client (e.g. a browser on a device) is merged across websites and stored in a database. This information is used for the technical assessment of the socio-information on age and gender and transferred to AGOF’s service providers for further coverage range processing. The AGOF study uses a random sample to technically estimate socio-characteristics that can be assigned to the following categories: age, gender, nationality, occupation, marital status, general household information, household income, place of residence, in-ternet use, online interests, place of use, user type.

d) Data storage period

INFOnline GmbH will not store the full IP address. The shortened IP address is stored for a maximum of 60 days. The usage data in conjunction with the unique identifier are stored for a maximum of 6 months.

e) Forwarding of data

The IP address and the shortened IP address will not be forwarded. For the preparation of the AGOF study, data with client identifiers are passed on to the following AGOF service providers:

f) Right to object

If you do not wish to participate in the measurement, you can object by clicking on the follow-ing link: https://optout.ioam.de. In order to guarantee exclusion from the measurement, it is technically necessary to set a cookie. If you delete the cookies in your browser, it is necessary to repeat the opt-out process under the above link.

The data subject has the right to lodge a complaint with a data protection authority.

Further information on data protection in the measurement procedure can be found on the website.

  • To external service providers for data processing:

Ernst & Sohn may transfer your personal data to affiliates in order to perform a business relationship with you or to protect legitimate interests.

If data are transferred abroad, the recipients are located within the EU or the EEA or in a country that has an adequate level of data protection in accordance with the decision of the EU Commis-sion. If data are transferred to affiliates located in other countries, Ernst & Sohn will ensure by way of guarantees that data importing affiliates have undertaken to comply with an adequate level of data protection.

In addition, we do not forward any data to third parties unless you have given your expressed consent, the transmission is obviously necessary for the execution of an offer or service re-quested by you or if this is provided for by law. We also do not intend to transfer your data to a third country or an international organisation.

9. How long will my data be stored?

We store data for as long as it is legally necessary or required in order to provide the service you have requested or as long as specified in a corresponding declaration of consent.

10. Do I have a right of access to and rectification of my stored data? What other rights do I have with regard to my stored data?

You may at any time and free of charge request information about the scope, origin and recipients of the stored data as well as the purpose of the storage; you also have a right to rectification, erasure or restriction of processing of your data, a right to object to the processing and a right to data portability. We would also like to stress that you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervi-sory authority.

11. Can I revoke a declaration of consent I may have given regarding the use of my data?

You have the right to revoke your consent to the use of your data at any time. For this purpose, please simply send an e-mail to info@ernst-und-sohn.de or a message to the following address:

Ernst & Sohn GmbH
Postfach 10 11 61, 69451 Weinheim
Boschstraße 12,
69469 Weinheim

Any data processing based on your consent is lawful up until the time of revocation.

12. Who is my contact person if I have questions about data protection?

Ernst & Sohn GmbH has appointed Bird & Bird DPO Services SRL as a Data Protection Officer (DPO). The DPO may be reached:
•    by using the following email: Datenschutz@wiley.com
•    by mail at the following address: Bird & Bird DPO Services SRL, Avenue Louise 235 b 1, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

13. How long is this Privacy Policy valid?

This Privacy Policy is up to date and was last amended on October 28, 2020. We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time with effect for the future, in particular to adapt it to further de-velopment of the website or to the implementation of new technologies.